Insight Session: Associate Administrator Elizabeth Zimmerman, FEMA
- CENTRA Technology, Inc., Arlington VA
The current Federal environment requires creativity, drive and passion to succeed. Part of this creativity manifests itself in the strategies your company employs to continue its growth or maintain its current position. A number of CEOs have asked GTSC about joint ventures - why you would choose to form one, how they are formed, the different types and the legal considerations.
Join us to hear from several small businesses that formed joint ventures and engage with them to learn how they did it, why, and whether or not they would do it again. Also, hear from some of the leading industry experts on the legal and operational considerations to consider in setting up your joint venture.
About the GTSC Market Solutions Series
The Market Solutions Series provides an inside look at creative successful interactions in the Federal homeland and national security market. These intimate roundtables take members inside the "story" and allow them to understand the market components and forces that resulted in success. The Market Solution Series was developed in response to members who were interested in creative ways to partner and team to win business with the Federal government.
Brian Nault, President, BlueWater Federal Solutions
Lisa Martin, CEO, LeapFrog Solutions
Malcolm Sandilands, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Devon E. Hewitt, Member, Protorae Law PLLC, guest of LeapFrog Solutions
President, BlueWater Federal Solutions
Mr. Nault is a proven executive with over 27 years of experience in the fields of financial services, technology and Federal Government contracting. He has a strong background in corporate operations, information technology, and finance that is now being applied to National Security and Civilian Programs.
Prior to his tenure at BlueWater, Mr. Nault worked at American Operations Corporation (AOC) as a Senior Vice President, providing strategic planning and technical and business solutions. Preceding that Mr. Nault spent over 17 years at Ford Motor Company where he held a number of positions in operations, finance and executive management at the Ford Credit subsidiary.
Mr. Nault has been with BlueWater since its founding in 2005, holds a BS degree from the University of Southern Maine and in addition to his family and BlueWater, Mr. Nault maintains a passion for the “Nation’s future”— our youth. He is involved with several children’s charities, including St. Judes Children’s Hospital and the Redskins Foundation. Additionally, he supports high school scholarships and non-profit scholastic organizations.
CEO, LeapFrog Solutions
As founder and CEO of LeapFrog Solutions, Ms. Martin wears many hats. Her vision for starting LeapFrog Solutions was to help her clients “leapfrog” their competition by making their message matter online and offline to improve their bottom line. Her collaborative nature permeates throughout the company and is demonstrated by her team’s innovative approach to integrating traditional marketing communications with emerging technologies.
Beyond running a successful marketing communications management firm, Lisa is a certified yoga instructor and scuba diver – although she’s never tried to combine both activities at the same time. She wanted to be a marine biologist when she grew up until she realized she was afraid of dark water. Lisa and her husband Jean-Paul, an accomplished triathlete, and their two daughters, Charlotte and Dominique, enjoy their annual trips to France to visit family.
Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Malcolm Sandilands is a partner in Dickstein Shapiro’s Corporate & Finance Group. He represents private and public corporations, hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), and business development companies (BDCs) in investments, acquisitions, portfolio management, and sales. Prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro, Mr. Sandilands was a partner at Bingham McCutchen. Mr. Sandilands is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Sandilands graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1989) and from the University of Oxford, New College (B.A., 1986).
Devon E. Hewitt
Member, Protorae Law PLLC, guest of LeapFrog Solutions
Devon Hewitt has over 20 years experience in the field of government contracts, representing small, mid-tier and large government contractors. She advises clients on a wide range of government contracting issues including FAR compliance; small business contracting programs; intellectual property and data rights; GSA Schedule; the Service Contract Act; noncompete, nonsolicitation and nondisclosure agreements; subcontracts and teaming arrangements; joint ventures; FOIA; due diligence and novations; contract claims; business ethics and the mandatory disclosure rule; suspension and debarment; terminations and government audits and investigations. Ms. Hewitt also is a litigator and has represented clients in nearly 100 protests before federal agencies, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Government Accountability Office. She is one of the few attorneys has that argued bid protest appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Ms. Hewitt represents clients in subcontract and other dispute matters in civil courts and in arbitrations. Prior to joining Protorae Law, Ms. Hewitt was a Partner at Piliero Mazza in DC and a Partner in the Government Contracts practice of Pillsbury, one of the largest law firms in the country.
Ms. Hewitt has been recognized for her work assisting veteran-owned companies in receiving verification from the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has served on the American Legion’s Small Business Task Force, was a featured speaker at the American Legion’s annual convention and was the only attorney that participated in a closed-door meeting with Tom Leney regarding revision of the VA’s verification regulations. Bloomberg News regularly seeks comments from and cites Ms. Hewitt in articles on veteran-owned business matters.
The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan association of innovative, agile small and mid-size company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security sector (DHS, DOD, ODNI, DOJ and DOS). These companies founded the Coalition to band together to confront their short and long-term challenges in the Federal market.
The GTSC’s mission is to provide exceptional advocacy, capacity building, partnership opportunities and marketing in the federal security space for small and mid-sized companies. To accomplish this we promote better dialogue with Congress and the Administration, provide clarification and representation on essential business issues, and work on behalf of the members on legislative and executive action that can impact their success. The GTSC was formed to give small and mid-sized companies access to an A-list of advocacy, advice and services. We build the relationships, alert our members to adverse activity and carry their voice to the nation’s decision makers.
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