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:
Elaine Marion, '95
Chief Financial Officer
Prominent Patriot '17
Elaine has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance including experience in the areas of corporate finance, risk assessment and management, strategic planning, human resources, business insurance, and information technology. As CFO, Elaine works closely with the CEO in establishing strategic objectives as well as operating policies and procedures to ensure attainment of organizational objectives. She actively participates in all committees of the board of directors, manages the overall operating risk of the company which includes financial, IT, regulatory, and fraud. She is responsible for reports as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, managing the relationship of the company’s working capital facility, oversees treasury functions and budgeting and oversees the company’s information technology functions including datacenter/infrastructure, communication/collaboration and custom and over the counter applications. Elaine is actively involved in investor relations and participates in roadshows and investor conferences.
In 2004, Elaine was Vice President of Accounting where she was responsible for all operational aspects of the accounting functions for ePlus inc. and its subsidiaries as well as the preparation of financial statements and reports as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, Elaine was responsible for reviewing and executing contractual agreements for ePlus Technology, inc., all external audits, treasury, and implementing Sarbanes-Oxley initiative. Ms. Marion joined ePlus in 1998 where she was a subsidiary level Controller. Prior to ePlus inc., Ms. Marion was General Manager of Bristow Development Corporation, a land development company.
Ms. Marion earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a concentration in Accounting from George Mason University. She is a council member of the George Mason University School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, and a board member of the Executive Advisory Board of the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington. Ms. Marion was named one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Class of 2012. Recently, Ms. Marion was the recipient of the George Mason University School of Business 2017 Class of 20 Prominent Patriots.
Dale "Dusty" Wince, Jr., '12
Immediate Past Council Chair
Prominent Patriot '13, Distinguished Alumnus '13, Alumnus of the Year '14
Aligned2 Founder Dusty Wince weds his real-world business acumen with executive coaching and advisory services to help entrepreneurs excel and their companies grow. He draws on his 30-plus years leading start-up companies from inception to acquisition to integration, particularly those focused on cyber security and enterprise technology services, to strengthen individual and enterprise decision-making and deliver better outcomes.
Prior to Aligned2, Wince served as the vice president of ManTech’s Cyber Security Solutions Division after the $68 million acquisition of his Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG) in 2015. He founded KCG in 2000, presiding over its growth from one to 250+ employees and its recognition as the largest privately held cyber security services firm in the federal market. ManTech’s Cyber Security Solutions Division, subsequently grew to 385+ cyber professionals who produced revenues of $138 million annually. Wince's depth of hands-on business experience includes expertise with consulting, technology service delivery, financial management, operations and business development. He also was co-founder and Vice President of Business Impact Systems (BIS), the 1998 No. 1 Fastest Growing Technology Company in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He sold BIS to CIBER for $63 million. Wince began his career with Electronic Data Systems and spent more than 10 years with the Military Systems Division.
Wince has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Phoenix and a Masters of Business Administration with a National Defense concentration from George Mason University. He completed the General Management Program for executives at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He also completed the Executive and Organizational Coaching Program at Columbia University and achieved Columbia University’s highest certification level for Executive Coaching.
Wince serves as the Chair of the George Mason School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and on the School of Business Innovation/Entrepreneurship and GovCon boards.
Anne K. Altman, '82
Everyone Matters Inc.
Prominent Patriot '15 and Alumna of the Year '11
Anne Altman is the former general manager of IBM Corporation's U.S Federal Government and Industries sector. In this role, Altman was 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. Altman sits on the Board of Directors of SPXFlow Inc, as well as the Treasurer for the NSO and Vice Chairman of NVTC.
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
Ernst & Young LLP
Marc Andersen is a highly regarded influencer and connector of people in the greater Washington community. Having key relationships and longtime experience serving both the public and the private sector allows Andersen to easily navigate the complex dimensions of D.C. and global communities.
He currently serves as senior global client service partner for EY, advising global technology, public sector, consumer products, banking, and capital markets clients. He previously served the firm in Strategy, Public Policy, and Markets Leadership roles to include creating EY’s U.S. federal consulting business. Prior to joining EY, Andersen was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP and a business leader in the high-tech and services industries.
