24th Annual Government Contracting Conference

navigating change: a path to success
 Chesapeake Conference Center
 October 24, 2019

In this ever-changing environment, the path towards growth and success is not always clear. Attend DHG’s 24th Annual Government Contracting Conference to help position your business for success. We will provide the most up-to-date information, materials, industry insights and experience to help you stay ahead of the competition. Please check back for more updates.

Up to 6 hours CPE (pending approval)


Agenda is subject to change.

8:15 9:00
Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 9:05
9:30 10:30
Cost and Pricing: What is New and what is Coming? The panel will discuss relevant cost and pricing related rules, regulations and cases from the past year.
  • Ryan Connell, DCMA
  • Lynne Fandetti, DCMA
  • Bill Walter, DHG
10:30 10:40
10:40 11:30
M&A Value Capture: The Real Keys to Successbreakout A The panel will discuss the keys to success in preparing for a transaction and realizing price/multiple potential.
  • Gary McDonald, DHG
  • Additional panelists to be announced soon
10:40 11:30
SBA Update: Maintaining Compliance and Maximizing Valuebreakout B Growing your small business and maintaining compliance with SBA regulations (affiliation, mentor protégé / JV option).
  • Shane Fernandez, Williams Mullen
  • Brittney Gregerson, DHG
  • Bob Korroch, Williams Mullen
  • Additional panelists to be announced soon
11:30 12:15
2:00 2:10
3:05 4:00
Defective Pricing: DCAA Increased Efforts What to expect in the coming year with DCAA stepping up reviews.
  • Terry Murphy, Kaufman & Canoles
  • Bill Walter, DHG
4:00 5:00
Networking Reception


Chesapeake Conference Center

700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Click here for map & directions


This program is intended for government contractors only.

For groups of four or more, please contact us for a group discount.


breakfast sponsor
ADP logo
lunch sponsor
MARSH logo
reception sponsor
J.P. Morgan logo
Govtech logo
Payroll Network logo
Unanet logo
conference sponsors
Atlantic Union Bank logo
Williams Mullen logo
marketing sponsor
Tidewater Association of Service Contractors logo

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact govconconference@dhg.com.


More speakers to be announced soon.

Scott currently heads the Government Contracting practice for the firm, in addition to being the lead for Assurance Services and the Private Equity Services for the Metro DC 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.

Shayn Fernandez is an attorney at Williams Mullen, who counsels public and private companies in general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, entity formation, corporate governance, and other commercial transactions. Read more.

Brittney started her career with DHG as an assurance associate in 2013. During this time, she has gained experience in a variety of industries, including government contracting, nonprofit organizations, manufacturing and service industries. Brittney has experience providing and reviewing assurance services for a diverse group of clients. She is involved in all facets of the assurance engagement including initial planning, staff scheduling and supervision, engagement review and completion. She is a member of the firm’s Government Contracting group and has been involved with events put on by the group, including moderating discussion panels at the annual Government Contracting Update. Read more.

Speakers Photo Klett, Mark
President & CEO, Klett Consulting Group

A gifted and recognized entrepreneur, Mr. Klett leads by example managing the most complicated start-up programs for government, industry and non-profits. His expertise extends from multi-billion dollar DoD programs like Joint Experimentation as their first Program Manager, to writing strategic plans for the implementation of new concepts, capabilities and associated manpower requirements to implementing a new national organization to help disabled veterans start businesses. 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.

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 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 eleven 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 focuses in Research & Development tax credits, as well as domestic production activities deduction, transaction cost analysis and other fixed assets 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.

Rachel works closely with a variety of clients overseeing tax preparation and planning. Her specific areas of focus are with the manufacturing, distribution and retail industries, technology services companies, research and development tax credits and individuals with high net worth. Read more.

Rob has more than 17 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.

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 Tollerton, Tom
Managing Director, IT Advisory

Tom has more than 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry and manages the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy compliance services. Tom focuses in cyber risk management, data privacy compliance, SOC reporting and PCI compliance assessments. His experience includes performance of cybersecurity risk assessments and data privacy assessment and consulting projects, and various compliance audits. His clients include organizations of all sizes in the fintech, dealership, communications, insurance and software industries, including Fortune 500 corporations. Read more.

Speakers Photo Tress, Brad
Manager, Government Contracting

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 Contracting Advisory practice, has more than 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.

CPE Information

Recommended CPE Credit and Field of Study: Earn up to 6 hours of CPE credit (pending approval).

Delivery Format: Group Live

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

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

Course Level: Beginning and Intermediate

Learning Objectives: Topics Pending.


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 18th, 2019. If you have any questions regarding administrative policies such as registration or cancellation, please contact us at govconconference@dhg.com or 703.970.0478.


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

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