October 9, 2014
Vice President of Marketing
Stephanie Ambrose is vice president of marketing at Federal Systems and leads marketing strategy development and the deployment of integrated multi-channel communications programs. She is responsible for leading and working with diverse teams to define strategies and tactics to enhance Unisys' presence and brand reputation, support client communications and outreach, and position Unisys' portfolio and thought leadership in the federal market.
Ambrose joined the company in August 2011 to lead Federal Sales Operations and was responsible for several internal sales organizations. Prior to Unisys, Ambrose led Federal Civilian Business Development for Serco, North America. Serco is a leading provider of professional, technology and management services focused on the federal government.
Before joining Serco, Ambrose was vice president of Marketing and Communications for CGI Federal, a leading IT and business process services provider in Fairfax, Va.
Ambrose is active with the University of Maryland alumni programs and currently serves on the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Board of Visitors Innovation and Entrepreneurship Subcommittee and the Alumni Board of Directors for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Ambrose received a bachelor's degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the Industry Advisory Council Partners Program.
Jeff K. Clayton
Jeff Clayton, principal in Baker Tilly's government contractor advisory services practice, has been with the company since 2005. He has more than 16 years of industry and consulting experience in both government contracting and commercial environments, providing a broad range of pricing, contract compliance and dispute/litigation related services to government contractors and their legal counsel. He frequently works with clients to complete complex data mining and analysis efforts in support of GSA and VA Schedule proposal preparation, option exercise package preparation, audit package preparation, and to prepare economic damages analyses. Clayton has extensive experience working with contractors and their counsel during Office of Inspector General audits, Department of Justice investigations, and in defense of qui tam suits brought under the False Claims Act. Clayton has also worked with contractors to identify and mitigate compliance risks, prepare cost impact analyses, and perform financial due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
President and Co-Founder
Mr. Ford is the President and co-founder of Enlightened Inc., an information technology (IT) consulting firm specializing in Cyber Security, Systems Integration services, and Management Consulting. Enlightened serves clients such as the United States (U.S.) Navy, Army, Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of the District of Columbia, and the state governments of Ohio, New York and Illinois to name a few. At Enlightened, he is responsible for Corporate Vision and Direction, Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Corporate Innovation.
Mr. Ford started his career as a small defense contractor and later moved to MCI. While at MCI, he held several positions of increasing responsibility ranging from Systems Analyst to the Marketing Product Manager for MCI's Friends and Family®. In 1994, Mr. Ford joined INTELSAT, serving as the Director for the Applications Support Organization. His devotion to his work, coupled with over 20 years of experience in IT, played an integral role in making his lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur a reality and led to the founding of Enlightened, Inc.
Over the years, Enlightened has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades for its dedication, hard work, and innovative solutions. In 2005, Mr. Ford was selected by the editorial board of Inside the Minds™ as an author for the book, CEO Best Practices: Skills, Values & Strategies for Successful CEOs. The work features top CEO's representing the nation's leading companies. Mr. Ford contributed a chapter to the book entitled, "The Spiritual Side of Leadership". In 2006, Reed Logic Studios™ developed a Video Leadership Seminar™ to provide IT executives and entrepreneurs with critical information on starting a new IT company and growth strategies for success. In 2007, for the second consecutive year, the Initiative Competitive Inner City (ICIC) ranked Enlightened on its list of the "100 fastest-growing inner city companies in America". In 2009, Enlightened was recognized as one of the "Top 100" Minority Business Enterprises by the Center for Business Inclusion and Diversity for the Mid-Atlantic region. Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center honored Enlightened with the Innovative Creative Entrepreneur (ICE) award as a "2010 Outstanding Small Business". In 2012, Washington SmartCEO magazine honored Enlightened with a GOVstar award in the "Technical Trailblazer" category for service excellence and innovation in support of its federal, state and local government clients.
In addition, Mr. Ford served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the DC Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and is currently an active Board Member. He also serves on the Presidential Council for the U.S. Black Chamber, as well as, on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Clusters Geriatric Day Care Center. He was formally on the Board for DC Works, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Washington Math Science and Technology Charter High School.
Mr. Ford received a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems and a M.S. in Information Systems with honors from The George Washington University.
FAS Regional Commissioner, Northwest/Arctic Region
Tiffany Hixson is the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) regional commissioner for the Northwest Arctic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration, a position she has held since December 2011. She is responsible for FAS programs and services delivered in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington - providing workspace, telecommunications, information technology, vehicles, and thousands of other goods and services to federal agencies in the area. Hixson also serves as GSA's professional services category executive overseeing GSA's multi-billion dollar government-wide professional services offerings including schedule programs MOBIS, FABS, PES, LOGWORLD, Environmental, AIMS, and Language services as well as OASIS and OASIS Small Business.
Hixson brings to the GSA leadership team more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of acquisition management. She has a reputation of fostering partnerships between industry and government, and conducting the "business" of government in an ethical and innovative way. Hixson began her career in Seattle as an intern with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and rose through the ranks gaining experience as a contract specialist and procurement analyst before being appointed as the Director for Commerce Acquisition Solutions at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In 2004, she joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS she led several key acquisition programs and offices including her last as the deputy executive director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Procurement Directorate where she annually awarded ~$3 billion in technology, construction, facilities management, supplies and services for CBP's front line agents and officers.
Hixson holds a Masters in Public Administration from American University, and received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University. She frequently participates in government-wide forums discussing the merits of streamlined and innovative acquisition programs, and has coauthored several articles on these and other subjects. She has served as both president and vice president of the American Society of Public Administration's National Capital Area Chapter, and as chair and vice chair of the American Council for Technology's Industry Advisory Council's Partners leadership development program.
Hixson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007, and is the recipient of Commerce's Bronze and Silver Medal awards, the National Performance Review's Hammer Award, and has been honored by Government Computer News.
Hixson lives in Burien, Washington, with her husband Cory and spends as much time as she can in her home state of Alaska enjoying the great outdoors and time with her extended family.
Senior Program Manager
HP Enterprise Services
Kathryn Klaus is a Senior Program Manager for HP Enterprise Services. She plays a major role in the delivery and growth of HP's GSA programs within the U.S. Public Sector Enterprise Services strategy.
Klaus has a diverse background that encompasses program management, government contracting and procurement, and marketing. She is responsible for the execution of GSA -related programs and the development of acquisition strategy. She is a past chair of the TechAmerica GSA subcommittee and is active on the Procurement Policy and Regulatory committees. Klaus was also a member of the GSA IT Industry and Government Council, and co-chaired the teaming and subcontracting committee.
Prior to coming to the GSA team in 1998, Klaus was a senior contract negotiator for EDS. Before moving to EDS in 1995, she was the director of contracts at the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) working directly with the USDA, which had congressional oversight for NDB activities. Earlier in her NDB career, she held the position of director of advertising Programs with a $60 million annual advertising budget for national television and print campaigns.
Klaus holds a bachelor's degree in food science and a master's in agricultural economics, both from The Pennsylvania State University. She holds a certificate in procurement and contracts management from the University of Virginia, as well as additional certifications as a CPCM and CFCM through the National Contract Management Association.