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We are an Innovation company that focuses on developing solutions to the public sector’s most challenging people issues. We achieve optimum team and organizational performance by utilizing the latest in group dynamics, adult learning, design thinking, and performance and process improvement principles.

Experience

Our consultants have extensive and diverse experience including work in the US civil service, military, intelligence, private, and international sectors.  Objective Area Solutions, LLC is capable of supporting projects across a variety of government functions, but has particular focus on public sector initiatives with an international component and/or which operate in an expeditionary environment. Objective Area Solutions is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.

TEAM

J.J. Stakem is President of Objective Area Solutions with accountability for all aspects of the company’s activities and strategy.  J.J. leverages a diverse background in government and private sector positions in aviation, banking, and consulting to drive company activities and engagement.  He is a strategic planner with a focus on human-centered approaches to drive performance in highly technical fields in the aviation, defense, and international development fields.  J.J. has worked across a wide variety of domestic and international teams.  His work abroad has focused on the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

J.J. Stakem has nearly 20 years of technical and consulting experience in aviation, defense, international development and finance fields.  He serves as a member of George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government Alumni Board.  J.J. holds a Master of Science in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia.  He is a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor in
fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft.  In his spare time, he enjoys recreational flying at the Leesburg Airport and spending time with his wife and two children.

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Vice President of Operations for Objective Area Solutions, Tom Draffen provides a strategic role in shaping the company’s activities.  Tom leverages his extensive technical and leadership experience to provide oversight of company processes, technology solutions, and employee performance.  He is a seasoned consultant with experience in complex government and private sector organizations.  Tom has a unique capability to provide strategic consulting support to senior technical leaders
with an emphasis on decision making processes, leadership, team development, and program management.

He has more than 23 years of technical and consulting experience working with major aviation and defense organizations. 
Tom has widespread experience abroad and is proficient at managing international and cross-cultural teams. He has an undergraduate degree in IT Management, has completed the accredited coach training program at George Mason University and is finishing a graduate degree in Organization Leadership. He is the Founding Director of the Kings Connection non-profit, serving parent, teacher, and staff engagement at Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona. Tom lives in Northern Virginia with his wife

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Brian Konie is Director of Program Management for Objective Area Solutions. He has extensive experience in leadership, organization development, and process improvement with an emphasis on air traffic, airspace, and exercise design. Brian’s operational knowledge, in the United States and abroad, enables cross-functional and cross-agency communication by leveraging a diverse background in the Government and private sector. He provides strategic level planning to meet customer requirements while simultaneously conducting continual analysis to realize opportunities for efficiency in all aspects of business.

Brian’s 20+ years of leadership and technical expertise brings a unique perspective to each consulting opportunity. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas and lives in Virginia with his family.

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Allan Storm has nearly 40 years of global communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) expertise with a unique ability and demonstrated experience supporting major aviation technology program implementation, especially in conjunction with policy change.  He has supported the highest levels of aviation leadership within the Department of Defense (DoD) as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  He has most recently led the effort in developing the DoD/FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) accommodation Memorandum of Agreement. As an internationally recognized government expert in emerging aviation technology, policy, and planning he has testified in front of Congress on 4 separate occasions. Allan has been frequently called upon to lead some of the Department of Defense and NATO’s most visible aviation programs and activities, to include :

- Lead for DoD – FAA Coordination
- Chief of DoD Aviation NextGen Lead Service Office
- Chair of the DoD Policy Board for Aviation International and NextGen Subgroups
- U.S. Head of Delegation to NATO’s Aviation Committee and ATMCNS Advisory Group

Allan has lead number of other high visibility aviation initiatives, often with global implications for CNS/ATM concerns involving NextGen technology implementation. He led and coordinated the strategy of major airspace redesign and emerging technology impact analysis in Europe through the Single European Sky ATM Research Program (SESAR).Allan has also worked with a variety of institutions such as Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) to develop equipment and technology standards.

Before Allan’s Civilian DoD and NATO career he served a distinguished U.S. Marine Corps career for 22 years as an Air Traffic Control and Facility Watch Officer. Allan holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management and a Master’s in Public Administration, with an Aviation Concentration from Southern Illinois University.

