Phil Bond is one of America’s most honored technology policy experts and leader of the firm that bears his name.
A former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, his 25-plus year career in Washington has included numerous citations for his leadership roles in the Executive branch, on Capitol Hill, at major high technology companies, and most recently as the CEO of TechAmerica, the largest technology advocacy association in the US.
Bond has been accorded numerous accolades during his 25-plus years in Washington, DC, including:
Earlier in his career, Bond served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Monster Worldwide, the world’s largest online career site, and General Manager of Monster Government Solutions.
From 2001 to 2005, Bond was Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and, from 2002-2003, served concurrently as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. In his dual role, Bond worked closely with Secretary Evans to increase market access for U.S. goods and services and further advance America’s technological leadership at home and around the world. He oversaw the operations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of Technology Policy, and the National Technical Information Service. During his tenure, the Technology Administration was the pre-eminent portal between the federal government and the U.S. technology industry.
Bond joined the Administration from the private sector, where he served as Director of Federal Public Policy for the Hewlett-Packard Company, and previously as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council.
From 1993 to 1998, Bond served as Chief of Staff to the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA). He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs from 1992 to 1993. Earlier, Bond was Chief of Staff and Rules Committee Associate for Congressman Bob McEwen (R-OH) from 1990 to 1992. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.
He is a graduate of Linfield College in Oregon. Bond and his wife, Diane, have two daughters and reside in Fairfax Station, Virginia.Read less
Adam Rak is a government relations professional with some 20 years experiencein public policy. He has worked for Congress, industry associations and a Fortune 500 company. Focused on the field of government relations, Adam has significant expertise on technology policy with a focus on security and privacy.
Most recently Adam was the Regional Vice President, Silicon Valley for TechAmerica the nation’s largest high tech trade association. In this role he successfully led the organization’s program, advocacy and sales efforts in the association’s largest and most important market.
Adam also led Symantec’s Public Affairs program building a global organization. In this role, he had responsibility for managing Symantec’s relationships with government officials and overseeing the company’s worldwide public policy agenda. In addition, he had responsibility for the management of Symantec’s corporate philanthropy, community relations and corporate social responsibility programs.
Prior to joining Symantec, Adam worked in Washington, DC as a legislative aide for former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly. Adam also worked at TechNet, as the State Public Policy Director. Adam is a past Chair of the Business Software Alliance’s Policy Council and he also helped found the Cyber Security Industry Alliance the only CEO led public policy and advocacy group exclusively focused on cyber security issues.
He was elected in 2011 and is currently serving as a Trustee of the San Carlos School Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife Allison and three daughters.Read less
Gerard is founder and CEO of Schuman Associates, our partner firm in Brussels. With more than 20 years’ experience in managing an EU consulting practice, Gerard has pioneered innovative strategies for Schuman’s clients growing their EU funding, presence and influence. He has worked with many of the world’s Fortune 500 firms, leading NGOs and governments. Gerard has been in Brussels since 1986, having worked both as a National Expert and consultant to the European Commission. Gerard is a graduate in economics from the University of Limerick and has been based in Brussels since 1986, having worked both as a National Expert and consultant to the European Commission. He is also a founder of the Brussels Branch of the Institute of International and European Affairs.Read less
Bartlett Cleland is an experienced technology and communications policy professional who serves as regional lead in the Texas technology sector. He has a long track record crafting public policy, thought leadership, advocacy, messaging, advertising, coalition building, strategic planning, and tactical advice for corporations, trade associations, and non-profit organizations. He brings deep knowledge of communications policy, technology, intellectual property, health IT and tax.
Bartlett is also the Policy Counsel for the Institute for Policy Innovation, a free-market “think tank” dedicated to promoting lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a smaller, less-intrusive federal government. IPI currently focuses on tax cuts, long-term tax reform, educational choice, high-tech and Internet issues, and the rollback of harmful and counterproductive regulations.
He was one of the primary U.S. Senate staff driving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (a comprehensive update to the copyright laws), the Internet Tax Freedom Act, as well as encryption and “supercomputer” export controls. He worked on all legislation before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding copyright during his Hill tenure. Later he represented the software industry handling a variety of copyright issues including open source and proprietary challenges, and a variety of tax and finance issues particular to the software industry. In addition he served as the tax counsel for the Information Technology Association of America and TechAmerica, as well as the Regional VP of Texas.
He currently serves on the Internet Education Foundation Board of Directors, which involves working closely with the Internet Caucus and such projects as GetNetWise, a project to assist parents in understanding the Internet and how to protect children on-line. He also serves as the Chair of the Technology and Communications Taskforce of the American Legislative Exchange Council. He was recently named Policy Advisor for telecom at The Heartland Institute. Earlier he served on the Internet Safety Technical Taskforce, a group comprised of leading Internet businesses and organizations and formed by 49 state attorneys general to focus on identifying effective online safety tools and technologies
Bartlett began his professional career in the human resources field with Lee Hecht Harrison as a consultant for executive outplacement.
