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CEO Boardroom’s™

GovCon Exchange Advisors Program

CEO Boardroom GovCon Exchange™ Advisors are corporate leaders and subject matter experts who help advise, mentor, and collaborate with our member CEOs to solve their complex challenges and prime them for growth in our rooms Representing a broad spectrum of disciplines, they bring decades of experience in order to counsel GovCon CEOs and join them as peers at our luxurious dinners and events.  All of our advisors gain the opportunity to:

Develop meaningful, long-term relationships with GovCon CEOs.

Present themselves to GovCon leaders as absolute experts and problem solvers with valuable expertise.

Enjoy the finest wine and cuisine with GovCon CEOs in relaxed, private, five-star venues.

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INDUSTRY EXCLUSIVITY

Each advisor firm is a full participant in our program, an exclusive membership position based on their services, and access to our member CEOs at private, luxurious events.

CEO TOUCHPOINTS

Advisors participate with CEO members in intimate events covering a broad range of topics, allowing them to engage, problem-solve, and build relationships with GovCon CEOs who need their insights and expertise.

MENTOR CEO INSIGHTS

Each member gains insights at intimate main events with mentor CEOs who have quickly grown, and/or sold large GovCon businesses. Leading industry experts also share the latest government initiatives and market intelligence.

MEET OUR GOVCON EXCHANGE TITLE ADVISORS

Government Technology Insurance Company

The Capital Group
Ryan Copenhaver

Partner

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Ryan was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University from 1998 – 2002. He earned a B.A. in Management Science and Information Systems. With over15 years of experience in the insurance industry, Ryan continues to build professional relationships through his network of various associations and business partnerships.

Ryan has extensive expertise in Corporate Employee Benefit Strategies (Self-Funding & Traditional Concepts), HR Technology, and Worksite/Voluntary Benefits. Since joining TCG in 2007, he continues to consistently rank among the top producers at the firm. He attributes his success to his knowledge of the industry, work ethic, client relationships, ability to create new opportunities, and knowledge of client’s needs. His industriousness and conscientious style along with his consistent client relationships are an asset to The Capital Group. Ryan enjoys guiding clients through the ever-changing healthcare landscape and developing solutions for all work environment problems as well as an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of Federal service providers. Ryan has been married to his wife since 2004 and has 2 girls.

Kevin FitzPatrick

Co-Founder and Partner

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Kevin is a Partner at The Capital Group and the CEO at Government Technology Insurance Company — GovTech. He is an accomplished insurance professional with over 20 years of industry experience. Kevin regularly speaks at industry events and to Washington D.C. business leaders about corporate healthcare strategies. Prior to joining The Capital Group, Kevin was a an executive at MetLife and Mutual of New York. Kevin is a graduate of New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm College, with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Arthritis Foundation and the Government Technology Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors and the Society of Financial Professionals. As a native Washingtonian, Kevin resides with his family in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He enjoys spending time with his family boating in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Eric Mothershead

Partner

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With fifteen years of experience in benefits, compliance, and HR technology Eric Mothershead brings an extensive knowledge of all aspect of Benefit Management to his role as a partner in GovTech Insurance. Eric’s expertise in Government Contracting requirements, including the Service Contract Act and the Davis Bacon Act, are an invaluable asset to his clients. Eric has become a leader in analyzing health care reform developments and frequently serves as a speaker on a wide variety of healthcare reform and employee benefit issues. In his day to day operations, Eric utilizes his creativity to implement well-executed strategies for his clients ensuring business goals are achieved. Eric joined the Capital Group after graduating with honors from McDaniel College, where he received a dual major in Economics and Business Administration.

Chris Staub

Partner

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Chris joined The Capital Group in 2002 and began the Investment Advisory side of the practice. He has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry working with corporations and individuals on investments and financial planning.