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A retired U.S.Army Infantry officer with over 25 years of commissioned service, Eric has served in command and executive leadership positions at the direct-,operational-, and strategic-level, ranging in size from 38-2500-person elements in both conventional and special operations units(to include peacetime and combat environments). This wide range of full-spectrum experiences has honed him into an accomplished executive leader,chief of staff, and operations manager with a proven ability to lead, train,and inspire teams for the complex challenges of 21st century landscape. He has demonstrated and achieved tangible success in both large organizations and in foreign countries developing and leveraging multi-cultural strategies and systems specific to the geographical locations and cultural norms. Eric is also a certified Executive Coach and has experience as a professional educator assessing, selecting, training,and developing military and executive leaders. 

Following his operational military assignments,Eric earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2012 with emphasis on performance teams and leadership in extreme conditions and has both published and presented research in a variety of military and non-military forums. Eric remains heavily involved in facilitating strategic leadership discussions and workshops, Executive Coaching, leadership consulting, and public speaking endeavors. He currently resides in Arlington,Virginia with his wife and two children.

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Arielle Goodman's work is grounded at the intersection of personal transformation, organizational development, and social justice. She weaves together more than 10 years of internal and external consulting, spanning international and domestic terrain, in grassroots,community, non-profit, labor, government, and mission-driven spaces. In her most recent roles she has been providing consulting for state-level and higher education organized labor. Her volunteer experience includes organizing alongside indigenous communities in Mexico, intergenerational teams on the WestSide of Chicago, and health centers in Cambodia with the Peace Corps. As asocial worker, she intuitively understands human behavior and adaptability, how people operate in their environment, and strategies to create an organizational culture where people thrive and values align. She delicately balances micro and macro insights, as is exhibited by her leadership development and executive coaching paired with a systems, high-level analysis. Arielle is deeply passionate about inspiring change that brings forth the best self and ultimately, the best of an organization. She is excited by questions that unearth the way transformation drives organizational and business outcomes,social impact, and undoubtedly, how that excavation informs her personal and professional growth.

Arielle graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a bachelor's in Psychology, she has a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and an international diploma in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University.  Arielle also studied sustainable grassroots development and social change in Oaxaca City, Mexico. She speaks Spanish and Khmer.

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Jim has over 30 years of experience in Organization Effectiveness and Leadership Development. He has worked in complex organizations partnering with executives and all levels of management to assess organizational needs and develop strategies to increase organization effectiveness and team performance.

Jim has a unique combination of capabilities that include extensive consulting experience, leading large-scale change initiatives,coaching leaders to greater effectiveness and facilitating teams to achieve excellent results. Jim has served as an advisor to senior management and has coached leaders from VPs to first-line managers. He has a great deal of experience developing leaders’ capabilities through workshops,retreats and consulting with them on organizational challenges.

Jim has led large-scale change initiatives in the areas of Customer Service, Employee Engagement, Culture Transformation, Leadership Development and Performance Management. He has a proven track record in facilitating effective change and has demonstrated an ability to create strong business results which has translated into a culture of high performance. Jim has won two prestigious presidential awards for achieving a significant ROI(Return on Investment) with two organization-wide change initiatives.

Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology anda Master’s Degree in Social Work. He lives in Poolesville, Maryland with his wife and their two children.

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Marshall Jones is a Consultant for Objective Area Solutions. Marshall has over ten years of experience working in the Federal Government. During his tenure he has worked with multiple agencies which include; the Federal Highway Administration, the Maritime Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Marshall leverages his extensive background to provide hard work, support, and professionalism to both OAS and the Federal Government.

Marshall attended Morgan State University and obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. He is an avid photographer and sports enthusiast. Marshall lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife and young son.

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Dave Long is a senior organizational development consultant and leadership coach with a federal government practice presently in the FAA. Dave has a background in aviation and the law, beginning his military career as an Army helicopter pilot before getting his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. Dave practiced law for 15 years in both a civilian and military capacity, both in private practice and as an Army JAG, before stepping into consulting and coaching in 2016 after obtaining a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership/Organizational Development from Regent University. Dave retired from the Army Reserves with 21 years of service in 2017. Dave lives with his wife, 3 kids, and dog Toby in Chantilly, VA.

