PURVIS President Massed retires, Drago appointed CEO

MIDDLETOWN – PURVIS Systems Inc. has appointed Joseph Drago to the role of CEO, effective Oct. 1, the company announced Tuesday.

The appointment comes on the same day as the retirement of PURVIS President Steve Massed. The Middletown-based company said it currently has no plans to fill the role of president.

PURVIS Systems is an IT systems and services provider for public safety, federal and Department of Defense enterprises.

“PURVIS has seen significant growth while under Steve Massed’s leadership: We expanded our presence throughout the U.S., grew our client base, increased strategic partnerships, achieved greater financial stability and retained top talent,” said Drago in a statement. “We are uniquely positioned to maintain momentum and continue on this growth trajectory, and we have an incredible team who understands our vision for the future and is committed to advancing our systems and services.”

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Drago is the the founder, owner and former president of the New York-based Integrated Management Solutions Inc., which previously worked with PURVIS on New York City Fire Department contracts. Drago was also elected chairman of the PURVIS board in 2017, after serving on the board since 2001. IMS employees will transition to PURVIS, according to a company spokeswoman.

Including IMS workers, PURVIS will have 127 employees.

“Joe understands PURVIS extremely well and has the industry experience to thrive in this dynamic environment. His commitment to the organization’s values and strategy is perfectly aligned with PURVIS’ goals as we enter our next chapter,” stated Massed. “It’s been an honor to serve as president of PURVIS Systems for the past two years, and I look forward to working as a board member with Joe to continue to grow our position as one of the most reliable and responsive systems and services providers in the market.”