Annual Conference Speakers

2019 Speakers announced soon! Check out last year's speakers below:

ADM James M. Loy, USCG (Retired)
Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
In 2005, Admiral James Loy completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified Cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency. Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Admiral Loy served in the Department of Transportation as Deputy Under Secretary for Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and later as Under Secretary for Security. In these roles, he served as the first administrator of the newly created TSA, which is responsible for protecting the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. Full bio.
James “Hondo” Geurts (invited)
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition
On Dec. 5, 2017, Mr. James F. Geurts was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)), following his confirmation by the Senate November 2017. As the Navy’s acquisition executive, Mr. Geurts has oversight of an annual budget in excess of $60 billion and is responsible for equipping and supporting the finest Sailors and Marines in the world with the best platforms, systems and technology as they operate around the globe in defense of the Nation. Mr. Geurts previously served as the Acquisition Executive, U.S.. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB), Florida. Full bio.
Emily W. Murphy
Administrator, GSA
Emily W. Murphy was sworn in as administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) by U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on December 12, 2017. President Donald J. Trump nominated Ms. Murphy to lead GSA in September 2017. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 5, 2017. Administrator Murphy leads a staff of 11,600 employees nationwide, overseeing more than 371 million square feet of property, and approximately $54 billion in annual contracts. Full bio.

Harry Paul
Author, Business Motivational Speaker
As the author of seven world-renowned books, and Co-author of the global phenomenon and best selling business book Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, Harry Paul travels the globe infusing fun-and performance-into the workplace. With a Ph.D. in experience, Harry has over 30 years in business including running all aspects of a management training and consulting business, including sales, distribution, product development and international operations. Full bio.

Session Speakers:

  Ken Asbury
President and Chief Executive Officer, CACI  
Ken Asbury is President and Chief Executive Officer of CACI International Inc, an international information solutions and services company serving defense, intelligence, and federal civilian government customers. Under his leadership, CACI has set record revenues and advanced its position as an IT innovator that attracts talented professionals for its customers' most challenging missions. Full bio.
  Kerry Barnhart
President, Front Edge Consulting and former Executive Director, Strategic Transformation, Aetna  
Ms. Barnhart’s 30-year career spans the disciplines of strategy, organizational design, and transformational change. She has helped fortune 50 companies and federal agencies define their business and organizational models and align behaviors to drive strategic growth. As the Head of Strategic Transformation for Aetna, Inc., she helped to evolve Aetna’s business model, integrate several significant acquisitions, structure joint venture operating models and align incentives and behaviors to achieve Aetna’s position as a progressive leader in the rapidly changing Health Benefits industry. Full bio.
  Greg Baroni
Chairman and CEO, Attain  
Greg Baroni is the chairman and chief executive officer, as well as co-founder of Attain, LLC. Before founding Attain, Mr. Baroni held various leadership roles at Unisys Corporation, including corporate senior vice president of the company and president of its Federal Systems and Global Public Sector unit. In these roles, he was responsible for a worldwide business comprising six geographic regions and the U.S. Federal Systems group. Full bio.
  Gail Bassin
CO-CEO, JBS International 
Gail Bassin is co-founder and co-CEO of JBS International, Inc., and has decades of experience in providing professional consulting services to Federal, state, and nonprofit clients. Over the course of her career, Gail has directed or overseen numerous mission-focused contracts that address a broad range of public health and social service issues administered by the agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. Full bio.
  Richard W. Vorder Bruegge
Senior Photographic Technologist, FBI 
Richard W. Vorder Bruegge is a Senior Photographic Technologist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he is responsible for overseeing science and technology developments in the imaging sciences. He has been with the FBI since 1995, where he has performed forensic analysis of image and video evidence, testifying in state, federal and international courts as an expert witness over 60 times. Full bio.
  Peter Clyne
Sr. VP, Corporate Development, Leidos
Peter Clyne is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Leidos. He was appointed to his current position following the merger with Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS business. Prior to the Leidos merger, he spent 33 years at Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies where he held executive positions in finance, strategy, and M&A. As vice president M&A and director of strategy at Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS unit, Clyne led acquisitions, divestitures, strategic investments, and joint venture transactions. Full bio.
   Joe Conway
CTO, Fed Centric Technologies and Founder, Blockstr Technology Group
Joe Conway is the Chief Technology Officer of Fed Centric Technologies and Founder of Blockstr Technology Group. Joe has spent the last 30+ years designing high performance, mission-critical information systems for government customers in the Civilian, Defense and Intelligence Communities. Joe is a strategic thinker who approaches business challenges and technology capabilities with both curiosity and creativity, asking “Why not?” In his journey through the ranks at a Government research lab to a large enterprise software vendor to a small boutique reseller and systems integrator, Joe combines a rigorous and creative hands-on approach to providing emerging technology proof points and prototypes wrapped with customer-focused collaboration and service. Full bio.
  Timothy W. Cooke
President and CEO, ASI Government
Tim is a veteran of the professional services industry whose business leadership roles helped build and grow premier companies in the industry. As owner, President and CEO of ASI Government, LLC, he puts his experience to work to create value for clients who leverage the marketplace to create mission essential capabilities for dozens of public sector organizations. He believes that value in ASI’s business is driven by services and solutions delivered by highly skilled consultants and experts in acquisition, combined with deep understanding of clients’ organizations, and hunger to create desired mission outcomes. Full bio.
  Brian Dunbar
Assistant Director, Special Security Directorate, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Brian Dunbar is a CIA careerist currently serving as Assistant Director, Special Security Directorate, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Dunbar previously served as Chief, Personnel Security Group, Special Security Directorate, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In this assignment, he was responsible for security policy development and implementation for the DNI in the DNI’s role as Security Executive Agent for the whole of government. Full bio.
Bill Evanina
Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
William R. Evanina is the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), an organization he has led since June 2, 2014. He serves as the head of Counterintelligence (CI) for the U.S. Government and is the principal CI and security advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Evanina is responsible for leading and supporting the CI and security activities of the US Intelligence Community, the U.S. Government, and U.S. private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries. Under NCSC, he oversees national-level programs and activities. Full bio.

