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Washington Metropolitan Area District Director

U.S. Small Business Administration

Head of Professional Services, Global Public Sector

Google Cloud

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Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Vice President of Growth

B3 Group, Inc.

Chief Growth Officer

SOSi

Founder & CEO

PGLS (Piedmont Global Language Solutions)

Wealth Management Advisor

First Financial Group

Partner

McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC

Founder and Managing Partner

MillerMusmar CPAs

Director, Small Business Partnerships

Director, Small Business Partnerships

Principal Partner, Marketing and Sales

Contract Acquisition Partnership, LLC

Senior Attorney

General Counsel, P.C.

President & Co-Founder

MetroStar Systems

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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. 

Scott Fleming

Scott Fleming

Head of Professional Services, Global Public Sector, Google Cloud

Scott leads a team working with strategic customers and partners to create and execute on their secure cloud transformation vision. He has directly supported the secure deployment of Google Cloud to hundreds of thousands of users while also contributing to the development of material such as Google’s HIPAA Implementation Guide, GCP Security Best Practices, and Google’s FedRAMP SSP. In his current role, Scott is responsible for ensuring Public Sector customers have the support, tools, and information to secure their workloads on Google Cloud.

Scott joined Google in 2012 focused on public sector and security conscious customers after working in the defense and aerospace industry at Northrop Grumman for nearly 8 years. While at Northrop, Scott was selected to participate in the prestigious Future Technical Leaders program where he supported a broad range of defense and intelligence customers.

He received an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington

Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment

Katherine “Katie” Arrington is a member of the Senior Executive Services and serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment (CISO(A&S)) within the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)). In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) to align acquisition and sustainment cyber strategy and efforts to enhance cyber security within the Defense Industrial Base.

As the CISO(A&S), Ms. Arrington is responsible to ensure the incorporation of integrated security/cyber efforts within USD(A&S) with the purpose of providing a focused and streamlined governance approach, provide a central coordination point and common compliance standard that serves to synchronize the various existing disparate cyber security efforts and standards across the Department and Industry as it relates to Department of Defense acquisition and sustainment efforts.

Ms. Arrington is leading efforts that help ensure a secure Defense Supply Chain through the implementation of Trusted Capital vendors and Supply Chain Risk Management principles, enhance Defense Industrial Base security and resilience, and establish a common cyber security standard within Departmental acquisition efforts. She also synchronizes these efforts across the Department, other federal agencies, and works with legislators to ensure Departmental authorities and actions align and support the nation’s security goals.

Before assuming her position as CISO(A&S), Ms. Arrington has an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber executive in private industry. Ms. Arrington was a 2018 candidate for the US House of Representatives for South Carolina and served for 2 terms as a South Carolina State Representative. She has extensive experience in cyber strategy, policy, enablement and implementation across a wide range of business sectors and governmental levels. She has over 15 years of cyber experience acquired through positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Centuria Corporation, and Dispersive Networks. These positions have given her a unique experience of supporting and work with the government at large, small, and non-traditional contracting firms.

Ms. Arrington is married to Robert and resides in Summerville, South Carolina and is a proud parent of three children and grandparent to four grandbabies.

Gina Gallagher

Gina Gallagher

Vice President of Growth, B3 Group, Inc.

Ms. Gallagher brings to B3 Group over 30 years of growth strategy, business development and market experience in the Federal Government Sector. As the VP of Growth, Ms. Gallagher will help create corporate strategic plans, lead the company’s capture/proposal and business development teams in support of the corporate growth initiatives. Ms. Gallagher holds a B.S. in Marketing from Radford University and is the current Chair of the Advisory Board for the Davis College of Business and Economics at Radford University.

Kevin Henderson

Kevin Henderson

Chief Growth Officer, SOSi

Kevin Henderson serves as the Chief Growth Officer at SOSi. SOSi is the largest, private, family-owned and operated technology and services integrator in the aerospace, defense, and government services industry. Its global portfolio includes military logistics, intelligence analysis, software development, and cybersecurity.

Henderson is responsible for aligning and optimizing all related growth functions within the company, including leading all organic and inorganic growth efforts, developing strategy, and synchronizing activities across SOSi’s services and product offerings.

Before his time at SOSi, Henderson was formerly a Vice President at BAE Systems Inc., where he led business development for their half-billion dollar intelligence services business. He has two decades of relevant experience in business development, corporate strategy, and profit and loss management across defense and intelligence markets.

Prior to his business career, Henderson served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer. He is an alumnus of the Virginia Military Institute, as well as the Global Executive Leadership Program at Yale School of Management.

Mohamed Hussein

Mohamed Hussein

Founder and CEO of PGLS (Piedmont Global Language Solutions)

Mohamed Hussein is founder and CEO of PGLS (Piedmont Global Language Solutions), a language services provider to the public and private sectors. He leads a team that manages dozens of contracts and thousands of linguists across the globe. His company was recently nominated as MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) of the year by the NMSDC (national minority supplier diversity council).

Mohamed is a dual native in English & Somali and is fluent in multiple languages.

Mohamed spent several years working and studying in the Middle East where he earned an Associate’s degree in Arabic. Mohamed also holds a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biology from George Mason University.

