A 20 year Veteran of the U.S. Navy, he has more than 29 years of experience in the government services industry and national defense.
Before joining S2S, John consulted with the JIAN Group and directed M&A activity for the Government Services sector. He was also an Executive with A-T Solutions Inc., a global industry leader in anti- and counterterrorism.
As the organization’s Executive Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations from 2003 to 2010, he managed Congressional relations, corporate sales, business development, communications, marketing, market research, capture and proposal management, and alliances to support A-T Solutions strategic goals. During this time, he helped lead the company through a period of explosive growth.
A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, and most recently the winner of the very prestigious 2010 Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In his last 14 months, John served as the Group Executive Vice President of A-T Solutions Global Security Solutions business unit.
Before joining A-T Solutions, Mr. Coster completed a 20 year career in the U. S. Navy where he served as a Special Operations Officer. He is a qualified Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Surface Warfare Officer, and Diving Officer. He is also assigned the Navy’s Scientific and Technical Intelligence Subspecialty. He spent his last four years in the Navy in Congressional oversight as a Congressional Fellow for Senator Mary Landrieu and a member of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. He worked daily with the Senate Armed Services Committee during the 106th Congress and established strong and lasting relationships with Members of Congress and their professional and personal staff’s.
- BS from the University of the Maryland, College Park
- Certificate of Legislative Studies from the Brookings Government Affairs Institute
- Board of Advisors, Stratom Inc.
- Board of Directors, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors.
- Strategic Advisor, the JIAN Group