Chris has built and manages the Investment Advisory department overseeing all services such as: Corporate Retirement Plan Consulting, Corporate Investment Accounts, Executive Benefits, and Individual Financial Planning and Investment Advisory. He is responsible for the investment process and compliance regulations for The Capital Group Investment Advisory Services, and SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm. He is also responsible for Managing Partner duties for the entire firm such as operations and financial oversight.

Chris is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF ®) and acts as a fiduciary on all client accounts and retirement plans at the firm. Chris is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics, Finance, and Business Administration. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisor Association and Million Dollar Roundtable Top of the Table. Chris lives in Laytonsville, Maryland with his wife and four children. He enjoys spending time with his family and is actively involved with his kid’s sports including coaching his son’s little league team, and is an avid golfer.

MEET OUR GOVCON EXCHANGE ADVISORS

Law Firm
Seth Berenzweig

Founding and Managing Partner, Berenzweig Leonard

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Seth Berenzweig is a founding and managing partner of Berenzweig Leonard, LLP. He has extensive corporate and litigation experience, and handles transactional and business matters for owners, executives, entrepreneurs and media analysts in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally. He appears in the national media to discuss business, technology and compliance matters, and is a frequent guest on national television discussing breaking news and cases involving technology, white collar cases and business issues. He also works with federal government contractors to help them implement best practices for mergers and acquisitions. His litigation experience includes using creative legal strategies to help businesses apprehend individuals who commit fraudulent online activity. He also participates in panels discussing the evolving legal landscapes regarding data protection and cyber security.

Business & Accounting Services
Suzanne Davis

Partner of Government Contract Services Group of Aprio LLP

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For more than 20 years I have connected business executives of government contractor companies to advisors who specialize in serving their industry and solving their business challenges. My experience includes developing strategic relationships in the business community; networking; business development coaching, special event planning and execution, business development and client success strategy. I’ve met each client one at a time, listening deeply to understand their day-to-day challenges that slow them down and hinder their success. I bring the Aprio solutions to clients to improve their work life, and in fact, their work-life balance. I’m active in the nominations committees for Greater Washington GovCon Awards, ACG, and SECAF Awards. I contribute to PSC committees, in particular the Annual Conference Planning Committee. I’m the inventor of the “Huddle”, a quarterly virtual peer group roundtable of govcon C-suite executives; the creator of a Women in GovCon series, helping women in the industry connect and thrive; and founder of a GovCon CFO dinner series I’ve hosted over a decade, facilitating conversations relevant to the CFO and the hot topics and trends in government contracting.

At Aprio, we provide technical knowledge, industry expertise and business solutions for companies in any stage of the government contractor lifecycle. We guide clients through the myriad of regulatory risks, fill gaps on their internal teams and help them operate more efficiently to meet their goals.

Digital Media Firm
Toby Eckhardt

Chief Executive & Chief Creative Officer, Focused Image

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Toby founded Focused Image in Washington, D.C. in 1985. Today, Focused Image is a leading marketing communications agency within the Greater Washington area that helps clients realize their business potential and growth objectives through brand development, marketing, advertising, public relations and social media. Toby takes an active role with every Focused Image client, from strategic development through creative execution.With more than 25 years’ experience in creative marketing and design, he has worked with hundreds of clients from technology start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies to develop new brands, redevelop existing brands and raise visibility with target audiences. Over the past 20 years, Toby and his team of seasoned, senior communications professionals at Focused Image have developed strategic plans, award-winning designs, and highly creative campaigns for well-known brands such as Airbus, AOL, Black & Decker, CACI, CSC, Transurban, VTG and many others. Key project highlights include XM Radio’s SKIFi launch, a four-star rating of HealthExtras’ TV launch campaign (featuring Christopher Reeve) from Bob Garfield in Ad Age, MCI Center launch, Eskimo Pie launch of Nabisco’s Snackwell’s line extension into the dairy case nationwide, and the Black & Decker rollout of DeWalt’s “Hard-Headed to the Core” marketing program.

