GovConNet Member Meeting

February 26, 2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
51 Monroe Street
Suite 1800
Rockville, MD 20850

Topic: How Winning Teams are Developed

Meet our Moderator and Panelists:



Alexandra “Lexy” B. Kessler, Partner, Aronson LLC

Alexandra B. Kessler, CPA leads Aronson’s Government Contract Services Group. Lexy joined the firm in 1985 and has spent over 25 years in the industry. Lexy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland in 1985.

With a focus on government contractors, Lexy specializes in providing innovative solutions to her clients’ business challenges.  Her deep expertise in assurance, tax, consulting, government cost principles, regulations, and strategic planning allows her to help clients balance the challenges and opportunities inherent to the business of being a government contractor.  As a trusted advisor to a diverse group of clients, Lexy is well-known for her ability to assist companies in becoming successful government contractors and achieving their strategic objectives.

 As an expert in the field, she is frequently sought as a speaker for industry seminars and forums, and has made presentations to large commercial organizations and various banking institutions on emerging issues related to government contracting.

 Lexy is deeply involved with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and the Government Contracts Council.  She also Co-Chairs their Government Contracts Committee.  In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Professional Services Council’s Conference Committee. Lexy also serves on the firms Board of Directors.


Vance Hum, Chief Executive Officer, I.M. Systems Group, Inc.

Vance Hum is an experienced senior executive with proven track record in public and multinational private companies. He is focused on delivering creative technical solutions for exceptional value. He has a broad history of assisting companies to develop and complete products and services that will drive them to dominant positions in defensible market segments.

Mr. Hum operates as Chief Executive Officer of I.M. Systems Group, Inc. based out of Rockville, MD. IMSG is a professional services group specializing in management, professional and technical services. IMSG employs over 300 employees in over 30 US states and territories. Prior to creating IMSG, Mr. Hum’s experience includes over ten years as a consultant to the investment banking community, highlighted by his role as Senior Technical Advisor to Oppenheimer & Co., Mergers and Acquisitions Department. He has served in the public and private sector as the CEO, COO, or CFO of five other institutes and has been on the Board of Directors of several companies.

Mr. Hum is affiliated with the Board of Directors of two non-profit institutions and is an active member of many organizations in the charitable and technical fields. On two separate occasions in 2008, Mr. Hum acted as an official NOAA observer at the CEOS (Committee for Earth Observing Satellites) meetings in Hainan and Beijing, China. He has also served as an official delegate for the U.S. on the Vietnam-U.S. Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Hanoi, 2010. In 2009, Mr. Hum was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Department of Commerce in grateful appreciation of support and contributions to the Asian American Business Community. He has also been awarded the position of the Dean of Honor of the Environmental Science and Technology Faculty at Nguyen Trai University, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2009. Mr. Hum is currently a host committee member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2011 forum where he is a member of the Energy Policy Support Group.


Pamela J. Mazza, Managing Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC

Pamela J. Mazza is the managing partner at PilieroMazza PLLC. Ms. Mazza has 20 years experience advising clients on all aspects of government contracts law and represents clients before government agencies and contract review boards in bid protests, size standard challenges, teaming agreements and joint venture issues. In addition, Ms. Mazza counsels clients on corporate issues including corporate formation and restructuring, shareholder agreements, and trade secrets protection. She also represents trade associations and corporations before Congress and the Administration.

Pamela Mazza’s clients are commercial companies, government contractors, trade associations, Indian tribes, and Alaska Native Corporations engaging in various industries including e-commerce, information technology, manufacturing, base operations, telecommunications, construction, security services, transportation and environmental services.

Pamela Mazza has gained a national reputation on small business issues and is a frequent speaker and panelist on procurement matters, joint ventures and teaming relationships at conferences sponsored by the Small Business Administration, other government agencies and associations. She also conducts in service training for corporations on small business government contracting issues.

Among her activities, Pamela Mazza sits on the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors where she serves as general counsel. She also served on the board of directors for Provident Bank from 2006-2009, and is a member of M&T Bank's Directors Advisory Council.  She is general counsel for the Small Environmental Business Action Coalition and a member of the Professional Services Council and Women Impacting Public Policy.


Wayne Pizer, Vice President, Small Business Programs, L-3 Communications STRATIS

Wayne Pizer is the Vice President for Small Business Programs at L-3 STRATIS, a Division of L-3 Communications. As Vice President for Small Business Programs, he is responsible for developing and executing the small business strategy for STRATIS. His responsibilities include: identifying go-to-market small business partners, promoting small businesses and ensuring Small Business Compliancy throughout the STRATIS organization. The mission of his office is to grow EITS revenue through partnerships with small businesses. In 2007 and 2008, his office received the highest award given by OSD for working with Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business: The Department of Defense Prime Subcontractor of the year award. This Award recognized L-3 STRATIS for its performance in supporting increased subcontracting opportunities for SDVOSBs. This award has only been in existence for 2 years and his office has won this award twice.

Prior to joining L-3, Mr. Pizer had multiple positions during a 9 year career at IBM. During the first 4 years at IBM, Mr. Pizer worked in IBM’s SAP commercial practice as a Project Manager. From 2003-2008, Mr. Pizer worked for IBM’s Federal Global Services Practice initially as a Project Manager and subsequently as a Program Manager. As a Program Manager, Mr. Pizer led IBM’s Mentor-Protégé Program. He was responsible for developing IBM’s Mentor-Protégé strategy and vision for both Civilian and DoD. In 2007, Mr. Pizer was named IBM’s Strategic Alliance Manager for Federal. The objective of this program was to identify and develop joint go-to-market opportunities with large business partners, such as Cisco, AT&T, Anixter, Juniper, etc. In this role, Mr. Pizer jointly developed a $3 billion dollar pipeline with the strategic business partners.

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