Red Gate has been selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to work within the agency’s Contract Oversight and Integration Management Program Management Office (COIM PMO) to help transform Human Resources & Administration (HR&A) functions within the agency, with an end goal of building a more collaborative, standardized, and accountable organization.
Red Gate will lead an elite team to implement HR&A’s strategy by overseeing each function in the acquisitions process, including strategic planning, acquisitions, operations, financial analysis, performance measurement, and automation. The vision for the project is to build and maintain a project management-based culture within HR&A.
“It is an absolute honor and privilege for us to support the VA, especially knowing we are directly helping those who volunteer to protect this nation and provide a better life for all Americans,” says Kevin Lutz, Red Gate chief operating officer. “Being a disabled veteran myself, I fully appreciate the value of having an organization like the VA working on your behalf after transitioning from military service. The Red Gate team takes great pride in providing quality, value added services to our clients, and we look forward to doing the same for the VA and those it serves.”
Red Gate will provide a highly qualified staff of Project Management Professionals (PMPs) and Lean Six Sigma-certified subject matter experts. Work on the project has already begun onsite at the VA’s Central Office and is expected to last through August 2023, with a total contract value of over $17 million.
Red Gate provides critical strategic analysis and operational support to the federal government, strategically developing scalable solutions for various federal agencies with expert professional services assistance and emerging technology. Learn more at https://www.redgategrp.com.
Red Gate is pleased to announce that Kevin Lutz has joined its executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In his new position, Mr. Lutz will engage in operational leadership across the company and provide strategic vision to ensure that Red Gate delivers consistent, outstanding services to customers while achieving its own financial goals.
“We are very proud to have Kevin on the team,” says T.J. Iak, president of Red Gate. “Kevin brings tremendous leadership, knowledge, and character that will enable us to raise our game for our current contracts as well as grow into exciting new areas of support.”
Mr. Lutz is a highly-respected expert in explosive ordnance disposal, counter-improvised explosive device and insurgency operations, combating weapons of mass destruction, and weapons technical intelligence. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame in 2015.
His expertise comes from over 35 years of corporate and military leadership experience. Mr. Lutz retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army, where his accomplishments included:
Before joining Red Gate, Mr. Lutz was president of A-T Solutions’ Defense Group. Through his strategic leadership, in four years’ time he transformed the business from a $30 million client base into a $130+ million government business, ultimately facilitating the company’s acquisition. He also brings over 20 years of complex project management experience to his new role.
“I am excited to be joining such a mature and professionally operating company. Red Gate’s culture, business focus, and commitment to its clients is a perfect fit to leverage my military and corporate executive experiences,” Lutz says. “I look forward to assisting the Red Gate team in achieving its strategic objectives and enhancing its reputation as a company.”
Mr. Lutz holds a Bachelor of Science in police administration and pre-law from Michigan State University, a Master of Science degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in defense and strategic studies from the United States Marine Corps University.
Red Gate provides critical strategic analysis and operational support to the federal government, strategically developing scalable solutions for various federal agencies with expert professional services assistance and emerging technology. Learn more at www.redgategrp.com.
Rob Cordray has joined Red Gate as the company’s Chief Growth Officer. Mr. Cordray, an Army veteran and corporate executive, is uniquely suited to join the Red Gate team, bringing more than two decades of experience in business development, operations management, and strategic planning to this role. His experience comprises working with a number of defense and intelligence agencies, interagency partners, and special operations clients.
Red Gate President T.J. Iak says, “Rob is bringing tremendous talent, work ethic, and discipline that will only enhance our company. We could not be more excited about the value and energy he will add to our entire organization.”
Previously, Mr. Cordray served as a Division Vice President and U.S. Army Account Executive at General Dynamics Information Technology, and as the director of capture and proposals at Celestar Corporation. Prior to that, he served in a number of increasingly-responsible positions at JBM, serving in Army communities across the country.
Mr. Cordray is a 1997 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a field artillery officer, training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and eventually deploying to Kosovo. He then served at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia as a contract senior operations analyst for the Army’s 1st Information Operations Command, where he worked on tactical, operational and strategic operations. Mr. Cordray’s second deployment was to Iraq to work with conventional and special operations forces across that country.
Visit Mr. Cordray's LinkedIn profile for more information about his responsibilities at Red Gate and his professional background, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Gate will be holding its second annual Red Gate Group Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training opportunity over two weekends in October 2018. Employees new to LSS will earn their Green Belt upon the successful completion of the program, and those who participated in last year’s training can earn credits toward their LSS Black Belt certification requirements. There is no charge for employees to participate.
T.J. Iak, president of Red Gate, says “Training our employees in Lean Six Sigma benefits the company from an organizational and process standpoint, but more than that, it gives our staff an opportunity to continue to grow. They work on real company problems while in training, so the training also fosters collaboration and connection across teams who may not otherwise work together.”
Red Gate’s resident instructor, Tom Heard, is an expert in organizational process management and a certified LSS trainer. He has taught multiple Lean Six Sigma courses and has graciously offered to help Red Gate continue this in-house training and certification program.
To learn more about the benefits and and professional development opportunities available for employees, visit Red Gate’s Careers page.
Red Gate is proud to announce two new hires made in July.
Josh Carroll joins Red Gate in support of Defense Security Service in Quantico, VA. Carroll served in the U.S. Army as a senior medic and then as a counterintelligence agent both stateside and in Kuwait/Iraq, and continues to serve in the Army Reserves. He has worked as a contractor for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in the CI Analytical Division, and in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Strategic Intelligence.
Carroll holds a bachelor's degree in Intelligence Studies with a focus in CI from American Military University, and has extensive specialized training and computer skills.
Mike Stabile is joining Red Gate at the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) on the Mission Information Technology contract as a Full Stack Developer. Stabile is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and a highly skilled and versatile leader with experience in myriad areas. He served in the Naval Reserve Unit as an operations officer, executive officer and now as the commander.
Stabile also holds an M.S. in computer information systems and a D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree.
Red Gate provides critical intelligence analysis, strategic planning, operational design, and technology integration services for clients across the intelligence and defense sectors. For more information about currently available opportunities at Red Gate, visit our Careers page.
On April 18, 2018, interns from the Veteran Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA), located in Frederick, MD, participated in an industry offsite event with the Red Gate Group located in Chantilly, VA. The group was composed of 27 interns, future 1102 Contract Specialists, who will graduate from VAAA’s 2018 Acquisition Intern Program (AIP) in May 2018.
TJ Iak, President of Red Gate Group, provided an organizational overview of Red Gate Group and led discussions on how the company navigates the proposal and contracting process, and on the selection of teaming partners. The interns were also given an opportunity to participate in a group discussion and Q&A session.
The purpose of the industry offsite is to provide the interns a vendor perspective on the contracting process from announcement – solicitation, to contract award. During their training in the two- year program, interns participate in yearly industry offsite events to provide them with an opportunity to visit with industry to develop an understanding of the customer perspective of contracting.
Learn more about the Acquisition Internship School