C. JOSEPH “JOE” THOMAS, JR.
CFO, St. Louis
C. Joseph Thomas, Jr. is a finance executive with expertise in both public and private corporate financing, bank relations, cash management, financial analysis, negotiations, foreign exchange, SOX compliance, acquisitions, credit and collections, and employee benefits. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Thomas has a proven track record of identifying, analyzing, and resolving important business issues. He possesses exceptional analytical, organizational, and managerial skills that enable him to creatively communicate ideas to achieve company objectives. His background includes extensive leadership experience in billing and collections, treasury operations, and corporate credit operations.
Mr. Thomas is the Managing Partner and Founder of CJ Thomas Consulting, LLC in Saint Louis, MO. Prior to founding CJ Thomas Consulting, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Treasury Officer of CTSI-Global, where he was responsible for cash management, reporting bank relations, insurance matters, and credit. Prior to CTSI-Global, Mr. Thomas was the Manager Financial Operations-Credit and Collections for CenturyLink Inc.
Mr. Thomas graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Finance.
KAREN LONG, MS, MBA, CFCM
Contract Management Consultant
Karen Long is a federal government contracts expert with over 15 years of experience in government contracting for small- and mid-sized companies. From pre-RFP to close-out, Ms. Long’s expertise spans the entire contract process. This includes reviewing RFPs; pricing; negotiating non-disclosure and teaming agreements; subcontracts; financially and contractually managing contracts; preparing estimates of completion; and completing close outs.
Ms. Long is the Founder and President of Streamline Government Contracts, LLC. Prior to founding Streamline Government Contracts, she served as the Contracts Manager for Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International Inc., where she reviewed and negotiated subcontracts, reviewed and signed non-disclosure agreements, reviewed contractual monthly reports from a funding perspective, and acted as liaison between the accounting department and project managers. Prior to working for Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International Inc., she was the Sr. Contracts/Financial Analyst for Sabre Systems, Inc.
Ms. Long currently serves as a government contracting subject matter expert for Industry Newsletter. She earned a B.S. degree in Education from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in Management on the Procurement and Contracts Management track, and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. In addition, she is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager.
Senior HR Consultant
Adrienne Lewis is a human resources (HR) professional who leverages her HR and business expertise to drive organizational efficiency, compliance and operational excellence. With more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Lewis has demonstrated success analyzing a business’s precise HR needs and delivering solutions that improve quality, performance, communication, morale and productivity. Her areas of expertise include assessments, compliance, talent acquisition, line management, staff retention, management training, policies and process development, benefits, executive coaching and performance management.
Ms. Lewis is the owner and managing partner of the Lewis Consulting Group and has held senior management positions at companies in the commercial, government contracting and association sectors. Prior to founding LCG, she was VP, Business Operations at Personify Corp. where she managed all internal corporate business functions including human resources, administration, the PMO office and facilities.
Ms. Lewis earned a B.A. degree in Speech Communication with a concentration in Rhetoric from the City University of NY (Brooklyn College) and an M.A. in Business Communications (Organizational Development) from the University of Maryland.