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Macfadden Supports the 2015 AGA Federal Finance Systems Summit as a Platinum Sponsor

E-mailPrint January 14, 2015

Macfadden was an exhibitor and platinum sponsor at the 2015 Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Federal Financial Systems Summit (FSS) on January 8, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The summit united federal financial managers and private sector executives to discuss the near-term and future prospects of federal financial management systems in a budget-constrained environment.

"The FSS is an excellent forum for Macfadden to showcase the excellent work that our personnel are doing across government for many of our customers.," said Vice President of Business Development & Marketing, Jim Carroll. "We look forward to continuing to leverage our emerging relationship with AGA and its support of financial professionals in government."

The summit provided new insights into the burgeoning federal financial systems modernization strategy over the coming decade – and beyond. It also provided information to government agencies about changes in shared services environment and how to operate a more efficiently and less costly government through shared services.


Macfadden Successfully Completes Year 2 of the USAID OSDBU Mentor-Protégé Program

E-mailPrint December 4, 2014

Macfadden and its protégé Alter Modus International (AMI) have successfully completed their second year under the USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Mentor-Protégé Program. The developmental plan focused on three core areas: Business Development, Finance, and Human Resources.

Throughout the program, Macfadden's Business Development Team and AMI engaged in identifying and pursuing new business opportunities that led to teaming under several USAID small business set aside opportunities. Macfadden was able to provide AMI significant technical, cost, and recruitment support in submitting one prime proposal to USAID. Also, Macfadden's Corporate Contracts, Finance, and Human Resources Departments assisted in preparing AMI's internal systems for the anticipated growth in revenue and employees.

This learning relationship enabled Macfadden to share with AMI lessons learned from our own experiences as a start-up business, through our 8(a) certification and subsequent graduation, as well as our graduation from small business to large business status.

Brandon Potter, Chief Operating Officer at AMI stated, "Within the Mentor-Protégé Program, Macfadden is second to none. They have helped AMI create a strong foundation that will ensure that our company will continue to be successful for years to come."

Macfadden will continue to work with AMI to implement the remaining activities throughout the end of the developmental program in May, 2015.


Meet Elahe Vakil – Macfadden's New PSC Recruiting Lead at USAID DCHA

E-mailPrint December 4, 2014

elaheMs. Elahe Vakil recently joined Macfadden as the PSC Recruiting Team Lead for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). In this role, she provides administrative and operations support through effective recruitment of highly qualified staff in their international disaster response and humanitarian assistance efforts and activities.

Ms. Vakil has more than 25 years of global talent acquisition, human capital development and management experience with progressive responsibilities.  She has been directly involved with  manpower planning and recruitment programs of large multi-disciplinary international projects funded by USAID, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, US Department of Defense and others.  Ms. Vakil holds an M.B.A. from the USI University in San Diego, CA.

She is looking forward to working with her new teammates and is excited to help them perform their job more effectively. According to Ms. Vakil, her model for success has always been, "Good strategy comes from knowledge and creativity, not from punching a time clock."

Shehnaz Atcha, Macfadden's Vice President of International Programs, complimented Ms. Vakil by noting, "I had the privilege of working with Elahe for 9 years before joining Macfadden, so I already knew what an incredible asset she would be to our team. She brings an extraordinary depth of recruitment and talent development experience, as well as a great deal of compassion and common sense to her role. She has already made a difference in our performance."

Join us in welcoming Ms. Vakil to the Macfadden DCHA team!


CIDI Director Participates in Pitch Tank Session at the AIDF Disaster Relief Summit 2014

E-mailPrint December 4, 2014

Juanita Rilling, a Macfadden employee currently serving as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI), participated in the Pitch Tank Session "Latest Product Inventions for Disaster Relief Onsite" at the Aid & International Development Forum's 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit on November 19, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The Pitch Tank sessions offered an opportunity for companies to pitch their product to a panel of professionals from NGO and government agencies. Ms. Rilling, along with three other industry experts, provided invaluable feedback and insights on how best to approach and develop working relationships with their organizations and the sector as a whole.  The presentations they evaluated included "Solar Powered Cooking Units" presented by Phil Langhorst, (President, Sun STAT) and "Fire Retardant Shelters" presented by Farhaj Sawar (Managing Director, NRS International).

"The exchanges of information between panel members and vendors about new products for disaster relief were very productive. The conversation enlightened the audience too, about considerations for disaster relief commodities that work within accepted standards and procedures." says Ms. Rilling.

The summit gathers experts from the humanitarian and aid sector to share their insight and best practice on how to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a safer and more effective and cost-efficient way. This year's program focused on best practice in logistics and transport, innovations in water security and ICT solutions for disaster relief.


Macfadden Plays Essential Role Supporting Government Clients With 2014 Fiscal Years Closeout Activities

E-mailPrint October 30, 2014

As the USG’s fiscal year 2014 came to a close, Macfadden project teams across several government accounts played a major role in helping our clients with their year-end closeout activities. In particular, our project teams at the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Service Center (C4ITSC) Asset Logistics Division (ALD), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/Office of Food for Peace (FFP) Grants Unit, and the USAID Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS) each played pivotal roles and overcame unique challenges to help our customers meet their fiscal year-end performance objectives.

USGC ALD Budget & Financial Execution Team
At the C4ITSC ALD, Macfadden’s staff is comprised of the ALD Budget and ALD Financial Execution teams. The Budget team has been assisting ALD in finalizing a year-long project of implementing a new enterprise tool to allow for the budget requestors to capture current year and future year budgeted/projected expenditures. In addition, they successfully executed the C4ITSC and CG-6 Budget Boards and ended both boards with a balanced FY '15 Budget. The Financial Execution team has been able to work closely with new customers and completed multiple tasks during this transition.  Overall, 99.9% of all the funds were expended in FY'14 and all of the commitments were cleared. In the new year, our team's mission will be to continually support C4ITSC and improve the tools used to maintain the accounts making the necessary changes/upgrades to be more effective and efficient.

Andrew Jernell, Chief, Contracting and Procurement Division at C4IT SC, congratulated the Macfadden ALD Team, by noting, "Please convey my thanks to your team for the work they did assisting us with closing out FY2014.  ALD was like a well-oiled machine during the last few weeks!”

On behalf of the USAID CIO, Macfadden provides support to the USAID GLAAS Solution Center. Providing Tier 2, post-production application support to GLAAS end-users both in Washington and at USAID Missions around the globe, Macfadden’s staff performs second-level help desk activities and analyzes and resolves user issues. In FY'14, the GLAAS Help Desk saw a tremendous increase in activity with more users accessing the system than ever before. The Macfadden team responded to and resolved twice as many Desk tickets than in FY '13.

USAID OFDA and FFP Grants Unit Team
In FY '14, Macfadden’s OFDA and FFP Grants Units supported a historical volume of awards on behalf of the US Government aimed to reach victims of disasters and complex humanitarian crises around the world. The unprecedented four concurrent Level 3 (L3) emergencies in South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, and West Africa have placed growing demands on USAID to coordinate the USG’s rapid response to disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Our team of highly trained and experienced grants specialists supported by an excellent bench of surge personnel once again rose to the challenge of this increased need under pressing deadlines as the fiscal year drew to a close.“As the fiscal year closes on behalf of the entire office I wanted to thank the Macfadden staff dedicated to FFP for all of their tremendous work and support…the team really delivered high quality products under extremely tight deadlines.” – Rachel Grant, USAID/DCHA/FFP.



Macfadden Partners With Small Businesses to Win Three New Contract Vehicles

E-mailPrint October 30, 2014

Leveraging our long standing past performance and customer relationships, Macfadden was successful on three recent contract wins at the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Department of State, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  In each case, Macfadden supported a small business partner as a key subcontractor, and played a significant role in preparing a winning response.

