Co-Founder & President
Carroll Bernard brings a unique 360 degree perspective to federal contracting, coaching, and training. For over a decade Carroll has worked as a buyer for the U.S. Navy, City of Vancouver Washington, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also provided mentorship, counseling, coaching, and training to thousands of small businesses seeking government contracts as a counselor in the Procurement Technical Assistance Program as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration where he served as a Business Development Specialist for the 8(a) program, Veterans Business Development Officer, and Primary HUBZone Liaison. Carroll is also a seasoned entrepreneur and has successfully seized opportunities in the government marketplace both as a prime contractor and subcontractor for his own small business. Carroll works with a number of nonprofits hosting programs that seek to empower small businesses through education such as Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SCORE.
Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Dr. Elena Bernard is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Portland, a Co-Founder & Marketing Director of Govology, and a Co-Founder & Marketing Director of Waypoint America LLC. She has published several articles in academic journals and has presented numerous times at national and international conferences. She has taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing in the United States and internationally, including Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Dr. Bernard brings forth a dynamic perspective on marketing, drawing from her experience in academia and her own ventures. Elena is a strong supporter of the small business community and has provided numerous hours of training and support to many small and disadvantaged businesses around the world.
Managing Partner at Koprince Law LLC
Steven Koprince is the Managing Partner at Koprince Law in Lawrence KS with a practice focusing on federal government contracts and small business law. He is also the author of The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts (AMACOM Books, 2012), and has published a number of articles on government contracting (to include teaming), which have appeared in leading legal and industry publications. Steven has spoken to audiences across the country on government contracting and small business matters, and blogs regularly on similar topics at SmallGovCon (smallgovcon.com).
Government Contracts Attorney at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC
Maria is an experienced government contracting attorney, whose practice focuses on federal construction contracting and small business procurement. Her practice spans a variety of federal contracting matters, including bid protests, REAs, contract claims, and appeals. She has represented clients before numerous Federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office, and various Federal and state courts, and has litigated cases covering a wide range of construction-related issues such as defective designs, defective specifications, differing site conditions, changes, suspensions, delays, and contract terminations. Maria frequently counsels clients with regards to compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Prompt Payment Act, and False Claims Act. Maria also counsels clients in all aspects of small business procurement. Maria successfully challenged negative agency findings with regard to clients’ SDVOSB and 8(a) eligibility, and successfully defeated size and status related bid protests brought by competitors. She has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, and advising small business clients with regard to potential affiliation problems and subcontracting requirements. Her small business practice also involves drafting corporate governance documents that will comply with small business program eligibility requirements.
Founder of Arrowhead Solutions, LLC
Stephanie Amend is the Founder of Arrowhead Solutions, LLC, a full-service solutions provider for government contractors. Ms. Amend founded Arrowhead Solutions in 2009 after holding contract management positions in both government and private industry. Arrowhead was formed with the goal of providing companies with the extra knowledge and manpower they need to succeed in the world of government contracting. Specializing in capture management, proposal preparation, contract management, subcontracts, accounting and compliance, Arrowhead provides skill sets not commonly available to many smaller government contractors.
Arrowhead Solutions is headquartered in Colorado; however, Arrowhead reaches clients nationwide. As a member of the small business community, Ms. Amend is a supporter of the Colorado PTAC and advisor for the Boulder Small Business Development. She is the President of the Board of Directors for the Denver Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. Ms. Amend is a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional and possesses a B.S.A and an MBA.
Jeff Cuskey is an acquisition and contracting advisor with over 30 years of experience in federal and defense contracting. Recently, he helped establish successful Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in Monterey, CA and Bozeman MT. In addition to providing independent government contracting consulting and educational services, he developed and taught defense focused MBA acquisition, contracting and program management courses for over 12 years at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Graduate School of Business & Public Policy. Jeff is a retired U.S Navy Commander. During his 20 years of active naval service, he held various leadership, acquisition and contracting positions, including assignments as the Navy’s multibillion-dollar F/A-18 Program Chief Financial Officer and F/A-18 Super Hornet Deputy Contracting Officer.
