About CDCA

CDCA team, left to right Beth Waugh, Jack Moore, Ryan Lemire, Mark Gadomski, Charlie Templeton, Brian Lindgren, Josh Hatter, Cynthia Holt, Amiee Pereira, David Hamburger, Jimi Elderman, Nancy Straight, Andrea Julius (not pictured Elizabeth Stober, Katie Arrington, Ron "Buzz" Buske, Steve Amell)

CDCA Mission
In order to address issues facing the Charleston, South Carolina military industrial complex, the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, or CDCA, was formed and incorporated as a South Carolina Corporation on 4 December 2002. CDCA’s beginning was based on a grassroots formation called the “Technology Leadership Forum”, an offshoot committee of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronic Associations (AFCEA) that first met on 6 September 2001. The Technology Leadership Forum consisted of 40 business and government officials who were interested in raising local awareness of the industry cluster and also in establishing the defense contracting companies as a viable entity within the Charleston business community. On November 7, 2002, CDCA held its first General Meeting and an interim Board of Directors and Officers were elected. On December 4, 2002, CDCA received a Certificate of Incorporation as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of South Carolina. CDCA received its 501(C)(6), business league organization, tax exempt status on 11 April 2003.

The general purpose of the CDCA is to address issues and opportunities facing the Charleston, South Carolina defense community. Specifically, the CDCA will: (1) perform as an advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area and other surrounding regions, (2) provide liaison with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, elected officials, legislatures, and special groups and committees, (3) take actions to develop or improve the local defense community’s ability to develop, attract, retain, and more effectively execute business opportunities, and (4) to foster the increased and improved interaction between defense contractors for accomplishment of better services to defense customers. ​

CDCA Officers:
President, Mark Gadomski
Vice President, Jack Moore
Secretary, C. David Hamburger
Treasurer, Josh Hatter
Executive Committee, Beth Waugh

Board of Directors

Roles: Chair: Summit, Co-Chair: Events

Andrea Julius currently serves as a Charleston based Project Manager for Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. supporting multiple projects at SPAWAR Atlantic. Over the past 10 years, her professional experience includes: Program Management, Quality Management, Business Development, Capture and Proposal Management, and Technical Writing. She received a Bachelors of Science from East Carolina State University in 1997 and recently graduated with an MBA from Ashford University. She also is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Andrea is actively involved with the CDCA, AFCEA, WID, PMI, and the Golden Key International Honors Society within the Charleston community. She also volunteers with the Special Olympics and First Robotics competitions. Her goal is to enhance effective communication between our government customers and the Department of Defense industry, as well as industry-to-industry collaboration. Additionally, Andrea supports developing the means to provide advance technologies related to continuing education and professional certifications for our area workforce. Andrea served as Charleston’s Young AFCEAn Committee Chair/Co-Chair for two years. Andrea has been instrumental in developing the Lowcountry Young AFCEAn community by assembling a committee devoted to organizing various events focused on young professionals in our industry. Specifically, the target areas include community outreach, professional development, and social networking. As a result of Andrea’s efforts, the AFCEA International Awards Committee has selected her as a Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAn for 2012.

Roles: Chair: SBIOI, Co-Chair: Technology

Brian J. Lindgren is a Business Development Director for the Engility Corporation (formerly L-3), which is a platinum member of CDCA. Brian was elected to the CDCA board of directors in 2012, after having served three terms as President of the AFCEA South Carolina Lowcountry chapter. He is Chairman of the CDCA’s Small Business Committee, which coordinates the quarterly SBIOI symposia. Previously Brian had actively participated in CDCA activities (former writer and committee member for CDCA Communicator, presentations at two SBIOIs, planning and exhibitor roles for the C4ISR/C5ISR Government & Industry summits), and has always been with corporate and platinum CDCA member companies at all size levels (Large: Engility/L-3, Booz Allen, Lockheed Martin; Medium: SRC; Small: WareOnEarth, Imagine One, ICS). Two of these companies (WareOnEarth and Imagine One) graduated from small business status while Brian was there, so Brian connects to the issues that affect contracting firms of different sizes. A Charleston resident since 1992, for many years Brian has been involved with volunteer community and civic organizations, and he sees his position on the CDCA board as a means to continue serving the Charleston community. As an advocate of contractors in the Charleston community, he is optimistic about leveraging his background and corporate relationships for optimal results during challenging times.

