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President, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
Megan McKinney is the Business Development Director - Supply Chain Management for Chickasaw Nation Industries (CNI). CNI is a federally chartered corporation wholly owned by the Chickasaw Nation. CNI Defense Division delivers subject matter expertise in Integrated Logistics, Airfield Management and Operations, Strategic Planning & Consulting, and IT Support Services. Megan focuses on building customer relationships with Federal Government and Federal Prime clients providing global supply chain management solutions. For the past 25 years she has worked in the commercial, aerospace and defense industries in business development, sales and marketing. Prior to CNI, Megan was Sales and Marketing Manager for Banneker Industries; Business Development and Marketing Manager for SupplyCore; Project Manager for the Manufacturing Alliance of Rock River Valley; and Marketing Manager with Monogram Systems. While at SupplyCore, she helped to found the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter in 2009. Megan is currently a member of NDIA's Program Development Advisory Committee; President of the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Board; and a member of the AUSA Rock Island Chapter.
Vice President, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
Bryan Davis is the Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Engagement 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 warfighters. 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 compliance, 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 Bachelor's Degree in Political Science-International Relations and Economics from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1991. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from NIU.
Treasurer, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
Paul C. Darley is Chairman, CEO & President of W.S. Darley & Co. Founded in 1908, W.S. Darley & Co is a fourth-generation family business, led by Paul and an executive team that has transformed this 110-year-old company into a world leader in the firefighting and defense industries. He is a Past President of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA) and he has visited fire services in over 80 countries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors several charitable and civic organizations. He holds a BS Degree in Marketing and Finance from Marquette University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Secretary, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
Bill Hughes is a partner of the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP, and is member of firm's government contracts practice group. 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 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, corporate and employment matters. Prior to entering the private practice of law, Mr. Hughes was a commissioned officer and an attorney for the U.S. Air Force and served as senior legal counsel for a number of major procurement programs. He also represented the Government on bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and contract disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. He is a recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. Mr. Hughes is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Marquette University Law School, and he 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 Chair of the Board of Directors and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute.
William (Bill) Capelle, President, Beyond Details Consulting
Bill Capelle is the President of Beyond Details Consulting in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Bill has been involved with Industrial and Government Business Development for over 25 years working with large clients including 3M, Monsanto, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Oshkosh Corporation, CH2M Hill, Bechtel, Fluor Enterprises, US Army Corps of Engineers, General Dynamics, Fermi Labs, Westinghouse Nuclear, NASA and many more, in the Custom Fabrication and Machining Arena. Mr. Capelle is married to his high school sweetheart Jill and boasts of their Shih Tzu/Poodle "ABBEY". 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. Specialties - Teaching and Consulting - Government Contracting to Small Businesses.
Nicholas A. Cucci, Head of Business Development, PDT, an Astronics Company
Nick Cucci leads business development at PDT, an Astronics Company. PDT is an award-winning product design and development firm. Focused on innovation, PDT supports next-generation C5ISR products for the defense industry. Nick is at the intersection of business and innovation, working with forward-thinking clients from seed startups to Fortune 500. With a background of business strategy and marketing, Nick helps identify and translate innovation opportunities for new products across industries. Nick is active in the Chicago tech community, supports the National MS Society and USA Hockey programs. Nick holds a Bachelor's Degree and MBA from Robert Morris University.
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, Business Development, 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. Garcia held previous roles with Oshkosh Defense as Senior Director, International Capture Management, Strategy and Industrial Participation, and as Director of Government Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining Oshkosh, Garcia was a senior contract manager 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).
Carla E Raupp, President, Triple Win Strategies LLC.
Carla 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, for Prime Contractors, bidding to U.S. and International Federal Government agencies. Since founding TWS, Raupp has lead bid acquisitions valued at more than $450M. During her career she's managed proposals, leading to contract awards of more than 1 billion dollars. Prior to founding TWS, Raupp was a business development leader with Oshkosh Corporation. Carla's first post-collegiate position started with Oshkosh Truck as a logistics coordinator. 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 lead 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 NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Board of Directors. 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 serves 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.
John Tackis, Senior Business Development Executive, O'Neil & Associates, Inc.
John Tackis brings a wealth of leadership, knowledge and experience following 30+ years of civilian service with the Department of Defense and the United States Air Force. John is the Senior Business Development Executive at O'Neil & Associates, Inc. working out of Oshkosh, WI. He brings with him a full understanding of defense contracting, financial management, building partnerships between the public and private sector, foreign military sales, and business development; he is well connected across the defense, aerospace, and commercial industries in Ohio, Wisconsin, across the nation, and the globe. During his United States Air Force tenure at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, he gained valuable experience in acquisition logistics, program management and foreign military sales. During the early years he provided logistic support to research and development programs, joint service suppression of enemy defense weapons, and logistic support analysis for the C-17 Globemaster III. Midway through his tenure the Air Force reassigned him into program management where he led the effort to bed down seven C-17 maintenance and aircrew training centers across Air Force active, reserve, and air national guard bases. His success was rewarded with the assignment as Chief for all Air Mobility Command aircrew and maintenance training systems, to include the C-17, C-130J, Tankers and all foreign military sales. Following a civilian expeditionary workforce deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, October 2010 through November 2011, he was hand-picked to lead the historic $6.2 billion-dollar F-16 Falcon foreign military sale to the Government of Iraq/Iraq Air Force. He and the Iraq team made history when the first four F-16s landed safely in Iraq July 2015 and then turned combat sorties against ISIS only two weeks later. His efforts included the one-year civilian deployment to Baghdad while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Two years before retirement, he was selected to lead the Air Force's premier agency for rapid acquisitions "Big Safari" as Chief, Foreign Military Sales with a portfolio exceeding $2.0 billion dollars. Although he retired from civilian service, his work in the aerospace and defense industry have continued without a break. Directly after retirement, he was hired by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as Director, Wisconsin Aerospace Partners - a new Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (DoD OEA) economic development program designed to grow and support the aerospace and defense industries in the State of Wisconsin. John and his wife Vanett live in Wisconsin, while their two sons and three grand-daughters continue to work, attend school, coach, and play soccer in Ohio.
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 / CEO, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (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 Treasurer 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. Ms. Vilumsons received her BS degree from the University of Minnesota and her MBA from Marquette University.
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