cBEYONData has established the following group of experienced business development leaders…
To provide guidance to executive management on corporate and business development issues such as strategic planning, corporate strategies, finance, government affairs, and technology. We spent years searching for the right team to advise this company, and we believe we’ve found them. Our board of advisors allow us to effectively conduct business in the world of business intelligence, financial reporting, data analytics, compliance reporting, visualizations, and geo-mapping. You can also keep up with our team on the social media platform, LinkedIn! Follow us for weekly updates on our company, BI, data analytics, visualizations, compliance events and more!
Christopher Haakon has over 40 years of experience in the industry focusing on profit center management and top-level corporate responsibility. Since his retirement from General Dynamics in 2003, Mr. Haakon has applied his significant expertise as a consultant, serving on the Board of Directors to four fast growing companies and Board of Advisors to three other companies. He has also served as a director on numerous associations, commissions, and foundations over the past forty years. Prior to work with General Dynamics, Mr. Haakon worked for Boeing-Autometric from 1963 to 2002, working his way up from an image analyst to CEO in 1997. At the time of acquisition by The Boeing Company in September 2000, he was the CEO of Autometric, providing the strategic vision and executive direction and leadership. Mr. Haakon focused on maintaining and strengthening strategic partnerships in industry, government and across Boeing operations. The company provided leading-edge services and applications to federal and commercial clients, specializing in data visualization and animation, modeling and simulation systems, image processing and analysis, geospatial data management products, systems engineering and integration. Mr. Haakon was a Program Director for Geospatial Initiatives for the General Dynamics line of business. He retired in 2003 from General Dynamics to become a part-time consultant for numerous companies. Mr. Haakon is a retired Navy Reserve Captain where he held four command tours, culminating in his service as Reserve Intelligence Area Commander, Area Nineteen, Washington, DC, responsible for 20 subordinate reserve units and 950 officers and enlisted members. Mr. Haakon was formerly Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Defense Intelligence College Foundation, Chairman Emeriti of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee, a member of the National Correlation Working Group Board of Directors, and past Advisor to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Transformation Advisory Group. Mr. Haakon has a BA from Columbia University, New York City.
Earl E. Devaney
Earl E. Devaney is the President of The Devaney Group, having retired from the Federal government at the end of 2011 with over 41 years of service. He now provides strategic advice to a wide variety of companies seeking to establish, mature, and expand business with the Federal government, applying his policy and operations management expertise to assess issues and provide guidance with lasting solutions that streamline operations and increase return on investment. Six days after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, he named Mr. Devaney Chairman of Recovery and Transparency Board, to oversee the $840B stimulus expenditure. Working under tight legislative deadlines, Mr. Devaney established a new Federal Agency, created two award winning websites with innovative geospatial web services for full transparency, and implemented an internationally lauded oversight program. Reporting directly to the Vice President, he also served as the Co-Chair of the U.S. Attorney General’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. His leadership of the Recovery Board resulted in extraordinarily low levels of fraud while enabling millions of citizens to clearly see how their tax dollars were being spent in real time via the Internet. In 1999, Mr. Devaney was appointed Inspector General for the Department of the Interior by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. During his tenure, he led the public corruption investigations, resulting in the convictions of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the Department’s Deputy Secretary and presided over the oil and gas investigations that engulfed the Mineral Management Service. Prior to his role at Interior, he was the Director of the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training for the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Devaney directed all of EPA’s criminal investigators, as well as the agency’s forensics laboratory and its enforcement-training institute. While at EPA he was the U.S. Head of Delegation and Co-Chair of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crimes Committee in Lyon, France. Mr. Devaney spent the first 20 years of his career with the Secret Service serving in locations throughout the United States and abroad. When he retired, he was the Service’s foremost expert on fraud and Special Agent-in-Charge of the Fraud Division. Mr. Devaney holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated from the prestigious Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University, the Executive Development Program at George Washington University, and two executive management programs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Currently he serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.
Gary Ford has served as an attorney and counselor to businesses in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 35 years.
From 2009 until his retirement in 2014, he served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., the largest independent securities regulator in the United States. In FINRA’s Office of General Counsel-Corporate, Mr. Ford managed the Code of Conduct group and the Corporate Transactions and Intellectual Property group. The Code of Conduct group monitored investment accounts and investments in which FINRA employees had an interest, managed FINRA’s employee hotlines and reporting systems, investigated and brought to resolution apparent violations of FINRA’s Code of Conduct, conducted ethics training for FINRA employees, responded to employee inquiries, and provided ethics compliance reports to FINRA’s executive management and Board of Governors. The Corporate Transactions and Intellectual Property group negotiated and managed FINRA’s commercial contracts, regulatory services agreements and agreements to acquire or dispose of business groups; the group also managed FINRA’s intellectual property rights and disputes regarding intellectual property rights asserted by others.
From 1995 through 2008, Mr. Ford served as general counsel for technology companies headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, including BroadSoft, Inc., Collaborex, Inc. and AXENT Technologies, Inc.; he also served as securities counsel to webMethods, Inc. In those positions, he managed securities reporting and compliance matters, venture capital transactions, acquisitions, corporate matters, the initial public offering of AXENT, growth and compliance of international operations, technology licensing and intellectual property matters.
Previously, he was a member of the law firm of Tucker, Flyer & Lewis, a professional corporation, where he practiced in the firm’s securities, technology and corporate areas. Mr. Ford also was a member of Spooner, Mitchell & Ford and an associate with the Washington office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
Mr. Ford holds a BA with Honors from the University of Iowa and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Lorraine C. Castro
Lorraine C. Castro is currently the Executive Vice President of NextFed, Inc. Ms. Castro was previously Vice President of Community Plans and Programs Information Solutions at BAE Systems. She identified and analyzed the allocation of resources within the Defense and Intelligence Community budgets and identified how the Agencies were planning to meet the objectives set forth by the President and Congress.
Prior to BAE Systems, Ms. Castro completed a distinguished 25-year career in the Federal Government, retiring from the CIA as a Senior Intelligence Service Executive and career officer. As a CIA executive, Ms. Castro was assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where she held the position of Comptroller and Principal Deputy Chief Financial Executive. She also served as NGA’s Deputy Director, Office of Corporate Relations where she was responsible for NGA’s congressional liaison and managed NGA’s internal and external communications and public affairs activities.
Ms. Castro also held numerous positions in the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, Office of Congressional Affairs, and Intelligence Community Staff. Her duties centered on resources and budget management and strategic planning activities. She also served as principal liaison to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and to the Department of Defense Comptroller, with responsibility for funding interests of the Intelligence Community.
Ms. Castro received numerous awards to include the Secretary of Defense’s Civilian Meritorious Service Award, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.
Ms. Castro is serving as a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Intelligence Committee.