About CDCA

CDCA Mission
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 History
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.

CDCA Officers:
President, David Hamburger
Vice President, Josh Hatter
Secretary, Brian Lindgren
Treasurer, Jimi Elderman

Board of Directors

Back from left to right: Charlie Templeton, David Hamburger, Andrea Julius, Dena Elrod, Josh Hatter, Jimi Elderman, Jim Harmon, Brian Lindgren, and Red Hoover.
Front from left to right: April Nadeau, Heather Walker, Steve Amell, Katie Arrington, and Ryan Lemire.
Roles: Summit Committee Chair

Andrea Julius currently serves on the CDCA Board of Directors. Her roles: Chair: Summit. She also 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 Bachelor’s 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: Small Business Committee Co-Chair, Finance Co-Chair

April Nadeau has actively participated in multiple roles throughout the Charleston Defense Industry and is well-respected in both the government and contractor communities since 2008. She joined Sentar in March 2012 as the Division Manager. She directs all of Sentar’s SPAWAR, DHA, Navy, and Marine Corps programs—managing programs, people, and processes and facilitates results through energetic individual effort and efficient resource management. April is also a valued participant of Sentar’s Leadership team—with a focus on leading efforts which further grow the company and extend its reach and reputation. This includes new opportunity identification and capture, maintaining customer and partner relationships, as well as developing new ones, and supporting proposal efforts.

Roles: CDCA Secretary and Ways, Means & Rules Committee Chair, Events Committee Co-Chair

Brian J. Lindgren is a Program Manager for the Information Technology Group of Engility Corporation, 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 currently Chairman of the CDCA’s Small Business Committee, which coordinates the quarterly SBIOI symposia. As a result of that assignment, he was asked to participate in the SPAWAR Working Group to re-evaluate the management of Multiple Award Contracts (MACs). Brian has also supported the Ways, Means, and Rules Committee, the Education Committee, and the Membership Committee. Prior to joining the CDCA Board Brian had actively participated in CDCA activities (writer and former committee member for CDCA Communicator, presentations at two SBIOIs, planning and exhibitor roles for the C4ISR/C5ISR Government & Industry symposia), 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. Brian has been a long-time advocate of contractors in the Charleston community. “I have always been involved with volunteer community and civic organizations,” he said. “I seek re-election on the CDCA board to continue serving the Charleston contractor community. I believe I can leverage my experience in Charleston (resident for 22 years, SPAWAR contractor for 16 years) for optimal results, particularly as CDCA increases its collaborative efforts with our partner organizations such as AFCEA, WID, GCGCA, and TASC.”

Roles: Ways, Means and Rules Committee Co-Chair

Charlie Templeton 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 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, a Parsons Company. At present he is the President of Temple Cyber Solutions which provides cyber security services and programmatic consulting services to the defense industry. He was one of the founding members of the Charleston Defense Contractors Association and has been active for the past twelve 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.

Roles: CDCA President

David Hamburger works for CSRA. He is also the owner of Evolve-Tec LLC, which provides consulting services in the Charleston area and has been imbedded in our local defense industry since 1996. He has supported 4 of the 2014 top 20 national defense contractors as well as an assortment of small businesses. He is currently serving his ninth year on the CDCA’s Board of Directors and currently holds the office of President. He is also the former CDCA Secretary and the original Ways, Means and Rules Committee Chairman. Prior CDCA service also includes six years as Chairman of the CDCA’s Education Committee.

Roles: Education Committee Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Dena Elrod serves as General Manager, South Carolina Operations of Centurum Information Technology, Inc. Ms. Elrod manages a portfolio of single and multiple-award contract vehicles issued by various Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to include Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Atlantic (SSC-LANT). Centurum’s South Carolina Operations Division provides information assurance, software engineering, information technology, life cycle logistics and technical support services. Dena is a 2001 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has a Master’s of Science in Management from Troy State University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI).

Roles: Small Business Committee Chair; Public Relations Committee Co-Chair
Heather Walker has been employed by Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 15 years and is currently serving as a Principal with leadership responsibility for the firm’s Charleston office and SSC Atlantic business. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, program management, client relationship management and staff leadership. Prior to her arrival in Charleston in September 2010, Heather provided program, financial, acquisition and technical support to SPAWAR HQ and PEO C4I in San Diego, CA and Norfolk, VA. After graduating from Villanova University with a B.S. in International Business and being commissioned through the ROTC program, Heather served for 4 years as an active duty Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy prior to beginning her career with Booz Allen. Heather is committed to the local Defense industry and the belief that the partnership between government, commercial industry, non-profits and academia is key to success in Charleston. She is an active member of CDCA, previously serving on the Ways, Means and Rules Committee, and was instrumental in the recent update of the CDCA By-Laws. She is currently serving in her second year on the CDCA Board of Directors and leads the SBIOI Committee. She also participates in other local associations such as Women in Defense, Society of Women Engineers and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Heather is active in the local community, serving on the Palmetto Goodwill Industries Board of Directors and the Mount Pleasant Track Club Board, and she is a mentor with The Citadel mentoring program. She was a Charleston Regional Business Journal 2013 Executive “Influential Women in Business” award finalist.
Roles: Membership Committee Chair; Summit Committee Co-Chair

