FEDMINE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
FEDMINE Advisory Board Member
Ashok has more than 30 years of proven industry vision in the federal sector. He has founded two successful federal sector firms. As the founder and owner of FEDMINE, Ashok specializes in all aspects of running the firm. Under his leadership, FEDMINE is the leading SaaS provider offering Big Data solutions around federal spending data sets. The firm’s clients include government agencies, contractors and the organizations that support their growth. Prior to FEDMINE, Ashok was the founder and CEO of SMAC Data Systems, Gaithersburg, MD. The firm grew to 75 employees in support of large high profile US defense and civil agency programs. Ashok holds an M.B.A. in Information Systems, with a major in Expert Systems from Marymount University, Arlington, VA. He holds a bachelor’s degree from [university] in Salzburg, Austria. He has been quoted in national trade journals such as the Washington Business Journal, Washington Technology, International Data Corp. (IDC), The Government Executive, ERP Magazine, Computer Associates Advisor, National Defense, Government Computer News, Federal Computer Week.
Curt Adams (Honorary)
FEDMINE Advisory Board Members
Director of Memberships, AFCEA International
AFCEA uses FEDMINE to source new prime contractors
Curt served as the Director of Memberships for all of AFCEA from their headquarters located in Fairfax, Virginia. As the Director of Memberships, he was charged with cultivating relationships with new small and large prime contractors in order for them to benefit from resources AFCEA offered the contracting community.
He graduated from the U.S. Air Force. Curt too flew planes for the Air Force. He is one of the inaugural FEDMINE Advisory Board Members.
FEDMINE Advisory Board Members
Sr. Partner, IPSS & Prof American University
Eric is a Senior Partner with IPSS, LLC brings more than 27 years of federal sector experience. He has technical expertise in systems engineering, wireless communications, software development, business development, and business process improvement. He is the Founder and former CEO of OPTIMUS Corporation, which he led in its development into a premier Federal Defense and Homeland Security Government contractor. OPTIMUS was acquired in December 2006. Initially funded with a pocket full of credit cards, OPTIMUS grew from a one-person consultancy in 1992 to a 400 person firm with approximately $70 million in annual revenue in 2006 and successfully transitioned out of the 8(a) program. Through his leadership, OPTIMUS was named as a winner of the 2003 National Capital Business Ethics Award. He has received awards and honors from more than a dozen organizations including NASA and Ernst & Young. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and juris doctorate degree with honors. He is currently an adjunct professor at American University, KOGOD School of Business.
Heidi W. Gerding
Advisory Board Member
Heitech Services, Inc
Heidi is an entrepreneur, accomplished business leader, and advocate of small business enterprise. As the first woman from Minnesota to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, her Navy career spanned nearly 10 years. While in the Navy, Heidi led a Mobile Mine Assembly Group and established and administered the Navy and Marine Corps’ HIV-AIDS personnel policy. After leaving the Navy, she held positions as Project Manager, President of Operations and a Corporate Officer for various companies. During her many years directing projects, Ms. Gerding gained extensive experience in the intelligent application of a wide range of technologies, finding great satisfaction in developing a sensible solution to meet a clients’ need. She most recently founded HeiTech Services, Inc., a company founded to provide management consulting and information technology services to the Federal Government. A service-disabled veteran and SDB certified business, HeiTech Services to generating more than $21 million.
Ex-Officio Board Members
The Late Murray J. Schooner
Former Vice President, FEDMINE.US
“The Godfather of Small Business.”
Murray played a vital role in bringing together the FEDMINE Advisory Board Members and providing early leadership to the team.
Through 2006, Murray served as the Director of Procurement and Socioeconomic Business Development for Unisys Corporation, a position he held for 27 years. He was involved in corporate small business programs, and in small and minority business legislation since 1979. During his time with Unisys, for the years 2000-2004, Unisys was voted one of the top 50 companies in the nation for helping minority businesses. The Asian American Business Roundtable (AABR) presented Murray with a “Lifelong Achievement Award,” for contributions made in support of minority business. Murray was on the cover of Veterans Business Journal, representing Unisys, as one of the 10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses. His contributions extend far outside the walls of Unisys. Murray’s distinguished career included serving as Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Minority Purchasing Council; Vice President of the Maryland-DC Minority Purchasing Council; Board of Directors of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC); the Board of the Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (VRMSDC), and the Board of Diversity Information Resources. He served for more than 15 years as the National Co-Chairman of TRIAD, the Small Business Advisory Panel to Industry and the Federal Government. He has served on numerous panels and conferences, speaking on socioeconomic subcontracting issues, advising small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, HUBZone, and Veteran-Owned businesses how to do business with the U.S. Government and with prime contractors. Murray was an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Altoona Campus of the Pennsylvania State University, where he was elected President of the Student Faculty Senate. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Business Administration in 1958, and served 21 years as a Regular Army Infantry Officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He also served in combat in Vietnam earning the Bronze Star, The Air Medal, The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and The Combat Infantry mans Badge. Murray earned his Master’s degree in “Procurement and Contracting” from The George Washington University in 1974. His contributions are far too many to list in this simple paragraph. All FEDMINE Advisory Board Members thank Murray for bringing the unique group together.
The Late Jim Regan
Director, Procurement Technical Assistance Program, George Mason University
FEDMINE Advisory Board Member
Since its inception, Jim played a vital role on the FEDMINE board.
Jim served as the Director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program, at the George Mason University School of Public Policy Mason Enterprise Center. He held more than 25 years of experience in commercial and government business development and management with both small and large corporations. As PTAP Director he applied these qualifications in assisting businesses in pursuit of their government business objectives. Prior to joining George Mason University’s PTAP, Jim held senior business development management positions in Unisys, CSC, and IBM in the Washington area. He also served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development with American Coastal Industries, a diversified small business involved in manufacturing and systems integration. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned his M.S. in Computer Systems Management. He spent a number of years on active duty as a naval aviator and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain. In addition to carrier aviation, he flew as an international pilot with Pan American Airways on overseas routes.