Brian Cowan, Founder
Brian Cowan consulted in the information technology and supply chain management fields in both the government and private sector. He had over 26 years of experience with a variety of DoD, Fortune 500, not-for-profit and technology start-up companies, as well as several years consulting to these organizations.
Brian began his professional career with the US Navy, and served in a wide variety of domestic and international supply chain management leadership positions. His operational logistics assignments included duty aboard two ships, one based in Japan where he learned to speak Japanese and deployed to the Middle East during the Iran Hostage Crisis, and a San Diego-based aircraft carrier that deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield. This led to subsequent business oversight responsibilities for the entire Pacific Fleet comprised of seven aircraft carrier battle groups with accountability for $1.5B of inventory, a $275M annual budget and 3500 supply personnel.
His other leadership positions included Director of a $1.0B Inventory Control Point depot repair operations, Chief Financial Officer for a $100B R&D aviation program, Operations Officer at a 43,000 person logistics agency with a $16.6B budget, Chief of Staff for an Information Technology organization with oversight of 994 activities and a $4.5B budget, and Contracting Officer for several multi-million dollar systems acquisitions.
Brian served as President of his own management consulting business based in Arlington, Virginia. He worked for several clients in government, academia and the private sector, including DoD, CACI, The University of Virginia, DAI, Savi Technology, American Management Systems, ADI Technology and AOL. He and his team have successfully performed a wide variety of projects including business development, strategic planning, communications and outreach, business process reengineering, software system development and program management.
Brian received his BS in Business from the University of Colorado, and MBA with honors from the the University of Virginia’s Colgate-Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. While on active duty, Brian was a Military Assistant to Vice President Gore and a White House Fellows Finalist. He received numerous decorations, including a commendation with heroism for a lifesaving rescue. He also assisted in the rescue operations at the Pentagon during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and was a 2002 Olympic Torchbearer. Brian was an avid runner and fitness enthusiast, completing 15 marathons.