Our Leadership Team
Our leadership team includes business leaders and technology visionaries who have proven track records spanning decades in a variety of business arenas and environments.
Girish K. Jindia | President and CEO
Girish launched Aveshka in April 2010 with a visionary spirit and a mission to support the safety and protection of the homeland by providing the full cycle of services surrounding national security and infrastructure protection. Parlaying four decades of executive experience, a unique ability to manage volatile business cycles and a deep network of relationships with outstanding personnel, Girish has guided the firm to earn a strong reputation and appropriately scale from a small business to compete and thrive in an unrestricted business environment. His leadership is driven by a genuine and deep-rooted desire to propel significant organic growth – for his clients, for his team and for the business. He is well-known as the person who willingly takes on the challenges and issues to provide growth opportunities for all. While adroit at anticipating and adapting to industry trends, Girish’s commitment to providing paramount value and quality to Aveshka’s clients remains constant. Girish leads the firm with an unwavering focus on honoring the trust his clients and team have placed in him.
Prior to founding Aveshka, Girish co-founded two government professional services firms. At Advanced Technology, Inc., Girish helped manage the company’s growth from start-up to over $150M in revenues over 12 years supporting President Reagan’s 600 ship initiatives. At Integic Corporation, a provider of technology-based healthcare IT and records management, Girish’s strategic planning led to revenues over $150M annually in partnership with the Xerox Corporation.
Andrew Weis | Senior Vice President
Andy leads our Civilian Business Unit. His high energy level and close attention to detail might seem antithetical, but the unusual combination serves him well as he manages the unit’s operations and business development. While he employs his talents to overseeing a variety of day-to-day activities, he also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for Aveshka’s clients when the need arises. Passionate about securing the homeland, Andy switched his focus mid-career from law to consulting after 20+ years as a law firm attorney and senior Congressional staffer.
Prior to becoming a government consultant more than seven years ago, Andy played a lead or major role in writing many of the nation’s homeland security laws. His distinguished career includes service as Minority General Counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he oversaw and coordinated the development of legislation on numerous topics, including emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, countering weapons of mass destruction, border and transportation security, and cybersecurity. Before that, Andy served as Senior Counsel for the House Committee on Homeland Security and as Majority Staff Director for the former Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology. Prior to helping establish the House Select Committee on Homeland Security after 9/11, Andy worked at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, and Sidley Austin, LLP.
Bob Martin | Senior Vice President
It’s not surprising that Bob Martin leads Aveshka’s strategic development initiatives and drives the firm’s go-to-market strategies. Having grown up playing sports, Bob still enjoys the thrill of competition. Indeed, clients find that his competitive thinking, decisiveness and ability to act as a genuine partner enable them to swiftly and definitively achieve their objectives.
Bob draws upon 35 years of industry experience across a broad range of business operations in the federal and commercial markets. He spent 20 years managing contracts and pricing operations for several firms, then went on to offer his general management and strategic planning skills to firms ranging in size from start-ups to major systems integrators. His expertise in capture management, as well as his successful program development of complex global systems brings a multi-faceted and comprehensive perspective to Aveshka that his peers and clients alike find invaluable.
Debra Durham | Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Debra drives the strategic initiatives that promote Aveshka’s growth, operational goals and ongoing evolution. She turns strategic vision into action and enables innovation by creating experiences that initiate the transformation of people, systems and ultimately the organization. Debra is respected as a strong, highly motivational leader who inspires her teams to optimize their performance and maximize successful outcomes for clients. In an arena where challenge and obstacles are the norm, everyone gravitates towards Debra, confident that her enthusiastic pursuit of the win-win solution will enable them to enjoy the process as well as the result.
Debra brings over 30 years of government and industry leadership in defense and homeland security environments. She began a 20-year U.S. Navy civilian career developing applied engineering skills that included the design and integration of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) technologies and insertion programs, established the prioritization criteria for the Naval Sea Basing and Sea Strike Science and Technology program and successfully developed and implemented Technical Authority for U.S. Naval Combat Systems. Debra also served as Senior Executive Service with the Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as Group Director for Acquisition and Operational Analysis, and has held appointments as the Science and Technology Component Acquisition Executive, Executive Agent for the DHS Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, DHS Standards Executive, and the Executive of the Transportation Security Laboratory. She currently serves as a distinguished senior fellow with the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University and as a member of the Post-Disaster Assessment and Advisory Team. She cites her most rewarding efforts are those that support advancement programs for women in STEM.
Paul Burkard | Senior Vice President and CFO
While the list of Paul’s day-to-day responsibilities runs the gamut, ultimately, he ensures the financial health, long-term viability and continual growth of Aveshka. Bringing agile processes to scaling finance, accounting and IT operations, Paul regards the most complex financial issues as challenges that compel him to do his best work. Thankfully, his role as the lead for Aveshka’s financial and contractual activities ensures he is never without a challenge. Paul works with the philosophy that while the numbers are the numbers, it’s beneficial, even imperative, for everyone involved to understand the how and why behind them. His long-standing integrity and thoroughness enable clients – both internal and external – to feel 100% confident in his assessments and guidance.
As a certified public accountant (CPA) with over 34 years’ experience, predominantly with entrepreneurial government contracting technology firms, Paul offers a comprehensive perspective on the full financial lifecycle of a firm, from start-up operations to the execution of a sale. Prior to joining Aveshka, Paul was a finance and accounting executive for two privately held, high-growth, government contractors.
Aaron Staley | Senior Vice President, Human Capital
To say Aaron is enthusiastic about his work is an understatement. Officially, his role is to build the Aveshka team with the best and brightest talent and inspire the group to collaborate and work as a unified team with a shared purpose and vision. Unofficially, Aaron’s energy and genuine love for what he does make him a person both clients and team members just love to be around. Aaron possesses an innate understanding of the business and an appreciation for people, which he brings to the table every day. While his daily responsibilities are as diverse and varied as the people, ultimately his goal is to ensure each team member is engaged, motivated and valued. Because Aveshka is an employee-owned organization, developing an empowered, forward-thinking team drives success and directly impacts the firm’s organic growth. Not to mention that having a building filled with people who love what they do makes for a positive, enjoyable workspace.
Prior to joining Aveshka, Aaron spent nearly a decade serving in both consultant and staff capacities for high-growth entrepreneurial companies and large integrators. He has managed operations, conducted high-level recruiting/executive searches and directed diverse teams of internal and contract staff. He has led geographically dispersed teams of staff within the Intelligence Community and and supported Homeland Security background investigations, where his role included recruitment, resource management and quality control oversight.
Victor Meer | General Counsel
Victor has the uncommon ability to spend hours upon hours reviewing legal documents, promoting compliance, monitoring regulatory developments, and nimbly negotiating contracts. Bringing 17 years of experience developing compliant and scalable operations, Victor is continually driven to find new ways to empower business within the confines of ethical, legal, regulatory, and contractual obligations. Clients appreciate his responsiveness, willingness to explore unchartered options and commitment to acting as a true partner. Victor’s pragmatic, methodical approach and meticulous attention to detail enable clients to focus on what they do best while feeling complete confidence that they are in quite possibly the most capable hands in the business.
Prior to joining Aveshka, Victor served in multiple esteemed roles, including as compliance counsel for a major federal systems integrator, associate general counsel for a privately held government contractor, and transactional attorney for several technology companies. He sold innovative cloud and Agile development services to the federal government, licensed enterprise software to Fortune 100 companies, and performed legal due diligence as an acquirer and as a target in support of multiple corporate acquisitions.