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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 and F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.  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 to build CoAspire into a premier Federal Contracting, IT/Cyber, Government Relations, Business Development and Communications company. Doug is the currently the president of the Navy League's National Capital Council, a volunteer with the Corsair squadron of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, 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. 

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Stacey Heid Denneny, Co-Founder and COO

Stacey is a proven financial expert who brings years of finance, accounting, marketing, and management expertise to CoAspire, LLC. She expertly manages all financial, HR and operational aspects.

At CoAspire, she leads activities in sub-contractor management, HR, bid preparation, contract review and negotiation, pricing, and financial risk mitigation. She also helps maintain prime contractor relationships. She is responsible for invoicing, managing receivables, bill payment, accounting, tax preparation and filing, payroll, benefits management and maintaining State registration and local business licenses.

Stacey is also a vendor financing expert and new business capture lead with nine years of industry experience at global banks. Additionally, she has direct experience in property management, small publications and not-for-profit treasury management. She has expertly managed the financials of numerous for-profit and not-for-profits organizations. 

Stacey earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

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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 the Principal Advisor and specializes in technology solutions and bringing products to market. He is currently a Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Abaka – a digital health startup.  Previously Dave served as the Director of Business Development and as a Program Manager at Progeny Systems Corporation.  There he led 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

Markert 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, Markert 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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