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.
Nick Francona is one of the co-founders of GFI, launching the firm with Cory in 2013. Previously, Nick served as a Ground Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps and led a Scout Sniper platoon during a combat deployment to Afghanistan. Nick has been a frequent guest speaker about veteran’s advocacy and ethical leadership. Nick holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is currently a law student at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. Nick holds various cyber security and risk assessment and mitigation certifications. Nick has since decided to pursue other career opportunities, but stays close to company management, continuing to look for opportunities to support veterans.
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, 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.
Vice President, Cyber Security and Information Technology
Rich Burke leads all operations for Gritter Francona’s Cyber & Information Technology business line. Burke is an innovative business leader and national/homeland security professional with expertise gained during a distinguished 25+ year private sector and government career. Prior to joining Gritter Francona, Burke served as an executive with Fortune 500 companies and a DC based small business, where he led and managed the delivery, sales, and growth for both product and services-based businesses in the homeland & national security markets.
Burke’s public sector experience includes 8 plus years with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he was a member of the Senior Executive Service and was responsible for leading planning and crisis management operations across all homeland security missions, including anti-terrorism, disaster response, borders/immigration and cyber. Before DHS, Burke served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a judge advocate and logistician, including service during Operation Enduring Freedom. He completed 23 years of service on active duty and in the reserves.
Burke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.
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 PSS AIMS
Contract Number: 47QRAA19D0065
Period Covered by Contract: 21 March 2019 through 20 March 2024
Description: The Professional Services Schedule (PSS) Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS) marketing and advertising services is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award schedule. It includes:
SIN 541-4A: Market Research and Analysis
SIN 541-4F: Commercial Art and Graphic Design Services
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
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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GFI Launches Semper Servientes Program
Washington, D.C. – 8 January 2020 – GFI launched the Semper Servientes Program, the company’s community engagement program that encourages our team to give back to the community. Bridging the connection with GFI’s founder, retired Marine Cory Gritter and the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” (“Always Faithful”), “Semper Servientes,” is the Latin phrase for “always serving.” This phrase, to always serve, to be devoted, describes the Program’s purpose. The Semper Servientes (SS) Program highlights GFI employees that continue to support the community outside of their regular job duties, always striving to “do the right” thing,” and embodying GFI’s core values. Every quarter, GFI spotlights one employee as an SS Ambassador that has gone above and beyond to help the community. At GFI, our true success is measured by the positive impact we can bring to the community. We believe our reputation and dedication to being honorable citizens and representatives that support our community is what makes our staff so unique.
GFI’s first SS Ambassador, Amy, recently traveled across the world to provide medical, dental, and counseling assistance to the people of Eburru, a remote village in the mountains of Kenya. Many of the people of Eburru are in very vulnerable situations due to poverty, illness or abandonment. As part of a 14-person group from her church, the trip provided for urgent physical needs through medical and dental clinics and specific clothing and supply donations, and cared for urgent spiritual needs through prayer and home visits. After her trip, Amy was able to share three lessons she learned from her current role at ABMC, that she was able to apply to her time spent in Kenya.
“Be flexible. My current role at American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) requires quite a bit of flexibility. While in Eburru, we had a loose schedule that was constantly changing, so we never knew what was coming next in our day. Prepare for what you can but embrace the fact that you cannot prepare for everything.
Anticipate needs. One of my goals at ABMC is to anticipate the needs that may arise and be prepared to meet them. In Kenya this was more challenging, but I still tried to anticipate possible needs and obstacles before they arose so that they could be prevented or easily addressed.
Ask good questions and listen well. While the content of the questions was very different in Kenya, asking questions and listening to the stories, needs, challenges and joys of others was infinitely valuable. Even if I couldn’t meet the need, allowing a person to be heard is so important in creating a relationship based on dignity and trust.”
Amy is just one of many at GFI that embodies GFI core values and what it truly means to give back to the community.
Amy is a Senior Consultant supporting the ABMC contract.
GFI Selected as Distinguished Service Awards Veteran Owned Maturing Business Finalist
Washington, D.C. – 22 October 2019 – GFI was recently selected as a finalist for the Distinguished Service Awards Veteran Owned Business of the Year Awards – Maturing Business Category. The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce honors successful veteran-owned businesses in the National Capital Region that have demonstrated strong business performance in the categories emerging business, maturing business, and established business.
As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, GFI is dedicated to towards helping transitioning Servicemembers to civilian life, Veterans, and their families. GFI’s President Cory Gritter, a decorated Marine, along with the leadership team’s (LT) veteran experience, gives GFI a unique, personal connection to supporting the Government and our community. Employing several Veteran and/or reservist staff, GFI uses this “Veteran Edge” to deliver superior customer service to clients such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Army.
As a business that has developed as a result of the Wounded Warrior Mentoring Program, a program that supports transitioning Servicemembers to civilian life, GFI is an advocate for supporting the Veteran community. “Anytime we have the chance to help a fellow Veteran, or make a positive impact, I want to take that chance. As a Marine, we always have each other’s backs. We are proud to be recognized by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.” said Cory Gritter, GFI’s President.
About the Distinguished Service Awards
The Distinguished Service Awards honor individuals, companies, and non-profit organizations for their service to Veterans in the Greater Washington business community. The awards are presented in recognition of community stewardship and business leadership.
GFI Awarded GSA PSS AIMS Schedule
Washington, D.C. – 18 March 2019 – Gritter Francona, Inc. was recently awarded the General Services Administration (GSA) Professional Services Schedule (PSS) Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS) Schedule 541 contract for Special Item Number (SIN) 541-4A Market Research and Analysis and (SIN) 541-4F Commercial Art and Graphic Design Services. This is a five year contract beginning March 21, 2019 through March 20, 2024.
The Marketing & Communications (MarCom) service line is led by Natalie Wong. The MarCom team offers a full range of communication services from strategic communications and materials development. GFI currently supports communications activities for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security. The AIMS schedule allows Federal agencies to find competent and knowledgeable firms with proven experience in advertising, marketing, and communications services. GFI is pleased to support the Government in achieving their communications objectives.
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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