Michael G. Paul II – President
Michael is the president and co-founder of Cobec Consulting. In addition to his duties as president, Michael also supports a range of cost analysis and business case analysis projects for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has nearly 20 years of experience developing, managing, and leading large-scale estimating, data collection, operations research, and business case analysis efforts for a range of government agencies and projects.
Michael received a BS in electromechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and has been a International Cost Estimating and Analysis Assoctiation (ICEAA) member for nearly 10 years. When not hard at work for Cobec, he joins in the crazy life of raising three young children. Michael’s hobbies include building houses, woodworking, researching new technology and cars, biking, camping, gardening, restoring cars, and bonfires.
Hisham Jalil – Vice President
firstname.lastname@example.org Hisham Jalil is the Vice President and co-founder of Cobec Consulting. He has over 13 years of experience as a consultant and analyst in the government sector. He co-founded Cobec Consulting in 2007 to provide specialized quantitative analysis and management consulting for government clients. Hisham has extensive experience in providing investment advisory and analysis services for the FAA’s investment review office, Investment Planning & Analysis (IP&A). Hisham holds the certified cost estimator/analyst designation from ICEAA, an MBA from George Mason University, and a BS in finance also from George Mason University.
Christopher Teigue – Director of Shared Services
Christopher Teigue is Director of Shared Services and co-founder of Cobec Consulting. As Director of Shared Services, Chris is responsible for managing teams, developing business, and supporting Cobec’s strategic efforts. He has over 10 years of experience providing acquisition, investment analysis and management advisory services in the government sector. Chris has extensive experience in the areas of life cycle cost estimating and modeling, cost analysis and research, and investment analysis. Chris co-founded Cobec Consulting to provide the government with exceptional quantitative analyses and dedicated consulting services. He is a long time member of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA). Chris holds the certified cost estimator/analyst designation (CCE/A) from ICEAA and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Virginia.
Kevin Schutt – Director of Finance
As Cobec’s Director of Finance, Kevin Schutt is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions as well as oversight over contracts and company insurance, supporting the company’s strategic efforts, growth, and decision making. He has 20 years of experience covering analysis, consulting, and finance in both public and private-sector settings. Since joining Cobec Consulting in September 2009, he has also held positions as a consultant and manager, leading teams supporting investment analysis, program control and business/financial management for Federal Aviation Administration programs. Prior to joining Cobec, Kevin worked for the Treasurer at AARP, providing analytical support and project management for numerous initiatives including Board Directives, capital investment, process improvement, cost savings, vendor financial risk analysis, and the corporate credit card program. Kevin achieved significant cost savings and cash flow improvement through process analysis and redesigns. Kevin also spent a number of years as an actuarial analyst and consultant for Actuarial Research Corporation, providing data analysis, modeling, simulation, and reporting for clients including the U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, and private clients. Kevin holds the certified cost estimator/analyst designation (CCE/A) from the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA), an MBA and MS in Finance dual degree from The George Washington University, and a BS in Mathematics from The College of William and Mary.
George Bayer – Director of FAA Programs
George Bayer joined Cobec Consulting in October 2014 after five years at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). George has 20 years of Finance and program management experience, supporting government acquisitions at the FAA and capital investment analysis at three Fortune 100 companies – ConocoPhillips, BP, and Disney. As Director of FAA Programs, he currently manages cost and benefits estimating teams, directs investment analysis efforts, and provides program management support for major FAA acquisitions. Prior to Cobec, George served multiple leadership roles within the FAA, including more than three years as a Business Case Lead in Investment Planning & Analysis (IP&A), evaluating over 15 major FAA capital investments, and two years as Project Manager in the Program Management Organization. Prior to joining the FAA, George worked in oil and gas industry finance. George holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), a BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin with concentrations in Corporate and Energy Finance.
Tom Dauber – Director of Business Development
Tom Dauber is the Director of Business Development at Cobec Consulting. He is responsible for leading business development and execution with Defense and Intelligence Community clients. He also is responsible for overall business development and strategic initiatives. Tom has over 24 years of experience in the in both Government and private industry, primarily developing opportunities, leading, managing, and conducting cost, risk, earned value, and data analysis/science for the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Civil clients. Tom is an active member of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA), is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A), was a lead author of several modules of the official ICEAA cost estimating and analysis training, continues to be a CEBoK instructor at National Cost Analysis Symposia, and in 2012 was ICEAA’s Cost Estimator of the Year for Management.
Tia Barnes – Principal Consultant
Mrs. Tia Barnes joined Cobec in May of 2012 as a Earned Value Management (EVM) Senior Consultant. Mrs. Barnes has over 20 years of Program Control and EVM experience. She began her career with the Naval Aviation Systems Command (NAVAIR) where she spent two years in AIR-217 contracts division and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) where she spent 5 years performing Program Administration for Under Water Search and Recovery. She then went on to the National Security Agency (NSA) where she supported the Ground Breaker Contract which transitioned more than 1,100 federal employees to contractors in a $2 billion-dollar information technology and infrastructure support contract. Mrs. Barnes has supported the FAA in various roles and contracts over the past 10 years; including TEOM (TSM Engineering, Operations and Management services), FTI, AIMM, ERAM, TAMR and a host of others. She currently supports IP&A as a Master Scheduler developing Policy and providing schedule guidance. Mrs. Tia Barnes graduated from the University of Maryland University College in 1995 with a Bachelors in Business/Administration. She holds certifications in Scheduling and EVM from the College of Performance Management.