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As an accomplished Talent Development & Engagement leader, Sharon led the training and development department for L-3 National Security Solutions (NSS), a leading government contractor with over 4,000 employees. As a multi-faceted learning and performance professional, she has a record of ensuring successful talent development,employee retention and project management practices and development. She has also designed and implemented project management programs, leadership training and development programs that improve performance, increases effectiveness and drives results. By creating innovative organizational processes and solutions, Sharon has consistently aligned human capital to exceed business objectives.

With over 30 years of experience in telecommunication and government contracting, Sharon demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain C-level relationships, re-engineer processes and develop multi-functional teams to support strategic initiatives and produce meaningful and measurable growth and success throughout her professional career. Her project manager background coupled with her training management background show that she is a visionary, creative and results-driven leader with strong business insights and analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.

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Benny Gordon has over 20 years of operational experiences and successes serving in consultative and leadership roles in corporate, public sector and entrepreneurial positions. His displayed strengths are in the areas of organizational effectiveness, performance management, customer relationship management, program/project management, plus training development and delivery. He has a solid background in budgeting, profit-loss management and business development. First-hand experiences with corporate mergers, large-scale business re-engineering and business start-up activity have equipped him with a profound working knowledge of business process analysis and improvement. Benny is a decisive, yet collaborative and supportive team leader with extensive experience recruiting, hiring and retaining talent. He focuses on inclusiveness, trust development and performance management as the baseline for successful team building. He has worked with a wide array of customer satisfaction assessment tools, CRM systems, and organization cultural / climate assessment instruments.

Benny earned a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, with Majors in Economics and Education.  He has High School Teaching Certification in Economics and Social Sciences in several states (MD, VA, TX,MN, NJ). High School Public Education and Special Olympics are areas of passion. Many items are on Benny’s ‘Fun Stuff’ list, with beaches and baseball at the top. Benny lives in Columbia Maryland. He values time with his wife and three children.

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Russ has recently joined Objective Area Solutions, bringing more than three decades of local, regional,and national experience from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. In addition to being a retired Air Traffic Controller, he combines 20+ years of personal leadership experience and the development of dozens of new leaders with many years as an internal,then external consultant to FAA/NATCA cultural modernization. During this period, the Collaboration programs he led directly trained and engaged with the facility managers and principle union representatives in all 315 FAA field facilities within the National Airspace System. The combination of having been both a key decision maker as well as a consultant to executives during a time of enormous change gives Russ a rare perspective into the blended leadership culture of air traffic professionals.

Russ combined studies in sociology, organizational leadership, and psychology into an undergraduate degree from the National Labor College. He is a lifelong learner and reader,and watches even basketball and football with an eye for team culture. He and his wife Lynne enjoy scenic, quiet places, and are eagerly anticipating their first grandchild in the fall.

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Dave Long is a senior organizational development consultant and leadership coach with a federal government practice presently in the FAA. Dave has a background in aviation and the law, beginning his military career as an Army helicopter pilot before getting his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. Dave practiced law for 15 years in both a civilian and military capacity, both in private practice and as an Army JAG, before stepping into consulting and coaching in 2016 after obtaining a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership/Organizational Development from Regent University. Dave retired from the Army Reserves with 21 years of service in 2017. Dave lives with his wife, 3 kids, and dog Toby in Chantilly, VA.

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As an accomplished Talent Development & Engagement leader, Sharon led the training and development department for L-3 National Security Solutions (NSS), a leading government contractor with over 4,000 employees. As a multi-faceted learning and performance professional, she has a record of ensuring successful talent development,employee retention and project management practices and development. She has also designed and implemented project management programs, leadership training and development programs that improve performance, increases effectiveness and drives results. By creating innovative organizational processes and solutions, Sharon has consistently aligned human capital to exceed business objectives.

With over 30 years of experience in telecommunication and government contracting, Sharon demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain C-level relationships, reengineer processes and develop multi-functional teams to support strategic initiatives and produce meaningful and measurable growth and success throughout my professional career.Her project manager background coupled with her training management background show that she is a visionary, creative and results-driven leader with strong business insights and analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
Arielle graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a bachelor's in Psychology, she has a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and an international diploma in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University.  Arielle also studied sustainable grassroots development and social change in Oaxaca City, Mexico. She speaks Spanish and Khmer.

