2021 Vision Speakers 

 

Sonny Hashmi 
Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA
Hear from the federal government leader responsible for overseeing the delivery of more than $75B of products, services, and solutions that enable federal agencies to efficiently accomplish their missions while saving taxpayer dollars. GSA plays a key role in helping the administration implement its agenda. Learn about the contributions that GSA is making to the administration’s priorities and how your company can provide support. Read more. 
Anita Antenucci
Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
Ms. Antenucci a Senior Managing Director and leads Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace•Defense•Government practice. She was a member of the firm’s board of directors prior to its IPO in August 2015. Ms. Antenucci is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Antenucci has two decades of investment banking experience, including M&A, financing, and valuation. She has worked on the buyside and sellside for a wide array of Fortune 500 and international companies, small-caps, entrepreneurs, and private equity owners. Her clients have included most of the world’s leading aerospace and defense contractors. Recent notable transactions include divestitures for General Dynamics, Harris, Lockheed Martin, and TransDigm and engagements for Veritas Capital, J.F. Lehman, Greenbriar Equity Group, and The Carlyle Group, as well as many founder-owned companies across the aerospace and defense sectors. Read more. 

Christopher Bennethum
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration
Chris Bennethum is the Assistant Commissioner for GSA’s Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). In this position, Mr. Bennethum is responsible for overseeing AAS’ delivery of custom acquisition, project, and financial management services, enabling customers’ missions worldwide. AAS specializes in complex, sensitive and mission-critical projects that are offered to federal clients on a fee-for-service basis through twelve nationally-located Client Support Centers (CSCs).    
Pierre Chao
Founding Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Mr. Chao is a founding partner of Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a boutique aerospace/defense strategy, market insight, and M&A advisory firm; and a co-founder of Enlightenment Capital, an aerospace/defense private credit firm. Mr. Chao is a Registered Representative of and Securities Products are offered through BA Securities, LLC.
Eric Chewning
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Eric co-leads McKinsey’s Aerospace & Defense Practice in the Americas. He has 20 years of experience advising decision makers in national security markets, and supports clients in the areas of growth strategy, strategic due diligence, M&A advisory, corporate portfolio management, supply chain resiliency, and strategy-based transformation. Ready more. 
  Frank Finelli
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
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. Read more. 
Shelita Saint-Louis, 
Division Chief and Senior Contracting Officer at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Interior Business Center, Acquisition Services Directorate (AQD), Herndon, VA
Shelita Saint-Louis is a Division Chief and Senior Contracting Officer at AQD, a service-for-fee contracting organization that provides cradle-to-grave acquisition support for various Federal agencies. Shelita joined AQD shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s from Lehigh University with a double major in Management and Marketing and a minor in Sociology.  She was named the AQD 2019 Supervisor of the year, she has extensive experience in contracting, and has received several performance awards. Under Shelita’s leadership and direction, her Division overwhelmingly exceeded expectations by obligating $1.6 billion in contractual actions for federal agencies during Fiscal Year 2021.  She values mentoring and regularly serves as a mentor in DOI's Pathways for Excellence mentoring program.  Shelita is a Diversity Change Agent, has a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Level III, and an unlimited Certificate of Appointment which provides authority to award and administer contracts without monetary restriction. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. 

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