Andrew Drennon – Principal Consultant
Andrew Drennon is a Principal Consultant, and has been supporting the FAA with Cobec for five years. Prior to that he supported the Department of Defense, both as a soldier and a contractor. Andrew is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst through ICEAA. He’s an avid cyclist, enjoys trail maintenance with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and makes home brew ciders and meads.
Daniel B. French – Principal Consultant
In his role as Principal Consultant, Dan supports our clients in a variety of functions including cost analysis, software estimation, program management and process improvement. Prior to joining Cobec, Dan spent 7 years at GEICO in as a member of the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) metrics team and prior to that was at TeAM, Inc. supporting the Military Healthcare System (MHS) providing project estimates for the military’s clinical healthcare systems. He also spent 7 years working as a software developer, tester, business analyst, and software estimator at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) supporting clients in the telecom and financial sectors. Additionally, he has developed CMMi and ISO compliant process improvement and software estimation processes. He is an International Function Point User Group (IFPUG) member and Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS) since 2000. He currently serves as Chairman of the IFPUG Functional Software Sizing Committee (FSSC) and is a former member of the IFPUG conference committee. He has authored or co-authored white papers on a number of software measurement and estimation topics including the application of function point analysis to Data Warehouses and the use of function point analysis in COTS acquisitions. He is a member of the International Cost Estimation and Analysis Association (ICEAA), the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Agile Alliance, and the General Accounting Office (GAO) Cost Expert Group and is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Dan holds a B.S. in Economics from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a graduate of the Chubb Institute’s Top Gun training program and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Agile Alliance Certified Scrum Master (CSM).
Keith Robertson – Principal Consultant
Keith joined Cobec in May of 2016 to get back to his long-time career passion of conducting cost and program analysis. Keith has over 23 years of Major System Acquisition support experience in the disciplines of Cost Estimating, Earned Value Management, and Acquisition Programming and Planning. He began his career with the Naval Aviation Systems Command (NAVAIR) where he spent five years developing acquisition cost estimates on a variety of multi-billion dollar air warfare systems. He then went to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where he was recruited to support the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). In 2003 he was appointed by the NRO to be the Chief of the NRO Cost Group. He was promoted into the Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) in 2005 and continued to expand his responsibilities at the NRO to include: conducting Independent Life Cycle Cost Estimates, overseeing Earned Value Management for all major NRO programs, and managing the NRO’s Acquisition programs and plans activities. Keith graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and he holds a Masters Degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Engineering Administration. Outside of work, Keith enjoys spending time with his wife, their three kids and two dogs.
David Rose – Principal Consultant
David Rose brings over 22 years of experience in project portfolio management, scheduling, and quality system implementation within the software, semiconductor, and aviation industries to Cobec. He has earned a reputation for skilled management of complex and difficult projects that succeed through innovation, leadership, and personal relationship skills. David drives projects using principles from the Project Management Body of Knowledge to clearly communicate to stakeholders, the metrics, analytics, and visualizations to allow rapid, fact based decision-making. David is a project management and controls tools expert specializing in Oracle Primavera P6 solutions as well as other industry leading tools including Oracle Risk / Pertmaster, Steelray Project Analyzer, Milestones Professional, Microsoft Project, and Office Timeline. He has also developed an integrated analytics and metrics generation tool known as the SuperMatrix used for Portfolio Management and Solution Implementation Waterfall reporting. David has been supporting the FAA’s Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement program since 2010 as the Oracle Primavera P6 CWP schedule architect and lead scheduler, where he developed the specialized tools and analytics that maintain baseline schedule performance visibility and support long-term portfolio planning that integrate JRC and Acquisition Scheduling, Hardware and Software Solution Development, and Solution Implementation following FAA Acquisition Management System Lifecycle best practices. Davis has also supported the FAA Investment Planning and Analysis organization by providing schedule analysis on several projects as they proceed through the JCR process. He has also developed the integrated master schedule for the Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) Program for their successful IARD schedule, and the Time Based Flow Management Work Package 3 (TBFM WP3) Program for their successful FID schedule. Currently, David is engaged with the FAA Surveillance Organization to deploy Oracle Primavera P6 to the Surveillance portfolio as well as create a Dashboard Analytics System that enables strategic portfolio management for future road map planning and tactical project controls for active project management. David is considered a Primavera P6 subject matter expert within the FAA, with regular participation in key CWP development testing, and consulted on various CWP improvement initiatives. David earned a BA in Aviation Systems from the Ohio State University in 1992 where he also received his multi-engine commercial instrument pilot’s license. He has also been a certified PMP® #247597 since August 12, 2005.