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Keynote: Vice Admiral Lou Crenshaw
Vice Admiral Lou Crenshaw, CDFM United States Navy (Retired)
VADM Crenshaw was also the driving force behind two significant industry surveys, the annual survey of Defense Department financial officials and the annual National Government Contractors survey. Both surveys are recognized within their respective industries as one of the most insightful and comprehensive studies available during the year. He also continues to serve the American Society of Military Comptrollers at the program chair of the highly successful Washington Regional Professional Development Institute, the premier training event for the Washington area defense financial management workforce.
Prior to Grant Thornton, VADM Crenshaw served 32 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of leadership roles, commanding at the squadron, carrier air wing and carrier battle group level, as well as shore command of all Navy bases in Europe. His last assignment in the U.S. Navy was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Requirements, Resources and Assessments, where he was responsible for planning, developing and executing the Navy’s annual budget of over $130 Billion. He was also the senior requirements official for the Navy and oversaw its Operations Analysis activities. VADM Crenshaw is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and served as a test flight engineer before returning to the school as an instructor.
In recognition for his outstanding public service, he was elected a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011, one of only a few members of the Armed Services to be inducted. VADM Crenshaw attended the U.S. Naval Academy and has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. He is also a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM). VADM Crenshaw continues his public service as the Chairman of the Board of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving wounded and injured Sailors and Coastguardsmen. He also serves on the Board of the Association of the U.S. Navy and is the Chairman of TECHAMERICA’s Defense Committee
Co-Keynote: Judith Zawatsky: Chief of Staff, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S General Services Administration
Judith Zawatsky: Chief of Staff, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S General Services Administration
Judith Zawatsky is an experienced federal leader with proven success uniting multiple stakeholders to create innovative program and policy solutions. As the Chief of Staff of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Ms. Zawatsky directs all executive operations for the Office of the Commissioner, which is responsible for overseeing the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions annually to customer agencies throughout government.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Zawatsky served as the Director of the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Transformation Program Management Office (PMO). She oversaw all initiatives that impact the Schedules program. Her goal was to provide GSA’s stakeholders with a MAS program that addresses current market forces and provides government with a streamlined, value-based contracting solution that continues to save time and money well into the future.
Previously at GSA, Ms. Zawatsky served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Director for Outreach & Stakeholder Management in the Integrated Award Environment (IAE). Ms. Zawatsky analyzed and advised on federal policy, guidance and regulations that impacted IAE, such as the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. In addition to overseeing the Federal Service Desk, she led all IAE outreach, including federal agency and commission customers, more than a million system users and a multitude of other acquisition and assistance community stakeholders to foster transparency, quality and continuous improvement.
Additionally, Ms. Zawatsky was a Senior Advisor in the Office of Acquisition Management where she established the independent Acquisition Systems Group to foster acquisition integrity, visibility and accountability. Additionally, she served as Chief, Special Programs Branch of the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Program Office where she developed and implemented innovative approaches for transforming acquisition processes and program implementation for federal and state and local access.
Ms. Zawatsky received a 2016 Fed100 award for her work as the IAE Director of Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement. She has also received multiple GSA Administrator and Commissioner awards for operational excellence and process improvement. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and served on the Blue Ribbon Multiple Award Schedule Advisory FACA Panel.
Ms. Zawatsky draws on 18 years of expertise prior to government service as a commercial consultant in government contracting and business processes. She studied Business Administration at the University of Maryland and holds a diploma from Georgetown University’s Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems. Judith is a Harry S. Truman Scholar for Public Service.
Featured Speaker: Kevin Swatt - Senior Audit Manager E.Cohen And Company
Kevin Swatt is a Senior Audit Manager who has over twelve years of experience working with corporate clients in the middle market, primarily serving the government contracting, manufacturing, and technology industries. Kevin specializes in providing assurance services to his clients, conducting detailed reviews of audit and review engagements to assure appropriate accounting and auditing standards are addressed. He manages multiple engagements for the firm, and performs audit fieldwork in complex accounting areas. Kevin has also assisted clients with internal audit functions, including the testing of internal controls over key audit areas and the preparation of reports for management and the audit committee.
Kevin also specializes in performing audits of employee benefit plans under requirements set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including both full scope and limited scope audits of defined contribution, defined benefit, and employee stock ownership plans with assets ranging from $1 million to more than $900 million.
Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia, and he holds both a Master of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Boston College. He is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA).
