Member of the Board of Directors
Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA)
April 2014 – Present
Washington D.C. Metro Area
The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) is a group of companies and other stakeholders that share a common interest in furthering the adoption of secure identity and biometric technologies through forward-thinking thought leadership, and well-developed government relations and communications.
Members are actively involved in the research and development, deployment or commercialization of secure identity and biometric applications, systems and services. Members benefit a broad range of consumers, individuals, public entities, and commercial enterprises with both identity protection and security technologies.
Strategic Advisor to Chairman of the Board of Directors & Chief Executive Officer
Dependable Critical Infrastructure, Inc. (DCI)
March 2015 – Present
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Dependable Critical Infrastructure, Inc (DCI) is a high-tech firm providing solid management, financing and strategic planning expertise to acquire top-tier organizations in the global security space. Our success is built on the commitment and passion of the dedicated professionals we employ.
• Growth Strategy
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Due Diligence
Sr. Vice President, Consulting Services
Cellucci Associates, Inc.
January 2013 – October 2015
Founded by its Chairman & CEO Tom Cellucci, PhD, MBA, the U.S. Government’s first Chief Commercialization Officer the firm provides solutions on an array of services to include high technology strategic management, commercialization of emerging technologies, and micro- & nanotechnology. Cellucci Associates, Inc is headquartered in Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square) with 14 global offices.
• Commercialization of Emerging Technologies
• High Technology Strategic Management
• Venture Capital
• Micro- and Nanotechnology
• Laser/Electro-Optics & Photonics
• Aerospace and Defense
• Homeland Security
• Partnerships in Security for Governments & Smart Cities
• Biotechnology, Biodefense, and Agriculture Technologies
• Safety Act Designation Advisory Services
Founder & CEO
Quintana Advisory Corp
September 2012 – Present
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Founded by Mr. Lester Quintana, Quintana Advisory Corp. offers an array of management consulting services.Our areas of expertise include business development and sales & marketing for technology firms.
With over 15 years of experience in demanding global environments, our areas of expertise include identifying emerging technologies, and providing them with strategic roadmaps with funding sources.
Program Manager (P/L)
QinetiQ North America
July 2009 – September 2012
• Responsible for an array of performance and financial objectives on 3 major General Service Administration (GSA) software development contracts simultaneously valued in excess of $100M.
• Held profit and loss (P/L) and revenue recognition responsibility.
• Responsible for strategic planning, resource allocation, and staffing on key projects.
• Actively participated in numerous proposal and business development activities across business unit sectors totaling over $80M.
• Provided oversight to QinetiQ’s (Federal Solutions Business Unit) CMMI Level 3 recertification on key projects.
• Executed subcontractor agreements, performed negotiations and performance evaluations in keeping with CMMI Level 3 Supplier Agreement Management practices.
Program Engineer – Defense Threat Reduction Agency
SAIC Threat Reduction Support Center
April 2007 – June 2009
Washington DC, Russia, and States of Former Soviet Union
Provided advisory services to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) cooperative Nuclear Weapons Safety & Security, Nuclear Weapons Safety & Transportation and Biological Threat Reduction programs. Primary responsibilities included providing transparency into US Government funded program in the Russian Federation. Specifically: physical security enhancements to nuclear weapons sites, the transportation and safety of nuclear weapons destined for destruction, information systems to include special intrusion/detection sensors, and telecommunications systems. All advisory services supported the prevention proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Other duties included:
• Provide advisory and assistance services to government project officers engaged in major acquisitions consistent with Federal Acquisition Regulations; provide contract oversight to multiple contracting vehicles.
• Monitor and advise U.S. Government customers on the technical program management of over $75 million in IT and Communications acquisitions at 50+ international sites.
• Advise on the full software development lifecycle (SDLC) for four enterprise software products.
• Serve as the technical lead during collaborative proposal development, technical and cost evaluations, and other contracting actions for U.S. Government customers.
• Provide program management and systems engineering expertise in accordance with formal DoD directives; implement a comprehensive enterprise-grade requirements management system.
• Evaluate relevant business and technical program structure necessary to support the mission and user.
• Provide program management consistent with IT systems engineering principles and best practices; provide analysis of alternatives, risk mitigation strategies, and guidance papers.
