Our Leadership Team
Terri Richards, President
Terri L. Richards is President of Triquetra Technologies, Inc. (T2). She previously held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with the several Corporations prior to starting T2. Specifically, Ms. Richards leverages more than 10 years of government experience in delivering business system solutions. Before liftoff of T2, she served as Director of Business Operations for another defense contracting company. Her numerous accomplishments in this position included taking leadership roles in many headquarters staff positions. The leadership skills she displayed helped that organization to realize double digit growth in just under three years.
With an eye for entrepreneurship, Ms. Richards started T2 in June of 2008. After the conception of the new start-up, she began to steer the company through a rapid growth phase. This first phase concluded when the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce awarded the company Small Business of the Year in 2013. In this next phase she is working closely to align the company’s initiatives with strategic goals, objectives and long-term vision. Her responsibilities include an emphasis on employment development, leadership development, and talent management. This focus has allowed the organization to double in personnel size and strength, and has galvanized a new line of business. Ms. Richards has served on other boards and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Harrod Management.
Ms. Richards and her husband reside in Yorktown, VA. She is very active in her community and church. She has 4 grown children and three grandchildren. She has a wide variety of outside interests to include a hunger for learning and attempting new activities. Ms. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Stephen F. Austin.
Tom Richards, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Thomas L. Richards is Chief Executive Officer of Triquetra Technologies, Inc. (T2). Under his leadership, T2 serves defense, intelligence, and federal civilian government customers. In addition, T2 continues to set revenue records and has been recognized by Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Diversity Magazine as a top-tier small business. Since T2’s conception, he has established the company as a Knowledge Management (KM) and Intelligence innovator that attracts leading edge military talent for its customers' most challenging missions.
A proven military and industry leader, Mr. Richards has extensive experience in business development, including 15 years of implementing successful systems and solutions to expand programs at all levels. After 20+ years of military service, he led the business development team for Teledyne Brown Engineering in the Hampton Roads area prior to joining T2.
At T2, Mr. Richards has made business development his top priority, resulting in consistent contract awards. These contracts have led to back to back revenue growth of 300% and 600%. T2 was named the 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized as a top 50 small business in Virginia by Diversity Business repeatedly since 2012.
Mr. Richards places a high value on veterans, recognizing that they have impeccable character, integrity, and dedication to deliver exceptional support for the national mission. He is committed to recruiting, hiring, and mentoring veterans. Additionally, in alignment with T2’s values, he fully supports philanthropic assistance to veterans and to their families.
Mr. Richards and his wife reside in Yorktown, VA. They have four grown children and three grandchildren. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and he received his MBA from Golden Gate University.
Steve Craft, Chief technology Officer
Steve Craft was accepted into the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which he graduated in 1987. Mr. Craft then relocated to Southern California and began his new career at Lockheed’s prestigious Kelly Johnson Research & Development Center (associated with Skunkworks). Three years later he was offered a position as a wind tunnel test director at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, in Northern California. In January 2000, Mr. Craft accepted a position in management at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, where he has remained for the next fourteen years. There, his expertise in wind tunnel management broadened, and he was eventually named Deputy Director of Center Operations.
Mr. Craft’s reputation for strategic vision grew. In 2007, he was named Deputy Director of the Strategic Relationships Office, where his primary focus was strategy development for NASA Langley Research Center. In this position, Mr. Craft collaborated with senior staff on the development of a new strategic planning process incorporating a form of the Balanced Scorecard system, customized for use by the federal government.
In 2009, Mr. Craft originated TEDxNASA, one of the first TEDx events in history. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events modeled after the prestigious TED conferences. They bring together unique groups of presenters and attendees in events broadcast live, with videos later posted for distribution online. The highly innovative TEDxNASA eventually became a franchise, with six events hosted to date.
Among his more recent accomplishments, Mr. Craft was one of a select team of experts asked to participate in the Vibrant Transformation to Advance Langley (ViTAL) team, commissioned to develop a long-term strategic vision and a corresponding comprehensive, integrated, Center revitalization plan. This 25 year plan identifies the critical workforce skills and physical infrastructure essential to execute future NASA missions.
In 2014 Mr. Craft was offered and accepted an early retirement from NASA. He was then offered ta position with T2 as chief technology officer.
Mr. Craft has many outside interests. He spends time with his wife and 3 children, enjoys the outdoors and continues to volunteer as an advisor to TEDx organizers around the globe.