Mitch is the founding Partner of Cordia Partners, a Northern VA based professional services firm that provides outsourced accounting, consulting and staffing services to Washington, DC metropolitan area organizations. Cordia serves not-for-profits, government contractors, and other businesses. Mitch has been instrumental in assisting our clients with management, staffing and operations of their accounting departments.
Mitch has over twenty five years of professional experience in accounting department development for new organizations, process and organizational reorganization, re-engineering and management of existing departments. Mitch also has extensive experience in audit, tax, and consulting services. His consulting expertise is focused in the areas of technology, business advisory services, strategic planning, re-engineering, government compliance, budgeting, and forecasting, cost allocating, cost containment, alternate revenue and reserve analysis.
Prior to founding Cordia Partners, Mitch was the Partner-in-Charge of Beers & Cutler’s (now Baker Tilly) outsourced accounting group. He is Past Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce). He also serves as Secretary of the Washington DC Economic Partnership, Treasurer of Potomac Community Resources, Interfaith Works and on the board of the Men of St. John’s College High School. Mitch resides in Montgomery County, MD with his wife and two children.
Mark Melton is a founding partner of Cordia Partners. Mark has a specific focus on helping clients identify and manage accounting and reporting processes on an outsourced basis.
Mark has over 22 years of professional experience in the areas of accounting and financial services while serving government contractors, professional service firms and other commercial enterprises. He assists Cordia’s clients in developing financial reporting and control procedures that address the most important business and control issues, while ensuring that information is delivered efficiently and effectively.
Mark has extensive experience in the organization of the financial accounting function where he has an excellent understanding of the integration of business process, information technology and personnel management. Mark has worked on numerous complex projects involving the reorganization and/or establishment of effective accounting procedures in order to generate consistent and meaningful results.
Prior to founding Cordia Partners, Mark was a partner of a large regional accounting and consulting firm in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In addition, Mark has served as a Senior Financial Executive in the private industry, within the government contracts, manufacturing, technology, and professional services industries. Mark also has public accounting experience at both international and regional CPA firms.
Mark is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.
Traci Rowland is a Partner at Cordia providing consulting and advisory services to Government Contractors and various professional service organizations.
Traci has twenty years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, system design and implementation, and system and process optimization. Combining a strong accounting background and business systems consulting experience, Traci specializes in system and business process implementation and optimization. Her diverse professional and industry experience has provided her with an extensive knowledge base of business scenarios and industry best practices.
Traci has extensive experience supporting various accounting roles, to include accounting department management, financial reporting, complex indirect rate and revenue computations, data analysis, audit schedule preparation, and DCAA submissions.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Traci was Director of the Business Information Systems practice of a national accounting firm. In addition, Traci’s background includes corporate finance operations experience and leading an independent outsourced accounting practice.
Traci is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accounts, and the Institute for Management Accountants.
Joseph (Joe) Greeves was one of the three original co-founders of Cordia Partners, a leading provider of business advisory, finance and accounting, and recruiting and staffing services in the Washington DC metropolitan region. Joe joined Cordia Partners, on a full-time basis, in April 2013 to lead the Cordia Search operations and to provide CFO consulting and advisory services to Cordia’s clients primarily in the technology and professional services industries.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Joe was the EVP & CFO of GeoEye, Inc. an industry leading, publicly traded satellite imaging business, which he successfully sold for over $1 billion in 2013. Prior to GeoEye he was the CFO of several publicly traded and venture-backed businesses including Managed Objects, OPNET Technologies, Fusion Systems, and ERC Environmental and a CFO mentor and consultant for Lazard technology Partner’s venture fund. His accomplishments include being named the NVTC public company CFO of the year for 2010 where he was invited to be a judge of the awards for 2011, 2012, and 2013. He began his career as an audit supervisor with Touche Ross & co. (now Deloitte).
Don has over 30 years of professional experience, including nearly 20 years as a leading hotel and real estate industry financial executive. He served as CFO and Corporate Controller of two of the nation’s largest publicly-owned hotel Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). His experience has included numerous capital market transactions, and several major corporate restructurings in addition to establishing and building several highly successful accounting and finance organizations. He has deep knowledge regarding capital raising (including IPO’s), financial reporting, effective organization structures, budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning and governance. He has industry experience with companies in the hospitality, real estate, government contracting, telecommunications, and technology industries, among others.
