Dean's Advisory Council
Comprised of business and community leaders from many different locations, the Dean's Council provides strategic guidance to the dean as the School of Business seeks to align its programs to the needs of the business community.
Dean's Advisory Council members represent a variety of industries and companies ranging from startups to established, multinational firms.
Current Council members are as follows:
Kaylene H. Green, '87
President and CEO
Flagship Government Relations
In early 2009, Kaylene Green led the formation of Flagship Government Relations, Inc., an organization focusing on government relations to provide legislative strategy, federal budget insights, and strategic marketing analysis. As President and CEO, Green is responsible for the company's development by managing high-level client relationships and interfacing with government officials.
Green serves as the chair of the Dean's Council. Along with her husband, Green is a founding investor in the School of Business' Dean's Investment Fund. The pair dedicates much of their time and effort driving various initiatives at the university. This dedication was duly recognized in 2011 when the two were honored with the Alumni Service Award.
She is an alumna of George Mason University having earned her BS in accounting and legal studies.
Anne K. Altman, '82
General Manager, US Federal Government and Industries
Anne Altman is general manager of IBM Corporation's U.S Federal Government and Industries sector. In this role, Altman is responsible for the strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for driving IBM's multi-billion business with Federal Government Clients in the United States. Known as a transformational leader, she has often been tapped to address complex business challenges within IBM and on behalf of clients. Most notably, she helped establish IBM's footprint as a major force in the U.S. Federal market; and led the company's server hardware business during the most important product launch in the history of the mainframe business – the System z mainframe.
Altman is a recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award, one of the highest honors issued to technology partners serving the Federal market. In addition, her outstanding contributions to the information technology industry and its clients include: Federal Computer Week's Top Federal 100, Washingtonian Magazine Top Tech Titans, Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women, the AFFIRM Leadership Award for Industry, and the CIO Council's Azimuth Award for the Industry Executive of the Year.
Her professional success and tireless support of her alma mater were recognized in 2011 when she was honored as Mason's School of Business Alumna of the Year.
Altman earned her BS in marketing from George Mason University.
Marc E. Andersen '90
International Government & Public Sector Leader
Ernst & Young LLP
Marc Andersen serves as the International Government & Public Sector Leader for Ernst & Young.
Prior to his appointment, Andersen created and launched EY's Federal Advisory business. Under Andersen 's leadership as Americas Markets Leader, the practice achieved record growth through assisting the government in addressing some of the most complex challenges facing our nation.
Andersen serves on professional and non-profit boards, donating his time and talent to make a difference in the community with a specific emphasis on improving the lives of at-risk-children. His service includes the Youth For Tomorrow Board of Trustees, Boys and Girls Club, Great Falls Rotary, the Professional Services Council Board of Directors, the Tower Club Board of Governors, and the High Point University President's Cabinet.
As the recipient of the Washington Football Legends Community MVP Award, Andersen was recognized for his contributions to our community with a scholarship in his name for minority higher education.
A frequent speaker and author, Marc focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation and the powerful opportunity that the private sector and the public sector have to harness their potential to achieve meaningful outcomes for citizens through Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Marc recently led the creation of a PPP between EY and the US State Department promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship in Latin America.
Andersen earned a bachelor's of economics from George Mason where he was also a member of the crew team.
Shaza L. Andersen
Chief Executive Officer
Shaza Andersen is a Mason alumnus and founder and chief executive officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. As CEO, she is responsible for the bank's overall strategic direction, growth, and profitability. Under her leadership, the bank has grown to $1.4 billion in assets, with 17 branches in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
In addition to serving on countless boards throughout the region, Andersen founded the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the physical, social, and mental well-being of children in the Washington metropolitan area. WFYF has been a major sponsor of NBC4 Food4Families that has helped feed over 20,000 individuals in the area.
A sought-after authority on banking and capital market issues, Andersen has appeared on CNBC and Fox News, and been featured in Washington Business Journal and Washington Magazine. She has also been recognized as a Top Banker by SmartCEO Magazine, one of the Top 25 Women to Watch by American Banker, and one of Washington Business Journal's Power 100, 50 Fastest Growing Companies, Women Who Mean Business, and Most Admired CEO.