Serving his community has been a cornerstone of Andersen’s life and work, and he focuses his investments in organizations and people supporting youth, education, and entrepreneurship. Washington Football Legends recognized him with their annual Community MVP Award for his extraordinary philanthropic endeavors and established a scholarship in his name for minority higher education assistance. Andersen also makes significant investments supporting military and veteran professional development and private sector career transition.
Capitol File Magazine recognized him as a D.C. Community Builder and selected him for “The List” of prominent business and community leaders in the Washington, D.C., region.
Shaza L. Andersen '89
Chief Executive Officer
Shaza L. Andersen recently served as vice chair of the board of Sandy Spring Bank. Prior to joining the board, Andersen founded and served as CEO of WashingtonFirst Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. Andersen’s leadership grew the bank from a single De Novo branch to over $2 billion in assets, with 19 branches in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. She completed the sale WFBI to Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDQ: SASR) for $489M in stock, which equates to 256% of its tangible book value. By dollar value, it is the largest banking deal in the Mid-Atlantic region and ranks among the 10 largest deals in the country.
Andersen is also a member of the Board of Directors of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance Company and a past member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where she was the vice chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Housing Committee and also served on the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Andersen founded the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation (WFYF), a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the physical, social, and mental well-being of children in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area. In addition, Andersen donates her time and talent to organizations that focus on children, entrepreneurship and education including: the Washington Redskins Leadership Council, the INOVA Foundation Health Board, the National Association of Women Business Owners Leadership Circle, the Executive Board of the Blitz for the Better Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, the George Mason University Dean’s Advisory Council, the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC, and the Global Good Fund Advisory Board. She previously served on the Board of Trustees for Youth For Tomorrow, the Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Horace Blackman '93
Vice President of Healthcare
Horace Blackman is Vice President of Healthcare at Cognizant – a Fortune 200 global Information and Technology Services company. In this role he is responsible for the strategy development and delivery of digital business, digital operations and digital systems and technology to commercial healthcare payers, government and public health programs.
Prior to joining Cognizant in April 2018, Blackman served as the Senior Vice President of Leidos Veterans Health Line of Business subsequent to the merger of Lockheed Martin’s Information System and Global Solution business with Leidos. In this role, he was responsible for leading the Program Area with a focus on securing and extending core federal business in the health arena — offering development through Operations and Sustainment to customers across the globe. And provide mission-critical advanced technology systems and services for federal government customers within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Federal Computer Week named Blackman a 2014 Federal 100 Award winner, which honors government, industry and academic leaders in information technology for the federal government. Other recognitions include ComputerWorld magazine’s 100 IT leaders in 2013, the Project Management Award for Green IT from the Association for Federal Information Resources Management and the Project Management Award for Green IT from the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC).
Blackman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University, double majoring in American studies and English. He earned a Master of Business Administration in management from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
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.
Nancy Collins, '80
Board Chairman and Principal
Everest Care Management
Nancy Collins is the Board Chairman and Principal of Everest Care Management (ECM) - a medical services company focused on workplace injuries. In this role, Collins sets the strategic direction for the company’s business expansion. She takes pride in maintaining positive client relationships and fostering an employee empowered culture at ECM.
Innovation and the transformational power of technology are important themes throughout Collins’ career. First, as a consultant with KPMG, she helped companies experience this transformation with the replacement of paper-based business processes with computers. She then worked five years in Silicon Valley, California, for Rolm, an early leader in the digital telecommunications industry. Collins also held numerous positions of increasing responsibility at MCI Communications, during an unprecedented period of technology innovation. She was part of the executive team responsible for building the company’s $1B Public Sector business with the implementation of mission-critical, digital communications and internet services to US Federal and State Agencies. Subsequent to Verizon’s acquisition of MCI in 2006, Collins joined Xerox as the CFO of its $2.5B Government Business. She later became the President of its $1B State Constituent Services Business and later the Executive Vice President of the company’s $1.3B Commercial High Tech and Telecommunication Business.
