Thompson Gray on Inc. 5000 for 2017







Thompson Gray has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for four years in a row so far. Thompson Gray was successful in meeting the goals of the Inc. 5000, which compiles the list by using percentage revenue growth from the previous three years.

With a 3-year-growth of 106%, Thompson Gray currently delivers unique expertise to its growing list of clients through a supporting staff of over 120 employees. Founded in 2008, Thompson Gray is a leading provider of programmatic, financial and IT support to Department of Defense clients across the country, with particular expertise in GFEBS implementation and training.

Check out the link below for a little more information about the ranking.

Employee Spotlight – Leah Gnaoui

Name:  Leah (Crocker) Gnaoui


About Me:

I grew up in southern Indiana in a town of less than two thousand.  We had lots of corn, one ‘Bring your Tractor to School Day’ and zero stoplights.  From there I went to Indiana University (where else?!) and majored in Economics and Nonprofit Management.  After graduating, I worked for Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS)-Indianapolis as a government civilian for three years before moving to Kuwait on a whim.  It was there that I got my start as a federal contractor and met my now husband, Raed.

My year in Kuwait enabled me to couple my DFAS/Army finance experience with a desire to increase my systems knowledge and start a career with GFEBS.  In 2013, I moved to DC and began working for Thompson Gray supporting the GFEBS P2P team, specifically Army’s transition to Treasury Direct Disbursing and the Supplier Self-Services (SUS) vendor invoicing pilot.  After a handful of Tunisian and American ceremonies, Raed and I were officially married in May 2016.  In August 2017, we were fortunate to be able to move to Wiesbaden, Germany to provide Tier II support to US Army Command Europe’s GFEBS Command Direct Support Helpdesk.


Job Title and Responsibilities:

GFEBS ERP Specialist – Provide assistance with resolving any GFEBS issues that USAREUR customers experience as they relate to knowledge of processes, invalid data, or any system errors

Qualifications & Expertise & Achievements:

At DFAS I had the opportunity to rotate through several departments to include Travel Pay, Wounded Warrior Pay, and Disbursing Operations, as well as obtain my Lean6 Sigma Blackbelt certification.

On GFEBS, our small P2P team helped Army become the first military Service to pilot and deploy Treasury Direct Disbursing.


Memberships and Activities (Professional and Other): N/A


Getting to Know You: Pick any 3 to Answer

  • What are three things still left on your bucket list?
    1. Walk on the Great Wall
    2. See the Northern Lights
    3. Learn German…
  • What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
    1. Raed and I went to Tunisia with his family last year and it was absolutely the most amazing trip I’ve ever taken. Tunisia alone is beautiful, and traveling with his family meant we could go to people’s homes, attend weddings, etc. that I would have never been able to experience otherwise.
  • Can you play any instruments?
    1. Piano

Myra ‘Nadine’ Maack Employee Spotlight

Name: Myra ‘Nadine’ Maack











Job Title and Responsibilities:

I am currently assigned to the US Army PEO, PM Aviation Systems Headquarters (AS HQ), PM Aviation Networks and Mission Planning (ANMP), Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS),  Centralized Aviation Flight Records System (CAFRS), and FliteScene Software  Programs.   By using in-depth knowledge, skill, and expertise in contracting/acquisition, I provide support, assist in writing requirements and provide advice related to all aspects of the acquisition cycle.  I provide direct support to the AMPS, CAFRS, and FliteScene team members, business, technical and logistics, to ensure that requirements are sound, comply with federal regulations and local policies, and are executable with minimal delays.


About Me:

I have been with Thompson Gray for 1.5 years, after retiring from the US Government.  I worked in contracting for 22 years; 16 of those was executing cradle to grave contracts with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. I spent six months at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.  Yes, my six months were in the summer, but I loved it there.  The remaining years were at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.  Previously, I worked in the legal and law enforcement fields.  I worked with the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Heidelberg, Germany; Staff Judge Advocate at the Presidio of San Francisco; Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI), and a private attorney.  I met my husband, Paul, while working at ABI.  He walked into my office one day, and five months later we married.  Being a military spouse is not always easy, but the experience is priceless.  Thirty-two years later, we have one son, my two step-sons; and eight grandchildren.  I love creating things, from growing plants, decorating cakes, arranging flowers, to quilting.  At a young age, my Daddy ‘decided’ that I would learn piano, and Mother taught me to quilt.  I have used these priceless gifts all my life.


Qualifications & Expertise & Achievements:

Twenty-three years in Contracting in broad area of competitive, set-asides, and limited competitive actions.

Ten years’ experience as a Supervisory Contracting Officer, nine years with an unlimited signatory authority.

Member Army Acquisition Corps

Certified Level III in Contracting, Level II in Purchasing, and level in Program Management

Level II, Leadership Development Program (Corps of Engineers)

Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Athens State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business/Management.

Numerous courses in acquisition and leadership.


Memberships and Activities (Professional and Other):

Lifetime member of Delta Mu Delta.


Getting to Know You: 

If you could chat with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you talk about? I would talk to my Mother and introduce her to my family.   She passed before I met my husband

What is the best vacation you have ever taken? It wasn’t really a vacation, as we were moving to my husband’s next assignment.  It was a wonderful trip though.  We drove across the United States from Ft Lauderdale, Florida; through Huntsville, Alabama; across the southern states to the Pacific Ocean; and along the coast to San Francisco.   I had never traveled west before.  Driving allowed me to see, for the first time, how the scenery changes from east to west.  It was amazing.  

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? Huntsville Sew and Vac, who provides me with my stash of fabric and quilting supplies.

James McArthur Employee Spotlight

Here is a little information to help you get to know one of our employees a little better, James McArthur. He has been an employee with Thompson Gray since 2/2015.


About Me:
Performed IT and IT Management for many companies – Huntsville Hospital Systems, SCI, SUMMA
Technologies, XEROX, Corp of Engineers, Dell, US Army

Job Title and Responsibilities:
IT Specialist/ Network Administrator/ IASO
Perform Network and User support for the Product Directorate, Test, Measurement, Diagnostics
Equipment (PD-TMDE). Order, configure, deploy, and track all IT related equipment. Maintain PD-TMDE
Active Directory Container including Group memberships’, Accounts, Profiles, and General user
information. Maintain and monitor Physical and Cyber security threats. Assist the Wide Area Network
team to resolve connectivity issues for DHCP, DNS, DC, File and Print servers, and Exchange.


Bachelor’s Degree – Management Information Systems
Security+ Certified Professional
Information Assurance Security Officer (IASO)
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Windows 7
MCTS Certified for Windows 10
Certified NetWare Administrator (CNA)
Active Secret Security Clearance

Professional Memberships and Activities:

Began career with Novell infrastructures to present day Windows Active Directory. Well rounded
knowledge in wiring, routers, switches, servers, scripting, programming, and desktops. Management
experience of Network Administrators and IT Specialists. Troubleshooting desktop issues is my favorite
specialty since it encompasses every aspect of Information Technology.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities:
o Additions and conversions of hospitals and medical clinics for integration into the
Huntsville Hospital System’s WAN of 3,500 users.
o Project Manager for Microsoft Active Directory Migration from Novell servers to
Windows servers for all five of SCl’s North Alabama plants.
o IT Manager responsible for managing all IT dependencies for North Alabama.

Getting to Know You:
1. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Invent something, Have Grandchildren, Farm
goats and chickens again.
2. What’s the strangest talent you have? Ride a Unicycle
3. Can you play any instruments? Guitar, Trombone
4. What was your favorite TV show when growing up? Walt Disney