2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Director

Amazon Web Services Public Sector

Washington Metropolitan Area District Director

U.S. Small Business Administration

2020 SPEAKERS

Ahmed Shehata

President

JTG, Inc.

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM

Partner

McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM

Goutham Amarneni

President

Zolon Tech Inc.

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM

Statewide Director

Virginia PTAC

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wealth Management Advisor

First Financial Group

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Chief Growth Officer

Brillient

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Program Manager

Integrated Award Environment (IAE), Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Founder and CEO

SAMS

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM

President & CEO

Array Information Technology, Inc.

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM

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Alec Chalmers

Alec Chalmers

Director, GovTech, EdTech, Learning Companies, Amazon Web Services, Worldwide Public Sector

Alec is a director on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Team, where he leads the GovTech, EdTech, AND Learning Companies. Prior to AWS, Alec spent nine years in sales leadership positions at Adobe in their public sector and commercial sales organization. Most recently, Alec was the Group Vice President for Adobe’s commercial health care organization. His other roles at Adobe included serving as their Vice President of National Government Solutions that included responsibility for their state and local government business as well as the U.S. Federal Health & Human Services, Justice, and Treasury Departments.

Prior to joining Adobe, Alec was a Director at Symantec and Veritas software where he had responsibility for DoD and State, Local and Education sales. He started his career as an intelligence officer for the United States Navy and deployed out of Norfolk, VA. Alec graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He currently lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife, Maryanne, and their two children.

Antonio Doss

Antonio Doss

Washington Metropolitan Area District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Antonio Doss has a passion for serving and supporting the community and economic development needs of entrepreneurs and underserved communities.  Throughout his career in government, community development, and finance, he has established a reputation for leadership integrity and a commitment to helping others grow.

Mr. Doss was appointed District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO) in December, 2013. As WMADO District Director, Mr. Doss and his team provide business development assistance to SBA’s largest portfolio of firms participating in the 8(a) business development program.  Among the office’s accomplishments is the issuance of more than $6 billion in contract offer letters annually.  Additionally, as District Director, he oversees the delivery of SBA’s small business financing products, contracting programs, and entrepreneurial coaching services.  The WMADO market area includes Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Doss served as director of the SBA Office of Grants Management where he administered a $250 million portfolio of cooperative agreement grants.  From 2004 to 2011, as Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Small Business Development Centers, he led the SBA’s largest business coaching program overseeing the $110 million Small Business Development Center grant program and its 900 service centers located across the nation and U.S. territories.

Before to coming to SBA, Mr. Doss was a senior vice president at Bank of America where he managed the bank’s community development program in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Under his leadership, the bank received the highest ratings from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for its commitment and demonstrated results in community reinvestment. While at Bank of America, Mr. Doss also managed SBA lending teams, branch offices, a consumer lending product group, and championed overall mortgage and real estate lending to low- and moderate-income communities.

Mr. Doss earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Robert Morris College. He is also a graduate of Leadership Maryland and the Consumer Bankers Association’s Graduate School of Bank Management, at the University of Virginia. 

Kevin Learned

Kevin Learned

Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC

Mr. Learned’s practice focuses on advising clients on general corporate and securities matters, including company formation and governance, buy-sell agreements, operating and stockholder agreements, mergers and acquisitions, private offerings of debt and equity securities (including friends and family, angel, venture capital and private equity investments), corporate divorces and other reorganizations, joint ventures, small business certifications (including 8(a), SDVO, WOSB, HUB Zone and MBE/DBE certifications), executive employment and equity matters, deferred compensation plans, franchise agreements, trademarks, and other commercial contracts and agreements.

Mr. Learned has extensive experience working with emerging growth companies, particularly information technology and other professional service providers in both the commercial and federal spaces. Mr. Learned has been an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, has served on the Advisory Council of INCspire, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Program, and is a frequent lecturer on topics related to corporate and transactional matters.

Mr. Learned began his practice in the Washington, DC office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as a member of that firm’s Investment Management group. Mr. Learned then joined Shaw Pittman LLP (which later merged into what is now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), where he was a member of that firm’s Corporate & Securities Technology practice group in both the Washington, DC and McLean, VA offices. Prior to co-founding McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC, Mr. Learned chaired the Corporate Practice Group of General Counsel, P.C. in McLean, VA.

