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John Coe



John Coe is an innovative, entrepreneurial business leader, and management and technology consultant with more than 23 years of experience in the federal market, including extensive business operations, program management, marketing and business development, and staff leadership experience. John also has demonstrated experience managing senior client relationships; running large, complex programs; managing and motivating diverse teams; and building new business. John served as a leader of Booz Allen Hamilton’s government-wide contracts program for over 15 years, managing contracts, developing collaborative relationships with acquisition organizations, and leveraging a portfolio of contracts to develop new business. John holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Dr. Blanton is a retired Navy Captain with more than 44 years of experience in leadership and management positions. For more than 19 years, he was a senior manager at Cabrillo Technologies (~60 employees), a business unit of McKean Defense Group, and AMSEC LLC, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries. He has performed a variety of functions including business development; strategic planning; proposal management, writing, and reviews; financial management; and personnel training. For 15 years, he provided consulting services to the Navy’s Carrier Team One initiative on organizational change management, process improvement, and knowledge management. In his last two Navy tours, Dr. Blanton served as the Production Resources Officer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and then as the Carrier Maintenance Officer on the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet. Dr. Blanton teaches business classes at Point Loma Nazarene University as an adjunct instructor and has published several papers on ship maintenance improvement initiatives. He is the founder of Gerald Blanton Proprietorship, a consulting firm for defense contractors in strategic planning and business development.

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Jeff Everage



Jeff Everage’s focus is expanding Trident’s client base and helping companies identify exactly which proposal services could help them rapidly expand their business. After a 15-year military career as a Navy SEAL Officer, Jeff went on to become a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he leveraged his technical expertise in lifecycle IS, CISSP, and SOX design and compliance to provide strategic support for their information security efforts. After two decades working in the federal market, Jeff identified a need for better procurement processes and went on to build a successful proposal management company from the ground-up. Since 2008, he has worked on 60 proposals and has generated over $5 billion in contract value for his clients. Jeff also has extensive experience in professional training and coaching, including a successful career as a SEAL Team Training Officer and teaching several long-term RFP presentation courses. He is also certified as a technical trainer.

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Tom Wing is a retired Navy Surface Warfare Officer with more than thirty-eight years’ experience in leadership and management positions. Following seventeen years of active duty, he joined the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, formerly SPAWAR Systems Center, where he spent 6 years as a project manager and 12 more as a branch head, overseeing projects that supported joint operational forces with near real time intelligence. During his career, he participated in five source selection boards, including three as the chair, for contracts totaling over $1.2 billion. Prior to entering civil service, Tom served ten years of sea duty in three ships, as an instructor, and on Destroyer Squadron 23 staff. As a fifteen-year reservist, he performed extended active duty on Third, Fourth, and Fifth Fleet, and CENTCOM staffs, and as the Deputy Future Operations Officer on Joint Task Force ODYSSEY GUARD. In his diverse career, he has also led a 501(C)3 sail training organization for at-risk youth, and commanded the group’s square-rigged tall ship. Tom has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Naval Academy and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College. Tom applies his experience writing and reviewing proposals to guide clients to put their best foot forward in response to Requests for Proposals and Information.

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Chris Pierce is an accomplished Senior Executive, Consultant, and Advisor with +30 years of success across the military, civil, intelligence, commercial and international markets focused on management and technology consulting.  His broad areas of expertise include cybersecurity, network security, technology, global business, business development and proposal success, process improvement, change management, and strategic planning. Chris holds a key leadership position as the Principal Consultant and Advisor for his own consulting practice where he speaks to strategic cyber needs down to technical levels in various cyber disciplines. While at Booz Allen, Chris served in multiple roles across Defense, Civil, Intelligence, and Commercial clients for +23 years.  His last two roles at Booz Allen were leading the entire international business for the Firm, and then developing the strategy for the entirety of the Intelligence business.  Chris stood up the Cyber Security Functional Community across the Firm, leading the initial kick-off, identifying leadership and evangelists, aligning and defining initial roles, and instituting initial affiliation workstreams. Chris was also known for his competitive acumen in shaping, developing and then delivering on proposals (across government and commercial), in both the written format as well as oral presentations.  Prior to his roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, Chris was a Naval Flight Officer flying C-130 “Hercules" as a Lieutenant in the US Navy.  Chris holds a M.S. in Business Organization and Systems Management from the University of LaVerne as well as a B.S. in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy. He has received his CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional, MCSE (MS Cert Systems Engineering), MCT: MSFT (Certified Trainer), RHCT (Red Hat Cert Technician), and the Cisco Certified Network Analyst (CCNA) certifications.

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Mr. Smith is a retired US Navy Captain with 30 years of service as a Surface Warfare Officer. His Navy experience includes Command At-sea and Ashore and major staff and shore assignments. Following his naval career, Mr. Smith worked within the Defense Industry while advising clients on myriad Fleet operational, technical, and training issues. As a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton for over 16 years, he developed significant proposal development and capture manager expertise. 
Mr. Smith graduated from the United States Naval Academy and attained a Master’s in Physical Oceanography from the Navy Postgraduate School.

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Mike s a retired Naval Surface Warfare Limited Duty Officer (LDO) with Aegis, Amphibious, Undersea, and Battle Group staff experience. After retirement from the U.S. Navy, he had a successful 22-year career in the Defense Industry in program management, market strategy, and all phases of the Business Development Lifecycle specializing in capturing new ‘white space’ business. He is an accomplished senior level business development executive who has spent years focusing on growing market share and winning new work. As a Senior Capture and Proposal Manager, he has a history of successfully developing market leads, shaping procurements, writing winning proposals, and leading teams to deliver professional, engineering, and technical services. Mike has a M.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Business Administration from National University. 


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Andy is an accomplished executive with 30+ years of international experience competing in the International, Aerospace / Defense markets and leading businesses abroad. He has bid and delivered on major U.S. Government projects supporting a broad client base, including Departments of Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, National Communications System, Joint Combatant Commands, U.S. Marines, U.S. Army, and Singapore financial institutions. Andy has direct experience competing for large task orders greater than $1B, and the pursuit and capture of multi-billion-dollar IDIQ contracts. His functional expertise includes strategy, portfolio management, business turnaround, technical and cyber solution delivery, competitive pricing, and business development. Andy has a M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California – Los Angeles, a MB.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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