Dr. Ken Bajaj
Chief Operating Officer
Digital Management, Inc.
Since 1971, Ken Bajaj has distinguished himself as a successful entrepreneur in the IT services industry. He was a senior executive at EDS and Perot Systems. His resume includes building INET; founding Internet services company AppNet: NASD: APNT as well as DigitalNet: NASD: DNET, a secure network provider. At AppNet, he made 10 acquisitions in the company's first year and was able to take the company public a mere 18 months after opening its doors. Bajaj eventually sold all of his ventures.
Today, he works as the chief operating officer of Digital Management, Inc. (DMI), a leading provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services including mobile strategy, mobile UX and app solutions, omni-channel commerce, mobile brand and marketing, big data management and analytics and secure mobile device, app and data management. Bajaj earned his MS in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and his PhD in Systems Science from Michigan State University.
Kristina J. Bouweiri
President and CEO
Kristina Bouweiri is the majority owner of the Washington D.C.'s largest luxury transportation provider, Reston Limousine. Thanks to her innovative business strategies over the last two decades, Reston Limousine has enjoyed continued growth despite regional and national economic downturns.
An active business community leader, in addition to serving on the School of Business' Dean's Advisory Council, Bouweiri is a member of the boards of several influential organizations, including Eagle Bank, SmartCEO magazine, Enterprising Women magazine, Loudoun CEO Cabinet, and Loudoun Education Foundation.
Her recent awards include the 2013 International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award, 2012 DC Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year, and SmartCEO Smart 100 Top CEOs of Washington DC since 2009.
Bouweiri holds a BA in international affairs from The George Washington University.
Michael Creasy, '91
Audit Practice Leader
Michael Creasy currently serves as audit practice leader for Grant Thornton's Atlantic Coast market which includes the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. In this role, Creasy leads over 250 audit professionals. He also served as a senior strategic adviser to the leadership of Grant Thornton China's operations and had business development responsibilities in China.
Creasy has many professional qualifications and memberships, including, past board member of the Association of Corporate Growth in China, past board member of George Mason University's School of Business Alumni Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the New York State Society of CPAs.
Creasy graduated cum laude with a BS in accounting and management information systems from George Mason University.
William J. Curry, Jr., '83 '12
President and CEO
Legatus Solutions Corporation
William Curry serves as chief executive for Legatus Solutions Corporation, which he founded in 2012. Legatus Solutions leads development, integration, and implementation efforts in a number of functional and industry domains by focusing on information systems proposals and solutions that strengthen the business processes of its clients.
Curry "retired" as Vice President from CACI International in March 2012 to form Legatus Solutions. Over 28 years with the organization, Curry ran several divisions at CACI ranging from eGovernment/Logistics, eCommerce, and international financial services. Over the most recent decade, he led profit centers relating to transportation—including Federal, State, and Industry solutions—applying his expertise as a solution architect and manager. Previously, he held positions as Information Technology manager and engineer on several federal projects.
Curry earned his BS in decision sciences and his MS in technology management at George Mason University.
Mary Davis Holt
Flynn Heath Holt Leadership
Mary Davis Holt is an executive coach and expert on business, women, and leadership. She has held executive positions at Time Warner, including her time as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Time Life. In addition, she spent time managing the worldwide distribution of all Time Inc. magazines including Time, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated.
Holt is now a partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership, whose mission is to help women and organizations move forward, faster. The firm has coached and trained over 5,000 women, conducted over 1,700 interviews with Fortune 1000 executives, and produced a New York Times Bestseller entitled Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women's Paths to Power.
Holt received her BA from Salem College and her MBA from New York University.
Martin A. Dunphy, '90 '91
Founder and CEO
Marlin Financial Group
Martin Dunphy is an entrepreneur and founder of Marlin Financial Group. He also co-founded its main investment companies, Marlin Capital Europe and Marlin Financial Services in 2002 and 2004 and Marlin Legal Services in 2007. In 2012, the group was again recognized among the 100 fastest growing companies in the UK. He has taken on senior management positions and founded businesses in the United States, Asia and Europe, including in the financial services, telecommunications and insurance industries, and has headed start-up operations in China, Taiwan, and the UK.