Roles: Secretary, Chair: Ways, Means & Rules

David Hamburger, owner of Evolve-Tec LLC, has been providing DoD related strategic business development and technical support services in the Charleston area since 1996. He’s currently serving his eighth year on the CDCA’s Board of Directors. David holds the office of Secretary for the CDCA and also serves as Chair for the newly formed Ways Means and Rules Committee. He has contributed numerous articles for the CDCA Communicator and volunteered his time in support of the SBIOI, Philanthropy, Political Relations, Strategic Thinking and C5ISR Summit committees. As the Education Committee Chair for six years, David invested countless hours of personal effort towards the committees expansion. Assuming a start-up summer internship program in 2008, he led a progressive expansion of committee initiatives and executed a $92K budget in 2013. Current initiatives include: the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, the Governor’s School for Science and Math, the Lowcountry’s Regional Science Fair, and the Military Magnet’s expansion into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. David’s broad professional history includes numerous Federal and DoD organizations including: the former NESEA (St. Inigoes, MD), NSA Panama City (Panama City, FL), MSFC (NASA – Huntsville, AL), NSWC-IH (Indian Head, MD), NAWC-TSD (Orlando, FL) and, most importantly, SPAWAR HQ, SSC-P and SSC-L. His C5ISR experience lies in Program Management, Business Development, IT Service Management, Business Process Improvement, Lean Six Sigma, Modeling & Simulation, ILS, Systems Integration & Test, and Naval Communications Systems Research. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and maintains active memberships in AFCEA, NDIA, and WID as well as other non-industry related organizations.

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Roles: Chair: Membership, Co-Chair: Internal Audit

Charlie Templeton is the Senior Vice President/General Manager Secure Mission Solutions and has over 30 years’ experience managing information technology (IT) systems, evaluating new technologies and working in the area of computer operations, telecommunications, information management and information operations. His experience in the information technology business covers both the civilian as well as the military sectors. He is well versed in both the technical aspects of the defense industry as well as the management of technical resources in the defense contractor and military communities. Charlie’s expertise in the civilian defense industry has been varied marked by positions as Technical Director, Program Manager, Director of Operations, Vice President of Business Services and Senior Vice President and General Manager for Secure Mission Solutions. At present he is responsible for the Global Security Solutions Business Unit headquartered in Charleston, SC. He was one of the founding members of the Charleston Defense Contractors Association and has been active for the past ten years. He has aided the growth of the organization as membership chairman for the association. Charlie also has a broad background in the military where he served in the communications, computer and information management areas for 26 years. He directed the day to day operations of networked computer systems for Air Force wide use and implementation of hardware, software and support services. He is well versed in both the technical aspects of the defense industry as well as the management of technical resources in the defense contractor and military communities.

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Roles: Co-Chair: Public Relations

Beth Waugh has been the President of Liberty Business Associates, LLC since May, 2002 and has more than 25 years of project management and operations management experience in the public and private sectors. Liberty is a small business headquartered in Charleston, SC that provides professional services to the defense industry. As a small business owner, the health of Charleston’s defense and contractor base is of critical interest to Beth. She has been on the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Board of Directors since 2008 and has co-chaired CDCA’s annual Government Industry Conference, served on the Contracts Industry Council (CIC) and CDCA’s Public Relations Committee. Beth believes that the government/industry interaction facilitated by CDCA provides opportunity for all businesses, and she strives to foster this inclusive posture.

Roles: Chair: Strategic Think Tank, Co-Chair: Ways Means

Elizabeth Stober (Nettles) is the current Director of Business Development and TASC and has been involved in the Defense Industry for over 17 years. Beginning in 1996 with a Foreign Military Sales position in Washington, DC, Elizabeth quickly advanced to Program Manager on several international programs supporting the Department of State and the United Nations. In her role there, she successfully managed contract sites in Bosnia, Haiti and Angola among others. Elizabeth soon migrated into the Business Development profession and has supported various DoD, DoE, and DHS organizations while gradually building trusted relationships among an assortment of both large and small businesses. Over the past several years, Elizabeth has invested her time and energy in the CDCA and is the current Secretary for the association. She is also the presiding Chairperson for the CDCA’s Strategic Think Tank committee, Co-Chair on the CDCA’s Events Committee, and supports the Social Media Committee for the CDCA’s C5ISR Government/Industry Summit. Elizabeth has volunteered her time and effort in the advancement of other local organizations, including: a founding member of the Palmetto Chapter of Women in Defense - Vice President (2009-2010) and President (2011-2012), AFCEA Lowcountry Chapter - Second VP (2010), ASTRA and others. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Christian University and also holds a Master of Arts degree from American University in International Affairs.

