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.


Strategic Plan


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Board Of Directors




Finance, Budgeting, Accounting
Brian Lindgren

Co-Chair:  Jimi Elderman
Co-Chair: Manny Lovgren

The CDCA Finance Committee encompasses all fiduciary responsibilities to provide and maintain the financial stability of the association. This includes ensuring that appropriate financial systems and controls are in place while remaining compliant with relevant tax and government requirements and regulations. The Finance Committee maintains records of all CDCA bank accounts and maintains sufficient reserve funding to provide essential core services, monitoring and managing cash flow – including routing accounts payable/accounts receivable activities, planning short- and long-term budgets, and organizing two financial audits each calendar year.


Education & Workforce Development
Stella Mercado

Co-Chair: Kris Busch

The education & workforce development committee will enhance the technical capabilities of the association in support of local DOD organizations. The intent is to work with all levels of academia to promote education and workforce development in the DOD community from entry level to professional accreditation. It is responsible for generating student interest, funding various educational initiatives and creating outreach to regional academia. The committee will promote and administer the association’s summer internship program, promote initiatives for workforce development, and also maintain awareness and complement/support other initiatives that are being undertaken by other organizations. The committee will be responsible for the execution of educational and workforce development initiatives on behalf of the association.


Government Advocacy & Strategy
Red Hoover

Co-Chair: Kris Busch
Co-Chair: Stella Mercado

The Government Advocacy and Strategy Committee plans and implements strategies to increase participation, recognition, and communication with various federal agencies, offices, Congressional and Executive staff to promote the interests of CDCA, its members, and the Greater Charleston Regional economic development.


Membership & Partnerships
Manny Lovgren

 Co-Chair:  Maura Boselowitz
Co-Chair:  Brian Lindgren

The membership & partnerships committee promotes and encourages membership with CDCA. The committee will work to retain our current membership base and recruit new memberships. The committee will collaborate with the other committees to assess and make recommendations on programs or services that will add value to the membership. The committee will also collaborate on new and innovative ways to improve the membership of the association. The committee will monitor all aspects of membership, including dues, membership structure, eligibility criteria, changes to membership categories, retention, bringing in new members and ensuring that the member’s experience meet’s everyone’s expectations.


Robin Burke

Co-Chair:  Brian Lindgren


The CDCA operations committee oversees the organization’s general operating business practices and agreements. The committee is chaired by the CDCA secretary, with specific focus areas including contracts industry council, staff and policy, and information technology.

The chair is the primary interface to the CDCA’s legal counsel and insurance agents, and also oversees staffing of CDCA employees, e.g., brand evangelist, administrative assistant, and financial assistant. Other responsibilities include coordinating processes of other committees, including turnover, maintaining and overseeing CDCA by-laws and standard operations guide, ensuring the CDCA charter is up to date, maintaining any new operational documents as they develop, and overseeing CDCA BOD and CIC elections.


Small Business
Jimi Elderman

Co-Chair: Robin Burke

The small business committee will foster increasing potential business base of small businesses for prime and subcontracting opportunities. The committee will develop a synergistic network of professional competent small businesses that have proven infrastructure, processes, program management and technical skills to successfully integrate their products and services as potential SB primes or subcontractors for peacetime and mission critical operations in support of the war fighter.


Public Relations
April Nadeau

Co-Chair:  Maura Boselowitz



The public relations committee will present the mission, vision and values of the association to the public. It will provide all official media contacts, speaking engagements, press releases, public affairs issues and other related contacts with the media on behalf of, or in representation of, the association. It will develop all forward facing materials for the association. The vice president will hold the office of public relations committee chair.


Beth Meredith

Co-Chair:  Gary Jaffe

The summit committee will plan, organize and execute all facets of the annual C5ISR summit. It will host the annual summit in support of the goals of the association, primary customers, and the vision for the greater Charleston region.



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PO Box 61089
Charleston, SC 29419


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