Leadership

George Meyers, President

 

In a town known for business and negotiation, George Meyers is recognized as one of the most accomplished business leaders in Washington, D.C., having achieved financial success on behalf of numerous clients. He has over 25 years of extensive hands-on experience working in the federal government and in government affairs. He possesses an in-depth understanding of federal government acquisition and the legislative process. He is equally experienced in navigating Washington's political environment and is a recognized expert in business development, international trade development and federal marketing. This combination of skill and experience has allowed George to generate millions of dollars in actionable business opportunities for clients. He is considered a master at using innovative thinking and creative strategies to secure funding for clients. 

 

One of George's early successes was his effort on behalf of President Clinton's Mid-Delta Empowerment Zone Project in Greenville, Mississippi, where he advised community leaders on a strategy to "rebuild" the Mississippi delta region using skilled aviation-industry jobs and resources. Subsequently, George was assigned to the Pentagon as Chief Acquisition Manager for the United States Secretary of the Air Force, where he led a team in acquiring and modifying over $9B in aircraft programs, and was able to secure funding to start a $6B modernization program. 

 

Upon retirement from the Air Force, George served as Govenment Affairs and Business Development Director for Defense and Intelligence programs at a Washington, D.C.-based firm, where he directed the company's strategic intelligence programs.  He was asked to join Lockheed Martin where he helped create a $32B pipeline and managed over $1B in international opportunities in 43 nations—with particular emphasis in developing nations.  Industry credits him with creating the strategy and shaping the landscape for a $6.6B Defense contract--which he eventually won.

 

George is currently the Managing Partner of The Meyers Group and is considered an expert at crafting acquisition plans and has led several "start-ups" through successful "funding rounds" while also winning government business.

 

Antonella O'Brien, Executive Director

 

Antonella O’Brien has worked in government facing marketing and business development positions for over 20 years with leading companies including TransUnion, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, The Meyers Group and NJVC among others. She has consulted with multiple small businesses in development of services and solutions in the Federal and SLED marketplace.  As the Executive Director of the Small Business Development Consortium (SBDC), O'Brien is working to provide visibility for small business across the Federal landscape. Her passion for this market was solidified when she worked for a women's business PAC in her first role in Washington, D.C.

Ms. O'Brien has been a guest lecturer at the American Public University School of Business lecturing on entrepreneurial management and operations, The George Washington School of Media and Public Affairs, and sits on the Industry Advisory Board of APU. Antonella O'Brien completed a BA in History and Communications at Hiram College in Ohio, MA (st) in Communications at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. O'Brien lives in the D.C. metro area with her husband Michael and their two young sons.

Board of Advisors

 

Dr. Barbara George, PWC

 

Dr. George is an experienced operational academic and subject matter expert with a background in national security, cybersecurity and communications, and strategic planning. Having worked with the Department of Homeland Security since 2003, Dr. George attained industry-recognized results as a key advisor to senior executives within the Federal cybersecurity community and provided sophisticated, innovative ideas and action plans to improve operational management, strategic partnerships and communications for enhanced effectiveness, reduced inefficiencies and optimized mission results. Consulting roles for several firms include principal analyst, cyber strategist, senior intelligence and operations analyst, and senior homeland security specialist.

 

Dr. George is a retired military officer whose career supported the airlift community in a variety of roles--administrative command, executive support, and quality improvement. A certified Reality Therapist, Dr. George combines perception management and executive/organizational development to enhance strategies for growth with an entrepreneurial emphasis in a fluid environment.

 

Silas "Si" Johnson, SRJ Consulting

 

Silas "Si" R. Johnson Jr. (U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen., retired) was  Marketing Director, Air Force Programs, at EADS North America from 2005 until August 2011. Since August 2011, he continues as President of SRJ Consulting which he founded in 2002. He also served as President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation from February to June 2012.

 

Before joining the EADS North America, Johnson was Vice President of Combat Strike Programs at Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd.

 

Prior to retiring from the Air Force in January 2002, Si was chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission, U.S. Central Command, and senior Department of Defense representative, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The mission coordinated and executed all Saudi Arabian ministry of defense and aviation security assistance matters for the U.S. Department of Defense and military service security assistance agencies, with a value in excess of $66 billion.


