Advisory Board

Mr. Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes
  • Former Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer at ManTech
  • Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Alion Science & Technology
  • Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BTG, Inc.
  • Credited with successfully closing over 40 Mergers and Acquisitions and over 60 Financing transactions including all forms of public/private debt and equity
  • NVTC CFO of the year award winner
  • Past Leader Professional Services Council – Government & Congressional liaison
  • Past Chairman of the Board – American Heart Association Northern Virginia

Mr. Alan Boehme
Alan Boehme
  • Chief of Enterprise Architecture, Business Innovation and Emerging Technologies at Coca-Cola
  • Chief Technology Officer of The Coca-Cola Company since June 2015
  • Serves as an Advisor of Vectra Networks, Inc.
  • Advisor of Nutanix, Inc. since 2009
  • Served as an Advisor of Netskope, Inc. since October 2013
  • A seasoned industry veteran of 20 years, recognized both domestically and internationally for his ability to jump-start and transform global business processes
  • Prior to Coca-Cola, he has worked with a number of innovative IT organizations, served as the Senior Vice President of IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture at ING, served as the Chief Information Officer of Juniper Networks, Inc., and from November 22, 2005 to February 2008 served as its Vice President
  • Served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Sage Software
  • Served as the Chief Information Officer of Best Software
  • Served as the e-Technology/e-Business Chief Information Officer at General Electric’s Power Systems business
  • Held senior management positions at DHL Worldwide Express and Flying Tiger
  • Prior to Coca-Cola, he has worked with a number of innovative IT organizations, served as the Senior Vice President of IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture at ING, served as the Chief Information Officer of Juniper Networks, Inc., and from November 22, 2005 to February 2008 served as its Vice President
  • Mr. Boehme also serves as a Director of Cloud Security Alliance, Inc., Member of Advisory Board at WhoKnows Inc., and Member of Advisory Board at Apigee Corp.

Mr. Westly Stringfellow
Westley Stringfellow
  • VP of Internal Innovations and Operations for Target, West joined Target in March 2016 as their first entrepreneur-in-residence
  • Founded the Techstars+Target Retail Accelerator program
  • Founder of a company (codenamed “Goldfish”) being built at Target
  • West has focused his career on driving innovation at scale, with executive-level innovation and product management in roles at PayPal, VISA, Rosetta Stone, and Bigcommerce

 Mr. Melvin Greer
Melvin Greer
  • Director Data Science and Analytics, Intel Corp
    • Building Intel’s data science platform through artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for public sector and commercial enterprises
    • Patented inventions in cloud computing, synthetic biology, and IoT bio-sensors for edge analytics
  • Served as Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin, Chief Technology Office
    • 30 years of systems and software engineering experience
    • Expert in Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics
    • Principal investigator in advanced research studies, including Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology and Gamification
  • Certified Enterprise Architect
  • Vice-chair of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)
  • Cloud Computing Working Group and an Advisory Council member of the Cloud Security Alliance
  • Awarded the BEYA 2012 Technologist of the Year Award, for outstanding technical contribution and technical products that have a broad impact and high value to society
  • Founder and Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation
  • Fellow and Adjunct Faculty at the FEAC Institute and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, College of Engineering
  • Member of the International Monetary Fund / World Bank, Bretton Woods Committee exploring how deployment of enabling technologies relates to private sector development, commercial opportunities, global financial stability and social responsibility
  • Author and speaker
  • Educator and board member at Historical Black Colleges and Universities
  • Leading science, technology, mathematical and engineering (STEM) research initiatives
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology, Master of Science in Information Systems from American University, Wash. D.C., Executive Leadership Program at the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School

Mr. Pete Tseronis
Pete Tseronis
  • Served 24 years in myriad progressive technology and leadership responsibility roles spanning four administrations and three cabinet-level agencies
  • Past CTO and Director of Network Services for the U.S Department of Education
  • Served as the Federal IPv6 Task Force chair, the Energy.Data.Gov co-chair, and the Cloud First Task Force chair
  • Appointed the Department of Energy’s first ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Led the the development and creation of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Information Technology Roadmap
  • Created an identity management framework to identify, authenticate, and authorize individuals (and machines) both within the Federal Government and with external organizations
  • Created a sustainable Technology Summit Series to celebrate the national laboratories, power marketing administrations, and program offices