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Benny Gordon has over 20 years of operational experiences and successes serving in consultative and leadership roles in corporate, public sector and entrepreneurial positions. His displayed strengths are in the areas of organizational effectiveness, performance management, customer relationship management, program/project management, plus training development and delivery.He has a solid background in budgeting, profit-loss management and business development. First-hand experiences with corporate mergers, large-scale business reengineering and business start-up activity have equipped him with a profound working knowledge of business process analysis and improvement. Benny is a decisive, yet collaborative and supportive team leader with extensive experience recruiting, hiring and retaining talent. He focuses on inclusiveness, trust development and performance management as the baseline for successful team building. He has worked with a wide array of customer satisfaction assessment tools, CRM systems, and organization cultural / climate assessment instruments.

Benny earned a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, with Majors in Economics and Education.  He has High School Teaching Certification in Economics and Social Sciences in several states (MD, VA, TX,MN, NJ)

High School Public Education and Special Olympics are areas of passion. Many items are on Benny’s‘Fun Stuff’ list, with beaches and baseball at the top. Benny lives in Columbia Maryland. He values time with his wife and three children.

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Russ has recently joined Objective Area Solutions, bringing more than three decades of local, regional,and national experience from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. In addition to being a retired Air Traffic Controller, he combines 20+ years of personal leadership experience and the development of dozens of new leaders with many years as an internal,then external consultant to FAA/NATCA cultural modernization. During this period, the Collaboration programs he led directly trained and engaged with the facility managers and principle union representatives in all 315 FAA field facilities within the National Airspace System. The combination of having been both a key decision maker as well as a consultant to executives during a time of enormous change gives Russ a rare perspective into the blended leadership culture of air traffic professionals.

Russ combined studies in sociology, organizational leadership, and psychology into an undergraduate degree from the National Labor College. He is a lifelong learner and reader,and watches even basketball and football with an eye for team culture. He and his wife Lynne enjoy scenic, quiet places, and are eagerly anticipating their first grandchild in the fall.

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Thomas Kopp is a Senior Consultant for Objective Area Solutions. Thomas has over 27 years of consulting experience working with major aviation organizations, both domestic and international as well as United States defense organizations. He is a seasoned aviation leader, experienced in optimizing processes to increase human capital efficiency and reducing risk, in a highly technical and dynamic environments. Extensive background as an air traffic control subject matter expert, aviation policy advisor and human resource manager.

Thomas has an extensive background working with international agencies and establishing cohesion among diverse teams. He has an undergraduate and master's degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and certified PMP from PMI. Thomas lives in Northern Virginia with his family.

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Board of Advisors

Vice President of Direct Investments at Freedom Capital, a privately held investment management firm, and Managing Director of Freedom Development, a real estate acquisition and development company.

Mr. Hart was the Managing Director of Vanquest Investments, an emerging markets asset management and investment advisory firm specializing in Eastern European markets, including Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. He also served as President and CEO of the largest independently-owned French petroleum storage and distribution company, Dyneff SAS.Mr. Hart has held several other positions of leadership in international investment firms including Milestone Merchant Partners, The Carlyle Group and as an analyst at Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Hart holds a Masters of Arts in International Transactions from George Mason University (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and Asian Studies from the University of Virginia (1989).   Mr. Hart is fluent in French and has a limited proficiency in Romanian.  He is a member of the boards of Petit St. Vincent Resorts, Ltd. and Freedom Resorts and served as president of the initial alumni chapter for George Mason University’s MAIT graduate program. He is married with two children and lives and works in Virginia.

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Mr. Scott is the CEO of Blue Eagle Strategies, a management consulting company providing strategic guidance to corporate clients with a focus on shaping organizational culture, developing education and training programs, and corporate leadership and management.

Mr. Scott has over 22 years of experience working in the utility industry, more than 13 years in business consulting, and was a Vice President with Blasland, Bouck & Lee (BBL), ARCADIS and North American VP & Lead for Natural Resource Group's (NRG's) utility practice. He was previously a full-time faculty member in the School of Business at the State University of New York at Oswego where he taught Business Organization, Operations Management, Global Marketing, and Cultural Environments in International Business classes in the Marketing and Management Division.  He also taught in University’s Leadership Institute.

