Our Team


In 1984, Tony began working as a laborer in a South African steelyard. Over the forthcoming 3 years, he progressed through multiple operation roles before joining the South African military, where he served as an officer in the elite Airborne Forces. After leaving the military he began a small steel fabrication and supply business from the back of a pickup truck. Demonstrating an ethos of excellence from the beginning, Pegasus Steel experienced phenomenal growth and success. In 2006, Tony transitioned to Charleston, South Carolina with the goal of establishing another world-class steel fabrication business. From its humble beginnings with 10 inspired individuals, Pegasus Steel USA grew to employ more than 260 skilled team members. He attributes this great success to 4 key ingredients: Delivering world-class quality products, on-time, in a safe and efficient work environment. Tony studied Business Management at Damelin School of Business. He is a qualified shark diver, parachutist, and fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter pilot. He has run many marathons and taken part in some of the world’s toughest ultra-endurance events. He is married to Renee with whom he shares three beautiful children and three adorable grandchildren.



Erik is the Chief Financial Officer for R2P Innovations, bringing over 20 years of broad Financial, Programmatic, and International Business experience.  Prior to joining R2P, Erik served six years as the CFO/EVP of greymatter.io, a venture capital backed enterprise software company, where under his watch revenues quintupled and headcount doubled.  Prior to this, he worked for 13 years at SAIC, a government contractor, serving in various financial roles, including as Director of Treasury.  Throughout his undergraduate studies and in the year following graduation, Erik held various internships and jobs with major banks and investment houses.  Erik holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Finance from the Mason School of Business, William & Mary and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with Corporate Finance concentration from the Pamplin School of Business, Virginia Tech.  During his free time, Erik can be found on a golf course or traveling the world with his wife.


Portia is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President for R2P Innovations. She came from the automotive, hospitality, telecommunications, and medical industries before joining the metal fabrication industry.  As the first employee of Tony Deering in May 2007, she brought many years of human resources, environment, health and safety, legal review, and customer service management experience to her role. She holds three degrees from Indiana Institute of Technology with Summa Cum Laude honors and has her certification as a Professional in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resource Management association. Portia is active on several boards in the Tri-County metropolitan area, including the Greater Charleston YMCA Board of Directors where she holds the position of Board Chair.  She is married with children and a grandchild.  Her favorite pastime activities are cooking new recipes and babysitting. 


Michael has more than 30 years of US and international senior business management experience. He came to the U.S. in 1985 from Australia and established a Los Angeles-based investment bank. Since the mid-90s, Michael has focused on business management and company turnarounds in the U.S. Michael served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of a company that provided and maintained lifesaving Buffalo and Cougar MRAP vehicles to our armed forces and allies. He has served on the Medical University of South Carolina Neuroscience Advisory Board and as a Board member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Michael currently serves as a Board member of MedTrust Holdings, Inc. He was awarded the inaugural General William C. Westmoreland Friend of West Point Award by the West Point Society of Charleston in 2011 and a Leader of Principle Award by the Citadel School of Business in 2012. Michael holds a BA (Economics and Finance) degree from Macquarie University Sydney, Australia.

KATHERINE SCHWEIT, J.D., board advisor

Katherine is an attorney, former Chicago prosecutor, and a career Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent who authored the award-winning books, Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis and How to Talk About Guns with Anyone. While she was an FBI agent, 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. She then became part of the crisis team that responded to incidents, including the shootings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Pentagon, and the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. She wrote the FBI’s seminal research, A Study of 160 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States, 2000-2013, benchmarking the first research conducted using law enforcement reports. She is the former director of security training for a Fortune 300 company. A native of Detroit, Ms. Schweit earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and her law degree at DePaul College of Law where she is currently an adjunct professor. Today, she lives in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington D.C.


COL Schweitzer lives in Alexandria, VA.  Joe graduated from Army ROTC at the University of Washington in 1983 with a BS in Geology and served 23 years as an Army Engineer.  Assignments include tours at Ft. Carson, CO; Dexheim, Germany; teaching at USMA; Ft. Bragg and Ft. Leonard Wood.  Joe has served two tours in Iraq, to include commanding Soldiers in combat.  Following his retirement in 2006, Joe was hired by American International Contractors (Special Projects), Inc. as its President where he served until July 2022.  AICI-SP builds US Embassies for the Department of State and other classified construction projects for DoD, total value of construction in excess of $750m.  Additional education includes an MS in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry, MA in Systems Analysis, both from Johns Hopkins University and a MSS in Strategic Security from the US Army War College.  Joe currently serves as a board member for R2P Innovations.

TAD DAVIS, board advisor

Following a distinguished military career with the U.S. Army, Davis held a series of Senior Civilian Leadership positions within the White House and U.S. Departments of Defense and State. Davis most recently served as Director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations at the U.S. Department of State where he oversaw maintenance and operations at 290 diplomatic posts. He also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense providing high-level advice and guidance pertaining to energy, installation and environmental issues associated with the department’s 500,000 structures valued in excess of $1T. Davis, who earned his B.S. in Engineering from West Point Military Academy and MPA from Harvard, is also a National Security Fellow from Hoover Institute and an Assistant Professor of Security Studies at George C. Marshall European Center.