Lisa Wood

Lisa Wood

Statewide Director, Virginia PTAC

Ms. Wood holds a MBA from the University of New Haven and a BSBA through the Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh. Lisa is currently pursuing her PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership (School of Education and Social Sciences) with Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh. She previously was the Statewide Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) for the Connecticut PTAC and prior to that was Statewide Director with the Ohio Department of Development after serving as PTAC Director for the Northwest Commission of Pennsylvania. Before joining the PTAC community, Lisa was a Contracting Officer for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In her prior roles, Wood performed contract administration and negotiation duties. She also recommended bidders, handled issue inquiries, negotiated bids, performed cost and price analysis, and prepared comprehensive letters to justify recommended contract actions.

Randy Jones

Randy Jones

Wealth Management Advisor, First Financial Group

Mr. Randy Jones is a Wealth Management Advisor for First Financial Group with over 25 years in the Finance Services industry. His personal mission is “To give an experience so incredible that you forget about the transaction; To teach; It’s Better to Give than to Receive; To become what I dream about; To appreciate life and live in the ‘WOW!!”

Mr. Jones lives his mission daily and serves his clients based on his breadth of experience in many different aspects of the Finance industry. His #1 Product is The Experience. His #1 Client is his “Process” and he believes the “3rd referral” is the true test of success.

RJ Kolton

RJ Kolton

Chief Growth Officer, Brillient

Randy J. (“RJ”) Kolton is Chief Growth Officer (CGO) for Brillient, Inc., an award winning Solutions Engineering company with 1000 employees focused on Information Management, Intelligent Solutions and Business Process Management that helps clients achieve better efficiencies and lower costs in their digital government and IT modernization initiatives. RJ oversees planning and implementation of the corporate growth strategy; all aspects of the Business Development (BD) lifecycle, which includes account, pursuit, and capture of business opportunities and proposal development; new product and service development; and merger and acquisition (M&A) activities.

RJ also serves as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors for Mid-Tier Advocacy (MTA), Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes the interests of mid-tier government contractors.

In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board for the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development. RJ was honored as the WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award Business Development Executive of the Year in 2018.

Prior to assuming his role at Brillient, RJ was Senior Vice President (SVP) BD for Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc., a Woman-Owned Small Business that delivers data-driven information technology (IT), research, and analytics solutions to government clients. Previous to that position, RJ was President & Principal for Kolt Business Solutions LLC, a consultancy that assists companies in defense and federal contracting to enhance their strategic  and operational planning activities and BD operations.

From May 2013-October 2019, he was SVP BD for Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA), an employee-owned company with over 400 employees that delivers secure, innovative technology and information management solutions to customers in defense and federal civil agencies, state and local governments, and commercial entities. During his tenure, he led the successful capture of numerous prime Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), which were central to the company’s growth, to include: GSA Alliant II, GSA OASIS Pool 4, Army ITES-3S, Army RS3, DoD IAC MAC, JE RDAP, JE OPETS – BEI, Navy Seaport-Next Gen, US House of Representatives Software Application Development and Technical Assistance BPA, GSA Improved Dashboard BPA, and NARA Information Technology Activity Support BPA.

From 2010-2013, RJ was SVP, Strategy and Corporate Development for Ideal Innovations Inc. (I-3), a Veteran-owned professional services firm that provides government customers innovative solutions for defense and security-related requirements involving biometrics, advanced technology, information systems, and strategic analysis. In addition to developing the corporate strategy and associated business plans and supporting the delivery of products and services, he was program manager for a scientific study in support of the US Army, for which he led a team of technical experts in Afghanistan to research US Army tactical power and water requirements. He also was program manager for an integrated security program for an international agency in Ethiopia.

From 2005-2010, RJ was SVP BD for L3 Communications Service Group (LSG), a group sector within L-3Communications, Incorporated – a publicly traded defense sector corporation with CY10 revenue of $16.5 billion (B). He led BD planning and operations worldwide for five LSG service sector divisions and associated subsidiaries with CY10 revenue of $4.3B. From 1998-2009, RJ was concurrently SVP BD for MPRI, a division of L-3Communications since 2000, with CY09 revenue of $1.2B. In addition to overseeing MPRI’s BD operations, he managed various projects and programs.

A retired US Army lieutenant colonel, RJ served for over 22 years as an infantryman and military strategist in various command and staff positions in the White House, US Central Command, Department  of the Army, and the 82d Airborne and 3d Infantry Divisions. During 1997-1998, he served as Special Assistant, Strategy in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He was also Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives to the Unified Commander, U.S. Central Command (1994-1997) and served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (1993-1994). RJ served as the G-5 (Political-Military Officer) for the 82d Airborne Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-1991), where he was responsible for supervising refugee operations in the Division’s sector in southern Iraq. During 1985-1988, he was an Assistant Professor of History at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. RJ’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 awards), Army Achievement Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi-Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (3 Campaigns), National Defense Service Medal (2 Awards), Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 Awards, USCENTCOM), Meritorious Unit Commendation (82 Airborne Division, Desert Shield, 1990), Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Department of the Army Staff Badge. He was commissioned in the Infantry from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He received his Master of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and his Master of Military Arts and Sciences in Strategy from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 1990.

