Advisory Board

Our Advisory Team

George Meyers

In a town known for business and negotiation, George Meyers is recognized as one of the most accomplished business leaders in Washington, D.C. He has over 25 years of extensive hands-on experience working in the federal government and in government affairs. He possesses an in-depth understanding of federal government acquisition and the legislative process. He is equally experienced in navigating Washington’s political environment and is a recognized expert in business development, international trade development and federal marketing. This combination of skill and experience has allowed Mr. Meyers to generate millions of dollars in business opportunities. He is considered a master at using innovative thinking and creative strategies to secure funding for clients. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious.

Mr. Meyers’ early success was on behalf of President Clinton’s Mid-Delta Empowerment Zone Project in Mississippi, where he advised community leaders on “rebuilding” the region using skilled aviation-industry jobs and resources. He was assigned to the Pentagon as Chief Acquisition Manager for the US Secretary of the Air Force, where he led a team in acquiring and modifying over $9B in aircraft programs, and was able to secure funding to start a $6B modernization program. Mr. Meyers was also the Chief Congressional Liaison for the United States Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C. He worked with Air Force and Industry counterparts to formulate strategies and enlist Congressional support for the Administration’s key policies and programs. He authored the legislative strategy for a $10B aviation program and brokered a multiple-year contract worth $7B.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Meyers served as Government Affairs and Business Development Director for Defense and Intelligence programs at a Washington, D.C.-based firm, where he directed the company’s strategic intelligence programs. He also served as a Program Manager for critical DIA, CIA and NGA Intelligence Programs, where he increased profit by 21% and secured $25M in federal funding for an R&D effort.

He was asked to join Lockheed Martin where he helped create a $32B pipeline and managed over $1B in international opportunities across 43 nations—with particular emphasis in developing nations. He led the emerging markets team for Lockheed Martin’s Intelligence business, directing company strategy on legislative, international, and emerging programs. He is credited with creating the strategy, shaping the landscape, and winning a $6.6B Defense contract.

While at Cassidy and Associates he was responsible for business development, industry teaming, and international trade.  He built outreach plans to shape and win multi-million dollar programs.  Under his guidance several clients achieved a 200% increase in revenue.  He also designed/wrote the business development plan for a $4B defense company—and then executed the plans to win business.  He built the Cassidy cyber practice and was responsible for client success in several classified programs, while also helping write several cyber bills for Congress.

Mr. Meyers is an expert at crafting acquisition plans, having led several start-ups through successful “funding rounds” and securing government business. He is currently the Managing Partner for The Meyers Group where he leads a 22-person group focused on business development and revenue-generation for clients. Mr. Meyers currently serves as a corporate advisor and on the Board of Directors for several companies.

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Mark Hegarty

Mr. Hegarty’s award-winning capabilities provide a significant and tangible benefit to clients in their efforts to break into federal markets or build upon current levels of participation. His clients have included start-ups, small businesses, universities and Fortune 500 companies. Their successes are many, significant and measurable.  He developed and executed marketing strategies to close sales on hundreds of millions of dollars of clients’ products and services.  These ranged from: jet aircraft; information and healthcare technology products and services; military range operations services; and engineered modular structures, among others.

A few of Mr. Hegarty's former positions include SAIC, Senior Policy Analyst for a Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear program; National & International Carrier Account Sales Manager for Cable & Wireless; Chief of Customer Operations for U.S. Space Command and NORAD for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency; Chief of Headquarters Air Force Training Branch; Manager of AF Simulators and Life Support Program; Chief of AF Current Operations Branch; and Command and Instructor Pilot in the B-52G/H.

In government he led an Air Staff team advocating and defending over $11B for multinational training and directed modernization, acquisition, and modification for US Air Force trainer aircraft valued at over $1.2B. In the commercial sector he won numerous awards for shattering sales goals and account development and management at executive levels.

Mr. Hegarty is a highly sought international speaker on “Marketing and Selling to the Federal Government.”

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Gene Clouse

Gene Clouse has been a highly successful Sales professional in high technology sectors for over 25 years. He has built and led sales teams, both from the top-down and from within.

His experiences cover a span from application development to IT Infrastructure, the Federal sector, and the commercial enterprise sector, as well as venture capital funded startups. Mr. Clouse earned his MBA in Finance at the University of Pittsburgh Katz School, and BA in Economics at Wake Forest University.

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Bernie Carpenter

Mr. Carpenter has over 40 years of extensive, unique, “hands-on” National Security and Defense experience. His background ranges from CIA and NSA implementer in Vietnam and Europe to serving as a trusted Senior Information Scientist and Technologist Advisor for the Intelligence Community (IC).

He has wide-ranging legal and governance experience that allows him to provide senior-level trusted advice in matters related to federal information policy and law in the development of policy. He has experience implementing guides and systems used across the government that are centered on the creation, use, and protection of information as a foundational element in national security, foreign relations, and transnational terrorism concerns.

His experience and education in law, math, engineering and the interdisciplinary field of information sciences gives him remarkable skills and knowledge for advising, developing and implementing heuristic software that emulates the human mindthrough the interpretation of both content and context of the message between writer and reader.

Mr. Carpenter is significantly involved in leading and working with Academia, parts of the IC, and IT Commercial companies. He is interested in delving into the problems and solutions of the “ubiquitous digital creations” environment, in order to interpret the properties and behavior of both information and data to ascertain the creator’s intent and purpose for intelligence and security understanding.

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