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Mark Johnson


Mark Johnson is a seasoned entrepreneur who leverages his forty plus years of federal business experience to help small and mid-sized businesses achieve success in the federal market. Mr. Johnson began his career at General Electric where he developed strong accounting and financial management expertise. He then managed large complex global IT programs for Fortune 500 companies and ultimately achieved the level of Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2000, he transferred to the Federal practice where he brought global best practices to the Federal market. Several years after IBM acquired PwC (2002), Mr. Johnson was appointed Vice President managing a large practice in the Federal market. Throughout his career he has helped transform business and government through technology.  In 2010 Mr. Johnson started what is today Catapult Growth Partners to focus on providing small and mid-sized businesses with the tools and expertise they need to accelerate their business growth and achieve their dreams.  

Tim Spadafore


Tim Spadafore has over 29 years of federal government experience, Tim joins CGP as an
accomplished senior executive with proficiency in business operations, company growth,
engagement management, mergers and acquisitions, corporate staffing, and business
development. Tim has participated in and led four mergers and acquisitions within the past 12
years. Tim has held positions responsible for the day-to-day operations of multiple large
businesses (emerging large, mid-tier, and public), including oversight of multiple strategic
initiatives across the organization including member engagement, growth enablement
strategies, multi-year planning, market engagement, and government relations. Tim has led
measurable improvements averaging double-digit CAGR growth across multiple organizations
while penetrating emerging strategic markets and enterprise program satisfaction. Tim has led
integration of contracts, staff, delivery, and IT through multiple transactions across 4
Tim was recently the COO of CSA, a Blue Delta Capital Partners, a Private Equity backed
company. Prior to that, Tim served as the senior vice president for CGI Federal Defense,
Intelligence, and Space business unit.  He was responsible for all aspects of the business and
growth strategy.  Before CGI, Tim was the president and COO for TeraThink, which was
acquired by CGI in 2020. Tim also served as COO of Dominion Consulting prior to its merger
with TeraThink. 
Tim has a B.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where is also the vice
chairman of the Lally Management School Leadership Council.

Carlos Otal


Carlos is a transformational leader with over thirty years of experience serving government entities spanning a full range of services — from internal and financial statement auditing to organizational and process improvement to the assessment and implementation of enterprise systems, including program management, strategy, acquisition and business model development for clients installing enterprise solutions, implementing custom solutions, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and cloud-based solutions, or migrating to a shared service provider.  He is formerly National Managing Partner of a large Public Sector consulting firm in which he led the acquisition and transition through all aspects of the integration of the firm’s strategy, market development, service delivery, financial performance and talent management.

Fran Vogel


Fran has spent her career in Federal Sales and Business Development working for both large and small businesses in the IT services sector.  She is highly experienced in full-lifecycle business development from identification through the capture and proposal process.  As an accomplished senior executive with demonstrated success, she has developed strong professional relationships and networks with high-level executives to expand contacts and aid clients in their opportunity pursuits.  Her primary focus has been in the Federal Civilian Agencies and since joining Catapult Growth Partners, supported clients in the Civilian and DoD Agencies.

Paul Dillahay


Paul is an accomplished technology executive and business leader with a proven track record of driving growth, innovation, & profitability in complex and dynamic environments. He has served as the CEO of Harmonic AI, Empower AI and ASRC; and held executive positions with CACI, Lockheed Martin and General Electric.  He is known for his strategic vision, operational expertise, and ability to build high-performance teams that deliver results in competitive markets. Dillahay has a deep understanding of the federal contracting landscape and a proven ability to build strong relationships with customers and partners.


At CGP, Paul will leverage his extensive knowledge, experience, and professional network to provide impactful advisory services to best position companies pursuing the adoption of AI for both growth and operational efficiency. 

David Hollis


David is a proven leader with nearly 30 years of public sector management consulting experience. Before joining Catapult Growth Partners, David served in senior management and executive positions at PwC, IBM, The MITRE Corporation, EY, Grant Thornton, and Guidehouse. David is an accomplished growth leader who helps organizations strengthen business development capabilities, grow, and manage qualified sales pipelines, execute winning proposals, and improve business processes through technology. His federal clients included the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Smithsonian Institution, and the California Public Employees Retirement System.