Featured Speaker: Kevin P. Young, Government Contractor Growth Strategist
KEVIN P. YOUNG, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR GROWTH STRATEGY, MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXPERT
Kevin P. Young is a Washington, DC-based corporate executive, management consultant, adjunct professor and thought leader with a long and successful history in the planning and execution of Federal Government Contracting strategy, marketing, business development and business management plans, programs, processes and metrics. Honors include the IBM Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Award, IBM Award of Excellence, and (as an IBM site team) the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Kevin currently leads the marketing and business development functions for Fielder’s Choice Enterprises (FCE), Inc., one of THE CATON COMPANIES®, based in Charlottesville, VA.
Introduction: William L. Blumberg
William L. Blumberg, Federal Contract Solutions, DFAS Ombudsman (Ret.) – Contract Management and Payment
Mr. Blumberg is principal of the consulting firm Federal Contract Solutions, which specializes in helping Federal government contractors resolve payment problems and related contract administration issues. After an extensive Federal career he was a vice president of LESCO, a logistics contractor, leading their Washington D.C. office. Prior to joining LESCO he had almost 31 years of Federal service. His last government position was at the Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS) Headquarters Contract Pay Directorate staff. Areas of activity included Prompt Pay compliance, re-engineering of the Defense Commissary Agency payment procedures, mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) implementation and related items such as Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and 1099 MISC reporting compliance. He served as the DOD ombudsman for contractors with payment problems. Mr. Blumberg was also a member of the interagency Federal Contractor Tax Compliance Taskforce and the Contract Finance Committee, which writes the contract payment sections of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). He came to DFAS in April 1991 after serving on the Corporate Information Management (CIM) study. His CIM participation involved developing a complete inventory and assessment of DOD accounting systems and their related functionality and interfaces. Prior to the CIM he was on the Office of Secretary of Defense Comptroller staff for 13 years. There he also worked on Prompt Pay issues, as well as cash management and program oversight of the overseas contract banking program. He started government service with the Navy Accounting & Finance Center. He is a graduate of the George Washington University.
Opening Remarks: Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis, President, Financial Engineering Counselors, Ltd.
Richard Lewis formed Financial Engineering Counselors, Ltd. ("FEC") to enhance the counseling of small and medium size government contractors and commercial companies with their working capital requirements. FEC assists management by arranging for financing, as well as working with the company’s management in compiling the required financial, accounting, and overview reports that lenders require. This has become crucial in today’s economic turmoil where more lenders are more likely to say "Thank you, but NO thank you!"
For the previous six years Richard was with Wells Fargo Bank, Government Services Group, where he assisted fast track companies and government contractors; 8a, woman, service disabled veteran, Native American, and other minority owned or disadvantaged companies that required financial support. In addition to working closely with a company's management, Richard has been a featured speaker on "Financing Alternatives" at GovWorks (Department of Interior), National Black Chamber of Commerce’s and National Contract Management Association’s annual conferences, Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce, FAA’s Las Vegas Contractors Convention, Native American Reservation Economic Summit (RES), as well as other organizations and events around the Country.
From the 1990 to 2003 Richard was a CFO/CEO counselor to start up, fast growth technology and service businesses needing assistance in financing alternatives; bank relations, strategic planning, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, and marketing. As CEO/CFO, l985-l990, he initiated a "business plan only" Initial Public Offering for Virtusonics Corporation, a software development company, some 10 years ahead of the "dot.com" trend of the l990’s. He began his career in banking with A.J. Armstrong & Co. (ne: Bank of America Business Credit) in 1974. He moved to The Chase Manhattan Bank as Vice President, Leveraged Acquisition Team, to start its leverage buyout group in 1980, then to General Electric Capital Corporation, as a marketing manager, to help start an ABL financing vertical in the Retailer Finance Division.
Richard earned his B.S. Degree in General Business and a MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business, where he was a scholarship student. He lives and works in suburban Washington, D.C. where he is active in golf, bicycling, minority business support, community activities, and governmental issues.
9:30 AM: Opening Remarks - Richard Lewis – Financial Engineering Counselors, Ltd
9:40 AM: Bill Blumberg - Federal Contract Solutions, DFAS Ombudsman (Ret.) - Introduction
10:00 AM: Vice Admiral Lou Crenshaw (Ret.) - Crenshaw Consulting Associates – “Doing business in DOD"
10:45 AM: Judith Zawatsky: Chief of Staff, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S General Services Administration
11:30 AM: Kevin Swatt - Senior Audit Manager E.Cohen And Company
12:15 PM: MatchMaker / Speaker: Expo walk through. Vendor Attendees without Expo Tables: Luncheon is served
12:15 PM: MatchMaker / Speaker, Expo: Luncheon is served
1:00 PM: Kevin Young - “Best Practice Go-to-Market Planning and Execution for Government Contractors”
1:45 PM: Bill Blumberg - “How the Government Sees You”