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(Chairman McKeon and Congressman Doug Lamborn visit with the leadership at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado)

2015 was both exciting and busy for McKeon Group. We officially launched our business and immediately rolled up our sleeves to help our clients achieve their goals and objectives.

January 2015
  • McKeon Group officially begins
    • Former Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon launches McKeon Group as a consulting and business development firm with his son and the Chief Operations Officer, Howard D. McKeon
February 2015
  • Opened our 1st office in Washington D.C.
  • Bob Cochran, Senior Partner, joins the firm.
    • Bob Cochran served as Congressman McKeon’s Chief of Staff for 20 years and was instrumental in supporting McKeon’s successful chairmanship campaigns for both the House Armed Services and the House Education and the Workforce Committees. Bob’s success in the private sector is illustrated by his comprehensive representation of companies across a variety of complex issues. Bob is the co-founding member of the “Reagan National Defense Forum,” an annual national policy forum focused on the future of our national security, where leaders and key stakeholders in the defense community address the health of our national defense.
  • Contracted with our initial clients.
    • We recognized the importance of business development and client services. With the following clients we were able to accomplish both objectives:
      • Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
        • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation works to preserve and promote individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride.
      • Aerojet Rocketdyne
        • Aerojet Rocketdyne delivers solutions in the aerospace and defense industries.
      • Pilot Catastrophe Services, Inc.
        • Pilot Catastrophe has created a better way to handle catastrophe claims, improving the experience for carriers, adjusters and policyholders.
      • The Cormac Group (higher education)
        • The Cormac Group advocates for open and fair markets in the higher education, healthcare, transportation and telecommunications realm.

March 2015

  • Morris Thomas opens McKeon Group office in Southern California
    • As Chairman McKeon’s District Director and Communications Director since 2013, Morris was responsible for operations in the 25th Congressional District of California. He was intimately involved in establishing and maintaining key government and business relationships in an area that included major centers of aerospace and defense contracting. Morris was also responsible for directing and coordinating communications between McKeon’s Congressional office and over 714,000 constituents.
  • Contracted with MBDA Inc.
    • MBDA Missile Systems is one of the world’s largest companies that specialize in missiles and missile systems.
Chairman McKeon visits with General Crutchfield and soldiers at Fort Rucker
(Chairman McKeon visits with General Crutchfield and soldiers at Fort Rucker)

April 2015

  • Contracted with Global WidebandHF Net
    • Global WidebandHF Net is a technology and communications organization.

May 2015

  • Contracted with the City of Lancaster
    • We are working towards finding solutions for the transit authority and is being managed out of the Southern California.

June 2015

  • Keith Zuegel, Senior Vice President, joins the firm
    • In July 2010, Colonel Keith Zuegel retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving more than 28 years in uniform. He spent more than 10 of those years in Air Force fighter aircraft logging combat hours and earning a Silver Star in Operation Desert Storm. He continued to serve 11 years in four legislative leadership positions in Department of Defense (DoD) offices retiring as the Air Force’s Director, Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison. In his congressional liaison roles, he authored legislative strategies, testimony, briefings, and Capitol Hill messages for several senior military leaders. He was designated a Joint Specialty Officer (JSO) serving in three different Joint Commands, residing and strategizing in the U.S., Europe, Asian Pacific, and the Middle East. After retiring, Keith represented a leading global Managing Consulting and Technology Services corporation for almost five years as the Managing Director, Government Relations.
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(Chairman McKeon speaking at the Reagan Presidential Library)

July 2015

  • Heather McKeon joins McKeon Group as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman
    • Heather handles all of the scheduling for Chairman McKeon

August 2015

  • Attended several Change of Command ceremonies for the military chiefs.
    • Throughout the summer, Chairman McKeon was requested to attend the Change of Command ceremonies for of the Army, Marines, and Naval Chiefs of Staff as well as the Undersecretary of the Army.

October 2015

  • Jessica Lawrence-Vaca, Senior Vice President, joins the firm.
    • Prior to joining McKeon Group, Jessica was a Vice President at the Podesta Group where she worked with clients in the global, defense, trade and appropriations sectors.   As a seasoned lobbyist and government relations strategist, she has the proven ability to develop and execute tailored government relations and advocacy strategies, interface with high-level government officials, build coalitions of third party validators, and craft messaging and supporting materials in furtherance of advocacy efforts. Before entering the private sector, Jessica worked for former Rep. Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), where she focused on foreign policy and national security issues.  She maintains extensive bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill, in both the House and Senate.
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(Former Chairman McKeon of the House Armed Services Committee passing the gavel to current House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry.)

November 2015

  • Successfully orchestrated the Reagan National Defense Forum.
    • As co-founders and organizers of this annual event held at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi, California, we created a unique meeting of our country’s most influential minds.  This summit is a convergence of the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Service Chiefs, CEO’s of major defense companies, congressional leaders, television and print media, and think tank leaders. Recognizing that today’s decisions will affect our military capabilities for years to come, the RNDF charges leaders from current and past Administrations and Congress to look beyond the immediate issues facing our armed services, defense civilians, and defense industry and explore how we can build peace through strength for the future.
  • McKeon Group launches marketing department
    • Our company and clients benefit from our comprehensive expertise in marketing campaigns.

December 2015

  • Contracted with the following clients as a results of our efforts throughout the year:
    • PTC Inc.
      • PTC Solutions enable process transformation and deliver closed-loop lifecycle management for products and services.
    • Tamil American Peace Foundation
      • We are working with a group of Tamil American diaspora from Sri Lanka and India to promote human rights, ethnic and religious freedom, and equality in Sri Lanka.
    • L-3 Communications
      • L-3 is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions
    • SureID
      • SureID is a leading provider of high-assurance identity management programs and services that create safe and more secure environments for military, government, nonprofit and commercial organizations.
    • Cubic Global Defense
      • Cubic Global Defense provides live, virtual, constructive and game-based training solutions.
    • NISOS Group
      • The NISOS Group is a premier risk advisory and research organization specializing in cyber and operational risk.

January 2016

  • Chairman McKeon engages with his former Capitol Hill Colleagues and Friends
    • Chairman McKeon has had dozens of engagements with key decision makers and influencers in both the Legislative and Executive Branches.
  • Contracted with General Dynamics
    • General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company.

Over the course of the year we have had the privilege of working with incredible people and companies. Even after a busy 2015, McKeon Group plans on continuing their success, growth, and development throughout 2016!