Middletown, RI, October 1, 2018 – PURVIS Systems, a leading IT systems and services provider for the Public Safety, Federal and Department of Defense industries, is strategically positioned for growth as qualified Joseph Drago steps into the Chief Executive Officer role on October 1, 2018.
Drago, an experienced executive, has a successful, 20-year track record working closely with PURVIS. As founder, sole-owner, and President of Integrated Management SOLUTIONS, Inc. (IMS), Drago has led the IMS team in providing project management, test and evaluation, and logistics support to real-time system implementation and maintenance projects across Public Safety, Gaming and Defense industries. Since 1998, IMS and PURVIS have been close partners, with IMS responsible for project management, training and testing services for every PURVIS Fire Station Alerting System™ implementation and overall program management for PURVIS’s New York City Fire Department (FDNY) contracts. Further, Drago joined PURVIS’ Board of Directors in 2001 and was subsequently elected Chairman in 2017.
“I’m grateful and excited to get started in this new role at PURVIS,” says Drago. “PURVIS has seen significant growth while under Steve Massed’s leadership: we expanded our presence throughout the US, grew our client base, increased strategic partnerships, achieved greater financial stability, and retained top talent. We are uniquely positioned to maintain momentum and continue on this growth trajectory, and we have an incredible team who understands our vision for the future and is committed to advancing our systems and services.”
In his new role, Drago will be responsible for driving the strategic direction and development of the organization. “Joe understands PURVIS extremely well and has the industry experience to thrive in this dynamic environment. His commitment to the organization’s values and strategy is perfectly aligned with PURVIS’ goals as we enter our next chapter,” says current President Steve Massed, who is retiring in October. “It’s been an honor to serve as President of PURVIS Systems for the past two years, and I look forward to working as a Board member with Joe to continue to grow our position as one of the most reliable and responsive systems and services providers in the market.”