Lourdes (“Lou”) P. Elias has over twenty (24) years experience in negotiation, administration and pricing of federal domestic and international contracts.  Ms. Elias is the Vice President of Contracts and Pricing for Defense Group Inc. (DGI), a veteran-owned small business advancing public safety and national security through innovative research, technology applications, systems assessments, logistics support, WMD defense products such as the CoBRA® suite, and international operations.  Prior to working at DGI, Ms. Elias was the Director of Contracts for HJ Ford, a Hispanic owned small business that provided systems engineering and logistic engineering support to the Government.  At HJ Ford, Ms. Elias was involved in the establishment of quality procedures which led to its certification as ISO 9001-2000 approved.  HJ Ford was also involved in DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program and by mentoring another Veteran-Owned Small Disadvantaged Business it was the recipient of a Nunn-Perry Award.  Prior to working at HJ Ford, Ms. Elias’ work experience includes Contracts Management at CACI, Inc. and Booz, Allen & Hamilton where she worked on domestic federal contracts as well as international contracts including the Royal Saudi Navy and Air Force, the Egyptian Army, Russian business privitization, U.K., France, Belgium, China, Thailand, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela.