Scribble Talk Podcast
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Great achievements are usually born of great sacrifices and are never the result of selfishness. There is no grey area: You're either with that ethos, willing to go out of your way to help people or you aren't.
Hosted by Ashley Kayes
and Baskar Sundaram
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At Baachu Scribble, our goal is to produce the best free bid and proposal content in the known universe. One way we’re accomplishing this goal is through our Podcasts… They're one of our greatest avenues for sharing bidding strategies that are WORKING RIGHT NOW with bidders from all over the world. From Opportunity Identification —> Capture Planning —> Proposal Planning, Development and Submission —> Post Submittal Activities.
Baachu Scribble Talk podcasts are here to help you become the next great “full-stack“ bidder.
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Scribble Talk is a weekly show produced by Baachu Scribble and hosted by Ashley Kayes and Baskar Sundaram. The duo will take you on a journey with APMP veterans and the brightest bid & proposal minds, diving deep into the topics that bid & proposal professionals, like you, can use to help grow your skills and your business success.
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What You’ll Learn
We mean it when we say that everything we do at Baachu Scribble is to help you become a “full-stack“bidder. So, how are we doing it with our podcasts? By sitting down with the industry veterans and the brightest bid & proposal minds on the planet, inviting them to share how our industry has evolved and what’s working right now in all facets of bid & proposals. Listen today and discover the history of our industry and the new tactics that can be implemented to win more tenders, grow your business and increase your bidding skill set!
If you're ready to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become, then you will be invited to our show…
Jody Alves is a 26-year proposal veteran, having worked since 1995 as a contractor and full-timer for International Game Technology (IGT, formerly GTECH), based in Providence, Rhode Island. Jody was born, raised, and educated in Rhode Island. Her path from the University of Rhode Island (URI) to today was a long and winding one – from working on a research program at a local psychiatric hospital, to account executive at a public relations firm (where she wrote her very first proposal!), to managing public relations and advertising for a local bank, to 19 years of freelance marketing communications to…Proposals! Beyond her day job, Jody teaches proposal writing at URI. For 8 years, she has introduced students to the profession, creatively taught the requisite skills for various proposal types, and created a feeder system for local businesses, including IGT. Currently, Jody works as a Senior Proposal Writing Specialist for International Game Technology. In December, Jody will complete her two-year term as a member of APMP’s International Board of Directors. She joined APMP in 2008, attended her first conference in 2011, and hasn’t missed one since. She presented at six BPC’s and at several chapter symposiums. Her APMP focus has long been on bringing more young people into the profession and developing content for commercial and public sector practitioners. She is working on bringing industry-specific programming to APMP members.
It's hard to list out every single passion Jody is after. To name a few, Jody is highly passionate about knitting since she was 6years old and has an Owl collection which started when she was 14. Being an avid reader, Jody only has 13 novels to go to complete the Top 100 novels of the 20th century. Apart from these, backyard birding, watching sports and working on New York Times crosswords and jigsaws fill her spare time.
Danielle Torley has more than 14 years’ experience in business development and proposals management. In her professional roles, Danielle works closely with the team to plan, develop, and produce proposals for single award and IDIQ opportunities ranging from $100k to $700M. She enjoys connecting with people in her work, as a fire performer, and in the communities she serves. Her experience traveling and living in the United States and worldwide has offered her the opportunity to collaborate with individuals from varied backgrounds and inspired her to further develop her personal and professional hobbies.
Danielle is certified at the Foundation Level of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and has volunteered on the board of the Florida APMP Chapter in various roles since 2015. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and served as Chapter President of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Emerald Coast Chapter from 2019 through 2020. As part of a TED Institute partnership between TED and PMI, Danielle was selected as a TED@PMI speaker in 2020. Her TED Talk focused on her personal experience with grief and the ability to transform childhood trauma into an outlet for transformation and recovery.
Prior to her role as Strategy and Operations Lead for Microsoft's PCoE, she served as PCoE Program Manager, and earlier as Senior Proposal Manager. Carrie draws from over 13 years of experience in proposal management, coordination, writing, editing, content curation, and desktop publishing. The majority of her experience is in large, public sector cloud deals. She previously served as the Director of Consulting Services for Shipley Associates, the industry-leading authority on government and commercial proposal standards and processes. She’s supported over $150 billion in proposal wins.
Carrie is also a successful small business owner in multiple non-competing industries.
Jen Mosier is currently a Senior Proposal Manager leading a team of proposal managers and writers for Ad Hoc LLC. She is an APMP published and award-winning business development professional with nearly 20 years of experience writing, contributing, and responding to business development efforts. She has significantly contributed to wins in government (state, local and Federal Government) operations/business development support, small to very large businesses, and commercial sales/business development in the US and internationally. Jen's expertise includes the full (cradle-grave) capture and proposal life-cycle development process, managing a team of proposal management professionals, and the management and establishment of a winning business development proposal process and lifecycle.
Professional Highlights include: Jen is an Active member of APMP since 2004 and is a part of the Board of Directors of APMP Florida Sunshine Chapter (Publicity Chair) for the last ten years. She was awarded APMP's “40 Under 40”, in the 2017 inaugural class of award winners, and “The Keller Award”, APMP Florida Chapter’s highest award, in 2017. Jen was certified through the APMP at the Foundation level since 2011. On November 2016, Jen published an article, titled “The Not-So-Small Job of the Small-Business Proposal Professional”.
-Training with Shipley, OCI, OST, and PMI and sales methodologies including “Target Account Selling” and “The Counselor Salesperson”. Hobbies and interests include: In her spare time, Jen dabbles in drawing and wood projects including refinishing old wood furniture and creating home decor from antique wood (her favorite one so far are the shelves made from post-Vietnam war era ammo crate boxes). She also spends lots of time with her family of five and the whole bunch are on the baseball field every weekend. Jen has a son who plays competitive baseball and she can be seen cheering on her daughter’s cheer squad as “team mom” and occasional cheer coach while the whole family is always chasing after their toddler. They also live very close to a lake and enjoy time on the water.
Heidi Romero, CP APMP after a 9 year career in retail optical sales, Heidi Romero joined BMO Harris Bank (then M&I Bank) in 2004 as a Treasury Management Sales Associate for Business customers and Inside Sales. From there she was promoted to a Sales Associate for the Commercial and Mid-Market client base. In 2010 she was promoted to Officer and moved into a Senior Implementation and Portfolio Management role during the M&I/Harris Bank acquisition working with large corporate customers through the merger. In April 2014, Heidi joined the Proposal/RFP Team as a US Proposal Manager for the bank. She was then promoted to Assistant Vice President in January 2016. She has been an active member of APMP since 2014 and achieved her Foundation level accreditation in June 2015, as well as her Practitioner certification in September 2018.
Heidi works diligently to instill APMP’s best practices and her proposal passion in every opportunity which resonates through her team and the sales process. Heidi is based in Milwaukee, WI.
Heidi assisted on the Greater Midwest Chapter (GMC) Events Committee for 3 years, the GMC Marketing Committee for 1 year and as Events Chair most recently in 2020 and 2021.
