ISOA Small Business Committee
Small business is mission critical for government contractor diversity and utilization in unstable, fragile working environments. The ISOA Small Business Committee is the networking foundation for the small business community. Christian Decker, President
and Founder of Planate Management Group, serves as Chairman.
The ISOA Small Business Committee is a diverse cadre of ISOA industry members who are leaders within their own companies ready to serve and volunteer their time and expertise to the ISOA community. The Small Business Committee's purpose is to enhance
ISOA’s outreach to the small business community, create unique match making events with larger, Prime contractors, and cultivate partnerships among government and industry.
This committee gives a voice and market visibility to Small Businesses in Quarterly ISOA Advisory Council Meetings, ISOA Board Meetings, as well as ISOA Summits both stateside and overseas. We also help small businesses make the most of federal policies
that are expanding the market.
Christian C. Decker, PE
President & Founder - Planate Management Group
Christian Decker is the President and Founder of Planate Management Group with over 30 years of military and civilian installation management experience both in uniform and as a senior government civilian and contractor. Since 2007, Mr. Decker
has led a diverse team of technical experts who are experienced in working in some of the most complex and difficult environments worldwide providing planning, design, construction and professional services solutions for our clients.
His experiences in the US Navy as a member of the Civil Engineer Corps/SEABEEs in facilities management and acquisition culminated as the US Navy’s first Public Safety Director and principal resourcing sponsor for a $9 billion program
installation for combating terrorism following September 11, 2001. Mr. Decker has spent a considerable amount of time in Central Asia, North Africa, Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe working closely with businesses and institutions
in engineering, construction, logistics, security, and related specialized services.
Ryan C. Bradel
Government Contract Practices - Ward & Berry, PLLC
Ryan C. Bradel leads Ward & Berry’s government contracts practice. Ryan has over a decade of experience in all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement law including representing and counseling some of the foremost companies in
the defense, intelligence, contingency operations, private security/private military, base operations support (BOS), weapons manufacturing, construction, information technology, cybersecurity, healthcare, veterans’ affairs/administration,
linguist/translation, and energy sectors.
Ryan has cultivated a unique expertise in the Small Business Administration (SBA) government contracting programs and has guided companies to certification and effective participation in the SBA’s programs for 8(a) socially and economically
disadvantaged businesses, HUBZone small businesses, service disabled veteran owned small businesses (SDVOSB), and woman owned small businesses (WOSB), Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), Tribally-owned businesses. Ryan counsels these
companies on maintaining their status as they undergo ownership changes or pursue mentor-protégé arrangements, joint ventures, teaming agreements, and strategic alliances.
Business Development and Capture - Zohak Holdings Group Inc.
Business development and capture strategist focused on building strong relationships for international firm with core competencies in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Provide value-added service-delivery solutions for company growth. Drive and support key business initiatives from concept through execution. Directly involved in teaming strategy, teaming agreements and support proposal review and responses.
Chief Executive Officer - Mantid International
Ginger Cruz is the Chief Executive Officer of Mantid International. An expert in anti-corruption and compliance, Ms. Cruz has been a leading private sector voice innovating and advocating for measures to improve the business environment for international
companies operating in challenging environments.
Ms. Cruz previously served eight years with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). As its Deputy, she was instrumental in creating and leading a world-class U.S. government agency that distinguished itself
in preventing, detecting, and deterring fraud, waste, and abuse in Iraq.
Ms. Cruz combines more than 30 years of experience in crisis management, government, media, international policy, and business with a deep passion for creative and innovative solutions. Ms. Cruz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations
from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Advisory Board
of the International Stability Operations Association.
Prior to SIGIR, Ms. Cruz served as a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Cruz also served as the communications and policy director for the Governor of Guam, providing advice on a wide range
of topics from education reform, crisis management and economic development to environmental policy and tourism marketing. In addition, she has worked as a news director, investigative reporter, anchor, and producer for two NBC television
affiliates. She has also served as the vice president for a U.S. government consulting firm that developed strategic plans for various agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Defense.
President and Co-founder - Precision Talent Solutions
Jake Frazer is the co-founder of Precision Talent Solutions (PTS). He is a former Cavalry Officer in the US Army where he spent his early days deployed in the Balkans. Following his service, he worked for six years in operations in the Balkans,
as well as in Houston, Texas, and in the Middle East for a large defense contractor.
He spent ten years as part owner and senior executive for an international supply chain company supporting US Government programs and prime contractors in AFRICOM, EUCOM, and CENTCOM. After over 20 years in overseas contracting, he co-founded
PTS to connect talent and opportunities in this niche industry, using a customized technology platform that helps bring out all facets in a candidate’s profile. He has led growth in helping companies with talent needs including executive
search, foreign national recruitment, and specialized technical recruitment for overseas programs. PTS supports recruitment for African talent, working overseas as well as with several US Department of Defense and US Department of State
programs across Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and is certified in various talent tools to include MBTI and 16 PF.
Susan Thibodeaux, CFCM
SBLO/Director of Small Business Programs - Caliburn International
Susan Thibodeaux is Caliburn International’s Small Business Liaison Officer. An experienced leader, she brings more than 30 years’ history working in the Defense and Space industry. She progressed through a broad span of the acquisition career
field including contract management, pricing, proposals, subcontracting and supply chain. Her career growth culminated into senior leadership positions in operations and programs management.
All along the way, however, Mrs. Thibodeaux remained passionate about the role small business plays in Government contracting, supporting prime contractors and our economy. Throughout her career she has kept the role of SBLO.
In 2009 Mrs. Thibodeaux was awarded the South Florida District and the State of Florida Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award from the SBA. Susan earned her MBA from Webster University and her undergraduate degree from the University
of Alabama. She is a Six Sigma Blackbelt and a Certified Federal Contracts Manager. In her spare time she shows dogs and horses and enjoys photography.