Small Business and Entrepreneur Event

June 6, 2014

Nick Wakeman
Washington Technology

Nick Wakeman became editor of Washington Technology in June 2005 after serving as senior editor for four years. He joined Washington Technology as a staff writer in 1996.

At Washington Technology, Wakeman has written about the systems integrators, procurement trends and major contracts. He also heads the publication's annual Top 100 project, which ranks the largest IT and systems integrators in federal market.

Prior to joining Washington Technology, Wakeman wrote a newsletter covering the Food and Drug Administration. He also has written for publications on consumer product safety regulations and physical therapy.

He began his career in journalism covering police and courts for the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va.

Wakeman is a graduate of Bridgewater College in Virginia and earned a master's degree in journalism from the American University in Washington, D.C.

He and his wife Beth reside in Alexandria, Va.

Deepak Hathiramani
Founder and CEO

Deepak Hathiramani is the founder and CEO of Vistronix. Hathiramani has more than 20 years of management and technical experience with privately-funded and venture-funded high-tech start-ups.

A current member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, he also serves on the Advisory Board of the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Professional Services Council (PSC) in 2012. Hathiramani is also a member of the 10X CEO, a CEO Leadership Group program.

Prior to founding Vistronix, he worked with high-tech start-ups including Nx Networks (previously known as Netrix Corporation), as well as led the software development team at Cinnabar Software until its sale to KMW Systems.

Hathiramani received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the University of Bombay, India. Having also completed several ancillary management courses from the Amos Tuck School and Dartmouth College, he also holds a Diploma in Business Management

Gary K. Jones
Washington, D.C. Liaison
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer

Gary Jones is the Washington, D.C. liaison for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), a position he has held since 2005. As the D.C. Liaison, Jones is responsible for providing FLC coordination in the D.C. area with Federal Agencies and their laboratories, Congressional staff, and trade, professional and other organizations. Prior to his current position, Jones spent sixteen years in industry and government, and seven years in academia. Most recently, Jones was on the faculty of American University's Washington Semester Program, where he served as an academic director for International Business & Trade. He has also lectured on global R&D management in the George Washington University graduate business program, and served as an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland University College, Graduate School of Management & Technology. Prior to his academic experience, Jones' career included work as an exploration geophysicist in the energy industry, a policy analyst supporting the U.S. Department of Energy, and a researcher with the Virginia Department of Economic Development. He holds an MBA from University of Richmond, a B.S. in geophysics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and has studied technology management and international business at the post-graduate level.

Jennifer Schaus
Schaus & Associates

Jennifer Schaus is principal of Schaus & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm providing support services for government contractors. Services include GSA Schedule, federal sales and business development, contract administration as well as lobbying and Capitol Hill relations. Clients are both product and service companies in the U.S. and abroad and include small to mid-size as well as Fortune 500 and publically traded firms.

Schaus began her career with The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and has sold data, services and products to almost every federal agency including DEA, FBI, CIA, the Secret Service and more. She has worked with embassies and foreign delegations and presented to various audiences such as NCRC, NCMA, APMP, NDIA, Veterans In Business and others. She has been featured or quoted in major national media including CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, the Washington Business Journal, The Washington Post, Success Magazine and others.

Schaus enjoys the arts and has combined this interest with business by hosting a quarterly networking event at The John F. Kennedy Center. Each event draws major corporate sponsors and more than 200 attendees from the government contracting community.

Peter (Shahrokh) Zahirieh
Senior Procurement Analyst
Department of State

Peter (Shahrokh) Zahirieh has 25 years of experience in the field of government contracting with Department of the Army, Small business Administration, and Department of State, acting in wide variety of positions such as industrial specialist, contract specialist, contracting officer, supervisory contracting officer, procurement center representative, and senior procurement analyst. Currently he is a senior procurement analyst at the Department of State. He holds MBA, BBA, and BA degrees, and is Level FAC (C) Certified, a CPCM, and a CACM.