Collins graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Mason University, has a CPA with the Commonwealth of Virginia and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Debi Beck Corbatto '86, '03, '18
Deputy Athletic Director, Internal Operations/Risk Management
George Mason University Athletics
Debi Corbatto is the deputy athletic director, Internal Operations/Risk Management, as well as the NCAA athletics healthcare administrator for George Mason University Athletics.
Corbatto moved to this position in 2012 after serving as the associate head athletic trainer at Mason. She worked directly with men’s basketball, baseball, tennis, dance, and cheer. She has extensive experience in working with elite level athletes, and has completed rotations with USA Basketball and the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In addition, she serves as the vice-chair on the Virginia Board of Medicine - Athletic Trainers Advisory Board
Corbatto has a broad education with a special emphasis on positive psychology and well-being. Her dissertation topic, “Trust as a Precursor to Flow: A Social-Cognitive View of Flow in Elite Coach/Athlete Dyads” is an introduction to her understanding of the importance of positive psychology in high performance athletics. She has presented to national and international audiences on a variety of topics associated with elite athletic performance.
Michael Creasy, '91
Audit Practice Leader
Grant Thornton LLP
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.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Nodal Exchange and Nodal Clear
Paul Cusenza is the Chairman & CEO of Nodal Exchange and Nodal Clear. Nodal Exchange is a commodities exchange listing futures and options for trading and Nodal Clear acts as a central counterparty clearing house. The majority of U.S. power futures open interest is held at Nodal and represents over $50 billion in notional value. The company also offers natural gas contracts, the world’s largest set of environmental futures and introduced the world’s first trucking freight futures. Cusenza led Nodal Exchange to its commencement of trading in 2009 and successfully sold the company in 2017 to the EEX Group, which in turn is part of Deutsche Börse Group. He is a member of the EEX Group Steering Committee.
Cusenza has over thirty years of experience in building and managing businesses. He was co-Founder and co-President of 23andMe, a personal genetics company which Time Magazine identified as “The Best Invention of the Year” and which has now achieved “unicorn” status. He was also the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alliance Management at Perlegen Sciences which had read more DNA than the rest of the world cumulatively by the end of 2005. He was part of the Senior Management Team of Capital One Financial during a period of great growth in the 1990s. Prior to Capital One Financial, he was a Vice President and Partner at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) for nearly a decade focusing on financial services. He also worked for IBM early in his career. Mr. Cusenza holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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.
Michael Gallagher, '94
The Stevie Awards
Prominent Patriot '16 and Alumni Service Award '14
To honor the millions of business executives and workers worldwide who quietly accomplish innovative and extraordinary things in the workplace every day, Michael Gallagher founded the Stevie® Awards in 2002. The name Stevie comes from the Greek name Stefanos, which means "crowned." Prior to founding the Stevie Awards, Gallagher focused his energies on marketing, sales, and product development, including serving as Vice President of Sales & Marketing with the Hoover's Media Technologies division of Hoover's Inc., the leading provider of information on public and private companies worldwide. Most recently, he was vice president of Sales & Marketing with Amazing Media, an online advertising company. Gallagher holds a bachelor of arts from Fordham University in New York City and a master of business administration from George Mason University. Gallagher was president of the alumni chapter in 2011-13 and was also a Director at Large.
Kaylene H. Green, '87
President and Chief Executive Officer
Flagship Government Relations
Prominent Patriot '15 and Alumni Service Award '11
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.
R. Jerry Grossman
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
The Christopher Companies
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.
SVP and Commercial Bank Manager, Greater Washington Region and the East Coast Group Head, Aerospace, Defense and Government Services
City National Bank
Ginny Heine is the commercial bank manager for the Greater Washington region and the East Coast group head, Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services for City National Bank. She has more than 30 years of financial services experience, and prior to joining City National, she served as a senior banker and director of business development with Union Bank & Trust in McLean, VA. She has also held senior officer positions with TD Bank, EagleBank, BB&T, and Citizens Bank. Much of Heine’s career has been centered on providing capital to commercial businesses in the Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services sector, including starting the specialty lending group for Mellon Bank (subsequently Citizens Bank) in 1993, where she spent 14 years as the bank’s regional manager.
Active in the community, Heine serves on the board of TechLaw Holdings, a government services company that provides environmental consulting, and previously served on the boards of the National Kidney Foundation and Words & Music, a music ensemble in Northern Virginia. She is committed to giving back to the community, serving on committees for regional nonprofits, including Volunteer Emergency Families for Children (VEFC), ChildHelp, Easter Seals, United Way, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) and the Salvation Army. Professionally, she has been an active member of organizations such as the Professional Services Council, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Association for Corporate Growth, Women in Technology, Women in Business, and Springboard 2000. Heine holds a BS in finance from Indiana University Bloomington.
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.
The Honorable Allen F. Johnson, '83
President and CEO
Allen F. Johnson & Associates
Alumni Service Award '09
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
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.
Brian E. Kearney, '02
Chief Operating Officer
Kearney & Company, P.C.
Brian Kearney currently serves as the chief operating officer (COO) at Kearney & Company, P.C. (Kearney), a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm exclusively dedicated to serving the federal government. Founded in 1985, Kearney provides auditing, accounting, and consulting services to federal agencies and offices across the country. Kearney oversees the day-to-day operations for the company, which has more than 600 employees.
During his time as COO, Kearney has emphasized the importance of the firm’s ethical business practices and commitment to quality service. Every year, he renews the firm’s focus on making Kearney a “Best Place to Work” for its employees. As a result, Kearney has established itself as a major player in Federal accounting. Most recent awards include Accounting Today’s Top 100 CPA Firms, Inside Public Accounting’s Top 50 Firms, and Military Times EDGE Magazine’s Top 50 “Best for Vets” Employer.
Kearney holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Washington University and attended George Mason University for his undergraduate degree.
Additionally, Kearney sits on several boards and councils to benefit various local and regional charities, including the following: executive committee member of Heart’s Delight, which benefits the American Heart Association, Board of Directors, Heart’s Delight, benefactor of the American Heart Association, leadership council member of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, member of the George Mason Accounting Advisory Board, founding member of the George Mason GovCon Center Board of Advisors, member of the Virginia Chamber Board of Directors, benefactor of the George Mason University School of Business, member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, sponsor for the 2018 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Forum, sponsor for the 2018 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Legislative Reception, excellence-level sponsor of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 40 Under 40 Award, and benefactor of the Warrior Canine Connection.
Craig B. Kendall
President & Founder
Financial Investments, Inc.
Craig Kendall has overcome challenges and created opportunities all his life. As President and owner of Financial Investments, Inc. (FII), Craig has created wealth and established financial security for hundreds of clients, from individuals who entrusted their life savings to him to large institutional investors who see the value of his unique investment approaches.
FII is a unique, customer-driven, results-oriented registered investment management firm. FII's reputation among its institutional and high-net-worth investors is superb not only for the exceptional returns it delivers but also for its dedication to effectively managing risk. In addition, FII is devoted to providing the highest levels of customer service to its valuable clients. FII has consistently beaten the S&P 500 over the last three years and is focused on providing its clients unique alternative investment options. FII's principal investment programs are Financial Commodity Investments (FCI) Programs. FII's mission, philosophy, and investment strategy is "Absolute Returns in an Uncommon Market."
FII and its affiliated entities focus on delivering commendable returns even in times of volatility in equity and commodity markets with little or no correlation to these markets. FCI is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) with the National Futures Association (NFA) providing investment management advice with commodities and commodity option and future contracts. FCI has also been nationally ranked as one of the most successful up and coming CTA futures management firms in America. Barclays recently ranked FCI 20th out of 500 in regards to risk/return management programs for the five years ending June 30, 2009. During both 2009 and 2008, FII has also been recognized as an Inc 500 awardee recipient; was recognized as a “Fantastic 50” winner for the state of Virginia for 2009, 2008 and 2007, and in 2007 was runner up to “Small Business Success Story of the Year”, by Virginia Business magazine.
