Hampton Roads, VA

23rd Annual Government Contracting Conference
Commanding Success: Taking Charge of Change

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

As a government contractor, you cannot afford to be reactive. Attend DHG's Annual Government Contracting Conference in Hampton Roads and stay ahead of the competition. We will provide the most up-to-date information, materials, industry insights and experience to help you position yourself for success in this ever-changing environment.

Our Government Contracting Conference focuses on ways to improve profits, enhance indirect cost strategies, ensure compliance with rules and regulations, increase cost recovery and minimize tax consequences. This one-day event consists of specialized panels and breakout sessions led by industry leaders who face and address contracting issues and challenges on a daily basis.

This year we are incorporating breakout sessions into focused tracks for issues tied to Accounting (revenue recognition, tax reform, lease accounting) and Compliance (DCAA initiatives and hot buttons, CAS Readiness, cyber) topics.

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23rd Annual Government Contracting Conference
Commanding Success: Taking Charge of Change

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

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Speakers Photo Ambrose, Aaron
Attorney, Reaves Coley, PLLC

Aaron Ambrose is an expert in Mergers, Acquisitions, & Corporate Transactions and he regularly helps government contractors through business transactions that must take into account small business and other government contracts regulations.

In addition to his Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) legal practice, Aaron regularly provides training and education to government contractors – both potential buyers and sellers – who are considering a corporate transaction or ownership change. Aaron has particular expertise in assisting clients with ownership changes and M&A support in the SBA’s various set-aside programs and set-aside programs including the 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB - SBA & CVE), HUBZone and Women-Owned Small business (WOSB and EDWOSB) programs. Read more.

Speakers Photo Barclay, Jacob
Senior Consultant

Jacob is an experienced accounting professional, servicing companies in the government contracting arena ranging from start-ups to billion dollar corporations. As a consultant, he assists clients in navigating the rigorous compliance rules, regulations, and standards prescribed to government contractors. Jacob has successfully assisted clients in the following techniques: Lead a team to provide indirect rate and pricing analysis for one the largest government contractors in the Hampton Roads region, developed indirect cost structure and forward pricing analysis for a $300M international manufacturing corporation, provided proposal pricing support on $650M contract which required a 21 day turnaround; successfully won by the contractor.

Areas of focus include assisting clients within the following: CAS & Disclosure Statements, Proposal Pricing Support, Defense Contract Audit Agency audit support/defense, Indirect Cost Structures, Forward Pricing Rates, Contractor Business Systems. Read more.

Speakers Photo Beckner, Lyle
Vice President, USI Insurance Services

USI is a leading local and national insurance brokerage and consulting firm delivering customized property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk, and retirement solutions throughout the United States.

My team analyzes client business issues and challenges leveraging USI ONE™, a proprietary platform integrating analytics, networked resources and strategic planning to deliver highly customized solutions with economic impact. Read more.

Scott currently heads the Government Contracting Services practice for Metro DC as well as the Assurance Services lead and the Private Equity Services lead for the market. Scott has practiced as a certified public accountant since 1991. He has obtained a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from the George Washington University. Read more.

Josh has more than five years of experience in public accounting and has spent the past two years with DHG. Prior to joining DHG’s assurance team, he worked with a small public accounting firm in Norfolk, Virginia, where he worked in a variety of industries and assisted in assurance services and tax preparation. Since joining DHG, Josh has made Government Contracting a central focus in his career. He has developed internal knowledge share articles and presentations to the local Government Contracting group, as well as, the Mid-Atlantic Government Contracting group. Josh’s client service experience ranges from providing various levels of assurance and consulting services to government contractors which includes compliance analysis for an 8(a) small business to financial statement audits. Josh has also performed numerous review engagements for government contractors for new clients. Read more.

Speakers Photo Chvotkin, Alan
Executive Vice President & Counsel, Professional Services Council

Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry, where he is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. Prior to joining PSC, he was a vice president of AT&T Government Services where he was responsible for managing key AT&T programs and opportunities. From 1986 to 1995, he was corporate director of government relations and senior counsel at Sundstrand Corporation. Chvotkin also has 13 years experience as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill, serving first as a staff member on the Senate Budget Committee and, later, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He became counsel and staff director to the Senate Small Business Committee and then counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Chvotkin is a member of the American, Supreme Court and District of Columbia Bar Associations and a fellow of the National Contract Management Association, where he serves on its national board of advisors. He is also a founding member and continuing leader of the federal contracting industry’s Acquisition Reform Working Group, which was established in 1993. He also co-chairs the operating committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association. For his service to the contracting community, he twice received the prestigious Fed 100 Award. He has a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in political science, both from American University. Read more.

Speakers Photo Desrosiers, Scott
HRO Sales Executive, ADP

Highly successful business to business sales representative/sales manager with a proven track record. Develops great relationships with colleagues and clients to maximize production and achieve desired goals. Read more.

Speakers Photo Fernandez, Shayn
Associate, Williams Mullen

Shayn Fernandez counsels public and private companies in general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, entity formation, corporate governance and other commercial transactions. More specifically, he assists government contracts comply with the unique various laws and regulations governing corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Read more.

Brittney started her career with DHG as an assurance associate in 2013. Prior to joining full-time, Brittney completed a summer internship with DHG. During this time, she has gained audit experience in a variety of industries, including government contracting, nonprofit organizations, governmental, manufacturing and service industries. Brittney has experience performing audits, reviews and compilation engagements for a diverse group of clients. Read more.

Michael has extensive tax planning and compliance experience and has worked with companies of all sizes in the real estate, construction, manufacturing and distribution industries with a focus on partnership taxation.While with Dixon Hughes Goodman, Michael has focused on tax planning and compliance for the real estate and construction industries. He has extensive experience working with multi-family housing, real estate developments and low-income and rehabilitation tax credit projects. Read more.

Julie started her career with DHG as an assurance associate in 2017. Prior to joining full-time, Julie completed internships in the government sector and in higher education and studied auditor judgment and decision making at the University of South Carolina. During her time with the firm, Julie has gained audit experience in a variety of industries, including government contracting, not-for-profit organizations and manufacturing and distribution service industries. She is a member of the firm’s Government Contracting practice and has been active in publishing articles, presenting at firm-wide industry meetings and moderating discussion panels at the annual Government Contracting Conference. Read more.

Speakers Photo Humphries, Joe
Market Executive, Union Bank and Trust

Joe heads Specialized Lending for Union Bank and Trust, a subsidiary of Union Bancshares Corporation. He leads a team of commercial bankers focused primarily on Government Contracting, Technology, and other emerging and high growth companies. This group of bankers brings considerable expertise with experience in each industry with a mission to provide a consistent and reliable source of capital thru all phases of the business cycle.

Located in Northern Virginia, he is an accomplished finance professional with over thirty years of experience building and rebuilding business units. He and his team provide working capital and growth capital and also are very active in recapitalizations and in Merger and Acquisition transactions.

He serves as Treasurer, and is on the Board of Directors of the Business Finance Group, a multistate Certified Local Development Company. He is involved with a number of local charitable organizations, and is also a course rater for GolfWeek Magazine. Read more.

Speakers Photo Jones, Thomas
Director of Accounting and Assistant Controller, Newport News Shipbuilding, A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Thomas Jones is the Director of Accounting and Assistant Controller of Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). In this position, Thomas is responsible for the areas of general accounting, financial reporting, financial planning, treasury, internal controls, risk management, and government financial relations. Thomas joined HII in 2013 as the Corporate Manager, Financial Reporting, and has acted in the role of Corporate Assistant Controller prior to transferring to NNS in his current role.

Prior to joining HII, Thomas was the Manager of Financial Reporting for Norfolk Southern Corporation in Norfolk, VA and, previously, an audit manager for Deloitte. During his time with Deloitte, he participated in and managed audits of a number of companies, including Fortune 500 corporations, with a focus in government contracting. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in accounting and information systems from Virginia Tech and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia. Read more.

Perry currently serves as a partner in the in the Metro DC Assurance practice, specifically focusing on Government Contracting services. Perry has practiced as a certified public accountant since 2007. During that time he focused on serving emerging, mid-sized,and large government contracting and technology companies. Read more.

Speakers Photo Korroch, Bob
Partner, Williams Mullen

As co-chair of Williams Mullen's Government Contracts and Unmanned Systems practice areas, Bob Korroch helps businesses win contracts with the federal government and helps those businesses perform those contracts profitably by drawing on his nearly 20 years of experience in all phases of the government acquisition process. Read more.

Speakers Photo Koster, Kim
Director of Product Marketing, Unanet

Kim is an experienced executive who brings over 30 years of experience in project management, project accounting, EVMS, government contract and accounting compliance, and communications. Read more.

As a Senior Manager in the Government Contracting Advisory Group, Mr. Mardesich uses his management consulting and federal government contract consulting experience including knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) guidance, to assist small businesses, government sponsored enterprises (GSE), Fortune 100 companies, and top 100 government contractors. He is a speaker and author on current government contracting issues. He is the host of DHG’s Fundamentals of Government Contracting webinar series. Read more.

Speakers Photo Martin, Mitchell
Senior Managing Director, The McLean Group

Mitchell Martin joined the McLean Group in 2010 and is co-head of both the firm’s M&A Practice as well as its Aerospace, Defense and Government (“ADG”) practice. Selected transactions include the sale of Clearsoft to BRMI, the leveraged ESOP of Linxx Global Solutions through Mosaic Capital, the divestiture of RedBlack Communications from Ultralife, the leveraged recap of VETS, Inc, SMSi’s sale to Boeing, Signature Government Solutions’ sale to Sotera, and many others. Mr. Martin is regularly quoted as an industry expert in the Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Defense News, Washington Technology and other industry publications. Prior to joining the McLean Group, Mr. Martin held financial advisory positions with leading investment banks focused on M&A for defense and government service companies. Previously, he was an Army Captain and commanded an Infantry Company in the Middle East. Mr. Martin is Airborne and Ranger qualified, and currently holds a Top Secret Security Clearance. Mr. Martin is an Honors Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Read more.

Speakers Photo Mazzeo, Anthony
Attorney, Vandeventer Black, LLP

Tony concentrates his law practice primarily in government contracts, ship repair, international, regulatory compliance, construction, and maritime law. He is licensed in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Florida. He joined Vandeventer Black in 2012 following a U.S. Navy career.

Tony was commissioned as a naval officer upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He served as a surface warfare officer then a Navy JAG attorney for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. As a Navy Judge Advocate, Tony had significant litigation experience, managed the Department of the Navy’s admiralty and maritime litigation practice and claims, and held a number of staff judge advocate positions ashore, at sea, and overseas, functioning as a “legal problem solver” for Navy executives at every level from ship/squadron commanding officer to 4-star Fleet Commander. Read more.

Gary McDonald has more than 30 years of experience working in the government contracting, aerospace and defense (A&D) and professional services industries. Prior to joining DHG, he provided advisory services to clients at two of the Big Four accounting firms for more than 20 years. Gary’s experience includes managing the government contract compliance operations for a large services firm, including proposal development and pricing, contract management, finance and contract compliance and risk management. Read more.

Liz is a senior manager with more than ten years of experience performing a variety of tax consulting and compliance services to large public and private companies. She has worked with clients in numerous industries, including heavy equipment manufacturing, software development, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, food products and professional services. She specializes in Research & Development tax credits, as well as domestic production activities deduction, transaction cost analysis and other fixed asset services. Read more.

Speakers Photo Murphy, Terry
Member, Kaufman & Canoles

Terry is Chairman of the firm's Government Contracts and Construction Practice Group and a member of the firm's Litigation Section. His practice includes contracts counseling and dispute resolution before state and federal courts, Boards of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office and in arbitration and mediation. He has been regularly recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine who recognized him in a profile in December 2011 as the top construction lawyer in Virginia. Read more.

Rob has more than 15 years of experience in the field of public accounting (all with DHG), concentrating his efforts in the construction, government contracting, and manufacturing and distribution industries. During that time, he has managed the assurance and tax preparation services for a number of clients in the Hampton Roads area, including several large internationally owned manufacturing and distribution companies, and construction and government contractors.This wide range of audit and tax experience across many industries and accounting services has allowed Rob to develop the skills required to provide his clients with industry knowledge, timely tax advice, and the high level of knowledge and experience they should expect from their CPA. Read more.

Speakers Photo O'Donnell, Pat
Member, Kaufman & Canoles

Pat has more than 25 years of experience advising clients in civil litigation and white collar criminal defense matters. Additionally, he specializes in government contacts and construction law and U.S. export and import control laws (ITAR and EAR). Pat is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Government Contracts and Construction, and International Practice Groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Defense and Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Teams. Read more.

Speakers Photo Reaves, Brad
Attorney, Reaves Coley, PLLC

Brad Reaves helps government contractors make sense of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Small Business Regulations, and other statutory and regulatory minefields. Brad has particular expertise and experience with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Mentor Protégé Programs (both the “All Small” and 8(a) Mentor Protégé Programs), and set-aside programs including the 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB - SBA & CVE), HUBZone, and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB and EDWOSB) programs. Read more.

Speakers Photo Semple, Laura
Associate, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

Ms. Semple represents clients in the government contracts and construction practice areas. She has extensive experience counseling government contractors on cost and pricing issues and resolving claims relating to disallowed costs, CAS noncompliances, and accounting change cost impacts. Ms. Semple counsels government contractors on compliance with mandatory disclosure obligations, incurred cost submissions, and other government reporting requirements. Read more.

Pat has extensive tax planning and compliance experience working with companies of all sizes in the hospitality, real estate, construction, government contracting and manufacturing and distribution industries with a focus on federal and state specialty taxation. In addition to his public accounting experience, he has served as the chief financial officer for a national organization and in other key financial and managerial roles in the private sector.While with Dixon Hughes Goodman, Pat has additionally focused on assisting clients in developing and implementing business and tax strategies relating to capital formation and expansion of business parameters driving desired results for owners. Read more.

Speakers Photo Sterling, Michael
Managing Partner, Vandeventer Black, LLP

Mike serves as the Managing Partner of the law firm and is located in the Firm’s Norfolk office. He has also served on the Executive Board and Chaired the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Department, Practice Management Committee, and Dispute Resolution Services.

Mike’s practice is concentrated on complex projects and disputes for international, national and local clients with particular focus on compliance and other regulatory issues. Read more.

Brad has more than seven years of experience performing auditing, accounting and consulting services for clients ranging from small businesses to top ten government contractors. He has an extensive background in the application and interpretation of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and other rules, regulations and standards applicable to government contractors. Read more.

Bill Walter, Director in DHG’s Government Contract Advisory practice, has over three decades of experience in the government contracting industry. Prior to joining the firm, Bill was an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency and held executive-level positions with one of the largest service providers to the Department of Defense.Bill’s extensive background in the application and interpretation of rules, regulations, and standards applicable to government contractors includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), individual agency supplements, and the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Read more.

Speakers Photo Wishon, Eric
Director, Contracts and Pricing, Newport News Shipbuilding, A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Eric Wishon is a director of Contracts and Pricing in the Newport News Shipbuilding Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Virginia. He has worked in positions of progressive responsibility in government contract administration and cost estimating functions in the shipbuilding, ship repair, and heavy industrial manufacturing industry for over 30 years. His current responsibilities include estimating and pricing, cost estimating business system compliance, contract price proposal development, and contract negotiations support.

In conjunction with enactment of expanded DFARS Business System requirements he led development of comprehensive Contractor Cost Estimating Business System documentation for business system documentation and disclosures. Read more.

Half Moone Cruise Center

Half Moone Cruise Center (next to Nauticus)
One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510


Driving directions to the venue can be found here.

The Conference will be held in the Half Moone Cruise Center, the building to the left of Nauticus at the end of Main Street, just past the traffic light at Brambleton Avenue. You will need to park across the street in one of the city garages. As you approach the property on foot, keep to the left of the traffic circle and look for the two story flight of stairs to the left and elevators to the right leading up to the venue at the end of the traffic circle. Signs directing you to the second floor will be posted. Proceed down the second floor breezeway to enter the building.


Public parking is available in the City of Norfolk garages across the street from the venue. The closest garages are the Town Point garage at 110 W. Main Street and the West Plume Street garage at 135 West Plume Street, both about one block from the venue. Hourly and daily rates apply and cash and cards are accepted. Rates and directions can be found here.

CPE Credit: Earn up to 8 hours of CPE credit (pending approval).

Delivery Format: Group Live

Prerequisites/Advanced Preparation: Basic knowledge of accounting and tax concepts.

Course Level: Beginning and Intermediate

Participants: Executive team members, managers and directors impacted by government contracting issues in the compliance, accounting, procurement, contract administration and program management roles

Learning Objectives: Educate participants on ways to improve profits, enhance indirect cost strategies, ensure compliance with rules and regulations, increase cost recovery and minimize tax consequences.


Registration can be transferred to someone else in your company if your schedule changes and find you cannot attend. Refunds will not be issued for the event after October 18, 2018. If you have any questions regarding administrative policies such as registration or cancellation, please contact Brooke Lord at brooke.lord@dhg.com, 304.414.2675.

Please direct any CPE related questions to DHGU@dhg.com.

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through the web site: www.nasbaregistry.org/.

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