Gritter Francona, Inc.

The Veteran Edge

Gritter Francona, Inc.

The Veteran Edge

We infuse innovation, transformation and creativity in everything we do.


Innovation is the key to productivity and improvement. To innovate by definition means the insertion of new ideas. We encourage innovation by asking our consultants to take risks with new ideas and approaches at a level above the status quo.

“You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” - Albert Einstein


At Gritter Francona, we understand that change is inevitable and must be embraced. Managing transformation and the metamorphosis to a new form is the key to success. We help our clients make transformation a successful experience by visioning the future and managing out the chaos.
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” - Charles Darwin


At Gritter Francona Inc., we foster an environment of creativity. An environment that is not rule bound or burdened by notions that work must follow a well worn path. We encourage idea generation without initial judgment of right or wrong.
“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
- John Maynard Keynes


We provide cutting edge solutions to our clients' toughest problems.
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Health Services

Gritter Francona is dedicated to delivering high quality services to Health IT projects by optimizing processes and determining best practices for organizations undergoing change. We have been successful in refining and contributing to projects that aim to increase the transfer quality of healthcare data as well as enhancing user experience. We have experienced professionals who have worked on complex healthcare systems and have aided in facilitating the development of systems that have highly efficient electronic health record data exchanges.

Cyber and Network Operations

We provide specialized consulting support services to cyber security network operation centers helping our clients protect their most precious information and knowledge assets. Our highly trained experts provide a full range of support to assist with detection, containment and remediation of IT threats and support on-going efforts to ensure operation centers are designed and equipped with the latest methods, processes, and technologies. We are capable of providing full life cycle support to including strategic planning, design and architecture analysis, compliance and gap analysis, capital planning and optimization, software analysis and installation, stress testing and mission assurance, penetration testing, open source and vector analysis, as well as, situational awareness, intrusion detection and containment and remediation.

Portfolio Management

Gritter Francona is dedicated to delivering best-in-class portfolio management services to ensure our client’s organizational and structural needs are met. We specialize in promoting strategic portfolio management practices by using efficient data analytics techniques, productive collaboration between clients and project teams, as well as maximizing overall values of IT investments based on contractual objectives. Gritter Francona has provided portfolio management to clients in the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as other federal agencies who have recognized our commitment to quality and meaningful results tailored to solve our clients’ toughest challenges.


Gritter Francona provides full-service Information Technology services to our clients in all areas of the Agile Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). We tailor the processes to the client and project needs, while bringing a discipline that demonstrates repeatable delivery success. At Gritter Francona, we believe the success of this SDLC approach is largely determined by the effectiveness of our planning and our coordination of those plans with all other aspects of the IT project. Additionally, our experts support testing, deployment, training, operations, and maintenance phases of the IT systems for our clients.

About Us

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Leadership Team

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Cory Gritter


Cory Gritter is the founder and president of Gritter Francona, Inc. Cory leads all day-to- day operations for the company and as a cyber security expert leads the firm’s cyber and network engineering line of business. Cory holds numerous cyber security certifications and has supported operations and business activities for organizations such as the US Marine Corps, Veterans Administration, US Secret Service, US Cyber Command. Cory is a decorated veteran of the Afghanistan campaign where he led Marine scout sniper units in combat missions. Cory holds a 100% service-disabled rating from wounds received in combat operations. Cory hails from Holland, Michigan and is a die hard Wolverines fan.


Carl Salzano


Carl Salzano serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and more generally as a senior advisor for all aspects of the firm’s development. Having served as a senior corporate partner at Booz Allen Hamilton. Carl is a recognized expert on financial and acquisition matters. Carl created and led Booz Allen Hamilton’s veteran agenda and helped build the wounded warrior mentoring program to become the largest one-on-one-mentoring program for wounded veterans in the nation. Carl has personally helped veterans and wounded warriors make the successful transition from military to civilian life. Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree with a concentration in financial management from The Johns Hopkins University. Early in his career Carl served as a Navy hospital corpsman assigned to the Fleet Marine Force.

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Rosanna Weaver

Director, Healthcare Lead

Rosanna Weaver leads the firm’s Health Information Systems Business Line. She is a seasoned professional with expertise leading significant projects and national programs. Her team has deep skills in areas such as program management, requirements analysis, training and communications, end user adoption and user acceptance testing. Rosanna earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in St. Louis, Missouri and a Masters Degree in Management from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. In recent years Rosanna’s market focus has been with health information technologies and associated online applications and data systems for the Veterans Health Administration and partner organizations such as the Defense Health Agency, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the United States Postal Service. Prior to joining Gritter Francona Inc., Rosanna held leadership positions at Harris Corporation and Engineering Services Network.

