Board of Advisors
Major General, USAF (Ret.)
Fmr. Vice President of Government Services, Honeywell
Major General John F. Phillips serves as a leading advisor for the government services division of DGC International. He served as Vice President of Government Services for Honeywell, where he held several positions of increasing importance since 1997. He was responsible for comprehensive acquisition, aviation, IT, logistics, and leadership experience to the organization.
Prior to joining Honeywell, John served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics) overseeing an organization of 850,000 military and civilian personnel with a budget of $114 billion. In this capacity he established an outsourcing and privatization program for the Federal government. Major General Phillips earned the highest Department of Defense certifications (Level III) in Program Management, Acquisition Logistics, and Computer Systems Development. He led the 1994 Quadrennial Defense Review. The recipient of over 250 awards and decorations, John was honored with Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award in 1999.
He served for more than 27 years in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Major General. His last assignment was Commander, McClellan AFB, California. He is a fighter pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, 300 of those in combat.
He holds a BS degree in biology and chemistry from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, and an MS degree in Logistic Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Fmr. Chief, Product Quality Division, Defense Energy Support Center
Robert Koeller has 37 years’ experience managing energy program and energy policy development and implementation, energy contract administration, and energy quality assurance/surveillance for both commercial contractors (1973-1980) and U.S. Government agencies (1980-2010). Mr. Koeller served as the subject matter expert for the petroleum quality assurance/surveillance function to Department of Defense/Defense Logistics Agency/Defense Energy Supply Center Directorates and the Military Services as the focal point for all petroleum products and related technical matters within the Middle East Area of Responsibility (AOR) – Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Egypt and Sudan. Mr. Koeller was also the principle technical advisor to the DESC-ME Theater Commander.
Fmr. Director of Contracts & Negotiations of IBM
Bruce Leinster will serve as DGCI’s leading advisor for the IT sphere in regard to government contracting and procurement. He is the former Director for Contracts and Negotiations for IBM’s U.S. Government sector. He was responsible for the negotiation of all IBM contracts at the federal, state and local level, including negotiation and maintenance of IBM’s GSA Federal Supply Schedules. His responsibilities included acquisition policy and working with public sector legislative bodies on matters affecting procurement law.
Mr. Leinster also serves as the Chairman of the Procurement Policy Committee of the Information Technology Association of America. He formerly chaired the Policy Committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industry Association and the Procurement Policy Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council. In these capacities, he participated in significant discussions with the executive and legislative branches of the Federal government that helped shape the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act in 1994, the Information Technology Management Reform Act and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1996. Most recently, Mr. Leinster assisted Congressman Davis’s staff in drafting the recent Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA). This bill was introduced by Congressman David in the last session of Congress and is intended to enhance the sale of commercial services by the private sector to U.S. agencies.
He also speaks regularly at industry and government forums. He recently testified before the U.S. House IT Management Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on the impact of the aforementioned legislation. Mr. Leinster has a B.S. from Lehigh University.
President & CEO, Pan American Technical Services Inc
Donald McLamb offers the experience and qualifications gained in his career that began as an electronic system design and development engineer. He has led teams that have developed and operated the world’s most extensive launch, tracking and control range, built and operated systems that evaluated the U.S. and Russian missile programs, put men and instruments in space, tested and evaluated undersea warfare systems, and built the world’s highest energy laser instrumentation system for nuclear fusion experimentation. He has been part of, and led, highly successful business development teams, for CSC, DynCorp, Johnson Controls and Boeing. Mr. McLamb holds an MBA with Data Processing Option, Florida Institute of Technology and a 1984 Masters in Space Technology, from Florida Institute of Technology.
President, Africa-Asia Projects Group
Milt Bearden retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 1994, after thirty years in the CIA’s clandestine services, where Mr. Bearden rose through the ranks to become one of CIA’s most senior officers. His early career was split between German-speaking Europe and Hong Kong. During the early 1980s he moved to Africa to serve as CIA Chief in Nigeria and later in Khartoum, where he covered Sudan’s civil war and the ultimate overthrow of the regime of Jaafar Nimeiri.
In 1986 Mr. Bearden was put in charge of the CIA’s covert operations in support of the Afghan resistance, an effort that ultimately succeeded in forcing a Soviet withdrawal. From 1989-92, Mr. Bearden directed the CIA’s clandestine operations against the Soviet Union. Mr. Bearden ended his CIA career as the CIA Chief in Bonn, in the newly reunified Germany.
Mr. Bearden is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and has contributed to Foreign Affairs , The National Interest, The National Journal Online, and to the book on September 11, 2001, How Did This Happen?, published by Public Affairs. He is the author of a novel about the Afghan resistance, Black Tulip, and co-author, with James Risen, of The Main Enemy, a non-fiction account of the end of the Cold War. He has consulted on several films, including The Good Shepherd and Charlie Wilson’s War.
