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.
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.
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.
Andrew is a Vice President 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.
Craig Hammerberg is a Vice President with Nextfed focused on private equity due diligence and growth strategy in the defense and government services market. Prior to joining Nextfed, Craig was a Business Process Advisor at GDIT adopting new technology for federal customers through OTA contracts. Craig led federal business developments efforts for Social Intelligence, a venture-backed start-up, through a successful divestiture of their federal business to OMNIPLEX World Services. At Deloitte, Craig supported capture and proposal efforts for DHS, DOJ, and the Intelligence Community customers for opportunities over $25M or on high volume task order vehicles. Craig began his career in the defense and government services market at IDS International as a Proposal and Pricing Specialist focused on defense training and international development.
Craig holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Business from George Washington University.
Will McKenna is a Senior Analyst 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.