Innovation Mindset

Affinity Innovations, LLC (Affinity) fosters a corporate culture that emphasizes innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset in every aspect of our joint venture partners’ respective company histories. We embrace innovation in all technical or process solutions as defined below:

“Innovation is the process of translating an idea or invention into a product or service that creates value for Today’s Warfighter by accelerating attainment of new information system capabilities and services. The innovation must be deployed in support of the warfighter or USG customer with a real-world deployment, where this innovation is put into practical use to enhance warfighter capabilities. Our definition of innovation requires that an idea is replicable at an economical cost, while improving the legacy outcome or technology efficiencies with an outcome that satisfies a defined need of the Warfighter or the Warfighter’s direct support agencies. The practical outcomes of innovation must enhance and improve the current support to the warfighter. This includes any new technology, processes or methods, including research and development or new application of an existing technology, processes, or methods.”

Zaminah D. Williams

Managing Venturer

Mrs. Williams earned her Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University. Mrs. Williams responsibilities include strategic business planning, strategic finance, joint venture operations and establishment, corporate strategy development and financing, organizational design, recruiting, operations, HR management, industrial security, contract management and market strategy and research.

Bob Donahue

President & Chief Executive Officer

Bob Donahue, Jr. is President and Founder of By Light. Bob’s in-depth expertise in the Government Telecommunication Sector has been the driving force behind the rapid growth of the company. Prior to starting By Light, Bob served as an active Duty Army Officer with extensive real world experience in both tactical and strategic communication units. His last assignment was as Program Manager for the DISN Expansion Program (DEP) at DISA, delivering critical infrastructure to the Department of Defense. Bob has an M.S. in Telecommunications and a B.S. in Computer Science. Military qualifications include the Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.

Don Cole

Senior Vice President, DISA

Don joined By Light in 2004 and serves as Senior Vice President of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) programs. With an extensive background in the telecommunications arena of more than 35 years in the areas of management and business development, Don has led multiple large-scale telecommunications projects for billion-dollar industry leaders. Before By Light, Don held various key positions at AT&T in sales, marketing, and program management. Under his leadership, AT&T successfully implemented high technology programs with the Department of Defense, federal civilian agencies, and foreign governments. Following AT&T, Don joined Qwest Communications Government Systems as Senior Director of DoD Programs, where he played a critical role in the development of Qwest’s defense market and provided leadership and management for all project activities supporting the Defense Department. In addition, he established and managed the Qwest team supporting the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC) and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). Don holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.