Leadership

ATS was founded by Don Sauer and Gar Whaley, and both are 20+ year veterans of the Information Technology Management field. Both Don and Gar have held numerous executive level positions throughout their career including IT Director, Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Both have worked for small and mid-sized businesses, large enterprises, privately-held and publicly traded companies.

Don Sauer

Don Sauer

Don considers himself a businessman first, and technologist second. In his last corporate role as a CIO, he helped a small education services company align their technology with the overall strategy of the company. The result was nearly 7 years of unprecedented growth, efficiency, success and soaring profits.

In addition to his work at ATS, Don volunteers between 50 and 70 hours each month in his community as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic and CPR Instructor in Prince William County Virginia.

Gar Whaley

Gar Whaley

Gar's broad range of experience provides him with a valuable perspective on leveraging technology to help organizations lower costs, grow and enable innovation. He leads ATS with a passion and commitment to providing clients phenomenal customer service combined with sound technology guidance. Prior to co-founding ATS, Gar spent several years in franchise restaurant ownership before the lure of the dot-com boom enticed him to the technology sector.

A Fairfax County native, Gar graduated with degrees in Management Economics and History from Hampden-Sydney College.

We hold the following executive level Information Technology certifications:

  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information systems Auditor (CISA)
  • ITIL Foundations
  • Your Success is Our Success