The specialized skills Veterans possess are enhanced by the integrity and passion they inject into each professional interaction and work product. This invaluable blend of know-how and commitment is ingrained in GFI’s services, as we work to serve our clients in the same manner we served our country. That is “The Veteran Edge.” [Cory Gritter, President]
We provide cutting edge solutions to our clients' toughest problems.
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 provide full life cycle support 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.
We deliver high quality health information technology (IT) solutions to organizations undergoing change. By applying best practices and optimizing processes, we have successfully increased the transfer quality of healthcare data, as well as enhancing user experience. Our team has extensive experience working on complex healthcare systems and facilitating the development of systems that have highly efficient electronic health record data exchanges.
We offer a wide array of human capital program support services, including a robust workers’ compensation case management capability. GFI currently supports Department of Defense customers with personnel management initiatives, disability case management, safety program management, training and curriculum development and manpower and force structure redesign. In addition, we have assisted Headquarters, Department of the Army manage significant personnel and organizational redesign efforts while building personnel management reporting and decision-making tools. The HC & HRM team’s current focus is on developing training management systems and building leadership development programs. GFI has saved clients over 12 million dollars in disability compensation and medical expenses by developing a proven return-to-work program, a comprehensive case management tool, and a fraud detection formula.
We provide 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.
We work with clients to identify their brand and provide strategic communications plans that promote, inform, and engage audiences to meet and/or exceed marketing and communication goals.
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Cory Gritter is the Founder and President of Gritter Francona, Inc. Cory leads all day-to-day operations for the company. Cory holds numerous cyber security certifications and leads the firm’s cyber and network engineering line of business. As a cyber security expert, he 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 diehard Wolverines fan.
Chief Financial Officer, Managing Partner
Carl Salzano is the Chief Financial Officer and 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.
Director, Healthcare Lead
Rosanna Weaver is a Director and 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. 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. 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.
Vice President, Information Technology
Terry Cooper is the Vice President and Information Technology Director. 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, 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.
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.
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 brings over 40 years of professional and military experience in Cyber, Intelligence, Information Warfare and Cryptology. Ed held long and distinguished positions of leadership and operations in the US Navy on ships, aircraft and submarines. 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.
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Natalie Wong is a Senior Manager and leads the Marketing & Communications practice. Natalie is a seasoned creative professional with more than 10 years of experience providing marketing and communications services to government and commercial clients. Her expertise includes strategic communications, branding, materials development, graphic and web design, and Section 508 compliance. Natalie earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from The George Washington University and a Graphic & Web Design Certification from Center of Digital Imaging Arts – Boston University.
Senior Associate, Business Process Re-Engineering
Maria Tutino is a Senior Associate and leads the Business Process Re-Engineering (BPR) practice. Maria is a seasoned professional with more than 10 years’ experience providing BPR and strategic solutions and advising to government and private sector clients. Her team has worked extensively in the federal health sector, particularly supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration, and the federal interagency health space, including Department of Defense and Defense Health Agency. Her expertise includes BPR, strategic planning and advising, business architecture, change management, executive and client relationship management, executive negotiations and facilitation, program management and planning. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Government/Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Global Business and Finance from Georgetown University.
History Of The Firm
Gritter Francona, Inc. (GFI) is a management consulting firm that supports the federal government with 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, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Veteran Cory Gritter was mentored by Carl Salzano, then an executive with Booz Allen Hamilton. While Cory 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 started on the premise that there exists significant opportunity to harness the unique and diverse skills possessed by Veterans.
Today, GFI employs almost 60 staff across our portfolio of contracts. This team is singularly focused on making GFI’s clients successful through creative and innovative services that meet current goals while anticipating future needs.
GFI recognizes that our reputation drives the success of the firm. And with this recognition, we hold ourselves accountable in everything we do. At GFI, we simply strive to “do the right thing” and we run our business on four core values:
1. Be honest in all our business dealings.
2. Demonstrate a deep customer commitment with all decision making driven by excellence and executed with integrity.
3. Create an environment where all people are treated with respect.
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
IT Backup and Security Services
IT Data Conversion Services
SEAPORT ENHANCED (SEAPORT-E)
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.
