Mathew Blum, Associate Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Blum manages the development of legislation, regulations, policies, and other resources to promote sound acquisition practices. His branch is responsible for facilitating the use of innovative buying practices to support IT modernization and other priority initiatives. In 2017, Mr. Blum was elected as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration and received the John J. Franke Award, bestowed by ACT-IAC to a government employee who has made extraordinary and long-term contributions to creating a more effective, innovative and responsive government.
Kenneth M. Brennan, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy Deputy Director, Services Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Department of Defense. Ken Brennan is currently Deputy Director for Services Acquisition in the office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy. Since May 2013 he has been responsible for the technical and programmatic evaluation and functional oversight of all aspects of Department of Defense services acquisition. While ensuring compliance with policies governing defense acquisition of services, he is also responsible for review and analysis of services programs including cost, schedule, and risk management practices as well as services industrial base issues. He manages the governance structures and procedures used by Military Departments and Defense Agencies authorities who are responsible for services acquisition execution.
Eric Cho, Acquisition Innovation Advocate and project lead, DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security-sponsored initiative aimed at experimenting with innovative techniques for increasing efficiencies in the procurement process. Eric also serves the role as the Acquisition Innovation Advocate for DHS. Eric previously served as a DHS detailee on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (2012–2015). Eric’s former roles include director of acquisition operations at GSA/FAS Integrated Technology Services (2011–2012), detailee on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2008–2010), and staff for the Acquisition Advisory (a.k.a. Services Acquisition Reform Act, SARA) Panel (2005–2007). Before joining the government, he was director of operations at an Internet start-up in Southern California that specialized in MP3 and streaming media. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the George Washington University Law School and a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.
Polly Hall, Strategy & Planning Lead, Procurement Innovation Lab, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security. The PIL is a virtual lab that empowers those involved in the procurement process to take managed, informed risks to continually improve the DHS procurement process. Polly has been with DHS since 2010, first serving as a contract specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and then as a contracting officer supporting digital services acquisitions at Transportation Security Administration. Prior to entering Federal service, Polly owned a small services business, and was an adjunct professor at George Washington University (GWU) and the City University of New York, where she taught courses on public policy, collaborative business relationships, and stakeholder theory. Polly earned her B.A. in Political Science at Roanoke College and her M.A. at GWU in Political Management. She has completed significant work towards her Ph.D. in Business Administration at George Washington University.
Scott Hine, Director, Information Technology Support Office, Department of Energy. Scott Hine is a member of the executive leadership team within the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE/EERE). He has over 30 years of direct portfolio, program and project management experience within the federal R&D domain.
Outside of work, Scott is actively engaged in the George Mason University Alumni Association and also serves as a Commissioner on the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Board; he was appointed to this position by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2006.
Scott holds a BS degree in Decision Science, MS in Systems Engineering, and PMP, CIO, Information Security, ITIL, Acquisition Professional, DAWIA, and FAC-COR certifications.
Douglas Jackson, Sr. Director, Business Analysis, and Requirements, RG. Doug Jackson manages the Business Analysis & Requirements practice at RG, working with its governmental and commercial clients to implement business analysis as an enterprise asset and improve operational outcomes. Doug also works with senior executives on ways an architecture based analysis approach can improve organizational performance in the areas of program delivery and acquisition-related initiatives. Doug is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of business analysis.
Helene Johnson, founding Principal, Bid2Win Consulting, LLC. Helene focuses on Strategic Capture Management. Specific services include capture execution, process and training. She is also a professor with Government Marketing University leading the capture COE.
Helene served as a senior capture executive for large businesses in the federal market for the past 24 years. Her functional specialties are in Health IT, DoD and Civilian IT Services and Cyber technologies. Helene also served as Deputy CIO for Department of Education, Student Financial Aid.
She holds a BA in Data Processing from University and a MS in Organizational Change.
Helene was Executive Director, President and co-founder of Professional Capture Management Forum. She held leadership and board positions in AFCEA, AFFIRM, and is a fellow from the Partners class 2009 for ACT IAC.
Casey Kelley, Director of the Customer Engagement, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), General Services Administration. Casey Kelley is the Director of the Customer Engagement Division within GSA’s Information Technology Category (ITC) under GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to federal, state and local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions.
As Director of the Customer Engagement Division, Casey is responsible for planning and implementing customer development strategies for ITC including Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and business lines in the ITC portfolio.
Previously, Casey served as the Acting Director of the Office of Information Technology (IT) Services, where he was responsible for a portfolio of contracts that provide government agencies with a diverse set of information technology solutions valued at over $13 billion in total obligated sales for 2016. These contracts include Alliant, Alliant Small Business, 8(a)STARS II, Veterans Technology Services (VETS), and the following GSA Schedule 70 Special Item Numbers (SINs): 132-40 (Cloud), 132-50 (Training), 132-51 (IT Professional Services, 132-52 (Electronic Commerce), and 132-56 (Health IT).
Prior to this, Casey spent eight years managing Alliant, GSA’s flagship GWAC and developing the Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 Small Business GWACs. Before this, Casey spent seven years in various leadership positions within GSA’s Assisted Acquisition Service (AAS). In 2009, Casey served on the board of directors of the American Council for Technology (ACT) / Industry Advisory Council (IAC), having established a new ACT/IAC Chapter in San Diego. Also in 2009, Casey was Chairman of the Los Angeles Federal Executive Board (FEB), which consisted of executive leaders from all local Federal agencies in Southern California.
