About Us

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, M9 Solutions is a fast-growing small business dedicated to providing IT services and solutions to the Federal Government. We focus on developing and delivering robust, secure, and stable technology solutions across multiple core capability areas. Our team is DELIVERING THE DIGITAL FUTURE™ by mobilizing the right people, skills, clearance levels, and technologies to help organizations who desire improved performance and modern, sustainable change.


Founding M9 Solutions

M9 Solutions was established in 2007 in Atlanta, GA by our Founder and CEO, James McKee. James utilized his 20+ years of experience, to include leading the North American consulting business for Oracle North America, to establish a Fortune 500 Staffing Firm. Originally focused on the commercial sector, M9 grew quickly with a focus on providing technology talent to assist companies, corporations, and Federal Agencies in modernizing their systems, tools, and infrastructure.

Fun Fact: In 2007, James was looking for a company name that was personal to him and his family. He opted for the first letter of his family name, “M”, and his jersey number from his baseball days, the number “9”.

In 2014, M9 seized the opportunity to pivot to the Federal Sector as a subcontractor on the Healthcare.gov initiative. Since then, M9 has continued to experience exponential growth and now focuses 100% on supporting customers across the Federal sector. M9 has matured from a start-up into a robust technology company, focused on improving the lives of our customers as we strive to deliver the digital future.

As we look towards the future, with more than 100 employees supporting 27 Federal Agencies, we are focused on continued growth and movement towards new strategic contract vehicles and prime contracts.

Key Wins and Milestones


M9 was founded in Atlanta, GA as a Fortune 500 Staffing Firm serving the commercial sector.


M9 began working with AT&T and successfully sourced and recruited over 40 ERP SMEs and personnel from 2008-2014.


M9 began working directly with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill to support their Campus Solutions PeopleSoft 9.1 upgrade.


M9 wins our first Federal subcontract to support the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Healthcare.gov initiative, the Government’s website for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchange.


M9 partnered with Deloitte to build their remote development team for Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics under a $102M U.S. Navy contract to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines.


M9 relocated our headquarters from Atlanta, GA to Arlington, VA to best align with our Federal customers.


M9 wins subcontract to support the development of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight Application.


M9 rebrands, establishing a new logo, expanding core values, and defining our color palette. Our brand represents a modern take on an Irish-Celtic Trinity Knot. A nod to our Founder and CEO’s Irish heritage, Trinity Knots have a long history of symbolism for many people throughout human existence, representing an eternal commitment so strong that it cannot be undone. The nine strands of M9’s Trinity Knot also symbolize the nine core values of M9.


  • MPP is formed with Silverwake Solutions LLC, a CVE Certified SDVOSB
  • Silver9, an SDVOSB Joint Venture, is established and opens for business
  • M9 is ISO 9001:2015 certified by NSF at our headquarters location


  • MPP is formed with TMGL LLC, a Native Hawaiian Organization
  • H9O, an SBA Certified 8(a) Joint Venture, is established and opens for business
  • M9’s software development and services divisions are rated at CMMI Maturity Level 3


M9 is 100% focused on Delivering the Digital Future™ to the public sector both as a prime contractor and a subcontractor.


James McKee

James McKee

Founder & CEO

Sean DuGuay

Sean DuGuay

President & Chief Revenue Officer

Ethel Formichelli

Ethel Formichelli

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Vice President, Finance

Bryn Bernstein

Bryn Bernstein

Director, Human Resources

M9’s Core Values

Our core values serve as M9’s guide to determine our highest priorities in business. With this mindset, we created nine core values that speak to the culture we manifest, the missions we support, who we hire, and how we grow. The first seven core values were chosen by M9 Founder and CEO, James McKee. The final two core values were selected by M9 corporate employees in a popular vote.

“The first seven core values are representative of values the CEO learned from his father and greatest mentor, Robert Fulton McKee, a self-described “typical Irishman” who lived his life with a smile on his face, a beer in his hand, and a tear in his eye. Robert encouraged his children to work and play hard and to remember to have fun while doing it. He was a true American patriot, having accomplished the rare feat of being honorably discharged from both the Army and Navy over the course of his military service”

A relentless desire to learn and improve as well as a refusal to take anything at face value. Curiosity drives innovation and M9 is in the business of innovation.

Do it right, the first time, every time. Don’t cut corners. M9 employees are consummate professionals who value the trust placed in them by their customers, leaders, and colleagues to get the job done and to get it done right.

Humility is not the absence of pride, but the absence of false pride. M9 values transparency and honest feedback, always seeking continuous improvement. We learn from failure and success in equal measure and value the importance of the team over oneself.

M9 employees strive for a professional life centered on the importance of doing quality work. We maintain a strong work ethic and make steadfast and purposeful efforts toward success, accepting nothing short of excellence in our work.

At M9, we believe in being kind to all. We don’t underestimate the power of a kind word or kind act to motivate, inspire, and effect positive change and strive to work in a way that gives back to our colleagues, customers, community, and country.

In the face of debate and conflict, we find a way to be professional, positive, and to have fun. At M9, we work hard, play hard, and find enjoyment and satisfaction in doing both.

M9 employees are dependable, authentic, and trustworthy. If you say you’re going to show up, show up. Never over promise and under deliver. We believe in the truth that reliability is a key component to credibility and success.

Treat everyone with dignity and respect; for their ideas, time, experience, and background. At M9, we demonstrate a high regard for our customers, partners, and team and strive to be worthy of their regard as well.

In business, you’ll be around those who are smart and ambitious. Use them as motivation to be even better. M9 aspires to hire people who are the best in the business and who maintain an unwavering drive to win.

Certifications & Awards

M9 is an employee-centric, quality-driven organization committed to delivering superior results. We have been recognized by numerous organizations and are proud to highlight some of our accomplishments.

M9 is recognized for achieving the Silver level of the 2023 Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation.
M9’s services divisions are rated at CMMI Maturity Level 3.
M9’s software development is rated at CMMI Maturity Level 3.
M9 is ISO 9001:2015 certified by NSF-ISR at our corporate headquarters location.
As of November 2020, M9 has been recognized by the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program as a V3-certified employer.
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M9 was recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers of Virginia in 2023
As a fast-growing, privately-held company, M9 is a seven-time honor roll awardee to include the following years: 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.
M9 was recognized as one of The Top 250 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for 2021.
M9 was awarded the Inc. 500 in 2011.