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Business Development

Huntsville, Alabama, United States
November 30, 2018

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Mary Kate Gygax



Department of Defense Secret, Instated 7/16/2009, Currently Inactive Overview

Over five years of Human

Resources experience, including

all onboarding, benefits and

training industry best practices

Business Development acumen,

from opportunity identification to

proposal submission

Excellence in diversity

management, with travel to 35+

foreign countries and interaction

with coworkers from 16 different


Positive, motivated professional

with high integrity and values

Work Experience

CFD Research November 2017 – Present

Huntsville, AL

Business Development Associate

Support business development activities, ensuring proposals are completed on time and within budget

o Resulting in award of major IDIQ contract

Co-develop, communicate, track and file teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements and data calls

Lead weekly business development pipeline meetings for Corporate Leadership Team

Assist with CMMI development and certification

o Completed CMMI Level II certification and prepared company for transition to CMMI Level III

Whitespace Innovations November 2016 – October 2017 Huntsville, AL

Account Manager/Research Analyst

Participated in staff interviews and advised hiring decisions o Personally contributed to the hiring of over 60% of the corporate staff

Prepared initial client opportunity pipeline IAW client goals

Attended weekly client business development meetings

Made action items assignments to client personnel and WSI personnel in effort to increase PWin for each pipeline opportunity

Prepared briefings for client entering potential teaming opportunities, Mentor- Protégé relationships, teaming agreements, etc.

Reviewed White Paper and proposal drafts prior to submission

Completed searches in Gov Win, FBO, FPDS and other databases to identify potential new opportunities for client

Executed competitive intel for client concerning potential and real competitors FlyQuest, Inc September 2015 – September 2016

Madison, AL

Executive Director

Managed all Human Resources for non-profit, to include supervision of volunteer staff

Conducted interviews for potential new volunteers

Oversaw day to day operations of 501(c)3 non-profit, which resulted in 100% increase in yearly number of education programs for underserved youth

Prepared grant applications for nonprofit funding, increasing annual funding by over 300%

Spoke at civic organizations regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational initiatives

Operated full-motion flight simulator and instruct students in aviation fundamentals

Madison Baptist Church December 2014 – August 2015 Madison, AL

Contracted Author

Traveled to Equatorial Guinea, Spain and Mexico to conduct research for book

Interviewed 16 individuals on three continents for material for book

Wrote full-length biography of subject per contract Beshenich Muir and Associates (BMA) June 2010 – December 2014 Huntsville, AL

Human Resources and Business Operations Manager

Researched and created the corporate benefits package, to include health care insurance, dental insurance, 401(k) program, life insurance and long-term and short-term disability insurance

Administered benefits package, to include onboarding and offboarding procedures, open enrollment periods, and new employee orientation

Managed all aspects of Human Resources, resulting in corporate growth from 2 to 75 employees in 18 months, in adherence with industry best practices and all applicable employment law (EEO, OSHA, etc)

Prepared proposals in response to government Requests for Proposal (RFP)

Executed contracts and subcontracts

Established and administered employee benefits package

Managed all accounts payable and accounts receivable Victory Solutions, Inc. April 2009 – June 2010

Huntsville, AL

Technical Writer – Government & Defense Operations Group

Translated requirements into documentation and capabilities for patent- pending threat defeat device for troop protection systems

Prepared data design package according to contract specifications

Drafted technology specifications for R&D program

Applied contract requirements to technology’s standard operating procedures handbook

Integrated Engineering Change Packages into Electronic Documentation database for quality control

Prepared proposal responses to a wide variety of Government solicitations Wayne Parker for Congress - AL District 5 August 2008 – November 2008 Huntsville, AL

Director of Scheduling and Campaign Finance

Maintained candidate’s campaign schedule

Interfaced with local community organizations to plan campaign events

Briefed fellow campaign staff members on upcoming events

Prepared financial contributions for filing with FEC

Updated cash flow carts and cash on hand figures for campaign manager and chief strategist

Allocated campaign funds and managed wire transfers The White House September 2007 - December 2007

Washington, DC

Intern, Office of Presidential Scheduling

Researched venues for Presidential events

Vetted organizations for participation in Presidential events

Researched individuals for invitation to Presidential events

Analyzed potential event venues and attendees for conflicts of interest

Prepared reports containing information pertinent to Presidential events for review by senior administration officials

Updated research database

Gained experience with knowledge of laws, regulations, government best practices and standards

Mathnasium Tutoring Services April 2006 – August 2007 Madison, AL

Mathematics Teaching Assistant

Employed at a local branch of international tutoring franchise

Recommended to position by a local college professor

Assisted young people in comprehension of mathematics

Tutored children from Kindergarten to High School on a one-on-one basis City of Huntsville March 2004 – April 2007

Huntsville, AL

Museum Personnel

Employed at three different historic museum locations

Guided tours for visitors ranging in age from Preschoolers to Senior Citizens

Served as lead guide, coordinating the efforts of other tour guides

Designed new programs/tours

Volunteer Experience

Prison Ministry Fellowship December 2011 - Present Limestone Prison, Athens, AL

Lead round-table discussions during in-prison seminars

Teach inspirational messages to groups of inmates Choose Life of North Alabama January 2011 – Present Huntsville, AL

Serve as receptionist

Provide one-on-one confidential counseling to clients involved in a crisis pregnancy

Teach teen and school groups lectures on safe and empowering personal habits Education

University of Alabama in Huntsville Graduated, December 2008 Huntsville, AL

Master of Arts, Public Affairs/Political Science, GPA: 3.9 Charter Oak State College Graduated, December 2006 New Britain, CT

Graduated with honors, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration Extra Curricular Interests/Activities

Play piano, violin, and mandolin, and serve in church music ministry as a pianist and orchestra member

Participate in missions trips to Mexico, assisted in building projects

Served as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for deaf at church

Experience with Microsoft applications and database management systems

Cultivate and maintain high ethical standards, outstanding interpersonal skills, diversity management acumen, and an optimistic outlook

Experienced mountaineer – summitted 46 peaks over 14,000 feet References and/or Letters of Recommendation

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