Vice Admiral Lou Crenshaw, CDFM United States Navy (Retired)
Vice Admiral Lou Crenshaw, CDFM United States Navy (Retired) is the Founder and President of Crenshaw Consulting Associates LLC. Lou has a record of almost four decades of proven executive success in a broad range of leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Lou has extensive experience in reorganization and realignment of large organizations with emphasis on financial issues and cross-functional alignment.
Lou’s vision for CCA is to deliver C-Suite-level consulting services to commercial and government clients by providing advice and counsel in strategic planning, executive coaching and organizational restructuring. CCA also provides assistance in capture management, client relationships and market analysis for commercial clients. The firm additionally provides due diligence and pipeline/contract analysis services to private equity investors.
Lou retired from partnership at Grant Thornton, LLP in 2013, where he was the Principal with responsibility for the firm’s national Aerospace and Defense practice, coordinating the delivery of tax, audit and business advisory services to over 50 clients. Prior to this role, Lou served as the partner responsible for the Defense and Intelligence practice within the Global Public Sector of Grant Thornton, where he had experience managing and directing Defense/Intel teams throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) to include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies, military services and national intelligence agencies. Significant engagements included U.S. Marine Corps Audit, Washington Headquarters Service advisory services, Defense Logistics Agency A76/MEO support, Missile Defense Agency accounting support, Navy BRAC support and numerous strategic sourcing efforts throughout DOD.
During his over 30 years of service in the United States Navy, he commanded a Medium Attack Squadron (VA-85), a Carrier Air Wing (CVW-1) and an Aircraft Carrier Battle Group (John F. Kennedy Strike Group/ Carrier Group SIX). Lou is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and an experienced test project engineer at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD. As a Flag Officer, he specialized in financial operations and budgeting, serving three tours of duty in the Navy’s N-8 Programming and Budgeting Directorate, culminating his career as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments (N8). Additionally he served as the Commander of U.S. Navy Activities, Europe where he commanded all Naval Bases located in Europe.
Jimmy Rhee was appointed Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs by Governor Larry Hogan and began service to the State of Maryland in January 2015. As a coordinating office within the Executive Branch, the Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs connects the small business community to greater economic opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Special Secretary Rhee’s responsibilities include advising the governor on policy matters related to small, minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses. He has direct oversight of the state’s Small Business Reserve, Minority Business Enterprise, and Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise procurement programs across 70 agencies.
In 2014, Mr. Rhee was a Strategic Advisor with The Livingston Group and a Partner with EIGC Holdings. From 2010 through 2014 he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia where he presided over international trade and investment activities with direct nexus to job creation. In that role he facilitated Virginia’s “Year of the Entrepreneur” program (in conjunction with the White House initiative Startup America) enabling small businesses to gain access to capital, information and technology. In addition, he advocated for minority business participation on various state procurement offerings and infrastructure projects such as the I95 express. He also worked with various governor-appointed advisory boards to recognize the importance of contributions from minority communities. He was the COO/CEO of Global Technology Systems Consortium, Inc. from 2003 through 2009.
With over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in enterprise creation, growth and change management, Mr. Rhee has an extensive record of directing turn-around situations ranging from manufacturing to software companies. He has mentored various small business entities, helping them secure capital and illuminate their competitive edge. Active in the community, Mr. Rhee serves as a board member for various organizations including Asians in Energy, Environment and Commerce, the George Mason University Diversity Advisory Committee and the Asian Information Technology Business CEO Organization. Mr. Rhee is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he earned a Master’s in Science and a Master’s in Business Administration. He earned a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Maryland and holds a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Energy Conversion & Storage from the Stanford University Professional Development Center and an Electronic Systems Design Certificate from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is also a member and certified performance coach with the International Coach Federation. He lives in Clarksville, Maryland with his wife.
Anjali Kottha has over 10 years of experience in engineering and management appraising services. She is the VP of Technical Services of GMS Registrar and is the POC for their FedRAMP program. She is responsible for GMS Registrar’s corporate growth initiative comprising of strategy, business development, and customer maintenance. Anjali is a Lead Appraiser and Lead Instructor for DEV and SVC, and a Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 & 27000. Prior to GMS Registrar, she worked at The Cleveland Clinic and developed various clinically applicable software programs. Anjali is an active member in Toastmasters as her club Treasurer. She is also a strong supporter of the YWCA Women’s Leadership Institute. She recently accepted the nomination to serve on her high school Alumni Board.
