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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.

Mark Mikelson
Mark MikelsonDirector of Sales

He is exceptionally good at listening to customers’ business needs and proposing solutions to address those needs. He’s a heck of a nice guy so give him a call and buy some proposal services!

Susan Hirka
Susan Hirka Director of Business Development
Her relationship-building skills have been valuable in accelerating growth and generating new revenue. Susan served as a Politically Appointed Special Assistant to the Ambassador and Undersecretary of International Communications and Information Policy at the Department of State.
She holds a BS in Business from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.