Jeff holds a BA Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a MS Degree in Acquisition and Contracting from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Additionally, he has earned the Certified Professional Contracts (CPCM) and Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) professional designations from the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), the Certified Schedules Contracts Manager (CSCM) professional designation from Centre Law & Consulting, and the Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) designation from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). Jeff enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge and insight into government contracting issues, regulations and processes and helping businesses become successful government contractors.
CEO of Solvability
Jenny W. Clark helps small businesses win more federal contracts by showing them how to apply cost and pricing strategies that are flexible, competitive and profitable. With over 30 years of experience implementing accounting systems, Jenny found that the software for federal contractors, including Deltek GCS Premier and Costpoint, was just too expensive and overwhelming for most small businesses. To bring down the cost and improve results, she developed DCAA Compliant QuickBooks Boot Camp and her Prime Focus coaching programs. Her training series and coaching programs start with a DCAA Compliant Chart of Accounts, then explain indirect rates such as fringe, overhead and general and administrative (G&A), and finally show executives how to adapt the Solvability Rate & Pricing Model (RPM) to develop competitive bid rates.
Jenny Clark has a BA in Economics from Agnes Scott College and a Masters in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. She founded Solvability in 1997 in Huntsville, Alabama and relocated to Tampa Bay in 2013. In 2016, she launched the Florida GovCon Podcast, serving small businesses in the aerospace and defense industry and helping veterans along the way. She hosts an annual training conference in Tampa called the Florida GovCon Summit.
President of Imprimis, Inc.
Michael G. Semmens is the President of Imprimis, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting government and private businesses with cybersecurity compliance tools, cybersecurity technology, space based technology, advanced engineering, structured training, and advanced training techniques and tools. Mr. Semmens has developed a number of high quality technology organizations over the past 30 years.
Mr. Semmens is a graduate of Colorado State University, College of Engineering, where he performed a number of research grants and received national recognition for his publications. He is a registered Professional Engineer in five states, and a member of numerous professional management and engineering organizations. He was President of the Engineering Dean’s Council at Colorado State University and Chairman of the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he received the Leadership in Education Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He was elected ‘Engineer of the Year’ in the state of New Mexico. He is also a recipient of R&D Magazines R&D 100 Award. He served as the U.S. / IEEE representative to the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) for energy system standards.
Prior to his current role as President of Imprimis, Inc., his executive responsibilities included President of Electrosource, Inc., a publicly traded energy research and manufacturing company; Corporate Vice President of BDM International, Inc., a major information systems and technology corporation; President of BDM Technologies, Inc., and various board /chairman positions. Mr. Semmens is a former member of the WPO (World President’s Organization) and former member of the YPO (Young President’s Organization).
Mr. Semmens has been responsible for numerous projects including the design and construction of utility connected alternative power systems, designing and building advanced manufacturing systems. These advanced manufacturing systems were designed and built for Ford Motor, Chrysler, GM, Caterpillar Tractor, Morton Thiokol, Northrup Aerospace, TRW Automotive, and numerous semiconductor manufacturers. He has been responsible for data processing centers and major software development programs. He has also designed and built large scale CAD/CAM systems which utilized supercomputer technology for engineering design. His firm is currently developing an advanced intrusion detection system (IDS) which employs artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms to analyze the behavioral characteristics of threats in industrial control systems. At Imprimis, database tools are being developed to support the adoption of cybersecurity standards including the Risk Management Framework (RMF) developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST (SP) 800), and National Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). These tools are designed to empower end user organizations to achieve higher levels of cybersecurity.
Mr. Semmens is the founder of the National Cyber Exchange (formerly the Western Cyber Exchange or WCX), a member non-profit organization. The mission of the NCX is to share cyber threat information and to support cyber-related workforce development at all levels. NCX has established a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which allows NCX to be an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO).
