2019 Featured Speakers

  Stacy Cummings
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers, Department of Defense
Ms. Stacy Cummings is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and currently serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers (PDASD(AE)). In this position, she advises the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (ASD(A)) on matters relating to the Department of Defense Acquisition System while advancing  innovative, data-driven approaches across the acquisition enterprise. Previously serving as the Program Executive Officer, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS), Ms. Cummings managed the delivery of healthcare and advance data sharing through a modernized electronic health record for service members, veterans, and their families. Full bio
  Margie Graves
Federal Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget
Margaret (Margie) H. Graves is Deputy Federal CIO for the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. The Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer drives value in Federal IT, delivers digital services, protects Federal IT assets and information, and develops the next generation IT workforce. In her role, Margie works to improve the way Government delivers results and technology services to the public. She drives elements of the President’s Management Agenda; IT Modernization, Data as a Strategic Asset and Workforce of the 21st Century. Full bio.
  Peter Ranks
Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise, Department of Defense
Mr. Peter T. Ranks is a member of the Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) and is currently serving as the Department of Defense (DoD) Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise (DCIO-IE). Mr. Ranks is a career CIA officer with 20 years’ experience designing, adapting, and deploying technology to support the Intelligence mission. Full bio. 
  Jill Aitoro
Executive Editor, Sightline Media's Business-to-Government Group
Jill Aitoro is executive editor of Sightline Media’s Business-to-Government Group, guiding and developing the editorial strategy for Defense News, Federal Times, C4ISRNET, and cyber brand Fifth Domain. She is also editor of Defense News, directly managing the premiere brand covering the global defense market. She brings nearly 20 years of experience editing and reporting on defense programs, policy and procurement, federal government IT and business issues facing the defense and federal sector. Aitoro appears regularly on the Defense News Weekly television program airing online and on the American Forces Network, which features interviews with senior defense leaders and field reporting on industry, politics and defense acquisition. She has also been a regular commentator on local news networks; served as a guest reporter on C-SPAN’s weekly series, The Communicators; and appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch and Markets Now on Fox Business. Aitoro received multiple award honors for government reporting and multimedia editorial projects.
  Amira Boland
Lead, Customer Experience and GEAR Center, OMB
Amira is currently on detail to the Office of Management and Budget to coordinate the implementation of the Customer Experience Cross-Agency Priority Goal and the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center government Reform Plan proposal. Full bio.
  Ed Caso
Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Equity, Research Department, Wells Fargo Securities
Ed Caso is a managing director and Senior Analyst in the Equity Research department of Wells Fargo Securities, leading a team of equity analysts covering the Information Technology/Business Process Outsourcing (IT/BPO) Services sector. He has more than 25 years of equity research experience working for Wells Fargo (and predecessors, 1999-present), Alex. Brown (1995-1999) and Goldman Sachs (1984-1995). Full bio
  Pierre Chao
Founding Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Pierre Chao, Founding Partner, brings over three decades of management consulting, investment banking and policy expertise in the aerospace/defense industry. Throughout his career he has been a trusted advisor to senior corporate, government and financial decision makers on key strategic issues - from major investments to mergers and acquisitions to strategic and policy choices. As well as being a Managing Partner and co-founder of Renaissance Strategic Advisors, he is also a co-founder and Operating Partner of Enlightenment Capital and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Full bio
  Paul Courtney
Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Paul Courtney was appointed as the DHS Deputy Chief Procurement Officer in June, 2019.  Since March, 2013, Mr. Courtney was a member of the Senior Executive Service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and served as Head of Contracting Activity and Procurement Executive. In this role, Mr. Courtney led the FBI's contracting officers, and the FBI's acquisition of approximately $4 billion in goods and services. Full bio
  Martha Dorris
Founder and CEO, Dorris Consulting International 
Martha has almost 34 years of government experience in acquisition, technical and program management to customer experience.  Martha has run many government organizations that build and deliver agency and citizen facing programs to deliver government services anytime, anywhere on any device.  Most recently, Martha led and managed GSA’s Office of Strategic Programs where she brought a customer-centric lens to the services and acquisitions they award. Martha has been active in the information technology community worldwide.  She has served as the Chair of the American Council for Technology (ACT) and numerous positions with the International Council for IT in Government Administration (ICA). Full bio.
  Frank Finelli
Senior Specialist in Military Aviation and Acting Senior Advisor to the Director,
Congressional Research Service
Francis A. Finelli is a Managing Director focused on U.S. investment opportunities in the aerospace, defense, services, and security technology sectors. He has led teams on several acquisitions and financial restructurings, including one of the first U.S. purchases of a continental European defense company. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Finelli served as the legislative assistant responsible for defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs for Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), Chairman of the Airland Subcommittee and Senate Armed Services Committee, and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. Finelli reviewed defense procurement and research and development programs. He also developed legislation, presented speeches and published articles associated with defense transformation and joint experimentation. Full bio. 
  Tom Howder
Acting Deputy Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration
Tom Howder was named the acting Deputy Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) in November 2018. Tom oversees the delivery of over $50 billion of products, services and solutions that save taxpayer dollars and enable federal agencies to accomplish their missions as efficiently as possible. He previously served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) within FAS. Full bio.  
  Barbara Morton
Deputy Chief, Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
Barbara C. Morton assumed her current duties in July 2016 when she joined the Veterans Experience Office (VEO) as Deputy Chief Veterans Experience Officer.  In this role Barbara is responsible for building a lasting customer experience capability at VA and sharing best practices across sister Federal Agencies.  She was recently an Agency recipient for the Gears of Government Award (2019) and the Service to the Citizen Award (2019) for her role in transforming VA’s capabilities to provide Veterans with an excellent customer experience. Full bio.
  Colonel Warren Sponsler
Deputy Director, NGCV CFT, Army Futures Command
COL Warren Sponsler is a US Army Armor Officer currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team (NGCV-CFT) at Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, as a part of Army Futures Command.  The NGCV-CFT is charged with leading the US Army’s ground combat vehicle modernization efforts to fight and win on the future battlefield. Full bio.
  Jean Stack
Managing Director, Baird
Jean A. Stack is a managing director in Baird’s Global Investment Banking group and is co-head of the firm’s Government & Defense practice. For over 20 years, Ms. Stack has been advising industry-leading companies on mergers & acquisitions, corporate divestitures, financing, and other corporate strategies. She has extensive experience in working with companies that operate in a broad range of technology and service domains including C4ISR, IT modernization, cyber security, space, BPO, software, and consulting, among other market segments. Full bio.
  Tom Temin
Anchor, The Federal Drive
Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006 and has been reporting on technology markets for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Federal News Network, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology. Full bio.
  Lisa Veith
SVP, Business Development and Marketing, Federal Services
Lisa Veith has more than 25 years of business development and teaming experience in the federal market. From her many years in federal business development, Lisa has an extensive federal network that includes government, industry, subcontracting partners and teaming alliances. Before joining MAXIMUS in 2011, Lisa has worked with such diverse companies as Sapient, Perot Systems and Wang. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both communications and criminal justice from the University of Florida. Full bio.