SECAF Names New Board of Directors Leadership

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SECAF Names New Board of Directors Leadership
Richard Pineda Appointed Chair;
Mitchell Ross, Mark Melton, and Meghan Gifford Named Officers
September 9, 2020, McLean, VA – The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF), the premier organization for the small and emerging government contractor community, announced today the appointment of Richard Pineda (CALIBRE, President & CEO) as Chair. Mitchell Ross (Acquisition and Management, LLC, Principal) will become Vice-Chair. Mark Melton (Cordia Partners, Partner) will remain as Treasurer, and Meghan Gifford (Octo Consulting Group, Director of Corporate Development) will become Secretary.  Further, Aland Acuna (Acuna Consulting, CEO), Christopher Crowder (Unanet, Regional Vice President), Kevin Hodges (Watermark Risk Management, President), Jack Moore (Evans Consulting, Managing Partner), Adam Nalls (Atlantic Union Bank, Senior Vice President), and Eric Vendt (Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Partner) were all named to the Board of Directors.
Pineda succeeds Matthew Agresti and Sirena Johnson as Chair. “It is a privilege to take on this role from Matt and Sirena. They have done an extraordinary job leading our organization and serving SECAF members this last year. As Chair, my vision is to build on that solid foundation, deepen our member engagement through virtual events, and expand our reach outside of the Washington, DC region. As someone who co-created his own small business in the past, I understand the immense value SECAF brings to the small and emerging market of Government Contractors and Service Provides. We have a tremendous value proposition for Government Contractors in terms of education, advocacy, access, networking, and collaboration. Their success stories are the cornerstone of SECAF’s future,” Pineda stated.
SECAF’s 2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors are as follows:
  • Richard Pineda, CALIBRE, President & CEO - Chair
  • Mitchell Ross, Acquisition and Management, LLC, Principal - Vice Chair
  • Mark Melton, Cordia Partners, Partner – Treasurer
  • Meghan Gifford, Octo Consulting Group, Director of Corporate Development - Secretary
  • Aland Acuna, Acuna Consulting, CEO
  • Matthew Agresti, Bank of America Merrill Lynch,  Senior Vice President – Immediate Past Co-Chair
  • Kathy Albarado, Helios HR, CEO
  • Curt Anderson, E-Innovation Global
  • Christopher Crowder, Unanet, Regional Vice President
  • Ben Edson, VariQ Corporation, CEO and Founder
  • Kathryn Freeland, A-TEK, CEO
  • Devon Hewitt, Protorae Law, Partner
  • Kevin Hodges, Watermark Risk Management, President
  • Steve James, Integrated Systems Solutions, President and COO
  • Sirena Johnson, Citrin Cooperman, Partner – Immediate Past Co-Chair
  • Chuck LaRock, Jones Lang LaSalle, Senior Vice President, Brokerage Division
  • Jack Moore, Evans Consulting, Managing Partner
  • Adam Nalls, Atlantic Union Bank, Senior Vice President
  • Vinny Raj, Digilent Consulting, Founder and Managing Director
  • Eric Vendt, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Partner
Additional background on each Board member can be found here.
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About the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum
The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, SECAF is an important resource for a growing company.  SECAF also serves the medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. For more information, visit