Kopis Engineering Team at Black Axes
Our approach isn’t normal. To truly understand the problem, we believe we must live a day in the life of those we serve.

We feel strongly about developing long term relationships with our clients. We are not a ‘sell and forget’ type of a company. Our development process is very interactive and involves the customer every step of the way. Even after product delivery, we remain available and on call to provide superior customer service.

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Integrity

Integrity

We’ve built our foundation on honesty, transparency and a commitment to doing what is best for our clients.

Ownership

Ownership

We hold ourselves accountable for everything that happens, good or bad. Pointing a finger never solved a problem.

Success

Success

Client success drives everything we do. We never remove our foot from the gas pedal in our effort to provide exceptional service.

Innovation

Innovation

We don’t have a 9 to 5 mentality. We put in the hours and do what it takes to discover creative ways to solve seemingly impossible problems.

Founders

Hugh Middleton

Hugh Middleton

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Hugh graduated from The Citadel with a degree in Business Administration and has extensive experience in Naval Special Operations and multiple civilian upper management positions. He is a former Navy SEAL where he served at several SEAL Commands including Naval Special Warfare Development Group, a national level, tier-one command. Upon leaving the Navy, he served as Director of International Training and Director of Maritime Operations at a large, billion-dollar security firm. Following that, he then moved on to another large defense company where he managed a staff of highly skilled intelligence analysts conducting classified data collection.

Andrew Putnam

Andrew Putnam

Co-Founder and Chief Software Engineer

Serving as Chief Software Engineer at Kopis Mobile, Andrew is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of the embedded system and Android products. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Wireless Software Engineering and has over 13 years of experience building products in the C4ISR vertical, including Android apps, embedded Linux solutions, and communication protocols, for the Department of Defense. He started his career at Harris Corporation in its RF Communication and Government Systems Communications Divisions. At Harris, he built apps that worked with the Harris Networking Waveform as part of the WIN-T program. He also worked with the WPG group at Harris, which specializes in wireless exploitation products for use by federal agency personnel.

Joshua Lunn

Joshua Lunn

Co-Founder and Director of Engineering

Joshua graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Joshua is an accomplished entrepreneur, using his software design and development skills to build complete systems in a variety of industries such as financial services, electric utilities, and online retail. He founded and sold YoogleShop, an eBay partner that utilized advanced web scraping software that he wrote. Joshua also created a number of small advanced electronics products in which he has architected and built systems that connect smartphones and tablets to devices with embedded microcontrollers. He was the main software designer for the TacEx system; designed and developed a complete renovation of credit card and debit card readers for financial services company Heartland; and created significant intellectual property for SmartSynch, a manufacturer of smart electricity meters. He also has developed a number of highly successful apps, including the highest-grossing app for hunters.

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Beckie Norway

Beckie Norway

Director of Administration

A lifelong resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Rebecca “Beckie” Norway began her career path in the legal field as a paralegal in 1991. While working, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from St. Leo College in 1994. Her paralegal duties began to take more of an administrative turn and by 2014 she was the office manager of a small law firm. It was also in 2014 she began working part time for Kopis Mobile as an administrative and marketing assistant to the owners. After over 26 years in the legal profession, she decided to leave that field and dedicate herself solely to Kopis Mobile and in 2020 she was promoted to Director of Administration. When she isn’t supporting the amazingly talented employees of Kopis, she is indulging in her passions for gardening, reading, going to estate sales and supporting various Veterans charities.

Marylee Jacobs

Marylee Jacobs

Chief Risk Officer

Marylee holds an MBA from California Coast University and is a Certified Compliance And Ethics Professional. She has over 30 years’ experience in compliance, ethics and risk management and is a member of IIBA, ISIGMA, PRISM International, SHRM, NAID and has served on the Southeast Regional Board of ARMA International. She has been an expert panelist for PRISM International and a Conference Planner and served on numerous committees and panels for industry conferences. Marylee has created training materials in compliance for many organizations and has published several articles for the Orlando Medical Journal and for Industry Trade Magazines. She is well versed in contracts, business law security, safety, and privacy audits, and helping companies create, reach, and maintain their corporate compliance responsibilities while reducing their risk. Her work experience & past clients include Walt Disney World, Blue Green Corporation, Reedy Creek, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Virgin Airlines, and numerous government agencies on a local, state, and federal level. She has been recognized by the National Association of Professional Women, Crown Information Management, and other associations, and has donated time and resources to Nonprofits such as the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, America’s Hometown Heroes, and Orlando Day Nursery, as well as multiple new business incubators.

Mark Varricchione

Mark Varricchione

Chief Strategy Officer

Mark Varricchione operates the MarkVGroup focusing on growth, effective operations and mastering technology for Start-ups, Gov’t, Aerospace & Defense and F1000 Firms to include telco & cable (Rep. Clients: Xylem, CableLabs, ITT, GE, eTrade, Grant Thornton, Agilent, DoD). Over the years he’s served clients in business & growth strategy, M&A, turnarounds, transformation execution, board preparation, optimizing operations, technology strategy, financial structuring, business processes, program improvement & recovery, innovation enablement and product development. Mark engages as an interim COO/CGO and operates The Innovators Network producing innovation shows, content, training and coaching. Prior to MarkVGroup he was an Executive with KPMG where he operated as the chief of strategy, corporate development & operations, led M&A activities and built-managed multiple groups in the Public Sector BU. Pursuit teams booked $1.6B+ in engagement and he worked extensively with the Board of Directors. Prior to KPMG he held telco. management positions in Teligent and MCI. Mark has been on/recognized by: Gartner, IDC, Killer Innovations Show and in a number of books.

Michael Blossom

Michael Blossom

General Manager, Defense Products

Born and raised in Mississippi, Michael graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a Master's degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics while serving as a research fellow working with the USAF Explosives and Ordnance Group at Eglin AFB. Subsequently, Michael worked in a variety of roles and fields. Before joining Kopis Mobile in 2016, he worked as an R&D engineer, software developer, database administrator, project manager, IT director, and product manager. His work has spanned the automotive industry, manufacturing, banking and financial services, electric utilities, mobile networks, and the Internet of Things. Since joining Kopis, Michael has served as Senior Systems Engineer and Program Manager, before assuming his current role as General Manager for the Defense Products division. Michael's interests include reading, running, woodworking, and learning/"tinkering" in a variety of topics including economics, philosophy, demographics and business.

Richard Sween

Richard Sween

Engineering Manager

Richard graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science with a focus in software engineering from Mississippi State University, where he also obtained a B. S. in Software Engineering. During college, he interned at the Naval Research Laboratory, working with web services and mapping data. Before joining Kopis Mobile he worked as a Research Engineer at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State, building software tools to support the research efforts of the center, including using motion capture with Kinect and virtual reality. At Kopis Mobile, he has worked on a variety of projects in Android, C++, cross-platform development in Flutter, and web development in React. Since 2020, he has lead the applications team responsible for all Android and web development projects at Kopis Mobile.

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Simple

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Reliable

Reliable

Stable so you can focus on your job, not your equipment

Rugged

Rugged

Tough to hold up in your austere environments

Secure

Secure

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