  Gregory (Greg) L. Giddens
Partner, Potomac Ridge Consulting, LLC
Mr. Giddens co-founded Potomac Ridge Consulting in January 2018 after retiring from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He retired with over 35 years of experience in engineering, management, leadership, procurement, and program management with 16 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Throughout his career, Greg established effective relationships with stakeholders across a broad spectrum including the White House, Cabinet Agencies, Congress, and private sector. Full bio.
  Ron Gilbert
President, ESOP Services
Ronald J. Gilbert (“Ron”) is cofounder and President of ESOP Services, Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in ESOP transactions for privately held companies. Ron currently serves on The ESOP Association’s Board of Governors, is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Chemonics International, Inc., and serves on the board of directors of three other ESOP companies.  He is a former member of the board of directors of The National Center for Employee Ownership. With over forty years of experience, Ron is a frequent speaker at ESOP seminars sponsored by The World Bank, The ESOP Association, The NCEO, and has spoken in nine countries. Full bio.
  Margie Graves
U.S. Deputy CIO
Margaret (Margie) H. Graves is the Deputy Federal CIO for the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer at the Office of Management and Budget. The Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer drives value in Federal IT, delivers world-class 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. Full bio.
  Adam Gunter
Naval Officer I Supply Chain Military Executive Fellow at The Home Depot
Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and Harvard Business School MBA. Expertise in supply chain logistics, multi-modal distribution, and change leadership. Full bio.
  Dennis Kelly
President & CEO, Buchanan & Edwards
Dennis is the President & CEO of Buchanan and Edwards. In this role he is responsible for developing and executing an aggressive growth strategy that will expand B&E’s solutions into the national security market. He has nearly 30 years of experience growing businesses through M&A and organic growth. Dennis’ previous roles were CEO of IOMAXIS, LLC, an innovative cyber security solutions firm, was the president and CEO of A-T Solutions, Inc., a counter-terrorism solutions firm supporting a variety of defense, intelligence and law enforcement customers. Full bio.
  Bob Kipps
Managing Director, KippsDeSanto
Mr. Kipps has over 20 years of experience in providing M&A and other transaction advisory to leading aerospace / defense and technology firms. He founded KippsDeSanto & Co. in 2007 and has grown the firm to >25 professionals--the largest investment bank exclusively focused on the Aerospace/Defense and Government Services sector. Over the years, Mr. Kipps has worked with some of the most successful industry firms both advising them on their strategy as they grew and assisting them with their eventual sale. Full bio.
  Joe Mahaley
Assistant Administrator, Office of Protective Services, NASA
Joe Mahaley is the Assistant Administrator (AA) for Protective Services at NASA. He leads the Office of Protective Services (OPS) and is the focal point for policy formulation, oversight, coordination, and management of the Agency's protective services. As the AA for OPS, he oversees NASA's security management, including agency-wide personnel, physical, and information security policy, intelligence analysis, counterintelligence/counterterrorism services, national security systems, handling of sensitive and classified information, identity, credential, and systems access management, emergency management, and continuity of operations functions. Full bio.
  Joe Martore
President, Calibre Systems
Joe Martore serves as CALIBRE’s President & Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors.  He has held these positions since March 2010, and is responsible for setting and overseeing CALIBRE’s strategic direction, establishing corporate policies, and managing the overall business and financial performance of the company. Under Mr. Martore’s leadership, CALIBRE was named Government Contractor of the Year ($75M - $300M category) in 2012 and 2015. Full bio.