Volunteering for many political campaigns, he joined the Ashcroft for Senate campaign as a research assistant in 1994. He went to Washington, D.C. in 1995 to work for Senator John Ashcroft, serving as the Senator’s technology counsel from 1996 – 1998. At the same time, he held various management positions ultimately serving two years as operations director. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for Americans for Tax Reform as technology and policy counsel, and advised Commissioner Grover G. Norquist on the Advisory Committee on Electronic Commerce. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the Associate General Counsel and VP, Software, at the Information Technology Association of America.
Bartlett graduated from Millikin University with a B.S. in philosophy and business administration. He received his Masters of Business Administration, as well as his law degree with a specialization in international and comparative law, from St. Louis University. He is admitted to the Missouri bar.Read less
Mr. Steininger is the former Managing Partner of the Global Public Sector business at Grant Thornton. In this role he was responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of Grant Thornton’s government business worldwide. He was Chairman of the Grant Thornton International Public Sector Committee comprised of global member firms. As a senior partner, he was also a member of the U.S. Firm’s Operating Committee which oversees and manages national and regional businesses.
Mr. Steininger was the Managing Partner for the Washington, DC area offices. The clients served in this practice included technology, financial services, real estate, not-for-profit and government organizations. Today, Steininger is the CEO of a newly created public accounting and professional services firm based in Palm Beach, Florida. The company provides advisory, accounting and auditing services to both public and private sector clients. Mr. Steininger is Chairman of Merlino Holdings and Enterprises, and serves as a Senior Advisor to Grant Thornton, LLP. He also serves on several Industry Association boards and committees.
He also led the Firm’s initiatives and programs in Government Contracting.
Previously, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Grant Thornton in the United States. He was responsible for all Firm operations, including strategy development, business service lines (audit, tax and consulting), and geographic practices in 60 offices around the country. He established a portfolio and line of business approach to structuring the Firm’s business operations, and led the sale of the Enterprise Solutions Division to Hitachi. He consolidated functional areas such as IT, HR, Finance and Purchasing on a Shared Services basis, supported by a national technology infrastructure. He has also served as a member of the U.S. Partnership Board.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he was a Partner with Ernst Young (Arthur Young), having served in leadership positions in government industry specialization, management consulting and information technology. He was also an Executive Vice President for ICF, a large environmental and engineering consulting firm, and led its information technology subsidiary.
Mr. Steininger was elected Chairman Emeritus for the Technology Association of America (TechAmerica). He is a member of TechAmerica’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as well as the Public Sector Board that oversees the association’s initiatives in the Government market.. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for TechAmerica and the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). He also established the charter and chaired the ITAA Audit Committee. He has received the prestigious Frederick Terman Award from the TechAmerica Foundation in recognition of his Technology Industry leadership role.
Mr. Steininger is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). He is currently the Chairman of the Corporate Partners Advisory Group, the industry division of AGA. He has received the Andy Barr Award for his private sector leadership in the government financial management community. He was selected for the Robert King Award in recognition of his lifetime contributions to AGA.
He is a Trustee of the Washington, DC based Federal City Council, the major trade group involved in developing the nation’s capital city business strategy and related initiatives. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC.
Mr. Steininger has a BS degree in Accounting from King’s College and an MBA from George Washington University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida and Virginia. He is also a Certified Management Consultant, a Certified Information Technology Professional, and a Certified Government Financial Manager.
Professional memberships include the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s, Institute of Management Consultants, the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals, the American Society of Military Comptrollers, and AGA.Read less
Leslie Dunlap expertise combines policymaker, business executive and consumer viewpoints like few others. Dunlap’s breadth of experience includes:
Serving key Members of Congress involved in the development of emerging technology laws during the critical first decade of Internet growth.
Her firm, Dunlap Consulting, develops practical, solutions-oriented approaches resulting in positive policy and compliance outcomes. A wide variety of telecommunications and Internet-related legislation, regulation and self-regulatory codes adopted over the last two decades include her substantive contributions.Read less
As founder, CEO and managing partner, Elroy has helped build one of the largest African American-owned government relations firms in Washington, D.C. Elroy is responsible for the day to day management and strategic direction of the firm.
The Watts Partners is a multi-industry, full service government affairs firm that focuses on the emerging marketplace both domestically and internationally. Watts Partners represents a broad range of clients such as NASCAR, Wells Fargo, John Deere, the Republic of Senegal, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a myriad of small businesses. The firm also specializes in maneuvering through the federal government maze and procuring government grants and appropriations at the federal level to include helping small companies secure private and government procurement opportunities.