Mr. Bearden Served in the United States Air Force with duty in the PACAF 1958-1962. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a B.A. in Linguistics, and of the Yale University Institute of Far Eastern Languages (Mandarin Chinese). He lives in Virginia with his French-born wife, Marie-Catherine.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Zamani founded DGC International as an information technology, linguistics and program management solutions firm to address the growing demand for customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, federal civilian government, state and local government and commercial sectors. Mr. Zamani currently shapes and approves DGC International’s business strategies, serves as an advocate for the organization’s issues, and helps set the overall direction. Mr. Zamani holds a BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix and an Executive MBA from Virginia Tech.
Senior Executive Director, Contracts
Mark J. Lumer comes to DGC International with over 33 years of federal service, and is an internationally known expert and author in the field of government contracting and has received many awards. He formerly held the position of Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), with offices in Huntsville, Alabama; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Frederick, Maryland, Falls Church, Virginia and Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands. As the Director of Contracts, he oversaw over $15 billion in active contracts, annual expenditures of about $2.5 billion and a staff of approximately 110. Mr. Lumer was a member of the Senior Executive Service and the Army Acquisition Corps, with Level III certifications (the highest possible) in both Contracting and Program Management. He was a member of the Army Acquisition Governance Board.
Among other outstanding credentials, Mr. Lumer is the most decorated civilian contracting official in the history of the U.S. Army. Mr. Lumer received his last medal, for Meritorious Civilian Service, from the Army in Nov 2008, 11 months after his retirement. It is one of approximately a dozen medals he earned during his career. On the same day, he received the President’s award from the AbilityOne program, which represents the disabled community in the United States.
In 2004, Mr. Lumer was selected by the White House and the Army to lead a procurement training team to visit coalition partners to thank them for their support in helping rebuild Iraq. Mr. Lumer worked with a number of U.S. Ambassadors and represented the people of the United States in 30 visits to 22 foreign countries. He was particularly proud of the fact that no foreign government pulled their troops out of Iraq during the three years he led this mission.
Mr. Lumer previously worked in the Pentagon, where he was the Army Policy Representative on the DAR Council for four years. As such, he established the Army’s position on revisions and changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS). Mr. Lumer had eight DAR subcommittees reporting to him. He also served as the Acting Director, Army Procurement Policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development, and Acquisition) immediately before joining SMDC. Mr. Lumer is one of approximately 450 people worldwide who have actually written the FAR and DFARS.
Mr. Lumer holds BA and MBA degrees, and attended Albany Law School. He is a 1993 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a Certified Associate Contracts Manager, and was elected a Fellow by NCMA in 1984, at the time one of the youngest Fellows ever. He was recognized by NCMA with the Outstanding Fellow award in July 1994, and the National Achievement award in July 1995. Mr. Lumer served as the NCMA National Vice-President for Education and Certification, and the National Vice-President for Business Development previously.
Senior Executive Director, Advisory Solutions
Major General Williams leads as a Senior Executive Director for DGC International’s government services work. He served his country in the military for over 35 years and recently retired in 2010. He was last assigned as the Commanding General, 4th Marine Division from April 2007 to April 2010. As a Major General, he managed budgets up to $10 billion and led and managed Governmental and Economic Development in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, in his early military career he was a Military Aide to Presidents Carter and Reagan.
Major General Williams has served throughout Asia, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Africa in numerous military operations. He has extensive experiences in China, Korea, Japan, and the Republic of the Philippines. In addition to multiple combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, he has extensive operational experience in the Counter-Drug War in Central and South America, and in Southwest Asia.
He received Master’s degrees from Georgetown University in Government and National Security Affairs in 1981, from Yale University in Hospital Management/Public Health in 1984, and from the U.S. Army War College in International Security Studies in 2000. He has completed studies at Harvard’s JFK School of Government, and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flaglar School of Business.
Vice President, Business Development
Ayman Bekdash provides operations and business development expertise for the government services division of DGC International. Mr. Bekdash serves as the company’s ISO 9001:2008 management representative, and his emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency optimizes DGC International’s client-focused ethos. He played a pivotal part in DGC International’s global corporate transformations beginning in 2011, by significantly contributing to the set up of DGC International’s operations in South America, East Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Mr. Bekdash holds a Bachelor of Science and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Rochester. He is also a former Fulbright fellow.
Vice President, Logistics & Supply Chain
Aziz Doraney provides logistics and transportation expertise for the government services division of DGC International. Mr. Doraney serves as the company’s lead in the CENTCOM and AFRICOM AORs. He played a pivotal part in DGC International’s global corporate transformations beginning in 2011, by significantly contributing to the set up of DGC International’s operations in Iraq, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. Mr. Doraney holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Homeland Security from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Ian Galloway is a Business Development and Management Executive with experience developing and delivering highly innovative solutions in demanding business environments. His management experience has focused on the design and implementation of strategic communications, marketing, and quality and risk management processes. Recently he has been focused on the development of supply chain logistics and program management solutions for government, military and international commercial markets. Mr. Galloway holds a Masters Degree in History from the University of Edinburgh.