We Build. We Protect.

Building and protecting is our ethos. It drives every decision related to strategy, structure, people, processes, and technology.

All organizations need resources that help them efficiently and consistently deliver on critical initiatives. We offer tailored solutions to meet our clients’ needs related to project management and security so they can provide for their stakeholders.

Our Purpose

Our group of collaborators are committed to partnering with your team to identify and overcome challenges. We walk with you every step of the way to identify threats in the organization as well as recognize opportunities for growth. At 7th Echelon, we provide a personalized solution by analyzing your situation, creating a project management plan, and then seeing the plan through.

Our Values

The only way to understand what challenges our clients are facing is to put ourselves in their shoes. To do this, we invest in building real relationships with everyone we work with. Solving problems extends beyond creating plans in a bubble. It requires close collaboration with your teams to overcome obstacles, improve their processes, and reduce risks.

Who We Work With

We work with businesses, state governments, and the federal government to solve a variety challenges and help improve their performance. Below are some of our customers.

US Forest Service
City of Houston
Houston Independent School District
Public Storage
HART Intercivic
Harris County Toll Road Authority
Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority / METRO

Awards & Recognition

  • “The Fast 50 are those NMSDC-certified minority business enterprises that have shown the most growth and resourcefulness in order to scale and meet the needs of their stakeholders during times of uncertainty, based upon the highest average revenue growth rate* for 2019, 2020, and 2021.”

    The Fast 50 MBES
  • Hilton Supply Management selected us as a 2020 award winner for having ‘the greatest impact on economic development strategies designed to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship’.

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  • The Houston MDBA Business Center, operated by Houston Community College honored us in 2019 as the Houston MDBA Construction Trailblazer Client of the Year.

    Houston MDBA Business Center, operated by Houston Community College


  • City of Houston Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • City of Houston Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • Statewide Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)
  • City of Houston Minority Business Enterprise
  • Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority Small Business Enterprise
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise
  • Small Business Administration 8(a)
  • Port Houston Minority Business Enterprise

Leadership & Team

  • Edgartt Melton

    Chief Executive Officer

    Edgartt started 7th Echelon, LLC, in 2016. He has over two decades of experience in developing and executing strategic initiatives within organizations.

    As a creative problem solver, he has the ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with cross-functional teams. He used his areas of specialty and experience to build a company that solves complex business matters organizations face.

    CEO Edgartt Melton
  • Sharrell McKennie


    • Learner
    • Responsibility
    • Relator
    • Belief
    • Developer

    Capability Summary

    Sharrell has over 20 years of experience with a proven track record of delivering effective solutions to complex business challenges and leading teams in challenging environments. Her leadership style is a straightforward, logical, and practical approach to problem-solving and a drive to see things through to completion. Her ability to think critically, analyze data, and make informed recommendations has significantly improved business performance for clients.

    Delivery Experience

    Conducted internal contracting reviews, including policy procedures/guidance, and analyzed the risk within the programs and processes.

    Designed and implemented a flexible, workable, sustainable Compliance Management System satisfying users’ and leadership’s compliance needs across multiple countries, cultures, languages, and remediation projects covering 2300+ sites.

    Managed compliance delivery plan / self-verification / external audit process and Compliance Management System and Operating Management System conformance.


    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Human Services-Management of Nonprofit Organizations (Capella University)
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Keller Graduate School of Management)
    • BS, Accounting (DePaul University)
    Sharrell McKennie (Director)
  • Sophie Lockerby

    Senior Manager

    • Harmony
    • Relator
    • Consistency
    • Includer
    • Responsibility

    Capability Summary

    Sophie has substantial experience in leading and managing teams with project delivery. Her skill set includes all aspects of the software development life cycle.

    Delivery Experience

    Established and led a Salesforce Center of Excellence for 20+ organizations across the UK and North America business groups focusing on building a community of shared knowledge and engagement, instilling governance and standard processes for setup, resource acquisition, support, and various business system workflows, and utilizing the platform efficiently and effectively with varying use cases among the 20 business units.

    Developed and implemented a strategic framework to establish improvements within the change management and business communication process.


    • BA, Mathematics University of Virginia (VA)
    • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
    Sophie Lockerby (Senior Manager)
  • Angel Crocram

    PMP, CSM (Manager)

    • Relator
    • Achiever
    • Analytical
    • Ideation
    • Restorative

    Capability Summary

    Angel has over 16 years of consulting and project management experience.  She has led the operations of recovery, planning, management, compliance, and administration of grants for federal, state, local, nonprofit, and other government entities.

    Delivery Experience

    Responsible for senior-level relationship management, communications, and day-to-day activities of several complex project management engagements.


    • BS, Electrical Engineering (Louisiana Tech University)
    • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
    • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
    Angel Crocram, PMP, CSM (Manager)
  • Karl Johnson


    • Strategic
    • Positivity
    • Achiever
    • Responsibility
    • Learner

    Capability Summary

    Karl has a strong background in maximizing client service opportunities while safeguarding company financial assets through researching, underwriting, conducting risk assessments, and supplying recommendations that increase profitability and reduce risk to stakeholders. He is a fast learner that shows dedication to keeping personal accountability. Proficient in using computer systems and software to access and review property records and other relevant information.

    Delivery Experience

    Resolved complex title issues, reviewed, and determined the best course of action to cure the title. Made curative recommendations and assisted clients with various title defects to achieve clear marketable/insurable titles.

    Research and resolve title issues and discrepancies, reviewing title evidence, and curing title defects of record while partnering with the onsite legal team.


    • BS. Computer Information Systems (Grambling State University)
    Karl Johnson (Analyst)
  • Tymia Taylor


    • Empathy
    • Harmony
    • Restorative
    • Futuristic
    • Individualization

    Capability Summary

    Tymia is organized and detail-oriented, with experience in accurately processing, analyzing, and maintaining large amounts of data in various computer systems. Tymia is recognized for her ability to verify and correct data and ensure the accuracy of information entered.

    Delivery Experience

    Processed and completed sensitive documents ensuring accuracy. Verified and corrected data to ensure the quality and integrity of the information in the system.


    • Crash Course on Python Google Certificate
    • Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Udemy Certificate
    Tymia Taylor (Analyst)
  • Fallon Thomas


    • Arranger
    • Deliberative
    • Connectedness
    • Relator
    • Futuristic

    Capability Summary

    Fallon has a strong background in organizing, managing, and maintaining large amounts of information. She is skilled in utilizing various document management systems and software to improve efficiency and accuracy. Fallon has strong communication and collaboration skills, focusing on providing exceptional customer service.

    Delivery Experience

    Maintained organizational documents and the document management system. Ensured organizational documents went through a documented and approved review-and-approval process before being stored. Supported adherence to record retention policies, safeguarding information, and retrieving documents.


    • BA Sociology (Houston Baptist University)
    Fallon Thomas (Analyst)


  • Impressed with their attention to detail

    Ed and his team bring an understanding of the complexities and needs of the most important people in our business, our guests. We have been impressed with their attention to detail, work ethic, and sometimes under less than perfect circumstances.

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  • Delighted with their work

    7th Echelon provided high-quality people that know how to execute a project. We can say without reservation that we have been delighted with their work.

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  • Foresight, and out of the box thinking

    It was a pleasure and we enjoyed working with owner Ed Melton and his team. We were so impressed with Ed's foresight, and out of the box thinking, we along with the project manager prime contractor, selected him to serve as a voting member for the selection of the general contractor for the $38MM project.

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Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to our success. We are committed to promoting equity and fairness in all aspects of our operations. We strive to build and foster a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and create an environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and empowered.