Beyond Strategy Podcast

ACG National Capital Podcast

Hosted by Andy McEnroe and Jenn Wappaus, Beyond Strategy is an ACG National Capital Region podcast focused on the leaders that are driving innovation, enhancing understanding, and achieving market-clearing outcomes in and around the DC area. The podcast will interview senior-level executives, private equity partners, and industry leaders to discuss topics including, but not limited to, mergers and acquisitions, organic growth pursuits, leadership, and management strategies.



Episode 1: Carey Smith

A sit-down interview with Carey Smith, CEO & President of Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN), a nearly $4 billion market cap public company focused on providing technology-based solutions for the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets. Carey shares her thoughts on leadership, career progression, as well as what makes a successful organic and M&A driven growth strategy.

Episode 2: Andy Maner

A sit-down interview with Andy Maner, CEO of Avantus Federal, a NewSpring Capital portfolio company focused on delivering differentiated solutions to the Defense, Intelligence, Civilian, and Homeland Security markets. Andy shares his thoughts on what it’s like to lead an acquisitive private equity-backed company, the importance of investing in your people, and his vision for where Avantus, and the industry, is headed.

Episode 3: Kevin Robbins

Part one of a two-part series focusing on growth equity in the government contracting community. This episode features a sit-down with Kevin Robbins, co-founder of Blue Delta Capital Partners. Kevin shares the story behind how Blue Delta was established, the customer-centric value proposition they bring when working with a growth equity investor, and life lessons we can all relate to. 

Episode 4: Amy Bleken & Morgan Higgins

Part two of our series focuses on growth equity in the government contracting community, featuring  Amy Bleken, CEO of Client Solution Architects, and Morgan Higgins, Principal at Blue Delta Capital Partners. A sit-down discussion on the working relationship between an operating entity and a growth investor. The collaborative customer-centric environment embraced by both partners and the role each play in the growth of Client Solution Architects.

Episode 5: Bob Lohfeld, Jr

Bob Lohfeld, Jr. is the CEO of Sev1Tech, a leading provider of digital transformation, cybersecurity, cloud, and C5ISR solutions supporting critical mission challenges across the defense, intelligence, homeland security, space, and health markets. In a wide-ranging conversation, Bob shares his insight on how Sev1Tech supports its government customers, develops employees, maintains a robust company culture, and purses inorganic opportunities, among other topics.  

Episode 6: Jack Kerrigan and Peggy Styer

Solving challenges for mission critical companies, expertise in the national security sector, coupled with successes operating technology companies, represents a rare combination among venture capital /growth equity firms.  After successfully exiting two prominent businesses in 2021, the sales of BlackHorse to Parsons and BlackLynx to Jacobs, respectively, and completing a $340m capital raise for Fund III, hear how Peggy Styer and Jack Kerrigan of Razor’s Edge Ventures find, fund, and foster technology companies that are solving significant challenges for mission-focused customers. Discover what makes them tick, lessons learned, and what is next for Razor’s Edge.  Sectors of investment interest include cybersecurity, data science, data infrastructure, space, C4ISR solutions and sensor technologies, to name a few.

Episode 7: Jared Shepard

Jared Shepard is an experienced and innovative industry leader with other twenty years of information technology, federal services, and sales experience. A U.S. Army veteran, Jared is the architect behind two successful businesses, Hypori and Intelligent Waves, and a rapidly expanding non-profit, Warriors Ethos. On this episode of Beyond Strategy, hear is thoughts on leadership, business evolution, and giving back to support others.  Jared also shares his background and why he believes non-traditional experience can make great leaders as well as employees.


Episode 8: Olivia Trivisani Bowker

Part one of our three-part series on building a business in the government contracting market. In this episode, we explore the first of three ways businesses are built, founder bootstrap led, as we sit down with Olivia Trivisani Bowker, Founder & CEO of Amivero.

In this episode, Olivia shares her experiences and insights on how to build a successful business from the ground up, including the challenges and opportunities she faced as a founder. She also discusses the culture of openness, engagement, empowerment, authenticity, and agility that she has cultivated at Amivero, which has helped her company stand out in a crowded market.

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a GovCon professional, or simply interested in hearing from a successful business leader, this episode offers valuable insights and inspiration. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from Olivia Trivisani Bowker's story and the knowledge/tricks of the trade she's acquired along the way. Tune in now to Episode #8 of our series on building a business in the government contracting market.



Beyond Strategy- Hosted by Andy McEnroe & Jenn Wappaus