Lonye Nicole Ford
Lonye Nicole Ford is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arlo Solutions, a minority/veteran/8a/HUBZone-owned and operated business headquartered in Washington, DC. Arlo offers Intelligence, Cybersecurity and a full range of cutting-edge Program Management and Strategic Communication solutions to the United States Government. The combination of these service offerings allows Lonye to lead Arlo into new frontiers capturing significant market share as a small business.
With over 10 years of duty in the United States Air Force, Lonye acquired a love for, and ultimately the expertise in, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Through her extensive involvement in these disciplines, she gained an in-depth knowledge of information technology and began her career as an Information Technology Specialist. At age 21, as a young professional exuding exemplary leadership quality, Lonye was hand selected to lead 24/7 helpdesk operations servicing 7,000 customers.
As a government contractor for 20+ years, Lonye led large teams and managed projects and portfolios ranging from $2M to $1.5B. She developed a myriad of innovative solutions and policies that were implemented at the highest level in the government, including co-authoring the Air Force Fast Track process and assessing, developing, and streamlining the United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Framework process. Lonye’s strong work ethic afforded her numerous outstanding performance and leadership awards. Her quick wit to identify and solve complex problems, and her positive and astute business acumen, deem her a highly sought-after tech executive and teaming partner.
Lonye is a Hampton University graduate. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Known for being honest and forthright, Lonye is well respected in the business community. She has an amiable and genuine persona and a passion for mentoring youth in underserved communities. As part of her outreach, she partners with UrbanPromise, a nonprofit youth organization in Camden, NJ, to equip children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. She gives unselfishly of her time and resources to underprivileged communities in the Washington, DC, and Chicago metropolitan areas. Lonye’s desire to one day organize a legacy nonprofit of her own is beyond mere thought, but rather a life goal she undoubtedly will achieve.
Lonye’s commitment to Arlo, his family, and the community is none other than paramount!
Arlene Wube is a co-founder of Arlo Solutions (Arlo) and serves as the company’s President and Chief Operations Officer. Arlo is a minority/veteran/8a-owned and operated small business headquartered in Washington, DC.
Arlo offers intelligence, cybersecurity, and a full range of cutting-edge program management and strategic communication solutions to the United States government. As President and COO, Arlene has helped evolve Arlo to compete in the federal market and strategically analyzes, develops, and implements company functions such as day-to-day operations, IT & security, contract compliance, and numerous financial and human resources activities.
Arlene graduated from Howard University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. During her time at Howard, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. After she graduated, Arlene held positions as a Financial/Business Analyst and Data Administrator at several Fortune 500 companies, including Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, IL, and Northrop Grumman Information Technology in Alexandria, VA.
Arlene has more than 10 years of experience running a small business and exhibits a strong understanding of marketing, operational needs, and information systems. Arlene applies her extensive experience in marketing and information technology to her role at Arlo with the goal of becoming the government's go-to company for cybersecurity and program support solutions.
Arlene is also co-owner of Barcöde, a modern American restaurant, bar, and lounge located in the heart of Washington, DC. Prior to acquiring Barcöde in 2019, she previously operated Suite 202 Events & Marketing, a DC-based event marketing firm.
Even though meeting the demands of an ever-changing and evolving industry such as tech is primary to Arlo, Arlene also demonstrates a keen passion for community involvement and values the importance of giving back. Beyond her repeated and successful entrepreneurial endeavors in business, Arlene partners with UrbanPromise, a Camden, NJ nonprofit organization with a deliberate focus on building pipelines for youth academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership skills. She is Co-Chair of the organization’s Rooted to Grow Campaign, which has currently raised $4M to help support the next 30+ years of UrbanPromise’s mission and ministry. Born and raised in Camden herself, Arlene is an alumnus of the UrbanPromise program, working as a mentor to young children in her earlier years, and later bringing it full circle through the Ambassadors of Hope Scholarship Fund, which she founded in September 2010. The Ambassadors of Hope awards a wide variety of scholarships from the cost to cover textbooks to $12,000 for a tuition shortfall.
Giving back to the community has been a driving force behind the vision for Arlo, including being an example to all women and proving there is no limit to their success with hard work and perseverance.