Government Acquisition Leader participation is a vital Showcase element
The Government Acquisition Leaders Briefings are a key element of Showcase for Commerce, providing an opportunity for attendees to interact with military and government officials who are responsible for acquisition of vital goods and services. From military platforms and warfare systems to intelligence processes, they ensure that our military personnel have the resources they need to conduct successful operations. The network of providers includes not only military entities but industry and academia as well. Showcase offers unique and individual access to these decision makers in the United States military acquisition process.
In the plenary sessions, attendees will learn first-hand from the leaders about the overall military programs and their challenges, how industry can help them, and specific guidance on how businesses can work with them.
Mr. Roberto I. Guerrero, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy. Mr. Guerrero is responsible for providing oversight and direction for all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies, and programs for the effective and efficient use of the Air Force’s $5B operational energy bill in support of its global mission.
Lieutenant Colonel Havard Whiles is the Product Manager for Small Caliber Ammunition in the U.S. Army, where he is responsible for life cycle management for direct fire small caliber ammunition and similar items for dismounted warfighters in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, SOCOM, and other government agencies. His office oversees research, development, product improvement, production, fielding, testing, and sustainment. LTC Whiles has served in various leadership roles since beginning his career as an M1 Armor Crewman in the New Jersey Army National Guard and later enrolling in the ROTC at Rutgers University. He has served oversees in multiple deployments and earned numerous awards and decorations. He holds an MBA and a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence.
Colonel John Pippy has more than 25 years of proven experience in leadership, logistics, and operations improvement. He provided long-term planning and oversight of engineer support to multiple operations in several countries. Col. Pippy has extensive military leadership and organizational expertise, having commanded multiple units deployed overseas as well as within the United States. He is in command of the 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and the FEMA Region 3 Homeland Response Force for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
LTC Terry Fetterman has a lengthy tenure as the Supervisory Contracting Officer for the USPFO and is now the Chief of Federal Contracting and oversees all contracting activity for the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard. His office has awarded and managed the contracts for many new structures on Fort Indiantown Gap, the three PA Air National Guard Air Bases in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Willow Grove, and across the Commonwealth. He holds the highest dollar amount warrant in Pennsylvania and one of the highest amounts in the nation. In 2014, LTC Fetterman was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the International Security for Afghan Forces. Before his military service, he worked as a lawyer in eastern Pennsylvania.