Johnson entered the Air Force in 1968 after completing Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, as a distinguished graduate. He served as a squadron commander, deputy commander for operations, assistant deputy commander for maintenance, and wing commander of the 93rd Bomb Wing and the 552nd Air Control Wing. While commanding the 552nd ACW in 1996, he was selected outstanding Air Combat Command wing commander. He also served as vice commander of 21st Air Force, and commanded the Air Mobility Warfare Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey.


In addition to his operational credentials, Johnson has served on the Air Force Issues Team as assistant director, and on the Joint Staff as deputy director for operations with the National Military Command Center. He is a command pilot with more than 4,300 flying hours in multi-engine and fighter aircraft.

 

Captain Shelby Mount, Navy

 

Captain Shelby Mounts is a career Naval Officer, helicopter pilot and squadron commander, and graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of San Diego Business School.  He spent a year-long executive immersion in Shell Oil company in

New Orleans, LA as a participant of the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows Program.

 

Following the fellowship, he returned to the Navy Staff as a special adviser to the Director, Operations

and Plans with portfolio emphasis on risk and cyber.  In that role he studied organizational gaps and war

fighting impacts of the Navy’s nascent Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) concept of operations. 

This concept is evolving to address emerging technical and operational challenges related to cyber and

electronic warfare in congested and contested environments.

Other staff assignments include a Joint tour at US Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL and a

previous tour on the Navy Staff in Air Warfare requirements and resource management at the Pentagon.

Captain Mounts also served as the Navy Service Representative to the Defense Business Board where he assisted in development of independent, corporate advice founded on best business practice for the Secretary of Defense. Primary focus areas included innovative culture and corporate partnership development.  He remains engaged as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Personnel and Commander, Naval Education and Training for talent management initiatives.  He brings a wealth of government and industry insight and business acumen in several critical infrastructure areas where he has used planning, strategy, and operational leadership skills.

 

Chris Nolan, Nolan Consulting Group

 

Chris Nolan is the founder and managing partner of Nolan Consulting Group, LLC (NCG).  Since its inception in January 2013, NCG has helped government and industry clients develop and implement strategies to address complex challenges related to cyber security, homeland security, sequestration, and the federal budget.  Even in an uncertain market, NCG helps corporate leaders drive growth by identifying new business opportunities and acquisition targets.  Mr. Nolan has over 30 years of experience in government relations, business development, strategic planning, program management, and business operations.  Prior to establishing NCG, Mr. Nolan built and led the government relations practice for the SI Organization, a leading systems integration company. There, he developed the corporation’s policy positions, cultivated senior relationships across the public sector, and managed interactions with Congress, the White House, federal agencies, industry associations, and State and local governments.

 

Prior to joining the SI, Mr. Nolan was the Director of Homeland Security Government Relations for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this role, he led Lockheed Martin's growth opportunities in the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, State, as well as internationally.  He has also held senior management positions at DynCorp and Unisource Network Systems, where he supported the development and execution of key technology strategies in coordination with the Federal CIO Council, Congress, the White House, and the Industry Advisory Group.  Previously, Mr. Nolan worked in a variety of business development, project management, and operations positions for Lockheed Martin and its predecessor, Martin Marietta.  Mr. Nolan is a member of multiple associations and advisory boards, including the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council and the National Security Task Force of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He holds BA and MBA degrees.

 

Dave Papas, Leidos

 

Dave currently works for Leidos in their National Security Services Business Development Team. Prior to Leidos Dave was the Senior Vice President of Vencore’s Homeland Security Business, where he was responsible for the daily operations, growth and expansion of their Homeland Security Business.  Before serving in this capacity, Dave was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cyveillance™, the commercial cyber intelligence business unit within QinetiQ North America and QinetiQ U.K.  Dave also worked at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and Secure Computing Corporation after he left the Army as a Major in 2000.

 

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the development, management, and execution of information technology product and services business operations.  His experience includes product and services development, large contract execution, profit / loss management and responsibilities for business in excess of $100M in annual value, and the successful execution of numerous contract pursuits encompassing both Fortune100, large and small business teammates.

 

Prior to entering into the private business sector in 2000, Dave served 11 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, culminating his career as an Information Operations Security Manager for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, where he was responsible for the creation, initial operational design, and operational standup of the first United States Army CERT World-Wide Operations, and Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense.  

 

Dave holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is married to his wife Anna of 25 years, they have two children Alexander 23, and Amber 22.

 

 

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