Company HistoryKCG was founded with the philosophy of “Create the Future” in 2002 by Mark Klett. Mark envisioned providing solutions to the toughest problems through the application of systems engineering principals and an agile and responsive staff. Over the years, KCG has advanced and integrated its specialties to develop new capabilities to identify and solve problems regardless of scope, scale, or complexity. KCG’s innovation, agility, and culture, have been the cornerstone of its growth and success… and will remain going forward.
KCG culture is unique in today’s business environment. It celebrates our people first and foremost, while providing value for our clients. This creates a high demand for KCG’s team of professionals and their innovative solutions. KCG recruits and retains talented professionals through incentives, job challenges and quality of life. A positive can-do attitude permeates the KCG culture – and it starts at the top. It is this contagious attitude that enables KCG to deliver quality products and services to our valued clients.
Mark N. Klett, President & CEO
Highly recognized business leader and advisor in the Hampton Roads community, He currently serves as co-chair: Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Industry Steering Committee; Regional Board Member to both the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA). Mr. Klett also serves as a key member of the Virginia Beach Visionary Advisory Board. He is a founding Board Member of Cyber Protection Resources (CPR) a regional cyber public-private partnership to fill a void on the protection and education of all citizens from threats from access to the internet.
He is an Industry Advisor/Partner with the Norfolk State Cybersecurity Program, the Advanced Technology Technical Center, and the Kempsville High School Entrepreneurship Academy in addition to being an active member with the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors and the Professional Services Council.
Moreover, He is a founding member of Service Disabled Veterans Owned Business (SDVOSB) Council. He was instrumental in initiating an outreach program for SDVOSBs regionally and nationally as a valuable resource. For his efforts and relentless advocacy, Mark was awarded Virginia Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year 2010, the first and only winner of this auspicious award from the Hampton Roads area.
A rarity, Mr. Klett is the only Small Business Owner to have testified before both House and Senate committees on behalf of veteran owned small businesses (VOSB). In March 2008, He gave US Congressional testimony to the House Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology on Ensuring Stimulus Contracts for Small & Veteran Owned Small Businesses. Citing “Funding today, means jobs today,” He spoke on how the agility and ability of VOSBs can quickly create jobs rapidly stimulating the local economies. He pointed out when Federal Prime Contracts are awarded to small business, they realize a 100 percent return on their investment, further impacting and benefiting the local economic stimulus.
In July 2013 Mr. Klett delivered a second testimony to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee regarding the Impact of Sequestration on National Security and the Economy and how it affects VOSBs. He pointed out how gaps in the workforce means gaps in capabilities leading to overall waste of funds burdening National Security. Specifically, he stated, “As DoD draws down it’s forces and spending – we need to develop a strategy to be ready to fight and win the next war not the last one. A big part of that preparation is having a ready agile Force equipped to meet our nation’s strategic security requirements. Our trained veterans can fill much of those strategic niches with small business capabilities.” This testimony was so compelling he was cited by Senate staffers and national media for galvanizing the US Senate towards passing a budget.
Because of his expertise, for the past five years, Mr. Klett has served as a standing member of the White House Economic Advisory Board. For the past eight years, he has been a key member of HRMFFA supporting regional issues and initiatives before mayors, congressional delegations, and senators. He provides a Disabled Veteran Business Owner’s perspective to both boards, pushing for federal, state, and local government funding perspective into Hampton Roads extending from Virginia Beach all the way to Williamsburg/James City.
Mr. Klett is dedicated to growing the next generation of technological and cyber expertise. Due to his relationships with local community colleges, and cyber tech schools, he provides them the needed industry feedback. This in turn facilitates the cyber industry to receive the needed and appropriate skills as graduates make their way into the job sector. His encouragement and enthusiasm for Cyber excellence has resulted in NSA Cyber Center of Excellence Certification for both Universities and Community Colleges in Hampton Roads.
