Aaron is a Managing Partner with Nextfed, where he leads strategic growth and M&A engagements on the behalf of corporations and investors active in the aerospace, defense and government services market. He has over a decade of experience leading more than 200 consulting assignments including over 100 M&A-related engagements. In addition to five years of experience at Nextfed, Aaron spent six years working for Washington, DC-based strategy consulting firm Avascent Group, where he worked primarily for large defense primes and highly acquisitive private equity funds active in the ADG market.
Prior to joining Nextfed, Aaron also spent two years working as an Investment Officer for a World Bank-backed private equity fund in Africa, where he was responsible for sourcing, negotiating, closing and managing portfolio companies across all market segments of economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, but focused extensively on the healthcare and logistics sectors.
Aaron also has public sector experience having worked briefly in the US Senate on Foreign Affairs-related issues and at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Aaron graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he received a BS in Foreign Service with a concentration in International Security Studies.
Tim is a Managing Partner with Nextfed where he co-leads the firm’s strategy and merger and acquisition-related engagements in the aerospace, defense and government services markets. He joined Nextfed after spending five years at Tangible Security, where he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and led all M&A and investment efforts.
Previously, Tim worked for eight years as Director of Sales and Trading for Toronto-based Cambridge Mercantile Group, where he led all M&A and corporate strategy initiatives for the firm and headed the successful expansion of the firm’s presence in the United States.
Tim graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Finance, and he earned a MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
Josh is a Partner with Nextfed, where he co-leads the firm’s strategy and M&A-related engagements in the aerospace and defense markets.
Prior to joining Nextfed, Josh spent 9 years with Airbus. He served as the Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for Airbus in the Americas covering all aspects of growth strategy and corporate development across the three divisions within North and South America. He also held a number of roles in the Commercial Aircraft and Helicopters divisions both in France and in the US. During his time at Airbus, he was the Director of Marketing for Airbus Helicopters, North America covering market analysis and sales support teams for all of Airbus Helicopters customer groups in North America.
Josh started his career as a consultant with Avascent Group where he managed client engagements related to strategy and M&A in the Aerospace and Defense industry. He holds a BA in International Studies and Economics from the Ohio State University.
Brian is a Partner with NextFed, where he leads the firm’s Post-Transaction and Cost/Price strategy practice areas.
Brian joined NextFed following 6 years as a Principal at Avascent where he built and led a practice area focused on cost strategy and post-merger integration advisory and support. Prior to Avascent, Brian spent 17 years in the A&D industry leading business operations and price strategy teams at firms including Lockheed Martin, BAE, Leidos, and PAE. Through his combined industry and consulting experience, Brian supported some of the industry’s largest and most complex integrations, transformations, and captures.
Brian earned a BS in Finance from the University of Tennessee, an MS in Information Technology from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from American University.
Jim is a seasoned technology and investment professional with a principle focus on companies with technologies that can have a positive impact on operational efficiencies, particularly in the public sector markets. He began his career in Washington in the mid 70’s as a U.S. Government scientist. After eight years with the government, Hunt founded BDS, Incorporated, where he served as CEO for ten years. In 1991, BDS was merged with BTG, Incorporated, and Jim assisted in the integration of the two companies. In 1992, BTG was taken public in a successful offering.
Subsequent to his tenure at BDS/BTG, Jim created Price Waterhouse’s system integration practice. After two years at PW, he was recruited away with 17 PW colleagues and founded Ernst & Young Technologies (EYT), where he was CEO for eight years. EYT was subsequently sold to Cap Gemini and Jim served as President of Cap Gemini Technologies for two years.
After leaving Cap Gemini Technologies, Jim founded“The MITA Group with two colleagues. The Washington-based consultancy focused on public affairs and business strategy. MITA Group executives subsequently merged with other executives from a similar consultancy, and formed Nextfed, where Jim now serves as a Director.
Jim began his angel investing activities in the mid 1990’s with five investments in area companies. Since those initial investments, he has had over 15 successful exits, and now has an extensive portfolio of over sixty companies. His investments are in the area of cyber, data center management, social media, mobile applications, sensors and sensor management. Jim serves on the boards of Lucata, AllVision, Graphika, Information Security Corporation, Nextfed, and SpotterRF.
As an active member in multiple angel groups and also the Managing Partner of “Lavrock Fund” – an early stage venture capital fund., Jim spends a significant amount of his time scouting for world-class, game changing technology companies. Jim is also an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School at Georgetown University and teaches cornerstone courses in business planning and entrepreneurship. As a board member of the not-for-profit Angel Resource Institute, he has also created and taught courses to international angels and entrepreneurs and has successfully launched four overseas ventures in the past ten years, with particular emphasis on technology incubation in developing countries.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rochester Institute of Technology and sits on the Notre Dame Engineering College Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a past chairman of the Computing Industry Technology Association.
Andrew is a Principal at Nextfed, focused on strategy and merger and acquisition advisory. Since joining the firm, he has participated in the execution of numerous strategy and M&A engagements in defense and intelligence markets, especially those involving extensive financial and budgetary forecasting.
Prior to joining Nextfed, he spent six years as an analyst at Technomics, Inc., where he conducted cost, financial, and economic analysis on the behalf of DoD customers especially related to Army vehicle and US Navy radar programs. Andrew also spent three years as a Research Fellow at LMI where he focused on economic analysis for USAF, USMC, NASA and FAA customers.
