Participants gain shared knowledge and experience, fresh perspective, actionable advice and benchmarking opportunities — all in an intimate, confidential setting, facilitated by an industry veteran.
May 24, 2018
8:00 am - 8:30 am, Breakfast & Meet the Participants
8:30 am - 11:00 am, Roundtable Discussion
Proposal Development Consultants Corporate Office
4350 East West Highway, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814
Topic: Building a Proposal Infrastructure to Support Small Business Growth
Winning proposals is the culmination of a collaborative effort, and effective proposal teams include multiple technical and functional roles. But if your business is small or just starting out, it may only be you (or a shared, executive responsibility). So how can you grow your proposals effort from a one-man show to a dedicated in-house proposal function? During the ProposalExecs Roundtable, we will discuss the process of starting a new proposal center within a small business or even within a business unit of a larger business.
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About Our Moderator
Ethan Meurlin is a Vice President at Octo Consulting Group where he leads all Business Development Operations and Marketing. Octo is a mid-sized company that focuses 100% on helping the US Federal Government modernize its legacy IT infrastructure. During his almost five years at Octo, the company has set sales records each year (from $65M in 2014 to more than $140M in 2017) and has grown from 95 employees to more than 325.
Over more than 20 years or professional experience, Ethan has developed an expertise in building and improving proposal centers. Over the last decade he has built two Proposal Operations Centers from the ground up at small companies, and overhauled processes for a large company. Prior to joining Octo, Ethan held leadership positions at companies such as Keane Federal Systems, Robbins-Gioia, and MetroStar Systems.
High quality proposal consultants and very quick, responsive staffing. You respond to my inquiries faster than any other staffing company, with people who are more likely to meet my needs. You also consider soft-skill factors, like personality, energy, etc." Proposal Manager, Government Contractor Client
Most of the editors sent my way did quite well on the writing test I gave them. I was impressed with their knowledge and approach." Response Center | H&PS NA Proposal, Government Contractor Client
I am very impressed with the professionalism, support and follow-up PDC provides to both their consultants and to clients." Director of Proposal Development, Government Contractor Client
Staff are very supportive and tuned in to both clients and consultants to make good matches on projects." Proposal Writer, Government Contractor Clientx
Excellent response to my needs—résumés delivered in minutes, resources provided in time to meet my needs."Director of Proposals, Government Contractor Client
Head-and-shoulders above everyone else, very supportive and responsive." Graphic Artist, PDC Contractor
Excellent service, high-quality/experienced resources, able to turn on a dime."General Manager, Government Contractor Client
Customer service and response time is tremendous."Director, Business Development, Government Contractor Client
Quick response to fill requirements with highly qualified staff."Senior Proposal Manager, Government Contractor Client
Timely service with the appropriate level of tenacity."Editor, PDC Contractorx
PDC is the best group of supporters and agents that I have been with in the past ten years—professional, experienced, and highly capable. Kudos."Supervisor of Proposals, Government Contractor Client
PDC is the friendliest and most helpful company of proposal professionals in the DC Metro area. I highly recommend them to friends, colleagues and clients who don't already use them. Kudos always."Director, Business Development, Government Contractor Client
PDC offers excellent customer service. Their staff works closely with you to identify just the right kind of candidate for your position, so that your time is not wasted in looking at résumés or talking to candidates that are not appropriate."VP of Business Development, Government Contractor Client
They support their clients and their contractors to the fullest. They are always willing to help and make things easier for the consultants. Other consultants I met or interacted with also agree that they are the best in the business to work with."Proposal Coordinator, Government Contractor Client
All of my experience with Proposal Development Consultants has been, from the very beginning, deserving of the best recommendation that I can offer. The personnel are friendly, helpful and empathic, and operate on the highest level of professionalism. Working with PDC is a pleasure."Desktop Publisher, PDC Contractorx
It's like having your own personal secretary to do your administrative work. The best part—no more filing quarterly taxes!"
With all the government regulations concerning employee classification, the fact that PDC utilizes MBO to ensure contractor compliance has provided us with the peace of mind we need. We can focus on the work at hand without the headaches of compliance, the contractors enjoy the benefits of weekly paychecks, and we appreciate the fact that we have happy contractors."Proposal Writer, PDC Contractorx