Bill Allen, President and Founder
As the president and founder of Cape Henry Associates (CHA), Bill Allen has been leading and managing this Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business since its inception in February 2004.
Bill began his professional career as an enlisted machinist mate in the U.S. Navy in 1980 and advanced quickly through the enlisted ranks. Commissioned as a Limited Duty Engineering Officer in 1990, Bill continued a very successful career, finishing his service as an Unrestricted Line Lieutenant Commander. During his service, Bill served on six surface ships, on the Propulsion Engineering Board, and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Education and Training. Bill completed a bachelor’s in Sociology in 1995 through Excelsior College and completed a master’s in International Relations through Troy University in 2002. This career path set the stage for the founding of CHA following his retirement.
The transition to civilian life in 2002 found Bill working in Washington, D.C. for a major defense contractor, an experience that would lead to the formation of CHA in 2004. CHA has strategically benefited from the breadth and depth of Bill’s technical and educational experience and has grown steadily over a 10+-year period. In 2015, CHA passed the $20M revenue mark and was recognized as one of Hampton Roads’ 20 fastest-growing companies.
Charles S. Arrants, Vice President
CDR USN (ret.).
Retiring from active duty in 1993 after a 20+-year career where he served on five ships and in multiple staff jobs, Charlie Arrants began his career in the civilian world working for several small defense firms before joining Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in 2006 and advancing to Vice President in 2009. In the U.S. Navy, his field of expertise centered on developing manpower requirements for ships and staffs, and he served as the Director of Surface Ship Manpower Requirements at the Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) his last five years of active duty. Charlie’s extensive experience in manpower is essential to CHA’s business lines.
John Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
John Jackson began at Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in 2014 as a Program Director, transitioned into the role of Chief Operating Officer in late 2015, and in 2017 took on the additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, John’s responsibilities include strategic and organizational planning, finance, and change management. During his 12 years in the U.S. Navy, he served as an Electrician’s Mate and Ship’s Diver aboard the USS Toledo (SSN-769), and then as a Nuclear Field A-School instructor. With a master’s degree in Business Administration and Technology Management, John brings a tremendous amount of skill and competence to the position. His prior non-military positions include COO at VSD, Senior Consultant at Marathon Consulting, and Project Manager at CACI.
Chuck Wythe, Chief Revenue Officer
Chuck Wythe serves as Cape Henry Associates’ Chief Revenue Officer with two decades of experience in the military and in senior executive roles. Before joining CHA, Chuck was a founding member of VSD and led that company through its startup phase, its first liquidity event, its rapid-growth phase (including major diversification), two acquisitions, and its first forays into international markets. Over a decade, he built an organization from a small, U.S.-only, niche business into a five-business line, multimarket, multidiscipline, 100-person operation with a product presence in 14 countries. As CHA’s CRO, Chuck is an organization builder and producer, and he commands a deep technical understanding of the subject matter areas as well as an intuitive understanding of how to get the most out of individuals and teams.
Curtis Sumner, Director of Operations
Curtis Sumner began at Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in 2016 as the Senior Program Manager of the NETC Program, and in 2017 he became CHA’s Director of Operations. Curtis’ main responsibilities include overseeing daily operations, strategic planning and management, managing contract technical and financial information, and supervising the activity of the Project Management Office. Curtis spent 21 years in the U.S. Navy, serving as a Senior Information System Technician on four ships and then as a department head at a training command in Norfolk, Va., in his final years of service. He retired from active duty in 2010, having amassed more than 15 years of military curriculum development experience and more than 10 years of business development experience. Before joining CHA, Curtis’ positions included C51 Subject Matter Expert and Senior Project Director of SPAWAR and NETC programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University.
Ed Myers, Quality Management Director
Ed Myers enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 and is a Service-Disabled Veteran. In addition to being Cape Henry Associates’ (CHA) Quality Management Director, Ed is a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and a member of the Tidewater ASQ Senior Leadership Council. During his tour in the U.S. Navy, Ed qualified as a nuclear-trained Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) on the USS Nimitz and USS California class ships. He served as a Command Master Chief (CMC) five times and was a two-time semifinalist for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) and a finalist for Fleet Master Chief Europe (FLTCM). Ed has a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Cambridge College and a Bachelor of Science in Interdenominational Studies from Excelsior College.
Jay McGovern, Project Management Office Director
With more than eight years of experience in providing superior project management for various entities including NAVSEA, SWOS, CSCS, NETC, and the U.S. Coast Guard for HSI projects, Jay McGovern works to improve Cape Henry Associates’ (CHA) marketing position and achieve financial growth. He works to define long-term organizational strategic goals, builds key customer relationships, identifies business opportunities, negotiates and closes business deals, and maintains extensive knowledge of current market conditions. Jay also helps manage existing clients and ensures they stay satisfied with the level of service they receive. In addition, Jay developed and implemented the PMO for CHA, developed reporting and monitoring tools to ensure projects are on track, and defined governance across projects to include the communications plan and change management. He also set project standards by creating a common set of practice, principles, and templates for project management and works with the quality assurance team to implement quality controls across CHA.
Rachel Allen, Chief Administrative Officer
A member of Cape Henry Associates since 2006, Rachel Allen brings a decade of understanding and experience to the team gained through time in numerous positions before becoming Chief Administrative Officer in 2015. As CAO, Rachel oversees contract administration, purchasing, travel, export compliance, and facilities security and interfaces with the accounting department and banking and insurance companies. Rachel holds a bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from Middle Tennessee State University.