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Summit Contract Management

We’re here to help you succeed.

Our small, dedicated team is passionate about what we do: helping small businesses, inventors, and entrepreneurs secure and manage government funding.

We’ve worked with clients whose innovations can quite literally change the world. For us, the excitement comes when we help someone secure the funding needed to take their work to the next level.

If that’s you, have us be your guide. We’d love to discuss what it is you do and review the procurement process with you. Click the button below to schedule a free consultation with us!

Experience matters.

Our team has been helping startups and entrepreneurs for more than three decades. But, that doesn’t mean our knowledge is out-of-date. We’re constantly learning and keeping ourselves at the cutting-edge of grant and contract procurement, management, and compliance.

If you’re looking for a team to help you manage your contracts and proposals, we’re ready to help. Contact us for a free consultation.

Our certifications include:

Woman-Owned Small Business

AZ Unified Cert. Program Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Member, National Defense Industrial Association

City of Tucson certified Small Business Enterprise

Meet our team.

Click on the photos below to learn more about each member of the Summit team.

Sandy DiCosola

Owner & Executive Consultant

Ralph Hershberger

Senior Technical Writer & Advisor

Wayne Symington

Government Accounting Affiliate

Leon Radziemski, Ph.D.

Senior Technical Proposal Advisor

James Vickers

Executive Consultant

Kevin Bertram

Editor & Content Consultant

35+ Years In Government Contracting

BS, Finance (Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL)

Member, National Contract Management Association

Sandy DiCosola

Owner & Executive Consultant

Sandra “Sandy” DiCosola has helped both large and small businesses succeed at each stage of the government contracting lifecycle for more than 35 years.

She spent her first 15 years working in estimating, pricing and contracts management for government contractors such as Williams International, Northrop Corporation, Defense Systems Division, and ADA Technologies, Inc. Since 1997, Sandy has specialized in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and has worked on more than 100 proposal projects.

She has assisted well over 100 technology companies with every stage of government contracting and grants management, with awards ranging from $100,000 to several million. Sandy has also helped numerous businesses to obtain and manage GSA Schedule Contracts.

Ms. DiCosola holds a finance degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.  She is a long-time member of the National Contract Management Association and past President of the Tucson, Saguaro Chapter.

X+ Years In Government Contracting

BS, Metallurgy & Materials Science (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA)

MBA (The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA)

Former President, SCORE

Former Reviewer, NSF

Ralph Hershberger

Senior Technical Writer & Advisor

Ralph H. Hershberger is President of Madera Associates LLC, a consulting firm that works with startup, technology-oriented businesses to align their business development, finances, and operations. He has held senior management positions in three startups and has been a member of the Summit team since 2012.

Prior to founding Madera Associates, he was COO/CFO of The Nielsen Wurster Group (NWG) of Princeton NJ, an engineering consulting firm that provided dispute resolution, risk management, and management consulting services to the global construction industry. NWG was acquired by Marsh Consulting.

He has significant experience working with state and federal startup funding programs. In addition to writing dozens of client proposals, he served for 12 years as an SBIR/STTR proposal reviewer for the NSF. During that time, he reviewed hundreds of submissions and was one of ten reviewers selected by NSF to develop their I-Corps program. He also has advised the Office of Naval Research on improving their in-house proposal review process. He has also served as an expert witness in commercial damage litigation involving advanced material processes.

Most recently, he was the Mentor-in-Residence at the Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. At AzCI, he stressed to clients the importance of business plan implementation and frequent customer interaction.

He is the past president of the Southern Arizona chapter of SCORE, a national volunteer organization that provides mentoring to small businesses and startups.

Mr. Hershberger holds a B.S. in Metallurgy & Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

30+ Years In Tax & Accounting

MA, Accounting (Walsh College, Troy, MI)

Member, Arizona Society of CPAs

Member, National Society of Accountants

Wayne Symington, CPA

Government Accounting Affiliate

Wayne Symington has been providing government consulting systems setup and oversight—as well as DCAA audit assistance—since 2005. He has helped numerous small businesses prepare for and pass DCAA pre-award audits. This also includes preparation of provisional billing rates. 

Wayne is knowledgeable about the Wide Area Work Flow system and assists clients monthly with government vouchers/invoices submissions. He also assists with government grant payments and specializes in the SBIR and STTR programs. 

Wayne provides government proposal pricing support on all types of contract actions, including fixed priced, time & materials, and complex cost type contracts. He understands that a solid, well-supported budget leads to a successful negotiation outcome. He helps ensure that Incurred Cost Proposals (ICE) and contract closeouts are prepared accurately and on a timely basis. He has a good working relationship with DCAA auditors and DCMA administrators.

Wayne has been a tax and consulting practitioner since 1989. He holds an MA in Accounting from Walsh College in Michigan. He is a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs and the National Society of Accountants.

X+ Years In Government Contracting

BS, Physics (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA)

Ph.D. Physics (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN)

President, Piezo Energy Technologies, LLC

Leon Radziemski, Ph.D.

Senior Technical Proposal Reviewer and Executive Consultant

Dr. Radziemski is also President of Piezo Energy Technologies, LLC. He spent 16 years as Staff Physicist and Project Manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory and 12 years at Washington State University, where he interfaced with the high-technology materials, computer science, and biotechnology communities.

Dr. Radziemski has had considerable experience writing successful R&D proposals to the DOE, the NSF, and NIH. He reviewed proposals for four years at the Research Corporation, a foundation for the advancement of science.

40+ Years In Contracting & Acquisitions

James Vickers

Executive Consultant

James is currently an Executive Consultant for Summit Contract Management in Tucson, AZ. He has over 40 years experience in acquisitions and contracting, including major acquisitions, contract claims, international contracting, contracting processes, and Value Engineering.

He recently retired from Raytheon Missile Systems, where he served as Director of Contracts for Advance Security and Directed Energy System Product Lines for Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona.

Prior to this position, he led the Export Licensing group and spent 13 years on the AMRAAM program. He led RMS Value Engineering efforts, as well as contract compliance efforts—including new initiatives. He is a frequent speaker on Value Engineering and Shared Savings, and Government contracting regulations initiatives and other acquisition issues.

Experienced editor and content consultant

BS, Journalism (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ)

MA, History (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ)

Kevin Bertram

Editor & Content Consultant

Kevin Bertram is a content writer, editor, and strategist living in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kevin has served as Summit’s Red Team Review specialist for more than five years, and has edited multiple proposals for NSF, NIH, DoD, and other state and federal agencies. Through his review, he ensures that client proposals are not only thoroughly edited, but that submissions adhere to instructions—literally down to the letter!

In addition to serving as Summit’s Editor and Content Consultant, Kevin serves as a Marketing Content Specialist at Freeport McMoRan. Previously, he held similar content positions at a marketing agency and at Northern Arizona University. As a freelancer, he also designs and writes content for websites; creates a wide variety of content; and serves as a content consultant.