Lori Stanley is a Partner at Cordia Partners, a professional services firm that provides outsourced accounting and consulting services to Washington DC metropolitan area businesses.
Lori has approximately 25 years of professional experience in corporate and outsourced accounting services spanning a wide variety of financial accounting functions. She has provided services to commercial and not for profit organizations. Lori also serves as the internal Controller and Human Resources Manager for both Cordia Partners and Cordia Search.
Lori received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Mike Cippel is a Director at Cordia Partners, providing accounting services to Washington, DC metropolitan area businesses. Mike focuses on providing business operations support and operations management to government contractors.
Mike has over 20 years of professional experience managing finance and accounting operations including analysis and reporting, indirect rate development, DCAA submissions, revenue recognition, and strategic planning. Mike assists clients in the development and implementation of accounting policies and procedures, FAR/CAS compliance, technical GAAP issues, cost and pricing support, and DCAA audit support.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Mike was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis and Pricing for a mid-sized government contractor. In addition, Mike’s background includes corporate finance operations experience in both the Government Contracting and Commercial arenas.
Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and has an MBA from Virginia Tech.
Mike Drennan joined Cordia Partners after serving more than five years in a consulting role as interim CFO – Controller for several of the firm’s not-for-profit and for-profit clients. Mike has a specific focus on helping clients resolve operational challenges in their accounting and finance departments that allow stakeholders the opportunity to receive timely and accurate financial data for management purposes.
Mike has over 20 years experience in financial and accounting leadership positions in the areas of not-for-profit, manufacturing, small business, and international operations. He assists our clients in accounting department turnaround, developing policies & procedures, providing outsourcing and interim CFO solutions, and overall business operations input.
Mike has extensive experience in the organization of the financial accounting function where he has an excellent understanding of how to integrate these functions into all areas of the organization for optimal success. Not adverse to rolling-up his sleeves and jumping in, Mike is equally capable of leading a team of Cordia professionals to accomplish the engagement at hand.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Mike held Senior Financial Executive positions within the not-for-profit, manufacturing, international, and professional services industries. Mike spent more than two years with the Arthur Andersen outsourcing practice in Washington, DC.
Abe Gogel is a Director at Cordia Partners, providing consulting services to Washington, DC metropolitan area businesses. Abe primarily focuses on providing accounting systems and systems process support to not-for-profit organizations, government contractors, and various other professional service organizations.
Abe has over ten years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations and financial system design and implementation. Abe provides systems design and implementation, process evaluation and design, and accounting transition support to government contractors, not-for-profit organizations, and various other professional service organizations. Abe’s hands-on experience in managing accounting operations, combined with his extensive knowledge of accounting systems technology makes him uniquely qualified to support our clients with the technological and process challenges they face in today’s competitive environment.
Andrew Platou joined Cordia Partners after spending his career in public accounting, with an emphasis on audit, accounting and consulting services. Andrew has worked with a variety of entrepreneurial businesses and other entities over his career, but his primary focus has been on advising and working with non-profit organizations.
Andrew has more than 25 years experience in financial and accounting leadership positions in the areas of not-for-profit, manufacturing, small business, and international operations. He serves our clients as a strategic CFO, as well as overseeing the entire finance and accounting function. Andrew regularly meets with and presents to Boards of Directors as well as audit, finance and compensation committees. He is often called upon to lead in the areas financial planning and analysis, and budgeting.
Andrew is able to leverage his experience working with for profit entities to provide more of a “business focus” to his non-profit clients that typically need to focus their resources on their mission, members, and stakeholders.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Andrew held positions with both international and local public accounting firms in the Washington, DC metro area.
Larry Shapiro is a Director at Cordia Partners, providing accounting services to Washington, DC metropolitan area businesses. Larry focuses on providing accounting and business operations support to government contractors and various other professional service organizations.
