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William (Bill) Capelle, American Pride Industrial Equipment and Services
Bill Capelle is the Vice President of American Pride Industrial Equipment and Services in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a “Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business” with the focus on providing Industrial Equipment for Government Contracts and OEM needs. Mr. Capelle has been involved with Industrial and Government Business Development for over 25 years in the Custom Fabrication and Machining Arena. Mr. Capelle teaches other veteran and small businesses how to do business with the US Government and military. For over 12 years he has served as the Secretary of the Green Bay Area Great Lakes Sport Fisherman as well as the Chair for the Kids Fishing Education Program. Mr. Capelle is married to his high school sweetheart Jill and boasts of their Shih Tzu/Poodle “ABBEY” and Norwich Terrier “Bosco”. Specialties - Teaching and Consulting - Government Contracting to Small Businesses
Paul Darley, President and COO, W.S. Darley & Co.
Paul Darley was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of W.S. Darley & Co. in July of 1998. Under his leadership, sales have increased over 300% in less than 10 years to over $100 million in 2009. Prior to that appointment, he served as Vice President - Sales & Marketing for the Fire Pump Division of W.S. Darley & Co. since 1990. Founded in 1908, W.S. Darley & Co is a third generation family business, led by Mr. Darley and an executive team that has transformed this 101 year old company into a world leader in the fire fighting industry with ISO 9001 certification and an electronic catalog of more than 10,000 items. The company has recently been awarded major Department of Defense Contracts. He is Past President of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association after serving on its board for the past 5 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of FEMSA (Fire & Emergency Manufacturers & Services Association) for seven years. Mr. Darley holds a BS Degree in Marketing and Finance from Marquette University. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2003. Mr. Darley is involved with numerous charitable organizations including service as Chapter Chair of the Windy City Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). Mr. Darley is married to his high school sweetheart and together they are raising three daughters in Elmhurst.
Bryan Davis, Director of Government Affiars, SupplyCore Inc.
Bryan Davis is the Director of Government Affairs and Contracts for SupplyCore. In this role, his responsibilities include advocacy for a wide array of policy issues on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch. Mr. Davis works with state and local government to advance SupplyCore’s business goals and promote good government policies and practices that bring the best value to taxpayers and our nation's war fighters. Additional advocacy efforts include relationship building with legislators, executive branch officials, state and municipal officials and maintaining an active and constructive role in DC-based coalitions and associations. Before joining the SupplyCore team, Mr. Davis served for two decades as a top aide to former U.S. Representative Donald A. Manzullo, who was the former Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and a senior member of the Illinois Congressional delegation until the end of 2012. In this role, he worked as an advocate on behalf of many Illinois based firms, local governments and non- profit agencies on issues addressing regulatory enforcement, government procurement, research and development funding and many others. Early in his congressional career, Mr. Davis worked on Capitol Hill handling legislative issues dealing with Defense, International Relations, Appropriations, Transportation and Housing. He also worked as a policy analyst for the Illinois General Assembly, House of Representatives from 1995 to 1996.Mr. Davis served as a commissioned officer in the Illinois Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve from 1989 until 2000. A graduate of the U.S. Army Chemical Officer Basic Course at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, he went on to serve as a platoon leader and executive officer for the 244th Smoke (Chemical) Company, in Rockford. He attained the rank of captain and served as the G3 Training Officer for the 85th Training Support Division, Headquarters Unit, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal for initiating community service projects supported by his unit. Mr. Davis graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science-International Relations and Economics from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1991. He also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from NIU.