Dawn Meyerriecks
Deputy Director of Science & Technology, CIA
Dawn C. Meyerriecks was appointed Deputy Director for Science and Technology effective June 17, 2013. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Meyerriecks served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology & Facilities since 2009. In this role, she explored and delivered complex technologies underpinning national missions. Full bio.
  Susi Mudge
President, Chemonics
President and chief executive officer Susanna Mudge came to Chemonics in 1992 and has served the company in many key leadership roles, including as executive vice president, senior vice president of the Latin America and Caribbean region, and as director of several of the company's larger programs. She brings in-depth global expertise in strategic private sector development, organizational development, trade and investment promotion and sustainable natural resource management. Full bio.
  Sean Mullen
Vice President and Regional Sales Leader, U. S. Public Sector
Sean Mullen is Vice President and Regional Sales Leader of DXC Technology, U.S. Public Sector, where he is responsible for leading sales, strategy and business development for the region. Mullen leads an organization that is focused on growth by developing customer-centric IT solutions, exhibiting thought leadership and presenting unique value propositions to government clients. Full bio.
  Trey Obering
Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Trey Obering leads our Directed Energy innovation team working with clients across the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence communities. An expert in acquisition and program management, Trey also works with clients in the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Space Command, and Missile Defense markets. Full bio.
  Charlie Phalen
Director, National Background Investigations Bureau
Charles S. Phalen, Jr. is the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, an organizational element of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this role, he leads a government-wide organization providing investigations for national security, suitability, and credentialing determinations for more than 100 federal agencies. 
In his previous position, Mr. Phalen was Vice President of Corporate Security for Northrop Grumman Corporation and led the security organization responsible for overseeing the security policies, procedures and processes that protect company employees, information and property worldwide. Full bio.
  Garry Reid
Director for Defense Intelligence (Intelligence and Security), U.S. Department of Defense
Garry Reid is currently serving as the Director for Defense Intelligence (Intelligence and Security) (DDI (I&S)), reporting directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)). In this capacity he is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy and resources to conduct HUMINT, counterintelligence, security, sensitive activities, intelligence analysis, intelligence sharing, and partner engagement programs. Full bio.
  Dyson Richards
Executive Vice President, RGS
Dyson’s main responsibility is leading the growth of RGS. He has extensive experience leading strategic marketing and business development efforts and facilitating the achievement of corporate objectives for IT and professional services firms. Dyson has been an instrumental player in transforming RGS from a small, founder-led firm into an established mid-sized company. Full bio.
  René Thomas-Rizzo
Director, Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment
Ms. Thomas-Rizzo, Senior Executive Service, is responsible for all Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition workforce strategy, policy and initiatives for the 165,000 member acquisition workforce. Ms. Thomas-Rizzo led recent efforts to develop the Defense Acquisition Strategic Workforce Plan; make major improvements to the DoD Acquisition Demonstration Project – a contribution-based management system; significantly improve use of the $500M Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund; and work with Congress to improve statutory authorities for the acquisition workforce. Full bio.
  Dr. Alexis Lasselle Ross
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategy and Acquisition Reform (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)
Dr. Alexis Lasselle Ross currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategy and Acquisition Reform. She is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) responsible for the design and implementation of acquisition reform and modernization initiatives. Full bio.
  Robert Shelton
Chief Technical Officer and Advisor, Microsoft National Security Division
Robert Shelton, Jr. is the Chief Technical Officer and Advisor for Microsoft’s National Security Division, supporting the Intelligence Community, DHS, DOJ and DOE.  Robert joined the Microsoft National Intelligence Team in 2007 as the Chief Architect, focusing on “The Cloud", Microsoft Development Platforms, and SharePoint as an Application Platform. Prior to joining the National Intelligence Division Robert spent six years as a Technology Evangelist, focusing on Microsoft Software Development, SOA and Collaboration Technologies for Microsoft Public Sector. Full bio.

Carey Smith
President, Parsons Business Unit
Carey A. Smith is the President of the Federal business unit of Parsons Corporation. In this role, Carey is responsible for the business unit’s global operations. She also serves as President and a Director of Parsons Global Services International, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Federal group. Prior to joining Parsons in 2016, Carey held a series of leadership roles within the defense and aerospace industry. Full bio.
  Peter Smith
President & CEO, American Systems
Since joining AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 1980 as a test engineer, Mr. Smith has held a series of technical and management positions of progressing responsibility throughout the Company, culminating in his appointment in 2014 to President and CEO.  He has been a leader in the identification and development of holistic solutions that meet customer needs and ensure successful support of our nation’s mission-critical priorities.  Mr. Smith has been instrumental in advancing customer programs related to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and Department of State, among others. Full bio.
  Nick Veasey
Principal, Director of M&A Booz Allen Hamilton
After graduating from the Naval Academy in 2002, Nick served for 5 years in the United States Marine Corp as a reconnaissance platoon commander with deployments to Iraq and other areas in the Middle East. He then earned an MBA and began his finance career at Deutsche Bank in the industrials investment banking group focusing on M&A and debt capital markets. In 2014, Nick joined a family investment office and spent a year buying SDVOSB and VOSB businesses before transitioning to Booz Allen in 2015. Full bio.
  Karinda L. Washington
Chief of Staff, Office of Partnership and Engagement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Karinda L. Washington currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) within the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to this position, Ms. Washington served as an External Affairs Specialist in DHS’s Private Sector Office. In these positions, she manages the operational complexities of OPE, the DHS Loaned Executive Program and Exemplar training with industry pilot program, and advises DHS components on public-private partnerships. Full bio.