U.S. Coast Guard
Under Potomac Wave, Macfadden was part of a winning small business team for a new Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to support a broad range of “Professional and General Accounting Services and Financial Activities.”  Under this contract vehicle, Macfadden will provide accounting, financial management, internal controls, and financial reporting support expanding its support of the U.S. Coast Guard at both Headquarters and at the Finance Center in Chesapeake, VA.

Department of State
Macfadden is also a subcontractor to Blue Force LLC, which was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to supply Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (DOS-INL). Under this contract, our team will hire qualified SMEs with background in post-conflict international police and criminal justice programming to work to stabilize post-conflict societies; provide technical assistance to host governments to strengthen democracies through institutional development of criminal justice systems; and evaluate, design, and coordinate security and law enforcement assistance programs in the areas of security, rule of law, and political affairs.

U.S. Agency for International Development
Macfadden joined a small business prime, ECODIT, in a successful response to USAID "Helping Access Basic Infrastructure Technical Assistance and Training" (HABITAT) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. Under HABITAT, Macfadden will provide short and long term technical services, training, capacity building, and equipment in areas related to improving urban and local governance and disaster preparedness, response and recovery.


Macfadden Attended the 2014 Global Impact Forum

E-mailPrint October 30, 2014

Macfadden attended the 2014 Global Impact Forum on October 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Macfadden joined senior government officials, international experts, corporate representatives, and Notre Dame Faculty to examine how public-private partnerships can play an impactful role in global development challenges.

The discussion looked at how the U.S. Global Development Lab is working with corporations and universities in a new model of partnership, followed by a look at specific projects through the lens of working partnerships. The day concluded with a networking reception to continue the conversation.

To learn more about the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development please visit


Macfadden CEO to Speak at the 25th Annual Fall ESOP Conference

E-mailPrint September 29, 2014

Macfadden President & CEO David Binns will speak at the 25th Annual Fall ESOP Conference during a session on “Leadership and Organizational Culture” on October 16, 2014 in Powell, OH.

C.K. Satyapriya of CTL Engineering, Inc., Spencer A. Coates of Houchens Industries, Inc., and Keith A. Nichols of EBO Group Inc. will also be speaking during this session. They will be discussing how leadership and organizational culture are the key drivers of long-term business success and sustainability.

The ESOP Association represents over 1,500 ESOP companies and 750,000 employee owners who believe that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation and strengthen our free enterprise economy.

For more information and to view the schedule of this year’s conference, visit:


Macfadden Partners With the Association Of Liberian Engineers-USA, Inc To Improve Infrastructure Capacity In Liberia

E-mailPrint June 9, 2014

Macfadden & Associates, Inc. (Macfadden) and the Association of Liberian Engineers-USA, Inc. (ALEUSA) have implemented a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a program designed to stimulate economic activities in Liberia through institutional development activities with Liberia’s Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) and related curriculum enhancement at the University of Liberia’s Civil Engineering Department.

The proposed Liberia Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement Program (LICEP) aims to enhance institutional development and capacity building for managing infrastructure projects within the MoPW and enhancing the Civil Engineering curriculum at the University of Liberia to include a transport engineering track to help modernize and improve Liberia’s road planning and asset management system.

David Binns, President and CEO of Macfadden, stated that “Macfadden is excited at the prospect of working with ALEUSA to foster capacity building efforts in Liberia. ALEUSA’s highly-qualified technical professionals who are members of the Liberian diaspora are an excellent resource for accelerating capacity development and technology transfer programs in Liberia.”

Edman G.H. Zayzay, President of ALEUSA, stated that, “ALEUSA’s partnership with Macfadden brings together complementary strengths in country-specific expertise and international professional services. Both organizations aim to help Liberia remove the obstacles to capacity development through training programs, and support.”