In addition, Dunphy has founded and/or participates in and supports many external philanthropic and business-related organizations, including: the Irish-Chinese Business Network in Beijing, the UK Parliamentary Institute of Directors (IOD) China Interest Group, the Bank of England (UK Central Bank) IOD Working Panel in the UK, The Kham Aid Foundation in Tibet, and The Blind Children's Charity in the UK, amongst others.
At George Mason University, Dunphy was a four year scholar athlete and served as captain of the men's soccer team. In 2006, he was inducted into the George Mason Univeristy Soccer Hall of Fame. Dunphy holds a BS in marketing and an MBA from George Mason University.
John J. Feeney, Jr., '92
Senior Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton
With two decades of experience in the field of cyber technologies, John Feeney leads Booz Allen Hamilton's cyber efforts across the firm's civil government market. He also leads the firm's business in the Departments of Agriculture and Labor, and the National Science Foundation. Since joining the firm in 1995, Feeney has contributed to Booz Allen engagements his expertise in strategic network planning and design, data communications implementation, and evaluation of both hard and network service offerings.
Feeney has led teams that integrate traditional data center technologies with current cloud based offerings for the federal government. In addition, his engagements at the firm have included managing a 5-year LAN program to upgrade and transform the enterprise communications environment for a 16,000-person federal organization with 32 locations.
Feeney holds a BS in computer science from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Mason University.
James C. Fontana
Co-Founder and Principal
Dempsey Fontana, PLLC
James Fontana is the co-founder and managing partner of Dempsey Fontana, PLLC. With over 30 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts, Fontana is able to provide high quality legal services to companies who contract with US federal, state, and local government agencies as well as foreign government agencies. He also has experience executing mergers and acquisitions in both the government technology and commercial sectors.
In addition to his role at Dempsey Fontana, Fontana is a former adjunct professor of law at George Mason University and an adjunct professor in the university's MBA program.
Fontana earned his BS in economics from American University and his JD from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.
R. Jerry Grossman
Former Managing Director and Co-Head– Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) Group
Jerry Grossman completed his career at Houlihan Lokey's Washington, D.C. office in 2014. He was co-head of the ADG group, a premier investment banking practice representing leading industry companies in merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, providing fairness opinions and sourcing capital. He was a regular contributor on industry M&A, strategy and value creation dynamics to Washington Technology, a national magazine for government contractors, as well as a frequent speaker at industry events.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Grossman held senior positions in financial advisory, strategic consulting and corporate banking organizations. He earned a BS in industrial management at Penn State University and an Executive MBA from Loyola College in Maryland. He is a Chartered Financial analyst and is reqistered with FINRA as a Genereal Securities Representative (Series 7 and 63).
W. Craig Havenner
Christopher Management, Inc.
Christopher is a locally owned and operated residential and commercial building and development company based in the City of Fairfax. The company is currently developing and constructing residential and commercial projects located in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, Frederick County Maryland, and Sussex County Delaware. Christopher is well respected within the communities it serves and has won numerous local and national awards for their projects.
As president, Havenner is responsible for land planning, development, product design, construction and customer service.
Havenner joined the Christopher Companies in 1993 after nine years with the Artery Organization where he served as Vice President-Division Manager. Prior to joining Artery, Havenner managed Park Construction Operations for Fairfax County Park Authority.
During his career, Havenner has managed the development and construction of several thousand condominiums, townhomes, garden apartments and single-family homes in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Havenner is a 1979 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in construction management. A native of Northern Virginia, he is married and has resided in the City of Fairfax with his family since 1980. He is actively involved in professional and community organizations, including Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), where he is a Past President and was named "Builder of the Year" in 2002 and the Home Builder's Association of Virginia (HBAV), where he has served as a Build-Pac Trustee, a member of the Executive Committee, and as Area 5 Vice President. He served two terms as HBAV's legislative chair, and is currently serving as 2nd Vice President.
In addition, he presently serves as a member of the George Mason University School of Business Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is a Vice-Chairman of The City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority.
Lillian T. Heizer
LCH Consulting Services
Bringing 25 years of hands-on leadership experience and established success in leading large IT organizations to consistently positive results to the table, Lillian Heizer's firsthand experience employing best practices makes her stand out as a consulting professional. As president of LCH Consulting, Heizer strives to bring thought leadership to her clients' complex challenges to produce measureable and sustainable results.
Outside of LCH, Heizer is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and sits on The Women's Center Board of Directors.
Heizer earned her BS in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology, a MS in computer science from George Washington University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Honorable Dr. John Hillen
Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice
School of Business, George Mason University
The Honorable Dr. John Hillen is a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former high ranking U.S. government official. A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, he has led four defense and intelligence technology firms in Northern Virginia, most recently as president and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions—awarded the 2012 GovCon Contractor of the Year award in the large company category. Hillen took Sotera public in 2009, one of the few successful IPOs in the American economy that year, and he currently serves as the vice chairman of the company's advisory board.
A recognized industry leader in the technology contacting space, Hillen served in 2012 and 2013 as the chairman of the Professional Services Council and currently sits on the boards of SOS International LLC, Software AG Government Solutions Inc., Cygnacom Solutions Inc., IAP Global Services LLC, and National Review Inc. He previously served as assistant secretary for political-military affairs for the U.S. Department of State and president of CGI Federal. He has lead other companies in both the government contracting and financial services space.
Hillen received the Fed100 award in 2011 and has been the subject of cover stories in Smart CEO Magazine,Government Computer News, and Washington Technology. An experienced director of both public and private companies, he has served on the boards of over half a dozen federal contracting firms.
At George Mason University's School of Business, Hillen teaches and focuses on leadership, strategy, management, and entrepreneurship.
Frank F. Islam
Chairman and CEO
FI Investment Group, LLC
Following several years in technical and program management positions with several federal government contractors, Frank Islam set out on an entrepreneurial path with the founding of QSS Group, Inc., a government contracting firm providing engineering and information technology services. During his time at QSS, Islam was instrumental in the company's successes earning him recognition as Ernst & Young's Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 and the Small Business Administration's Minority Small Business Person of the Year in 2001.
In 2007, after the sale of QSS Group, Islam founded FI Investment Group (FIIG), a private investment holding company focused on providing strategic capital and management support to emerging businesses. As chief executive at FIIG, Islam is responsible for the company's value creation by guiding its investment initiatives and activities, developing a multi-pronged strategy for investment, and advising portfolio companies on strategic and operational matters.
Islam holds a BS and MS in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Jolanda N. Janczewski, '91
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Janczewski is Chairman of the Board of Consolidated Safety Services-Dynamac Corporation (CSS), a $50M company providing environmental, health and life science services to both public and private sectors. In addition, she is President/CEO of the Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX), a company spring-boarded from CSS with a mission to conduct comprehensive audits of ground transportation companies and provide public access to motor carrier safety ratings.
A career-long safety professional, she holds a Master of Public Health in Biohazard Sciences from UNC Chapel Hill and a PhD in Environmental Health & Public Policy from George Mason University. She has a BS in Biology for Mary Washington College and is one of a few people in the U.S. who hold an advanced degree in biosafety. She and her company CSS have played key roles in times of national environmental disasters, including anthrax decontamination of federal buildings, and deploying scientists and other specialists to assess the Gulf Oil Spill for the EPA and NOAA. In 2002, she and her company received the U.S. State Department Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award for their extraordinary efforts in anthrax removal and restoration of the worldwide mail facility located near Dulles Airport. Her new venture, TSX, is the only nationally-based private motor carrier rating company, providing information to the public to help in the identification and us of safer bus and truck companies.
Dr. Janczewski continues to be a recognized expert in her field providing testimony in front of federal regulatory hearings and serving as a federal expert witness for the US Department of Justice. She is also an international speaker and has appeared on National and International news and public services broadcast networks.
In 2012, she was an Influential Women of Virginia honoree and also recognized as a Smart CEO Magazine Washington Woman awardee. She also received the 2014 George Mason University Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Science. In addition, she will appeared as the cover feature of Smart CEO Magazine in July, 2014.