Managing Partner at RSM Federal
Author, trainer, and business coach with 25 years in the federal space, Mr. Frank speaks nationally on small business strategy and business acceleration. He specializes in the development and implementation of techniques and strategies required to differentiate, position for, and win government contracts. His training sessions, highly educational and thought-provoking, are consistently rated as some of the strongest sessions at national conferences and events.
Managing Partner at RSM Federal, Mr. Frank is author of The Government Sales Manual and his company runs the Federal Access (FA) Program which has facilitated more than $1.6 Billion in government contracts for FA Members. Due to this success, the SBA awarded RSM Federal 2016 SBA Veteran Business of the Year.
Mr. Frank serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) and on the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council as a member of the Economic Development Policy Committee. Mr. Frank also supports the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program and judges applications for Arch Grants providing startup funding for entrepreneurs.
An avid outdoor enthusiast and Boy Scout leader, Mr. Frank lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, daughter, and son. He is a former intelligence officer and a graduate of the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate of Webster University with a Masters in Management Information Systems (MIS) in addition to a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Webster University Walker School of Business.
West Michigan Law, P.C.
Attorney Adam Zuwerink works directly with small business owners in all aspects of planning, from entity formation to mergers and acquisitions to transition planning. He is a Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM) through NCMA, and has presented at past APTAC national conferences. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004 and his legal practice is located in Western Michigan.
Co-Founder, CVO and CEO at The American Small Business Coalition
Guy Timberlake is an experienced veteran of federal contracting with three decades of insights and instincts developed supporting mission-critical and daily business operations for civilian, defense and intelligence agencies. As employee, owner or advisor, since 1988, he has been instrumental in helping small federal contractors:
- manufacture critical systems supporting intelligence and military operations;
- provide solutions and key personnel for agency infrastructure operations;
- acquire knowledge for using real-world tactics, tools and resources resulting in more efficient decision-making and lowered opportunity costs, and
- develop better intelligence and relationships to identify opportunities, adding to the billions in revenues already realized by members and clients.
His leadership, knowledge, relationships and competitive spirit are recognized as essentials in aiding members and clients of The American Small Business Coalition and The Competitive Intelligence Community in the capture of initial and expanded contracting and subcontracting opportunities. Guy is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for American Freedom Foundation and AFCEA International and as a Technical Advisor and Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the Maryland Defense Network, a collaboration of the Department of Defense, Maryland Department of Commerce and Towson University.
President & CEO of iCompass Compliance Solutions, LLC and 1HourImpact.com
Debbie Todd is a CEO of iCompass Compliance Solutions, LLC and 1HourImpact.com – a full-service WA State Licensed CPA Firm, plus certified WOSB, DBE, WBE in both OR and WA. Debbie has over 20 years of higher education, public accounting, and accounting, treasury and capital project experience in municipal utility ($800M/yr) and government healthcare ($2B/yr), with over 13 years of “hands-on, in the trenches” manager/senior/executive management expertise – including successfully navigating through the financial meltdown in 2008-2013.
Founder and CEO of MarkeTrainer
Lorraine D’Ignazio has over 30 years of experience and expertise in marketing communications to strategic planning, writing and managing proposals, developing and rehearsing teams for client presentations, internet-based marketing, negotiations, and marketing operations. She served as marketing director of a 300-office international engineering and construction firm where she led a national training program to increase the company’s contract win rate and partnering among offices. She also managed a national proposal development department for an environmental engineering firm, publishing more than 200 proposals per month, with an overall win rate of 95% (private and government sectors), training project and proposal managers alike to write winning proposals. Lorraine is a seasoned speaker, having trained more than 22,000 business owners and marketing and sales professionals nationwide.
Sunburst Software Solutions.com
Nancy has worked with thousands of small-to-medium sized businesses involved in the commercial/government construction industry since the mid-1980’s, as a bookkeeper, QuickBooks trainer and software developer. Her focus is to help contractors understand and comply with certified payroll/prevailing wage requirements, AIA Billing, and weighted-average overtime. Click Here to learn more about Nancy and how she is able to help construction firms stay out of trouble.