Macfadden CEO To Speak On ESOPs At 2014 Government Contracting Conference

E-mailPrint June 5, 2014

Macfadden & Associates, Inc. (Macfadden) President & CEO David Binns will speak at the 2014 Government Contract Accounting and Compliance Developments Conference on June 12 in McLean, VA. The session will be titled, “The Unparalleled Benefits of Combining an ESOP with a Government Contractor.”

Binns will join Michael Holzman of International Square and Ted Lauer of Access National Bank in a review of structural aspects of employee-owned companies and how they can be beneficial, particularly for government contractors with cost-reimbursable contracts.

The conference is an annual event that features CFOs, Internal Auditors, and other representatives from the government to discuss hot topics in the area of government contract accounting and compliance.

Attendees can earn up to 13 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours.

For more information and to view the schedule of this year’s conference, visit:


Macfadden To Host Panel On Shared Services Provider Migration At 2014 AGA PDT

E-mailPrint June 2, 2014

Macfadden & Associates, Inc. (Macfadden) today announced that it will be hosting a panel presentation at the Association of Government Accountants’ 2014 Professional Development Training in Orlando, Florida. The panel presentation, titled “Shared Services Migration – Perspectives from the Department of Homeland Security’s Progression toward Financial Shared Services Solutions,” will take place on Tuesday, July 15 – Day 3 of the conference, and will feature three members of the Department of Homeland Security’s executive leadership and a director from the Department of Treasury.

Macfadden’s panel is comprised of four speakers:

  1. Elizabeth Angerman, Director at Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation, Department of the Treasury
  2. Jeffrey Bobich, Director of Financial Management, Department of Homeland Security
  3. Captain Mark Rose, USCG Ret., Director of Financial Operations/Comptroller, U.S. Coast Guard
  4. George Asseng, Director of Financial Management, Transportation Security Administration

The panel will be moderated by Doug Davidson, Director of Financial Services at Macfadden.

This panel intends to provide perspectives and insights from DHS entities proceeding toward various shared service solutions.  Discussion will include lessons learned through the planning, selection, and due diligence phases of shared services migration.  This session will provide the audience with real-world and current experiences from agency implementations in progress.

The annual AGA PDT brings together the top officials in federal, state and local government, as well as from academia and the private sector, for three-and-a-half days of valuable training and networking. Attendees can earn up to 24 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours.

This is Macfadden’s first year hosting a panel, as well as its first year as a member of the AGA’s Corporate Partner Advisory Group.


Macfadden CEO Speaks At Montgomery County Chamber Of Commerce CEO Panel

E-mailPrint May 23, 2014

Macfadden & Associates Inc. (Macfadden) President & CEO David Binns participated on a panel of experienced government contracting CEOs at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Government Contracting Institute Panel on April 10, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

A moderator posed prepared questions to the panel with a small business audience in attendance.

Binns spoke on topics such as being a CEO of an employee-owned company, the issues associated with graduating from small business size standards, and the general challenges of growing business in times of tight government budgets.

The Government Contracting Institute provides advanced training to federal government contractors with the goal of priming companies for growth. To learn more about GovConNet Institute, visit:


Macfadden Announces Leadership Promotions

E-mailPrint January 14, 2014

Effective January 1, 2014, Colleen Gilmore, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Dora Daniel, Vice President - Human Resources and Administration; Shehnaz Atcha, Vice President - International Programs, and Jim Carroll, Vice President - Business Development, will join Paul Hishmeh, Vice President - IT & Financial Programs and David Binns, President and CEO, as corporate officers.

“Today’s announcement recognizes the performance and leadership contributions of these individuals,” said David Binns. “We have developed a highly effective management team and each of these individuals will have expanded responsibilities in leading the Macfadden’s strategic growth strategies in 2014 and beyond.”

