Annual Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Ellen Lord (invited)
Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
Senate Confirmed in August 2017, the Honorable Ellen M. Lord currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this capacity, she is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. Prior to this appointment, from October 2012 – June 2017, Ms. Lord served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. 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.

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:

  Kerry Barnhart
President, Front Edge Consulting, LLC 
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.
  Gail Bassin
CO-CEO, JBS International 
  Peter Clyne
Sr. VP, Corporate Development, Leidos 
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.

  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.
  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.
  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 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.

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.
  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.
  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.

Dave Powner
Director of IT Management Issues, GAO
David A. Powner is the Director of Information Technology Management Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Dave has more than twenty-five years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. Dave is currently responsible for a large segment of GAO’s information technology work that focuses on large-scale system acquisitions, IT governance, legacy systems management, and various IT reform initiatives (e.g., IT Dashboard, data center consolidation, portfolio management, cloud computing, FITARA implementation). 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.

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.


Past Speakers


Admiral Phil Davidson
U.S. Fleet Forces

Scott Gould
Former Deputy Secretary
Veterans Affairs

Stephanie O'Sullivan
Former Principal Deputy Director
National Intelligence

Kiersten Todt
   Former Executive Director
Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Security