Tonya Saunders
Founder - Chairperson
Tonya Saunders is a tireless advocate. She is a leader, a go-getter, a planner, a speaker, and a lobbyist. Working her way from state to national government, she carved her path first in the world of health care and seniors’ issues, then moved into the diverse areas of telecommunications, financial services, transportation, women’s issues, and small, emerging, and medium-sized business issues. Ms. Saunders has proven again and again that she is an accomplished advocate on Capitol Hill by building relationships and effecting legislative change for her clients. After 17 years of working for others, Tonya struck out on her own, founding Washington Premier Consulting, LLC (WPC), in 2010. WPC was originally a government relations and strategic planning business. Recently, WPC was changed into a federal contracting company and counts the Department of Energy as a client. Tonya then formed Washington Premier Group (WPG), LLC, to handle all lobbying, public relations, and management consulting work. Ms. Saunders continues to deliver for her clients, whether it is creating a coalition, planning an annual leadership conference, amending, passing, or suggesting new legislation, or speaking about issues that are meaningful for Tonya and her clients.
Bryan Davis
Bryan Davis is the Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Engagement for SupplyCore. In this role, his responsibilities include advocacy for a wide array of policy issues on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch. Mr. Davis works with state and local government to advance SupplyCore’s business goals and promote good government policies and practices that bring the best value to taxpayers and our nation's war fighters. Additional advocacy efforts include relationship building with legislators, executive branch officials, state and municipal officials and maintaining an active and constructive role in DC-based coalitions and associations. Mr. Davis also manages contract administration and quality conformance procedures to ensure compliance with federal acquisition regulations, ISO Standards, and Qualified Suppliers List of Distributors (QSLD) and other program standards. Before joining the SupplyCore team, Mr. Davis served for two decades as a top aide to former U.S. Representative Donald A. Manzullo, who was the former Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and a senior member of the Illinois Congressional delegation until the end of 2012. In this role, he worked as an advocate on behalf of many Illinois based firms, local governments and non- profit agencies on issues addressing regulatory enforcement, government procurement, research and development funding and many others. Early in his congressional career, Mr. Davis worked on Capitol Hill handling legislative issues dealing with Defense, International Relations, Appropriations, Transportation and Housing. He also worked as a policy analyst for the Illinois General Assembly, House of Representatives from 1995 to 1996. Mr. Davis served as a commissioned officer in the Illinois Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve from 1989 until 2000. A graduate of the U.S. Army Chemical Officer Basic Course at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, he went on to serve as a platoon leader and executive officer for the 244th Smoke (Chemical) Company, in Rockford. He attained the rank of captain and served as the G3 Training Officer for the 85th Training Support Division, Headquarters Unit, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal for initiating community service projects supported by his unit. Mr. Davis graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science-International Relations and Economics from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1991. He also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from NIU. Memberships Association of the United States Army (AUSA) National Defense Industry Association (NDIA)
Bob Namejko
Vice President
Managing Partner at MCOR Communications, LLC, an industry leader in Procurement Executive Training and Development focusing on Business Development, Contract Evaluation, Proposal Responses, Bid-No Bid Decisions, Protests and Debriefing Consultation. Mr. Namejko retired from Federal Government Service in June, 2014 as the first Industry Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security, he was responsible for promoting vendor engagement to leverage vendor capabilities and industry best practices. He assisted DHS headquarters and its components in developing business to government relationships that resulted in protecting the American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror while fostering our nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel. His office fostered knowledge sharing between the DHS acquisition professional community, program offices and vendors. He worked in a cohesive manner that promoted a unified approach to developing and maintaining federal sector to private business interactions. Bob addressed the demand for large and small businesses outreach to meet the needs of DHS for necessary goods, services and equipment. He interacted with DHS Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to ensure conformance with all small business socio‐ economic programs. Recognized as a Level III Certified Federal Acquisition Expert, Bob focused on the interaction required between the vendor community and the program offices that they support. He began his federal career more than 46 years ago, starting as a Management Intern in Procurement and Contracting with the Naval Ship Systems Command ultimately becoming a Contracting Officer with the Naval Electronics System Command. He left the federal government in 1974 and worked in private industry in various capacities ranging from Vice-President of Contracts to Program Manager of a major weapons system to Business Development Consultant, interfacing with both large and small businesses for over 33 years before rejoining US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in August 2007 as a Senior Contract Specialist. He was selected as the CBP Senior Small Business Specialist in June, 2010 and coordinated the small business program until he was named the DHS Industry Liaison in July, 2012. Bob was assigned to the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer while supporting the Undersecretary for Management. He received his B.A. in Political Science from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA and earned his Master's Degree in Procurement and Contracting from George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Deborah Hardnett
Deborah Hardnett shines as a leader, visionary and entrepreneur with more than 25-years of experience. These experiences include real estate, financial services, sales and marketing, and training and development. Her ability to develop multi-million dollar, revenue producing companies underscores her driven and results oriented personality. Accordingly, Deborah has opened key markets for product and service development; built sales and marketing organizations with more than 7,500 distributors; and led distributor-based organizations to yield more than $2.5 million in annual revenue. She was recently recruited by Vistage International, the world’s largest Private Peer Advisory Organization, to Chair Private Advisory Boards for CEO’s and Business Executives in the Greater Metropolitan DC area. Deborah serves as Founder and CEO of Wealthy Sistas® Media Group. Wealthy Sistas® represents an international enterprise consisting of a publishing division, a weekly business talk show, and a brand development firm. Deborah also found and hosts The Winner’s Summit™ annual conference that attracts successful business women from across the globe. She has authored several top selling books, including a feature in Mastering the Art of Success alongside– Les Brown, Jack Canfield, and Mark Victor Hansen. Deborah’s main focus has been to be a student of people. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology from Georgia State University; MBA studies at Keller University with a concentration in Human Resources; and has received numerous civic and private association awards.

Kim Hartwell
Board Member
As National Procurement Manager for GovPurchase, Kim Harwell’s job is to help GovPurchase fulfill its mission of providing common sense, user-friendly research tools, business training, coaching, consulting services, enjoyable and productive events, and B2B business development tools for government contractors and government officials, at a reasonable price. One of the primary ways we achieve this is by owning and providing the most comprehensive government contracting online data tool. GovPurchase is the largest databases on government contracting ( Corporations such as Bosch, Colt Defense, Exide, Smith and Wesson, Brunswick, DB Consulting Group, and thousands of other large, mid-sized, and small businesses worldwide count on NBN for critical government contracting research information. This includes consulting, prime and subcontracting business opportunities, 8A information, veteran certifications, GSA schedules, and supplier diversity consulting. In addition, we offer business development training, counseling and coaching. Lastly, government agencies such as The Department of Justice, The Army, and The Navy, and others use GovPurchase to locate and verify government contractors for set-aside and other opportunities.
Fred Griffin
Board Member
Fred Griffin is a Senior Sales Executive with PrimePay. Fred has over 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. His experiences of either running his own business or advising other business owners makes him a valuable trusted advisor. Fred holds a certification as a Certified Business Performance Advisor from the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business and was educated at Iowa State University and Park University. Fred is also a Board member of Mid-Tier Advocacy and The Retired Military Officers Association. Fred currently resides in Arlington, Va. With his wife.