Start Date: 4/23/2020 5:00 PM EDT
End Date: 4/23/2020 6:00 PM EDT
Venue Name: Zoom Virtual Meeting
Thursday, April 23, 2020
SECAF Community Conversation
This event is free, but you must register in advance, please.
REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY, APRIL 23 at 12 NOON.
SECAF will host an informal town hall-style meeting with members online, aimed at fostering conversations within the SECAF community in these times of uncertainty. We want to help! Please let us know what’s on your mind during this crisis.
Register now and let us know what's on your mind! When you register for this free event, you will have a chance to share up to five ideas, problems and/or questions in advance. We have a panel of experts to address your concerns.
Grab a beverage of your choice and join us at 5:00pm on Thursday, April 23. Click on the Member Registration button. Help us help you - remember to tell us what is on your mind. If you think of more questions after you register, just send them to us email@example.com.
Moderator: Devon Hewitt - Protorae Law, Partner
- Mark Melton - Cordia Partners, Managing Partner
- Adam Nalls - Atlantic Union Bank, Senior Vice President
- Jon Williams - PilieroMazza, Partner
a partner at Protorae Law, has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Government Contracts and represents emerging, small, mid-size and large government contractors located across the United States and abroad. Ms. Hewitt is best known as a bid protest attorney, having participated in well over 100 bid protests lodged at various federal agencies, including the Small Business Administration and the Government Accountability Office. She also has participated in bid protests filed at the United States Court of Federal Claims and is one of the few bid protest attorneys that has argued bid protest decisions on appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
In addition to bid protests, Ms. Hewitt represents government contractors in a wide variety of transactional matters such as the drafting and negotiation of subcontracts and teaming, cooperative, nondisclosure, non-compete, operating, joint venture, commercial vendor and “OTA” agreements. She also advises government contractors on issues related to the Service Contract Act, intellectual property and data rights, suspension and debarment, contract claims, ethics and compliance, Organizational Conflicts of Interest, FOIA requests and reverse FOIA letters, notices of default and terminations, and government investigations, among others. She has significant experience with the Small Business Administration’s small business preferential programs and has twice served as a trial expert on this topic.
Ms. Hewitt recently was appointed General Counsel of the Small Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum (SECAF) and has been a member of its Board for over five years. She is active in the National Veterans Small Business Council and represents many SDVOSBs and VOSBs.
Ms. Hewitt is a frequent speaker/panelist on government contracts issues and has appeared on Federal News Radio and at events sponsored by the Public Contracts Section of the ABA, the Professional Services Council, the National Contract Management Association, SECAF, NVSBC, ACT-IAC, NDIA, Women In Public Policy and the Government Technology Services Coalition. She has been a columnist for Washington Technology and Bloomberg’s Federal Contracts Reports as well as the author of a treatise on federal small business contracting programs, editor of the ABA’s The Procurement Lawyer and contributor to the legal publication Inside the Minds.
Ms. Hewitt received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was an editor of the Journal of Law and Politics and a member of the school’s National Moot Court team. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Fusté of the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico. Ms. Hewitt graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College.
is one of the three founding Partners at Cordia Partners. Cordia Partners is a full service provider of outsourced accounting, technology consulting and business process consulting services serving small-medium businesses in the DC Metro area for the past 15 years. At Cordia we use our experience as professional accountants, business people and technology experts, coupled with modern business systems, to provide personalized solutions that work the way your business works. We are a company that values persistence, loyalty and quality of service. We are problem solvers; we are business people; and we are technical consultants. Our clients come to Cordia because of our integrity, breadth of knowledge and commitment to always do what is right.
Mark has over thirty years of professional experience in all areas of accounting and financial services while serving government contractors, professional service firms and other commercial enterprises. He assists our clients in developing financial reporting and control procedures that address the most important business and control issues, while ensuring that information is delivered efficiently and effectively. Mark has worked on numerous complex projects involving the reorganization and/or establishment of effective accounting processes and procedures in order to generate consistent and meaningful results.
Prior to founding Cordia Partners, Mark was a Partner with Beers & Cutler’s Outsourcing Group. In addition, Mark served for more than 20 years as a Senior Financial Executive in private industry, within the government contracts, manufacturing, technology, and professional services industries.
is a Senior Vice President in the government contracting banking group at Atlantic Union Bank. At the bank, Adam leads a team of commercial bankers focused on serving the unique needs of this community. Prior to its acquisition in February 2019 by Atlantic Union Bank, Adam led the government contracting banking group at Access National Bank, which he joined in 2009. Prior to focusing on government contracting, Adam’s other roles in commercial banking have included credit underwriting and SBA Lending.
Adam received his undergraduate degree in business management from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. Adam is married with two children and resides in Mclean, VA.
has over 15 years of experience advising contractors on a wide range of government contracting matters and Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance, including the federal procurement programs for small businesses (i.e., the 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, and SDVOSB programs). He represents contractors in bid protests, size protests and appeals, and related administrative and court proceedings. Mr. Williams assists large and small contractors in navigating SBA audits and investigations, including subcontracting plan compliance reviews, IG investigations, and suspension and debarment proceedings. He regularly helps contractors to establish teaming, subcontract, joint venture, and mentor-protégé relationships. Additionally, he counsels contractors on cure notice responses, requests for equitable adjustment, claims, and disputes on government contracts.
Mr. Williams helps clients explore corporate restructuring and small business planning, including development of affiliation mitigation or avoidance strategies as well as growth and exit plans. He has handled many significant buy and sell-side transactions, including partner buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, business line and subsidiary spinoffs, and debt refinancing. Mr. Williams routinely reviews and drafts corporate resolutions, operating agreements, bylaws, shareholders’ agreements, employment agreements, and many other business contracts. He also works closely with the firm’s Litigation Group on disputes between contractors, and with the firm’s Labor & Employment Group on Service Contract Act compliance and negotiations with labor unions.
Mr. Williams is a member of the HUBZone Contractors National Council Board of Directors and serves on their Government Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) and serves on their Legislation and Regulatory Committee.