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Leadership Team

 

Great Leaders are Passionate About What They Do.  Meet Our Passionate Leaders.

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Leslie DeLatte, President LFD.gif

 

Leslie DeLatte is President and a founder of Orion Communications, Inc. which she began in 1998.   With the vision of helping government agencies streamline manual processes and efficiencies, Ms. DeLatte launched one of the first true web-based platforms for public safety.  

Ms. DeLatte has  30+ years in the Information Technology industry, with 20 of those years dedicated to the Judicial and Public Safety industries.   Prior to Orion, Ms. DeLatte held engineering and management positions with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), supporting customers such as General Motors and  the State of Texas.  After leaving EDS, she joined International Network Services (INS) where she was a Managing Director and provided engineering solutions to clients such as MCI, Sprint, and AT&T.  Desiring to combine services and products to solve client business requirements, she joined Objective Systems Integrators (OSI) as the Director of Professional Services and supported North, Central, and South American operations.  

Ms. DeLatte holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of SW Louisiana.

 

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Heather Kocks is the Orion Communications Business Development Manager and has 16+ years of product management experience delivering business software to the Public Safety industry. Ms. Kocks first joined Orion in 2006 and provided product management services supporting Orion’s product portfolio.   Within two years, she became responsible for all client deployments and overseeing project management activities. Today, she is responsible for identifying new business opportunities, channel management and overseeing Orion's customer retention teams.  

Prior to joining Orion, Ms. Kocks served as the Business Systems Consultant for the Travis County Justice and Public Safety Division.  She provided strategic planning, as well as business and technical support to organizations throughout the Integrated Justice System of Travis County. After leaving Travis County, she joined Tiburon (formally CompuDyne) as their RMS Product Specialist, providing product support for the Sales team and market needs analysis for the strategic direction of the Product Development team. 

Ms. Kocks holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University.

 

Jackie Belasky, Sales and Marketing Director JDB.gif

 

Jackie Belasky is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Orion Communications with 25+ years of experience in the public safety industry.   Jackie joined the Orion team in 2002 as the company’s Marketing Manager, where she established Orion’s AgencyWeb® brand and positioning within the public safety marketplace. 

With her strategic channel and marketing leadership, Jackie was a key contributor in determining how  Orion’s AgencyWeb® Solution became accepted, adopted and demanded throughout the public safety marketplace.  Under her guidance, Orion has continuously increased sales revenues and market presence of the AgencyWeb® solution. 

Prior to joining Orion, Jackie held the Channel Management position for Motorola Wireless Messaging where she managed a marketing team with a $22M promotional allowance program for wireless messaging carriers.  She was also responsible for wireless account management, supervision of channel sales teams, and the coordination of various marketing campaigns.  Jackie attended Louisiana State University and is also a professional graphic designer and artist.

 

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Barbara Smith, Product & Support Manager

 

Barbara Smith is the Product Development and Customer Support Manager for Orion Communications  where she is responsible for management of the Orion Operations team. This includes developing, tracking and reporting key performance measurements for the Operations unit; as well as the managing rollouts of product enhancements and upgrades.

Ms. Smith is a retired Deputy Chief of the Dallas Police Department with more than 24 years as a Law Enforcement professional.  During her tenure at the Dallas Police Department, Ms. Smith had operational experience that included patrol, communications, internal affairs, special projects, crime analysis, inspections and police technology services.   After leaving the Dallas Police Department she joined the Plano Texas Police Department as Assistant Director overseeing budget, purchasing, police technology and crime analysis.

Ms. Smith holds a Master Peace Officer Certification in Texas, plus a TCLEOSE instructor’s license.  She is also a graduate of numerous professional programs including the 50th School of Police Supervision, the 32nd Management College, the Advanced Leadership College, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Sr. Mgmt. Institute for Police.

William Bagwell, Technology Director WB.gif

 

William brings 20+ years of progressive IT Network Systems experience from multiple industry sectors -- including technology, government, and, telecommunications. Mr. Bagwell’s experience includes technical hardware and software infrastructure engineering design, installation, and operational resolution; customer  network and server design / configuration; vendor certification and upgrade programs for Cisco and Microsoft platforms; as well as network server, security, and application infrastructure implementation.

Mr. Bagwell is responsible for Orion’s database replication solutions, firewall installation, port management and VoIP network installation.