Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series
(formerly Johnson & Strachan)
A diverse group of corporate leaders and government officials discuss the strategic and operational issues critical to the nation’s ability to sustain and enhance its competitive edge in a global economy. This community-based academic initiative will enrich the educational experience of the School of Management's students, faculty, and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.
Students, faculty, and alumni are all encouraged to join the conversation and follow live coverage of each speaker series on Twitter using #BBspeaker.
Register for our upcoming event!
Monday, March 31st
6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel, Fairfax, VA
Dr. John Hillen
Former President & CEO, Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice, George Mason University | School of Management
Dr. John Hillen is a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former high-ranking U.S. government official. A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, he has led four defense and intelligence technology firms in Northern Virginia, most recently as President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions. Hillen took the company public in 2009 and the company's IPO won the ACG National Chapter "Deal of the Year" award. Sotera was named Contractor of the Year in the large company category at the 2012 GovCon Awards. Hillen remains the Vice Chair of Sotera's advisory board and was appointed the Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice at George Mason University's School of Management in December 2013.
Throughout his presentation, Hillen will examine the rise of the local government and technology sector over the past four decades and posit that the industry is just now maturing into a true sector in terms of competition, governance, capitalization, and management. He will examine the future of the industry and propose that the biggest obstacle to its continued maturation, growth, and contribution to Northern Virginia's economy is the ability of its principal customer to keep pace.
Join us for a networking reception and a dynamic presentation on "Leaving the Teenage Years and Growing Up: The Future of the Northern Virginia Government and Technology Contracting Sector" on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel in Fairfax, Virginia.