EducationB.S. US Naval Academy – Physical Science (Minor- Computer Science) M.S. Naval Post Graduate School – Systems Engineering
Recognition and Membership
- Co-Chair Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Industry Cluster
- Virginia 2010 Small Business Veteran of the Year
- National Congressional Business Advisory Council
- 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 Businessman of the Year
- Tidewater ASNE Engineer of the Year 2005
- 2005 Ronald Reagan Leadership Award
- Board Member: US Naval Academy Alumni Association
- Board Member: Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
- Board Member: Virginia Beach Vision
- Board Member: Norfolk State IA-REDI
- Board Member: JCOTS Cyber Security Advisory Board
- Board Member: Cyber Protection Resources Coastal Virginia
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Key PersonnelKlett Consulting Group provides an elite team of professionals with significant operational, industry and government credentials, coupled with advanced degrees and professional certifications. Our experienced staff is led by our Key Personnel who manage their respective area of expertise. Work is performed through our distributed, synchronized work force that is responsive on multiple levels to clients through our efficient business model.
Mark N. Klett - President & CEO +A gifted and recognized entrepreneur, Mr. Klett leads by example managing the most complicated start-up programs for government, industry and non-profits. His expertise extends from multi-billion dollar DoD programs like Joint Experimentation as their first Program Manager, to writing strategic plans for the implementation of new concepts, capabilities and associated manpower requirements to implementing a new national organization to help disabled veterans start businesses.
Michael Klett - Vice President +Michael (Mike) Klett is an operations and business development manager with a background in finance and accounting. His professional career began in the public accounting industry, which led to his experience in financial statement audits, federal government compliance audits, as well as federally funded Non-Government Organization (NGO) consulting and management. He transitioned to KCG in 2011 to assist in the management of operations including the oversight of Business Development, Finance, Human Resources, Contract Management and Program Management. He provides KCG with unique experience by applying financial and compliance principles to growth and customer support.
Dr. Tim Sorber - DCS, Chief Information Officer, Senior Systems Engineer +Dr. Sorber has significant experience in the integration and management of state of the shelf technology to solve real world operational challenges. He has proven expertise in the direct application of MS Software Engineering degree, electronics design and repair background, 22 years of military operational experience, operational analysis and project management skills to aid U.S. Military and DoD development community to create future capabilities to meet existing and emerging requirements. He is current in issues surrounding latest DoD technologies-like UAVs, Knowledge Management, FORCEnet, DSCS, and GBS. Knowledge Management, System Integration/Operational & Technical Architectures, and C4ISR Subject Matter Expert.
Todd Black - CISSP-ISSEP® Senior Systems Engineer, Cybersecurity +Mr. Black is a Certified Information System Security Professional-Information System Security Engineering Professional (CISSP-ISSEP®) with extensive experience in Information Assurance, Information Technology, Cyber Security and is a Navy C4I Subject Matter Expert. He has successfully lead or supported various projects involving computer network security, Joint and Naval Operations, and has a diverse background in Department of Defense Acquisition processes and requirements.
Ed Whalen - PMP, CISSP +Mr. Whalen is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with a long and diverse record of successful leadership in key positions within large, complex organizations. A US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY graduate, he has developed a strong record in program and project management for capability development, technology projects including agile software development, acquisition programs, communications, and modeling and simulation. Mr. Whalen is also a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) who has extensive experience in cyber security/information assurance, enterprise architecture, operational analysis, process improvement and Capabilities Based Assessments.
Rear Admiral Gary Jones, USN-ret +RADM Jones brings 40+ years of leadership and management experience to KCG. He has an extensive background in Navy and Joint Training, to include Command of Naval Education and Training Command, the largest shore command in the Navy. Following his Navy career, he operated a successful profit and loss business unit for 6 years in the model and simulation industry. He earned an MS Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Wendy Cumings - Contracts Manager & Facility Security Officer (FSO) +Mrs. Cumings has over 30 years experience ranging from contract management, operations analysis, and budget management. She manages the various government contracts as well as the facility security operations of the company.
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