Peter J. O'Neal

Chief Strategy Officer

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Pete serves as Chief Strategy Officer for EM Key Solutions (EMKS). Pete is a highly experienced and accomplished executive and brings over three decades of leadership experience supporting large, complex enterprise solutions for the Federal Government. He will play an instrumental leadership role at EMKS in developing the strategic plan for expanding its offerings to the government and continuing to deliver our technology consulting solutions with our exceptional quality and client success focus. Pete is responsible for EMKS’s overall strategic management and provides leadership on corporate initiatives including, finance, organic growth, acquisitions, business development, and partnerships.


A retired Coast Guard Officer with over 25 years of Subject Matter Expert consulting experience, including key leadership roles for the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Pete has been and will continue to be involved in a critical leadership role the ETS Support Services contract supporting joint development, testing and deployment of the Veteran Administration’s Integrated Electronic Health Record under the EHR Modernization program, as well as other systems supporting the VA and the DoD Healthcare Facilities worldwide. Pete has served as a subject matter expert and a member of senior work groups designing the processes to be used in the Testing and Independent Verification and Validation of the systems developed in these efforts. In addition to the joint iEHR work, he has provided Quality and Program Management Consulting services to the DHA and VA in various areas of their Healthcare IT programs for over 30 years. 

Pete brings a wealth of knowledge and experience providing Quality and Management Consulting services in Healthcare Information Technology. Prior to his work in DHA and VA, as Chief Executive Officer of O’Neal and Associates (a company focused on Quality and Management Consulting Services in Manufacturing and Health Care), he re-engineered 7 IBM plants in mid-Hudson Valley NY and went on to re-engineer and lead an outpatient surgery center and an Orthopedics Group, designing and developing integrated systems for both. OgdenFM was built to support Facilities Management from a centralized perspective for the IBM facilities and Total Practice Manager (TPM) was designed as the first windows-based practice management system to support Healthcare delivery. He also opened a company (PICOS) to market the new product.

Pete brings over 30 years of experience in Quality Engineering and 10 years in Electrical Engineering. He has combined these talents to create systems in support of Business Processes instead of the other way around. His primary focus of Systems Design and Implementation has been the manufacturing and health care industries. Pete brings order to chaos with his ability to identify organizational conflicts and resolve them quickly and efficiently. He is passionate about re-engineering processes to meet objectives in troubled organizations, staffing to match skill sets to needs, and ensuring an efficient management structure is in place.

Pete is an avid follower and proponent of the Deming Management methodologies, and was actually Deming’s last protege! He is well versed in Clinical Quality, Clinical Business Processes and the ability to introduce re-engineering in the clinical environment. He is currently engaged in the marriage of the DoD and VA Integrated Health Care effort as he takes on his new role at EM Key Solutions.

Among others, Pete’s specialties include Quality Management, Quality Assurance, Systems Design, Development, Testing, Deployment and Implementation of large software programs, Organizational Behavior and Analysis, Program and Project Management, Federal contracting (a former Contracting Officer), and Business Development.

Pete holds a Master in Quality Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.