Vaughn Thurman

Board President

CEO, Step3 Inc

Vaughn is an entrepreneur by nature who has spent more than half of his adult life, starting, building, operating, and monetizing service, technology, and product based businesses.  For the last 25 years his focus has been Enterprise Technology Management, Development, and Sales.  In 1998, he founded Swift Systems, a regional IT Managed Services Provider headquartered in Frederick, Maryland. Swift Systems also operates regional data centers that provide cloud services to local, national, and international clients. Vaughn spun out his second IT startup, Swift Software, in 2003.  Swift Software is the company behind the industry’s leading no-code workflow management platform, JobTraQ.  Vaughn is now the CEO of Step 3 Inc, a technology holding company formed in 2017 to streamline investments and operations into these and other companies that Step3 is now actively investing and engaging in.

Vaughn served in the United States Air Force during the Gulf War supporting aerospace guidance and control systems, after attending Air Force University and graduating with honors from an Electrical Engineering program. He is an active supporter and volunteer for various community charities including his local favorite, The Frederick Rescue Mission.  Vaughn serves on boards and in other advisory capacities for various local charitable interests and tech startups. Vaughn and his wife of 22 plus years, Elizabeth, are raising 6 children who currently range in age from 6 to 20. His hobbies include woodworking, restoring classic cars, and light farming.

Vaughn has served on the techfrederick Advisory Board since 2012 and also served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.