Michael Alvin A. Marquez, Director for Army/Navy Sector, Federal Systems Integration, and Management Center, General Services Administration. Mike Marquez serves as the acting Director for the Army/Navy Sector. Mike oversees the procurement and management of contracts and task orders supporting the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He also supports Combatant Commands including AFRICOM, EUCOM, PACOM, and SOUTHCOM.
Prior to joining FEDSIM, Mike was the Chief of the Contracting Office and Business Operations for the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair in Groton, Connecticut for the U.S. Navy. He administered the contracts for the VIRGINIA Class and OHIO-Replacement submarines. Mike transferred to Groton from the Naval Sea Systems Command at the Washington Navy Yard where he served as a Procuring Contracting Officer for the Advanced Surface and Undersea Systems Capabilities Programs.
Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of San Diego and a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis on acquisition and contract management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Mike also attended the Joint Forces Staff College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a senior executive fellow.
Mike McHugh, Staff Vice President, General Services Administration and GWAC Programs, General Dynamics Information Technology. He leads the industry’s original GWAC Center, where he has served as a Corporate Program Manager for eight GWACs, and the OASIS contracts. He is the original designer of an often imitated corporate task order distribution system. His current responsibilities include corporate program management or program support of over 60 IDIQ contracts. His team processes approximately 7,000 RFIs and RFPs annually. He has served in a variety of industry groups that collaborate on government wide contracting.
Kitty Nix, Senior Vice President, Services Division, Three Wire Systems, LLC. Kitty Nix is a seasoned executive with a consistent track record of strong leadership and results across a broad spectrum of strategic functions, including: division profit and loss management, business development, corporate strategy, program management, client consulting, organizational development, human capital management, coaching and operations experience, spanning more than 22 years in the government market. Currently she is a Senior Vice President, leading the $15M Services Division at Three Wire Systems, which includes more than 100 people staffed across more than 15 projects. Throughout her career she has implemented strategic, operational, and organizational enhancements, that include strategic planning, high performance organization design, business process improvement, communications, organizational infrastructure development and system implementation. As a leader, Kitty effectively develops organizational cultures of high performance, focused on attracting and retaining the right people to accomplish the organization’s mission. Kitty’s leadership begins with her ability to communicate a vision in a manner that ensures purpose, expectations and outcomes are clear, commitments are kept, and milestones are met. Her key strengths are using innovative thinking, a foundation of trust, and years of experience and resourcefulness, to tackle new challenges and drive teams to over-achieve. She always maintains a focus on the big picture, but consistently manages and participates in the implementation of the details.
Lindsey Tepp, Director of Business Development, NuAxis Innovations, a solution-driven IT infrastructure support contractor for the Federal Government. She has served in various business development roles with NuAxis since 2009, supporting the company’s growth from 40 to 400 employees. During that time, she has helped secure 35+ federal prime contracts including $100M+ single award IDIQ contracts. Tepp holds a degree from the University of Virginia and professional certifications in proposal and capture management.
Melinda Ward, Client Executive, U.S. Public Sector, DXC Technology. Melinda is responsible for the relationship between DXC and DHS components. Ward has 10 years of experience providing Information Technology solutions and support to the Federal government through the private sector. Passion for her client’s mission is what drives her to succeed.
Ward is involved in several organizations whose missions are to drive a more collaborative private and public sector. She holds leadership positions with American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT IAC) and Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (HSDBC). She is a Fellow of the Voyagers class of 2015 through ACT IAC and is serving as the class liaison. She is also involved with the Wounded Warriors program, the American Heart Association and Service for Sight for the visually impaired.
Ward earned her Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University (WVU) through the Promise Scholarship. She currently sits as her collegiate sorority, Delta Gamma, Honor Board Advisor at WVU. She resides in Northern Virginia with her family.
Mitchell Winans, Special Assistant, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of the Chief Procurement Officer. In this role, he is responsible for managing stakeholder relations and advising leadership on industry engagement, media outreach, strategic planning, and organizational development. Prior to joining the IRS, Mitch was an Industry Liaison at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) under the Department of Commerce and helped the newly-formed agency establish its procurement organization and small business program. Before coming to FirstNet, he served in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Strategic Communications Liaison in the DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Mitch counseled leadership on effective communications strategies and managed the spread of procurement information to industry, Congress, the media, the DHS acquisition workforce, and other DHS components. He was also a Contract Specialist for multiple agencies at DHS and supported a wide range of emergency management, law enforcement, and research and development programs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Customs and Border Protection, and the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. Before joining DHS, Mitch worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. He received an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a BA from the University of California, Irvine
Stephen Yuter, Senior Manager & Chief Contracts Strategist, Deloitte. Stephen J. Yuter is a recognized subject matter expert and dynamic thought leader in all facets of government contracting and federal acquisition. As a former federal procurement executive across multiple agencies, Mr. Yuter is currently the Chief Contracts Strategist with Deloitte, providing invaluable insights into shaping and strengthening go-to-market strategies to support exponential growth across the Federal Practice. Prior to joining industry, Mr. Yuter provided leadership for contracting operations, acquisition policy, and workforce development across the civilian and defense sectors, and served as source selection authority for over $10B of contracts. An active member of the contract management community, Mr. Yuter serves on the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Board of Directors and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of both NCMA and ACT-IAC.