Lani Hay's Biography

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BUSINESS

Lani Hay is the Founder, President and CEO of Lanmark Technology (LMT) Inc.   Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, LMT is a Woman-owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-owned, Small Disadvantaged Business providing innovative mission support consulting solutions aligned with our national security interests for government and commercial clients worldwide in the areas of: Intelligence-Biometrics Enabled Intelligence/Weapons Technical Intelligence/Cyber Space/Network Operations; Asymmetric Warfare-Counter IED/Homeland Defense; and Electronic Warfare. LMT ensures that people are safe and assets are protected allowing continuity of operations and mission completion. 

With over a decade of experience in the areas of military intelligence and business management, Ms. Hay has grown LMT from a one-woman consulting firm to a highly regarded, employee oriented, multi-million dollar enterprise providing services and systems strengthening the Federal Government.  Under Ms. Hay’s leadership, LMT has rapidly become a recognized name that federal agencies and industry leaders have grown to trust to deliver cost effective solutions through sound business practices.

LMT’s non-fiction production division, WarFront REAL Productions, focuses on the development of to the production on ambitious groundbreaking factually inspired television shows and documentaries, specifically relating to the United States military.  In 2002, WarFront launched with its first solo television series with Tony and Ridley Scott called “American Fighter Pilot” which aired on CBS.  Current projects in development are “Frogwomen” and season two of “American Fighter Pilot”.  Additionally, Ms. Hay expanded upon her entrepreneurial passion by launching Blak Lava, LLC, a small business innovative research technology solutions provider, and One Voice Solutions, LLC, a small business innovative research e-democracy solutions developer. 

MILITARY

Prior to forming LMT, Ms. Hay honorably served the United States as a Naval Intelligence Officer and a Naval Aviation Observer.  As an Air Intelligence Officer (AIO) for a Patrol Reconnaissance Squadron in Kaneohe, HI, she analyzed, assembled and disseminated intelligence information for squadron aircrews and carrier air groups by providing operational assessments and briefings on time critical subjects.  Ms. Hay spearheaded, researched, and evaluated new exploitation techniques providing advanced development support for state-of-the-art prototype reconnaissance equipment.  As a non-rated aircrew member who earned her Naval Aviation Observer Wings, Ms. Hay has over 200 hours of special flight time supporting sensitive reconnaissance missions on board the U.S. Navy's P-3 Orion.  During her military career, she was an acknowledged expert on patrol reconnaissance operations and overhead collection assets. She was also a recognized tactical intelligence expert in European, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern military operations.  Ms. Hay provided in-theatre operational and tactical support of Operation Desert Fox and Operation Southern Watch.  She also provided direct support of operational and tactical units during Operation Noble Anvil, the American Component of Operation Allied Force (the Kosovo War).  Ms. Hay concluded her operational tour as an AIO in support of several reconnaissance missions in the Asian/Pacific Region.  Additionally, Ms. Hay served as a Force Protection/Anti-terrorism Officer, Top Secret Control Officer, Security Manager, Foreign Attaché Liaison Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations, and as the Deputy Director for Training Development at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Damneck, Virginia.  As a Navy Lieutenant, Ms. Hay was released from active duty in 2002, served three years as a member of the Individual Ready Reserves, and was honorably discharged in 2005.

EDUCATION

Ms. Lani Hay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary's Mason School of Business, and a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University.  Ms. Hay has also completed continuing education courses at Hawaii Pacific University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She is a graduate of LEAD VIRGINIA’s class of 2011 and the University of Virginia Sorensen Institute’s 2012 Political Leaders Program.

CITIZENSHIP & ASSOCIATIONS

  • Business Executives for National Security (BENS)-DC Leadership Committee
  • Committee of 200 (C200)
  • Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP)
  • National Association for Woman Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Night Stalker Association (NSA)-Lifetime Member
  • One Voice Hawaii, (OVH)-Co-founder
  • Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
  • Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)-Platinum Group
  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO)-Day Chaired three events on a scale of 1-10 scoring: 9.92-US Army Special Operations Command “Capabilities Exercise”, 9.93-Extreme Navy SEAL Adventure, 9.90-The Personal Side of Public Service with Senator Mark Warner, and The Leadocracy Challenge. YPO-WPO Women's International Network (WIN) Regional Co-Chair.  

PHILANTHROPY

4 Paws for Ability

Academy Women

AIDS Lifecycle

American Cancer Society

American Legion

C200 Foundation

Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease at the Children's National Medical Center

Child Help

Children Uniting Nations

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE)

Deaf Hope

Dress for Success

EMILY’s List

Fight for Children

Girl Scouts

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

KidSave

Kidz N Grief

Knock Out Abuse

Meridian International Center

National Brain Tumor Society & Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

National Guard Youth Foundation

National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund

Navy SEAL Foundation

New Futures

Osbourn High School Robotics Team

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Real World Six

Rock the Vote

Save the Children

See Jane

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Team Racing for Veterans (Team R4V)

The Creative Coalition (TCC)

USASOC Soldier, Family & Command Support Association

USO’s Fund for Wounded Warriors

Veterans for National Security Foundation (VNSF)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Washington Mystics Foundation

Wolf Trap Foundation

Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Women's Campaign Forum

Youth Run4Fun

YouthAIDS

keynote addresses, lectures, briefings, and panel DISCUSSIONS

  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2013
  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business guest lecturer “Military Veteran Turned Entrepreneur-a Belief in the American Dream”, April 2013
  • Women Veteran Interactive Women Veterans & Women in the Military Empowerment and Unification Celebration Keynote Address  “Military Veteran Turned Entrepreneur-a Belief in the American Dream”, November 2012
  • Working Wounded Games Introductory remarks, November 2012
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management guest lecturer “Military Veteran Turned Entrepreneur-a Belief in the American Dream”, October 2012
  • LEAD VIRGINIA panel discussion on the impact of Federal Government Contracting in the Northern Virginia region, July 2012
  • The University of Virginia Sorensen Institute’s College Leaders Program US Capitol guest lecturer “Continuing Public Service as an Entrepreneur”, June 2012
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards Keynote Address “Military Veteran Turned Entrepreneur-a Belief in the American Dream, May 2012
  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2012
  • With co-hosts The Creative Coalition and ELLE Magazine, a dinner celebrating women in media, honoring Norah O’Donnell, CBS’s Chief White House Correspondent, and Alex Wagner, host of NOW with Alex Wagner on MSNBC, April 2012
  • Global Women’s Innovation Network (GlobalWIN) panel discussion entitled “Women’s Voices in the 21st Century” with  Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Library of Congress, March 2012
  • White House briefing to address issues affecting the AAPI community with the Executive Office of the President Co-chair, Chris Lu-co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Michael Strautmanis-Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to the Senior Advisor Valerie Jarret, cabinet level officials, and other notable AAPI business and community leaders, February 2012
  • With co-hosts The Creative Coalition and ELLE Magazine, a Sundance Film Festival dinner honoring Inspirational Women in Film with a special screening of the observational documentary “Frogwomen”, January 2012
  • White House Roundtable discussion to address poverty, the widening wealth gap and high unemployment rates with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, and other notable business and community leaders, October 2011
  • Joint Meeting of Congress for Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak on U.S.-Korea ties and the South Korea Free Trade Agreement, October 2011 
  • Fortune’s “Notebook Mentoring” with notable Fortune 500 female executives and high school military daughters selected by Camp Pendleton, October 2011 
  • Comic-Con “Captain America Military Salute Program” in partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation honoring iconic graphic novelist Stan Lee’s service as an Army Illustrator during World War II and lifelong contribution to the military, with a special screening of the Public Service Announcement, starring Chris Evans, supporting the Navy SEAL Foundation, July 2011
  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2011
  • U.S. Department of State and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Sixth International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership Program and briefing "Board Composition: The Role of Women on Boards Today”, May 2011
  • With co-hosts Blue Star Families, the Department of Veteran Affairs, The Creative Coalition, and ELLE Magazine, a dinner premiering two Public Service Announcements supporting military service members and their families raising the awareness for crisis and suicide prevention among our military community.  The Premiere was attended by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, and other high ranking military personnel, members of Congress and the Administration, April 2011 
  • White House Minority Women Business Leader Roundtable discussion with the White House Business Council and Valerie Jarrett-Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama & Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Tina Tchen-Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement & Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Donna James-Chair of the National Women’s Business Council, Alejandra Castillo-Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce’s MBDA, and Marie Johns-SBA’s Deputy Administrator, April 2011. 
  • The College of William & Mary 2011 Distinguished Speakers Series guest lecturer “Continuing Public Service as an Entrepreneur”, April 2011 
