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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.
Vice President, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
Nick Cucci is Director of Business Development at PDT, an Astronics Company. PDT is an award-winning product development firm behind the design and manufacturing of next-generation C5ISR equipment. Nick works with forward-thinking clients, from disruptive startups to Primes and DoD, helping translate innovation opportunities for new products across industries. In addition, Nick's cross-functional defense team works on advanced R&D projects and emerging technologies for the future Warfighter. Nick actively supports the National MS Society, USA Hockey, and Chicago's startup ecosystem. Nick holds a Bachelor's Degree and MBA from Robert Morris University with highest honors.
Treasurer, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
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.
Secretary, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
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).
Immediate Past President, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter
For over 20 years, Megan McKinney has honed her expertise within the commercial, aerospace and defense industries, and built customer relationships with federal government and federal prime clients. Since July 2020, Ms. McKinney has been part of the business development team at Beacon Interactive Systems. At Beacon, Ms. McKinney helps deliver game-changing digital capabilities and mission critical systems to the Department of Defense; supporting the warfighter and driving Mission Readiness across the sustainment lifecycle. Prior to Beacon, Ms. McKinney has held leadership positions in business development, marketing and sales including SupplyCore, Banneker Industries, Monogram Systems and others. Ms. McKinney is an active member of defense industry associations and is currently serving as Vice-Chair Chapters on the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Member Leadership Council (NMLC), and NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Board Member (Co-founder 2009, President 2015-2020). Ms. McKinney is also a member of the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA) Redstone-Huntsville Chapter.
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.
Paul C. Darley, Chairman, CEO & President, W.S. Darley & Co.
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.
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.
David Hahn, Sr. Capture Manager, Derco, A Lockheed Martin Company
David Hahn is the Sr. Capture Manager, US Government Programs at Derco, a Lockheed Martin company. Mr. Hahn has worked in DoD programs and integrated supply chain solutions for twenty years. With a bachelor's degree in accounting and graduate work in international business, Mr. Hahn has built foundations to support various organizational structures related to DoD program growth both domestically and internationally. In his role at Derco, a Lockheed Martin company, Mr. Hahn is responsible for supporting and developing growth for both Derco and its parent company within the Department of Defense with special emphasis on activities within the Defense Logistics Agency. Prior to joining Derco, Mr. Hahn held senior leadership and strategic positions at Tenax Aerospace, Brighton Cromwell and SupplyCore. He is experienced in Capture Management, Business Development, Contract Compliance, International Business, Marketing, and Public Affairs. Mr. Hahn actively supported the creation of the Great Lakes Chapter of NDIA and is a past Chair of the National Small Business Division. Mr. Hahn is married with 4 children.
William (Bill) Hughes, Attorney/Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
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.
Mark Schaible, CEO, Sonex Aerospace LLC
Mark Schaible holds positions as CEO of Sonex Aerospace, LLC and General Manager of Sonex Aircraft, LLC. Sonex Aerospace is a design, development and manufacturing firm focused on the government and civilian Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) marketplace and the exploration of other new market opportunities in aerospace. Schaible has been with the Sonex companies for over 15 years and has been involved in the aviation industry for over 25 years. Schaible currently serves as president of the Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) and serves on the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Board Safety Committee. In addition to operations management duties, Schaible handles business development, management of contracts, and contributes to the design and engineering team's work. Schaible's background in the industry is non-traditional. An Experimental Aircraft Association member since high school, Mark could be routinely found on his father's drafting table designing aircraft, or testing models in the tiny wind tunnel he built from a wooden 25 inch console TV cabinet, with the goal of someday establishing an experimental aircraft business. A year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University quickly drained his college financial resources, however, participation as an aviation industry section editor for the University's newspaper led him to an award-winning career in aviation journalism and photography. A summer internship at EAA landed Mark a permanent position in the association's photography department in 1998 and moved him to Wisconsin. Schaible photographed feature stories and covers for the magazines of EAA, and later in a freelance career for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and other publications along with commercial clients until meeting the Monnett family - owners of Sonex, and realizing that his career path had strayed too-far from its intended destination. In 2004, Schaible started a full-time position with Sonex packing boxes in the warehouse and learning the business by osmosis. Schaible progressed to duties including purchasing, redesign and management of the company's web sites and advertising, sales, and was promoted to the position of General Manager in 2012. Schaible has served as CEO of Sonex Aerospace since its establishment in 2017.
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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