Payroll Company
Braden French

Senior Consultant, GovConPay

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Braden French has more than 20 years in the Workforce Management space with 10 plus years at Payroll Network. His time at Payroll Network has provided him with the incredible opportunity to work closely everyday with C-Level professionals, whose main goal is to make their companies grow by becoming more efficient while engaging and empowering their employees. He has accomplished this by taking the time to truly understand the specific challenges and needs of each of his customers and then providing them solutions that allow them to be more productive by leveraging technology, his staff’s experience and also his valued business partners expertise. What Braden does every day is much larger than simply just providing businesses with a software solution that can process their payroll, manage their human resources, collect time and administer their benefits. What Mr. French does many times not only changes what his clients do and how they do it, but it can also have a direct impact on the culture of their workplace environment. Because of this, he takes the time to understand their business, closely evaluate their processes and learn what it is that makes their business go in order to offer the best solutions. When Braden is not doing his best to improve the ever changing world of work, he and his wife enjoy traveling, playing golf and spending as much time as they can handle with their 2 college-aged children.

Outsourced Operation Services
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Karen Pfister

CEO, OPSPro

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Karen Pfister is the CEO for OPSPro, a consulting and outsourcing service provider for business operations.

She has extensive and progressive experience in government contracting. She is responsible for driving effective operations for her clients to enable top performance, operational excellence, and efficiency. This includes direct responsibility for managing finance, business operations, and accounting, strategic planning, and contract and subcontract administration.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts, Government degree from The University of Virginia and possesses over 15 years of experience in government contracting, both small businesses (OPSPro) and large firms (Booz Allen and SAIC). She excels in program business operations management, overseeing projects ranging from small stand-alone contracts to $400M+ ID/IQ, involving multiple task orders and several subcontractors. Additionally, her expertise extends to contract and subcontract administration for small businesses, corporate finance for small businesses, and the creation, improvement, and documentation of processes and policies. She is also proficient in providing pricing support for large ID/IQ to small stand-alone RFPs.

Business Development
Reeba Magulick

Founding Senior Partner, d8 Group

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Reeba Magulick is a proven operational, sales, and strategic business growth executive who has consistently led measurable new business wins and operational improvements for her organizations. Her personal efforts have resulted in total awards exceeding $200M in Federal Government services awards, and $150M in commercial product sales. Her involvement as a key capture team member has resulted in additional Federal Contract awards exceeding $1B. She has developed a large and thriving network of over 3,000 relationships with Federal Government Executives, large and small government contracting firms, and premier industry experts. With 22 years of comprehensive business and sales experience and 17 recent years in the Federal Civilian and Federal Health space, her main customers have included the Defense Health Agency (Includes Air Force Surgeon General’s Office), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Census Bureau. In recent years, her consulting firm, the d8 Group, has greatly expanded its reach across additional sectors of Federal Government.

Proposal Writing Company
Greg McCarthy

CEO, Key Solutions

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Greg McCarthy is the Chief Executive Officer of Key Solutions, a Washington D.C. area-based consulting firm that helps companies win government contracts.

He has over 30 years of management, business development, and marketing experience. As CEO, Mr. McCarthy oversees the strategic direction of the firm, company performance, and grows new customer bases. From 2012-2014, Mr. McCarthy led operations at Key Solutions before becoming the owner and CEO of KSI.

He is an active board member of the Radford University Business School and the Radford University Athletic Foundation.

Fringe Benefits Firm
Steve Porter

Founder and Co-Owner of FCE Benefit Administrators, Inc.