Roles: Vice President, Chair: Public Relations, Chair: Philanthropy

Mr. Moore retired from the U.S. Navy in 1984 after a 24 year career. He then began work in the defense community with Sonalyst. He was the primary principle in starting Advanced Communications Technology, Inc. which he sold in 1992 to The SSI Group, Inc. He continued to manage SSI until he left in 1997 to start the IT Division for MABC in Portsmouth, VA. In 1999 he joined Dataline, Inc. as Director of Network Solutions in the Commercial sector. In 2001, Mr. Moore assumed the responsibility for Strategic Business Development with the added responsibility of managing the Charleston office. Was Director of Navy Programs for Odyssey Systems until Jan 2010 when he went to MTCSC as Business Development until they were purchased by Mantech International Corporation where he was responsible for Business Development for the Charleston office. He is currently VP for Southeast Region for Peerless Technologies.Currently Vice President of CDCA, he serves on the Scholarship Committee for Low Country AFCEA Chapter, Chairman and volunteer of the year, 2012 for Palmetto Partners which is a nonprofit supporting Robotics throughout South Carolina K thru 12, Member of several Committees of the Chamber, and serves on Board of Palmetto Scholars Academy Charter School located in North Charleston.

Roles: Chair: Education, Co-Chair: Membership

Jimi Elderman is the SPAWAR LANT Business Development Manager for the Navy & Marine Corps Business Unit of SAIC in Charleston, SC, where he supports a multi-billion dollar pipeline of new business contract opportunities. His primary responsibilities are maintaining industry and customer relationships within the SSC LANT market by analyzing customer needs, developing and maintaining community relationships, and cultivating a diverse pipeline. Mr. Elderman holds a degree in Marketing from Clemson University. In 2006 Mr. Elderman was selected for the CDCA Internship Program to be an intern for Eagan, McAllister & Associates, which allowed him to delve into the Charleston Defense industry and gave him his initial foray into and a strong interest in returning to the community. After relocating back to Charleston area five years ago he has worked as a Department of Defense contractor since his return in various positions of increasing responsibility, and has been a strong supporter of the CDCA for more than four years. He has been involved as a key committee member with the highly successful CDCA Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) for the past four and a half years. Mr. Elderman has also served on the CDCA Finance committee since its inception in 2012 and the CDCA Membership Committee since its inception in 2011. Mr. Elderman was selected as the Membership Committee Co-Chair in 2012 due to his strong commitment to grow and increase the value of CDCA membership. After being elected as a board member in 2013, Mr. Elderman was nominated and accepted the position of Education Committee Chair and has focused on growing STEM initiatives in local schools, providing internships for college students and member companies, and helping students, young professionals, and the community as a whole.

Roles: Treasurer, Chair: Finance, Co-Chair: SBIOI

Josh Hatter is a Senior Manager for Marketing/Business Development at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) in Charleston, SC, where he manages the BD pipeline and identifies areas for growth with SPAWAR LANT new business opportunities in Charleston, New Orleans, and Norfolk. Mr. Hatter’s primary focus is determining customer needs and requirements and developing a diverse pipeline and account capture plan for GDIT and GD. He serves as the GDIT BD lead for the SPAWAR LANT market and is the primary company POC between government customers, teammates, and competitors. In this capacity, Mr. Hatter’s primary duty is to understand the strategic direction of the Charleston Defense market and capitalize on its potential for future growth. Mr. Hatter holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Hatter has worked as a Department of Defense contractor for 11 years in various positions of increasing responsibility, and has been a strong advocate for the CDCA for more than eight years. He has been involved with the highly successful CDCA quarterly Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) since its inception seven years ago. Mr. Hatter served as the CDCA Small Business Committee chair for four years, has been the CDCA Treasurer for the past year, and has served on the CDCA Board of Directors for the past three years.

Roles: President

Mr. Gadomski has supported the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) since its inception and has served on the Board of Directors for the last seven years (and as its president for the last two years). Mr. Gadomski was also one of the founders of the Small Business Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) and was recently the AFCEA large business representative to SPAWAR Atlantic's Charleston Industry Council (CIC). Mr. Gadomski has over 35 years of experience providing support for Navy Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems. Experience includes positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of operations, business development, engineering, operational test and evaluation, requirements analysis, and training. In 1997 Mr. Gadomski followed key customers from Patuxent River, MD to Charleston, SC to open a local office for a small business. These customers were tasked to help build and grow what is now SPAWAR Atlantic. As Mr. Gadomski’s customers succeeded, so did the small business, and it was ultimately acquired by a large Department of Defense (DoD) contractor. In 2012 Mr. Gadomski decided to again help establish C4I operations for a small business and joined Spry Methods where he serves as a Sr. Vice President of C4I Operations. Prior to moving to Charleston Mr. Gadomski provided twelve years of direct support to tactical projects and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) related programs. Mr. Gadomski and his wife reside in Charleston, SC where he additionally serves as a structured (and for many as an un-official) mentor to young professionals and small businesses.

