Founded in 2015, Sellers & Associates is a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) committed to providing customized and tailored solutions based on an understanding of each of our clients’ unique requirements, cultures, and contextual dynamics. With expertise across project/program management, training and technology, cybersecurity, engineering and technical, and logistics requirements, S&A seeks to understand your unique requirements and develop customized and tailored solutions to strategically advance our clients’ missions.
Our mission is to provide tailored, effective, and affordable solutions to the most complex challenges in the government and commercial spaces across management, programmatic, training, technology, cybersecurity, engineering, technical, and logistics requirements. Committed to delivering quality and affordable solutions with direct benefit for our clients, we do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we provide customized and tailored solutions rooted in an understanding of our clients’ unique requirements, organizational dynamics, and the context of the domain. We are the go-to trusted agent our clients turn to in seeking solutions for their most strategically significant requirements.
Mr. John C. Sellers is S&A’s Founder, President, & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sellers has over 20 years of experience across the Department of Defense, federal civilian agency, and commercial clients. Mr. Sellers served for 10 years on active duty in the US Navy’s Silent Service onboard both trident and fast attack submarines. Prior to founding S&A, Mr. Sellers served as a Vice President with several small and large defense contractors, including McKean Defense Group and Epsilon Systems Solutions, and led development, management, and execution of comprehensive professional and engineering support services and solutions. Mr. Sellers earned both a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is also a certified Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Appraiser. Mr. Sellers is committed to cultivating a culture of trust with clients, employees, and industry partners, detailed understanding of unique client requirements, and development of customized solutions to ensure mission success.
Michael Benney, PMP
Mr. Mike Benney is S&A’s Learning Integration Division Manager which includes the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF) Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) Support contract. This 14-person support team is embedded in key Fleet Concentration Areas throughout the country specializing in training and program analysis. Mr. Benney has 17 years of experience, including 6 years of active duty service in the US Navy. Mr. Benney served aboard DDG-964 as Gunnery/Ordnance Officer and LPD-12 as Main Propulsion Division Officer/Training Officer. He then completed a tour in Iraq as the Detainee Operations Officer In Charge/Tactical Operations Center Director. Mr. Benney then served as Naval Science Institute Lead Weapons Instructor for Surface Warfare Officers in Newport, Rhode Island, training 500+ prospective naval officers in the intricacies of naval weaponry, radar, and sonar while revamping courses ranging from Naval Customs and Courtesies to Defense and Maritime Strategy. Mr. Benney then served as a Senior Manpower, Personnel, and Training Analyst with ITT Corporation in support of US Navy clients. He then joined the US Navy civil service as the Mine, Auxiliary, Amphibious, Command, and Patrol Ship Training Manager, and then as the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Modernization Project Manager with the Surface Training Systems Program Office within the Surface Warfare Directorate of the Naval Sea Systems Command. He is experienced in providing comprehensive project and program management for US Navy training programs with budgets of more than $135M infusing innovation and technology to directly benefit the fleet. Mr. Benney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Miami University
Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Jared Bennici is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&A. Mr. Bennici has over 15 years of experience in both government and industry. He is an expert in building and maintaining long-term relationships that benefit all stakeholders by creating cost-competitive innovative services and solutions that deliver high impact and sustainable results tailored to each unique customer’s requirements. He is responsible for strategy development and execution, resulting in $75B in GWAC/MAC IDIQ awards and $200M in prime awards at the Task Order level in support of DoD and Federal Civilian (FEDCIV) Agencies. Applying lessons learned in a career spanning direct-site support roles in multiple highly complex and technical organizations, to project and program management positions, and executive leadership positions in strategy, communications, and growth, Mr. Bennici is focused on collaborative value-creation. His experience spans headquarters, field activity, and fleet/forward operating organizational components across DoD, FEDCIV, and commercial entities, with expertise across corresponding markets and vehicles ranging from large GWAC/MAC IDIQ contracts to SBIRs, OTAs, and 8(a)/ANC Directed/Sole Source.