Biographical Highlights:

Colleen Gilmore, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Ms. Gilmore administers the accounting and financial functions at Macfadden's corporate office. A skilled financial manager, she has more than 25 years of experience leading the financial functions of government contractors. With a proven ability to implement financial systems which reduce costs and increase staff efficiency, Ms. Gilmore successfully merged multiple financial, timekeeping and 401(k) plans as Macfadden expanded its business through acquisitions and the formation of a subsidiary company. She has extensive expertise directing the preparation and analysis of various financial reports which summarize financial position and comparison to budgets and forecasts in addition to the design and implementation of 401(k) plans.

Prior to joining Macfadden, Ms. Gilmore served as Director of Finance at Systems Integration Group, Inc., Controller at World Computer Services, Inc. and as Chief Accounting Officer at National Capital Systems, Inc. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Management from the University of Dayton.



Dora Daniel, Vice President - Human Resources and Administration


Ms. Daniel manages Macfadden's Human Resources and Administration Departments. She brings more than 25 years of experience as a senior staff member, operational executive and consulting practitioner. Adept at building programs from inception and re-engineering the HR function and programs to facilitate organizational alignment and maximize impact, Ms, Daniel has extensive experience in strategic HR management, talent management, organizational effectiveness, benefits, compensation and compliance.

Prior to joining Macfadden, Ms. Daniel managed a HR consulting practice with both domestic and international clients, in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier in her career, she served as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for a real estate development firm and managed HR functions for companies such as MCI Telecommunications Corporation and Procter & Gamble.

She holds a B.A. in Corporate Communications/Professional Writing from the University of Baltimore, along with numerous professional certifications including the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. She is also certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Firo-B behavioral assessment instruments.

Shehnaz Atcha, Vice President - International Programs


Ms. Atcha leads Macfadden’s international practice area. In this role, she provides the strategic vision and technical direction for the capture of new programs.  Serving as a development practitioner for 14 years, Ms. Atcha brings more than 10 years of senior management experience to Macfadden. During the past six years she has implemented programs in a variety of conflict, post-conflict and stabilization environments.  With an extensive background covering a variety of technical areas ranging from microenterprise development to clean energy production, she brings together a broad range of experience, strategic partners, and experts to deliver innovative program development.

Ms. Atcha also manages Macfadden’s institutional contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Aid (DCHA), supporting multiple offices within DCHA.  The IQC supports several key support units for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). As Program Manager, Ms. Atcha oversees 14 task orders and more than 100 technical and administrative staff supporting and embedded within USAID. Technical teams include grant units for OFDA and Emergency Food for Peace, geographic information units for OFDA and OTI, the information support unit for OFDA, training, and recruiting and PSC contracting units for OFDA and OTI, and the USAID Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI).

Ms. Atcha holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis, with a Master’s certificate in Natural Resource Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jim Carroll, Vice President - Business Development


Mr. Carroll manages Macfadden's ongoing business development activities and works with Macfadden's Senior Management Team to ensure all outreach efforts are consistently aligned with overall business strategy. He identifies market opportunities, drives lead generation, and directs ongoing proposal efforts. Under his leadership, Macfadden has significantly expanded contract growth through both new and existing contract vehicles. In addition, Mr. Carroll has played a vital role in Macfadden's ability to develop and maintain successful long-term partner relations and form ongoing strategic alliances. His marketing and sales support activities have resulted in a number of expanded contracting vehicles.

An award-winning Media and Government Relations Executive, Mr. Carroll has more than 25 years of distinguished experience managing and directing high profile state-wide, national and international multi-media campaigns. He possesses a wide breadth of experience and a solid understanding of the federal sector through his longstanding work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Prior to joining Macfadden, Mr. Carroll served as president and founder of Carroll Communications LLC, a public relations consultancy focusing on cause-related marketing. Earlier in his career, he was a partner in C&E Communications after serving as Vice President of R&A Communications Inc. for nearly a decade. He holds a B.A. in American Government from Georgetown University.


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