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I support the DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center’s (JAIC) Strategy and Policy Team. I evaluate potential events, identify an event style and target audience, and recommend the right delivery mechanism to best engage with JAIC Stakeholders. Once a concept is approved by the client, I plan, resource, and deliver a high caliber event.
What do you think makes Suntiva a great place to work? Why do you enjoy working for Suntiva?
Suntiva strives to take care of its employees and is very thorough in finding the right people for each position. I enjoy working alongside other Suntivans that are experts in their perspective fields. Suntivans do not let problems slow progress—they come together to solve the problem and accomplish the mission.
What do you enjoy most in working with Suntiva’s clients? How do we make a difference in our clients’ work?
At Suntiva, we solve problems and make ideas that seem impossible, possible. For a client like the JAIC, who is a fairly new DoD organization, Suntiva’s contributions have made a significant impact in advancing JAIC’s agenda and helping them establish legitimacy in the DoD community. For anyone who has been part of a new organization in the DoD over the last 20 years, this feat is not easily achieved.
What is your most impactful project with a client and why?
Our team pioneered the idea of a DoD Organization conducting a virtual symposium. We first presented the idea, figured out how to navigate the bureaucracy, then developed and delivered a high caliber event that advanced our clients standing within the DoD at a fraction of the cost of hosting a physical event. The 2020 DoD AI Symposium was a huge success resulting in over 2,800 attendees and the JAIC received national and international media coverage with over 20 significant stories. JAIC’s strategic messaging was carried on all major news networks.
What influenced or drove you become an expert in your field?
I served 23 years in the U.S. Army in various capacities: commanding troops, advising foreign Armies, directing theater logistics, strategic engagement, and policy development. Ironically it was my involvement founding a nonprofit for Disabled Veterans, combined with my volunteer support of youth hockey organizations, where I honed my event planning skills. Hosting fundraisers, setting up engagements with corporate donors, and organizing hockey tournaments across multiple venues required me to employ all of my skills to focus on creating effective and memorable events.
What drives or inspires you to work at Suntiva?
Knowing that I have great Suntivans on my left and right who are there to provide the best support to the client that we possibly can inspires me every day. There is never a question of producing the deliverable—it’s a matter of how much better we can deliver than our competition.