 Mr. Tom Sackie
Tom Sackie
  • Founder of The Laconia Group, and serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
  • Formerly served as Senior Vice President for Oakley Networks Inc. where Mr. Sackie developed new business initiatives, programs, and legislative affairs spanning the entire U.S. government, NATO, and our Coalition Partners
  • Appointed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense to the Department of Defense (DOD) Insider Threat Council to implement policy and strategies for employing technologies specific to DOD information systems
  • Worked for Raytheon as the Director of Business Development for the Strategic Systems Division in the $3B Command, Control, and Communications Segment, managing all business plans, capture strategies, and new business revenue, and was involved in helping to stand up and coordinate Silent Runner Inc., a Raytheon subsidiary across federal government
  •  Honors/Awards:
    • Nominated for Special Assistant on the National Security Council
    • Joint Defense Programs Award
    • Letter of Commendation, National Security Agency

 Mr. Rick Gordon
Rick Gordon
  • Has 15 years of experience in providing organizations with strategic growth
  • Currently serves as  Managing Partner of MACH37, a cybersecurity market centric accelerator developed by the Center for Innovative Technology
  • Previously served as Vice President of Project Management at KEYW Corporation
  • Previously served as COO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions Inc.
  • Served as Managing Director at the Civatas Group
  • Previously CEO of Tovaris, a specialized encryption software development company
  • Previously a technology investment banker at Bear, Stearns, & Co.
  • Served as a submarine officer in the U.S Navy

 Mr. John Phillips
John Phillips
  • John is currently the CEO of Phillips Innovation Associates
  • In 2012, he retired after serving for 12 years as the Chief Scientist of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • John led research and development activities to find corporate solutions for the most pressing scientific and technological problems facing the CIA and the Intelligence Community
  • Prior to joining the CIA, John worked for 31 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in numerous leadership positions in nuclear safeguards, arms control and nonproliferation, chemical weapons detection and verification, environmental monitor and remediation, nuclear facilities design, and R&D management

 Mr. Wayne Howard
Wayne Howard
  • Served as a Senior Executive in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Intelligence
  • Held executive and management positions in four of the five Under Secretary of Defense offices to include: Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; Personnel and Readiness; and Comptroller
  • Former NGA Deputy Director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency supporting the Strategic Transformation Office in the Strategy and Performance Measurement Directorate
  • Retired Air Force Colonel and a B-52 Bombardier
  • Harvard Senior Executive Fellow and a Certified Government Financial Manager
  •  Awards:
    • Presidential Rank Award
    • Vice Presidential Hammer Award
    • Secretary of Defense BRAC recognition award

 Mr. Gheorge Tetuci
Gheorge Tecuci
  • Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Learning Agents Center at George Mason University
  • Former Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the US Army War College
  • Published over 180 papers with contributions to artificial intelligence and its applications
  • Awards:
    • US Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, (“for groundbreaking contributions to the application of Artificial Intelligence to Center of Gravity Determination”)
    • Lifetime IT&E Outstanding Research Faculty Award
    • Deployed Innovative Application Award from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence

 Dr. Krys Cios
Dr. Krys Cios
  • Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Published 3 books and over 200 papers in the area of data mining, machine learning, brain modeling, and biomedical information
  • His research is funded by NIH, NASA, NSF, NATO, and the US Air Force
  •  Awards:
    • Foreign Member, Polish Academy of Arts and Science
    • Fulbright Senior Scholar
    • Neurocomputing Best Paper Award
    • Visiting Scientist at NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Visiting Professor in Japan and Spain