Prior to co founding and becoming CEO and managing partner of the Watts Partners, Elroy served in numerous capacities throughout the government at the federal and state level. He has served as the Director of Urban Affairs, for then-Michigan Governor John Engler, where he handled urban development maters. He also served as an advisor to then-U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan where he handled transportation, housing and economic development matters. Additionally Elroy has gained extensive experience in international affairs.
Along with then Congressman J.C. Watts, Elroy founded the Congressional TradeAid Caucus, a congressional initiative aimed at increasing economic and cultural relations with African nations. He led a senior congressional staff delegation to Botswana; he was appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve as a U.S. Advisor to the African Development Bank Annual Summit in Ethiopia; and he directed two official Congressional delegations to Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, and Mali that included over 30 U.S. corporate leaders. He has also traveled to Israel on a congressional staff fact-finding mission.
Elroy and his wife Angela Sailor, a former White House advisor have been mentioned by JET magazine as one of Washington’s most influential couplesRead less
Gregory Vistica is the founder and president of Washington Media Group, Inc. An author and former investigative journalist, Mr. Vistica provides a variety of discreet and successful communication services to commercial and non-profit clients worldwide. In his prior career, Mr. Vistica worked as a journalist for national newspaper, magazine, and broadcast media companies. He was a correspondent for Newsweek, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a staff writer for The Washington Post, a staff producer for 60 Minutes II, and a military affairs writer for The San Diego Union- Tribune. With nearly 20 years of experience, he understands the media and is close to the nation’s top editors, reporters, and producers.
The New York Times, in nominating Mr. Vistica for a Pulitzer Prize for exposing Senator Bob Kerrey’s role in a Vietnam massacre, called his work “enterprising reporting at its finest.” He was selected as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the national reporting category, and won a Peabody, the nation’s top broadcast award. In addition, he won a George Polk award for breaking the Tailhook scandal, which led to historic reforms in the military. Polk jurors said his groundbreaking coverage of the Navy made “Tailhook almost as recognizable a code word as Watergate or Teapot Dome.” He was nominated for an Emmy by CBS, received a Heywood Broun honorable mention, and was a finalist in the International Consortium For Investigative Journalists competition. Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) also selected his work for finalist honors in its journalism awards.
He is the author of “The Education of Lieutenant Kerrey,” a book about Senator Kerrey and Vietnam, and “Fall From Glory: The Men Who Sank the U.S. Navy,” a contemporary history. A New York Times review said Fall From Glory was “full of revelations at even the highest levels of power.” The Washington Post said his Kerrey book was a “sobering reminder” about the fog of war, with the Seattle Times saying it “deserves to be read for the valuable lesson it tells about how public-service journalism is crafted.”Read less
Bob Meissner is the founder of Capitol Resources Washington Representation. His Washington experience spans over 25 years, including work for the government and in the private sector. He has served as counsel and strategic advisor to Presidential and Senior Executive level appointees, as well as Members of Congress and senior staff. Bob has also worked for and with the corporate management of large, mid-size, and start-up technology companies in advancing their interests and programs within the federal government.
During his Washington assignments under five Secretaries of Defense in three different Administrations, Meissner provided sensitive legislative assessments and strategies to the Director of Defense Research and Engineering, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. From 1995 to 1998, Bob was the Corporate Director of Government Relations for Litton Industries, a $5 Billion Fortune 400 Company.
A graduate of the Senior Officials in National Security Executive Program, at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Bob holds a Master of Arts in Government (with distinction) from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and International Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Academy.Read less
David Sanders is the Founder of Dallas Advisory Partners LLC, an advisory services firm focused on optimizing the enterprise value of technology and technology services companies serving the global market. He has worked with start-up technology companies all the way to large global technology companies. His primary focus is in product and services development, roll-out, support, operations, sales, marketing, strategy and on-going sustainability. He is skilled in working in complex environments where there are multiple partners and subcontractors involved in the process.
David is a senior executive with 34 years of experience in the outsourcing and consulting business. He gained his expertise in selling, deal making, executive management and running large operations with companies such as Accenture, BearingPoint, SHL Systemhouse and Perot Systems. He has the unique background of deep outsourcing experience along with nine years of leading large consulting engagements.
He is experienced with all aspects of outsourcing to include infrastructure outsourcing, time sharing, software as a service (SaaS), application service provider (ASP), application outsourcing and business process outsourcing.
He has extensive consulting experience in software development, program management, systems integration, ERP implementation, business transformation, enterprise architecture, technology strategy and sourcing advisory. He has been through the transformation of three large technology companies as they acquired companies (Perot Systems), went through an IPO (BearingPoint) or were acquired by a larger company (SHL Systemhouse).
He was a founding partner with BearingPoint, one of the fastest growing consulting companies in the US. He was a member of the Accenture team that developed the outsourcing practice in the US. He recently served as the CEO of Hildebrando USA a near shore company providing technology services to the US market. He has experience in the commercial, federal and state & local business. He has global experience having supported sales and delivery in Asia, South America, Canada and Europe.Read less