Prior to launching FII, Craig founded Kendall & Company, CPA’s, a local CPA accounting firm. Kendall & Company provides, comprehensive, CPA, tax, accounting, and “Controller and CFO for Hire” services to small closely held corporations and individuals. Before Kendall & Company, he served as Chief Financial Officer for both Renex Corporation and TiSoft Corporation. He also worked as a CPA with Jones & Healy, Chtd.
Kendall, resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife and two children. He is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Fairfax, a community leadership development program. In recent years, Mr. Kendall has served as president to local not for profit service and community associations.
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.
President and CEO
Deepti Malhotra co-founded VMD Corp in 2002 and today serves as its chief executive officer. For more than a dozen years, the firm has provided superior homeland security, cybersecurity, digital infrastructure, and agile engineering services to its customers.
Under Malhotra’s leadership, VMD has grown to over $40M in revenue, with a staff of 400, serving customers in six locations across the United States. It counts the United States Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and Department of State as its clients, among others, as well as numerous municipal airport authorities around the country.
As an organization, VMD is intently and intensely focused on the missions and visions of its customers. Underscoring and in many ways enabling that focus is Malhotra’s commitment to mentorship and professional development for VMD staff. Additionally, she and her team work hard to build and maintain an inclusive and supportive culture within the company.
Malhotra is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and holds a master’s in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She has been named one of 50 Most Influential Minorities in Business and VMD has been on the Inc 5000 list of fasted growing companies.
CALIBRE Systems, Inc.
Joe Martore serves as CALIBRE’s President & Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors. He has held these positions since March 2010, and is responsible for setting and overseeing CALIBRE’s strategic direction, establishing corporate policies, and managing the overall business and financial performance of the company.
Under Mr. Martore’s leadership, CALIBRE was named Government Contractor of the Year ($75M - $300M category) in 2012 and 2015; recognized by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate in 2016; named Impactful Government Contractor by RecognizeDC in 2017; recognized by CIO Review as One of the Most Promising Big Data Solutions Providers in 2013, 2014, and 2017, and as One of the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Content Management Solutions Providers in 2015; recognized by the Washington Business Journal on its 2015 Corporate Philanthropy List; recognized by the American Society of Military Comptrollers as the Distinguished Corporate Member of the Year in 2015; selected by the Washington Post as one of the Top Workplaces in the Greater Washington Area in 2014 and 2016; named by Virginia Business as one of the ten best large employers in Virginia in 2013 and 2014; and three times selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the 25 Best Medium Companies to Work for in America. Mr. Martore was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was named Greater Washington Government Contractor Executive of the Year ($75M - $300M category) in 2013 and 2017.
Mr. Martore joined CALIBRE in March 2004 as part of its acquisition of Strategic Management Initiatives, Inc. (SMI), which he co-founded and served as President & CEO. SMI was twice included in the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Mr. Martore was also a Principal founder and President of Management Strategies, Inc., and was a Senior Vice President of the publicly traded Tenera Corporation, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of its Government Services subsidiary. Prior to these executive positions, he served at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Martore is a member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee and the External Advisory Board of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, through which he has endowed a teaching award and a humanitarian logistics fund. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA; the Professional Services Council (PSC); the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce; the Northern Virginia Technology Council; and the Laurel Grove School Museum Association. Mr. Martore is also a member of the George Mason University School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. In 2014, the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C., an Italian-American civic organization, named Mr. Martore its Man of the Year for his longstanding commitment to supporting children and adults with special needs. He is an invited guest lecturer at the George Mason Graduate School of Business and the Veteran Institute for Procurement.
Mr. Martore received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Mr. Martore and his wife, Gracia, have two children.
Edward J. Newberry, '84
Global Managing Partner
Squire Patton Boggs
Prominent Patriot '17
Ed Newberry is Global Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs and serves as a member of the firm's Global Board. Before joining the firm in 1991, Newberry served as a senior staff member in various congressional staff positions, including chief appropriations staff and press secretary to U.S. Representative Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) and associate staff member on the House Appropriations Committee.
