Why Choose Us?
Our team has a combined experience of over 50 years in Market Research, Analysis and Federal Government contracting, specifically in areas of Information Technology, Medical Staffing, Training Services, Management Consulting, Construction, Aerospace, New Product Development, Strategic Sourcing, Continuous Improvement, Risk Management, Environmental Consulting, and Legal Services.
Principal Consultant, Brittany Foster, has over 10 years of federal government and commercial experience. She has worked in the Contract Management field for the Social Security Administration (SSA), in the Transportation and Logistics Industry for ICAT Logistics, and in the Federal Procurement industry at Deltek, Inc. With a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Government, she brings a high-level of technical writing experience, contributing to over $30 million won in federal government contracts within the last three years. She has added capacity, revenue, and knowledge to small businesses across multiple industries. Ms. Foster has a passion for small business success in the federal procurement industry.
Proposal Manager, Julia Hagenburger, manages team proposal schedules and contributes to proposal development and overall compliance. Julia comes to First Foster with more than 10 years of professional experience in federal proposal development. She has worked for several companies, including Weston Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Choctaw Global Staffing. Julia has written proposals in industries such as environmental remediation, water and wastewater management, design-bid-build construction, other construction and renovation. She studied Journalism and Public Relations at Texas A&M, and now lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Lead Proposal Writer, Kent Lebo, is a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and a combat pilot and a Department of Defense test pilot. After his flying career, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Flight Services division of BAE Systems, Inc. Following several years at that position, he founded his own defense and aerospace services firm and served as president and CEO. Mr. Lebo has extensive hands-on experience in all facets of the proposal process, including managing, writing, and pricing. He has prepared major proposals for a number of federal agencies and a variety of topics, ranging from Information Technology support to operations, maintenance, administrative support, training, and other topics.
Proposal Consultant, Brandon Hostetter, is a U.S. Army Veteran with over 16 years of experience supporting the federal government and private industry. Brandon has advised government laboratories on the development and application of new technologies and served as a key member on numerous source selection boards for highly technical government procurements. He has significant experience with the management of cost, schedule, and performance for U.S. Army and private industry programs; allowing him to provide relevant insight into how the proposal will affect program teams and the organization. With his B.S. in Finance, MBA, and PMP certification, Brandon brings a wealth of knowledge, practical experience and critical thinking to every engagement.
Dr. Gerald Austin, CFCP (Certified Federal Contracting Professional), Consulting Director for Business & Development, has more than 30 years experience as a business consultant. Gerald is the Founder and CEO of Mega International, a business to business development firm that focuses on motivating, educating, growing and advocating for businesses. His consulting firm, has long been an important resource for federal government as well as the private sector. His innate gift to broker relationships through his personalized approach to solutions enables him to provide fanatical client care that creates lasting value. His educational background includes a B.S. in Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership. Gerald brings a wealth of knowledge, innovative thinking and firsthand knowledge of how government business works.
Research Consultant, Christian Wagner, has over 20 years of experience in Research and Data Analysis. Mr. Wagner has worked in Government Contracting, Automotive, Aviation, Finance, and with various Government Agencies (e.g., DEA, Dept. of Ed., DOL, & USDA). In terms of Education, Mr. Wagner has an MBA in finance from St. John's University and a BS in Political Science from Florida State University.