Vicky Strycharske

Former US Army and USSOCOM Contracting Officer

Vicky has nearly 20 years of Contracting Officer experience for the Department of Defense (DOD). Since leaving the DOD, she has worked as a proposal manager/writer in the federal, state, and local government market. She has developed winning proposals worth billions in government contracts in her career.

Former Contracting Officer, Technical Industrial Liaison Officer, and Procurement Analyst for DoD. Agency experience in Government contracting positions: US Army and Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Experience in successful federal agency proposals: DoD (including US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command; VA, NASA, GSA, DLA, BLM, DOT, DHS, FEMA, DOJ, EPA, IRS, FAA, DOS, USAID, United Nations, and many more.

Paul Schauer

Former USAF Contracting Officer

Paul Schauer is the co-founder and co-host of the Contracting Officer Podcast. The Contracting Officer Podcast was created to help both government and industry acquisition professionals understand how the other side thinks and operates by providing context on the similarities and differences between the roles.

Paul’s 25 years of federal acquisition experience include service as a civilian contracting officer supporting the United States Air Force (USAF), director of contracts and business operations for a small-to-mid size defense contractor, and vice president for a major defense contractor in both contracts and operations (P&L responsible) roles.

He is well versed in all facets of the government acquisition process from both a government and contractor perspective; including acquisition strategy, source selection, bid strategy, proposal pricing, acquisition policy, negotiation, and cradle-to-grave management of complex contracts.

Steve Lucianetti

Former DoD and US Navy Contracting Officer

Steve worked for DoD for 32 years as a contracting officer. Steve started out buying the nuts and bolts for DoD systems and at the end of his career was buying the whole system. He retired in 2014 after serving as the Procuring Contracting Officer at Naval Air System Command for major weapon systems procured by Naval aviation for 7 years.

His brings experience in R&D, service, performance-based logistics, and hardware acquisitions.

Angela Jacobs

Former US Army Contracting Officer
Angela Jacobs worked for the Department of the Army for 34 years of which 31 years were spend in the Acquisition Career Field. During her tenure in the Acquisition Career Field she served as a Purchasing Agent, Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer, Division Chief of numerous divisions, and Deputy Director/Director. Angela spend time both CONUS and OCONUS acquisitioning for a variety of supplies, services, and construction in support of base operations. She has extensive experience in both pre and post award functions.
She also held an unlimited Contracting Officer’s warrant for over 16 years. She is Level III certified and hold both CFCM and CPCM certifications. She enjoys reading and interpreting federal acquisition regulations, policies, and procedures. Angela retired in March 2020 and is dedicated to helping businesses better understand the federal acquisition process so they can become successful government contractors who ultimately provide quality products/services to the government. Angela holds an MBA from University of Phoenix and an MHS from Liberty University.

Raymond Kahre

Industry and Business Development Consultant

An accomplished sales and marketing leader, program builder, and serial entrepreneur, Raymond Kahre is passionate about helping his clients and partners create value. With over a decade of experience helping clients navigate the complexities of federal procurement through finance and go-to-market strategy to capture, proposal and program management, Raymond has led business development and capture programs to over $1B in federal sales. Raymond holds a BA in Economic Geography from the University of Tennessee and an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing from the Debusk School of Business at Lincoln Memorial University.

David Geary

Former VA Contracting Officer

David Geary has over 10 years of contract management experience, including health care IOT&A related activities, including the purchase of medical equipment, furniture, and support services; quality control of contract- and purchasing-related activities, interfacing with military and government personnel at multiple levels, and communicating effectively. David has held a Level III limited $50 Million Warrant for over seven years, and a secret security clearance for ten years. Mr. Geary has a working knowledge of project management theory and processes within the VHA environment.

Joseph Luetke

Former USAF Contracting Officer
Joseph “Joe” is retired from the US Air Force, where he spent 16 years, of his 22 years of service at different levels in Air Force Contracting. He has been a contract specialist, contracting officer, and has transformed organization’s function and flow. He has worked procurements state-side and overseas. He is DAWIA III-certified in Contracting. He brings a positive attitude and “can do” spirit to any project. He likes to create order out of chaos.

*Due to a potential conflict of interest, Joe cannot consult on any projects with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Caity Hart

Former USAF Contracting Officer
Caity is a former US Air Force Contracting Officer with 12 years of experience in cradle-to-grave contracting including three successful tours overseas as a Contingency Contracting Officer. She has administered commercial contracts for commodities, construction, and both personal services and non-personal services. She has occupied a role within the Air Force as both the Services Team Lead and the Office Training Manager; and has both her DAWIA Level 2 certification and her CFCM.
As a CO, she spent her career honing her skills as a business advisor to Government customers and contractors alike. She is innovation focused and an avid problem solver who is motivated to leave things better than she found them. She is a creative thinker with a knack for troubleshooting unique or uncommon situations while also ensuring proactive and effective communication. Caity is passionate about customer education and has spent her career taking the time to help her customers, contractors, and peers understand the why while also finding the way to “Yes”.

Katie Bass

Former US Army Deputy Chief & Contracting Officer
Katie is a seasoned leader in the acquisition world, bringing 14 years of diverse experience to the table. Her journey spans the entire spectrum of government acquisition, from planning and administering multi million-dollar contracts to translating program budgets into real-world capabilities. With 8 years as a Contracting Officer and previous roles in Budget, Logistics, and Program Management, Katie has a comprehensive understanding of the government acquisition process from multiple perspectives.
Throughout her career, she’s been the go-to advisor for programmatic, contractual, and business compliance matters. Katie knows the ins and outs of government regulations and is dedicated setting the bar high for technical excellence, fostering leadership growth, and driving team success.
*Due to a potential conflict of interest, Katie cannot consult on any projects with the US Special Operations Command (SOCCOM)

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