William “Bill” Skipper, Jr. President and CEO

From the modest beginnings of two clients in 1998, Bill Skipper built American Business Development Group (ABDG) into an internationally respected, full-spectrum business development consulting firm, now representing a diverse list of approximately fifty prominent U.S. and international businesses. Coming from a strong background in national defense, Mr. Skipper has won acclaim by helping clients succeed in meeting business objectives in national security, contingency planning, emergency response and sustainment of the defense industrial base. He has focused his efforts on building a team of consultants and subject matter experts who consistently deliver results by identifying opportunities and obtaining the needed resources for the firm’s clients.

Working extensively on national defense issues with Congressional Committees and senior Federal officials, Mr. Skipper has earned a reputation for ABDG as the leading defense-oriented firm in Washington. He has played a critical role in bringing new technologies to the modern warfighter and has testified before Congress on issues related to the Department of Defense and Armed Forces. In addition to representing numerous Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Skipper represents the preeminent small arms consortium in the defense market, composed of the ten leading U.S. manufacturers of individual weapons for the Armed Forces. Today, Mr. Skipper supports the business development goals of large corporations, medium sized businesses and organizations and innovative, high-tech solution-providers.

As the firm has grown in size, scope, and expertise, Mr. Skipper has been alert to new opportunities. Not content to remain only a consulting firm, Mr. Skipper has acquired several companies in order to better provide innovative technology to the Armed Forces; as an example, in the area of military battery systems. A key innovation Mr. Skipper has helped bring to the military is near pure fleeting of the Army and Marine Corps of the most advanced vehicle battery in the world, combined with state of the art chargers that use pulse wave technology. This system saves the government millions of dollars annually.

To better support clients, Mr. Skipper pioneered the use of the Federal Market Assessment (FMA), which is designed to give company decision makers a comprehensive look at the Defense market. With a FMA, decision makers have the information needed to decide whether to compete in the highly competitive Defense market place.

Mr. Skipper volunteers his time as Chairman of the True Champions Foundation, which aids wounded soldiers and their families financially during the recovery process. To date, this organization has contributed thousands of dollars to members of our Armed Forces. He also donates his firm’s services to the South Carolina National Guard Association in support of benefits and allowances for Guard members. Mr. Skipper founded the Kappa Alpha Order E. Fleming Mason Intern Program where undergraduates of his fraternity, KA, are selected from across the country to intern in Washington, D.C., during summer semesters. Mr. Skipper designed this program so that housing and airfare, as well as job placement, are all handled through the program and are provided at no cost to the student. Mr. Skipper is also a Board member for Kappa Alpha at the National level.

Mr. Skipper is a retired Army National Guardsman. He earned a B.S. in International Relations from the University of South Carolina. He is extremely proud of his wife of 22 years, Elena, and their three children, whom they raise in Oakton, Virginia.

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