Mr. Harmon is the Program Manager and Director of Charleston Operations for EMSolutions, a small business headquartered in Arlington, VA and Corporate Member of the CDCA for the last two years. Jim is a veteran of 31 years of Naval service and was hired by EMSolutions in June 2012 to build business and manage work associated with the Pillars and or other source of business. Prior to EMSolutions, Jim worked for SAIC and Booz Allen as a Program Manager and Project Manager for numerous projects supporting SSC Atlantic, SOCOM, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. As a Project Manager and Business Developer within the Charleston Defense community, he has been intimately involved local business interests, serving as the President of PMI Charleston and continuous board member since 2006, and being as visible in AFCEA and CDCA as possible, including volunteering when available. He served on the C5ISR Security Team in 2013 and as the Deputy Chief of Security in 2014. He is well known throughout the industry and brings a mature and experienced approach to problems affecting the defense industry and contractors in the Lowcountry. As such, he will be an excellent addition to the 2015 CDCA Board of Directors.

Roles: CDCA Treasurer

Jimi Elderman is an Operations Director with Spry Methods, a certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), where he leads operations across the company to manage current work and develop new opportunities. Mr. Elderman works directly with SSC LANT customers, industry leaders, and the defense community on a daily basis. 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 nearly six years ago he has worked as a Department of Defense contractor in various positions of increasing responsibility, and has been a strong supporter of the CDCA and community. He has been involved as a key committee member with the highly successful CDCA Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) for the past five 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 elected to the CDCA BOD in May 2013 and was selected as the Education Committee Chair due to his experience as an intern and commitment to enhancing the technical capabilities of the defense community by working with academic organizations. Mr. Elderman is the current Treasurer of the organization, ensuring the financial stability and viability of the CDCA.

Roles: CDCA Vice President, Public Relations Chair, CIC Representative

Joshua Hatter is Senior Business Development Manager at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) in Charleston, SC, where he manages the BD pipeline and identifies new business opportunities and areas for growth in SPAWAR in Charleston and Norfolk. His primary focus is determining customer needs and developing a diverse pipeline and account plan to position GDIT for future growth. He serves as GDIT BD lead for the SSC Atlantic market and is the primary company POC between government customers and industry partners. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He served as CDCA Treasurer for 3 years and CDCA Vice President for the past year, and he has served on the CDCA Board of Directors for the past 5+ years. As Treasurer, he worked to ensure the long-term financial viability of the CDCA by guiding the transition from accrual accounting to cash accounting. Josh served as Vice President in 2015, during which he led the development of the CDCA value proposition which defines newly structured benefits for each membership level.

Roles: Events Chair, Summit Committee Co-Chair

Katie Arrington is VP Sales Operations with Dispersive Technologies Inc., and has actively, aggressively, and effectively served the local defense community for eight years. Prior to joining her current firm, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (Keegan Silver) and Centuria Corporation. She has a unique base of experience, and deep understanding of the multiple aspects of a wide spectrum of the defense contractor industry, ranging from the challenges associated with a startup software firm to the complexity of a large business systems integrator. She has worked to cultivate and enhance the relationship between government and industry and strives daily to advocate, protect and preserve this community.

Roles: Strategic Think Tank Chair

Red Hoover currently holds the position of Vice President and Division Manager of the Engineering and Technical Services (ETS) Division under the Systems Engineering & Mission Support (SEMS) Business Unit at ManTech International Corporation. Mr. Hoover is responsible for the business and operations at seven key ManTech offices.
As Division Manager for Engineering and Technical Services, he leads a team of highly qualified engineers and technicians in several specialty areas such as C4I integration, C2 software development, C4I virtualization training, IA certification, underwater acoustics, combat systems training and safety, and shipyard IT enterprise support.
Mr. Hoover’s previous experience includes over twenty-seven years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy as an Engineering Duty Officer. His latest assignment was serving as the Major Program Manager for Naval Command and Control Directorate (IWS 6). He also served as the Commanding Officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic.
Mr. Hoover has extensive experience as a Navy Engineer and Program Manager at both SPAWAR and NAVSEA commands to include over twelve years’ experience in Washington, DC. He received special recognition for his extensive work in the area of Joint Track Management and Interoperability to include receiving the 2012 AFCEA Copernicus Award. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan-Flint for his efforts in mentoring engineering graduates. He was a Judge for the 2014 Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. He has recently been selected to participate on the SSC Atlantic Executive Industry Council.

Roles: Technology Committee Chair; Public Relations Committee Co-Chair

Ryan Lemire is a current Board Member, the Chair of the Technology Committee and the Co-Chair of the Strategic Think Tank. This past year Ryan rebuilt the CDCA Website and streamlined the technology budget in order to make more resources available to the CDCA's core mission. Ryan 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 13 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. In partnership with SPAWAR, Ryan organized multiple Code-a-thons held at the C5ISR conference. 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 recently Co-Chaired the Open Silicon Harbor 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: Political Relations Committee Chair; Strategic Think Tank Co-Chair

Mr. Amell has over 35 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 Federal Solutions Group Business Unit’s 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 Political Relations Committee. He serves as a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Military Policy Council representing CDCA. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for “The American Military Museum” located in Charleston.