Practicing in Public Policy, Newberry has been selected as a "Top Lobbyist" by The Hill newspaper every year since 2009 and was profiled in The New York Times in 2006 as a former congressional staffer who is "Now a King of K Street" in an article titled, "Wing-Tipped Migration: Five Prominent Men and How They Got from Congress to K Street." His work has been highlighted by the trade industry press, including National Journal and Roll Call, and others. Forbes wrote: "For those who truly understand the personalities and skill sets that comprise the ranks of a major law firm, the conclusion is an easy one: Newberry is a doer of deeds."
He holds a BA in speech communication and a BS in business administration from George Mason University.
John T. Niehoff, '84
Prominent Patriot '16 and Alumni Service Award '10
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
Distinguished Alumnus '12
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.
Equinox Investments, LLC
Scott Plein is the founding principal of Equinox Investments, LLC, a real estate investment, development, and management firm specializing in community planning and entitlements in Northern Virginia. A lifelong resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Plein began his career in the late 1970's when he founded KT Enterprises, Inc., a local landscape development firm. Today KT, along with its affiliate companies, provides turn-key site development solutions for some of the most prestigious home builders, developers, and commercial contractors in the Washington, D.C. area. Plein has served on several local and regional boards--Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance and NAIOP Northern Virginia to name just a few—is a past-president of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, and immediate past-president (after serving six years) of the Dulles South Alliance, an association of business and resident leaders dedicated to providing an open forum to the public on the future development opportunities in the Dulles South region. He chaired Capital Caring’s Building and Development Committee for the recently completed Adler Center for Caring, a state-of-the-art inpatient hospice center.
An involved citizen in the community in which he lives, Plein recognizes the great responsibility of giving back and supports many non-profits and charitable groups through not only a devotion of financial resources, but more importantly, time. From his mentorship of young leaders in commercial real estate through the George Mason Center for Real Estate and Entrepreneurship program and NAIOP Northern Virginia's Developing Leaders, to his guidance of the Arc360 program for Asian American Success students, Plein is dedicated to helping advance the social, personal and professional fulfillment of our young leaders.
In his spare time, Plein devotes himself to the White House Farm Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation established after his purchase of the 270 acre historic White House property in Luray, Virginia. Through the foundation, Plein hopes to enrich individuals with the knowledge of and involvement in our natural ecological systems, sustainable agriculture, holistic community planning, conservation, and respect for local history and culture.
Natalie M. Randolph
Director of Equity, Justice & Community
The Sidwell Friends School
Natalie Randolph began her tenure as the director of Equity, Justice & Community (EJC) in July 2019. In this role she is the senior administrator responsible for leading and coordinating all institutional equity and inclusion initiatives. She works in partnership with other senior administrators of all sectors of the institution, including academic programs, human resources, operations, school advancement, admissions and financial aid, communications, as well as with the Board of Trustees. Before working at Sidwell Friends, she served as the senior women’s administrator and Title IX coordinator at the DC State Athletic Association from 2016 to 2019. In this role she was responsible for ensuring compliance with District and Federal Title IX regulations and guidance by all public and public charter middle and high school athletic programs. She was also responsible for creating and facilitating gender equity training for District athletic personnel as well as responding to Title IX complaints and ensuring recipient adherence to District Title IX policies.
Prior to this work, Natalie was an educator with DC Public Schools for eleven years teaching environmental science, biology, and physical science. During her tenure with DC Public Schools, she also served as one of the first female head football coaches in the country at Calvin Coolidge High School. During her four-year tenure as head coach, she worked hard to facilitate the personal and academic growth of student athletes. She was able to ensure that all student athletes that completed her program graduated and were accepted into a college, university, or post-secondary program. For her pioneering work in this role she received multiple awards including the 2012 Women of Power award from the National Urban League and a 2011 Woman of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women. Natalie also donates her time to serve on the Board of Directors for Leveling the Playing Field, an organization that collects and donates gently used sports equipment to sports programs and children in need.
Natalie received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and a master’s in Education Policy from the University of Virginia. Natalie graduated from the Sidwell Friends School in 1998 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Harold C. Rauner, '81 '86
Flatrock Financial, LLC & RF Holding II, LLC
Alumni Service Award '17, Prominent Patriot '13, and Distinguished Alumnus '10
Prior to the acquisition of United Financial Banking Companies, Inc. by Cardinal Financial Corporation, 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.
