Octo was founded as a fresh alternative in the government consulting community.

What makes Octo different?

We are dedicated to the belief that results are a product of analytical thinking, Agile design principles and solutions built in collaboration with, not for, our customers. This mantra drives us to succeed and act as true partners in advancing agency missions. Watch our latest video and find out how we set ourselves apart!

Leadership

Mehul Sanghani
Chief Executive Officer
Jay Shah
Chief Operating Officer
Pamela Rothka
Chief Financial Officer
Sujey Edward
Chief Technology Officer
Jim Vant
Executive Vice President - Defense & Intelligence
Tom Lee
Senior Vice President -Natl Security & Fedl Civilian
Evelyn Avanesian
Vice President - Growth
Simon Godwin
Vice President - Federal Civilian
Harold Poston
Vice President - Defense Programs
Ethan Meurlin
Vice President - Marketing & Corp. Partnerships
Craig Summers
Vice President - Commerce
Sam Stollar
Vice President - Intelligence Operations
Mehul Sanghani
Chief Executive Officer

Mehul Sanghani is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Octo. During the last decade he has built and grown the company around the foundational belief of meeting, exceeding, and advancing customer missions. With over 16 years of leading and delivering complex IT strategy and business transformation engagements for Global 100 corporations and federal government agencies, Mehul has provided Octo with stellar leadership. Prior to founding Octo, he held senior leadership roles at Gartner. He sits on the Board of Visitors at his alma mater Virginia Tech University and he is a PMI-Certified Project Management Professional.

Mehul Sanghani
Chief Executive Officer

Mehul Sanghani is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Octo. During the last decade he has built and grown the company around the foundational belief of meeting, exceeding, and advancing customer missions. With over 16 years of leading and delivering complex IT strategy and business transformation engagements for Global 100 corporations and federal government agencies, Mehul has provided Octo with stellar leadership. Prior to founding Octo, he held senior leadership roles at Gartner. He sits on the Board of Visitors at his alma mater Virginia Tech University and he is a PMI-Certified Project Management Professional.

Jay Shah
Chief Operating Officer

Jay Shah is the Chief Operating Officer of Octo, where he oversees all delivery and growth activities across the firm to ensure the company executes against its strategic vision. He has over 20 years of management and leadership experience in all facets of service delivery, business development, proposal creation, capture planning, and operational management. Jay has been at Octo since 2008. Prior to joining Octo, He has held leadership positions at Gartner and Cap Gemini.

Pamela Rothka
Chief Financial Officer

Pamela Rothka is the Chief Financial Officer at Octo Consulting. She joins Octo from Buchanan & Edwards, where she served as CFO since 2015. As a member of the executive team, Pameal served a critical role in the company’s strategic planning and analysis, capital financing, budgeting, rate design, mergers and acquisitions, and transformational change initiatives that deliver results. As Octo's CFO, she will be responsible for managing finance, accounting, contracts, pricing, HR, IT operations and facilities. Pamela previously served in financial leadership positions at Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Hewlett-Packard, and Lockheed Martin. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Drexel University and an MBA in Computer Information Sciences from Temple University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She also serves on the board of directors for the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Make-A-Wish.

Sujey Edward
Chief Technology Officer

Sujey Edward is the Chief Technology Officer of Octo where he is responsible for focusing technical teams around disruptive technologies, lean software development, immersive user experiences, and scalable architectures delivered securely with a mission-first mentality. An early champion of the Agile movement, for nearly 20 years Sujey has pushed clients towards disciplined disruption that revolutionizes underlying business processes in a controlled manner resulting in leaner, higher performing organizations. He previously worked at Salient CRGT where he managed a $100 million Agile portfolio. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Advanced Technology Systems Corporation, Number 6 Software, and SAIC. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and a SAFe Agilist.

Jim Vant
Executive Vice President - Defense & Intelligence

Jim Vant is an Executive Vice President and leads the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Business Unit for Octo. He is responsible for delivery and growth for accounts such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air National Guard, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency among others. He has over 20 years of experience leading complex information technology programs on behalf of public and private sector clients. Prior to joining Octo, Jim led client programs for other industry leading organizations including Gartner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and American Management Systems. He is a Certified Project Management Professional and is ITIL v3f certified.

