He currently serves as the CEO of the Punaro Group, a Wahington, D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning, federal budget, market analysis, communications, crisis emergency management, government relations, and sensitive operations.
Prior to this role, Punaro spent 14 years at SAIC where he became an executive vice president. He began his career in the Marine Corps in 1968 and reached the rank of Major General during his 35 year career.
“When I was in Vietnam the Marines in my platoon were all draftees and put their lives on the line for our country 24/7, just as my father did in World War II and my son did in Iraq,” Punaro told GovCon Exec.
In addition to his roles at SAIC and the Marine Corps, Punaro led a Defense Business Board task force to reduce DoD overhead and was recently made chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association.
Punaro has been involved in a litany of defense roles in his career and he uses that expertise in his consulting role at the Punaro Group.
“What continues to impress me in industry is how leadership is always looking to be out in front of trends, particularly ones with a potentially negative impact on their business,” he said.
“Unlike government, business is more focused on making tough decisions based on these trends and then moving on,” he added.
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