Joseph Paresi is the Founder and former Chairman and CEO of IDSS Holdings, Inc., operating as Integrated Defense and Security Solutions (IDSS). Mr. Paresi brings over forty (40) years of experience in engineering designs and manufacturing along with executive level management in the security and defense fields.
Prior to IDSS, Mr. Paresi co-founder of L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:ID), an Identity Management Company specializing in advanced credentialing and Finger, face and Iris Biometric technologies for the DoD, State Department and Law Enforcement Agencies. At L-1, Mr. Paresi was the co-founder and Executive Vice President, until the company was sold to Safran in 2011.
Before L-1, Mr. Paresi was part of the founding team of L-3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LLL) and served as Corporate Officer and Corporate Vice President of Product Development as well as the Founder and President of L-3 Security & Detection Systems from 1996 until 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Paresi was responsible for developing many advanced products for Homeland Security, including checkpoint scanners, the eXaminer 3DX 6000 TSA Certified Explosive Detection System, Cargo and Mobile Systems along with the ProVision Millimeter wave Body Scanner. Mr. Paresi grew L-3’s Security & Detection Systems Division from its inception to over 1,000 employees.
Prior to L-3, Mr. Paresi served as Corporate Director of Technology at Lockheed Martin and served in the same capacity at Loral Corporation. Mr. Paresi spent over 16 years at Loral Electronic Systems as a senior design engineer, Director of Marketing and Director of Programs.
Mr. Paresi has been on numerous Boards, including the International Association of Airport Executives and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and is presently a Westchester County Police Board Commissioner and on the Advisory Board of Virtual Badge, Voti Technologies, Syght and Tek84. Mr. Paresi presently supports several clients through his consulting services company, TASK Consulting Inc., offering assistance in U.S. and International sales, technical advice, and M&A activities.
Mr. Paresi holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, a Program Management Degree from the Defense Systems Management College, and an MBA in Finance from Pace University. Mr. Paresi is Top Secret, Special Compartmentalized Information (SCI) Clearance Eligible.