Tom Lee
Senior Vice President -Natl Security & Fedl Civilian

Tom Lee is a Senior Vice President and leads the National Security & Federal Civilian Business Unit for Octo. He is responsible for the delivery and growth for accounts such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security among others. He has nearly 20 years of experience developing and delivering information technology and financial management solutions and services for both commercial and government clients. Prior to joining Octo, he held leadership positions at several companies serving the government community including PricewaterhouseCoopers, BearingPoint, and Acuity. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Project Management Professional, and is ITIL v3f certified.

Evelyn Avanesian
Vice President - Growth

Evelyn Avanesian is the Vice President for Growth at Octo working to develop the company’s business development strategy for continued account and market penetration within the Federal IT space. She previously served as the Senior Director for Octo's Health Business Unit, a role in which she helped solidify the company’s footprint within the Federal Health marketplace through strategic capture activities. Evelyn has more than 20 years of technology solutions experience, with over 13 years in the Federal consulting space. Before joining the Octo team, she served in leadership roles at Capgemini, Salient CRGT (formerly Guident Technologies), and she has prior consulting experience with Deloitte Consulting and Global Healthnet.

Simon Godwin
Vice President - Federal Civilian

Simon Godwin is a Vice President of Federal Civilian programs. He is responsible for overseeing FDIC, SEC, Treasury, Education and GSA. He has more than 20 years of experience bringing strategic leadership across software development, IT operations and maintenance, and program management contracts for government and public sector clients. Prior to Octo, Simon held a variety of leadership positions with an operational and technical focus including providing Agile, DevOps, and software O&M services for Civilian customers. Simon is a certified Project Management Professional and AWS Business Professional with a supplementary certification in ITIL Foundations.

Harold Poston
Vice President - Defense Programs

Harold Poston is the Vice President of Department of Defense (DoD) Accounts. He is responsible for leading Octo’s support to our DoD customers to help them achieve their mission objectives. He has over 20 years of experience leading large programs and capturing business in the areas of IT Transformation and Enterprise System Integration, IT Strategy, Agency Transformation, and other CIO/CTO Support Services. Prior to joining Octo, he led Booz Allen Hamilton’s IT and Transformation work across the Military Health System. He served for nine years as a US Army Signal Officer with deployments to Korea, Europe, and Iraq. Harold is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Change Management Advanced Practitioner and holds additional IAIP certifications.

Ethan Meurlin
Vice President - Marketing & Corp. Partnerships

Ethan Meurlin is responsible for all marketing efforts, setting the vision and strategy for brand awareness and capability campaigns, social media presence, digital assets, and internal communications. He also manages relationships with corporate technology partners for co-marketing and co-branding efforts, and manages all corporate IP. Ethan also maintains and augments Octo’s knowledge management capabilities across the firm.

Craig Summers
Vice President - Commerce

As Vice President, Craig Summers is responsible for overseeing Octo’s work with Commerce and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He has 25 years of experience in strategic leadership across software development, IT operations and maintenance, program management as well as leading information technology modernization across the public sector, and worked with the USPTO. Prior to joining Octo, Craig held senior leadership positions at several companies serving the government community including CollabraLink Technologies, most recently where he was Vice President of Technology, and positions at the same level at Maximus Federal, Acentia LLC, and 2020 Company, LLC. He is both a Certified Scrum Master, and a Certified Project Management Professional.

Sam Stollar
Vice President - Intelligence Operations

Sam Stollar is a Vice President leading Octo’s Intelligence and U.S Air Force business operations. He is responsible for Octo’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Air Force, and National Reconnaissance Office accounts where his teams deliver Agile software engineering, cloud-native product development, cloud engineering, and user experience design support. He has over 11 years’ experience supporting Defense and Intelligence clients where he combines domain expertise, technology, and consulting best practices to support Government IT transformation. Sam is a Certified Project Management Professional and a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC4). He holds a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Virginia.

News and Press

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Awards
Press Release
June 27, 2019
Octo wins $45M IDIQ with NIH OLAO to Provide Wide Array of Business Enhancement Services

Octo has been awarded a spot on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations (OLAO) Business and Professional Support Services (NIHBPSSII) IDIQ. With a $45 million ceiling, the NIHBPSSII IDIQ is an unrestricted vehicle that provides a gateway to several business improvement services including financial analysis, acquisition lifecycle support, business process improvement, organizational assessment, communications, systems integration, and Centers of Excellence services, among others.