Heidi received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing Management from Carroll College (Waukesha, WI) in 2002 and her Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in 2008.
Heidi is a Moyamoya (a rare brain artery disease, occurring in less than 1 in 100,000) survivor/warrior since diagnosed in 2014, having had 2 brain artery bypasses in 2014 and 2015 after suffering a stroke on Christmas Eve 2013. She advocates for Moyamoya awareness as often as possible, buddies up with newly diagnosed people in her area and contributed to Faces of Moyamoya Disease, a book launch completed the end of 2020. Additionally, she enjoys reading, writing, shooting darts with her husband of almost 10 years, and instilling a brave warrior, can-do attitude in her daughter Grace (almost 5) and stepson Jeremy (almost 14). More recently, her and her daughter have become interested in geocaching and try to venture out to do that together as frequently as possible.
For 23 years Caryn Kent Dean has worked as a proposal writer and manager for corporate and government bid opportunities. She has been a proud member of the APMP for six years and supports the APMP Greater Midwest Chapter as a chair for the Consultants Virtual Networking Group.
In becoming a consultant and starting her own business, she has been able to spend more time with family, including her husband of 18 years, three kids and rescue pup, Scout. One of her family’s favorite pastimes includes heading to their 55 acre property in NW Illinois to unplug and enjoy hiking and exploring the nearby creek.
In the ITes industry for approx. 18 years now, Shashi Kukar started her career as a lecturer teaching English Literature, but soon steered into the corporate world. An accomplished Content Leader with diverse experience across the entire gamut of B2B Content – Research, marketing, Knowledge management, and sales support, she has extensive experience in building content organizations, executing strategic initiatives, incubating and scaling content operations in B2B organizations. In her recent avatar as Content Leader for the Genpact deal team at Genpact, she has successfully steered the team on a transformation journey. The team was awarded the Bid & Proposal Team of the Year at the inaugural edition of APMP India’s Conference on Bid & Proposal Management (CBPM), with its theme ‘Moving the Needle held in Mumbai, India. The award honors a cohesive, effective proposal team that demonstrates industry best practices, thought leadership, and a commitment to the professional development of its members.
Driven by an insatiable desire for excellence and making meaningful connections, her journey has been fuelled with an unrelenting passion for empowering people and helping others maximize their potential.
She is an avid reader, and has a keen interest in Literature, Poetry, Music and spirituality. Women and their unique place in society have always intrigued her. Starting with her MPhil thesis on “Women in Patriarchal Structures”, she continues to show her unrelentless passion in her writings, exploring the many facets of women, their identity, its evolution through the interplay of human emotions.
EPISODE 103Rupesh Singh as Head BD – India in APMP has been instrumental in driving the lesser known APMP Brand India to a level where it is now recognised as leading industry body, drove 4x growth in Membership & certification numbers while strengthening India Bid & Proposal Management community with help of India Governing Board. With MBA Marketing academic background and 11 yrs. of experience , he has worked for Numeric Power Systems Ltd, Autometer Alliance Ltd, Confederation of Indian Industry. He has been in marketing profession by choice because challenges excite him to dish out new ideas to finish the job with elan. He has been awarded Gold medal from then Vice-President Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat for excellence in class 10th. He got 3rd rank in National Children Science Congress for developing a prototype of fridge to be used in rural areas with no electricity (which currently being used at his home as bookshelves!!!!). Apart from watching and observing people, he is an avid reader (can finish 600 pages of book in a day)
Mark Whitley would love to pretend he is some sort of polymath but most likely he prefers to dabble or has a curious mind. With degrees in Physics and Optical Electronics he embarked on a first career in lasers and optics, including manufacturing, purchasing and sales & marketing. With a desire to explore other areas he used Business School to bounce into telecommunications and broadcasting solutions for a variety of sectors and there discovered the joy of Bidding, Proposal and Capture. He is now intrigued by innovation funding and how work is won in that environment, as well as rediscovering how integral this profession is to business success.
A bit of a serial volunteer Mark has had stints with the Institute of Engineering of Technology (IET), Warwick Business School as an Alumni Board Member and more recently as a Mentor, his kids Primary School as Chair of the Governing Body and as Rugby Coach at his son’s club. He has arranged a few Chapter events for APMP over the years and also Mentors for them.
Kathryn Potter is originally from South Africa and started working in bids and proposals in the business travel industry in 2004 when she moved to the UK after a year as an English Foreign Language teacher in Germany. Most of her career has been freelancing and contracting and as a result of this she became an advocate for up-to-date content and centralised content libraries.
When she is not working on content and/or thinking about new ways to organise her favourite thing to do is spend time with her husband and two young daughters. She likes cooking as a family, going on cycling and camping adventures and watching movies. Kathryn also enjoys being creative and has written, illustrated and published a children's picture book and has a second book waiting to be completed. Kathryn is also interested in gardening and that she is hoping to to produce all salad leaves for the summer and autumn garden veggie patch. She enjoys reading but don't make enough time for it these days, her mom keeps telling me that life works in cycles and I'll get back to it.
Kathyrn is a regular speaker at APMP events and was also sponsor to APMP UK 2020 awards.
David Warley CPP APMP Fellow is founder of Bid to Win Ltd and one of APMP’s first Approved Trainers. After sixteen years’ experience in telecommunications and IT, David’s first bid was in 1986. After eight more years climbing the greasy pole of corporate employment, David struck out as an independent consultant. His specialism was the implementation of global networks and he has led several major bids and IT infrastructure projects. With the lessons learned from his first bid still fresh “we need to get better at this” has been his operating mantra. In 2006 he became one of the first APMP Certified Professionals and approved trainers. In 2007 he founded Bid to Win Ltd and has provided certification training in UK, Europe, India and the US. He has been a frequent presenter at APMP UK and International conferences. His focus has been on helping organisations improve their capability and maturity and on promoting good practice from the world of project management. He is a volunteer in the APM Contracts and Procurement Specific Interest Group where he continues to pursue his interest making sure that projects “do what they promise” and users get the benefits that taxpayers and/or shareholders paid for.
Accomplished and results- Neil Philipson has driven proposal professional with 25 plus years' experience in bid management and business development across engineering, construction, automotive, manufacturing and financial sector. Proven track record of success in devising new business strategies, identifying new business opportunities, creating capture plans, making business proposals, and leading multi-functional teams. Delivered winning bids in the Public, Private and Donor Funded Sectors. Lead and managed major pre-qualification and tender responses for engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM) and full EPC projects. Managed virtual bids across 3 time zones.
“Married with two sons, enjoy travelling, unfortunately not much at the moment, besides to the shops and back – what an adventure.”
Jennifer Namvar is a proven Capture Director with 18 years of experience in all phases of the GovCon growth life cycle including: marketing, business development, capture, and proposal management for both new business and re-competes. She built her reputation in the GovCon industry by bidding and winning large, strategic opportunities with a focus on emerging and next generation technologies and solutions. She has held Capture positions at leading Federal Government Contractors where she successfully closed $2B in new and re-compete business. She holds a Federal CIO certification, an MS in Technology Management from George Mason University, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park. She cherishes her time with her family. She is a wife, mother of 2 young kiddos, lover of travel, reading, and fashion, and a fitness enthusiast.
Anatalia Macik, CP APMP, has 17+ years of experience as a writer and editor and 12+ years in proposal development. A member of APMP's International 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, she was recognized for the impact she has made through her promotion of repeatable and realistic proposal processes. She is excited to join the APMP International Board of Directors and will bring lessons learned from over a decade of impact on the processes, quality, and efficiency of bid and proposal responses.
Currently as the Proposal and Bid Director for the Security Detection and Automation organization within Leidos, she is working to establish processes, templates, and procedures that align with the corporate standards and expectations established by Leidos. Previously as a Director at Pyramid Systems, she built the processes, templates, and proposal team all while leading proposal responses for the company. While at eGlobalTech, she refined existing processes, improved templates for repeatable use, and managed a team of proposal managers while responding to 50-80 proposals annually. Through her 12+ years as a proposal professional, Anatalia has believed in and shared her enthusiasm for the rigor of process, continual improvement, and effective flexibility.
Bette Sturino, CP APMP joined BMO Financial Group in 2006 and serves as Assistant Vice President and Senior Proposal Manager within the North American Treasury & Payment Solutions line of business. She has more than 15 years of proposal management experience and supports the Sales organization with their commercial, local government, and non-profit RFPs. She wears many hats on the team from proposal management to graphics to writing & editing, as well as content development and mentorship. Bette is happy to work on a team of seven other proposal managers after spending many years as an army of one. Prior, Bette spent two years managing a proposal team at FIS, which is where her passion for APMP started.
Bette earned her APMP Foundation Certification in 2012 and Practitioner level in 2016. She has been actively involved in the APMP Greater Midwest Chapter since 2012 and served on their board of directors in varying roles since 2013, including Events Committee, Professional Development Chair, Vice Chair, 2018 Chapter Chair, and 2019-2021 Communications Chair. Bette was recently selected to serve the 2021-2022 term on the APMP International Board of Directors.
Bette has her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with majors in Marketing and Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas with her husband and two Goldendoodles.
EPISODE 89Andrew Fraser leads the Strategic Bids Team at WSP in the UK. As one of the world’s leading professional services firms, WSP provides engineering and design services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power & Energy, Resources and Industry sectors, as well as offering strategic advisory services. WSP's global experts include engineers, advisors, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, environmental specialists and surveyors, in addition to other design, program and construction management professionals. He leads a team of work winning professionals focused on securing our most important projects serviced from the UK. His 18 year career in bidding started with the environmental consultants ADAS. As with many in this profession, this wasn’t as deliberate choice of career path. He started out as a business consultant, ‘cutting his teeth’ on writing business plans, funding applications and market reports. He then moved to Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2006, taking the opportunity to focus on bidding and the chance to work on much larger bids. He became part of WSP when Parsons Brinckerhoff was acquired by them in 2014. Throughout that time he has grown and developed the bidding function within the firm to what it is today – one of the best places to work.
Krishna kumar (KK) comes with 28+ years of deep IT experience across India, USA, Australia and Singapore. He has worked with world class organizations like IBM, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Siemens and Mastek. KK has performed in a wide spectrum of roles from large Client Account Management, Consulting, Technology Lead, Pre Sales and Organization Process Head. KK has led many large ERP and Outsourcing deals. KK was a past member of the Board with Association of Proposal Management Professionals (www.apmp.org). KK is Certified at Practitioner level and is also a contributing author to APMP’s Body of Knowledge (BOK) and the APMP Journal.
Diana Parker leads Microsoft’s newly formed, Proposal Center of Excellence, based in Redmond, Washington. The team of around 40 proposal professionals serves all sectors of Microsoft’s business globally and provides best practice approaches to proposals for the Microsoft sales team.
Originally from the UK, Diana moved to Microsoft headquarters in August 2019 following 6 ½ years in field sales and sales leadership at Microsoft UK. In her last role in the UK she led the sales team focused on the Retail & CPG sector. Prior to Microsoft Diana spent many years at IBM in sales roles.
Sanjay Singh has 23 yrs. of experience in building and leading teams to support sales and consulting functions at global MNCs such as Oracle, McKinsey & Co. and IDC. He is skilled at business research, sales enablement and knowledge management. Sanjay currently leads the Bids & Proposals Management team at Genpact. Genpact (NYSE: G) is a global professional services firm that makes business transformation real for Fortune 500 companies. Over the last couple of years, Sanjay has redesigned and built a bid management center of excellence at Genpact. This transformation project led to significant improvement on all bid management performance metrics and won Genpact the APMP’s Best Bid & Proposal Team award in 2019.Sanjay earlier set up a sales intelligence center of excellence at Genpact doing industry & company research, content creation, lead generation through CXO-connections and competition intelligence.
Sanjay is on the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) India Governing Board since January 2020. He is co-leading the Marcomm committee and helping drive APMP India’s growth strategy.
Sanjay loves to listen to podcasts and regularly plays badminton & cricket. He has bit of a green thumb and doing community farming for organic vegetables. He is based in Gurgaon since 1998 and has seen it evolve from a sleepy little town into a buzzing millennium city.
Karin Mellow began her proposal career in 1997.Starting her career in IT, she has also worked in the Financial services field and Medical billing. She has experience in most proposal positions, including proposal writing, business engagement, database creation and management, and proposal management. Her focus is Government (State, Local, Fed, Ed), but also excels in large, commercial opportunities. Karin enjoys reading and gardening and spends a lot of time on her fixer upper house in Atlanta. She has a 16 year old son and a dog named Cujo. Karin completed her studies in Texas; BA in Psychology and an MBA in International Business. She is a certified APMP Foundation level.
Karen Althen is Senior Bid Manager and has been involved in bid production and bid management for around 15 years. Throughout her career she has been excited by change and growth in the company. Karen enjoys working on and winning complex bids, particularly under the Competitive Dialogue procedure where she has been involved in managing significant wins. Karen is qualified to APMP Professional level. Karen is Events Director for APMP UK and she organises member events throughout the country and enjoys meeting people and mentoring members through the certification process.She has been previously presented at APMP UK national conference and the International Conference in the USA in addition to presenting at local events throughout the UK.
Edith Lopez is a Venezuelan and Canadian passionate Proposal Manager with + 14 years of experience, in the Telecom sector, and always in the Bid & Proposals Management field, filling roles as a Bid Manager and Team Leader; in Latin-American and North America markets; mainly for Private Customers and complex proposals, some of them raising billionaire sizes. She is Chemical Engineer, with a specialization, and master’s degree in Project Management; in 2014 she obtained the CF and CP APMP Certificate (Certified Practitioner, APMP Member), in 2015 a Certification in Business Communications (Mount Royal University), and in 2018 the CPP Certificate that she just renewed it.
Additionally, to her full-time job in Nokia as a seasoned Bid Manager, Edith is an active member of the APMP “Maple Leaf” Chapter, in the past, she was Communications Chair and Western Region Chair, mentor for the mentorship program; besides, within Nokia, she is member of a group that promotes Women inclusion in her company.
Edith is preparing herself for Teaching at University level and i keen to learning and support the growth of others on the Proposal Management fields, with special attention to the Tech sector, as well as keep creating winning proposals!
Lauren Daitz, CF APMP has been a proposal manager since 2005, after starting her career in marketing. She discovered the APMP in about 2007 and has been an active member since then, serving as Communications Chair of the NY Metro Chapter (now the Liberty Chapter) from 2009 to 2015. Lauren has spent her entire proposal management career in the business / commercial sector, in health care and the recognition industry, leading the proposal efforts for some of the largest pieces of business for the companies she has worked for. She specialized in managing small teams, wearing multiple hats throughout the sales cycle. In addition to proposal management, Lauren oversees the sales administration team and is the primary liaison for our division’s contracts.
Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and spending time outdoors in fresh air, from the beach to the forest including Hiking. Since her involvement with yoga, Lauren started a regular meditation practice, and she recently achieved Reiki level II (a type of energy healing).
Since 2012, Sarah Hinchliffe has been helping clients win more business by improving the quality and professionalism of their sales and bidding skills. She works with large, medium and small businesses with a big focus on Public Sector tenders.
Sarah's work today is built on a successful thirty-year career selling in the technology industry where she worked her way up from a rookie to a director. During that time, she was formally trained in key sales methodologies, including SPIN, Miller Heiman, Strategic Selling and Solution Selling. She developed an affinity with bidding – it plays to her strengths as a storyteller, an organiser and a timekeeper. Attending the Shipley bid management course in 2009 ignited her determination to switch careers and she has been a certified Shipley trainer and consultant since 2012.
Sarah regularly writes articles for professional sales and bid publications including APMP presentations.
In her spare time, she works hard on her home and garden – all forms of design being a big passion. She stays fit and enjoys own home-cooked food and good wine in the company of her super husband and her handsome lurcher.
Keith Propst retired in 2018 with 30 years of experience in proposal management. He held proposal-related positions with two high tech companies for most of this time, with a 3-year period of independent proposal contracting between companies. Like most proposal professionals, Keith was drafted into proposal work unintentionally. He worked as a hands-on proposal manager as well as a director of a proposal organization. Before making the leap into proposal work, Keith worked for several Georgia-based manufacturing companies in a variety of roles.
APMP was a major factor in Keith’s success. APMP contacts helped him get started as an independent contractor and led directly to his second proposal position, which lasted 13 years. For more than 20 years, Keith filled a variety of leadership roles with the Georgia Chattahoochee APMP chapter, starting as program co-chair, then chapter chair for several years, and finally treasurer. He also served as co-chair for the Southern Proposal Accents Conference (SPAC) for more than a decade, working closely with peers in the Carolinas and Florida Sunshine APMP chapters. Keith is an APMP Fellow and was named Chapter Chair of the Year.
An Atlanta native, Keith grew up in Savannah, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1973 with a BS in Applied Math. He credits his favorite high school English teacher with instilling good writing and editing habits and strongly believes that the ability to write clearly helped open doors throughout his career.
Rita Mascia is Global Bid Manager at Altro Rail and has been leading bids in APAC, EMEA and North America. Since 2000, Rita has been involved in Business Development & Capture activities, Bid Writing, Bid Management and Training & Development. An active APMP member from 2012, Rita has presented at both the APMP UK and APMP Bid Con. She was a finalist in the 2019 APMP Individual Impact Award having been nominated for her impact setting up a Bid Management programme for Altro Rail.
Rita was a Board Member of APMP UK in the role of Certification Director (2015-16). Since 2013 Rita has been volunteering as a coach and mentor to a number of fundraising professionals through the Small Charity Coalition and also informally through personal contacts.
In addition to being a Certified Professional (CPP APMP) Rita is also a certified Prince2 Project Management Practitioner and holds a level 7 Executive Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership (MCMI) from the Chartered Management Institute. She holds a BA (Honours) in French and Linguistics and a Master in Applied Linguistics. Rita is a Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and a Toastmasters International Competent Leader (CC) and Competent Communicator (CL).
When she is not managing bids, Rita loves cooking, travelling, politics, and watching independent films.
Ken Erskine highly experienced professional with over thirty years of bidding experience in major building and infrastructure programmes across the UK. Having successfully won in excess of £25bn of bids over his career, Ken is a keen advocate of the APMP and is a champion of promoting industry best practise. He previously served on the APMP UK Board for ten years and on the International Board for two years. His roles included six tenures as UK Conference Director and two tenures as Chapter Chair (2010 and 2014).
Karina Ames is experienced in winning work for engineering consultancies and currently leads Arup’s Infrastructure pursuit and bidding team in Australasia. She previously worked as a private investigator and with the Victorian Government. Karina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, APMP Foundation Certification and was a 2019 APMP 40 under 40 winner. She has been an APMP ANZ committee member since 2016 and the Chapter Chair since 2019. This year, the chapter won the 2020 Stephen P. Shipley Chapter of the Year award.
Sunil has over 18 years of experience in Defence, IT & Telecom and Facilities Management sectors and has worked with MNCs like Thales Group, Ericsson and ISS A/S. Sunil is currently, the Head of Commercial Excellence (APAC) at ISS A/S, a facility management company headquartered in Denmark. At ISS A/S, Sunil established the Commercial Excellence function which encompasses of Bid Management, Price Management, CRM Administration, Graphics Designing and Knowledge Management. As a member of the ISS Asia Pacific Commercial Leadership Team, he supports the development and execution of the regional commercial strategy and governance, associated reporting and commercial model sign-offs.
Prior to his Corporate stint, Sunil has served as an officer in the elite Indian Air Force for 10 years. Sunil is the Chair of APMP India and a member of the Intentional Career Path Committee of APMP International. He is part of APMP 40 Under 40-Class of 2020 and was a Blue Ribbon Panel member for the APMP-BoK. Sunil holds Bachelors’ degree in Electronics Engineering, a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration along with professional accreditations in Aeronautical Engineering and Strategic Management. Sunil likes to travel and spend time with his family, when he finds time from his work or studies.
Mairi Morrison originally started her working life as a graphic designer, moving into bid and proposal management 18 years ago. She’s an all-rounder in the profession, with an excellent track record of proposal management – winning complex multi-million global bids for corporate companies; bid writing – helping clients focus their words on the customer, as well as successfully hitting the dreaded word and character count, and bid strategy. She’s worked across most sectors, in the UK and the US, and worked on specific deals in Greece, Kuwait, Norway and South Africa. Having worked her way up the ranks from small company to corporate life, she now works for Strategic Proposals.
Mairi’s been a member of the APMP since 2014 and won the Bid Excellence award in 2015. Holding APMP Professional certification, Mairi now also sits on the APMP UK Board as Marketing & Communications Director. She’s also actively engaged in thought leadership, publishing her research paper on “Mental health and wellbeing in the bid and proposal profession” in May 2020. As well as being an advocate for nurturing good mental health in our profession, she is also a crisis volunteer outside of work, to help those in need. Mairi has also presented at the APMP UK annual conference, and the US Nor’easters conference in 2017.
Jeremy Glover is a TS cleared, certified Project Management
Professional (PMP) with 10 years of proposal and project management
experience with a track record of multiple billion-dollar proposal
wins. Jeremy graduated with a bachelors of arts degree from the
University of Virginia and currently works as a proposal manager lead
for Lockheed Martin. Jeremy is also a 2020 APMP 40 under 40 award winner
Maria Flikkema directs proposal development for IBI Group. With a primary focus on the Canada East region, she has managed large scale proposals across the firm globally and provides strategic direction to proposal teams outside of the Toronto headquarters. Overseeing all aspects of proposal activities, including management of proposal deadlines and progress, and directing the Canada East proposal team, Maria is also responsible for developing a wide variety of customized marketing materials for new pursuits and contract renewals. Having been with the firm for more than 12 years, Maria has a proven track record delivering winning, multi-million to -billion dollar proposals under challenging deadlines for both public- and private-sector clients.
Sonya Wooley is the President of Mammoth Technologies, LLC, a small boutique proposal firm specializing in proposal management for small business federal contractors. She has over fifteen years of experience in business development, proposal preparation and management, and pricing for federal government opportunities. She has generated proposals valued from $25 thousand to over $1 billion, acting as both Proposal Manager and Capture Manager for small to mid-sized government contracting firms. Sonya has a MA in Behavioral Science from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and received her BA in History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She has served as the Chapter Chair for the Lone Star Chapter of APMP for seven years, served on the international board of APMP from 2015 to 2016, and currently serves on multiple APMP committees
Gareth Earle has been in bid and proposal management pretty much throughout the whole of his career, with nearly 15 years’ experience in managing the submission of winning bids and leading the delivery of projects and programmes to achieve customer and business objectives. He made the conscious decision to specialise in the profession 7 years ago.
Gareth has been on the other side of the table, evaluating proposals and commissioning work for a major technical and social change programme on behalf of the BBC. For the past 5 years, Gareth has worked for TP Group, a specialist engineering and consultancy company, where he has developed and implemented TP Group’s Bidding Process and is the bid and project management office function owner across the Group globally.
Gareth has been a member of APMP since 2015. Ever since joining, Gareth has been a great supporter of APMP, encouraging other bid professionals to join and pursue certification, as well as attending best practice sharing events. This included Gareth being a speaker at the UK’s 2017 conference; only his second conference attendance. Gareth holds Practitioner certification and was awarded recognition for his influence and achievements in the profession under the 2019 40 Under 40 class.
Gareth has been a member of the UK chapter Board since April 2018, and having held the positions of Membership Director, Conference Director and Vice-Chair, Gareth is the current UK Chapter Chair and is a member of the APMP Chapter Liaison Committee.
Mike Walsh, CF APMP is the current Chair of APMP. Concurrently, he leads the Alumni and Strategic Business Development efforts for EY’s Financial Services Organization. Mike has spent his entire time at EY in Business Development, starting more than 8 years ago as a Communications and Pursuit Strategist then leading the Service Line Enablement team prior to taking his current role. He was first introduced to proposal management while at Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, a midsized defense contractor. His professional career began 24 years ago as an officer in the US Coast Guard, and since then has taken a few twists and turns on its way to Business Development including stints as a Fire Training Captain for the State of New Hampshire, a middle and high school English and History teacher.
Mike received a B.S. in Government from the US Coast Guard Academy and M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He has been on the Nor’easters board of directors since 2012 and served as the Chair of the Nor’easters Chapter from 2014-2019. Mike began APMP International board service in 2016, serving a 2-year term as Director and is currently in the middle of his 3-year term as Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair.
Engineering. BDRC functions include BD Process Development and Support, Competitive
and Market Intelligence Research, Opportunity Identification and Development, Account
Management, Capture Planning and Proposal Support. Life Cycle Engineering provides
engineering solutions that deliver lasting results for private industry, public entities,
government organizations and the military.
- Winning specific projects and contracts for clients by providing ‘hands-on’ strategic proposal and presentation support in formal procurement and informal / proactive sales scenarios
- Delivering interim management and consultancy services to help organisations to improve their win rates whilst increasing the efficiency of their bid and proposal operations
- Delivering proposal skills development, coaching and APMP accreditation training
EPISODE 42Christoph Mlinarchik, JD, CFCM, PMP is an expert in government contracts, former federal contracting officer, attorney, expert witness, professional instructor, frequent public speaker, and the author of the best-selling book, Government Contracts in Plain English. He is the founder and owner of www.ChristophLLC.com which provides expert advice in government contracts to a wide range of clients, including business owners, bid and proposal managers, industry trade groups, federal contractors, and subcontractors. Christoph was honored with the “Top Professionals Under 40” award by National Contract Management Association (NCMA). Christoph is an experienced expert witness in federal contracts who has provided expert opinions and reports, research concerning damages, key findings, and case strategy for complex government contracts litigation. As an instructor, Christoph has taught or trained 1000+ federal, military, and contractor professionals nationwide—from novices to C-level executives. As a former director of policy & acquisition for a defense contractor, Christoph understands the business side of government contracts and how to work with your CEO, general counsel, and other corporate leadership. As a former senior contracting officer for the Department of Defense, Christoph has diverse and extensive federal contracting experience across the Air Force, Navy, Pentagon, and Office of the Secretary of Defense. Christoph has negotiated, reviewed, or managed BILLIONS of dollars of government contracts over the course of his career. This real-world, government experience as the contracting officer who prepares solicitations, evaluates proposals, and selects winning proposals provides an invaluable perspective for clients.
Janneke Orriëns CPP, APMP is recognised for her passion for proposals, championing proposal management best practice as she and her team help bidders to capture ‘must win’ deals and to bring about radical increases in win rates. She has completed proposal assignments with clients in sectors such as IT, telecoms, accounting, facility management, staffing and logistics.
Janneke served as the first Chief Executive of the Netherlands chapter of APMP in 2004-2006. Today, the Netherlands Chapter is one of the largest APMP chapters. Additionally, since 2007, she has been part of the Board of Directors of NEVI, the Dutch association for procurement professionals. Over 6,000 procurement professionals are NEVI members.
Prior to joining Strategic Proposals, Janneke worked at KPMG International, one of the largest professional services firms in the world and one of the Big Four auditors. As a buyer, she successfully ran Global RFPs and negotiations, such as a Global RFP for PC hardware and services.
Respected as a thought leader in the proposal profession, Janneke has a track record of outstandingly successful achievement – consistently attracting excellent feedback from senior executives, course participants, evaluators and proposal professionals alike.
Olessia Smotrova, CF.APMP Fellow, the president of OST Global Solutions, Inc. has more than 20 years of experience in business development. She led winning bids for four out of the five top government contractors, winning more than $22 billion over the course of her career. She is the author of the book How to Get Government Contracts: Have a Slice of $1 Trillion Pie, and seven other books. She has taught a graduate course for the Stevens Institute of Technology, and provided training to Treasury and NASA. She has served for 2 years as the President of the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) Bethesda/Medical Chapter, and for 2 years as the President of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) National Capital Area Chapter. She is recognized as an APMP Fellow for her contributions to the field of capture and proposals – the highest honor in the business development profession. Her skills span every aspect of business development, sales, and marketing. Prior to supporting hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses as a proposal consultant and growing OST, she worked as a business developer for Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, and wrote for the Financial Times of London.
EPISODE 38Krystn Macomber has more than 17 years of experience in various marketing and pursuit roles within the architecture/engineering/
EPISODE 37Carl Dickson is the founder of CapturePlanning.com and PropLIBRARY. Carl is a proposal manager, writer, trainer, and coach. A career spanning 30 years, Carl has published over a thousand articles, whitepapers, books, and training materials. The articles he publishes reach over 100,000 professionals every week and over 7 million professionals have visited his websites. As a speaker, Carl has presented at conferences and events sponsored by (APMP); Society for Marketing Professional Services; Marketing Research Association; Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Assoc. (AFCEA); FOSE; Deltek; Fairfax County Community Business Partnership; Government Contracting Institute; and the Washington DC Office of Contracting and Procurement.
Larissa Cornelius owns nFold, a South African proposal consultancy that inspires success through words that win. She is the current chair of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) SA chapter. She has over 17 years’ business development and operational experience. She is a certified APMP Professional and was voted as one of the 40-under-40 APMP professionals in 2018. By combining proposal best practice with her operational and sales background, she actively promotes the proposal profession and helps businesses to win more. She is passionate about proposals and following best practices; as winning proposals ethically – improves lives, by creating and retaining jobs.
Bruce Farrell is proposal director for Plante Moran’s consulting group. He leads a multi-national team who provide proposal, presentation, and other practice development related support. He is also a design geek who specializes in bringing strong design principles to brands, proposals, presentations, and other business documents. He particularly enjoys using thoughtful design to help people create documents that can make an impact. Bruce is a frequent presenter at Association of Proposal Management Professional (APMP) events, primarily focusing on presentation or proposal design. He is a member of APMP’s International Board of Directors.
Mel Smith is a Senior Business Winning Consultant with Harmonic with a track record of winning bids in the commercial and public sectors worth up to £1.4bn. Mel has a varied career background spanning Graphics, Marketing and Communications for International Investment Banks, Asset Management Companies and Hedge Funds as well as having owned her own Florist business before returning to the corporate life and the world of bidding.
Mel has been a member of APMP since 2012. Mel is current past UK APMP chair and is 2020 conference director. She is member of the APMP UK Chapter Board since 2018 where she held Marketing & Communications Director and Vice Chair positions. Mel led the delivery of chapter’s strategic goals, building on its current comms and engagement activity and developing the way chapter engage effectively with its members. Mel is also an International APMP Board Member since Jan 2020.
Jim K. McCarthy career spans over 37 years of marketing and proposal strategy creation, proposal development, and oral presentation coaching in support of contractors seeking to expand their market shares or to enter the government contracts market sector. As a founder of AOC Key Solutions, he built an organization that, since its inception, has played a part in winning more than $184 billion in federal contract awards for its clients.
Jim frequently serves as a conference guest speaker or panel moderator on topics ranging from leadership to winning government contracts through every legitimate means available. He has served in an advisory role with the George Washington University, Virginia Science and Technology Campus, Technology Accelerator and has been a frequent speaker with the George Mason University Procurement and Technical Assistance Center. Jim has also served on the board of the Veterans Institute for Procurement GovCon Council. In February 2016, Jim was named to Executive Mosaic’s Washington 100 as one of the top–100 most influential leaders in the government contracting arena. He currently serves on advisory boards for the USO-Metro and the National Contract Management Association.
Since 2016, Jim has served at the Chairman of the Board of Rekor Systems, Inc., a publicly traded technology and AI company traded on NASDAQ: REKR.
Jon Williams is the UK managing director of Strategic Proposals. He holds the unique status of being a Fellow of each of APMP, the Institute of Sales Management and the Royal Society of Arts. In over twenty years in proposals, he’s worked with sales organisations in more than thirty countries, helping them to radically improve their win rates. Jon’s published numerous research white papers, and is a regular keynote speaker at conferences around the world. He’s the co-author, with BJ Lownie, of bestselling book “Proposal Essentials”, and is recognised for his passionate for all things proposals!
Chris Simmons has 30+ years business development consulting experience including Deloitte Consulting and CGI/AMS. Chris is Founder & Principal at Rainmakerz Consulting LLC (served 200 customers and has won tens of billions in new business for his clients). An APMP Fellow and Certified Practitioner, Chris is former APMP National Capital Area Chapter (NCA) Vice President and Membership Chair and was also APMP NCA Mentor of the Year. Chris won the first ever John Elder APMP Journal Award for the topic (How to Create Winning Proposal Themes). Chris has presented at numerous APMP International, NCA, other APMP chapters events. Chris was also voted as Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultant.
Steve Skeldon is APMP Certified at the Practitioner level and currently works as a Senior Proposal Manager for Vectrus. He has more than 8 years of proposal experience across the Federal services industry, managing and supporting bids for a variety of customers across civilian and defense sectors of Government, with heavy support to Navy and Army clients. He is heavily involved in APMP at the local and international levels, receiving the distinction of being named a 40 under 40 in 2018 at the APMP International Conference in San Diego. Steve currently serves as the Vice President for the APMP National Capital Area Chapter and previously served as the Conference Co-Chair for the APMP NCA MAC 2019 conference. He holds a Bachelor degree from Roanoke College and a Master of Professional Studies from The George Washington University.
Ajay Patel leads SMA, Inc. as President and CEO. SMA, Inc. is the world’s largest advisory firm dedicated to improving its client’s competitiveness across their entire program lifecycle from market and competitive strategy to capture strategy and bid/proposal development to profitable program execution for public sector markets.
Mr. Patel has over 35 years of consulting, business development, operations, program management and systems engineering experience. Prior to coming to SMA, Ajay was a Director at Deloitte consulting in the Aerospace and Defense practice. He was a Senior Partner at the Monitor Group for twelve years, and created and led it’s global National Security practice. During the 1990s, Ajay served in various roles at SMA including Vice President of Business Development, Executive Vice President of SMA’s Proposal Management group and as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Ajay was at TRW serving in technology development, systems engineering, program management and business development roles.
Ajay enjoys travelling and is an avid reader. His has a particular fascination with typography—the latest fun addition to his library is Simon Garfield’s book “Just My Type: A Book About Fonts.” His favorite bookstore on the planet is Daunt Books in London, United Kingdom.
Robin Davis has more than 20 years of commercial and state and local proposal experience. In 2009, Robin established Metre, a successful proposal and sales operations consulting firm that helps healthcare clients win business. Working with start-ups to some of the largest health plans in the country, Robin and her team have helped secure billions of dollars for her clients. She’s proud that over 80% of her work comes from repeat business—a testament to the trusting relationships her and her team build with clients. Prior to founding Metre, Robin fell into proposals at Healthways and then built the company’s first knowledge management and proposal’s department over the next nine years. Robin is an APMP Fellow, former member of the International Board of Directors, and Chapter Chair of the Rhythm & Harmony chapter, which includes members from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Robin describes herself as a brave, passionate, life-long learner. She is driven by the desire to make a positive impact in the lives of the people around her, whether that is helping a client win business through proposals or creating a warm and inviting neighborhood bar and restaurant in her community.
Kevin Switaj is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BZ Opportunity Management. An experienced proposal professional, he has led bids of diverse sizes and requirements for a wide range of Government clients. He has developed, implemented, and refined life cycle processes at firms, resulting in a minimum of a 50% improvement in win rate year-over-year. He is a former member of the APMP National Capital Area Board of Directors and served as a mentor in the chapter’s mentor-protege program for multiple years. He is a well-recognized thought leader in the field who speaks regularly at regional and international conferences. Kevin has won multiple awards for his writing on opportunity management and regularly blogs on the BZ Opportunity Management site. He is also involved in his community, volunteering for his community swim association and his son’s Cub Scout pack.
A former college professor, stand-up comic, and founder of two successful firms, one of the first-ever Fellows of the APMP, Dr. Tom Sant was named the world’s foremost authority on winning sales proposals by the American Management Association and one of the top ten sales trainers in the world by Selling Power Magazine.
Tom is the author of the best-selling Persuasive Business Proposals, and the highly acclaimed The Giants of Sales and The Language of Success.
As a consultant, Tom has written over $30 billion in winning proposals for clients in every industry sector. In addition, he invented the world’s first proposal automation tools, ProposalMaster, RFPMaster and PresentationBuilder, used by thousands of sales and proposal professionals worldwide as the Upland Qvidian system.
Larry authored the Shipley Proposal Guide, Capture Guide, and Business Development Lifecycle Guide. He is a Fellow of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, accredited at the APMP Professional Level. Larry has MS and BS Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa.
Randy Richter is Chairman and Price to Win Director at Richter & Company, Competitive analysis and market research firm focused on the Federal market. Previously, Randy was a Senior Consultant at CAI/SISCo, served as Vice President, Strategic Business Development for Integrated Communication Solutions, responsible for the capture and operation of long-term programs within the Federal government.
Alan Howard , a 40+ years proposal industry veteran is a Certified Professional of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP®). Alan joined APMP in 2009 and was appointed to the APMP UK Board in 2016 as the Certification and Apprenticeship development director where he was heavily involved with the mentoring programme and the conference training days.
In his 40+ years’ working on proposals, Alan has worked on 100’s of proposals, has trained and mentored 150+ proposal professionals
As Sr. Vice President of Consulting at Shipley Associates, David Bol has over 30 years as a Senior Proposal Manager helping client’s win over $220 billion dollars of revenue. He has co-authored three books for APMP that still influence winning business development practices today. Mr. Bol is APMP certified at the Professional level, is an APMP Fellow and co-founded the Rocky Mountain APMP Chapter. He earned the Visionary award guiding the APMP group through the 90’s. He has held every international APMP Board position including being CEO of the Board of Directors in 2009.
Nicholas Adams is an industry veteran with 30+ years IT and bid and proposal experience having recently worked for Teradata as Lead for EMEA proposal management and RFX process previously leading their UK & Ireland Opportunity Management function. Before Teradata, Nic also worked at Liberata, Atos/Siemens IT Solutions, Dell, HP and Fujitsu.
Nic has served on the APMP UK Chapter Board of Directors since 2007. Nick was also 2017 and 2018 UK Conference director. At an international level, Nic has served as APMP International chair, past chair and was also first ever Treasurer for the Association. Nic is APMP Practitioner certified and has a business management degree from university of south Africa. Nic also served in the board of AFSM International, Rotary, Lions International and various education institutes.
Dick Eassom, aka Wordman, a Certified Fellow of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP®), past APMP Chief Executive Officer, recipient of the APMP William C. McRae Founders' Award, past Chair of the APMP California Chapter and a proud member of the chapter’s Mentor program. Dick has presented at 15+ APMP Annual International Conferences on using Microsoft Word for proposal development.
Dick has authored over forty articles for “Wordman's Production Corner” in the APMP Perspective. In his 40+ years of experience, Dick has led or contributed to numerous proposals in the USA, UK, Canada, Germany and Australia. Dick has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds in England.
Over the last 30 years Margaret Helsabeck has focused on leading proposal management, learning and communications across large business winning organisations in UK and USA. Margaret was the second UK APMP CEO and became an APMP Fellow in 2009. Margaret officially retired in 2015 and now runs Mags Arts Space travelling, drawing and painting.
Tim Snell has 20+ years’ experience in helping companies create solutions to win business. He has worked in some of the most remote, austere and dangerous places in the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, Mali and Sudan in support of military, United Nations, NATO and commercial organisations. Tim is an executive & Personal Coach, Business Winning consultant and Trainer. Tim is APMP Deputy Chief examiner and a regular speaker and contributor to APMP.
Ali Paskun CF.APMP is the founder of AbiL Solutions LLC and RFPtrainer. Ali is a veteran in the world of Federal Government contracting having worked for a number of government contractors to develop and refine successful approaches to winning Federal Government contracts. She has spent 35 years developing win strategies with expertise throughout the entire phase of proposal development cycle, primarily for small and mid-sized companies. Ali has an impressive track record of collaborating with and managing capture teams to identify best possible solutions for proposals. She used to manage the Journal of the Association of Proposal Management and has lectured nationally. She is an APMP Fellow and has earned APMP certification.
Kristin (Baron) Dufrene, CPP APMP Fellow, has twenty-six years of experience in Federal sector business development, including capture management and proposal development. Kristin has been a member of APMP since 1995 and served as the 2017 Chair of the International Board of Directors. She has led many joint Industry-Federal initiatives, including the Procurement Improvement Committee (PIC), the Federal Procurement Community, and the Government-Industry Acquisition Task Force. Kristin is currently Strategic Capture Executive Director for CACI and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from LSU.
Colleen Jolly has 20 years' experience in visual communications, training, marketing (event management and sales (B2G, B2B, and B2C) across several industries and countries including deep expertise in the US, UK, and Australia. She is the youngest person to win the APMP Fellow Award in 2010; she won the APMP Insight Award in 2012 for her article on international business; was featured in Northern Virginia magazine's “Top 10 Entrepreneurs Under 30” in 2010; and was a finalist for the Stevie Awards Creative Professional of the Year, 2009. She just won the inaugural “40 Under 40” honor from APMP in 2017.
She is a former Southeast of England Women's Business Ambassador (2008-2010); docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2004-2014); board member at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (2007-2014); served as Secretary of APMP NCA chapter 2010-2012; and on the International Board of APMP 2012-2015 as Secretary, COO, the youngest CEO in the organization's history, and Past CEO.