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.
We believe our employees are our greatest asset. Our success depends on the commitment, dedication and well-being of our staff. We constantly strive to deliver quality, affordable benefits for our employees and their families. We offer a comprehensive benefits program that includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability benefits, and 401k plans to all full time employees. The benefits program also includes commuter benefits such as transportation and parking costs.
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Cory Featured in “Veterans Go Further with VBA” Campaign
Washington, D.C. – 2 January 2019 – The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) recently launched the “Veterans Go Further with VBA” initiative to rewrite the misrepresented narrative of the “broken Veteran” and replace it with how Veterans have used VBA to boost their overall well-being. This includes how they interact in their work lives, social lives, and within their communities.
As part of this campaign, GFI’s President Cory Gritter, a Marine Corps Veteran, discusses how he used his VA benefits to better his business and save for everyday expenses. “VA has helped me go further, specifically just knowing that there is an organization out there who is there to back you no matter how you want to proceed with your life.”
Washington, D.C. – 17 December 2018 – This holiday season, GFI partnered with Operation Covert Santa to give back to three much deserving Service Members and their families. Operation Covert Santa is an organization dedicated to giving back to Service Members and their families experiencing challenging circumstances during the holidays. Christmas can be a very difficult time for sick and recently injured Service Members and their families. These individuals are dealing with many stressful issues in an unfamiliar setting, away from home, often after surgery, and/or receiving treatments for illness. As supporters of the Service member and Veteran community, GFI helped provide donations and gifts to Service Members and their loved ones, in hopes of bringing a little joy to their holiday celebrations.
About Operation Covert Santa
Operation Covert Santa collects lists from sick and injured Service Members and their families, and distributes them to “elves” that have volunteered to obtain those items. The gifts are all collected and wrapped and delivered by Santa Claus to the Service Members and their families in the true spirit of Christmas giving. Last year, over 214 elves provided a wonderful Christmas for 74 sick and injured Service Members and their families.
GFI Leads Soft Skills Supervisor Training for The Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
Washington D.C.- 4 December 2018 – Gritter Francona, Inc. successfully delivered the FY19 Supervisor Training Program for The Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA) to the Secretary of the Army.
In support of the OAA’s Human Resources Management Division, GFI developed and delivered a series of one- and two-day Soft Skills workshops that were highly interactive to help leaders, managers, and supervisors explore and develop better soft skills. The workshops aim to improve management and supervisors’ human connection competencies by focusing on enhanced soft skills, while helping individuals manage and motivate the workforce more effectively. Learning areas included:
Social and Emotional Intelligence
Handling Difficult Conversations
Developing/Managing High Performance Teams
Communicate to Motivate, Inspire, and Influence
Civility in the Workplace and Conflict Resolution
Managing Change in Workplace Culture and Behavior
Motivating Your Workforce Toward Greater Engagement
Influencing and Negotiating For Supervisors
What differentiates high performing leaders, managers and supervisors is the soft skills that create engagement, alignment, connection, and joint purpose across their workforce. Large organizations, such as OAA, require engagement and alignment to create a heightened sense of human connection. The enhanced soft skills learned through GFI’s workshops help leaders, managers, and supervisors foster higher levels of employee engagement towards delivering superior business outcomes.
GFI Team Members Participate in 9/11 Heroes Run
Alexandria, VA – 11 November 2018 – In honor of September 11th, Gritter Francona participated in the 9/11 Heroes Run organized by the Travis Manion Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. GFI team and family members walked/ran the 5K and 1 mile fun run to honor those that have fallen since September 11, including Veterans, active duty, first responders, and families of the fallen. GFI leadership including Cory Gritter, retired Marine, Jay Blackwell, Army Veteran, and Maria Tutino all laced up their running shoes to participate in the event.
“This is my first time running this race. I think it’s an important part of our history and even more significant for us to remember and honor those individuals that made sacrifices for our country.” said Cory Gritter, President of Gritter Francona, Inc. “It also gives our team the opportunity to connect with other communities that dedicate themselves to similar causes to ours.”
This event, is only one of many future events that GFI plans to volunteer and/or participate to support Veterans and their families in the community. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), GFI aims to serve our clients and our Veteran communities beyond project work.
About Travis Manion Foundation
Started in 2007 by family of fallen 1st Lt. Travis Manion as a grassroots run in his hometown Doylestown, PA with 300 runners, the 9/11 Heroes Run now has more than 50 race locations, presence in 38 different states across the country, and unites more than 50,000 people yearly to celebrate our heroes and spread awareness. Race proceeds are used to directly support the Travis Manion Foundation’s mission to empower our nation’s veterans and families of our fallen heroes to develop character in future generations in order to strengthen communities. In select locations, a portion of race proceeds are granted back to a local nonprofit partner whose mission is also to empower our heroes. We believe the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living.
GFI Awarded Communications Contract with Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security – Office of the Chief Information Officer
Washington D.C. – 15 October 2018 – Gritter Francona, Inc. teamed with Pathfinder Consultants LLC, Dynamic Integrated Services, Dynamis, Technical and Management Resources, Inc., and TurningPoint to support the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) $50M+ Strategic Communications Task Order. In support of DHS OCIO, our team will be responsible for providing the full range of communications services including: strategic planning, audit support, correspondence management, technical writing, graphic design, performance management communications, SharePoint development, web design and maintenance, and social media.
GFI is looking forward to supporting DHS’ mission!
GFI Awarded Connected Care My HealtheVet (MHV) Requirements, Implementation, and Testing Support with Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington D.C. – 01 October 2018 – Gritter Francona, Inc. has been awarded a two-year contract to provide requirements, testing, training, release planning and implementation support to the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Connected Care (OCC) My HealtheVet Program Office. GFI is responsible for supporting the full life-cycle development of functionality deployed to My HealtheVet starting with requirements management, continuing through sprint and release planning, testing, and training for Veterans and VA staff. We will work directly with the OCC Program Office, U.S. Digital Services, My HealtheVet Core Development and Sustainment teams to deliver products that enhance the My HealtheVet suite of tools and increase patient engagement. Our team members Salient CRGT and METCOR Learning Systems International will continue to support this effort, providing additional testing and training expertise.
My HealtheVet is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) web-based Personal Health Record that empowers Veterans to make informed decisions and manage their health care. My HealtheVet’s strategic goal aims “to empower Veterans to improve their well-being,” supporting VA’s mission statement, “…to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” Our team is excited to continue serving our Nation’s Veterans and ensure they receive the best health care possible.
GFI President Speaks at Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting
Washington D.C.- 26 September 2018 – Representing the “combat injured servicemember” community, Cory Gritter, President of Gritter Francona, Inc. (GFI), gave his pain management patient testimony in front of the Pain Management Task Force. During his testimony, Mr. Gritter shared his story from service, being injured, to recovery. He described his recovery time spent in the hospital, receiving medications, other treatments, and alternative medications such as acupuncture. He is a strong advocate of alternative medicines to help manage chronic pain, besides prescription drugs and supporter of digital medicine/therapy.
The Pain Management Task Force, is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense. The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force brings together a diverse group of disciplines, perspectives, and experts to discuss best practices, issues, and recommendations to address chronic and acute pain management.
GFI was founded in 2013 by Cory Gritter and Carl Salzano as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business with the mission to provide solutions to the complex challenges that veterans and their families face. The GFI leadership team, harnessing skills cultivated during their military service, is passionate about bringing together groups of smart, dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds to create a cohesive team for solving the complex challenges today’s clients face. We refer to this as “the Veteran Edge.”
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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