Five Executives in Consulting Services GovCon
The rapid evolution of 21st-century technology has provided consultancy practitioners an unprecedented number of opportunities to grow. However, it has also opened up the space for new players such as freelancers and smaller crowdsourcing organizations. As InfoDesk observed, even the most dedicated consultants could be threatened by the demand for technological expertise and the trend of on-demand expectations.
To respond to the sector’s growing scope, larger consultancies have begun partnering with other firms, technology startups and independent consultants to expand the breadth of their consulting capabilities. TEKSystems confirmed that the increasing number of partnerships and collaborations is helping consultants provide more flexible and customized offerings in place of rigid, pre-packaged services.
The Potomac Officers Club – a division of Executive Mosaic – features five executives making a difference in the consulting services space.
John Wasson is ICF’s president and chief executive officer. The Virginia-based consulting services firm has experienced significant growth in the past 20 years that he has been with the company.
ICF, which had just one Washington, D.C., office in 1969, now employs more than 7,000 workers in over 70 offices worldwide. The organization has doubled in size every five years over the past 20 years, resulting in the expansion of its products and services portfolio, the company said.
Wasson joined ICF in 1987 as an associate, involved in client work in such areas as energy, environment, transportation, public health and disaster recovery. He was named CEO in October 2019, succeeding Sudhakar Kesavan, who became executive chairman.
Under his leadership, ICF announced in January 2020 that the company acquired the Incentive Technology Group for roughly $255M as part of efforts to broaden IT modernization support services to government agencies. ITG is an IT modernization and consulting firm that offers cloud-based platforms, enterprise architecture business process engineering services and other digital services to the public sector.
Wasson said the transaction allows the company to see revenue synergies via the integration of its contract vehicles and business development platform with ITG’s technology partnerships, platform experience and performance credentials.
In his first month as CEO, the company entered into a lease agreement for a 200K-square-foot headquarters building in Reston, Virginia. The glass-and-steel structure is the future global headquarters and is expected to be completed by late 2022.
Wasson previously served for 16 years as chief operating officer, overseeing business development, acquisition integration, recruitment and client-facing team responsibilities.
In 2018, during his COO tenure, the organization recorded $1.34B in overall revenue, posting a nine percent rise from a earlier year. In addition, 2018 contract awards rose 40 percent to $1.82B, while the total backlog amounted to $2.4B, including $1.1B in funded backlog.
Wasson is a board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and chair of the dean’s executive committee at University of California Davis College of Engineering. He earned his master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California.
Ben Skyles is the president and CEO and ProSource360, an 8(a)-certified firm that provides management consulting, health care solutions and information technology services.
He is a certified project management professional who boasts extensive experience in delivering management solutions and service models that maximize quality and cost-effectiveness, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Skyles leverages over five years of experience focused on health care IT solutions and professional services, having been responsible for strategic planning, marketing and business development.
The 20-year health care industry veteran specializes in relationship management, client services, new business development, project management, leadership development, presentation, messaging and developing strategic alliances.
Before he joined ProSource360 in March 2011, Skyles worked as a corporate development business consultant at ER Williams. He assisted with overall business development and capture management.
Skyles spent the prior nine years as a district manager at Stryker Ascent, helping hospitals act more environmentally responsible and improving resource allocation for better health care.
He also served as a regional sales manager at PeopleSoft, responsible for health care, financial management, human capital management and supply chain management.
PeopleSoft credits Skyles with developing sales revenue for the company’s enterprise resource planning software solutions and professional services within the health care business unit.
For two years, Skyles served as a regional manager at Enterprise Systems. The scope of his duties included health care, financial management, supply chain management, enterprise-wide scheduling, business intelligence and consulting services.
He later moved on to work as a regional sales director at Neoforma, a health care supply chain management company now known as GHX.
The bulk of his early career was spent at Baxter and its spin-off, Allegiance Healthcare. He was responsible for developing key surgeon relationships and selling surgical instruments and capital equipment for endoscopic surgery.
Skyles earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse College.
Sophia Tong serves as the chief executive officer at T and T Consulting Services, where she sets the company’s strategic direction.