Mohamed is the Executive Director of SAYF (Somali American Youth Foundation). He serves on several boards including the Skill Source Group for Workforce Development in Virginia. Mohamed also volunteers with the National Language Services Corp (NLSC), Translators without Borders (TWB) and numerous other organizations inside and outside of the language services industry.

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.

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.

Joey Musmar

G. F. Joey Musmar is the managing partner of the CPA firm, MillerMusmar CPAs, located in Reston, Virginia. He has over twenty-five years of experience and he leads a team of twenty-five plus experts that provide top-of-the-line tax, accounting, and advisory services. His firms clientele is multinational with niche businesses including medical practices, government contractors, internationally owned businesses, construction, non-profits, high tech, and diversified real estate agencies. Joey Graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Accounting.

He holds several certifications and licenses including CPA, CVA, ABV, CFF, and PFS. He has received the GMU Prominent Patriot Award. Joey is also a board member of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Government Contracting Committee and co-chair of the Public Policy Committee in the chamber. Joey resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.

Ludmilla Parnell

Ludmilla Parnell

Director, Small Business Partnerships, General Dynamics Information Technology

Ms. Parnell leads the GDIT small business office to include compliance oversight, outreach and Mentor-Protégé programs. Since 1997, Ms. Parnell has led the development of long-term teaming relationships between small businesses and General Dynamics, in a variety of technical and customer-focused areas that support GDIT growth initiatives. A consummate advocate for effective small business participation, she has promoted a business development approach and fostered an internal “Total Company Approach” to working with small businesses. Her role extends into both capture and proposal development processes and includes coordination and support of Mentor-Protégé involvement. Ms. Parnell is a frequent speaker to small business audiences about marketing, teaming and working with prime contractors.

Between 1997 and 2002, Ms. Parnell played a leadership role in implementing and managing DOD-sponsored Mentor-Protégé programs, including coordinating the development of effective processes, organizing technical support teams for the protégés and interacting with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/ Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) community. Her work entailed daily interface with protégés to address and resolve their infrastructure challenges, facilitate partnership with the mentor, organize and oversee business solutions, technology transfer, business development and academic support to the program.

Under her leadership, the company has received recognition for its efforts with small businesses, to include the DOD Nunn-Perry Award for excellence in the Mentor-Protégé program, the first two Corporate Champion Awards in 2005 and 2006 from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs for work with Service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, as well as others from organizations such as the National Industries for the Blind, the National Veteran Small Business Coalition, U.S. Veterans Magazine, Professional Woman’s Magazine and Government Technology & Services Coalition. AFCEA recognized Ms. Parnell as the 2019 Small Business Advocate of the Year. Most recently, GDIT received recognition as a 2021 Top Ten Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Program, ranked #4 out of over 1,500 companies As a member of the General Dynamics Small Business Committee, she led in the development of a common registration portal, which received a General Dynamics Supply Chain Excellence award in 2012.

Ms. Parnell has served as Chair of the General Dynamics Small Business Committee. She is a life member of AFCEA and past co-chair of the AFCEA International Small Business Committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences (Molecular Microbiology) from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, NS). She is a former forensic scientist and member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served as a Senior Commissioned Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy Naval Reserve.

Chris Powell

Christopher Powell, III

Principal Partner, Marketing and Sales for Contract Acquisition Partnership, LLC

Christopher E Powell III has recently served as a Business Development, Marketing, and Sales Executive with 27 years of occupational experience selling products and services to the Federal, State, and Municipal government marketplace. In addition, has developed comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS), a supplement to the FAR that provides the Department of Defense (DOD) specific acquisitions regulations. Is well versed with White House OMB regulations that have instituted and mandated Spend Under Management (SUM) Guidelines, Including Strategic Sourcing and Category Management.

Lewis Rhodes

Lewis Rhodes

Lewis is an experienced government contracts attorney with both law firm and in-house experience.

Prior to starting at General Counsel, Lewis spent several years as a senior in-house attorney for multiple small-business Government Contractors. During this time, he advised his companies on all aspects of Federal Contracting regulations such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the Service Contract Act (SCA). Lewis worked on all aspects of the acquisition cycle from pre-RFP through contract award and administration. His time as an in-house attorney gives Lewis a unique perspective on the operations of a small business.

Prior to going in-house, Lewis spent 10 years in private practice with a focus on Government Contracts. In this time, he represented small and large businesses in numerous bid protests before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims and multiple Contract Disputes Act claim appeals at the Boards of Contract Appeals.

In addition to his legal career, Lewis is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves and has a combined 26 years of service on active duty and as a Reservist. As a veteran, Lewis takes special pride in representing veteran-owned businesses and has developed expertise in regulations governing VOSB and SDVOSB certified companies.

Robert Santos

Robert Santos

President & Co-Founder, MetroStar Systems

Rob oversees MetroStar’s day-to-day internal operations and corporate performance. He co-founded MetroStar in 1999 while pursuing a Bachelor in International Relations and Affairs at George Mason University. For the last decade, Rob has focused on building a robust foundation to support and scale MetroStar’s operations across quality, cybersecurity, compliance, business systems, procurement, facilities, and IT support. He and his team has brought industry best practices and standards to the organization which include: ISO 9001, ISO 20000, ISO 27001, CMMI DEV ML3 and CMMI SVC ML3.