Taking the Reins: Kevin Moran

Taking the Reins: Kevin Moran

Kevin Moran

POSITION: President, T. A. Carlson & Co., Fairfax, Va.

FIRST DAY ON THE JOB:

June 19

AGE: 41

HOMETOWN: Brentwood, N.Y.

HOME NOW: Clifton, Va.

FAMILY: Wife Patricia, three daughters: Kelly, 16; Meaghan, 14; and Courtney, 10. "My wife and I are expecting No. 4 in August."

MOST RECENTLY READ BOOK. "The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea," by Sebastian Junger

HOBBIES: Golf, ice hockey and
basketball

VACATION SPOT: Orlando, Fla. "I have been persuaded by my children, of course, into Disney World more times then I would care to admit."

EDUCATION: Bachelor of science, Long Island University, N.Y., 1981
Master of business administration, Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y., 1983.

BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED:
Go for the challenge, and the rest will take care of itself.

CAREER BACKGROUND:

Began career in government contracting as a staff member in the corporate services division of Grumman Aerospace Corp. Came to the forefront of government contract consulting as a manager in Ernst & Young's Government Contractor Consulting Group. Later performed similar role as a senior manager with Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Co. In 1994, became president of Harder, Williams & Co. Moran joined T.A. Carlson & Co. in 1999 as chief operating officer, and assumed role of president in June.

What is T.A. Carlson & Co.'s role in federal government contracting?

"Our organization has been in business for 18 years, and our focus is on helping companies with government contracts maximize profits and minimize risks. We've been involved with the organizations ranging from 'smallest' 8(a) companies, assisting and establishing their business plans and organizational structures, to Fortune 500 companies, helping them resolve intricate business issues.
Our clients are very diverse. Some have led the design and manufacture of propulsion control systems for nuclear submarines, while others deliver health care for active duty and dependents of military personnel. We work with companies that, for whatever reason, take on government contracts."

What are some challenges information technology has brought to your company and its business?

"Lately, we have been getting back to the basics of determining what information decision makers need from their systems, rather than trying to use the ever-increasing functionality of IT today.

"In order to meet this need in the marketplace, we have created a new consulting team to review both process flows of information and the tools that aid managers to make effective decisions. One approach combines using financial control systems and years of contract administration experience to aid clients via an application service provider. Through the use of an ASP, videoconferencing and other Internet tools, our consulting group teams with program managers and other management to outsource project financial controls, and contract administration support.

"The result is a tailored solution of various packages at a reduced IT cost to the client, with the value-added support of experienced contract administrators.

"We have big plans and high hopes. Now it is a question of executing our strategy to use IT in a new way to bring our services to clients virtually anywhere."

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