Cindy Gaddis


Cindy Gaddis, a U.S. Army Veteran, speaker, and co-author of "The Veterans Business Guide," is an experienced executive with demonstrated success in winning, executing, and keeping over $1 billion in federal contracts in the information technology and services industries.

Cindy has 18 years’ experience winning federal government contracts; from marketing, business development, capture, and proposal development, to contract and project management. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and United States Army Association (AUSA) lifetime member.

Michael Carucci


Michael is a Naval Academy graduate, who has spent his post military career selling software and services for companies like IBM, SAP and CSRA.  Since joining Catapult Growth Partners Mike has served both small and large clients seeking to grow their market presence across DoD and Civilian markets.

Richard Klemmer


Richard has more than 25 years of leadership and consulting experience in the public and private sectors.  He has held positions with the Department of the Army, USDA, and the Department of Commerce before transitioning into the private sector.

Mr. Klemmer has extensive knowledge and experience in technology, cyber, agile development, finance, strategy, and mission support.  He has held executive positions responsible for Growth, BD, Capture, Delivery, and Operations at small and mid-sized companies.  In these capacities, he has generated executive strategies (including budget, acquisitions, and all areas of technology: development, operations, governance, capital planning, budget, transformation, and cybersecurity); business development and capture strategy; account strategy; pipeline development; proposal support (including management, development, review, and writing), providing insight from government evaluation and industry development perspectives; and federal policies and regulations.

Wayne Bobby


Wayne has more than 40 years of experience in optimizing federal financial and human capital management processes through the implementation and adoption of several different application software platforms.  He began his career with the State Department and held a position as Director of Financial Management Services before taking on a series of VP level positions with application software firms such as Oracle, Infor and Workday. 


His career has provided a unique view into the Federal Financial and Human Capital Management business models and their transition to shared services models over the past several decades.  He has worked closely with and developed a reputation across the federal CFO/CIO/CHCO community as an expert advisor on applications and technology. 

Karen Shrum


Karen brings a unique perspective gained from 20 years of leadership and advisory experience as a senior executive in the US government, a partner in a big four professional services firm, and an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified executive coach. She has held senior roles at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ernst & Young (EY), Grant Thornton, IBM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. ​

Karen's experience as a senior leader within the federal government and executive roles in large consulting organizations uniquely position her to serve our clients. She provides clients personalized executive coaching and consulting services, focusing on the unique challenges that our clients encounter in their strategic growth, business development, operations, staffing, client delivery and resource management.

Karen is deeply committed to the veteran community and volunteers with Stand Beside Them.  She is a fellow with ACT-IAC.

Andy Lieber


Andy has a proven track record of increasing revenue through identifying, qualifying, and capturing opportunities that drive business expansion and increase brand recognition. He is well known in the Federal CIO and CFO communities with connections among executives at VA, GSA, DHS, USDA, HUD, DOC, DOJ, Treasury, EPA, and smaller agencies. Since joining Catapult Growth Partners, he has served clients seeking to grow their businesses in both DoD and Civilian Agencies.

Christina Orticke


Christina brings over 30 years of experience working across a variety of business models, market and industries to our team, including energy, financial services, technology (financial technology, cybersecurity, RPA/AI/ML, creative technology), PMO and DEIA.  She has led the way in growth strategy development and execution, business optimization, and transaction advisory.  She is most passionate about working with small and middle-market businesses, providing a full spectrum of business development services from strategic planning and market penetration assessments to pipeline development and teaming, with growth strategies to include JV's and MP's. 

Laura Bennett


Laura Bennett is a knowledgeable and experienced leader and expert in federal sales, business development and marketing. Laura is a 5x Winner of FedHealth IT Magazines (now FORUM)
“100 Award” and was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2021. With her hands-on approach to
business development, capture strategy, and marketing, Laura has tremendously excelled in
developing and capturing profitable multi-million-dollar results for companies and organizations served across the federal health marketplace. Laura also currently serves as the
Marketing/Communications Chair on the NCMA Woodlawn chapter.

Don Ellison


Don Ellison has 33 years of consulting experience primarily in the Federal sector. Early in his consulting career, he established a practice at ICF focused on international programs in public health, health informatics, counter-trafficking, food security, media, and energy/environment across 4 continents. As a Senior Vice President he managed operating groups, served on the corporate board of Macro International, a subsidiary of ICF, and oversaw the international accounts for ICF. He has a strong entrepreneurial focus with a record of building business units and expanding into new clients and sectors.

