James Espino is President of Gnostech Inc. Prior to joining the company, James served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for over 20 years. His final Coast Guard assignment was Commanding Officer of Military Personnel and Chief of Logistics for Coast Guard Sector New York, the largest operational unit in the Coast Guard. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading the Command’s preparation for and response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. This included ensuring that the operational response capabilities, facilities, transportation, and communications infrastructure was reconstituted and secured in order to ensure that safety and security operations were maintained during and in the wake of the storm.
Prior to this, James was the Director for the Coast Guard’s C5ISR Acquisition Project Office located in Moorestown, NJ. In this capacity, he was responsible for executing Coast Guard’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) procurement strategy. This $300 million investment provided the National Security Cutter, the HC130-J Long Range Surveillance and the HC-144A Medium Range Surveillance aircrafts, and the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Centers with the most technologically advanced C5ISR systems ever acquired by the Coast Guard.
James’ previous duties included tours aboard U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and foreign navy vessels, Officer in Charge of a drug interdiction and maritime intercept operations team, and director of the office responsible for tactical communications and sensor systems. He has deployed to shore and maritime locations in the Middle East as part of the UN Embargo operations after the first Gulf War, Southeast Asia and Latin America to conduct counter-narcotics operations, and the Arctic Region.
James is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy where he received a BS in Math/Computer Science. He received an MS in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and received his MBA from Drexel University. James serves on the CustomEd Board of Directors, a South Jersey based nonprofit organization that designs and implements extraordinary programs and experiences that solve challenges in education, training, and outreach for a variety of organizations. Additionally, he serves on The Maritime Alliance Board which promotes the advancement of Blue Technology and the Blue Economy in the San Diego region.
Sarah Carter serves as Vice President of Gnostech Inc. Her tenure with Gnostech began in 2012, and she has filled program manager and engineering responsibilities supporting systems engineering and cybersecurity programs. Prior to Sarah’s roles with Gnostech, she worked with GDIT supporting Navy and Coast Guard C4ISR system integration programs specializing in program management, combat systems integration, weapon systems and system safety engineering. Notably, she spear-headed the first of class weapons and combat system certification for the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter. Her efforts continue to serve as the foundation for the certification of the National Security class of cutters.
Sarah served in the U.S. Coast Guard as the Assistant Operations Officer and Deck Watch Officer aboard a Medium Endurance Cutter where she participated in myriad of missions including: maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations. Additionally, Sarah served on the Coast Guard’s First District Commander’s Aide-de-Camp.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School.