Roles: Chair: Contracts Industry Council

Nancy Straight is the Business Development Manager for UEC Electronics, an AS9100, ISO 9001 registered small business in Charleston. Nancy is responsible for identifying, securing and performance oversight on SPAWAR, Marine Corps, Navy, and Army contracts at UEC. Nancy has been in this position for 4 years and has made significant contributions to the success of the company.Nancy served in the Intelligence field in the Marine Corps. Her operational background consisted of Ground, Aviation and Service Support Elements in the tactical intelligence community earning Good Conduct, Sea Service Deployment and Navy Commendations awards while serving in the Marine Corps. Nancy transitioned from active duty to SPAWAR-Atlantic working as a Program Manager / Integrated Product Team lead for USMC C5ISR projects. Nancy was responsible for executing yearly budges in excess of $200M and a government / industry partner team of 300 people. Nancy brings a wealth of experience through her operational and technical background and is experienced in SPAWAR / DoD policies, processes, and contracting strategies. The additional experience of working as a small business contractor, and partnering with other DoD contractors, has only embellished her perspective and understanding of this industry.Nancy has successfully served on the CDCA Board for the previous year and is a vocal advocate for the CDCA member companies as well as the chair for the Contract Industry Council (CIC). She is very approachable and engaged with the membership resulting in excellent information flow of ideas, issues, and opportunities for both CDCA and its Members.

Roles: Chair - Events; Co-Chair - Political Relations; Co-Chair - Internal Audit

Ron “Buzz” Buske, Director C4ISR Programs, Centurum, Inc. has been working in and around the SPAWAR Charleston-Area market since February of 1999. He has supported myriad customers across the SSC-C/A domain with primary support to the Command Chief Engineer and the 5.3, 5.5, and 5.6 Departments. Buzz currently manages all Business Development activities for Centurum’s South Carolina Operations Division – he works in partnership with the Vice President of South Carolina and Norfolk Operations to identify and validate new business targets; perform capture planning, teaming/partnering strategies, and proposal development. Ron currently serves on the CDCA Board of Directors as Events Committee and Political Relations Chairs and as committee member of the Finance and Audit Committee and various Ad Hoc committees when required. Additionally, within the defense community, Buzz serves on the AFRICOM Relocation Task Force and as Golf-Committee Chairman for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Low Country Chapter – in this capacity he organizes two large golf tournaments each year which fund the Low Country Chapter education scholarships. A strong community advocate, he provides tireless support to many non-profit organizations which includes Low Country Food Bank, Low Country Orphan Relief, Darkness to Light, and Windwood Farm Home for Children to name just a few. Buzz is the Vice President of the Exchange Club Foundation of Charleston; Director of Public Safety for the Coastal Carolina Fair; District Director for the South Carolina Exchange Clubs; and is Past President of the Exchange Club of Charleston and Evening Exchange Club of Charleston.

Roles: Chair: Technology, Co-Chair: Strategic Think Tank

Ryan Lemire is the Executive Director of Operations and Development for Geocent’s Charleston Office. Prior to Geocent Ryan spent 9 years at ManTech and has been supporting SPAWAR Charleston for the past 12 years. As a leader in Geocent and formerly in ManTech, he was responsible for fostering growth and building capability. In addition to running Geocent, Ryan volunteers a great deal of his time to the Charleston defense community and the CDCA. Most recently and in partnership with SPAWAR, Ryan organized the first annual Code-a-thon held at the C5ISR conference. The Code-a-thon saw participation from industry and government and was regarded by both as a rousing success. Previously Ryan’s team developed the Themis question and answer app used at both the SBIOI and the C5ISR conference. The app was created pro bono to help meet challenges facing the CDCA. Ryan is on the CDCA social media committee, the technology committee and Co-Chairs the Military Open Source (Mil-OSS) conference held annually in Charleston. Ryan’s efforts are focused on expanding the scientific and engineering base of the community by supporting innovative events, promoting open source and fostering growth in our industry. Recently Ryan was a volunteer for the Palmetto Cyber Defense Challenge, a STEM contest for local high schools and colleges. In previous years Ryan has chaired and served on the Chamber of Commerce ThinkTEC board whose charter was to increase the knowledge economy in the low country.

Roles: Chair: Political Relations, Co-Chair: Communicator

Mr. Amell has over 34 years of experience in the US Navy and Marine Industry providing support for Navy Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems and Navy Ship Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) systems. Experience includes the areas of business development, engineering, operations leadership and support. Steve is Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Life Cycle Engineering (LCE). He has served as LCE's SPAWAR Account Manager and as a senior level manager responsible for supporting LCE’s Applied Technology and Engineering Services Business Units’ strategic planning and business development activities for DoD and federal markets including Space and Naval Warfare Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Transportation Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Prior to joining LCE in 1986, Mr. Amell worked at Charleston Naval Shipyard for almost 8 years in the Combat Systems Office. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Executive Institute. Mr. Amell has been a CDCA board member since 2010 and is the Chairperson of the CDCA Communicator committee and Co-Chair of the Political Relations Committee. He has served on the Speaker Committee for the annual C5ISR Government/Industry Conference for the two of the past three conferences. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for “The American Military Museum” located in Charleston.