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Terry Cooper

Vice President, Information Technology

Terry Cooper is the Information Technology Director for Gritter Francona, Inc. A former Naval officer and service disabled Veteran, Mr. Cooper has twenty-three years of experience applying document management, workflow, and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technologies to customer business problems. He was a pioneer of workflow applications, designing and deploying more than forty solutions with FileNet’s Visual WorkFlo product in the mid-1990s. More recently, he has applied his technical understanding and experience towards architectural solutions in Healthcare, Finance/Banking, and Federal Government. He directly manages multiple projects, stood up the GFI Program Management Office (PMO), and manages the corporate proposal center. He plays key roles in projects where change management, data architecture, requirements elicitation, and business architecture are a focus. He lives near Cincinnati, Ohio and is a major Buckeye football fan.


Gene Kakalec

Chief Growth Officer

Gene Kakalec oversees business development for the firm. In this capacity he sets strategy, oversees daily activities on new opportunities and fosters strategic relationships to advance the position of the firm.  With over 25 years’ experience in executive leadership, business development, operations and strategic activities, Gene has been a driving force for smaller firms as well as larger organizations including leading a five-billion-dollar operation of a multi-national company.  Gene is a strategic thinker with a proven ability to lead and manage teams across Federal, State & Local, Commercial and International markets with offerings that include services, solutions and products. Gene attended Franklin and Marshall College, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.


Ed Kanerva

Senior Executive Consultant

Ed serves as a senior executive consultant for the firm in all matters related to the cyber security and network line of business. As a well recognized expert, Ed is sought after for his depth of knowledge and experience. Ed brings over 40 years of professional and military experience in Cyber, Intelligence, Information Warfare and Cryptology. Ed served a long and distinguished career in the US Navy on ships, aircraft and submarines, always in positions of leadership and operations. He retired as a Navy Captain and upon completion of service, served 13 years as a Defense consultant and vice president in Cyber Operations with Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Jay Blackwell

Vice President, Human Capital and Resource Management

Jay Blackwell leads the firm’s Human Capital and Resource Management Business Line.  Jay is an Army Veteran and seasoned program manager with over 25 years experience in the Department of Defense.  His team supports DoD customers with personnel management initiatives, disability case management, safety program management, training and curriculum development and manpower and force structure redesign.  Most recently, Jay and his team have assisted Headquarters, Department of the Army manage significant personnel and organizational redesign efforts while building personnel management reporting and decision-making tools.  Jay’s current focus is on developing training management systems and building leadership development programs.  He has spent the last 11 years as Vice-President and co-founder of Sektor Solutions, a Virginia-based SDVOSB firm.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and enjoys all manner of outdoor recreation with his wife and two sons.  

History Of The Firm

Gritter Francona, Inc. is a prime contractor to the federal government providing leading edge services in program, project, and process management; software design and development; configuration, risk, and quality management; and business process engineering. The firm began in January 2013 as a part of the Walter Reed Wounded Warrior Mentoring Program (WWMP) under the mentoring of long-time partner, Booz Allen Hamilton. As part of the program, Marine Corps Veteran Cory Gritter was matched with a mentor, Mr. Carl Salzano, then an executive with Booz Allen Hamilton. While Mr. Gritter was recovering at the Walter Reed Medical Center from injuries sustained in combat, he completed internships working in the network security operation centers at both Booz Allen Hamilton and the USMC. The firm was started on the premise that there was an opportunity to harness the incredible skills of our veteran community cultivated during their military service.

Today, Gritter Francona, Inc. employs almost 60 professional staff across our portfolio of contracts. This team is singularly focused on making GFI’s clients successful through creative and proactive services that meet current goals while anticipating future needs.


“We are passionate about bringing together groups of smart, dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds as a cohesive team to solve the complex challenges our clients face. That is “The Veteran Edge.” [Cory Gritter, CEO]

Core Values

Since the inception of the company the leadership understood that our reputation would drive the success of the firm. We have all seen many firms that were good technically but lacked business ethics or had a corporate personality where they had only their own financial self interests at heart. At Gritter Francona, Inc., we go out of our way to make the contracting process as easy as possible and to adhere to a short and simple set of principles that guide our behavior. Simply put we strive to “do the right thing” in all our business dealings. We run our business on four simple and easy to understand core values:


1. Be honest in all our business dealings

2. Demonstrate integrity by being ethical and moral in all our decisions

3. Be fair and never attempt to take advantage for self serving reasons

4. Put our clients’ interests before our own


We pledge to our clients, staff members and stakeholders to abide by these tenets in the conduct of all our business activities.