Andrew graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Mathematics and Economics, and he earned a MBA degree from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
Matt Vallone is a Principal at Nextfed where he manages the development, marketing, and production of forecast and data analytics deliverables. He is a recognized authority on the U.S. defense budget process, having been published in a variety of channels. Prior to working at Nextfed, he was Director of Forecasting & Budgets at Janes where he lead a global team of defense and space-focused analysts in producing research products and data analysis. From 2014-2020 he managed the build-out and creation of the Global Platforms & Systems defense forecasting tool (GPS). Prior to his time in the private sector, he worked in the U.S. House and Senate, including serving as the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in 2013.
Matt graduated from Saint Anselm College with a BA in Politics, and he holds an MBA from the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Benji Miller is a Vice President with Nextfed, focused on strategy and M&A-related engagements in the commercial aerospace, defense, and intelligence markets. Prior to joining Nextfed, Benji was a Manager in Alvarez & Marsal’s Private Equity Services Group, where he led operational due diligences, performance improvements, and post-merger integrations. Previously, Benji was the COO of Kasita, an innovator in the modular housing industry, based in Austin, TX.
Benji served 7 years in the Central Intelligence Agency DS&T, where he led teams in the development and deployment of clandestine communication systems and was a recipient of the CIA’s John A. McCone award.
Benji previously held roles in engineering, supply chain, and program management at Textron – Cessna Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, Bell Helicopter Canada, and AAI Corp. Benji served in the Ohio Air National Guard as an Air Transportation Staff Sergeant.
Benji earned an MS in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Engineering from Miami University.
Mike Chelena is a Vice President with Nextfed, focused primarily on private equity due diligence and M&A strategy in the defense, aerospace and government services market. Prior to joining Nextfed, Mike worked as a transaction advisory consultant at RSM US LLP, a national assurance, tax and consulting firm, where he provided financial advisory services to a variety of both private equity and strategic investor clients in the middle market. Mike began his career with RSM’s commercial audit practice, specializing in financial audits for private equity funds and portfolio companies in the government contracting and technology space.
Mike attended James Madison University where he received two Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Computer Information Systems and is an active CPA. He lives in Arlington, Virginia and enjoys golfing and other outdoor activities.
Tidal “Ty” McCoy is a Vice President with Nextfed, focused on strategy and M&A-related engagements in the defense and intelligence markets. Prior to joining Nextfed, Ty served in several senior Acquisition and Contracting roles in Government, delivering critical support to vital national security missions.
Ty graduate from Virginia Tech with a BA in Finance, and he also earned an MBA from Virginia Tech.
Will McKenna is a Senior Associate at Nextfed and is primarily focused on industry research and providing support on M&A due diligence and strategic/growth engagements.
Prior to joining Nextfed, Will graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he earned his BBA in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. During this time Will also completed internships at Guggenheim Partners in New York and at the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission in Washington DC.
Before attending college, Will served in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Through this experience, Will had the opportunity to deploy multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he supported time-sensitive combat missions.
Connor McCubrey is a Senior Associate with Nextfed focused on merger and acquisition due diligence and growth strategy in the defense and government services market.
Prior to joining Nextfed, Connor spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marines, Connor served first as a Combat Engineer Officer and then as a Legislative Affairs Officer working in the United States Senate and for the Deputy Commandant of Combat Development and Integration. At CD&I, Connor focused on strategic engagements between Congress and the Marine Corps related to the development and acquisition of major warfighting capabilities and emerging technologies.
Connor is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Trevor Brewer is a Data Scientist at Nextfed and holds a BS in Mathematics from Centre College and an MS in Statistics from the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, Trevor worked as a member of the Applied Statistics Laboratory where he consulted researchers on statistical methods for their experiments as well as on a grant-funded research project exploring the status of heart disease in the state of Kentucky.
Previously, Trevor worked as a financial analyst for Fruit of the Loom, where he worked closely with Marketing to identify areas for profit growth.
Stephanie DelPozzo is an Associate with Nextfed and is primarily focused on M&A due diligence research and provides support on strategic/growth in the aerospace and defense markets.
Prior to joining Nextfed, Stephanie was an Economic Analyst in the commercial and civil space industries where she published the Nano/Microsatellite Market Forecast, created independent cost estimates for NASA’s Artemis Program, and assessed the future LEO economy under NASA’s Commercialization of LEO program. In 2020, she began working towards her Masters in Science and Technology Policy with a focus on Space Policy and National Security at George Washington University. During this time, she also completed internships at In-Q-Tel, NASA Johnson Space Center, and NASA Ames Research Center.
Kevin Moyer is a Senior Analyst with Nextfed, focused primarily on private equity due diligence and M&A strategy in the defense, aerospace, and government services markets.
Prioring to joining NextFed, Kevin worked as a senior analyst at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm investing in technology and healthcare companies. He provided due diligence on potential investments and assisted with financial projections. Kevin began his career as an investment banking Analyst for Matrix Capital Markets Group, and was responsible for conducting financial, industry, and buyer research, creating valuation and financing models, and preparing selling and private placement memorandum.
Kevin attended Towson University where he received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. He enjoys working out and being outdoors with his German Shepherd, Mac.