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George Mason School of Management

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. John Hillen

George Mason University / IBM / National Science Foundation

Monday, March 31, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series


Dr. John Hillen 

 "Leaving the Teenage Years and Growing Up: The Future of the Northern Virginia Government and Technology Contracting Sector"

Former President & CEO

Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.

Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice

George Mason University | School of Management


Monday, March 31st at 6 p.m.

The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel

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Parking is free.


6:00 p.m. Registration and Networking Reception 

7:00 p.m. Program begins

  • Welcome by Acting Dean Sarah Nutter
  • Introduction of John Hillen by Bill Strachan, Executive Vice President of Brown and Brown Insurance
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Hillen

8:00 p.m. Event concludes


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Dr. John Hillen was appointed the Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice at George Mason University’s School of Management in December 2013. For the six years prior to that he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. (Sotera), formerly Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTEC), and a member of its Board of Directors.   He remains the Vice Chair of Sotera’s advisory board.   Hillen took the company public in 2009 and the company’s IPO won the ACG National Chapter “Deal of the Year” award.  Sotera was named Contractor of the Year (>$300m) at the 2012 GovCon Awards. 

From 2005 – 2007, Dr. Hillen served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the Bush administration. In that capacity he was the senior State department official responsible for coordinating America’s diplomatic strategy with its military operations.  He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.  His work standing up the US’s whole-of-government Counterinsurgency capability and strategy is profiled in Wall Street Journal reporter Nathan Hodge’s recent book Armed Humanitarians.

Prior to his appointment in the administration, Dr. Hillen served as the first President of Fairfax VA based CGI Federal Inc., the cleared American subsidiary of Canadian IT firm CGI, Inc. (NYSE: GIB).  Previously he was the head of the $415 million defense and intelligence business at American Management Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSY), which was sold to CACI International (NYSE: CAI) in 2004.  Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of Island ECN, Inc., a $500M+ financial services firm in New York City. 

In addition to his advisory board role at Sotera, Hillen is an operating partner at private equity firm LLR Partners, chairs the advisory board for SOS International, and is a director of Software AG Government Services.  From 2012 – 2013 he was the Chairman of the Professional Services Council and is a widely recognized industry leader in the government contracting field. Dr. Hillen was selected as one of the “Top Twenty People to Watch” by ExecutiveBiz magazine and was the subject of a cover story in Smart CEO Magazine.  Hillen is a 2011 Federal Computer Week “Fed 100” award winner and was a finalist for the GovCon Executive of the Year award in 2009.

Prior to his business career, Dr. Hillen worked as a military policy expert and also served for twelve years as an Army officer.  He is the author or editor of several books on international security and has been published in dozens of leading journals and newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  A veteran of several think tanks including the Council on Foreign Relations, he was for many years a contributing editor at National Review (where he still serves as Chairman of NR’s parent company) and an ABC News commentator.  During his time in the Army, Hillen was a reconnaissance and special operations officer in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  He has been decorated for his actions in combat, one episode of which is recounted in the recent military memoir Warrior’s Rage, by Douglas Macgregor. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Council on Foreign Relations, and a number of other professional organizations.  He currently serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, the federal advisory committee supporting the head of the US Navy. 

Dr. Hillen is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Committee on Economic Development, and Flint Hill School.  He graduated from Duke University, holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London, a doctorate from Oxford, and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell.  He makes his home in Oakton VA with his wife and three children and is a K-12 product of Fairfax County Public Schools.



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Brown & Brown began in 1939 as a two person insurance agency and has become one of the largest and most respected independent insurance intermediaries in the United States.  We are ranked the seventh largest independent insurance intermediary by Business Insurance Magazine.  We take great pride in the success we have achieved and in the success of our clients.  This success is based in a large part on our entrepreneurial business model and the talented men and women it attracts.  Our goal is to provide service at the local level, through our knowledgeable local insurance professionals who understand the local market conditions.

At Brown & Brown, we know that we must be as agile as the cheetah in order to thrive in the competitive insurance environment.  Our unique culture enables us to quickly chase down new opportunities and adapt our products and services to best meet market demands and satisfy our many and varied clients.  With offices in over thirty states and access to virtually all forms of insurance protection, from property and casualty, life, employee benefits, surety bonds, inland marine, auto, homeowners and more, we are ready to be your insurance partner.   We are a large company with a small company attitude. 

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The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel
4352 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Monday, March 31, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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