She has been instrumental to the organization’s growth since its establishment in 2004. Under her leadership, the company received the Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 3 for services and development appraised, as well as the ISO 9001 and 20000-1 certifications, the company said.
Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, T and T Consulting Services provides enterprise IT support, software and system development, machine learning, information assurance services, education and training and management and advisory support to federal government clients.
Tong possesses more than 15 years of experience in software engineering and project management. Providing the organization with both technical and functional expertise, she plays a major role in the company’s various application development projects. She specializes in building organizations and business processes through communications and alliances.
With her at the helm, the company landed in May 2020 a potential $79.2M task order from the Department of Labor to offer IT support services for the office of workers’ compensation programs. The deal was completed and awarded via the general services administration’s 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services Ii Governmentwide Acquisition contract. The transaction has a five-year base term and five option years, as well as four functional areas.
Tong is a recipient of various professional accolades, including the 2018 American Business Awards Executive of the Year Award, the Washington Business Journal’s 2018 Minority Business Leader Award and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Growth Master Award, 2019 Small Business.
A certified project management professional and an accredited information technology infrastructure library specialist, Tong earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science and information engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. She holds a master of science in computer science from the University of Maryland.
Wayne Busch serves as president for financial services, insurance and consulting at NTT Data, a role he has held since April 2020.
For nearly 30 years, he has served as personal adviser and transformation partner to North American banks, brokers, insurers, asset managers and payment organizations. He specializes in enhancing operational performance and supporting new growth opportunities, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Busch has an extensive background in delivering strategic programs of change in customer management, digital platform, mergers and acquisitions, marketing performance and application modernization.
Before joining the Texas-based consulting service, he served as Accenture’s managing director for Midwest financial services, heading the company’s second-biggest financial services unit in North America. The area was engaged in banking, capital market and insurance activities. From September 2016 to March 2019, he was responsible for the main business, including strategy, profit and loss, client relationships, service delivery and workforce management.
Previously, Busch was the managing director for Accenture’s Banking West Business. For two years, he oversaw the organization’s business in banking, wealth and asset management and payment clients in Canada and the Western U.S.
He also took on the role of managing director for the North American banking industry. From September 2011 to August 2014, he led the unit in structuring its products and services, go-to-market strategy, development plan and thought leadership.
Previously, Busch was the managing director for Accenture’s Financial Services Canada for four years – from September 2009 to August 2013. He directed Accenture’s financial services practice in the Canadian market to support the company’s banking and insurance clients.
He began his career at the Dublin-based professional services company with a 12-year stint as a senior manager. He was promoted in September 2005 as a partner for the North American banking system integration lead, leading the organization integration practice in the region. For four years, he served main clients by focusing on core banking systems using Accenture resources and key vendor alliances.
Busch graduated with a business degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Clay Goldwein, a Potomac Officers Club member, serves as CGI Federal’s vice president for consulting services and account manager for a large federal department.
He is responsible for managing a portfolio of programs supporting cloud computing, cybersecurity, software development and project management office activities, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Goldwein has been with CGI for over 26 years and has held various managerial and directorial roles.
His specialties include cybersecurity, cloud computing, infrastructure-as-a-service, health, safety, federal project management, software requirements development and product direction and engineering.
He also served as the program manager for the establishment of CGI Federal’s IaaS cloud, received the first authorization to operate under the General Services Administration’s IaaS basic purchase agreement.
Under his leadership, CGI weaved through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and became the first full-service provider to receive a provisional ATO.
Goldwein previously served as the director of operations at CGI’s health care solutions group. His responsibilities included profit and loss, human resources, staffing, recruiting, contracts, oversight of deliverables, product engineering and maintenance.
The first 14 years of his career at CHI were focused on the environmental, health and safety industry. As the head of CGI’s EHS compliance practice, Goldwein supported clients in the petrochemical, manufacturing, government and environmental services industries.
His past titles included practice manager, operations manager, client manager, practice delivery manager, technical architect, development manager, software manager and database administration.
He also holds experience in all phases of the system life cycle from conceptualization through maintenance and support.
Goldwein earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University.
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