Prior to joining S&A in 2019, Mr. Bennici was the Chief Growth Officer at THOR Solutions, LLC. He shaped the company’s direction beyond traditional focus on routine strategic planning initiatives to align all functions to support generation of sustainable growth outcomes through value-creation. Mr. Bennici provided focused, disciplined, and consistent leadership and processes to drive cultural changes, integrate information for competitive advantage, and to achieve strategic growth results to position customers and the company for success. Mr. Bennici developed and executed campaigns, removed internal barriers, and increased speed to market by rapidly addressing emergent uncertainty, change, and complexities to provide tailored and customized professional and engineering services and solutions for complex customer requirements. He drove disciplined and informed revenue growth targets based on in-depth understanding of external market dynamics, procurement cycles, customer needs and preferences mapped to competencies, relationships, and buyer behavior. Through disciplined market segmentation, target identification, qualification, relationship management, bid and proposal generation, transition/start up, and performance based marketing, Mr. Bennici led strategy development and execution that resulted in a five-fold revenue increase during his 6-year tenure. Mr. Bennici led development and prosecution of a pipeline that resulted in the competitive award of 6 prime contracts with a total value of $121M, of which more than 75% of the value was in direct support of commands with which the company had no prior relationships or presence. Mr. Bennici transformed the company into an organization of more than 150 employees operating across 30 states and 8 countries, spanning 4 continents in support of US Navy, US Coast Guard, US Army, and commercial customers.
Prior to joining THOR as Vice President of Business Development and promotion to Chief Growth Officer, Mr. Bennici held roles of increasing responsibility, authority, and accountability in program management and business development in the defense industry with Anteon Corporation (GDIT), Alion Science & Technology Corporation (Serco), RGS Associates, Inc. (US Falcon), and McKean Defense Group, LLC. Prior to working in the private sector, Mr. Bennici’s experience included the U.S. Department of State Office of the Secretary of State in support of then-Secretary Rice and the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in support of the then-Ranking Member, Senator Joseph Lieberman.
While at the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Bennici operated across the organization in support of internal and external operations, advance activities, alternatives analysis, and policy vetting for decisional briefing to the Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary, and Ambassadors on matters pertaining to counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, and nation-building across the Middle East and Southwest Asia. This included internal subject matter expertise liaison between State Department Bureaus and the Offices of the Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary, and Undersecretaries, as well as external coordination with the White House, National Security Council, and Cabinet level agencies. Mr. Bennici supported advance preparations and mobile operational stand up for 17 official overseas diplomatic engagements, Head of State visits, and internal conferences such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the European Union (EU), and the G-8 Summit – including high visibility engagements in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Mr. Bennici also staffed the 24/7 Operations, Communications, and Crisis Management Center to monitor emerging global events and assisted in the non-combatant evacuation of over 15,000 Americans from Lebanon during the 34-day Israeli/Hezbollah War in July 2006.
While at the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Mr. Bennici conducted extensive research in support of the committee’s investigations pertaining to emergency preparedness and emergency management as a result of both terrorism and natural disasters. This included extensive engagement with the 2005 Hurricane Katrina investigation, which included more than 300 interviews across 15 organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and The White House. Mr. Bennici assisted in preparing remarks for the Ranking Member, Senator Lieberman, for more than 20 congressional hearings. He assessed federal, state, and local statutory emergency response requirements including the Stafford Act, National Response Plan, National Incident Management System, Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Plan, and developed improved preparedness and response plans to close gaps identified. Mr. Bennici conducted public policy analysis to assess pre and post-9/11 funding for natural disasters and act-of-terrorism emergency preparedness. He also engaged corporate emergency management and continuity of operations senior executives from more than a dozen Fortune 100 companies to identify and apply private sector best practices to revised government emergency response and associated contingency plans.
Mr. Bennici earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross, and a graduate degree in International Affairs at Georgetown University. He also completed executive education in Strategy and Risk Management with Stanford University, and in Executive Communications with the University of Southern California.
Director of Knowledge Management
Mr. Brady has more than 40 years of experience, including 25 years of active duty service in the US Navy. Mr. Brady served aboard SSN 700, SSN 699, SSN 722, where he qualified Engineering Watch Supervisor and served as the Engineering Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Brady completed several ashore tours, including one as a Nuclear Prototype Instructor where he qualified as an Engineering Officer of the Watch. Mr. Brady managed all aspects of operations, maintenance, and qualifications for the Engineering Department. Mr. Brady was commissioned under the Limited Duty Officer Program, graduated from the Radiological Controls Officer Course, and was assigned as a Division Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant on the AS-36, the lead ship of her class of submarine tenders. Mr. Brady also served as Reactor Maintenance Officer aboard CVN-68, instructed the Officer Submarine Quality Assurance Course in Bangor, Washington and his final assignment was the Maintenance Manager aboard CVN-72. Subsequent to active duty service, Mr. Brady served 14 years as a US Navy civilian in several positions including the Project Supervisor for the planning and execution of the CVN-71’s Refueling Complex Overhaul at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Newport News, requiring extensive stakeholder engagement with PEO Carriers, SEA 02, SEA 05, SEA 08, and Huntington Ingalls. Mr. Brady’s experience also includes serving as the Knowledge Management Director for Carrier Team One, advising the Executive Steering Committee, and managing knowledge sharing networks, semi-annual planning strategies, post availability hot washes, the metrics dashboard, and annual budget input. In addition, Mr. Brady is experienced in supporting US Fleet Forces Command in execution of Ready Relevant Learning, and as a training Subject Matter Expert for Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport. Mr. Brady earned an Associate’s Degree in General Studies.
