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HR Alliance

Timely, valuable programs packed with business and HR-relevant content.  Comprehensive data and policy and practice information in our annual compensation survey.  Networking opportunities with HR leaders and professionals from across the area.  We are HR Alliance – DC Metro’s premier HR association.


Most Regular Monthly Programs adhere to the following schedule:

  • On-site Registration, Networking and Breakfast 7:45 AM
  • Welcome, Table Networking Activity and Introductions 8:10 AM
  • Program 8:20 - 10:00 AM
  • Post Event Networking 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Regular Program Cost: 
  • Members - no charge, registration required by logging in and using "Member" registration path
  • Non-members, Guests of Members, Public - $60 (Follow the "Public" registration path)

2020 Program Location:
Tower Club
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Suite 1700
Vienna, VA 22182

Upcoming Programs and Events for HR Alliance DC:
Date Topic/Title Presenter(s)
Jan. 30, 2020 Members (and their guests) Networking Event, 5:00 - 6:30 PM Information will be sent directly to members.
Feb. 12, 2020
Topic: M&A Part 1
Navigating the Due Diligence Journey – Stories from the Line
Moderator from WTW
Panel including representatives from CACI, Centauri and PAE
March 4, 2020 Topic: M&A Part 2 TBA

Save the Dates for Spring 2020:
  • May 6
  • June 3

A special thanks to our January program sponsor:

Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit uniting companies, workforce development partners and philanthropists in a movement to increase career opportunities for the 70 million adults in the U.S. who do not have a four-year college degree but are Skilled Through Alternative Routes - or as we call them “STARs.”

We are launching an online platform to match STARs that have IT Support training and certifications into entry-level IT Support/Help Desk positions. We are looking for DMV employers that want to learn more about our 2020 launch of the Opportunity Marketplace Platform.

Please contact to learn more.

Wednesday February 12, 2020

"Navigating the Due Diligence Journey – Stories from the Line"

Networking: 7:45 - 8:05 AM
Arrive early for an opportunity to meet new people!

Program Description:
Many of us have experienced the recent increased trend of merger and acquisition activity.  Driving growth, refocusing business, responding to shareholder expectations and private equity firm investments all drive the M&A the market.  How does human resources continue to not only support but think strategically about the M&A process?  In February we’ve invited a distinguished panel of experts to share their experiences and viewpoints about M&A, specifically the ever-changing due diligence process. Gone are the days of multiple on-site visits and long timeframes to ponder potential synergies or possible culture clashes.  Today’s due diligence efforts are fast and focused and it is more critical than ever that HR be part of an integrated due diligence team to successfully and quickly assess and execute the process.

Come join us for an in-depth conversation with high level functional experts as they share thoughts, experiences and lessons learned with regard to how this process has changed with technology and better integrated teams.  Get insights into how companies are quickly evaluating synergies, retention of key talent, cultural-alignment, strategic growth plans and how they have found HR to be a key change-management partner in the process.

Our panel will be moderated by James Sharpe from Watson Towers Willis and includes Dennis Kelly, President & COO from Centauri; Jerry Reece, SVP Compensation and Benefits for CACI; and Kevin Sullivan, Assistant Controller and Director of M&A for PAE.

And plan now to join us for the March program in which we continue to conversation on the M&A topic by focusing on integration of talent and systems, change management and stimulating the new culture tied to values and strategy.

  • Dennis Kelly - President & COO, Centauri
  • Jerry Reece - SVP Compensation & Benefits, CACI
  • Kevin Sullivan - Assistant Controller (M&A Lead), PAE

Moderator: James Sharpe - M&A Expert, Willis Towers Watson

Dennis Kelly Jr. is Centauri's President and Chief Operating Officer. Dennis' deep experience leading great organizations greatly contributes to our journey towards building Centauri into a dominant Price contractor in the national security sector.  With more than 30 years of experience in the government contracting community, he has demonstrated a commitment to the employee experience and a sincere desire in helping team members develop their careers.

Dennis comes from Buchanan and Edwards where he held the position of President & CEO. In this role, he was responsible for designing and executing a growth strategy that expanded B&E's solutions into the national security market.  His previous roles include serving as CEO of IOMAXIS, LLC, and innovative security solutions firm, and as president and CEO of A-T Solutions, Inc., a counter-terrorism solutions firm supporting a variety of defense, intelligence and law enforcement customers.  

Dennis currently serves as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University Executive MBA program and is a member of the board of directors of the USO of Metropolitan Washington - Baltimore, the Professional Services Council and the CEO Boardroom's GovCon council.  He is also a proud veteran of the US Navy.

Jerry Reece is a Senior Vice President in charge of Compensation and Benefits for CACI International Inc, a $5 billion professional services and information technology (IT) company with over 22,000 employees worldwide. In this role, Mr. Reece has responsibility for the company’s compensation structure and job framework, and its employee benefit programs, including retirement plans and leave policies. Through his leadership, these programs have become highly effective and proactive tools to enable success and growth for the organization.

Mr. Reece also has responsibility for CACI’s executive compensation programs, which includes support to the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors in accomplishing their charter with respect to company pay practices for executives, management of annual cash and stock incentive programs, and executive communication programs.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Reece also served CACI as its Chief Risk Officer, where he was the primary management liaison to CACI’s Board of Directors on risk matters. In this role Mr. Reece regularly briefed the Board’s Audit Committee and the Security and Risk Assessment Committee, oversaw CACI’s risk management for classified and/or high-risk programs, and oversaw risk management related to CACI’s incentive compensation programs for the Compensation Committee.  Mr. Reece also had responsibility for CACI’s security programs, its corporate insurance programs, and its export control activities, among other programs.

Mr. Reece graduated in 1990 from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the Northern Virginia area with a daughter and two sons.

Kevin Sullivan serves as PAE’s M&A lead & Assistant Controller. Kevin is a Senior Financial Executive with extensive experience in Defense and Government Contracting. His background includes In-depth experience in critical corporate finance functions with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, GAAP accounting, indirect rate management, financial system implementations, debt capital markets, capital structure, internal compliance/controls and business operations.

Kevin has a proven track record of providing strategic direction and support for business growth and providing leadership to large, complex, cross-functional projects and has demonstrated ability to make immediate improvements in operations through managing lean processes.

Kevin holds an MBA, Finance from the University of Maryland-Robert H. Smith School of Business and a BA, Economics from Loyola College in Maryland.


James Sharpe is an M&A Director within Willis Towers Watson’s Global Services and Solutions Group (GSS), based in New York.

James focuses on providing solutions, guidance and advice to US Multinationals companies on a variety of Merger, Acquisition and Divestiture projects, across the M&A deal timeline.

Focusing on both Due Diligence and Integrational, James has managed the review of HR and people risks and liabilities, as well as providing advice on global benefits and compensation issues pre-close. This includes the review of deal documentation including providing guidance on Purchase Agreements, Disclosure Schedules and Transition Services Agreements.

Whilst during post-close phases, he has taken on multiple onsite client assignments for both Integration and Divestiture planning project management roles, with a focus on managing functional interdependencies pre and post close, as well as managing post-close cultural change.

During his twelve-year career at Willis Towers Watson, James has previously worked as an International Consultant with in the GSS advising on global benefits and compensation issues such as pension and benefit plan design and implementation, multinational pooling and benefits financing, and serving as the East Coast expert resource for Willis Towers Watson’s BenTrack tool.

James was previously based in Willis Towers Watson's UK retirement practice and holds a bachelor’s honors degree in management from the University of Warwick and is an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute.

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