About Cape Henry Associates

Founded in 2004, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in Manpower Analysis, Personnel Analysis, and Training (MPT) services.

Cape Henry Associates is a SeaPort-e prime contract vehicle holder and owns a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology, Lighthouse, for sole source contracting for MPT products and services. Veterans comprise 58% of our team. With an overall on-time delivery of 99.5% for required deliverables, we take pride in the reputation we have built as the go-to company for all things MPT.

Quality Policy

CHA is committed to business growth by:

  • Documenting our best business practices and pursuing continual improvements to our Quality Management System in order to better satisfy the requirements and expectations of our customers, employees, and interested parties
  • Maintaining a shared quality vision and focusing on involving applicable stakeholders in the management and delivery of quality products and services
  • Improving the overall efficiency and management of CHA

Fast Facts

  • Strategic locations allow for waterfront proximity
  • DCAA-approved accounting system
  • Veteran workforce-focused (58% of workforce is veteran; 37% are disabled vets)
  • DEKRA-certified ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System

Our Leadership

Bill Allen
Bill AllenPresident and Co-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
Charles S. ArrantsBoard Member
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
John JacksonChief 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
Chuck WytheChief Revenue Officer
Chief Revenue Officer Chuck Wythe has led the growth strategy, marketing, and R&D efforts for Cape Henry Associates Since 2015. Chuck is a member of the company’s executive steering committee, leads M&A activities and is a principal investigator for R&D efforts involving machine learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality. With three decades of experience in the military and in senior executive roles, Chuck has extensive technical experience in manpower analysis, training content development, artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, training devices, simulation, performance improvement, and organizational development. Since starting his first company in 2001, Chuck has led his teams and companies to multiple awards including the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Commander’s Award and the MS&T Outstanding Innovative Product Award, and three times at two companies has made the Virginia’s Fantastic 50, recognizing the 50 fastest growing companies in the Commonwealth.
Curtis Sumner
Curtis SumnerChief Operations Officer
Curtis Sumner joined Cape Henry Associates in 2016 and has served in the roles of Sr. Program Manager, Director of Operations and most recently serving in the position of Chief Operations Officer.
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 20 years of military curriculum development experience and more than 12 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.
Rachel Allen
Rachel AllenChief 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 human resources, 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.
Ed Myers
Ed MyersCompliance 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) Compliance Director, Ed is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), 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
Jay McGovernProject 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.
Jackson Wages
Jackson WagesInformation Technology Director
Jackson Wages joined Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in 2008 as Information Technology (IT) Manager, before assuming the role of Information Technology Director. Jackson started his technology career working as evening director for WJHG-TV in Panama City, Fla. He also earned his pilot’s license and was a flight instructor for seven years.
As the IT Director, Jackson installs and configures our network equipment, conducts routine maintenance on servers, assists in web development projects, sets up our user accounts and computers, and provides our employees with desktop support. Jackson was vital to keeping CHA on the road to success by providing all employees the ability to work from home when the government instituted a shelter-in-place order during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jackson set up the remote configuration quickly and efficiently so CHA could remain open for business and continue to provide our customers with outstanding products on schedule.

Some of our clients include

NSWC Carderock Division, PMS 312, PMS 317, PMS 325, PMS 326, PMS 339, PMS 377 and PMS 378

Some of our partners include