CEO Boardroom’s GovCon Exchange was established specifically to address the issues a busy, chief executive of a government contracting firm faces. Offering a strategic invitation-only network of like-minded and aligned teaming partners, GovCon Exchange provides direct connections to decision makers, new contract vehicles, best practices, market intelligence, and mentor CEOs who share how they built and sold their firms.
GovCon Exchange Ambassadors are selected from our member CEOs and act as liaisons between members and GovCon Exchange’s leadership team. Our Ambassadors are experts in their field, as well as in the government contracting space. They play critical roles in GovCon Exchange by shaping member resources, identifying and recommending new member candidates, and assisting in making GovCon Exchange relevant and productive.
Board of Advisors:
Steve Abramowitz, CEO of CEO Boardroom and Founder of GovCon Exchange
Steve Abramowitz, CEO of CEO Boardroom, is a noted relationship-building and financial expert with over 20 years of experience facilitating meaningful connections to high-level decision makers in a broad range of industries. Under Abramowitz’s accomplished guidance, CEO Boardroom hosts corporate gatherings around the Greater Washington DC Area ranging from round-tables and VIP events, to partnered events with organizations including Ernst & Young, the Northern Virginia High Tech and Maryland Councils, MD Bio Alliance, BMW, CBS, the NFLCA, Washington Nationals, Young Presidents Organization, and Entrepreneur Organization.
Abramowitz’s distinctive CEO Forums drive innovation in the given network by linking new business alliances and fostering transparent communication between the region’s most noteworthy peers. Hosted at the most exclusive and private venues, attendees of Abramowitz’s gatherings gain mutual benefit by strengthened partnerships and new business lead generation.
Jack Hughes, Board Member of GovCon Exchange
After spending over 7 years with Altus Associates as Principal Consultant, Jack Hughes founded Phoenix Financial & Advisory Services, LLC in 1998. Hughes expertise expands from his extensive leadership experience to his strategic business planning and policy development. Recognized as instrumental to the founding of Alion Science and Technology Corp, Hughes also supported the company’s rapid growth from $200M to $750M in five years. Hughes served as Senior Vice President and CFO at BTG, Inc., where he conducted their IPO in 1994 and directed the rapid growth of the company from $50M to nearly $600M over a six-year period. Hughes brings extensive GovCon CEO organization experience to CEO Boardroom having co-founded PSC and NVTC, and has been a key adviser to Mosaic, 4×24, and the Potomac Officers Club..
Ahmed Ali, Board Member of GovCon Exchange
Ahmed Ali, a U.S. Navy Veteran, founded TISTA Science and Technology Corp, appraised at CMMI Level 3 for Development, in September of 2005. Recognized by Harvard University’s Innovations in Government Program for promoting excellence and creativity in the public IT sector, Ali also holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management, an M.S. in Information Assurance, along with an MBA with a concentration in International Business. Ali has led TISTA to recognition by the Inc. 500 and the Washington Technology FAST 50 as one of the fastest growing companies in America with his vast knowledge and expertise focused on the delivery of Information Technology. Ali was also selected as the SBA 2016 Person of the Year for the State of Maryland.
Dennis Kelly, Board Member of GovCon Exchange
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. Following the sale of A-T Solutions to PAE, Dennis was appointed the President of PAE’s National Security Solutions business unit. He was previously the president of Tech Team government solutions and served in a variety of executive positions at Anteon International. Dennis is an adjunct professor in the George Mason University Executive MBA program and serves on the board of directors of the USO of Metropolitan Washington – Baltimore. He is a proud veteran of the US Navy.