Leadership

John Richardson, CEO

John Richardson joined Obera LLC in 2013 and serves as the CEO. With over three decades of leadership experience in technology services and US Government fields, John leverages his deep understanding of the global  environment to accelerate performance, drive strategic business decisions, and effectively manage operational growth.

Prior to Obera, John held a number of executive leadership roles, including VP Technical Services at Inmarsat Government, a recognized leader in providing secure, global IP communication solutions to the public and private sectors. He also served as the Industrial Sales Manager with Siemens Energy & Automation. Additionally, John is a United States Marine Corps Veteran.

Keith Dotts, Vice President

Keith Dotts joined Obera LLC in 2018 and serves as the Vice President. He specializes in corporate strategy, executive management, risk analysis, and operations. Mr. Dotts leverages his 30+ years’ leadership & experience advising and directly supporting US. Government Agencies and commercial organizations.

Prior to joining Obera LLC, Keith served as Chief Strategy Officer of Dotts Consultancy LLC. Before Dotts Consultancy, Keith served in various leadership roles for PAE in Africa supporting the US. Department of State in vast efforts of peacekeeping & capacity building operations, where he excelled in several high-profile program management roles for global corporations as well as the US government. Keith started his career in the U.S. Army serving in various leadership & command positions for more than 25 years.

Keith holds multiple master’s degrees in strategic leadership & advanced military studies from the Mountain State University, West Virginia & the US. Command & General Staff College, Kansas. Today he serves as a trusted board advisor for several small businesses in his community.

Keith has also made significant contributions to charitable causes on the national level, specifically through his involvement and support to Veterans and Citizen Services, Health, Human services, and the Environment.

Board of Advisors

John L. Wilkinson BG (Ret)

John L. Wilkinson is a retired Air Force Brigadier General and also retired from the Senior Executive Service as an SES-5 at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Between March 2015 and July, 2017 he worked as the IDIQ Manager for Remote Medical International, overseeing the USAID HIV Rapid Test Kit procurement and logistics project budgeted at $30 million per year.  Prior to this (November 2012 to June 2014) he served as the Executive Vice President of Onsite Occupational Health and Safety, the largest private sector medical services provider in Afghanistan, providing services to over 100,000 contractors working for nine U.S. Government contractor companies; he also served on Onsite’s Board of Advisors.

As Executive Vice President he oversaw the company’s operations ($32 million in annual revenue), both domestic and international, as well as Onsite’s outreach and business development efforts with the international oil and gas industry.  In addition, he contributed to proposals and was the senior reviewer on proposal Red Teams. He is also the founder and President of AccessUS LLC, a consulting company that assists U.S. and foreign companies in accessing and developing new markets, sources of finance, and in teaming with established market leaders.

Stephen E. Ockenden Ph.D

Steve is founder and president of MAPP Associates, a 12-person consulting firm. He specializes in corporate strategy, national security policy analysis, political risk analysis, corporate citizenship, and capture and proposal management. He has been a consultant to companies in multiple industries including aerospace, construction management, cyber security, food services, and logistics. He served for two years on an advisory panel for the Global Consulting Practicum at the Wharton School of Business and has lectured at multiple universities.

His professional background includes four years in military intelligence; seven years as a senior staff member in the U.S. Senate, including two years as a senior manager on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; ten years in business development and operations at GE Aerospace (now Lockheed Martin); and seven years in business development and program management at Technology Management Company, where he served as Deputy General Manager and ultimately as Vice President and Director, Corporate Development.

Over the course of his career, he has worked with the intelligence community, the military services, five combatant commands, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of State, the Department of Energy, the Centers for Disease Control, NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and various other federal and state agencies.

He holds a Ph.D. in international relations and national security policy from the University of Minnesota. His continuing education includes work at the Konrad Adenuer Stiftung (Bonn), the Van Leer Institute (Tel Aviv), the U.S. Army War College, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, GE’s Management Development Institute, and Georgetown and Villanova Universities as well as multiple training programs on capture, proposal, and project management.