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Leadership

Deniz Emre

Founder & President

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Deniz brings over 15 years of diverse leadership and operational experience in the military, commercial, and non-profit sectors.  His professional background includes senior business development roles at growth oriented technology and healthcare companies.  

Prior to founding Federal Guardian, Deniz successfully led entrepreneurial projects including the buildup and expansion of a national non-profit, FourBlock, into the Boston market.  In 2017, he co-founded Unify Behavioral Health, and currently serves as a key Advisor.

 

Deniz served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2002 to 2007.  During his time in the Marines, he participated in direct combat operations during the Iraq War in the invasion and post-invasion phase as an Infantryman assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.  From 2004 to 2007, he was deployed to Europe and West Africa as a member of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG).

 

He holds a B.A. in International Economics from Suffolk University and an MBA from Babson College - F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Richard Willbrant

Chief Financial Officer

Richard is a senior financial executive with over 35 years of experience.  Prior to joining Federal Guardian, he served as CFO to GIS Federal, LLC, (now Kinetica DB, Inc.) a growing software and services provider to US Army INSCOM as well as other government agencies and commercial customers.  In addition, he has served as a Senior Advisor to Pipaya, a transaction services company specializing in buy-side and sell-side transaction support. 

 

Previously, he also spent nine years as a Group VP-Finance for DRS Technologies, a mid-tier defense contractor, where he helped lead his Group through six- fold growth achieved both organically and via acquisition.   During this time, Richard was the lead financial executive in a Group, which completed the successful acquisition and integration of ten companies over a five-year period.  From 1987-2000, he was the lead financial executive for a leveraged buy-out group, which acquired and operated several manufacturing and A&D companies.  He started his career spending seven years as a CPA with Big-4 accounting firms in Hartford, CT and Bennington, VT.

 

He holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Noelle Slifka

In-house Legal Advisor,

Government Contracts

 

As Federal Guardian's In-house Legal Advisor, Noelle provides legal advice and expertise in support of government contract negotiations and corporate compliance. Previously, Noelle was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Government Contracts, for United Technologies Corporation in Farmington, Connecticut. Her responsibilities included U.S. and international government contracts, compliance, training and policy, as well as disclosures mandated by the Federal Acquisition Regulation. She has advocated for change in government acquisition policy through participation with Aerospace Industries Association and served as company representative to the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct. In addition to practicing law, Noelle is an active member of Women in Development (WID) and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

 

Noelle is a former captain in the Army, where she served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  

 

She holds a B.S. in Russian language from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University. She is admitted to the practice of law in Connecticut. 

Shayne Sullivan

Director of Business Development

 

Shayne is a results driven business development executive with decades of experience identifying and capturing new business from U.S. federal government agencies.   Prior to joining Federal Guardian, he was the Principal Business Development Consultant at Quality Concepts Consulting, where he won over $500 million in IDIQs and over $100 million in single awards for small and midsized clients within an 18-month period.
 

Previously, Shayne led strategic planning at KT Consulting, was Director of Civilian Business Development at Metters Industries, and Capture Civilian Operations Director for Kforce Government Solutions.  He also has senior program management experience working for Northrop Grumman, ACS Defense, and Pearson Analytic Solutions.

He is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, where he served as a security specialist, program and training manager over a career spanning 20+ years.  

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