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ABOUT US

Catapult Growth Partners is a corporate growth advisory firm empowering its innovative clients through proprietary methodologies and programs for strategy alignment, business development, and transaction (buy side) services in the small- and mid-market US GovCon ecosystem. CGP works to help clients bring leading-edge services and technology to the United States Federal Government and its strategic missions.

CGP partners with clients to accelerate revenue growth and maximize
enterprise value. Our focus is in the dramatically underserved market of
innovative small- and mid-market government contractors seeking
pragmatic and actionable solutions to achieve next-level growth.

OUR TEAM

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Mark Johnson

MANAGING PARTNER

Savin has spent the majority of his career supporting the public sector selling and delivering IT services and products to the federal government across the DoD and Federal Civilian agencies. He has worked with companies of all sizes providing capabilities in cloud, DevOps, cyber and IT modernization. 

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Savin Joseph

PARTNER

Savin has spent the majority of his career supporting the public sector selling and delivering IT services and products to the federal government across the DoD and Federal Civilian agencies. He has worked with companies of all sizes providing capabilities in cloud, DevOps, cyber and IT modernization. 

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Carlos Otal

SENIOR PARTNER

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.
 

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Fran Vogel

PARTNER

Fran has spent her career in Federal Sales and Business Development.  She is highly experienced in full-lifecycle business development from identification through the capture and proposal process.  Her primary focus has been in the Federal Civilian Agencies and since joining Catapult Growth Partners, supported clients in the Civilian and DoD Agencies.

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Paul Dillahay

SENIOR ADVISOR

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. 

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David Hollis

PARTNER

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.

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Cindy Gaddis

PARTNER

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 PMI.org certified Project Management Professional (PMP), National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and United States Army Association (AUSA) lifetime member.

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Michael Carucci

PARTNER

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.

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Richard Klemmer

PARTNER

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.

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Wayne Bobby

PARTNER

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. 

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Karen Shrum

PARTNER

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. 

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Andy Lieber

PARTNER

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.

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Christina Orticke

PARTNER

Christina is a CPA with extensive experience working with large enterprise energy, financial services, financial and innovative technology both CONUS and OCONUS.  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. Since joining Catapult, she has focused on AI/RPA and cybersecurity platforms, data science and analytics, program management, A&AS, FMS, Acquisition and Financial Management, DEI and contract vehicles such as Oasis, PACTS II and NOVASTAR

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Laura Bennett

PARTNER

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.

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Don Ellison

PARTNER

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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