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Kay H. Olive, Olive Strategies, LLC

Kay H. Olive
Olive Strategies, LLC, Principal
Washington
Homeland Security Roundtable, Director

Kay brought years of business ownership, consulting and strategic development experience to the development of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable. Through developing WHSR as a liaison between DHS and industry, she built strong relationships in both arenas. These relationships enabled WHSR to coordinate the kickoff for both SBInet and the Office of Global Maritime Situation Awareness/MDA. As a result, she founded The Olive Group, which has recently expanded to become Olive Strategies, to help corporations identify both strategic and tactical opportunities in the homeland security and defense arenas, develop necessary critical relationships in the USG, and provide guidance in both market and opportunity development. Leveraging these relationships, Kay served as a consultant on the winning team for one of DHS’ largest and most comprehensive procurements, the Secure Border Initiative Technology component, SBInet, and worked with the PMO and USG customer in execution of the program for an extended period.

Additionally, she consulted with the winning team for the DHS Secondary Data Center project. Kay participated in a non-profit quarterly working group with Secretary Chertoff and senior NAC leadership at DHS. She has been selected by DHS to be an Official Observer for both TOPOFF3 and TOPOFF4, the DHS biannual exercise for comprehensive national preparedness. Kay’s client list includes The Boeing Company, Ball Aerospace, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lockheed Martin, DRS Technologies, GreenLine Systems, Vista Research, TTi Technologies, Visual Defence, and a joint project with Siemens. She holds a TS SCI security clearance. Kay currently is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Homeland Security Task Force, the Border Trade Alliance, BENS, and Women in Government Relations. She serves as a board member for the Border Trade Alliance.

As a business consultant in the areas of Corporate strategic planning, executive development, and design and implementation of Total Quality Management, Process Improvement and related programs, she worked with a variety of companies, including Wal-Mart Corporate Headquarters, based in Bentonville, AR, Allied Domecq/Hiram Walker, based in Great Britain, as well as e.i. DuPont, Chubb Life, Whirlpool, and various financial and health care institutions. Kay founded and managed Progeny Partners, Inc., a firm that provided financing on a national scale for patients of infertility treatments, partnering with MBNA and Bank of America.

Kay has served as an elected member of a City Board of Directors, an appointed Commissioner for a municipal Housing Authority, and an appointed Trustee for a military BRAC Board. She has served on Chamber of Commerce Boards of Directors and various community boards. Kay has founded and operated 6 businesses, the first at the age of 19. She holds a BS in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of numerous executive training programs and executive MBA courses.

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