Rob Young chairs the Forecasting for procurement of complex acquisition and support projects Interest Group.
Rob Young is the Head of the Finance & Accounting function at the UK Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation which is part of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). He is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with over 30 years’ experience across Local and Central Government.
Rob joined the MoD working for Commander-in-Chief Fleet at the National Command Centre. He then became the first qualified accountant to hold the role of Corporate Finance Manager for the entire MoD working closely with Her Majesty’s Treasury on the 2004 government spending review and moving them from Cash Accounting to UK GAAP accruals based accounting. Subsequently he took up role as Deputy Command Secretary for Royal Air Force Personnel and Training Command. At DE&S he is responsible for finance policy, processes, systems, compliance, capability and capacity to support the business deliver its £105bn 10 year order book of acquisition and in-service support contracts to the Front Line Commands
Rob started his career in Local Government and has worked across the whole range of organisations finally becoming Chief Accountant for a Borough Council where he won a National Award for Innovation using new technology to transform the IT service & Financial management. Wanting a new challenge and change of direction he moved over to Central Government becoming the first Finance Manager for Her Majesty’s Prison Pentonville in London, one of the oldest and largest Prisons in the Country.
He has a Joint honours degree in Botany and Geography which he studied at the University of Newcastle upon type.
Married for 30 years to Debbie, and with their daughter Samantha, they live on the edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.
Sean Catanese chairs the CAM-I Integrated Risk & Value Management Interest Group.
Sean Catanese has developed King County’s enterprise risk management (ERM) program from a nascent concept into a highly-sought resource among decision makers across the county’s diverse agencies. He joined King County in 2014. Before that, Sean was a senior ERM consultant to clients in public and private higher education, public safety, and municipal government, among others.
Sean is the Enterprise Risk Management Program Manager at King County.
Jim Holman chairs the Supply Chain Management Group at CAM-I
A Director within Cherry Bekaert’s Digital Advisory Group, Jim has more than 25 years of experience advising clients in digital transformation, IT strategy, optimization, manufacturing and distribution, and analytical reporting. Jim’s operational and technical expertise enables him to re-engineer business processes and deliver reliable solutions that blend the best technology and processes for meeting clients’ needs.
His expertise within the industrial sector includes manufacturing and distribution technology, business intelligence, shop floor data collection, and mobile solutions. Jim has assisted industrial clients with a diverse range of manufacturing environments such as discrete make-to-stock (MTS), make-to-order (MTO), engineer-to-order (ETO), specialty chemical batch process, food and beverage, and consumer goods. Jim’s guidance also extends to the infrastructure requirements that run multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, using cloud-based and on-premises solutions.
Jim has a strong background in merger and acquisitions activities to include IT due diligence engagements, IT/ systems divesture projects and IT post-merger integration projects.
Before joining Chery Bekaert, Jim worked for a boutique consulting firm, as an IT director at a Fortune 500 specialty chemical company, and as a senior information technologist specializing in Microsoft Dynamics implementations
Chauntelle is the Industry Chair for CAM-I
Chauntelle Hellner has been the Deputy Director of Business Resource Center for King County, Washington since 2017. King County, which includes the Seattle-Bellevue metropolitan area, is the 13th largest County in the United States serving a population of over 2 million. King County, through its 15,000 employees, provides direct and regional services such as public health and community services, parks and recreation, wastewater treatment, and criminal justice. King County also operates the regional transportation network including bus, light rail, street car, and passenger ferry services, as well as the King County International Airport.
King County’s Business Resource Center is responsible for the Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) and supporting the County’s business processes including HR, Payroll, Finance, Procurement, Budgeting, and Reporting.
Chauntelle has a background in finance, accounting, strategic planning. She started her career in local government and served in various roles including Finance Manager for the King County Office of Risk Management prior to her current role. Chauntelle was born and raised in a suburb of Seattle and attended the University of Washington. She resides in a small-town south of Seattle with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys watching her children compete in baseball, rowing, and basketball.
Michael Skopal co-chairs the CAM-I Higher Education Center of Excellence group.
He is a founding partner of Pilbara Group and former Naval Officer.
Michael currently is the Business Development Manager at Pilbara group.
Michael and the team have guided the company since 1999. The company and Michael’s expertise emanated from an Australian Navy costing project in which several of the team members participated. Over the two decades the Michael and the team have honed their skills in the development of cost and predictive models and managing large volumes of data. The company’s proprietary software product has been upgraded and redeveloped over the period as computing power and underlying software products have evolved. We developed our solution as one of the first cloud solutions available on the market.
About 10 years ago Michael secured a contract with the University of Wollongong and since then Pilbara have worked with another 14 Australian universities in developing their models. Currently 10 universities in Australia are long term users of our software and methodology. BP in London has also been a client for over ten years and use our modelling software to calculate the decommissioning costs of their oil fields globally.
Bob Misch chairs the CAM-I Value, Cost and Profitability Management Special Interest Group.
Bob Misch is a Director in Cherry Bekaert’s Digital Advisory Practice. He has more than 25 years’ experience in leading cross-functional teams, helping clients maximize the use of cost and performance information to improve program management and business processes.
Bob has served clients from across government, including every Branch in DoD, along with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense Agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of the Interior, the International Monetary Fund, the Department of the Treasury, and the Intelligence Community. He is a recipient of CAM-I’s Robert A. Bonsack award for distinguished contribution in the advancement of cost & performance management. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served on active duty as a Navy Supply Corps Officer
Bob’s experience includes:
- Implementation of Activity-Based Cost (ABC) model at the Federal Protective Service, which included an assessment of fee structure alternatives; consolidation and analysis of operational and financial data sets; and incorporation of budget, revenue, workload, capacity, and performance into the management framework.
- Budget and Performance Integration requirements at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), to include: 1) strategic planning, 2) activity based costing, 3) performance management, 4) business process re-engineering, 5) organizational analysis, 6) internal controls, and 7) program analysis
- Integrated Budgeting, Management Information, and Performance Management infrastructure at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), capable of providing collaborative budgeting, timely and accurate information in response to queries from all levels, as well as performance indicators and a hierarchy of Fund Primary Outputs and Activities. Led the cost/benefit and net-present-value analysis for software investments.
- Responsible for implementing business initiatives and improving business practices to achieve end-to-end capabilities in the most economical manner for the US Marine Corps Business Enterprise Office.
- Responsible for building a costing model, creating process flows, and conducting analyses for five business units and seventy-one processes performed by the Chief Adminstrative Officer (CAO) of the U.S House of Representatives in support of 10,000+ House Members and their staffs.
Professional qualifications and affiliations
- Consortium for Advanced Management, International (CAM-I)
- Project Management Professional (PMP) and member of the Project Management Institute
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes