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)


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
JAMIS logo
Payroll Network logo
PVBS (an XTIVIA Company) logo
Unanet logo
conference sponsors
Atlantic Union Bank logo
TeamingPro logo
Williams Mullen logo
marketing sponsor
Tidewater Association of Service Contractors logo

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


Speakers Photo Brezler, Scott
Partner-in-Charge, DHG Government Contracting

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.

Speakers Photo Burns, Brian
Partner, DHG Forensics & Valuation

Brian Burns leads the DHG Forensics and Valuation practices in Virginia and serves clients across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. He practices in the areas of valuation and forensic accounting, including financial investigations and litigation support and consulting services. He has been designated as an expert witness and qualified to testify by report, deposition and/or trial testimony in various venues in commercial and domestic matters. 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 Clark, Ruth Ann
Executive Director and Market Executive, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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 Fandetti, Lynne
Director, South Pricing Team, DCMA Commercial Item Group

Speakers Photo Fernandez, Shayn
Associate, Williams Mullen

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.

Speakers Photo Gallo, Jonathan
Member, Vandeventer Black, LLP

Speakers Photo Gregerson, Brittney
Manager, DHG Government Contracting

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 Gregorio, Tracy
President, G2 Ops, Inc.

Speakers Photo Humphries, Joe
Market Executive, Atlantic Union Bank

Speakers Photo Klett, Michael
Vice President & Director of Business Development, Klett Consulting Group, Inc.

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 Mardesich, Mike
Senior Manager, DHG Government Contract Advisory

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, LLC

Speakers Photo Mazzeo, Anthony
Partner, 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.

Speakers Photo McCabe, Matt
Senior Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Speakers Photo McDonald, Gary
Director, DHG Government Contract Advisory

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.

Speakers Photo McKnight, Liz
Senior Manager, DHG Tax

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 Melo, Mike
President/CEO, ITA International LLC

Speakers Photo Metz, Steve
Regional Audit Manager, DCAA

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.

Speakers Photo Oden, Robert
Partner, DHG Government Contracting

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.

Speakers Photo Peters, Kelly
Director, Contracts and Government Compliance, Huntington Ingalls Industry

Speakers Photo Ridgeway, Tina
Chief Financial Officer, Atlantic CommTech Corporation

Speakers Photo Rosensaft, Jodi
Senior Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Speakers Photo Semple, Laura
Assistant General Counsel, AECOM Management Services

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 Storey, Doña
President/CEO, GovTips.biz

Doña Storey is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and former media commentator. As a small business advocate she developed GOVtips a website full of resource material and articles on how to build a business. She was successful in the commercial sector for over twelve years before expanding into the federal marketplace with her company Quality Technical Services (QTS) , an award winning company serving federal customers and publicly traded fortune 100 firms in a worldwide marketplace. In her retirement she is the Strategic Growth Partner in a venture, MechaniCalc, a web based mechanical engineering calculator currently being used in the aerospace and shipbuilding industries. Read more.

Speakers Photo Tollerton, Tom
Managing Director, DHG 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, DHG 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.

Speakers Photo Walter, Bill
Managing Director, DHG Government Contract Advisory

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.

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/.