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Press Release
June 18, 2019
Octo Uses Blockchain in Security Program Proof of Concept for the Department of Health and Human Services

Octo announced it has completed a blockchain proof of concept for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Division of Acquisition. This proof of concept proved the viability of blockchain as a solution for securing log transactions in support of national security reporting requirements and for creating “as-a-service” node solutions that federal agencies can use to verify their log files.

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Press Release
June 4, 2019
Octo Wins Seat on Cutting-Edge, $49M IDIQ to Provide Artificial Intelligence Solutions to the Federal Government

Octo today announced it has been awarded a seat on the $49 million Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Intelligent Automation/Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) solutions indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. Run by HHS’ Program Support Center (PSC), the IAAI contract seeks to drive innovation into HHS programs using pilots, tests, and eventually implementations of emerging technology solutions across shared services functions.

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Press Release
May 29, 2019
Octo Wins a Five-Year, $11M Contract to Support Core Mission Systems that Deepens Its Relationship With the Army

Octo Consulting Group today announced it has been awarded a five-year, $11 million contract with the U.S. Army to operate and maintain its Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE) enterprise software application. This system provides an efficient way to maintain accountable records for Government Assets and Total Asset Visibility. PBUSE is a custom, classified, enduring legacy system.

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Award
May 15, 2019
Sam Stollar Named AFCEA 40 Under 40 Recipient

Sam Stollar, Octo Consulting Group’s Vice President, Intelligence and Air Force programs has been named as a Young AFCEA 40 Under 40 recipients. Award winners were selected based on technical accomplishments in the nominees' careers, and AFCEA International’s Young AFCEAN Advisory Council evaluated the information submitted to ensure nominees meet eligibility criteria.

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Press Release
June 27, 2019
Octo wins $45M IDIQ with NIH OLAO to Provide Wide Array of Business Enhancement Services

Octo has been awarded a spot on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations (OLAO) Business and Professional Support Services (NIHBPSSII) IDIQ. With a $45 million ceiling, the NIHBPSSII IDIQ is an unrestricted vehicle that provides a gateway to several business improvement services including financial analysis, acquisition lifecycle support, business process improvement, organizational assessment, communications, systems integration, and Centers of Excellence services, among others.

Read More
Press Release
June 18, 2019
Octo Uses Blockchain in Security Program Proof of Concept for the Department of Health and Human Services

Octo announced it has completed a blockchain proof of concept for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Division of Acquisition. This proof of concept proved the viability of blockchain as a solution for securing log transactions in support of national security reporting requirements and for creating “as-a-service” node solutions that federal agencies can use to verify their log files.

Read More
Press Release
June 4, 2019
Octo Wins Seat on Cutting-Edge, $49M IDIQ to Provide Artificial Intelligence Solutions to the Federal Government

Octo today announced it has been awarded a seat on the $49 million Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Intelligent Automation/Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) solutions indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. Run by HHS’ Program Support Center (PSC), the IAAI contract seeks to drive innovation into HHS programs using pilots, tests, and eventually implementations of emerging technology solutions across shared services functions.

Read More
Press Release
May 29, 2019
Octo Wins a Five-Year, $11M Contract to Support Core Mission Systems that Deepens Its Relationship With the Army

Octo Consulting Group today announced it has been awarded a five-year, $11 million contract with the U.S. Army to operate and maintain its Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE) enterprise software application. This system provides an efficient way to maintain accountable records for Government Assets and Total Asset Visibility. PBUSE is a custom, classified, enduring legacy system.

Read More
Award
May 15, 2019
Sam Stollar Named AFCEA 40 Under 40 Recipient

Sam Stollar, Octo Consulting Group’s Vice President, Intelligence and Air Force programs has been named as a Young AFCEA 40 Under 40 recipients. Award winners were selected based on technical accomplishments in the nominees' careers, and AFCEA International’s Young AFCEAN Advisory Council evaluated the information submitted to ensure nominees meet eligibility criteria.

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