Salomeh

Salomeh Ghorbani

Program Manager, Integrated Award Environment (IAE), Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Salomeh Ghorbani is a Program Manager within the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)  at the General Services Administration (GSA). She is currently responsible for transition planning for the modernization efforts of the IAE systems portfolio. These systems are used government-wide and are required for all phases of the acquisition lifecycle. She also manages user testing for the transition in addition to all of the feedback and support of the test and production sites.

As part of the Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement Team, Ms. Ghorbani coordinates and manages IAE Stakeholder meetings for both government and industry, with a particular focus on the communications needed to support the modernization. In her previous experiences in IAE, she was the product owner for the Identity and Access Management system that is currently in use for the Beta production and test sites, and also led the transition efforts of FPDS to new vendor management in 2013.

Ms. Ghorbani has a Bachelors of Information technology and a Masters Degree in Project Management in addition to multiple industry certifications for Management and IT Security.

Staci Redmon

Staci Redmon

Founder and CEO, SAMS

Staci Redmon is Strategy and Management Services (SAMS) Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Her energetic leadership, passion, and vision has propelled SAMS to the transformation and digital solutions provider it is today; helping organizations improve operations and enhance the customer experience by utilizing advanced technology to securely integrate, and fully optimize their systems, data, and devices.

SAMS exponential growth is the result of Staci’s strategic vision and her drive to build a company that measures its impact not on the bottom line alone, but on how it makes a difference to its people, its clients, and the community. SAMS has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies, the nation’s fastest-growing women-owned companies by the Women Presidents’ Organization, and to the Washington Technology Fast 50 for its advanced growth.

Staci is a committed civic leader and philanthropist. She advocates passionately for veterans and family members of veterans. Staci’s recognition as a successful veteran business owner has not gone unnoticed. In 2013, the Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) honored Staci as the 2013 Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year. Ms. Redmon was the first woman chosen to receive this prestigious honor. In 2017, the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) named Staci the Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year. This award is presented annually to one of the 380,000-woman veteran-owned business owners in the U.S. In 2018, SAMS was named the Minority Veteran Business Enterprise of the Year by the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). In addition to being founded and led by a veteran, SAMS proudly upholds a veteran first hiring practice and strives to create meaningful opportunities for veterans and family members of veterans. Presently, more than 70% of the SAMS employee population lies within this category.

Staci has been featured in numerous publications and is a sought-after speaker and thought leader worldwide. She has won numerous awards both for SAMS and as an individual. Her commitment as a civic leader extends to several of the non-profit Boards that she graciously donates her time to. Staci’s commitment to give back is exemplified through the philanthropic arm of SAMS. SAMS Cares supports community initiatives to improve the quality of life for others through charitable contributions, social awareness and employee volunteerism. Every employee at SAMS is provided with paid time off to support volunteerism. Giving back is engrained in the SAMS culture.

Staci holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, an MBA with a concentration in Acquisition and a Graduate Certificate in Procurement and Federal Contracts Management. As a true believer and advocate for continuous learning, Staci has attended executive education programs at Babson College, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Staci is a mother of three, a grandmother of one, and resides in Northern Virginia with her husband.

Sumeet Shrivastava

Sumeet Shrivastava

President & CEO, Array Information Technology, Inc.

Sumeet Shrivastava is an accomplished executive and proven business leader with more than 25 years of experience in the government IT industry. As President and CEO of ARRAY, he provides overall corporate leadership for the company’s growth and operations strategy, which has included a successful graduation from Federal small business programs and leading a management buyout of ARRAY. Prior to ARRAY, Sumeet was SVP for Public Sector at Keane (now NTT Data) and also spent time as the SVP for North American Commercial Sales and Marketing. As EVP and COO of ANSTEC, a Government IT contractor, he architected the company’s sale to Keane. Sumeet’s experience has traversed the full range of early-stage small business to a competitive, mid-tier contractor.  Sumeet has been committed to his alma mater, George Mason University (MBA ’94), and the regional community throughout his career. He is currently on the GMU Foundation Board of Trustees and the President of Mason’s Alumni Association. He also sits on the TiE-DC and Children’s Science Center boards and previously served on the NVTC board.