Ola Sage, '99
Co-founder and CEO
Prominent Patriot '13
An entrepreneur at heart, Ola Sage founded her first information technology (IT) professional services company in 1999, growing it until a successful exit in 2018. As a champion and advocate for cybersecurity readiness, she frequently meets with and speaks to business groups and CEOs about cybersecurity and has testified to Congress on issues around cybersecurity insurance, the impact of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act on small and mid-sized companies (SMBs), and expanded liability protections for small businesses that participate in voluntary information sharing with the federal government.
She holds the Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) certificate and earned the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification through ISACA, an international association of IT professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management, and governance. She obtained her master’s degree in Technology Management from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Sumeet Shrivastava, MBA '94
President and CEO
Array Information Technology
Prominent Patriot '13, School of Business Alumni Service Award '15, School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award '16
Sumeet Shrivastava is an accomplished executive and proven business leader with more than two decades of experience in the government IT industry. As president and CEO of Array Information Technology, he provides overall corporate leadership for the company’s growth and delivery strategy, which has included a successful graduation from the 8(a) program and leading a management buyout in 2018. Array has become a leading provider of application solutions to federal agencies.
Prior to Array, Shrivastava was SVP for public sector at Keane (now NTT Data), and then SVP for North American commercial sales and marketing. As SVP of public sector, he oversaw a business unit providing services to federal, state and local agencies. Prior to Keane, Shrivastava was the EVP and COO of ANSTEC, a Government IT contractor. ANSTEC grew through the 8(a) program and transitioned to a mid-tier organization primarily supporting the DOD Logistics community. In 1999, he led the company’s sale to Keane.
Shrivastava is highly involved not only in the School of Business, but also with the university. He currently serves on the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees and is president-elect of the university's alumni association. At the School of Business, he is on the Center for Government Contracting Advisory Council, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, and Dean's Advisory Council. He also served as the school's alumni chapter president from 2016-17. He recently created the Shrivastava GovCon Scholarship Endowment.
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.
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.
William L. Walsh, Jr., Esq.
At Hirschler Fleischer, 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.
Geoff Weber, '91 and MBA '98
Principal, Federal Advisory Services
Geoff Weber is a principal in KPMG’s federal advisory practice in McLean, VA. He leads services associated with technology and risk for federal government clients. These services include cover areas such as IT governance, IT transformation, ERP/GRC system support, regulatory compliance, technology integration, information security and privacy, and IT audit and assurance. Weber's KPMG experience covers a wide range of topics including financial statement audit support in the form of financial statement audits, SOC1s, audit readiness examinations, and audit readiness support projects.
He has deep knowledge in areas of enterprise architecture, systems integration and implementation strategies, system implementations and IT controls including access controls and segregation of duties and ERPs to assist clients in identifying and mitigating technology-related risks. He began his career in the civil service at the Defense Logistics Agency and the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General. Weber joined KPMG in 1998. He holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA from George Mason University. He resides in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife and four children. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and playing golf.
Teresa A. Weipert
Senior Vice President, Head of Government Services
Sutherland Global Services, Inc.
As senior vice president at Sutherland Global Services, Teresa Weipert led the company's government outsourcing and analytics practice. She was 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.
Raymond L. Winn, III, '82 '85 '86 '90
Prominent Patriot '15
Ray Winn has over 25 years of experience in serving commercial and federal government clients. Ray is currently a senior partner focused on Deloitte’s largest global commercial clients. He also has an in-depth understanding of the federal government market, federal government contracting, and the aerospace industry. Previously, Ray was the leader of Deloitte’s federal advisory practice, and a member of Deloitte’s operating committee, advisory executive committee, and federal executive committee. Prior to Deloitte, Ray was the chief operating officer of BearingPoint’s public services practice, and CFO of Orbital’s launch system’s group, Orbital’s corporate CIO, and Orbital’s SVP of group operations.
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 degrees 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.