 Dr. John Whidden
Dr. John Whidden
  • M.D./PhD. and retired Army Colonel
  • Research led to major battlefield advancements
  • Credited with leading the Largest Logistics effort in wartime history
  • Forty Years of Special Forces Experience
  • Former United States Army Medical Service Corp Colonel (Special Forces, PSYOPS, Civil
  • Ph.D. Auburn University; M.D. UACJ; M.S. SLU; B.S. SLU
  • U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA; U.S. Navy War College, Newport,RI; National Defense University, Washington, DC
  • Developed the health care component for the economic consequences model for the Chemical Infrastructure Risk Assessment(CIRA), Chemical Terrorism Risk Analysis (CTRA) for DHS’ Chemical Security and Analysis Center (CSAC)
  • Developed underlying methodologies and models to measure terrorism risks to U.S. public infrastructure sectors, Bio-Terrorism Risk Analysis (BTRA) for DHS Risk Management Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection
  • Served as the U.S. National Bio-Surveillance Integration System (NBIS) Senior Science Adviser, developed all operations and functions of for the national early detection and characterization of bio-events, situational awareness, inter-agency information sharing
  • Served as the Russian Bio-Warefare Defense Program Coordinator, for the DoD Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, led the technical staff in the providing technical and program management support to the Chemical Weapons & Biological Weapons Elimination Support Program in the 18 former Soviet Union Euro-Asia countries leading to the destruction of Bio-Warfare agents (i.e. smallpox, anthrax, plague etc.) and their 70 production infrastructure facilities employing about 70, 000 workers
  • Successful track record in guiding large multi-billion international operations under difficult combat war-time conditions in Panama, Saudi Arabia (largest logistics effort in wartime history), Kuwait, Iraq and Somalia
  • 40 years of experience as a US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Officer in insurgency, terrorism, guerrilla, unconventional warfare
  •  Fellowships:
    •  Affairs
    • Public Health, Domestic Assistance, U.S. A.CHPPM
    • Space Biomedical Research Institute, NASA
    • Hyper-baric Medicine, School Aerospace Medicine, USAF
    • NIH, Shock & Trauma Physiology, LSUMC
  •  Awards:
    • Bronze Star Medal
    • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
    • Army Meritorious Service Medal
    • Joint Commendation Medal
    • Army Commendation Medal
    • Special Forces Tab
    • Pathfinder badge
    • Master Parachutist badge
    • Air Assault badge

Mr. Jim Fontana
Jim Fontana
  • Co-founder and managing partner of Dempsey Fontana, PLLC; practice focusing on government contracts.
  • Practice also includes mergers and acquisitions in both the government technology and commercial sectors.
  • Over 30 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts, with an emphasis on technology and related technical services, as well as ethics compliance and corporate governance issues.
  • 2006 recipient of Outstanding Chief Legal Officer award in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area from the Association of Corporate Counsel.
  • 2005/06 recipient of Top Attorney awards in the Washington, DC area in the General Counsel category from the Washington Business Journal.
  • 2014 recipient of Power Players Award from Washington SmartCEO in recognition of “leadership, accomplishments, innovation and success” as a Washington, DC-area attorney.
  • Frequent seminar speaker and author on issues relating to government contracts, ethics compliance, international law and technology-related issues.
  • Former regular contributor to Washington Technology’s Infotech and the Law column.
  • Published articles in numerous other publications, including the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Journal, the National Contract Management Journal, BNA Bloomberg, the National Defense Industrial Association and Federal Publications.
  • Interviewed by Federal News Radio and was prominently featured on the WJLA news television program Government Matters.
  • Interviewed by and featured in the Legal Times, Washington Technology, Federal Computer Week, the Washington Business Journal, and the General Counsel Weekly, among other publications.
  • Recently testified before Congress to include the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee on issues related to the federal government procurement process.
  • Member of Virginia and District of Columbia bars.
  • Member (and former Chairman) of the Board of Directors of Easter Seals for DC/VA/MD.
  • Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the George Mason University School of Business.

 Mr. Tim McBride
Tim McBride
  • COO / CFO Zoic Studios, a 400+ employee company with offices in California, Vancouver (Canada) and New York, providing expertise and services in creativity, technology and visualization for the entertainment and big data industries
  • Former President – McBride & Associates
  • Former Managing Director – Evergreen Alliance Golf
  • Former Accountant – Ernst & Whinney
  • BS in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University; Certified Public Accountant – State of California
  • Founder and Board Member of Food for Kids, feeding hungry students through elementary schools; and Board Member on numerous additional charitable organizations

 Mr. Adam August
Adam August
  • Partner in the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group of the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP.
  • Counsels public and private company clients in a variety of industries, including information technology, government contracting, software and telecommunications.
  • Actively involved in over 200 merger, acquisition and disposition transactions, and financing/investment transactions and securities offerings.
  • Former law clerk for the Honorable Steven A. Felsenthal in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas, Texas.
  • Honors & Awards:
    • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2014-2016
    • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers guide, Corporate/M&A, 2013-2015
    • “40 Under 40” East Recognition Award, The M&A Advisor, 2012
    • Legal Elite, Washington SmartCEO magazine, 2011
    • Rising Star, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2013, 2014
    • Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2007, 2011-2013