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CEO Boardroom’s™

GovCon Exchange Partners Program

CEO Boardroom GovCon Exchange™ Partners 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. 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 our partners 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 partner 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

Partners 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 PARTNERS

Ryan Copenhaver

Partner, Government Technology Insurance Company

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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 of Government Technology Insurance Company

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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 of Government Technology Insurance Company

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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, Government Technology Insurance Company

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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 PARTNERS

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.

Brian DeMuth

Partner, Riphean Investments

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Founder, advisor, executive, and hacker with 22 years of experience in developing and implementing advanced cyber technologies and 20 years in government contracting. Skilled in total Business Management, Defensive/Offensive Cyber Ops, Data Center Management, Mission Assurance, Configuration Management, and Workforce Development.

In February 2021, I partnered with Joel Griffin to launch Riphean Investments, a Fredericksburg-based firm making early-stage and growth equity investments in U.S. National Security markets. Having grown, matured, and sustained profitable organizations in these markets, we partner with like-minded individuals to help them do the same.

Our work at Riphean also extends into the communities we serve, building community partners to enhance quality of life and build a sustainable future. Cyber Bytes Foundation (CBF), a nonprofit I co-founded, is one of those community partners. CBF is dedicated to developing a unique cyber ecosystem of educational and outreach programs for individuals and small business, that enhance the cyber workforce. The American Cyber League (ACL), a CBF consortium of like-minded companies and individuals, was created to bring community resources together to assist in the outreach mission and to participate in advanced research to address the most challenging customer problem-sets. The ACL membership has grown to over 1000 organizations and participants from around the world and continues to grow every week.

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.

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.

Cathy Goin

CEO, OPSPro

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Cathy Goin is the CEO for OPSPro, a consulting and outsourcing service provider for business operations.

She is responsible for driving effective operations for her clients to enable top performance, innovation and affordability. This includes direct responsibility for managing finances and accounting, strategic planning, facilities security, human resources, contracting and information technology.

Cathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Miami University and possesses over 25 years of progressive cradle to grave experience in business stand/start up, rollout and execution. She has vast experience in all industries ranging from commercial to Federal-Government Contracting. She is adept at creating efficient management systems and establishing policies and procedures to ensure accuracy and accountability and has the significant ability to adapt to a rapidly growing environment and is a decision maker who is attuned to the fine details and the big picture of the organization.

Joel Griffin

Founder and Partner, Riphean Investments

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Entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. In 2020, I founded JG Financial Group, a growth investor spanning multiple industries across private equity, venture capital, hospitality, real estate and health care. Our most recent investment was the founding of Riphean Investments in February 2021. Riphean is a Fredericksburg-based firm making early-stage and growth equity investments in U.S. National Security markets. Having grown, matured and sustained profitable organizations in these markets, we partner with likeminded individuals to help them do the same.

Alongside our commercial activities, we are committed to giving back which we do through our support for Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation and local organizations that enhance quality of life and support our respective missions. I co-founded Gwyneth’s Gift with my wife, Jennifer, in honor of our oldest daughter. The foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and education of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Since its establishment, Gwyneth’s Gift has trained 7,658 people on CPR and placed 55 AED devices in Virginia resulting in seven lives saved.

I currently serve on the Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA) as Chairman; on the Board of Directors for The Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Stafford Hospital Foundation; on the Cyber Security Advisory Board for the Virginia Community College System; and on the GO Virginia (Mary Ball Washington Regional Council) Board.

Alexandra B. Kessler

Partner of Government Contract Services Group of Aronson LLC

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In her role as the partner-in-charge of Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services Group, Alexandra “Lexy” Kessler connects her clients with the solutions, resources and contacts that they need to succeed in an ever-changing government landscape. Lexy’s extensive expertise in assurance, tax and consulting allows her to help clients balance the challenges and opportunities inherent to the business of being a government contractor. With more than 30 years of experience, she has been instrumental in growing her practice area into one of the most well-known and respected government contracting service providers in the country. As a leader in her practice area and a member of Aronson’s Board of Directors, she also helps drive Aronson’s overall strategic direction and growth objectives. Lexy is frequently sought as a lecturer at industry events, and has made presentations to commercial organizations and banking institutions on issues related to government contracting. As a thought leader in her field, Lexy has provided interviews and expert commentary to such media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Federal News Radio, Law360, and Federal Times. Lexy is deeply involved with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Government Contracts Council, and co-chairing their Government Contracts Committee. In 2013, she received the Chamber’s Chairman’s Award for her efforts in helping businesses connect and gain access to federal, state and local government procurement and adopt best business practices in accounting. Lexy serves as treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Professional Services Council. Lexy earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, where she sits on the Smith Business School Advisory Board.

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.

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.

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.

Shannon Roberts

CEO, Ethos Advising & Consulting

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After spending years working for other entrepreneurs, I recognized a niche in the wine and spirits industry and launched my business during the Great Recession. Fortunately, I was met with overwhelming response, and my event volume/revenues sky-rocketed. In less than a year I was pulling all-nighters and running myself ragged just trying to keep pace with the growth.

At one point, I hired an entrepreneur coach, who specialized in female business owners and who provided me a series of temporary fixes, but they were just that – temporary. Eventually, growth stagnated; I was working harder than ever and even started to resent members of my management team, who simply weren’t pulling their weight.

Then, I read “Traction” and started implementing EOS ®. Almost immediately, things started to improve, and growth returned. My team was rowing in the same direction — accomplishing more in two weeks than they had in most quarters, and the company’s culture was always what I hoped it would be. Mostly importantly, I got my life back. EOS ® was a transformative experience for me, and now after successfully exiting my business my new passion is to help other entrepreneurs get more of what they want from their business — and get their lives back, too.

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.

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.

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