SPRING LAKE, N.C., June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RLM Communications, Inc., (RLM) a successful federal defense contractor, recently made the strategic decision to strengthen its research and development enterprise by hiring Curtis B. Charles, Ph.D., as the Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation (VP RD&I).
RLM has been in operations since 2004 providing telecommunications, cyber security and engineering services to federal agencies such as the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Homeland Security.
RLM's decision to expand its R&D enterprise was based upon the strategic forecasting of the President and CEO, Mr. Randy Moore. "We recognize the need to devote more resources to the R&D process to provide our clients with even stronger solutions to their critical problems," stated Moore. "The federal agencies are investing more resources toward the process of R&D, and we understand that we must be on the cutting edge to continue with our record of excellence," concluded Moore.
Moore's insights align with the federal spending trends. The White House's Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 2016 Federal Investment report estimates an increased spending in R&D to $146.7 billion in 2017, which is an $11.2 billion increase from 2016. RLM's strategic growth in R&D will be led by Dr. Curtis Charles.
Prior to his appointment at RLM, Dr. Charles was the architect of Fayetteville State University's Center for Defense and Homeland Security, where he continued to cultivate a respected national reputation as an innovator. The Center generated millions of dollars in grants and contracts, as well as Mentor Protégé Agreements with both the Department of Army and the Department of Energy.
His robust knowledge and experience in Information Assurance, Cyber Services & Support, C5ISR Services & Support, and Healthcare IT Analytics ideally positions Dr. Charles to lead and focus on developing a culture of innovation throughout the company; leading all SBIR/STTIR efforts; building out an R&D Unit that will examine the company's current expertise, and turn these capabilities into new products and/or services, or new innovative business units, including Big Data analytics.
"This Vice Presidency for Research, Development and Innovation opportunity is an exciting leadership position that resonates with my attributes as an inspiring visionary and collaborative professional with more than 26 years of experience in administration and management in the academic, creative and business fields," said Dr. Charles.
Upon the completion of his graduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Charles was the President of a technology start-up company in Miami for almost 10 years; and he led teams of consultants to Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the United Kingdom as an e-Business Strategy and Change Executive Consultant with IBM Global Services. Additionally, he has successful experiences in increasingly complex positions in higher education. Dr. Charles has held positions that range from being a faculty member to University President.
About RLM Communications, Inc.
RLM Communications, Inc. has several locations throughout the United States and is headquartered at Spring Lake, NC. RLM is a quickly growing, SDVOSB certified small business and a leader in the community. The firm specializes in cyber security; IT management; and professional services & support. RLM is a quality focused organization. Quality means providing the customer with excellent solutions that completely fulfill their requirements.
For information about RLM Communications, please go to http://www.RLM-Communications.com
Stacy Lowes Martin
Director of Corporate Communications
You may contact Dr. Charles directly at: Email; or 910-495-7149 (office); or 910-635-2540 (cell)
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