Richard M. Deschauer, CPCM, Fellow, Director of Contracts and Compliance, DRS Power & Control Technologies, Inc. / DRS Power & Environmental Systems
Rich Deschauer received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Montclair State University and received a MS degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. Aside from numerous sea tours while in the Navy as a commissioned officer, Mr. Deschauer served as the Deputy Director for Special Acquisitions with the Defense Fuel Supply Center, DLA. He was the Contracting Officer for DoD’s worldwide strategic fuel storage where he negotiated Government-to-Government agreements for fuel storage in the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Deschauer also served as the Director of Contracts at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center. Mr. Deschauer was the Deputy Director for Contract Management at the Naval Supply Systems Command. There Mr. Deschauer established and managed both the Navy’s Contingency Contracting program, the Navy’s purchase card program, and the Navy’s electronic commerce portal, NECO. For Mr. Deschauer ’s final tour in the military, he was the Director of Business Operations for the DCMA’s in-plant office at Boeing, St. Louis. He was the senior on-site Government contracting official for Boeing Aircraft and Missile Systems. In his current position, Mr. Deschauer is the Director of Contracts and Compliance for DRS Power & Control Technologies; managing pre and post-award contract activities for three facilities. Mr. Deschauer has been a member of National Contract Management Association (NCMA) since 1986, has held various leadership positions, including president of the St. Louis Gateway chapter, is designated as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and an NCMA Fellow. Mr. Deschauer has held Level III Certification in Contract Management under the standards of the Defense Acquisition Work Force Improvement Act (DAWIA); is a former designated member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Professional Community, and is a standing member of the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) Alumni Association.
Eddie I. Garcia, Senior Director, Global Integrated Product Support, Oshkosh Defense
Eddie Garcia is Senior Director of Business Development for the Defense Global Integrated Product Support (GIPS) section of Oshkosh Defense. His responsibilities include business development and strategic growth initiatives for the GIPS aftermarket component that supports the company's various military tactical wheeled vehicle products, programs and services. Garcia currently serves as Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Division. Prior to joining Oshkosh, Garcia was a senior contract administrator for Texas Instruments Incorporated, Defense Systems & Electronics Group, based in Lewisville, Texas, from 1987 to 1991. He was responsible for contract administration, contract negotiation and contract management activities on the multimillion dollar U.S. Navy HARM missile and the U.S. Air Force PAVEWAY laser-guided bomb programs. Garcia's first post-collegiate position was with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League as a placekicker, where he was drafted and played from 1982-1984. Garcia is an alumnus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he received his bachelor's degree in business. Garcia is an active member of the National Defense Industrial Association. In January 1997, he received the organization's Bronze Medal in recognition for outstanding service. He also is a member of various other professional DoD industry associations, including Association of the United States Army, National Guard Association of the United States, Reserve Officer Association, has served on the Corporate Advisory Panel for National Guard affairs and various U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command associations. Garcia has also served as a member of the Defense Industrial Offset Association (DIOA) and Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA).
William Hughes, Attorney, Whyte Hirschboek Dudek S.C.
Bill Hughes is a partner of the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, and chairs the Firm’s Government Contract practice. Mr. Hughes has extensive experience in the award, protest, and litigation of competitively bid and publicly awarded contracts. He counsels clients on all aspects of government contracts including audits, bids, changes, costs, claims, intellectual property rights, terminations and negotiations. He regularly assists clients in complying with export control and International Traffic in Arms Regulations requirements. He also represents clients on protests before the Government Accountability Office and contract disputes before the various boards of contract appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition, Mr. Hughes counsels clients on a variety of business and corporate matters. Prior to joining WHD, Mr. Hughes was an attorney for the U.S. Air Force at the Air Force Contract Law Center where he served as senior legal counsel for a number of major procurement programs and represented the Government on bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and contract disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. He also has a Masters of Law in Government Procurement from George Washington University (with highest honors). He is the founder and Past President of Wisconsin Chapter of the National Contract Management Association, and he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as General Counsel for the Wisconsin Procurement Institute.
Patricia (Patti) Jelen, Worldwide Defense Parts Marketing Manager, Navistar Defense
Patti has been with Navistar for the past 12 years, managing marketing communications, direct marketing, joint venture marketing and special event marketing and dealer programs for Navistar Parts in multiple assignments. Prior to Navistar, Patti directed the development of the first marketing department and program for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, leading the team to national awards, including the Silver Anvil of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Other past experience includes national health care and cultural arts marketing, as well as advertising. Originally, from St. Louis, Missouri, Patti holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is married and lives in Woodridge, Illinois with her husband and three rescued terriers. Patti is a proud member of NDIA, Great Lakes Chapter, and AUSA.
Megan McKinney, Sales & Marketing Manager, Banneker Industries, Inc.