Kirste Webb is APMP Fellow with 30+ years’ experience in all facets of business development and marketing services. Kirste is Senior Vice President Business Development at ARS Aleut Remediation. Kirste has twice been the volunteer Chair of APMP and was also instrumental in APMP’s certification program by pushing for an APMP Body of Knowledge (BoK). Kirste also serves as a counselor with the East Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center. She achieved APMP Certification – Foundation Level, and holds Bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Eric Gregory has 42 years experience in business development, capture and proposal operations.
Eric has been honoured with APMP’s highest service award, the William C. McCrae Memorial Award, he also received CACI’s top honor for service excellence, the Admiral Thomas H. Moorer Award.
Eric is APMP-certified proposal professional (APMP CPP) and an APMP Fellow, Twice ex. CEO of APMP
Tony Birch is Chairman of Shipley Limited. An industry veteran with 40+ years’ experience who has trained over 10,000 people, helped win over $30bn in new business. Elected a APMP Fellow in 2006, Tony served on the main board of the APMP for 4 years; during that time he oversaw the development and launch of the APMP's Certification Program. As one of the founders of APMP UK, Tony’s mission is to ensure that the role of a bid or proposal manager is recognised throughout the world as a profession – and not just a job.
Howard Nutt is Executive Director of the Business Development Institute International (BD-Institute). An industry veteran with 45 years experience.
Howard was one of APMP's 28 founding members, developed its original strategic plan, is the recipient of APMP Founders and Vision awards and continues as an APMP Fellow. He leads development of the Capability Maturity Model® for Business Development and was a former Senior VP of Consulting for Shipley Associates.
Sampada Abhyankar is an executive with solid experience in IT enterprise sales and business development having worked with customers across 5 major continents. During the past 22 years, he has established many firsts in the organizations in different roles. Her expertise spans in the areas of Project and Program Management, Cross-Functional Collaboration and Problem Solver, Value Added Sales Support, Customer and Partner Interactions.
As an individual, she is a change-promoter, idea generator, path-maker and cross-functional collaborator. She has sharp comprehension and analytical abilities, an eye for detail, quality conscious to ensure customer delight. She enjoys taking the road less travelled, influencing, challenging teams for efficiency, innovation and relevance. She aspires to be constructive irritant and make the team believe in SAP’s products and capabilities.
She is extremely proud of her following achievements below:
- Selected as Chair and Governing Board Member of APMP India (not-for-profit industry association of bid and proposal management professionals) for 2021-2022
- Certified Project Management Professional for 13 yrs and 2 months and Certified Practitioner of APMP since 2017
Len Miller joined Hinz Consulting in October 2016 and is a General Manager and Account Lead. He is responsible for supporting existing clients by providing the resources to support bid pursuits and provides value-add consulting via pipeline analyses, RFI/Sources Sought development/review, RFP analyses, bid/no-bid and bid team composition recommendations, and proposal reviews. He also pursues/wins new client accounts. He works special projects as assigned. He has over 38 years of experience in Federal/DOD and commercial business development, capture management, proposal management, product support, systems engineering, software engineering, software quality assurance, and program management. He has helped win over $37B since 1990 and has supported 17 $B+ proposals and multiple projects worth $100M+.
Prior to joining Hinz Consulting, Len joined Siemens Government Technologies (SGT) in September 2013, as the Director, Proposal Management. As SGT’s Director, Proposal Management, he built a proposal group and led these proposal professionals in planning, developing, producing, reviewing, and delivering Federal/DOD proposals either led by SGT or SGT-supporting other Siemens business units in winning Federal business. He was also a Senior Proposal Manager and selectively managed key/critical SGT-led proposals.
Prior to working for SGT, Len worked at CACI International, Inc., for 11 years where he served in the roles of Vice-President, Intelligence and Classified Proposals Group and later, Vice-President, Proposal Strategy and Operations Group where he led a group of 82 proposal professionals. He oversaw proposal operations ensuring that all CACI proposals were submitted on time, within budget and with the highest level of quality and competitiveness. He provided guidance on win strategies and solutions. He also conducted and participated in various Capture and Proposal reviews. He oversaw proposal infrastructure and facilities, proposal production operations, proposal knowledge management and writing, and proposal coordination. He also taught CACI's capture and proposal writing courses. He also participated as a senior executive sponsor for CACI's BD Fellows program.
Prior to CACI, Len was the Proposal Operations Manager at Ernst & Young Technologies; BD director at Bit by Bit; New Business Representative/Proposal Manager at SIMTEC, Inc., Software Quality Assurance Manager/Capture Manager, and Project Manager at DynCorp I&ET; and held senior operations, business development and technical positions at Delex Systems supporting the development and delivery of training systems/support to the U.S. Military, foreign military sales countries, and prime DOD contractors. He is a former member of the U.S. Air Force.
Len holds a BS degree in Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. He is a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and is APMP Foundation level certified in proposal management. He has developed numerous articles and procedures on proposal and capture operations; has spoken at events on the topics of proposals, captures, BD, software quality assurance, and career planning; and has provided formal training to students about proposal development/writing and capture planning/execution.
Candace Jenkins has more than 20 years of leadership experience in personnel management, team development, documentation management, and proposal production. She is APMP certified at the Practitioner level. She has successfully built and managed proposal and documentation teams at Northrop Grumman and Hewlett-Packard, helping to improve deliverable quality and acceptance and productivity in those organizations. She has successfully trained teams in skills from proposal management and coordination to editing to production, and she has created detailed process documentation as guides for the team and other internal groups. Candace is well-versed in managing both in-person and remote teams, successfully scheduling and planning resources in various locations and time zones. As an APMP-certified proposal manager, she has led multiple pursuit teams simultaneously, with a win rate of more than 85% and totaling more than $1.5B in TCV in 2020 alone, completing all opportunities within budget and on the original schedule. Candace works closely with executive leadership to support and drive strategic thinking and implements change across her organization to support current industry best practices to better support the sales organization. She has led and supported several global initiatives, including streamlining and developing processes and providing training. With a B.A. and graduate course work in English, Candace has excellent oral and written communication skills and is an effective leader and motivator. Candace has been an active APMP member for several years and has served on the NCA Chapter Board of Directors in multiple roles.
Erin Green has 15 years’ experience in international government procurement, marketing, and management across several industries and countries including deep expertise in the US, UK, Singapore, and Japan. She was an inaugural winner of the APMP-NCA Scholarship for rising stars, served on the APMP-NCA chapter board in both the professional development and events committees, and won article of the year in 2017 for “Changing Scope of View”. She also won the “40 Under 40” honor from APMP in 2019. She has served as a mentor twice in the APMP-NCA chapter Mentor-Protegee program, and was part of the inaugural class of Protegees. She is currently the Vice President of Global Proposals at Maximus.
Outside of Proposals, she is active in philanthropic work, doing service projects, food drives, and actively participating in the Maximus Foundation events. She's a continuous learner, always taking classes at colleges, seminars, trainings, and lectures and is involved as a cultural exchanger by going to and organizing cultural events around Northern Virginia. She links her love for travel with this passion and is an avid brewery and winery visitor. Erin is a cat lover and owns an orange cat named ginger and is a huge fan of classical music and traditional folk music and try to see it live whenever possible.