ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Christy Cochrane, Federal Contracts Program Coordinator, Virginia Tech / Blacksburg
Christy Cochrane joined Virginia Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs in September 2013 and serves as the Federal Contracts Program Coordinator. In this role, she provides support within OSP by analyzing solicitation provisions and contract clauses within the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and various other agency acquisition supplements to ensure compliance with those requirements applicable to public educational institutions. In addition, she concurrently negotiates a full portfolio of complex, high-visibility federal contracts. Prior to assuming this position, she served within the contracting field for the U.S. Department of the Navy for seven years. During this time she gained extensive experience in executing cradle-to-grave federal contract management, including conducting market research, drafting solicitations, analyzing offers and proposals, leading complex contract negotiations, analyzing final proposal revisions, documenting award determinations, briefing award recommendations to senior leadership, and administering awarded contracts. Ms. Cochrane holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Radford University. She also completed the United States Navy Business Resources Management Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.
James K. Cowan, Jr., CowanPerry PC / Blacksburg
Jim Cowan is the Chairman of CowanPerry PC. His practice focuses on representing management in the full spectrum of labor and employment-related issues confronted by employers in today’s workplace, including government contractors. He has experience developing and maintaining affirmative action plans for government contractors, representing clients in government audits, and implementing diversity plans and EEO/VETS compliance and reporting programs. Mr. Cowan represents a number of employers, business owners and developers in the region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers, and from local property owners to national developers.
Amy P. Wheeler, CowanPerry PC / Blacksburg
Amy Wheeler focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and business law. She advises closely held businesses, including emerging growth and established companies, in all types of transactions, and provides outside general counsel services to numerous clients. As part of her general counsel practice, she is involved in strategic decision making, formulating intellectual property strategies, and providing advice and handling compliance, contracting, and day-to-day legal issues for clients. Ms. Wheeler was previously in-house counsel for a government contractor and currently represents several government contractors in a wide array of contexts, including providing contracting guidance and advice with respect to compliance obligations, intellectual property issues, and export control regulations.