Megan McKinney joined the Banneker Team in late 2013 as Senior Associate of Business Development. Banneker Industries, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned, AS9100, QSLD, ISO 9001:2008, and ISO 14001 certified World-Class provider of Supply Chain Management Solutions with operations across the United States. As Manager of the Sales and Marketing Team, Megan is responsible for all sales, new business and strategic partnerships, all capture and proposal efforts, marketing, communications and public relations activities. For the past 20 years she has worked in the commercial as well as aerospace and defense industries in business development, sales and marketing. Prior to Banneker, Megan was Business Development and Marketing Manager for SupplyCore, Project Manager for the Manufacturing Alliance of Rock River Valley, and Marketing / Advertising Manager with Monogram Systems. Megan is currently a member of the Center for Women Enterprises (CWE), Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GNEMSDC), President of the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Board, a member of the NDIA National Small Business Executive Committee, and a member of AUSA Rock Island and Huntsville Chapters.
Carla E Raupp, President, Triple Win Strategies LLC.
Carla Raupp is the President of Triple Win Strategies (TWS). Her responsibilities include business development and strategic growth initiatives. She founded the Women Owned Small Business in 2014. TWS provides Business Development services, specializing in Capture and Proposal Management for Engineering and Manufacturing firms, bidding primarily to Federal Government agencies. Raupp has lead acquisitions valued at more than 1 billion dollars for globally based clients. Prior to founding TWS, Raupp was a leader in business development with Oshkosh Corporation. Carla?s first post-collegiate position started with Oshkosh Truck as a logistics coordinator, in 1988. As her experience in the industry grew she was awarded roles of increasing responsibility. In 2007 she was awarded the position of Director, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), for Oshkosh Defense. She held responsibility for all aspects of ILS light, medium and heavy tactical wheeled vehicle programs. She leads ILS proposal efforts, winning multiple equipment refurbishment awards in Kuwait. In 2013, as Director Proposal Management, Carla lead initial JLTV bid efforts and the Department of Navy P-19 bid, with award to Oshkosh for over 192M. Raupp currently serves, on the Great Lakes National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) BoD. She is also an active member, of various other professional DoD industry associations, including Association of the United States Army and the NAVY League. Carla has served on panel discussions for the Women in Defense, Detroit Chapter. She proudly servers as a member of the Commemorative Air Force, promoting education of military and aviation history, for the National Chapter and the Wisconsin Wing. Raupp is an alumnus of University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where she received her bachelor's degree in Journalism, with Advertising concentration.
Ally Veres, Vice-President of Business Development, AEG Group Inc.
Prior to her current position she was the Director of Government Sales at the same company. AEG Group Inc. is a Small Disadvantaged Women Owned Business based in Grayslake IL providing comprehensive turnkey solutions and professional services for the design, integration and deployment of wireless military systems. Mrs. Veres was instrumental in developing a new corporate strategy focused on military platforms and also in increasing the company’s involvement in the federal government arena. Under her direction, the government division developed long term contracts and very strong relationships with customers like: Defense Logistics Agency, US Air Force, US Army, NAWCAD, Northrop Grumman, URS, SAIC, General Dynamics (GDC4S), DynCorp International, BAE Systems and DRS C3&A, Land Systems. Mrs. Veres is a member of AFCEA, AUSA, WID and NCMA. She also holds a Master in Business Administration with a Major in Operations and Finance from Loyola University Chicago.
Aina Vilumsons, Executive Director, Wisconsin Procurement nstitute (WPI)
Aina Vilumsons has worked with the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) since 1997 and has served as Executive Director since 2000. The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), a non-profit organization established in 1987, is an outgrowth of then Congressman Les Aspin’s efforts to help Wisconsin businesses win federal contracts, especially defense contracts. She currently serves on the Executive Board of WPI, as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Contract Management Association, as Secretary for the Great Lakes Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers, and as a Board Member of the Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. She is the co-chair of the 2014 National Small Business Conference. Prior to coming to WPI, Ms. Vilumsons she was the General Manager of a Department of Defense contractor, Business Analyst for a large Milwaukee based manufacturer and Trust /Investment Analyst. Ms. Vilumsons received her BS degree from the University of Minnesota and her MBA from Marquette University.
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