Leadership

 

Jon Barney

Jon Barney

Managing Director

Jon oversees strategy, consulting, and M&A engagements for Avascent’s aerospace, defense, government services, and technology clients worldwide. His areas of focus have included international strategy expansion, innovation and adjacent market strategies, and growth through M&A. Read more

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Bernadine Bacon-Irwin

Bernadine Bacon-Irwin

Chief Financial Officer

As Avascent’s Chief Financial Officer since 2011, Bernadine oversees finance, accounting and legal operations for Avascent. This includes managing operations for the Washington, D.C., office, as well as implementing the founding of overseas offices in Paris, London, and Ottawa and the ongoing financial management of these operations. Read more

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Douglas Berenson

Doug Berenson

Managing Director

Doug Berenson is a Managing Director at Avascent working in the firm’s defense systems practice. Doug specializes in analyzing defense and aerospace markets, with particular focus on the macroeconomic, budgetary and programmatic forces shaping global security markets. With particular depth in the military aviation and C4ISR sectors, Doug works with clients worldwide to help the formulate portfolio and growth strategies, pursue new program opportunities, and evaluate potential mergers and acquisitions. Read more

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Stephen Ganote

Stephen Ganote

Principal

Mr. Ganote serves Avascent’s clients in space, communications and select defense technology markets – and leads its commercial space practice. His work focuses on strategic planning, growth and organizational effectiveness and is informed by extensive consulting and management experience across the aerospace and communications industries. Read more

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Stephen Ganyard

Stephen Ganyard

Principal

Steve Ganyard’s civilian and military career includes experience in a variety of high-level leadership, managerial and staff positions dealing with complex technologies, strategic planning, foreign policy, intelligence, homeland security and global operations. At Avascent, he helps clients with international market strategy development and execution, political strategy and risk management, as well as business development and capture support. His primary focus is on Asian markets. Read more

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Timothy Garnett

Timothy R. Garnett

Managing Director

Timothy R. Garnett is a Managing Director and head of the M&A and transaction support practice at The Avascent Group, a strategic management consulting firm focused on aerospace, defense and public sector markets. Mr. Garnett provides strategic guidance on inorganic growth strategies and critical business evaluations to corporate development teams and financial sponsors and advisors (private equity, debt providers, investment banks) focusing on the aerospace, defense and public sector-focused industries (education, health, public safety, civil services). Read more

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Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin

President

After leading the successful buyout of DFI Corporate Practice in 2007, Steve Irwin became president of Avascent. Steve is principally responsible for overall strategy development and manages the firm’s operations. His work has helped shape, define and implement client growth strategies across the full breadth of Avascent’s portfolio. Read more

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Aleksandar Jovovic

Aleksandar Jovovic

Principal

Mr. Jovovic counsels Avascent clients on a broad spectrum of critical issues involving strategy, value-creation, and new market penetration. His sector expertise encompasses aerospace & defense, services and infrastructure, and public sector markets, and he has played a major role in expanding Avascent’s international practice. Read more

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Jay Korman

Jay Korman

Managing Director

Jay M. Korman specializes in providing domestic and international first- and second-tier aerospace and defense firms with growth support organized principally around market, customer, and competitor dynamics. With close to 20 years experience in the sector, Jay’s insight and guidance has helped both financial and industrial firms solidify their positioning within existing markets, target and pursue new customer and market segments, benchmark internal capabilities against competitive offerings and customer requirements, and identify candidates for acquisition. Read more

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Toshi Nabeta

Toshi Nabeta

Director, Japan Operations

Toshi Nabeta serves as Avascent’s Director of Japan Operations. He comes to Avascent from the Mitsubishi Corporation where he had over 28 years of strategic and programmatic business development experience in Japan’s defense and aerospace industrial sector. Read more

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John Niehaus

John Niehaus

Managing Director

John Niehaus serves Avascent’s Aerospace & Defense clients on a spectrum of issues of importance to executive management including: competitive strategy, growth strategy, major change and business transformation, portfolio management, strategic investments, business performance improvement, globalization, and government defense market dynamics in both risk and opportunity exploitation. He has more than twenty five years of A&D industry experience and military service. Read more

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Joshua Pavluk

Joshua Pavluk

Principal

Joshua Pavluk is a Principal at Avascent, where he advises clients on developing and achieving their strategic growth objectives across the global aerospace & defense, homeland security, and public safety sectors. His specialties include advanced technology, innovation, electronics, unmanned systems, and international expansion. Read more

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Mimi Shieh

Mimi Shieh

HR Director

Mimi Shieh is the HR Director at Avascent. She leads a broad range of initiatives across all areas of HR including talent acquisition & management, training & development, compensation & benefits, and employee engagement & relations, using a systems-based approach and collaborating with a broad group of employee stakeholders. Read more

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Mark Shields

Mark Shields

Managing Director

Mark Shields directs general management consulting assignments in the defense, aviation, infrastructure, and logistics sectors at Avascent. In 25 years of consulting experience, he has conducted strategy, market analysis, operations improvement, organizational restructuring, and e-commerce assignments for leading companies in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Much of his client work has been transformational, positioning clients for growth in new and adjacent markets, determining new product and service combinations, and changing competitive dynamics within markets. Read more

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Tim Stanos

Tim Stanos

Managing Director

Tim Stanos is a Managing Director at Avascent where he advises clients on issues pertaining to organic and inorganic growth strategy, technology and resource investment, business process improvement, and capture support. In his more than 15 years at Avascent, Tim has specialized in a range of management consulting services across the spectrum of the defense and aerospace industry. Read more

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James Thompson

James Thompson

Principal

James Thompson is a business capture and pricing expert at Avascent. He has led engagements spanning a range of growth strategy, competitive assessment and price-to-win analysis for companies pursuing top opportunities with Federal, State and Local customers.  Read more

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James Tinsley

James Tinsley

Managing Director

Jim Tinsley provides a wide range of management and strategy consulting support to domestic and international defense and security firms with a focus on major defense platforms and subsystems. His expertise and experience in the aerospace and defense sector helps clients address a range of needs, from market entry strategies and Price-to-Win to competitive positioning and mergers and acquisitions. Read more

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Timothy Wickham

Timothy Wickham

Managing Director

Tim Wickham specializes in providing domestic and international defense and security firms with the full range of management and strategy consulting support.  As a member of the Avascent team for over fifteen years, Tim has significant experience providing his clients advice on complex business issues ranging from market positioning to mergers and acquisition strategies. Read more

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