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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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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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Tom Wing



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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Ellen Williamson is a retired Contracting Officer, Division Head, and acquisition expert with over 30 years of DoD Service. While with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (now NAVWAR), Ellen led noteworthy acquisitions including the(then) $9.3B Navy/Marine Corp Intranet (NMCI), Major Services Acquisition (MSA), Program Management Team Omnibus (PMTO), and a multitude of C4ISR acquisitions. As a consultant for the past 10 years, she has provided pre-procurement analysis and support to companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Trident, liaison efforts between large and small corporations to expand business opportunities, pre-award acquisition advice in the development of proposals and post-award guidance during program execution. Ms. Williamson has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix (UOP). She was also a Professor at UOP for more than 15 years in the fields of leadership, communication, ethics, and management. Ellen brings her procurement expertise, leadership, and training background to Trident’s team.

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