Small Business and Entrepreneur Event

December 13, 2013

Jill Aitoro
Senior Reporter
Washington Business Journal

Jill Aitoro is a senior reporter for Washington Business Journal, covering federal contracting in the D.C. metro area for the weekly newspaper and website, and acting as primary contributor and editor for the daily FedBiz e-newsletter. She's a regular commentator on NewsChannel 8's Capital Insider and ABC7's Washington Business Report, has appeared as a guest reporter on C-SPAN's weekly series, The Communicators, and recently appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch and Markets Now on Fox Business. She's received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, most recently receiving first place and Best in Show for her ongoing coverage of sequestration. She was also a finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award for an exposé about the selling of gray market technology from China to the Defense Department.

Previously, Aitoro covered federal information technology policy for Government Executive, and federal contracting for VARBusiness and CRN.

Louis M. Gaudio
Sterling Heritage Corporation

Lou Gaudio is the president of Sterling Heritage Corporation, which he founded in 2000 for the purpose of helping federal organizations implement complex programs, policies and improvement initiatives. Today, Sterling Heritage, a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), is a leading provider of independent professional services with 40 employees and $5.2 million in annual revenue. Major clients include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Purchase Card Program Office, the Veterans Health Administration, The Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy and several Army system program offices.

Prior to establishing Sterling Heritage in 2000, Gaudio served in Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) where he played a key role for many years in initiatives to simplify the way the government acquires commercial products and services. These efforts culminated with enactment of Title VIII of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) and Gaudio was primarily responsible for drafting the implementing regulation in Part 12 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Gaudio has served as a program manager at the Logistics Management Institute and in acquisition policy positions in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition), the U.S. Army Materiel Command, and the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. He has also served as a legislative aide to Congresswoman Barbara B. Kennelly, as a lobbyist for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and as an adjunct professor at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Gaudio was a 1981 presidential management intern. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Clark University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He has attended executive courses at the Center for Creative Leadership, the Darden School of Business, the Federal Executive Institute and the Kennedy School of Government.

Catherine Nelson
Senior Vice President
Resource Management

Catherine Nelson oversees LMI's resource management operating unit, leading LMI's resource allocation, financial management, organizational improvement, information technology management, and systems development practices. She has extensive experience in public-sector consulting, primarily focused on resource and financial management, including planning, budget, accounting, internal controls, financial management operations, and resource analysis. Nelson also is experienced in the planning, development and deployment of supporting business and administrative IT systems.

Previously, Nelson served as program director for LMI's information management group from 1997 to 2003, responsible for growing the organization's financial, resource, and information management-focused business across the federal sector. She also worked for Freddie Mac, ICF International, and Arthur Young & Company, providing financial management and business systems consulting support.

Before her 2012 return to LMI, Nelson was a senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), where she led the firm's CFO agenda consulting practice. In that role, she was responsible for developing and delivering a broad array of services and capabilities targeted to the strategic, tactical, and operational responsibilities of the federal CFO and resource management communities. She was also a key leader in BAH's homeland security and law enforcement business, which focused primarily on developing business with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice.

Nelson is a Certified Government Financial Manager and Project Management Professional. She holds two degrees from Duke University: an MBA, with a concentration in accounting, and a bachelor's in economics.

Mehul Sanghani
Octo Consulting Group

Mehul Sanghani is the president and founder of Octo Consulting Group, which is a boutique management consulting practice made up of highly experienced industry veterans dedicated to solving IT management issues within the federal government. He has more than 12 years of management consulting experience leading and delivering complex IT strategy and business transformation engagements at leading global 100 corporations and numerous agencies within the United States federal government. Specifically, Sanghani has proven experience engaging with these organizations' most senior business executives as both a project manager and dedicated account manager.

Sanghani was previously an associate director with Gartner Inc.'s management consulting practice leading numerous strategic IT consulting engagements with federal CIOs and other federal IT executives within the government including the United States Army, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security and the CIA - along with numerous other Intelligence agencies. Sanghani was also previously employed as a strategy and technology consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. There, he led IT systems development engagements within the federal space including key efforts with the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, NASA and the Department of Justice. He was also previously employed as consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley with several leading software vendors - PeopleSoft Inc and Commerce One Inc. - where he led implementation efforts in support of large scale ERP/COTS software deployments. During his time there, Sanghani served as a project manager leading several major enterprise software deployments with a number of prominent Global 100 corporations such as General Motors, General Electric, Citibank, Columbia/HCA, Lockheed Martin and Tyco International.

Sanghani holds a top secret security clearance with counterintelligence background investigations and also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Sanghani acquired three separate Bachelor's degrees in five years from Virginia Tech and has completed executive business education courses at the prestigious Wharton School of Business and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.