CoAspire's Executive Team

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Doug Denneny, CEO & Founder

Doug has had a very successful career as a naval officer, industry executive, consultant, lobbyist, technology innovator and entrepreneur.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering, Doug served as a naval flight officer flying in the backseat of the F-14 Tomcat as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) and F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO). He was a TOPGUN instructor and commanded a Tomcat and Super Hornet Squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor in combat. Doug worked for the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, Senator McCain as a Military Legislative Fellow, and as a Special Assistant and Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

While on active duty, Doug attended Oxford University while pursuing his masters degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and earned a certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute. He was also a fellow for MIT’s year-long Seminar XXI in National Security and a national finalist for the White House Fellowship program.

After retiring from the Navy, Doug earned his MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business where he was the Henry E. McWane Merit Scholar.

At Boeing, Doug was the manager of the F/A-18 and EA-18G programs for their Washington Operations office and worked closely with Boeing in St. Louis to sell the third Multi-Year Procurement of F/A-18E/Fs and EA-18Gs to the Navy and to Congress.

Doug ran for US Congress in Northern Virginia in 2008, where he competed in a contested primary for an open seat.

Doug was hired by MBDA Missile Systems in 2009 to help grow their US business, MBDA Incorporated. Originally hired as the VP for Government Relations, over the next six years Doug also became the VP of Business Development and VP Communications, holding all three positions at the same time. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the company.

In May, 2015, Doug left MBDA, Inc. to build CoAspire into a premier company specializing in the federal space with expertise in Aerospace and Defense, IT Services, Software, Hardware and Cyber, Government Relations and Business Development. He is a certified Cyber Security professional, recently passing the CompTIA Security+ certification exam that meets DoD standards. He and his company have expertise in tactical missile systems.

In FY19 alone, Doug as a registered lobbyist through his singular efforts has in place $32.7M in competitive adds in the Defense Appropriations bills for both CoAspire's own defense business and his clients' defense business.

As a volunteer, Doug is the president of the Navy League's National Capital Council, a National Director for the Navy League, a member of the Scarlet and Gold Committee for the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and on the Leadership Committee for United Through Reading's Tribute to Military Families.

 CoAspire CEO Doug Denneny (shown here in April, 2018 with the leaders of the Department of the Navy and the Coast Guard and Representative Rob Wittman).

CoAspire CEO Doug Denneny (shown here in April, 2018 with the leaders of the Department of the Navy and the Coast Guard and Representative Rob Wittman).

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Dave Markert, Principal Advisor

Dave Markert is a leader, innovator, entrepreneur, engineer and former combat aviator. He joined CoAspire in 2017 as a Principal Advisor and specializes in technology solutions and bringing products to market. Dave is currently the Senior Director of Business Development and Program Manager at Progeny Systems Corporation. There he leads a diverse and disruptive series of efforts for the US DOD including alternatives to GPS, an advanced Tactical Aircraft Mission Planning system, Long Endurance Drone Development, a shock hardened Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for the Navy ‘Railgun’ Projectile, and an Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) for covert submarine launch.

Before joining Progeny, he was the founder and CEO of a defense startup – Tactical Systems Engineering – that focused on developing a tactical aircraft launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This aircraft, Wingman, was test flown in March of 2013

Dave was a career Naval Officer where he was a combat aviator, program manager and proven leader. His last assignment in the Navy was as overseeing Navy Research and Development abroad as the leader of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global based in London, England.

A former Naval Flight Officer, Dave was an instructor at TOPGUN, the Navy's Fighter Weapons School. He has flown the F-14A, B and D, the F-16, A-4 and other combat aircraft. He retired from the Navy as a Commander. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, an MA from the US Naval War College and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Bruce Myers, Principal Advisor

Bruce (“Moz”) Myers has over 25 years of program management, DoD capture management, business development, technical new product development/manufacturing, and operational process experience. He has established a strong track record in developing processes and controls, DoD program strategy from capture to execution and leading global programs and teams.

Mr. Myers has held progressively demanding leadership roles throughout his career. Most recently he was the Vice President of Program Management for $1.2 billion Artesyn Embedded Technologies Inc., Power Division. Artesyn Technologies is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highly reliable power conversion and embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries including communications, computing, health care, military, aerospace and industrial automation. Artesyn's Embedded Power business is one of the world's largest power supply companies. He was responsible for the division’s global enterprise, new product introduction, program management activities that spanned six engineering design centers located in Minneapolis, MN, Vienna Austria, Hong Kong China, Shenzhen China, Taipei and Manila Philippines with over 45 project managers and 800 design engineers.

Prior to Artesyn, Mr. Myers held Director roles at Digi International, a global leader in manufacturing and creation of “Internet of Things” embedded electronic technology products that speed time to market in new product introduction. At Digi he was responsible for all client project success and satisfaction in the embedded electronic Wireless Design Services Division.

Prior to Digi, Bruce held progressively responsible DoD programs and Business Development roles for over 14 years with $5 billion Harris Corporation (Multimax, Inc., Netco Government Services, and Wamnet Inc.).

Bruce led the ONE-NET program for United States Navy (USN) line of business, reporting to the Vice President of Navy Programs for Harris IT Services (now Peraton). Peraton is a leading systems integrator and prime contractor delivering excellence in IT Transformation, Managed Solutions and Information Assurance, enabling defense, intelligence, homeland security, civilian and commercial enterprises to meet their missions.

Mr. Myers joined Harris with the acquisition of Multimax, Inc. in 2007. He served in Program Management roles during early phases of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) Program with WAM!NET, and later assumed Capture Management and Business Development positions in affiliation with Netco Government Services and Multimax.

He is a retired Naval Officer, serving 20 years (active duty and reserve) in positions of increasing responsibility during his Navy career, as a Naval Flight officer, flying the F-14 Tomcat. In his final reserve assignments, he was responsible for air attack planning and operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Global War on Terrorism while assigned to the Coalition Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AFB, Qatar.

Mr. Myers earned a master of business administration from the University of Wisconsin, and holds a bachelor of arts from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Program Management Institute (PMI).

Mr. Myers is a member of the Naval Reserve Association; Navy League;Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association; National Defense Industrial Association; and the American Council for Technology–Industry Advisory Council.

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John Clagett, Principal Advisor

John Clagett founded and is managing partner of Clagett Holdings. John brings decades of experience in systems development and integration utilizing emerging technologies to solve capabilities challenges.

Clagett Holdings offers strategic consulting, marketing, and technical development services to manufacturing, government, and technically focused companies. John was also Founder, President and CEO of Visual Training Solutions Group, producer of high fidelity aviation simulators specializing in artificial intelligence modeling, high fidelity aircraft, weapons, sensors, and system simulation modules. John’s professional career started in the U.S. Navy as an F/A-18 aviator, which included numerous overseas operations and a tour as a Topgun instructor.

John earned an Economics degree from San Jose State University.

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