Our Team

Kevin Jans
Kevin Jans is the President and Founder of Skyway Acquisition Solutions (“Skyway”). After 16 years as a Department of Defense contracting officer, he founded the company to help middle-market firms navigate the increasingly complex process of competing for Federal contracts. Kevin built his company on the premise that no one knows the Federal acquisition system better than those contracting officers and buyers who managed it from the inside. Following that business model, he built a team of experts with ‘insider’ experience who have served as contracting officers. What separates Skyway from other government consulting companies is the insight that comes from having done the work as federal contracting officers.
Shelley Hall
Operations Manager
Shelley has over 32 years’ experience with the Department of Defense. For twenty of those years, she held an unlimited contracting officer's warrant (in both Air Force Material Command (AFMC) and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)). She has experience in commercial, non-commercial, supplies, services, major source selections, simplified acquisitions, foreign military sales, and large dollar contracts. She retired as a procurement analyst in November 2015 and now dedicates her time to Skyway Acquisition and their clients. Her many years of experience have made her an expert in acquisition regulations including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), and the Air Force FAR Supplement (AFFARS).
Vicky Strycharske
Lead Targeting/Pre-Award Consultant
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.
Steve Lucianetti
J&A/FMS Expert
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.
Scott Syring
Source Selection/Policy Specialist
Scott Syring has over fifteen years federal acquisition experience as a Contracting Officer and Procurement Analyst serving the Department of Defense and other Federal Agencies. His experience on commercial and non-commercial acquisitions covered both simplified and large dollar procurements in the areas of commodities, construction, services, and research and development. He has held various contracting officer warrants, to include an unlimited warrant for over five years, and is DAWIA and FAC-C Level III contracting certified. He is also certified by NCMA as both a Professional and Federal Contracts Manager.
Paul Schauer
Podcast Co-host
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.
Tim Griggs
Forum/Social Media Coordinator
Tim Griggs is retired from the US Army, where he spent the last 11 of his 22 years of service as a Contracting Officer and Program Manager. He served as Chief of Contracting in Regional Contracting Centers during two year-long deployments to Afghanistan supporting US and coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. He led three Contingency Contracting Teams in Germany and the United States, and earned DAWIA Level III in Contracting. He culminated his military career with the Defense Contract Management Agency, where he served as Deputy Director of two Contract Management Offices, earning DAWIA Level III certification in Program Management. With Skyway, he serves as the Social Media Marketing Coordinator and moderates the Ask a Contracting Officer forum.
Christi Gilbert
Proposal Writer/Manager
Christi is a trained Contracts Manager with more than 30 year's experience with large and small business federal government contractors in the Defense, Aerospace and Information Technology fields. She is skilled in proposal writing and pricing, contract negotiations and contract administration. Her customers have included USSOCOM, USCENTCOM, Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of State, the Executive Office of the President, and NASA. The contracts she managed and administered were heavily subcontracted to small businesses providing her extensive experience in small business policies/regulations and the unique challenges of small businesses pursuing opportunities in the federal marketplace.
Troy Small
DoD/Military Expert
Troy is a retired United States Marine Corps Master Sergeant and Department of Defense Contracting Officer. He has 25 years of government contracting, program and project management experience, to include DoD Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP), Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) and DoD Operational and Contingency Contracting. Troy served 20 years of honorable service as an active duty Marine, followed by nine years at PEO-C4I, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) San Diego as a civilian Program Manager. In Troy’s previous role as Assistant Program Manager for Contracting, PEO- C4I, SPAWAR, he advised Engineers and Program Managers on acquisition and contracting solutions applicable to Afloat Network Racks and Engineering Support Services. Troy monitored contract performance of Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES), Automated Digital Network System (ADNS), Legacy Networks and various IDIQ service contracts. Semper Fidelis
Wendy Frieman
Proposal Manager
Wendy Frieman is a proposal professional certified at the highest level of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) accreditation program. Her interest in the contracting profession grew out of a conviction that proposal professionals should broaden their horizons to understand the entire acquisition lifecycle, and not focus solely on the events that take place once an RFP is released. She is one of the few (possibly the only) APMP Professional or Fellow who invested the time and energy required to learn about the contracting profession and earn her CPCM. As a result, she can speak the language of both professions, in the hope that the two will start to have more regular and fruitful interactions, to the benefit of both. As a proposal professional, she has managed large and small proposals, for both large and small companies. Client agencies have included NASA, GSA, Department of State, Treasury, DoD, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, as well as private corporations and foundations. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.
Amber VanBuhler
Communications Director
Amber is an enthusiastic and driven professional with an inherent variety of skills used to help businesses succeed. With a background in digital marketing, Amber has become highly competent in executing various initiatives such as; content creator, design and testing software, digital marketing, sales, and client training. She currently applies this knowledge in an consorted effort to contribute to the continued growth and success of the Contacting Officer Podcast on multiple fronts. As a Contracting Officer Podcast Marketing Specialist, Amber reaches out to listeners individually to ensure we are providing the high quality content our listeners require. She thrives on communication with others and her execution of strong customer service which ensures advancement in a positive direction. Amber most enjoys having a role in a company that truly makes a difference.
Karen Pera
Small Business/SBIR Consultant
Karen brings over 35 years of high level insight into federal government procurement planning, budgeting, policy, procedures and source selections. During her tenure as a contracting officer she has a lengthy history of promoting opportunities for small businesses. This experience translates into key strategies and insight for small business clients who face source selections within the highly competitive federal marketplace. As Deputy Director, Small Business Office at Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), she spent 10+ years performing policy and administrative oversight of the procurement program, advising the Acquisition Executive, Program Managers, contracting officers and field offices on small business policies and procedures. She also developed, implemented and oversaw the DOD Small Business Program, including the review and approval of all subcontracting plans, and the Small Business Innovation Research Program(SBIR), to include training staff on the latest laws and regulations governing all small business programs. Agency liaison to the Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition, (AT&L), DOD Director of Small Business, the Small Business Administration and the National Academy of Sciences. She held an unlimited warrant, DAWIA Level III, Contracting and was a member of the Acquisition Corps. Prior to coming to USSOCOM, she managed the acquisition of supplies and services in support of the Pentagon and the DOD agencies within the National Capitol Region(NCR). She was also a member of the Department of Defense Procurement Management Review team(PMR).
Charles Hargett
Subcontracting Expert
Mr. Charles Hargett has experience in both the government and private sectors. Most recently, Mr. Hargett served as Director of Subcontract Management at TriWest Healthcare Alliance where he stood up the office and led subcontract administrators and managers charged with performing various subcontract oversight functions with a total managed portfolio exceeding $1B. Prior to his tenure at TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Mr. Hargett was a respected career civil servant, working in several Federal government offices in both Department of Defense and civilian agencies. Upon completing his 12-year active duty career in the U.S. Air Force as a contract specialist, career highlights include stints within the Department of Defense with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Defense Health Agency as well as performing in a leadership capacity in the Department of Energy. Over the course of his civil servant career he led integrated product teams and source selection teams as a contracting officer to issue request for proposals and award contracts for projects valued at more than $80B. Mr. Hargett has a long track record of exceptional results with government procurement activity. His attitude toward including all stakeholders in the process, to include both government and industry, has been vital to his success. The big picture thinking, coupled with 16 years of Federal acquisition training and experience has led to consistently successful outcomes for every organization with which he has been a member. Mr. Hargett holds an MBA from University of Phoenix and a Masters in Acquisition Management from American Graduate University. He is also Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified in Contracting and Program Management.
David Geary
GovCon Consultant
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.