THE OCI LEADERSHIP TEAM

Russell Smith
Russell SmithPresident, Founder

He has overseen its growth into one of the largest and most recognized proposal service companies in the nation. For him, every part of the work is exciting: Serving the customers, educating the prospects, engaging the consultants.

Prior to founding OCI, he worked as a proposal manager for several federal contractors including ManTech. Originally from West Texas, Russell completed two degrees at the University of Texas before moving to Virginia. Following service in the Army, he completed his Doctorate at the College of William and Mary. He is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the APMP.

In his time off, Russell enjoys playing the piano.

Silvia Morales
Silvia MoralesCOO

She is OCI’s longest-serving team member. Her deep knowledge of OCI’s proposal consultant community makes her OCI’s ‘go-to’ person for staffing. Her gift for understanding the needs of the clients and candidates helps the company to excel.  In her role as COO, Silvia additionally helps direct sales activities in way that increases profitability, and she is nearing completion of a B.I.S in Human Resources and Cyber Security.

Sudha Sharma
Sudha SharmaFinance Manager

She oversees all areas of finance and administration including, payroll, accounts payable and receivables and general ledger.

Prior to joining OCI, she served as an Accounts Manager in multi-million-dollar IT consulting firms, including international companies. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from Kanpur University, India, and an Accounting Certificate from Northern Virginia Community College.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and loves to be outdoors. Gardening, hiking, and biking are at the top of her list!

Scott Schneider
Scott SchneiderVice President of Business Development

He works to improve their proposal win rates by providing staff augmentation solutions and whole proposal help when companies are responding to federal RFPs.

As Vice President of Business Development, Scott takes a leadership role in developing and maintaining large and small government contractor accounts, while striving to maintain high customer-satisfaction ratings. He has excelled at providing solutions to meet customer requirements for over 35 years. He previously served as a Client Business Manager and Client Solutions Executive at AT&T for 15 years. This work involved helping to develop and propose multi-million-dollar telecom solutions primarily to Government clients. Scott received his master’s in business management from Johns Hopkins University.

At OCI, meeting customer needs with excellence is his motto.

Gio Van Remortel
Gio Van RemortelVice President of Sales

She began her career as a futurist/trend analyst consulting to Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies. Ms. Van Remortel has served in a BD and management role working on contracts for agencies such as DoD, DOJ, HHS and CIA.  Her experience in strategic planning and government procurement facilitates her ability to work with OCI clients who are looking to assemble winning proposal teams.

An avid golfer, and serving on the board of the Women’s Congressional Golf Association, Gio has introduced many women to golf and has also volunteered with First Tee to introduce kids to the sport.

Teyona Holland
Teyona HollandAccounts Payable Analyst

She has completed accounting courses at Northern Virginia Community College. She highly cherishes the relationship she’s built with her team and consultants. Teyona’s friendly personality and dedication earned her the employee of the year moniker just a short time ago. Her daily goal is to provide the best services to each consultant.

When she’s not in the office, Teyona loves spending time with family and long walks at the park.

Daniela Guillen
Daniela GuillenMarketing Manager

By managing OCI’s marketing strategies, she aims to provide value for customers through thought leadership and content development. For nearly 10 years, she has led successful events, webinars, as well as social media and communication strategies. Previously, Daniela worked for organizations like the World Bank and public relation agencies, GYMR and Edelman in Washington, DC. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)  with a B.S. in Public Relations and grew up in Northern Virginia.

During her time off, she enjoys yoga and dance, traveling and spending time with loved ones.

Trina Holland
Trina HollandReceptionist/Contracts/Training Admin

She is currently responsible for coordinating many tasks that allow the organization to operate efficiently. Trina has extensive experience in managing events and course trainings, and she has helped OCI to welcome proposal professionals from all over the country to attend OCI’s monthly proposal management courses. Additionally, she supports on-boarding new OCI consultants and managing contracts. She has attended several Contracts Management courses at Northern Virginia Community College. Trina also manages the company’s Artificial intelligence (AI) prospecting endeavors.

Trina was born and raised in Washington, DC. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and coordinating events.

Daiza Smith
Daiza SmithBilling Manager

As OCI’s Billing Manager, Daiza Smith is an integral part of the accounting and finance team. She has helped to manage billing and banking and serves as the company’s Treasurer.  Daiza completed a degree in Economics at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, and later worked in foreign currency exchange at the Central Bank of Venezuela.

Outside of the office, Daiza enjoys running and boot camp-style exercise classes, as well as spending time with her family and taking care of her Maltese dog, Kiko.

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