Introducing Our Business Development Consultants

All of our Business Development consultants are former CEO’s, managing partners, senior military officers or senior Business Development experts. Each provides deep subject matter expertise in Business Development, in addition to real world experience in your industry.

With boots on the ground experience in National Security, Defense, Energy, Scientific or Engineering, MBDi Business Development consultants have walked in your shoes. They’ve worked in your industry. They understand the pressure you’re under to achieve superior revenue results. Most importantly, they know what works. They know what doesn’t. And they know the clearest and shortest path to get you there.

To learn more about our Business Development consultants, click BIO on their summaries below.

William Scheessele

Chief Executive Officer

BS Economics, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University; MBA, Xavier University; US Army Veteran; Texaco Corporation; Trane Corporation; Trane Service First. Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

Nicholas Coppings


BS, University of Natal; MBA, Edinburgh Business School; Heriot-Watt University; Merchant Banking, Republic National Bank, New York, UK & Germany; Absa Bank, South Africa.

Kathleen Scheessele

Executive Vice President

BS, Mathematics/Chemistry College of Science, Purdue University; MBA, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; R&D, Animal Science, Purdue University; STEM Education.

Carla Caputo-Searcy

Senior Associate

BBA, Plastics Engineering, Pittsburg State University; MBA, Nova Southeastern University; IWF Leadership Fellow; Command|BD; General Dynamics Combat Systems; ATP, Intellitec; Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems | Missile and Unmanned Vehicle Systems; Secret Security Clearance.

James (Jim) E. Harris III

VP, Educational Services

BS, U.S. Military Academy; MA, Human Resource Management, University of South Carolina; MS, National Security Strategy, National War College; AAS, Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University; Colonel, US Army, (Ret.), Computer Sciences Corporation; Camber Corporation.

Bantz J. (John) Craddock


BS, West Virginia University; MS, Military Arts and Sciences, US Army Command and General Staff College; General, US Army (Ret.); L-3 Communications Services Group – MPRI; Engility Corporation.

Lee Cooper


BS, Mathematics, Oklahoma State University; MS, Systems Engineering Management, US Air Force Institute; US Air Force Officer (Ret.); Raytheon Technical Services Company; L-3 Communications -Titan; Unisys Federal Systems; I-Net, Inc.

Bruce Scott


BS, Civil Engineering, US Military Academy; MS, Economics, University of Freiburg; MPA, Harvard University; Major General, US Army (Ret.); President/CEO Olmsted Foundation; ITT Defense; Top Secret-SCI Security Clearance.

David Miller


BS, Electrical Engineering, Union College; Duke Energy; Schlumberger Limited, Middle East, Africa, Canada and the US; and Rochester Gas & Electric Company.

James (Jim) J. Allen, Jr.


BS, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; MS, Management of Information Technology, University of Virginia; TASC; SAIC; Grumman Data Systems; Response Resource Inc.; United Telecommunications, Inc.; General Electric Company; Top Secret-SCI Security Clearance.

Bobby Christian


BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech; Managing Partner, iMPACT Ventures; Three Pillar Global; Tangible Software; True North Solutions; American Systems Corporation; Internet Security Systems; IBM; Anderson Consulting.

Tara Collazo


Marketing Strategy, Cornell University; School of Visual and Performing Arts, Western Connecticut State University; Marotta Controls, Inc.; Dolce International Hotels, Inc.; DEF Public Relations; The Jewelry Source

William Marshall


BS, Villanova University; MA, Naval War College.; MS, Naval Postgraduate School; Rear Admiral, US Navy, (Ret.); American Systems Corporation; Top Secret-SCI Security Clearance.

Bob Glassen


BA, Villanova University; MS, University of Virginia; ABD, Geology, Florida State University; USMC Veteran; Morrison-Maierle, Inc.; Dames & Moore; Ogden Environmental; SCIENTECH; Ontario Hydro/Kinectrics; Registered Geologist.

Katherine Whitaker


BA, Rochville University; Certificate Government Procurement, University of Virginia; Program Management Certification; Unisys Corporation; Contel Federal Systems; Digital Signal Corp.; ENSCO, Inc.; Decision Science Consortium; Top Secret-SCI Security Clearance

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