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Mr. Lester Quintana
Vice President of Cellucci Associates, consulting services

Mr. Quintana is a dynamic high-technology Business Executive with a strategic business and tactical operations background; he has held key positions in the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community. He has been engaged in Russia, States of the Former Soviet Union, Kuwait, Iraq, and globally sensitive locations.

Mr. Quintana's areas of expertise include identifying emerging technologies and providing them with strategic roadmaps with funding sources. He also provides executable strategic market penetration plans with emphasis on profitable growth, in-depth market analysis, and teaming agreements/negotiations.

Most importantly, He has directly contributed to national security at the diplomatic level throughout the vast majority of the Russian Federation from Moscow to Siberia, to include states of the Former Soviet Union. While at the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Coast Guard he received numerous commendations for his homeland security efforts.

Prior to joining Cellucci Associates, Inc. he previously held profit/loss responsibility on at numerous top defense and aerospace firms, at the national and international level, on highly complex multi-year software development, telecommunications, and multi-agency contracts. He specializes in providing performance and financial strategies on complex programs to include profit recovery and vendor negotiations.

He is renowned for providing strategic and diplomatic solutions to his clients. His clients are world leaders who deal with issues directly related national security. At the globally recognized Threat Reduction Support Center (TRSC), he provided advisory services to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's cooperative Nuclear Weapons Safety & Security, Nuclear Weapons Safety & Transportation, and Biological Threat Reduction programs. His primary responsibilities included: providing transparency into US Government funded 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.

Mr. Quintana has a keen ability to quickly establish situational awareness. In December of 2007 he received an award from an Intelligence Community client for his ability to conduct complex analysis at the international level. The award described his: “experience within the community to provide [a] government customer with sound advice delivered with the utmost diplomacy and aplomb in a challenging international context, he [conducted complex international market analysis], and provided insights that significantly facilitated decision-marking on the project…[of national importance]”

He is an expert negotiator on sensitive international affairs directly related to national security. From 2007-2009 he led over ten technical US Government delegations to the Russian Federation's Ministry of Defense, focused on the 12th Main Directorate, known as the 12th GUMO (Glavnoye Upravleniye Ministerstvo Oborony). The 12th GUMO is responsible for the complete lifecycle of all nuclear weapons in the Russian Federation. In this capacity, he led technical negotiations alongside senior US Government officials with world leaders to include General Colonel (ret) Vladimir N. Verkhovtsev, the former head of the 12th GUMO and his Section Chief, Colonel Alexander V. Avdeev directly contributing to global security.

He has a proven capability to manage sensitive high-risk programs. During the same time period, he held the position of Chairman of the Pathogen Asset Control System (PACS) Product Team. He led 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 PACS system is described 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. PACS has been expanded and 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.

He has led multi-agency (Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Federal Agency) satellite communications prototype projects in challenging international environments to include South West Asia. He has received two Engineering Team Awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Ft. Huachuca Chapter while supporting the Headquarters of the US Army's Information Systems Engineering Command. During this time, he promoted the use of open telecommunications protocols to enhance the operational effectiveness of cryptographic systems in tactical environments.

Mr. Quintana proudly served in the US Coast Guard where he received an Achievement Medal for Post 9/11 operations and two Commandant's Letters of Commendations. He has also been cited for his commanders for his ability to mentor his staff, establishing Standard Operating Procedures, holding training programs to ensure consistency in operations.

He holds a B.S. in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a B.S. in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College.




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