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The GovCon Exchange Board of Advisors are selected from our member CEOs. They are experts in their field as well as the government contracting space. They play critical roles in GovCon Exchange by shaping member resources, recommending new member and guest candidates, and moderating events. Assisting in making GovCon Exchange relevant and productive, our Board of Advisors shares best practices, insights, and solutions to member challenges.
CEO Boardroom 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.
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.
Founder, Phoenix Financial & Advisory Services, LLC
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.
Founder, TISTA Science and Technology Corp
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.
Executive Chairman, Intrepid Solutions and Services, LLC
Dennis Kelly is a well-known and highly respected leader in the federal government contracting community and a Navy veteran. In his role as Executive Chairman of Intrepid Solutions and Services, LLC, Mr. Kelly is responsible for the company’s strategic vision and direction. Working with the CEO and management team, he will ensure that Intrepid continues to meet or exceed its customers’ most important mission requirements. He will also serve as a member of the Intrepid Board of Directors and Bluestone Investment Partners Board of Advisors.
Previously, Mr. Kelly was President and COO of Centauri, LLC, prior to its acquisition by KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR). He brings over 30 years of experience in the defense and intelligence community, having served in multiple chief executive officer, president, and chief operating officer roles with fast growing companies in the national security market.
Mr. Kelly is an active contributor to the GovCon industry as well as his community. He currently is co-chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce GovCon committee and has served as an adjunct professor in the George Mason University Executive MBA program. Mr Kelly is also a mentor and advisory board member of the CEO Boardroom GovCon Exchange™. Previously, Mr. Kelly has been a member of the Board of the Professional Services Council and the USO of Metropolitan Washington–Baltimore and the executive committee for Annual D.C. Walk fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Mr. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University with a major in industrial engineering technology and a minor in computer technology. He also has a master’s in business administration from the Executive MBA program at the University of Rhode Island.
Founder and CEO, RIVA Solutions, Inc.
Naveen Krishnamurthy is Founder & CEO of RIVA Solutions, Inc., a Federal oriented small business and 8a company service provider. Mr. Krishnamurthy has been heavily involved with Government Agencies and related large organizations in the areas of thought leadership surrounding Acquisition Management, IT Capital Planning and Digital Strategy. He is a two-time business owner and entrepreneur who has extensive knowledge of large firms and considerable experience working in Silicon Valley. Mr. Krishnamurthy holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland. He is also a Fed100 award recipient tied to innovation in the Federal Government.
Founder, RiVidum, Inc. dba TripleCyber
Manny Rivera is the founder and owner of RiVidium Inc. (dba – TripleCyber). Manny founded RiVidium in 2008 shortly after leaving the Army. Manny is a Cyber Security and Software Engineering expert with an advanced security degree from George Washington University. Manny’s advanced research at George Washington University allowed him to develop a Cyber Security patent (TripleCyber) that fundamentally changes the way people communicate on the Internet. As an Army Officer, Manny held various positions as a Military Police Officer, Contracting Officer, Program Manager, Test and Evaluations Officer, and Enterprise Architect. Manny is a certified acquisition professional and is also a Fort Bragg – certified Jump Master with over 75 jumps.
Manny holds degrees from Virginia State University and advanced degrees from George Washington University (MS Computer Science & MS in Security and Information Assurance). Manny was also accepted to the PhD Computer Science program at George Washington University.