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Steve Porter is the founder and co-owner of FCE Benefit Administrators, Inc. (FCE), a Bay Area fringe-benefit administrator that has guided top US defense contractors through the challenging prevailing-wage legislation. Steve honed his expertise in the fringe-benefit and prevailing wage industry over many years while working in all aspects of the industry and studying all areas of prevailing wage legislation. That expertise resulted in FCE becoming the leading administrator serving government contractors subject to the Davis Bacon and Service Contract Acts. Steve works closely with FCE clients to ensure that their employee populations receive a maximum benefit-value within the mandated fringe budget. Steve lent his considerable talents to help stabilize federal projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Antarctica. Among the 250 corporations that comprise FCE’s primary clients are Javits-Wagner-O’Day companies (the AbilityOne Program) that provide employment opportunities to disabled Americans and service-disabled veterans.

Since 2013, Steve has served as the co-Vice President of Caminar for the Mental Health Board of San Mateo, CA. Caminar was built on a commitment to improve community-based support services and opportunities for people with disabilities to enable them to live and work in the communities in which they reside. Caminar has over 600 employees committed to serving peoples with mental disabilities, residential programs, job plus employment services and medical clinics. Steve is an active participant in board governance matters and as well as fund raising activities. He was unanimously elected Board Chair effective July 2016. He retired from the position as Board Chair of Caminar for Mental Health in May 2018.

A native of Alabama, Steve graduated from Troy University with a degree in Business. He thereafter moved to northern California where he gained recognition as an accomplished real-estate developer. He remains active in property development, which includes the purchase and renovation of the historic Highland Dell Lodge, Monte Rio, California. Steve and his family reside in San Mateo, California.

Fringe Benefits Firm
Chris Porter

President and Chief Marketing Officer

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As the President and Chief Marketing Officer, Chris leads the firm’s sales and marketing effort. In this capacity, he oversees new product creation, communication with existing clients, and new account formation. His efforts directly support the happiness and well-being of the clients he serves through the entire life cycle of onboarding new clients to maintaining ongoing administration.

Chris began his career as a junior sales associate at FCE in 2006. He increasingly took on more responsibility by expanding his clientele. Chris has extensive experience working with Service Contract and Davis-Bacon Acts.

Chris earned his BS in Economics from Denison University (2006). He enjoys cycling, skiing, and spending time with his family.

Commercial Real Estate
Mark Strauss

SVP, Broad Street Realty LLC

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Since 1997, Mark has built his career providing real estate advisory services to Tenants throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and across the United States. His professional, transparent approach has earned him a reputation as one of the Washington DC area’s most trusted commercial real estate tenant advisors.

Mark’s approach to gain a complete understanding of each client’s business allows him to execute on the most effective ways to provide real estate solutions that align with their short and long-term business objectives. To do so, Mark serves as an advocate on his client’s behalf from inception of the real estate evaluation process through lease negotiations and move-in. His specialties include strategic planning, benchmarking, financial analysis and transaction execution for leasing, acquisitions and dispositions.

Payroll Company
Joe Young

President, GovConPay, LLC

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Joe entered the payroll industry with Payroll Network in 2010. He is currently a member of Payroll Network’s Executive Committee and serves as President of the GovConPay, LLC subsidiary, which exclusively serves the payroll/HR needs of government contracting firms across the U.S. He has held numerous roles with Payroll Network since joining the company. He has managed teams in both sales and operations, and help lead the company through their transition to a human capital management firm. Joe served 5 years on the planning committee for the Independent Payroll Providers Association Sales & Marketing Conference and in 2017 was honored to receive the IPPA Leadership Award.

Recruiting Firm
Marc Zied

Partner, Cordia Resources

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Marc Zeid is a Partner with Cordia Resources. Marc specializes in finding exceptional talent in all areas of accounting and finance, human resources, and government contracting positions at all levels in the organization. His has conducted searches for clients in multiple industries, including technology, biotechnology, professional services, government contracting, and financial services.

Prior to joining Cordia Resources, Marc served as Managing Director of Logue and Rice from 1998 – 2004 and then started Capital Search Group in 2004 with their leadership team. As a founding partner, Marc helped grow Capital Search Group into one of the largest contingent financial accounting firms in the Washington DC area.

