Early in his career, Adrian worked in a biotech startup company in the DC-area. After six years, he made his way to biological and chemical warfare defense intelligence analysis. His role grew quickly from analyst to program manager to operations manager. This role required interaction, coordination, and collaboration with all levels of corporate leadership including top level stakeholders in the intelligence community.
Adrian has built teams in a corporate environment to win complicated government defense-related proposals. He has hired subject matter experts of varying ages and academic backgrounds from academia and the military. Adrian is a strong networker who has built a solid connection of professionals in multiple industries and across numerous community organizations. He has empowered his network to discover how to leverage connections with each other.
Adrian has built programs, managed proposal development activities, and built teams to execute them successfully. His role as a trainer in project management has allowed him to build customized training modules that encompass team building and soft skills development, while helping trainees get a baseline understanding of project management principles from the Project Management Book of Knowledge © published by PMI.
Outside of his corporate life Adrian is engaged in various community organizations including:
· Incoming Chairman of the Board of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
· Director of the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair
· President of the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
· President of the Armed Forces Electronics and Communications Association
· A variety of other boards that are focused on technology, entrepreneurship, and science education.
He is also father of two young sons, an avid fisherman, budding chef, and front man of rock and roll bands.
Proudest Professional Achievement and Why?
Taking on the challenge of moving my family from the DC area to Central VA to expand my former company’s operations. The new job and the geographic move required me to embrace change, take on new responsibilities, and grow a professional network in a place I’d never lived.
Proudest Personal Achievement and Why?
I was the lead singer for a DC-based rock and roll band for 12 years. It required a huge stretch on my personal and family time and taught me how to run a very unconventional business. It taught me to navigate several challenges in the entertainment industry while ensuring the group was profitable.
Three words someone else would use to describe me:
Ambitious, easy-going, approachable
I consider a day a success if:
I can look back on the day and feel that I was efficient, engaged, and motivated.
The toughest challenge I’ve ever faced is:
Having to watch my mother suffer from Alzheimer’s for the past six years knowing there’s nothing I can do to fix it.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Yogi Berra