As co-founder and CEO/President of TAPE, Ms. Jaffe manages TAPE's business affairs, client and corporate relations, and marketing outreach. Formerly Lieutenant Colonel Louisa Long Cullem, she served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for 28 years. She retired from the Army Reserves in 2002, after having been called to active duty in response to the events of September 11, 2001. During her military career, she served in the Pentagon as a Media Relations and Public Affairs Officer for the Secretary of the Army Public Affairs for more than twelve years, including service during the first Gulf War. Ms. Jaffe also provided public affairs support for the Army Materiel Command, the U.S. Readiness Command, TRADOC, the Army CIO, and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. Throughout her military career in public affairs, she supported Army Senior Leadership as a spokesperson responding to the press on a variety of sensitive issues.
During the last half of her military career, Ms. Jaffe worked simultaneously as an Army Reservist and within private industry, where she has more than 30 years of experience in business ownership and management, public affairs, and information technology.
Ms. Jaffe holds a BA in English from the University of Florida (Gainesville) and a BS in Citrus Management from Florida Southern College (Lakeland). As part of her post graduate studies in business management, Ms. Jaffe completed certification training as an ORACLE Database Administrator as well as Masters level courses in Business at Central Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Women's Army Corps Officer Basic Course, Army Adjutant General Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the Army Command and General Staff College.
Ms. Jaffe is a member of Women in Defense (WID), Women in Technology (WIT), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Retired Military Officers Association (RMOA), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Renaissance Executive Forum and several women's and executive groups. She is also a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Executive Advisory Council and is on the Army Women's Foundation Planning Committee.
Mr. William Jaffe is a co-founder and the Executive Vice President/General Manager for TAPE. He is responsible for TAPE's aggressive, high-growth strategy, focusing on corporate development, including certifications (ISO 9001), M&A, IDIQ PMO, Mentor-Protégé (both as Protégé to a large integrator and as Mentor to a small fellow SDVOSB) and corporate proposal responsibilities. Mr. Jaffe's blog – FederalSmallBizSavvy.com – is a virtual dialogue with other rapidly-growing small and mid-tier Federal contractors. Readers of his blog will benefit from his proven experience and expertise in crafting small business growth strategies that are flexible, adaptable, practical, and successful. Mr. Jaffe also serves as President of the CEO Roundtable for the Mid-Tier Advocacy. This non-partisan organization is made up of the country's top veteran-owned, service disabled, hub-zone certified, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses and works towards the elimination of the competitive disadvantage facing mid-tier government support services companies.
Prior to TAPE, Mr. Jaffe had more than 25 years of consulting, management, and commercial executive-level industry experience, with more than 20 years in the Federal sector as a program and project manager, business developer, and senior division executive. The success of his visionary leadership since co-founding TAPE is due in large part to a unique concept of consulting and enterprise support that focuses the company's support services on performance management and the use of metrics to develop a performance-based management approach. Mr. Jaffe created a proprietary methodology to evaluate metrics - called the Behavior Based Performance Metrics Methodology (BBPMM™) - by incorporating lessons learned and best practices developed over his 30 years of experience with performance and project management, as well as acquisition support.
Mr. Jaffe's prior experience includes his tenure as Vice President of Corporate Development for an 8(a) certified small business, providing a focused array of IT professional services. During a two-year period, his leadership facilitated an accelerating growth of revenue from $3 million to $9 million annually, with a #1 rating on the Washington Technology Fast 50 list. Mr. Jaffe spearheaded the successful effort to establish ISO 9001 certification and facilitated the company's Mentor-Protégé agreement with EDS under the Army/DoD program. Prior to his tenure with this 8(a), Mr. Jaffe led the development of the systems engineering practice at another 8(a), where he facilitated the growth of the company from 8 employees when he joined, to a $60 million annual Federal IT consulting service provider before the company was sold. During his 10-year tenure, Mr. Jaffe coordinated and managed a software development and systems engineering practice that grew to a team of 150 professionals. Most notably, his leadership resulted in the company achieving CMM Level 3.
Mr. Jaffe also worked at CACI, as well as a major engineering staffing supplier, and in the commercial sector at Amtrak, where he was responsible for the accounting and cost management of a $2 billion Northeast Corridor track reconstruction program. He also worked at Marriott Corporation, where he was the Manager of the worldwide office automation program.
Mr. Jaffe holds an MBA with high distinction from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BS in International Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, with honors.
Dr. Lese joined TAPE in September 2010 as Senior Vice President/ Strategic Solutions. He has over 32 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Defense. As a Deputy Assistant Secretary, Program Analysis and Evaluation (now Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation), he was responsible for analyses of force structure and weapons systems decisions impacting $150 billion of the U.S. Defense Department budget. Dr. Lese also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Director, Land Forces Division, Program Analysis and Evaluation, where he was responsible for the allocation and integration of $85 billion in Army and Marine Corps programs.
Prior positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense include serving as a staff specialist in the Operational Test and Evaluation Division. Dr. Lese also served in SES positions as Scientific and Technical Advisor for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commander of HQ U.S. Central Command. His government career was complemented by university faculty positions at Georgetown, American University, and the University of Delaware.
An accomplished executive and industry leader, Dr. Lese also served as Vice President of Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology’s Simulation, Analysis, and Training Systems (SATS) operating unit. Under his leadership, the business steadily grew, had revenues of more than $300 million annually, and maintained an extensive pipeline of new business.
Dr. Lese earned a BS in mathematics from California University of Pennsylvania, an MS and a PhD in Mathematical Statistics and Computer Science from the University of Delaware. He attended the National War College and the Harvard University Senior Managers in Government Program, National and International Security, and Senior Officials in National Security.
Ms. McFarlane joined TAPE in April 2008 and is responsible for the company's financial functions, processes, and overall strategies. She also oversees all administrative departments, including Accounting, Contracts, and Human Resources. Prior to joining TAPE, Ms. McFarlane served as the Controller of Athena Innovative Solutions, a $115M government contractor acquired by CACI. She has also held positions as Vice President and Controller for a $500M division of L-3 Communications, a $200M division of APPTIS, and a $75M division of KEI Pearson. Ms. McFarlane has a proven track record of successfully implementing efficient financial systems and building accounting infrastructures throughout her career leading corporate finance functions. Her results-oriented approach has garnered substantial financial and performance benefits across a broad spectrum of corporate environments.
Ms. McFarlane holds an MBA from Marymount University. She also graduated with distinction while earning a BS in Accounting.
Mr. Fleck joined TAPE in December 2007 and is responsible for controlling and directing the day to day activities of 70 subject matter experts providing financial, training, and logistics support to TAPE's largest U.S. Army contract. Prior to joining the TAPE management team, Mr. Fleck spent over 18 years at CACI International as a Vice President and Division Manager supporting the Army's $10B annual operations and maintenance training accounts. He also successfully managed CACI's $150M participation in the Operations, Planning, Training and Resource Support Services (OPTARSS) contract, which he helped win while serving as the capture manager.
Mr. Fleck enjoyed a successful career in the Army, with experience covering the full spectrum of resource management and force development in both the active and reserve components from unit to installation to department levels. He supervised, budgeted, and programmed the $7B operations and maintenance accounts for which the Army Operations Directorate was the proponent. Mr. Fleck managed programs that supported the daily operations and training of all active forces; various special access programs; the introduction of new equipment and organizational structures into the active forces; programs for the Army training base; and accounts that bolstered the United States contribution to NATO and humanitarian assistance. He also had extensive field experience in field artillery and security operations.
Mr. Fleck holds an MBA from Golden Gate University (San Francisco) and a BA in History from St. Johns University (MN).