Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

DON C. HOTZ

Mr. Hotz has a deep background with SAP and non-SAP solutions spanning a career of 30 years. In the late 80’s, Don pioneered the first data warehouse for General Dynamics introducing executive information during an era of data starvation. He went on to lead numerous teams for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to deploy both SAP and non-SAP that included central billing, procurement and financials. Understanding the struggles of a company that grew through acquisitions, Don introduced SAP Business Analytics and Dashboards that provided a “One-CSC” operational view. This was not only key to improving financial reporting and close processes, but significantly reducing company spending introducing millions to the revenue line. In his last years as CIO for CSC he also was credited with the introduction of SAP’s first release of the SAP Mobile Platform. This proved to be key to CSC’s success by allowing remote access to both transaction and analytics via mobile devices. SAP recognizing the value statement of his success story, invited him to join their Global Center of Excellence for Mobility/Reporting/HANA. In this role Don guided SAP’s customers on the best practices for mobile/analytics deployment and maintenance.

KENNETH E. CLARK

Kenneth E. Clark is President, Silver Spring Strategic Solutions, a management consulting firm specializing in organization process improvement, business development, supplier diversity and public policy related to minority business enterprise development. Kenneth was previously the President and CEO of the Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the 37 councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. There he facilitated the Council’s mission to link minority businesses to procurement contracting opportunities in corporate America and other major buying organizations. Under Mr. Clark’s leadership, the Council doubled its MBE client base and steadily grew their collective revenues to over $2 Billion with over 14,000 people employed locally. In addition, Mr. Clark made advocacy on behalf of minority businesses a major part of his role. He became a major spokesperson in support of increased opportunity for minority businesses in both the public and private sector before various federal, state and local government committees and commissions.

He is a founding member and Vice Chair of the Capitol Region Innovation Cluster Consortium, a business organization whose objective is to create knowledge-based jobs, innovation-based economic development and wealth in the Maryland/Washington region and internationally.

He was a member of several boards including Maryland’s Small Business Development Center and the Center for Minority Business Development. While at Verizon, he was the founding steering committee chair of the National Capital Minority Business Opportunity Center in Prince Georges County. He has been a regular presenter at business conferences and public hearings on issues related to minority business development. He was Chair of the Montgomery County, MD Charter Review Commission for several years, was President and currently is an active member of the Montgomery County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Colesville United Methodist Church among other community and civic activities.

Before joining the MD/DC MSDC, Kenneth retired as Vice President of External Affairs for Verizon Washington, DC. In over 35 years at Verizon and its predecessor companies, Kenneth served in various assignments of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations, international project management and public affairs. One highlight of his career was leading a 3-year project to deliver consulting and information technology to Telefonica, the Spanish telephone company, in Madrid, Spain. In his roles in Verizon, he also became one of its strongest advocates for connecting local minority businesses to the procurement activities of the corporation and was successful getting several minority businesses access to Verizon contracts. He also represented Verizon on the Washington, DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) where leading contractors and developers met to plan and discuss development activity in the DC community.

Mr. Clark is a graduate of Morgan State College with a degree in Physics.

JAMES POLAND

Jim Poland is formerly Vice President of Strategic Development at Genova Technologies and a Senior Associate within the Civil & Commercial Group of Booz Allen Hamilton where he was responsible for developing and leading information technology solutions for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). His leadership at Genova, a small, disadvantaged 8(a) firm, lead to increased revenues of over $20 Million annually. He has recruited, trained, and lead teams of professionals who played a pivotal role in the implementation of major healthcare reform initiatives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). These initiatives included Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH), the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Medicaid & CHIP Program (MACPro) System, and others.

Prior to his 20+ year career supporting the mission of CMS, Mr. Poland worked as Systems Analyst in a variety of fields including Banking, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Insurance, Transportation, and the Department of Defense developing information technology solutions and where he became a Certified Oracle Professional.

Mr. Poland has authored guidance and articles for CMS and the International Institute of Business Analysis. He is an active supporter of the Baltimore Chapter of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional. He has served on church leadership boards in a variety of roles and presently attends Grace Community Church in Fulton, MD. He is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.