Advisory Board Member
Mae DeVincentis is the founder and CEO of Maxwell Associates, LLC. Through Maxwell Associates, Ms. DeVincentis draws on her passion and commitment to public service and proffers expert advice and consulting to large and small companies, as well as government customers seeking to establish or expand business opportunities in the federal and defense domains. She is a proven C-level executive and recognized expert in federal and defense acquisition and contracting, logistics and supply chain management, cyber security and information technology.
Prior to founding Maxwell Associates, Ms. DeVincentis had a distinguished 37-year career in federal service. In 2012, when she retired from the government, she served as the Vice Director for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which provides the military and other government entities with over $35 billion in supplies and services annually. She also served as the Director of Logistics, and the Chief Information officer for DLA, where she transformed worldwide supply chain operations across multiple domains including food, fuel, medical supplies, clothing, construction materials and equipment, weapon system parts and hardware. She deployed what was then sited as the world’s largest implementation of an enterprise resource planning system.
Through Maxwell Associates, Ms. DeVincentis has worked with dozens of companies to improve their business development practices. She identifies complementary partnerships and brokers teaming arrangements that compete for, and win, information technology and logistics services contracts.
Ms. DeVincentis has directly enabled premier IT software companies and service providers achieve FedRAMP certification, essential to operating in the government sector. She helps firms engineer and implement security programs, policies, and procedures to meet stringent government standards, and facilitates the ongoing audits and assessments necessary to gain and retain the authority for their products and services to operate in the federal domain.
Ms. DeVincentis received both her Bachelor’s degree and her M.B.A from Temple University. She currently serves as the Chair of the DLA Foundation, a charity aimed at providing scholarships to family members of DLA employees. She sits on Advisory Boards and is a guest lecturer for private sector as well as government audiences.
Advisory Board Member
Jack Hughes is the Founder and Principal of Phoenix Financial & Advisory Services, LLC. Through Phoenix, Mr. Hughes provides management consulting services to small and emerging companies in the Government and Commercial Technology, Media and Entertainment industries. Mr. Hughes is also a Principal Consultant with Altus Associates, which specializes in buy-side merger and acquisition services, and a Principal Consultant with Cortland Advisors that specializes in Buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions.
Mr. Hughes has functioned as a venture capitalist and an angel investor. Overall, Mr. Hughes has been involved in 45 M&A transactions and nearly twice as many financing transactions, including four public offerings and virtually every form of debt financing.
Mr. Hughes has a proven track record of progressive leadership and management experience in fast growth organizations. Prior to his current roles, he served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Alion Science and Technology Corporation and helped found the company. During his time at Alion, Mr. Hughes was involved in many M&A transactions, which helped grow the company from $200M to $750M in five years. At Alion, Mr. Hughes maintained a Top-Secret clearance that provided access to Alion’s technology solutions and products in support of the Intelligence Community and Homeland Security.
Mr. Hughes was Senior Vice President and CFO of BTG, Inc. from 1992 to 1998, where he was accountable to strategies and activities that helped propel the Company from a $50M to a $600M business in five years. At BTG, Mr. Hughes was directly involved in multiple M&A transactions and divestitures, as well as the Company’s IPO and follow-up public equity financing transactions.
Prior to his time at BTG, Mr. Hughes was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of ManTech International Corporation from 1974 to 1992, helping to grow the company from $4M to $200M in revenues with nearly 3,000 employees in 70 locations worldwide. At ManTech, he was directly involved in all aspects of the operational and financial functions across the Company; as well as multiple M&A transactions and the associated financings. He also played a key leadership role in the development of industry positions on major issues resulting in new legislation, government policy and regulations on uncompensated overtime, profit policy, contract awards without discussions and best value contracting.
Mr. Hughes received a B.S. in Economics and Business with a minor in Political Science from Frostburg State University, and he has performed graduate coursework in contract formation, contract law, government procurement, mergers and acquisitions, finance and financial management. He has also served on numerous corporate, trade association and non-profit boards.