Mr. Scott brings significant senior-level and business consulting experience in the areas of strategy, marketing & management, corporate alignment, teambuilding, education and training, as well as procurement and growth. He holds certifications from UCLA and Harvard Business School, has a Master of Arts in Public Administration with a concentration in conflict management from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Utah State University.

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Dr. Nadine Alameh serves as OGC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and is responsible for creating and integrating the strategic direction and business plans of the Consortium in partnership with the OGC Board, members and staff.

Dr. Alameh is a seasoned technical and business professional with a contagious passion for interoperable information exchange, technology & process innovation, and working with diverse motivated teams! Dr. Alameh is no stranger to OGC. From 2009 to 2014, she was Director, then Executive Director of OGC’s Interoperability Program, leading initiatives in various domains including earth observation, aviation, public safety and defense.

Prior to rejoining OGC in 2019, Dr. Alameh was Northrop Grumman’s Chief Architect for Innovation Strategy - Civil Solutions Division. And before that, she ran a couple of small businesses: an international business delivering information management solutions in the Aviation sector; and a consulting business focusing on addressing geospatial interoperability issues for the US federal government.

Dr. Alameh is a graduate of MIT with a PhD in Computer and Information Systems Engineering, a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Masters in City Planning – all with specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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Neil Planzer has a long and successful career providing solutions in air traffic management and aviation. For 14 years, he served as the vice president of Aviation Infrastructure and ATM for the Boeing Company, leading a successful and profitable business unit, designing and implementing the company’s ATM pursuits. As a member of the Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Air Force Neil served simultaneously in two significant positions: Executive Director, DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation and Director, Civil Aviation. Neil was a key adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council after the September 11th attacks. Neil had a 25 year career at the Federal Aviation Administration including serving as the Director of the Office of Air Traffic Program Management and Air Traffic Systems Requirements Service.

Neil has developed processes, procedures and airspace solutions with Air Navigation Service Providers and their regulatory agencies across the globe. His solutions helped members of the European Union and Eurocontrol,  EASA, China, Indonesia, Canada, Russia and Bermuda.

In 2010, Neil received the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award. Among the most prestigious awards in aviation, the award recognizes the outstanding, long-term achievement of an individual in the field of aviation.

Neil serves on the European Institute’s Board of Directors, Chairmen Emeritus on the ATCA Board of Directors, and served for 7 years on the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Executive Committee. Neil was appointed by the Secretary of Defense and served 3 years on the FAA Management Advisory Committee. Neil also served in the U.S. Air Force. Neil and his wife Andrea are active pilots and have operated their own aircraft for 30 years.

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services

Organizational
development

We help government clients reach their full potential by helping individuals, teams,
and executives navigate a wide range of strategic organizational issues.

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Cross-Cultural Management

We help ensure that government clients are prepared and equipped to get maximum results when designing and implementing initiatives with partner nations abroad.

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Training
SOLUTIONS

We ensure personnel have the right skills to execute their mission. 
We have extensive experience developing, managing, and delivering training in technical and non-technical fields.

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Organizational Development

Cross - Cultural Management

Language Translation,
Transcription & Interpretation

Cultural Advisory

Cultural Intelligence

Training Solutions

Clients

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Careers

Objective Area Solutions, LLC is on the lookout for 
talented professionals to join our team.
OPEN POSITIONS

Taking care of our team is fundamental to our success. Our benefits include:

Company Health & Dental Plans
Generous 401K Plan Match
Paid Time Off & Holidays
Education Reimbursement
Life & Disability Insurance
Employee Assistance Program

contact us

We are located in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We are conveniently situated close to the McLean metro stop on the Silver Line. 

For out of town visitors we are equally accessible to both DC Airports,National (DCA) and Dulles(IAD).
Main Office
8000 Towers Crescent Dr. 
Suite 1300
Vienna, VA 22182

DC Office
700 12th St.
Suite 700
Washingtion, DC 20005

Phone
703-829-7708

Email
info@objectivearea.com
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