GSA Schedule 70

Contract Number: GS-35F-0588W

Period Covered by Contract: 12 August 2010 through 11 August 2020

Description: GSA Schedule 70 is an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ)

contract administered by the Federal Supply Service (FSS) of the US General

Services Administration (GSA). Contract scope includes but is not limited to:

IT Systems Development Services

IT Systems Analysis Services

Automated Information Systems Design and Integration Services

Programming Services

IT Backup and Security Services

IT Data Conversion Services


Contract Number: N00 178-16-D-8769

Period Covered by Contract: 30 June 2016 through 30 June 2017 for the base

year. The contract also has two 1-year option periods extending to 2019.

Description: The SeaPort-e contract combines the benefits of a truly paperless,

electronic procurement system with contracting best practices. This Indefinite

Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract (MAC) allows the

Virtual SYSCOM, as well as Commander, Naval Installations, and the US Marine

Corps to acquire a wide range of engineering, technical, and programmatic services

and solutions. SeaPort-e furthers the Navy’s objective to increase efficiency and

allows for tailoring services according to the needs of geographically dispersed

organizations with significantly diverse product area requirements and missions.

PACTS II (Subcontractor to Pathfinder Consultants, Inc.)

Contract Number: HSHQDC-16-D-P2011

Period Covered by Contract: 1 March 2017 through 28 February 2022

Description: PACTS II is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB) set

aside Indefinite Quantity Indefinite Delivery (IQID) contract to support

requirements of the Department of Homeland Security.

Functional Category 1 – Program Management and Technical Services – NAICS

code 541611

Program Management Services

Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services. The Contractor shall provide support services on administrative management issues, such as financial planning and budgeting, equity and asset management, records management, office planning, strategic and organizational planning, site selection, and business process improvement. Services under this functional category may also include but are not limited to that of general management consultants providing a full range of administrative, human resources, marketing, and other management consulting services.

Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services. The Contractor shall also provide operating advice and assistance services in areas such as process, physical distribution and logistics; productivity improvement; quality assurance and quality control; inventory management; distribution networks; warehouse use, operations, and utilization; transportation and shipment of goods and materials; and materials management and handling.

Technical Services

Engineering Services. The Contractor shall provide services in the support of physical laws and principles of engineering in the design, development and utilization of machines, materials, instruments, structures, processes, and systems. The assignments undertaken may involve any of the following activities: provision of advice, preparation of feasibility studies, preparation of preliminary and final plans and designs, provision of technical services during the construction or installation phase, inspection and evaluation of engineering projects and related services.


Gritter Francona, Inc. is a leader in the industry we serve. Our success depends on the commitment, dedication and well-being of our greatest asset – our employees. We are constantly striving to keep benefits affordable without compromising the quality of the services we offer our employees and their dependents. We are proud to offer our employees and their families a comprehensive benefits program that provides access to the best healthcare available, protection against unforeseen events and the tools to obtain financial security upon retirement.

Equal Opportunity Employer


Gritter Francona, Inc. considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other legally protected status except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists. Please note that you may request any necessary accommodation to participate in the application process.

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Recent Contract Awards

Architecture Strategy and Design – Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I)


Washington D.C.- 1 December 2016 – Gritter Francona, Inc. began work supporting the Architecture Strategy and Design-Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) contract for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Responsibilities of the team include systems engineering support and project design to ensure alignment to VA Enterprise Architecture (EA). Additionally, the team provides solutions/project design for projects going through planning, initiation, development and release. The contract is valid for one base year and three option years that would extend the Period of Performance through 2018.

US Air Force Human Resource Management Modernization



San Antonio, TX- 1 July 2016. Gritter Francona, Inc. began work supporting the U.S. Air Force Human Resource Management Modernization (AFHRMM) contract on 1 July 2016. Our role is to assist in developing a comprehensive IT governance construct to support the Total Force A1 community, and use the Civilian Personnel, DCPAS activity as a model for establishing the governance. The contract is valid through March 2018 with four additional option periods.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Independent Verification and Validation



Washington D.C.- 2 March 2016. Gritter Francona, Inc. was selected to support the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) contract. Our contractual duties include assistance in maintaining and providing high quality testing services necessary to support agile practices in USCIS business assurance efforts. Additionally, Gritter Francona, Inc. will work with developmental and agile testing groups to identify continuous improvement opportunities within the USCIS OIT development and testing areas. The contract has one base year and two option periods extending through March 2019.

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