Chairman – Pathogen Asset Control System
Threat Reduction Support Center – Defense Threat Reduction Agency
2007 – 2009
Lead the efforts of a multi-agency team composed of members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Naval Medical Research Center’s Biological Defense Research Directorate as well as other recognized global experts. The Pathogen Asset Control System (PACS) system is described by the by the National Institute of Health as a comprehensive solution for the “accounting, management and control of biological agent stocks” at the sample and strain level. The PACS is used in states of the Former Soviet Union and has been expanded to Lawrence Livermore National Lab in Livermore, CA and Northern Arizona University.
Task Manger and Project Engineer
2005 – 2007
Washington D.C. Metro Area, South West Asia, and Cherry Point, NC.
In addition to continuing to support my previous position in Southwest Asia for the Headquarters of the US Army Information Systems Engineering Command I supported the US Navy and Intelligence Community members doing the following:
• Directed the resources of six senior engineers to implement highly technical and complex communications prototypes in a Joint DoD-Intelligence Community environment.
• Briefed senior U.S. Government officials at joint and Navy commands on project status and direction.
• Served as the Task Manager for all project activities related to Imagery Intelligence (IMINT).
• Monitored critical path items and identified and corrected issues accordingly.
• Prepared technical change control board documents and engineering request for change documents.
• Interfaced with key multi-agency stakeholders to ensure their requirements were addressed.
• Coordinated activities of project staff to ensure projects progressed on schedule and within budget.
• Provided formal written project reports to joint DoD and Intelligence Community Program Offices.
Project Engineer, Army (Southwest Asia)
General Dynamics – Labs
2005 – 2006
Needham, Massachusetts & South West Asia
Responsible for the engineering management, implementation, and acceptance of advanced classified (NIPRNET, SIPRNET, and CENTRIX) data networks in Southwest Asia for the Head Quarters of the US Army Information Systems Engineering Command on the ground in Iraq and Kuwait.
• Led engineering, installation, and testing of enterprise data networks under the US Army’s Kuwait/Iraq Communication Commercialization program office.
• Routinely conducted project review presentations and updates to theater commanders.
• Ensured critical path items were met in accordance with statements of requirements, statements of work, scope, and associated contractual specifications.
• Oversaw site surveys, provided input for statement of requirements and engineering design plans and performed as-needed reengineering of solutions to meet customer’s needs.
• Completed bill of materials, as-built drawings/documentation, and integration of networks into operational environments (OSPF, STP, VLANs, FiberChannels, VTP, IP Schemes, etc.)
• Served as lead for enterprise communication and network projects in Iraq and Kuwait.
• Served as U.S. Government liaison for contractors regarding cost, performance, and schedule to the program management office.
• Gathered requirements, wrote engineering design plans (GigE, OSPF, VLANs, Rapid Spanning Tree, LACP, DHCP, multicasting, etc.)
• Conducted systems acceptance testing, composed technical diagrams, and monitored contractors’ execution of projects.
• Ensured critical path items were met in accordance with government specifications.
National Reconnaissance Office
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
2004 – 2005
Washington D.C. Metro Area
U.S. Coast Guard
March 2000 – March 2004
Volunteer Experience & Causes
Board of Directors
Safe America Foundation
August 2014 – Present
The Safe America FoundationTM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chartered in 1994, with headquarters in suburban Atlanta. The Foundation partners with corporate, governmental, public and private sector organizations, and other nonprofits to save lives by emphasizing safety education and emergency preparedness.
Other key goals include helping returning Veterans transition safely to civilian life and teaching safe driving techniques.
Volunteer, Head of Outreach
Alliance for Government Virtual Engagements (AGVE)
Science and Technology
The Alliance for Government Virtual Engagements (AGVE) is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, formed specifically to address the needs of government for the utilization of virtual engagement technologies and practices in the public sector.
AGVE is a public-private, vendor-neutral partnership collaborative. It partners with both public, non-profit and private organizations to proactively and securely address technical, logistical, educational, and managerial issues associated with the facilitation of government-funded conferences, learning opportunities, telework, collaboration, and other uses through virtual technology products and services.
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Engineering Team Award – Ft. Huachuca Chapter (2005 & 2006)
USGC Commandant’s Letter of Commendation (2003 & 2002)
Department of Homeland Security Founding Member (Certificate from Tom Ridge, Secretary)
Coast Guard Achievement Medal (for Post 9/11 operations) in 2002
Mr. Lester Quintana holds a Bachelors of Science in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College.