R. Bruce Bateman


R. Bruce Bateman is a Huntsville, AL native and brings over 35 years of proven, Executive Management experience at the President, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, and Director levels. This experience includes new business growth, and profit and loss responsibility, company turnarounds for U.S. Government, commercial, and international customers. Mr. Bateman is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a MS Degree in Contracts and Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a BS Degree in Business Administration from Athens State University. In his spare time, Mr. Bateman enjoys service in his community and spending time with his family to include 6 grandchildren.

Caroline Hughes


Caroline  is an experienced sales professional with a proven track record of sales and revenue expansion, through crafting complex solutions, customer relationship building and tenacity. 
Caroline has a background in software and services and has been successful selling in the Federal Civilian market throughout her career. Caroline has worked in sales and business development in the past with companies including Experian, Lexis Nexis, QinetiQ, General Dynamics and Alion.  

Dan McNamara


Dan brings over 25 years of expertise driving business growth in the FedCiv Market. Dan has held leadership  positions with focus on DHS and Cyber Security with companies including Bechtel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Maximus Federal and Sierra Nevada Aerospace. He has built pipelines, helped identify and connect with key decision makers, structured go-to-market strategies, and branding.  He is active in groups like AFCEA NOVA and The Capital Business Development Association. He's a Co-Founder of the Northern Virginia Business Development Group, a Patriot Circle Member of InfraGard and has made presentations at DHS Security Summits. and was a Panel Member at USCYBERCOM’s Dreamport on the topic of ICS Cybersecurity.  

Tom Naphor


Mr. Naphor has more than 25 years of experience in the integration, deployment, and optimization of large, complex Federal Enterprise Application portfolio programs using COTS, Low-code/No-code, and Cloud/SaaS application platforms.  Tom has held Senior leadership roles including program, solutions, technology, account, and capture manager positions. He has served in Sr. Business growth advisor and Sr. Business Development Executive roles. With his expertise in business development, tech solutions, and delivery, Tom has held key roles leading to the successful capture of $2.5 Billion in single award, open competitive contracts for small, mid-size, and large government contractors.

Shannon McGarry


Shannon McGarry possesses more than 30 years of leadership and advisory experience as a
senior leader in the US government in national security, technical operations, capacity building
and policy development. She is also a former diplomat with significant experience working with
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Shannon D. McGarry,
(FBI, ret.) initially worked as an electrical engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, then supported the missile defense industry as a Department of Defense
contractor.  She later joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent and retired
after 22 years of service. 

After her federal career Shannon went back to industry as a C-Suite executive whose
responsibilities for the Corporate Development Team included business development and the
corporate pipeline, proposal management, and marketing and communication.  Her enterprise
experience includes strategic decisions to grow and restructure corporate business, establishing
strategic partnerships and focusing on organizational excellence which drove a 20 percent
increase in revenue and 25 percent personnel growth. 
Shannon started her own boutique business intelligence consulting firm in 2021 and has
successfully helped small, medium, and large sized businesses win government contracts.  Her
area of focus is working with companies who have high-end technical expertise and are
dedicated to furthering the mission of international and national stability and security.

Rick Cirigliano


Rick Cirigliano brings over 35 years of executive experience solutioning and selling software and
hardware for some of the largest corporations in America.  Through these experiences Rick has
grown into and is recognized across the industry as a cloud engineering product and operations
leader.  He possesses extensive experience in all aspects of designing, developing, implementing,
and successfully managing services and products globally, including for Oracle, Infor and Mitel. He
also brings exceptional technology and customer facing skills combined with proven ability to drive
market strategy, manage and nurture talent, deliver sales growth, form strategic partnerships, and
successfully implement and oversee complex operations. With a proven track record for launching
new services and products including Cloud based solutions and engineered products. He is highly
experienced in managing large groups of employees and customers. Dedicated to customer
satisfaction and world class products and operations with a focus on fundamentals of team
collaboration, knowledge supported by data and professional respect.

Rick received his BS in Physics from California State University, San Jose.  He received his MS
in Electrical Engineering from California State University, San Jose and his MBA from the
University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi (general engineering) and Etta Kappa
Nu (electrical engineering) national honor societies and IEEE.

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