Fotee Kontos, PMP
Mr. Fotee Kontos is a Division Manager for S&A. Mr. Kontos has 20 years of experience providing engineering technical expertise and engineering program management support for US Navy and US Coast Guard clients. His experience includes serving as a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Director at Herren Associates, Vice President at McKean Defense Group, Vice President at Valkyrie Enterprises, and Director at ITA International. In these roles, Mr. Kontos has led, managed, directed, and executed complex engineering and program management engagements for clients such as Naval Sea Systems Command’s Surface Warfare Directorate, Logistics, Maintenance, and Industrial Operations Directorate, Naval Systems Engineering Directorate, Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program, Surface Combatant and Amphibious Warfare In Service Program Offices, Surface Training Systems Program Office, Program Executive Office Ships, Program Executive Office Integrated Weapons Systems, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Type Commanders, Commander Regional Maintenance Centers, Surface Warfare Enterprise, and Surface Team One. Mr. Kontos has similar experience with US Coast Guard clients such as the National Security Cutter, Fast Response Cutter, Offshore Patrol Cutter, and Polar Icebreaker Program Offices. Mr. Kontos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Mr. Kontos is also Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute.
Director of Information Technology
Mr. Michael Levine is S&A’s Director of information Technology. Mr. Levine has 25 years of experience working in the Information Technology field including a two-year deployment overseas, providing service in an active combat zone. He has led many successful teams in his careers with Dell, HP, and COX Communications. As a Field Services Technician for COX Communications, Mr. Levine received an award for top sales throughout that organization and was promoted to Field Services Supervisor. Mr. Levine worked for HP supporting the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. He was the co-developer and Inventor of Synergy, which is a remote desktop software application that he designed from the ground up and provided support tools that were allocated for specific locations. Mr. Levine worked for L3 National Security Solutions supporting the US Army SITEC contract in Afghanistan as a Systems Administrator. He traveled to various sites throughout the AOR to support the customer, even while under fire. The Achievement Medal for Civilian Service was awarded by the Department of the US Army for his service with the Special Operations Joint Task Force. Mr. Levine has extensive experience in IT Support for NUWC where he was in charge of supporting equipment, software integration, and classroom buildouts for SWOS. Mr. Levine attended Thomas Edison State University College for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Levine is also a certified CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist.
Ms. Lisa Singleton is a Division Manager for S&A. Ms. Singleton has more than 24 years of experience providing business financial management expertise in the DoD and commercial industries. Ms. Singleton has served in roles of increasing responsibility and in many different competencies including but not limited to, research and analysis, cost planning and modeling, program management, and process improvement. Her experience comes from previous employers including ITA International, Valkyrie Enterprises, AMSEC, and Northrup Grumman. Ms. Singleton’s diverse experience brings a unique perspective to our clients. With her focus, attention to detail, business process strategies, and management experience, she has the ability to support our client’s vision in strategic planning and execution.
William Smith, CISSP, PMP
Director of Cybersecurity
Mr. William Smith is S&A’s Director of Cybersecurity. Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of experience, including 22 years of active duty service in the US Navy. Mr. Smith completed tours as Operations Officer aboard DDG-74, Reactor Control Division Officer aboard CVN-69, Reactor Mechanical Systems Officer aboard CVN-65, Inspector for Nuclear Power Examination Board on the staff of US Fleet Forces Command, Auxiliary Mechanical Equipment Officer aboard CVN-77, Executive Officer aboard DDG-79, and as Atlantic Fleet Aircraft Carrier Readiness Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. Mr. Smith’s contractor experience includes supporting US Navy requirements as a Program Manager with CSRA. Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Oklahoma City University, and a Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy from the University of Maryland University College. Mr. Smith is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certified by (ISC)2, and a Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute.