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Matthew Dean, President/CEO
Matthew Dean is the founder of Markon Solutions and is responsible for its vision and strategic plan. Mr. Dean has over 25 years of experience providing executive management and consulting support throughout the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Before he founded Markon Solutions, Mr. Dean was a Director at MKI Systems, a Senior Manager with the National Security practice at BearingPoint, and a cost analyst with the Department of the Navy. Mr. Dean has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s in Engineering Management from University of Maryland University College. Mr. Dean hopes that Markon remains consistent with its corporate vision: to provide a path to success for our employees and clients while maintaining our small business culture. It is his intention to preserve the idea that all Markon employees have the opportunity to make a real difference at Markon regardless of their position within the company.

Ray Carney, Vice President
Ray Carney is Vice President of Operations and oversees the development of Markon’s corporate infrastructure to support growth. He also leads the Commercial Portfolio for Markon Solutions including all new and existing non-government clients. His responsibilities include client satisfaction, market maturity, and developing new opportunities. Mr. Carney’s areas of expertise include leadership, sustainable design, workplace strategy and modification, design thinking, data centers, and creating secure environments. Since joining Markon in 2007, Mr. Carney has run numerous internal program strategies, capture efforts, and client engagements. Mr. Carney has successfully delivered design and construction projects for multiple government agencies including the DIA, ODNI, FBI, DoD, and DOJ. For example, Mr. Carney provided cradle-to-grave project management support for the successful design and build of secure facilities. He also is the chair of the Markon Solutions’ Leadership Development Program. Prior to joining Markon, Mr. Carney consulted for Andersen, KPMG Consulting, Crowe Chizek, and BearingPoint. He received his MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Business Technology from John Carroll University. Mr. Carney is a Six-Sigma certified Yellow Belt, a certified SCRUMMaster, a LEED Green Associate, a Sun Certified Java Programmer, and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential as well as both ITIL v3 Foundations and Quality Management certifications.

Drew Thompson, Vice President
Drew Thompson is Vice President of Strategic Growth and is accountable for the strategy and implementation of new market development for the corporation. With 17 years of program and acquisition management experience, he is adept at developing strategic plans, capital investment processes, program management structures, and financial controls. Prior to joining Markon, Mr. Thompson was a Professional Staffer serving on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Surveys and Investigations Staff where he was charged with evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of high visibility military, intelligence, and homeland security programs and operations. Mr. Thompson has an MBA in Operations Management from Wake Forest University, a B.A. from Dickinson College, and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential.

Leigh Valudes, Vice President
Leigh Valudes leads the Solutions Division, which focuses on Markon’s core competencies—Facilities, Acquisition, Finance, and Security. He is responsible for quality control, branded solutions, and Markon University. During his 19-year consulting experience, Mr. Valudes developed expertise in strategic planning, mission analysis, requirements programming, facilities project management, design and construction management, business operations, and strategic marketing. For most of his career, Mr. Valudes has been embedded directly with the client at secure government sites, providing owner representative services to agencies such as DoD, DIA, ODNI, NRO, DHS, FBI, and GSA. He has also supported commercial, state and local governments, and university clients. During his first five years with Markon, Mr. Valudes served as Program Manager for one of Markon’s largest contracts, the Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda (ICC-B), leading an on-site 18-person program management team to redevelop the former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Headquarters. Before joining Markon, Mr. Valudes supported world-class programs such as the $5.5B Pentagon Renovation Program and the $4B DHS Headquarters Campus Program. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware majoring in both government and history and graduated from American University’s Washington National Semester Program with a focus on national and foreign policy. Mr. Valudes holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential and is a LEED Accredited Professional certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Matt Slingwine, Vice President
Matt Slingwine leads the Intelligence Community Portfolio for Markon Solutions including current engagements within the DIA, DNI, NGA, and NRO markets. Mr. Slingwine is responsible for overall customer satisfaction, employee and contract health, and portfolio growth. Since joining Markon in 2009, Mr. Slingwine led multiple contract engagements for the firm including Financial, Facilities, Strategy/Governance, and Program Management efforts. Mr. Slingwine leads with a focus on bringing innovative management strategies to the client and a passion for growing internal talent for future leadership opportunities within the firm. Mr. Slingwine’s 16-year career includes leading teams on projects totaling over $100M annually with two of the nation’s largest building firms. Mr. Slingwine received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Grove City College Pennsylvania majoring in Financial Management. He is a Certified SCRUMMaster (CSM), Six Sigma Green Belt, and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential and the ITIL V3 Foundations Certification.

Steve Genn, Vice President
Mr. Genn leads client delivery and portfolio growth at the Departments of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs (VA). He is accountable for the team’s professional growth and development, client satisfaction and the portfolio’s P&L. He co-developed and facilitates Markon’s Leadership Development Program.  Prior to Markon, Mr. Genn supported Booz-Allen, West Hudson/Cardinal Health, Arthur Andersen, SRA/Touchstone and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He served clients across the Intelligence Community, DoD, federal civilian, and commercial healthcare markets. Mr. Genn received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a BA from Louisiana State University, where he was commissioned through Air Force ROTC. His military career includes service as an active duty Air Force Air Battle Manager, during which he flew missions in Desert Storm. He retired as a Colonel from the Air Force Reserves. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential and is a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner.

Kyle J. Werking, Vice President
Mr. Werking manages all contracts with U.S. Government civilian departments and agencies. He is responsible for client satisfaction, portfolio maturity, and developing new opportunities. With 15 years of Civilian experience, he has successfully delivered design and construction projects for multiple government agencies. He was the owner’s representative for a 16-acre project that had a budget exceeding $200 million. In the U.S. Army, he served five years as an armor officer. Mr. Werking earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Kristin “Krissy” Goff, Human Resources Director
Ms. Goff ensures overall HR compliance to meet the complex needs of Markon’s employee population.  She has experience in launching corporate training programs, implementing HR systems, serving on merger and acquisition teams and creating employee development programs.  Prior to her experience with Alion Science and Technology and Wal-Mart Logistics, she achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. She has a BA in Political Science with a minor in Military Studies from North Carolina State University and a MA in Human Resource Management from Marymount University.

Sharon Lizama, Director
Markon’s accounting and cost management process is under the leadership of Ms. Lizama, who serves as Director of Finance. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in generating financial and accounting strategies for small to mid-size businesses. Ms. Lizama joined Markon in 2009 and was instrumental in the selection and implementation of the Deltek Costpoint accounting system. She is well-versed in Defense Contract Audit Agency rules and regulations. She also has the expertise to navigate finance and accounting issues that challenge small businesses.

David Morrison, Director
Mr. Morrison leads Markon’s financial management practice and is also the market lead for our Intelligence Community finance and consulting business. He was Employee of the Year in 2013. Mr. Morrison has provided project management, financial consulting, and IT services to clients across the Intelligence Community. Mr. Morrison began his career as a Contracting Specialist managing an IDIQ contract consisting of 50+ separate delivery orders valued at more than $100 million.  Mr. Morrison earned his MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Finance with minors in Economics and Management Information Systems from the University of Delaware.

Malav Patel, Director
The 2012 Employee of the Year is a member of Markon’s Investment Committee, which is shaping the company’s road map to 2020. Mr. Patel is a versatile agent of strategic change with skills to act as a liaison among different organizational divisions. He calmly guides clients through tough challenges by building relationships and innovative problem solving. Prior to being a Markon director, he managed the Army and Defense Information Systems Agency markets. Before that, he directed Markon’s operations team. Mr. Patel earned an MBA in Strategy and Operations from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He also has a dual BS from the same school in Marketing and Logistics, with an honors citation and citation in entrepreneurship.

Chris Stevenson, Director
Mr. Stevenson’s focus is business development with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He provides top-quality project management, financial consulting, and strategic planning services to the Intelligence Community and Department of State. Previously with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Stevenson received two NGA citations for meritorious performance, as well as four consecutive Program Manager Letters of Recognition. He has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

Jim Turner, Director
Mr. Turner is responsible for the Facilities Solution consulting practice, which supports workplace and facilities life-cycle. Over a span of 18 years, he has managed more than 90 projects, sized from a few thousand to millions of square feet. His unique approach seeks alignment of the real property assets with business strategy to provide optimal support to core business processes. He was the recipient of Markon’s Business Development award in 2014. He’s in demand as a speaker and writer on facilities management and real estate trends and process. Mr. Turner earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics from the University of South Florida.

Lee White, Director
Mr. White is the market lead for the Intelligence Community (IC) facilities market and MCC.  Since the inception of Markon in 2007, he has also led the DC Courts, Commercial, and Department of Defense markets. Over the course of his 24-year career, he has managed more than $120 million in construction and security projects. Prior to joining Markon, he served as a Security Forces member in the U.S. Air Force, which included supporting the Air Force One program. In 2008, he was Markon’s first Employee of the Year. Mr. White has a BS in Business Administration from Strayer University and an AA in Criminal Justice from Community College of the Air Force.

SaraWittmerSara Haines Wittmer, Director
Ms. Wittmer is point person for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) market. She manages Markon’s largest contract and has ten years of DIA experience. One of her DIA programs employs up to 50 professionals and provides a wide-range of global services, including cost estimating, quality assurance, space planning, and production controls. Previously, she was a member of the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda Program Management Office, responsible for the redevelopment and construction of a 12-acre intelligence campus. Ms. Wittmer holds a MS in Project Management from George Washington University. She also earned a BS in Business from LeMoyne College.