former Commander, United States Navy
Scott Waddle, a native of Austin, Texas, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. Following graduation he was commissioned an Ensign and embarked on a twenty-year career in the submarine force, serving aboard Atlantic Fleet Trident Ballistic Missile boats Alabama and Kentucky and Pacific Fleet fast attacks San Francisco and Greeneville.
In June of 1998, after earning a Masters of Science degree from the National Defense University in Washington D.C., Scott Waddle was hand picked from a highly competitive field of 250 officers to command the USS Greeneville, an improved Los Angeles class fast attack submarine. In March of 1999 Waddle became the Commanding Officer of the Greeneville in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
On the fateful day of February 9, 2001, Commander Waddle's life was forever changed when he gave the order to perform an emergency surface maneuver that inadvertently caused the 9,000 ton submarine to collide with the Ehime Maru, a 500 ton Japanese fishing vessel, killing nine people on board.
Against the advice of his attorney and the Navy's direction, Scott Waddle took responsibility for the accident. In October of 2001 he was honorably discharged from the Navy and retired from active duty as a Commander.
He resides in North Carolina with his wife Jill.
Executive Vice President and Counsel
Professional Services Council
Mr. Chvotkin is one of the most knowledgeable and respected experts on federal acquisition policy, legislation, and regulation. At PSC, he is responsible for the association's legislative and regulatory policy affecting PSC's membership. Mr. Chvotkin is an active and founding member of industry's Acquisition Reform Working Group, which was established in 1993.
In his early career, Mr. Chvotkin served as professional staff to the Senate Budget Committee and to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He became counsel and staff director to the Senate Small Business Committee, and then counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Prior to joining PSC, he was a vice president of AT&T Government Services where he was responsible for managing key AT&T programs and opportunities; earlier at AT&T, he was the vice president responsible for the government contracts, pricing, compliance, and proposal development organizations. From 1986 to 1995, he was corporate director of government relations and senior counsel at Sundstrand Corporation.
Mr. Chvotkin is a member of the Supreme Court, American and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He is also a member of the National Contract Management Association and serves on its national board of advisors and as a "Fellow" of the organization. Mr. Chvotkin is also a two-time "Fed 100" winner. He has a law degree from The American University's Washington College of Law, a master's in public administration and a bachelor's in political science.
former CEO, Porsche A.G.
Peter W. Schutz was born in Berlin, Germany on April 20, 1930. After leaving Germany in March of 1939, the Schutz family settled in Chicago, Illinois after a two-year stay in Havana, Cuba.
Peter grew up and received his formal education in Chicago, including a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Schutz served as CEO of Porsche A.G., the automobile company, in Stuttgart, Germany, from January 1981 until January 1988. Porsche was mired in the midst of its first money-losing year in 1980. During the Schutz tenure Porsche worldwide sales grew from 28,000 units to over 53,000 units in 1986. Revenues grew from DM 850 million to DM 3.7 billion and profits after tax grew from DM 12 million to over DM 125 million.
Prior to his tenure at Porsche, Mr. Schutz served 15 years at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria, Illinois in a variety of engineering tasks. Subsequently he spent 11 years at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana, three years in corporate strategic planning and eight years as Vice President responsible for sales and service of truck engines in the U.S. and Canada, with revenues of over $850 million.
In 1978 he assumed responsibility for the Diesel and Gas Turbine operation of Klöckner - Humboldt - Deutz (KHD) in Cologne, Germany, where revenues grew to exceed DM 1 billion per year.
In 1987, his alma mater, IIT, honored him with the Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Henry Townley Heald Award, awarded for business ethics that have impacted an industry. (Other recipients of the Heald Award include: Mies Van der Rohe, Edward Teller, Buckmeister Fuller, Jonas Salk, Bill Hewlett, and Ted Turner.)
Today, Peter W. Schutz and Sheila Harris-Schutz operate their own company, Harris and Schutz Inc. Peter has lectured on leadership and business management techniques in the U.S.A., Europe, Australia and Asia. This includes over 800 presentations to TEC (The Executive Committee, a worldwide organization of CEOs), as well as sales meetings for a number of corporations, convention key notes, business conferences, strategic planning meetings to varied organizations on various topics.
Schutz is the author of a book, The Driving Force, Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People, published by Leadership Publishing Company and available in book stores or on Amazon.com.
Office of Small Business Programs
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense
Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
Mr. Andre J. Gudger was appointed as the Director for the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs in March 2011. Mr. Gudger serves as the principal advisor and staff to the Secretary of Defense on small business related matters.
Mr. Gudger's career expands over 17 years in the defense, intelligence, and investment banking industries. Previously, Mr. Gudger worked on key technical andfinancial initiatives with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Union Bank of Switzerland, and AT&T.
From 2003 to 2009, Andre served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Solvern Innovations, a corporate entity that provided acquisition support and cyber solutions through training, unique research and sponsored product innovation During this period, Solvern Innovations provided software development and commercialization through technology transfer to the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland College Park. In 2003, Mr. Gudger was presented the Granville T. Woods Award for Innovation from The National Association of Black Telecommunications Professionals. In 2009, Solver Innovations was acquired by Telecommunication Systems, Inc. where Mr. Gudger served as the senior vice president of Telecommunication Systems Inc. cyber intelligence division.
Mr. Gudger served on several boards throughout the region, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the Maryland BRAC Small & Minority Business Advisory Board, and the Cyber Advisory Council. In addition, he served as the senior executive of the Art of Exploitation University a Cyber Center of Excellence, the architect of the Computer Network Operations Training and Scientific Development program delivering services to the Department of Defense, and as the telecommunications systems program director for the National Cryptologic School, Center for Business Management, Acquisition, and Systems Engineering.
Andre received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received his Master in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he had the opportunity to study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, Fundacao Vargus University in Brazil, and Gdansk University in Poland.