Ambassador Allen F. Johnson, '83
President and CEO
Allen F. Johnson & Associates
From April 2001 until September of 2005, Allen Johnson served as ambassador and chief agriculture negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) entity of the Executive Office of the President. He worked as a key architect in advancing the most active trade agenda in US history. In addition, he was trusted with various global responsibilities by handling the most complex, sensitive, and essential trade policy issues.
In 2005, Johnson founded Allen F. Johnson and Associates (AFJ) and currently serves as president and CEO. AFJ provides policy consulting, business consulting, and commercial services for clients and partners in the US and internationally. In addition, AFJ seeks to promote international trade, build alliances, and find solutions that create opportunities for clients in international commerce.
Johnson earned a BS in business administration from George Mason University and an MBA and MS in food research from Stanford University.
Jeffery M. Johnson, '75
Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Johnson & Strachan Insurance
Jeffery Johnson is the retired chairman and CEO of Johnson & Strachan, Inc., a full service locally owned and operated independent insurance agency. He also serves on the boards of directors of Millennium Bankshares Corporation and Millennium Bank, N.A. In addition, he volunteers with Five Talents International, a micro-finance organization that fights poverty and creates jobs for the poor in developing countries.
Alongside his work in the insurance industry, Johnson is actively involved in his alma mater. Not only is he a member of the Dean's Council, but he is a trustee with the George Mason University Foundation, a past president of the Alumni Association, and sponsors the School of Business' Distinguished Speaker Series. In 2009 he was honored with the Alumni Service Award for his many contributions to the university.
Johnson holds a BS in business administration from George Mason University.
Vincent D. Kelly, '83
President and CEO
Spok Holdings, Inc.
Kelly became a director, President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Company in November 2004 when USA Mobility was formed through the merger of Metrocall and Arch. Prior to the merger of Metrocall and Arch, Kelly was President and CEO of Metrocall since February 2003.
Prior to this appointment, he had also served at various times as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”), Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), and Executive Vice President (“EVP”) of Metrocall. He served as the Treasurer of Metrocall from August 1995 to February 2003, and served as a director of Metrocall from 1990 to 1996 and from May 2003 to November 2004. Kelly also serves as the President, CEO and director for all of our subsidiaries, except for Spok Canada, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary, for which Kelly is only a director. Kelly served on the Boards of Tellabs from 2012 to 2013 and Penton Media from 2003 to 2007.
Kelly has been involved with the wireless and telecommunications industry for over 25 years and the software industry for over four years.
Kelly holds a BS in accounting from George Mason University.
Gary N. Loveland, Jr., '84
Gary Loveland is a principal in PricewaterhouseCooper's advisory practice with over 22 years of information systems management and implementation experience. In his role, Loveland is responsible for the firm's global security practice. To drive PwC's success, he is focused on the critical issues of IT security and risk management and was a key architect of the firm's methodology for developing and managing strategic information security plans.
Over the years, Loveland has provided clients with security assessments, automated security compliance, patch management, and security awareness training. In addition, he has worked extensively with key vendors in the security industry to deploy security solutions to solve business needs.
He holds a BA in government and politics from George Mason University and a MA in information technology management from John Hopkins University.
John T. Niehoff, '84
As a partner at the national accounting firm Baker Tilly (formerly Beers + Cutler), John Niehoff works with commercial businesses and leads the law and professional service firms practice, which provides audit, tax, and general business advisory services to closely-held businesses.
Niehoff has been honored with the George Mason University Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni Award and was recognized most recently with the Alumni Service Award for his extensive involvement at the university. Not only is he a member of the School of Business Dean's Council, Niehoff serves on the George Mason Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Patriot Club and Green Coat Society in support of Mason athletics. In addition, he actively recruits Mason graduates for his firm and is instrumental in the effort to support Mason's accounting majors through the James R. Beers Accounting Scholarship Endowment, which recognizes Mason's top performing accounting students each year, and a contributor to the Phillip G. Buchanan Faculty Fellowship.
Niehoff earned his BS in accounting from George Mason University, was a member of the men's basketball team, and was honored in 2008 by the CAA as George Mason's Men's basketball legend honoree.
Jerry T. Pierce, '92
Senior Partner, Tax
Jerry Pierce is a senior tax partner at KPMG, LLP and has over 34 years of experience with Big Four public accounting. After beginning his career in auditing, he moved to tax and currently specializes in corporate taxation and accounting for income taxes (ASC 740, FAS 109). Jerry gained his tax experience by serving large Fortune 500 companies, middle market, and start-up organizations in Washington, D.C.
Jerry serves as the lead tax engagement partner for his clients, advising them regarding tax planning strategies, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, the School of Business honored Mr. Pierce with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. In addition, he has most recently been named to the list of Smart CPAs by the SmartCFO Magazine.
Jerry earned his BS in accounting from James Madison University and his MBA from George Mason University. Jerry has worked his entire professional career in the Washington Metro area and his current office is located in Mclean, VA.
Joseph D. Ragan, III, '91
Chief Financial Officer
Globe Specialty Metals Inc.
Joe Ragan III serves as chief financial officer at Globe Specialty Metals Inc., a leading producer of Silicon Metal and Silicon Based Alloys, headquartered in Miami, Florida. Globe has locations in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Poland, South Africa and China. In his role, Ragan leads the company's efforts to effectively deploy cash flow to create value. By applying his broad base of expertise throughout the organization, Ragan is able to collaborate with strengthened operations to maintain financial discipline.
Prior to joining Globe, Ragan spent five years as chief financial officer at Boart Longyear, the world's largest drilling services contractor for the global mining sector operating in more than 40 countries and selling its products in nearly 100 countries. In addition, he has served as chief financial officer for GTSI Corporation, a leading technology solutions provider for the public sector and spent time as chief financial officer of US Operations at Winstar Communications, an international telecommunications company.
Ragan received his BS in accounting from the University of the State of New York and his MS in accounting from George Mason University.
Harold C. Rauner, '81 '86
Prior to the acquisition of United Financial Banking Companies, Inc. by Cardinal Financial Corpration, where he served as president and chief executive officer since 1995, Mr. Rauner also served as president, chief executive officer and Chairman of the Board of The Business Bank and Business Venture Capital, which were the main operating subsidiaries of United. In addition, Rauner was also a director of The Business Bank Insurance Agency. Rauner also serves on the board of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of Directors of The Potomac Conservancy.
In 2013, Rauner was selected among the inaugural class of 20 Prominent Patriots. Prior to that acknowledgement, Rauner was selected as a recipient of the School of Business' Distinguished Alumni Award as a result of his successful professional endeavors and ongoing dedication to the success of the School of Business.
Rauner received both his BS in finance and real estate and MBA from George Mason University.
Courtney B. Spaeth
Courtney B. Spaeth is one of the nation’s foremost experts in business development and corporate growth. She has widespread experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked in the White House, the Department of Defense, and three of the world’s largest defense contractors.
Spaeth founded growth. in 2007 and is the CEO. growth. has a proven track record of helping companies achieve intelligent expansion through business development, and provides transaction advisory services to private equity firms and companies both foreign and domestic. Clients include: General Dynamics, Erickson Aviation, Verizon, Genesys, Magnetar Capital, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical, HIG Capital, Microsoft, as well as many other global Fortune 500, middle market, and private equity firms.
Spaeth is also a highly sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues. She appears regularly in national and trade media, including Business Week, CBS News, the Washington Business Journal, and Smart CEO magazine, and was recently profiled in Women of Influence Magazine. She has been a guest lecturer on Wall Street and in executive boardrooms, as well as at a variety of educational institutions. She recently received the 2014 Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, an organization of which First Lady Michelle Obama is the Honorary Chair, in honor of her ongoing commitment to philanthropy.
Executive Vice President
Brown & Brown Insurance
Bill Strachan has been a pivotal part of the fabric of the Northern Virginia insurance industry since 1992. He currently acts as the executive vice president and profit center leader for the Brown & Brown Washington D.C. office. Brown & Brown ranks as the 8th largest insurance broker in the world, with approximately 200 offices in the United States, London and Bermuda.
From 1995 until its sale to Brown & Brown in 2012, Strachan co-owned and operated Johnson & Strachan, Inc., a full-service agency located in Fairfax and Burke. His expertise is in the Property and Casualty and Employee Benefits practice divisions.
Strachan has earned the distinction as a Certified Insurance Counselor. In addition to his professional designation, he has served on the boards of several community and civic organizations in both Prince William and Fairfax Counties during the more than twenty years he has lived in Northern Virginia.
Strachan earned his bachelor's degree in business administration/finance from Grove City College.
Rhonda M. Vetere, '93
Chief Technology Officer
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
As an accomplished global IT executive, Rhonda Vetere specializes in directing worldwide information technology operations ranging from product development, engineering, architecture and support to organizational global restructuring efforts. She is known for bringing consistent global success in the telecommunication, insurance services and financial industries. She is a change agent who brings innovative strategies to overhaul and streamline operations while integrating solutions to bolster efficiency on a global level.
Throughout her career, Vetere has spearheaded 13 successful global mergers. Her ability to consistently deliver resulted in six global industry nominations for implementations of global data centers. Today, Vetere is the chief technology officer for Estee Lauder Companies, Inc..
Vetere holds a BA in communications, business, and Spanish from George Mason University.
William L. Walsh, Jr., Esq.
At Venable LLP, William Walsh concentrates on representing federal sector companies on issues including dispute resolution and bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, Federal Board of Contract Appeals, and executive agencies on contract administration matters, contract claims, contract terminations, teaming agreements, contractor qualification issues, organizational conflict of interest concerns, and small business matters.
Walsh often serves as lead counsel on numerous significant protest matters involving, collectively, several billion dollars in contract value. He has also managed several substantial prime-subcontractor disputes as well as a number of suspension/debarment matters and related civil false claims matters.
Walsh holds a BS from Boston College and a JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America.
Teresa A. Weipert
Senior Vice President, Head of Government Practice
Sutherland Global Services
As senior vice president at Sutherland Global Services, Teresa Weipert leads the company's government outsourcing and analytics practice. She is responsible for meeting expectations of the company's government clients by providing them with an integrated business process outsourcing solution utilizing technology-enabled services to merge strategic back and front-office business functions.
Prior to Sutherland Global Services, Weipert served as a partner at Accenture with a focus in information technology. She has broad experience in designing and delivering information services and successfully applying information technology to meet mission-critical business requirements in a range of industries, including government, financial services, transportation, and commercial industries.
Weipert earned her MS in information systems from George Washington University.
Dale "Dusty" Wince, Jr., '12
Knowledge Consulting Group
Dale Wince is the founder and chief executive officer of Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG). Leveraging more than 27 years of Information Technology (IT) consulting experience and a proven formula for success, he founded KCG in 2000. Wince has presided over the company's successful transformation from a small start-up company to a leading provider of cybersecurity services to public and private sector organizations. With over 270 employees, KCG is widely recognized as the largest "pure-play" cybersecurity services firm in the market.
Wince holds a BS in business administration and finance from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of George Mason University's Executive MBA program with a concentration in National Defense.
Raymond L. Winn, III, '82 '85 '86 '90
Partner and AERS Federal Leader
Raymond Winn has over 25 years of experience in serving commercial and Federal Government clients, including an in-depth understanding of the Federal Government market and Federal Government contracting. He is a member of the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services (AERS) Advisory Executive Committee and the Federal Executive Committee at Deloitte.
Winn holds an MBA with a concentration in information systems and a Masters Graduate Certificate in Information Resource Management from George Mason University, as well as bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, and decision science. He has been an adjunct professor of System Thinking and Business Simulation for George Mason University's MBA program. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Certified Cost Analyst.
Sarah E. Nutter, PhD
George Mason University | School of Business
Sarah Nutter is currently serving as the dean of George Mason University's School of Business, where she is also a professor of accounting. She has spent the past past 14 years of her career at George Mason University and served as a presidential fellow at George Mason University from 2012-13. Nutter is a Senior Scholar at Mason's Mercatus Center and has previously served as the Accounting Area Chair.
Prior to her faculty appointment at George Mason University, Nutter was an economist at the Internal Revenue Service and a faculty member at the University of Maryland-Overseas Division in Germany. Nutter currently serves on the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee, as president-elect with the Accounting Program Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association, and on the board of the Virginia Society of CPAs Educational Foundation.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and her MBA and PhD from Michigan State University.
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