Marc was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, received his BS/BA degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and began his career at the Department of Defense as an Auditor. He continued his career as an internal auditor at Manor Care until he joined Logue and Rice as a Recruiter in 1994. He has been helping companies in the Washington DC area connect to talent ever since.

Marc lives in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife and two children.

Business & Accounting Services
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Leslie Rothstein Zeid, CPA, MBA

Partner of Aprio LLP

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Leslie is a financial management professional with broad finance and accounting experience working with a team of accountants to provide timely and accurate financial information.

She works with nonprofit organizations, typically 501c(3)s and 501c(4)s, with revenue in the $5–$30 million range looking for assistance with GAAP-compliant outsourced accounting and grant-compliant accounting.

With a specialization in GAAP-compliant accounting for nonprofit organizations, audit schedule preparation, and identifying and correcting prior-year accounting issues and errors, Leslie has delivered impressive results. She has analyzed, assessed and corrected 2 years of incorrect accounting for a $15 million multi-entity organization leading to financial audits. Assessed and corrected accounting, converted an organization to a cloud-based accounting system and added additional technologies to create accounting efficiencies for a religious organization. She has developed a forecasting methodology for associations to plan annual results and report to their board of directors and also corrected and redesigned an accounting system to provide compliant grant accounting.

Business & Accounting Services
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Jim Fennel, CPA

Audit Partner of Aprio LLP

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Jim helps government contractors thrive from startup to exit.  He works with business owners, executives, and private equity sponsors of companies that are conducting business or seeking to conduct business with the U.S. federal government. Jim uses his strong industry and CPA expertise to serve clients as a GovCon lifecycle business advisor and business connector. He provides strategic consulting on financial statements, audits, and tax matters that support profitability and growth opportunities. Jim believes in developing meaningful relationships that drive understanding and the ability to serve clients as an advocate. This approach creates better insights into my clients’ pain points to provide solutions that drive results and value.

Jim has worked with hundreds of government contractors in my career, covering the full business lifecycle — from supporting GovCon industry entries to successful exits. His work has aggregated over $2 billion in exit value. He always look beyond the mechanics of audit, tax and consulting services to deliver meaningful results that positively impact business value.

ERP Solutions
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Chris Crowder

Executive Vice President, Unanet

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Chris Crowder leads Unanet’s GovCon business unit. He is responsible for collaborating with Unanet customers, partners, key industry stakeholders, and his colleagues in product, sales, customer success, and marketing to grow and enhance our GovCon customers’ experience with Unanet.

Prior to joining Unanet, Chris was a principal at Baker Tilly, where his practice focused on providing technology and other business solutions to Government Contractors and Federal agencies. He also previously held leadership positions with BearingPoint/KPMG Consulting and Arthur Andersen.

Chris serves on the board of SECAF (Small & Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum) and is an active member of PSC (Professional Services Council), NVTC (Northern Virginia Technology Council), and other industry organizations. Chris holds a BS from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Outsourced Accounting Department
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Traci Shepps, CPA

Senior Partner, Cordia Partners

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Traci Shepps is a Senior Partner and Leader of Cordia’s Government Contracting Practice.

Traci has over twenty-five years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, compliance, system design and implementation, and system and process optimization. Combining a strong accounting and consulting background with business systems experience, Traci specializes in advising her clients on accounting compliance, system design, and business process implementation and optimization requirements. Her diverse professional and industry experience has provided her with an extensive knowledge base of business scenarios and industry best practices.

Traci’s experience supporting government contractors with accounting department management, financial reporting, complex indirect rate and revenue computations, GAAP and FAR compliance, and cost allowability provides them the expertise and best practices to be successful.

Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Traci was the Business Information Systems Practice Director of a national accounting and advisory firm. In addition, Traci’s background includes corporate finance operations experience and leading an independent outsourced accounting practice.

Traci is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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