Don Owens, CPA, CFF, CITP, CFE, CIA, CRMA, CFSA, CBA, is Director of Operations at BPX Technologies and founder and principal at Polymath Forensic and Risk Management (PFRM) Solutions.
Don’s 35-year career has been dedicated to assisting organizations to develop strategies and implementing leading risk mitigation practices and controls to enhance and protect their value. This includes working with clients to optimize processes and streamline controls in order to achieve efficiencies and cost savings. Other services he provides include SOC 1 and 2 readiness reviews and examinations in which he works closely with boards and management to identify and manage threats that could inhibit the achievement of goals and objectives. To remain on the forefront of matters impacting organizations, he continually researches emerging threat actors, standards, and authoritative guidance to provide clients timely consult. Don is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and The Institute of Internal Auditors and has presented on various risk management and mitigation topics at national and regional conferences. Don participates in Junior Achievement’s school mentoring program and is a member of the Franklin University Accounting Advisory Board where he advises the University on its curriculum.
Kevin P. Young
Kevin P. Young is a Washington, DC-based corporate executive, management consultant and adjunct professor with a long and successful history in the planning and execution of Growth, Marketing, Business Development and Business Management strategy, programs, processes and metrics across multiple industries.
He has served in senior vice president or vice president roles for three FORTUNE 500 companies: LandAmerica Financial Group (now Fidelity National Financial), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Unisys.
Achievements over 35 years include announcing AS/400 and RISC System/6000 for IBM; international expansion for Unisys; commercial expansion for LandAmerica and SAIC; and launching USA TODAY for Gannett. Honors include IBM’s Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Award, IBM's Award of Excellence and (as a site team) the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Mr. Young’s management consultant clients include Amdocs (Israel), Capgemini (France), CENTECH, Computer Sciences Corporation, Deltek, Deloitte, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems (now Harris), George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, Leidos, Markel, MicroTech and Universal Sales Environment (China). Board memberships include Consequence of Sound™, now one of the world’s leading and most recognized music, film and steaming content sources.
KEY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CLIENTS include the Departments of Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, State, Treasury, Transportation and Veterans Affairs; Intelligence Community; and Broadcasting Board of Governors, NASA, SBA and USPS. KEY PUBLIC SECTOR CLIENTS include the States of Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia; Counties of Dallas (TX), Marion (IN), Orange (CA), Shelby (TN) and Tulare (CA); and Cities of Anaheim, Chicago, Indianapolis and Memphis.
Mr. Young also serves as Adjunct Professor of Marketing for George Mason University’s School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering. Graduate, undergraduate and executive education courses include “Federal Government Marketing,” “Engineering Marketing and Financial Analysis,” “Government Market Master™,” “Marketing Decision Systems,” “Marketing in a Global Economy,” “Marketing of Innovations and Technology Products and Services” and “Principles of Marketing.” He is a Professionally Qualified (PQ) faculty member under the accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); a trainer for the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) via the GMU Enterprise Center, and U.S. Small Business Development Center (SBDC); and co-founder and co-director of the Government Market Master™ Certification Program.
His publishing credits include The Associated Press, New York Daily News, Time-Life Books, USA TODAY and Washington Technology. Speaking engagements include the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) Summit; Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Summit; Embassy of Spain; Government IT Sales Summit; Government Marketing Best Practices Forum; MarketingSherpa's Demand Generation Summit; Outsourcing Institute (OI) Vendor Summit; Sourcing Interests Group (SIG) Global Summit; Unisys Users Group Conference; and U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC).
Mr. Young’s professional associations include the American Marketing Association (AMA) and its Marketing Protégé Program; Business Marketing Association (BMA) International’s Board of Directors; Corporate Executive Board’s Marketing Leadership Council; and Forrester Research’s Global Market Leaders’ Panel. He also serves as an industry advisor to clients of Blu Venture Investors, Coleman Research Group, Elliott Management, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), and Riva Ridge Capital Management.
His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Iona College, Master of Arts (MA) degree from Fordham University; and studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and University of Richmond's Robins School of Business.