  • U.S. Department of State Chief of Protocol briefing and 2011 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony on the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, April 2011
  • With co-host Rock the Vote, a Sundance Film Festival special screening of “To Hell and Back Again” including a Q&A panel session with director Danfung Dennis, January 2011
  • With co-host Chris Matthews, members of Congress and the Administration, a special screening of Casino Jack including a Q&A panel session with the cast members, November 2010
  • U.S. Department of State “Women of the Diplomatic Corps Connecting with Women in Business, Diplomacy in the 21st Century”, October 2010
  • Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Procurement Academy "Successful Strategies in Government Contracting" Panel Discussion, September 2010 
  • White House briefing on the economic and job impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with Vice-President Joe Biden and Council of Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer, July 2010
  • With co-host Chief of Staff of The United States Army, General George Casey, members of Congress and the Administration, a special screening of The Dry Land including a Q&A panel session with cast members, May 2010 
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit on Job Creation panel discussion hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Congressmen John B. Larson, and Michael Honda, May 2010 
  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2010
  • U.S. Department of State and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Fifth International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership Program, April 2010
  • Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship highlighting the role entrepreneurship can play in addressing common challenges while building partnerships that will lead to greater opportunity abroad and at home, April 2010 
  • House of Representative meeting with Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, discussing small business participation at the Department of Homeland Security, April 2010 
  • Department of the Treasury and Small Business Administration Small Business Financing Forum “ Voices of Small Business” Panel Discussion with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and SBA Administrator Karen Mills, November 2009
  • White House briefing with Vice President Joe Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, MD Governor Martin O'Malley, discussing how stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has added to the growth of LMT, October 2009
  • White House briefing with President Barack Obama, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Senior Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and VA Senator Mark Warner discussing health care reform and the economy, October 2009 
  • White House roundtable discussion with Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, and Treasury Secretary Geithner's adviser on fiscal policy Gene Sperling discussing issues affecting small business in the areas of health insurance reform, tax policy, regulatory reform, labor laws, and access to capital, October 2009 
  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2009 
  • The General H. Hugh Shelton Annual Leadership Forum "Creating Competitive Advantages through Employee Character and Organizational Culture Alignment" Panel Discussion, November 2008 
  • The US Consumer Product Safety Commission 2008 Diversity Day Celebration “Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership” Keynote Address, July 2008 
  • The Sea Service Women’s Leadership Symposium  "Informed Decisions: Making a Personal and Professional Commitment to Yourself" Panel Discussion, July 2008
  • The Veteran Small Business Federal Interagency Council’s 4th Annual National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo “Strategies That Work: Successful Government Contracting” Panel Discussion, July 2008
  • The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women “Peace Through Business-Rwanda” Guest Lecturer, July 2008
  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2008
  • The Naval Sea Systems Command Asian Pacific American Committee/Asian Pacific Islander Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration, Washington Navy Yard, Keynote Address, May 2008
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division 11th Annual Small Business Conference, Keynote Address, April 2008
  • Women Presidents’ Organization 2008 Conference “Accelerate Your Business Growth Through Innovation” Panel Discussion, April 2008
  • The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business “Entrepreneurship” Guest Lecturer, April 2008
  • The National Association of Women Business Owners “Success Strategies in Federal Contracting” Panel Discussion, April 2008
  • Academy Women “Women on the Move” Career Coaching Workshop, October 2007
  • Women Impacting Public Policy remarks “Powerful Partners Awards Gala-The Value of Big and Small Businesses Working Together”, September 2007 
  • Dress for Success 2007 Success Summit “Defining Your Success” Keynote Address, July 2007
  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2007
  • Enterprising Women “Strategies for Building a Fast Growth Company” Panel Discussion, February 2007
  • SBA Washington District Office 8(a) Program Orientation Workshop, “A Successful Partnership with the SBA” Briefing, February 2007
  • Business Women’s Network “Defining Success” Leadership briefing, January 2007
  • Poughkeepsie Day School “The American Dream” Guest Lecturer, November 2006
  • The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business “Entrepreneurship” Panel Discussion, October 2006
  • Academy Women “Emerging Leaders” Panel Discussion, October 2006
  • The Night Stalker Association Awards Ceremony remarks recognizing the top Crew Chief/Flight Engineer serving in the United States’ Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) with the Sara Low Non-Rated Crew Member of the Year Award, May 2006