Larry has over 22 years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, corporate budgeting and pricing, and financial system design and implementation. Larry provides accounting operations support and business operations management services to government contractors, not-for-profit organizations, and various other professional service organizations. Larry’s hands-on experience in managing large scale accounting operations, combined with his extensive knowledge of government contracts compliance and accounting systems technology makes him uniquely qualified to support our clients with the challenges they face in today’s competitive marketplace.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Larry was Vice President of Finance/Controller of A-T Solutions, a $200 Million Government Contractor focused on supporting the DOD, Special Operations and Intel community. In addition, Larry’s background includes not-for-profit finance operations experience and the start-up of a consulting practice focused on ERP system implementations, conversions and data migrations.
Dana Fisher is the business development partner and has over 18 years of business development, sales, and marketing experience in the accounting and legal industries. She is responsible for strategic partner referral management, business development, sales networking, coaching, pipeline management, event management, and strategic market planning and development. Dana provides superior business development and sales process acumen to ensure the continued successful growth of the firm.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Dana was the marketing manager for the Mid-Atlantic region of McGuire Woods LLP, a national law firm headquartered in Virginia. While at McGuire Woods, Dana provided marketing strategy and direction for the Mid-Atlantic practice area. Before McGuire Woods, Dana was director of client development and sales for the Technology, Communications, and Entertainment (TCE) Practice Area at Ernst & Young LLP in the Mid-Atlantic region. Through her leadership the TCE practice of Ernst & Young LLP become a market leader during the internet boom.
Dana holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Public Administration and is very active in a number of business and community organizations including the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, SECAF, and ACG. In addition, she was the founding member of the Executive Womens Networking Forum that meets bi-annually.
Tom Williams is the Director of Business Development with over 15 years of sales and marketing and business development experience in the technology and accounting industry. His expertise includes client development and management, strategic market planning and development, partner referral management, business development, strategic selling, and sales networking.
Prior to Cordia, Tom was the Business Development Manager at Aronson LLC, a regional accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Rockville, MD. While at Aronson, Tom developed and managed client relationships for small to medium sized government contractors and nonprofit organizations. Prior to Aronson, Tom was the IBM z-Series Account Manager for IBM where he specialized in developing and managing client relationships for top tier fortune 500 companies with z-Series software portfolio solutions.
Tom holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering form the University of Rhode Island. He is very active in the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC), Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), Tech Council of Maryland Financial Executive Forum (TCM) and The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Tom serves on the Executive Committee for Easter Seals Advocacy Dinner and the Leadership Circle for the National Alliance for Mental Illness – Northern Virginia (NAMI – NoVA).
Susan Ashley is the Marketing Manager for Cordia Partners & Cordia Resources. Susan has 8 years of experience in the recruiting and staffing industry and over 10 years of experience providing executive support. Since joining Cordia in 2010 she has been responsible for assisting the Business Development team, coordinating company-sponsored events, and providing strategic support to the Partner group. Susan heads up Cordia’s community outreach efforts which include organizing quarterly drives to benefit local charities and our community as a whole.
Prior to joining Cordia, Susan was a Recruiting Coordinator for Modis, a global leader in IT staffing. She began her career with a local family-owned luxury retailer where she won several awards including Company Top Sales in 2003 and Employee of the Year in 2007.
Ellen Mundell is a senior level business development executive with over 20 years of experience, most of which has been with Big Four and other international accounting firms. She represents Cordia across all lines of service – including outsourcing, consulting and search. To support Cordia’s fast growth goals, Ellen builds and nurtures strategic relationships across a variety of industry segments.
Ellen launched her career at Price Waterhouse, where she ultimately rose to be a regional marketing manager for PW’s consulting practice. In 1994, she joined CDSI, a publicly traded government contractor, where she sold a financial management system to the federal government. Ellen also spent time at Grant Thornton in the late 1990’s as the Southeast Regional Director of Marketing. She left Grant Thornton to start a consulting practice where she provided marketing and business development services to professional services firms. During that time, she launched and chaired the NVTC Hot Ticket Awards – one of NVTC’s signature events. In 2004, Ellen joined Deloitte as Director of Business Development for Deloitte’s Emerging Growth Company practice, and later, to support the firm’s middle market practice. After ten years with Deloitte, she returned to PWC, where she became Director of Business Development and sold a variety of services, including internal audit, SOX compliance, audit, tax and IPO-readiness services.
Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Wooster, where she was a co-founder of the Alpha Gamma Phi sorority, which is still going strong today. She earned her Masters in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University, and lives in Bethesda with her husband, two kids and two dogs.