AWARDS

2003

2003 Outstanding Small Business Award” by National Association of Professional Asian American Women’s (NAPAW)

2005

Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business of the Year” by Asian American Business Roundtable’s (AABR)

Technology Fast 50 Rising Star” by Deloitte

Technology Fast 500” by Deloitte

Distinguished Minority Woman in Business” by Minority Business and Professionals Network’s (MBPN)

50 Most Influential Minorities in Business” by Minority Business and Professionals Network’s (MBPN) 

2006

“Minority Small Business Person of the Year” by Small Business Administration (SBA) Washington District Office

Top Five Fastest Growing Women-owned Businesses in America” by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

100 Fastest Growing Minority-owned Firms” by Minority Enterprise Advocate (MEA) Magazine

Top Diversity Businesses in the United States” by Diversity Business 

2007

Woman to Watch” by Business Women’s Network (BWN)

Enterprising Woman of the Year” by Enterprising Women

Businesswoman of the Year” by Office Depot

Top 25 Most Powerful Minority Women in Business” by Minority Enterprise Executive (MEE) Council

National Minority Small Business Person of the Year” by the Small Business Administration

Department of Defense Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Achievement Award” by Department of Defense

Diversity Leadership Award” by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

7th Fastest Growing Women-owned Firm” by Entrepreneur Magazine 

 2008

Minority Business Leader” by Washington Business Journal

Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award” by Women Presidents’ Organization

“50 Fastest Growing Asian-American Businesses” by U.S. Pan Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation 

2009

“Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur” by Fortune Magazine 

2010

“Top 25 Most Successful 8(a)’s” by Washington Technology Magazine

2011

“Brava Award” by SmartCEO Magazine

“Outstanding Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business Award” by the National Association of Professional Asian-American Women

“Inc. 500/5000” List of Fast Growth Companies

“Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women” Class of 2011

2012

“So You Think You Can Pitch” First Place Winner for “Frogwomen”, 2012 Realscreen Summit

“Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Washington Finalist” by Ernst and Young

“100 Women Leaders in STEM” by STEMconnector in partnership with US News

“Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies of 2012, #15” by Washington Business Journal

“GOVstar Star Warfighter Finalist” by SmartCEO Magazine

“100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs

2013

 “VOLTAGE Award Finalist” by SmartCEO Magazine

 

MEDIA FEATURES & APPEARANCES

AOL

Business Week

Capitol File

CBS Radio

CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” & “Prosperity & Power”

CNN

CNN Money

ELLE Magazine

Enterprising Women

Entrepreneur

Executive Leaders Radio

Fortune

Fox Business

Fox Small Business

Glamour Magazine

Government Security News

Homeland Security Today

Huffington Post

Inc. Magazine

Jim Blasingame’s “The Small Business Advocate”

Jim Bohannon’s nationally syndicated radio show

Military Times

New York Daily News

New York Times

News Channel 8/ABC TV’s “Federal News Today

NPR

PBS’s “Business Now

Politico

Reuters

Roll Call

Smart Money

SmartCEO

Smashing Interviews

The Georgetowner

The Hill

US News and World Report

Vetrepreneur

Wall Street Journal

Washington Business Journal

Washington Business Tonight

Washington Examiner

Washington Life

Washington Post

Washington Technology

Washington Times

WJLA/ABC 7 News series “Working Women”

WTOP/Federal News Radio

 WUSA TV9/CBS’s “Morning Show

XM Radio’s “POTUS

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