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ABOUT US

Your Answer to Winning Non-Diluted Federal Funds!

OppsSpot, LLC provides consulting services for start-up and small technology companies looking to commercialize their ideas through strategic partnering and Government contracting and grants.  Specializing in the SBIR / STTR program.

We have helped companies raise tens of millions of dollars in federal funding! Let us help you too!

OppsSpot, LLC is a woman-owned small business (WOSB).

THE OPPSSPOT TEAM

Get to Know Us

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Sonia Vohnout
Founder & President

Sonia has held executive management and senior technical positions and has also co-founded several companies. She has over 30 years of experience in systems engineering, quality systems, business development and program management. Her expertise in the SBIR/STTR program and consulting services to assist small business with this and other government funding vehicles have helped start-ups and small businesses raise tens of millions of dollars of federal funding.

Sonia has a B.S and M.S in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Chris Bridgewater
Sr. Business Consultant

Chris is experienced in business startup, strategy development and execution. He worked for 17 years with the US Government as an employee and contractor, along with experience in manufacturing and quality systems management. As a CEO/CFO, Chris has the ability to empathize with challenges and understand strengths at all levels of a corporation in a way that is rarely found. He is well known for parsing challenges into achievable goals. He also has experience creating and leading teams to meet large objectives.

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Irene Bond
Sr. Business Consultant

Irene brings 30 years of experience with her to OppsSpot in owning and operating startups and worked for publicly traded companies in a wide range of roles. Irene enjoys solving  puzzles for companies by articulating  a clear and compelling value proposition and determining their entry niche. She is a people person who excels at engaging her target audience  in a meaningful conversation that helps uncover their needs and a vision of the potential solution.

Irene has a M.S in both Technology Commercialization and Information Science.

Peter Nestler
Sr. Business Consultant - Drug Discovery & Life Sciences

Peter's 25 plus years of experience in academic research and pharmaceutical lead discovery brings expert knowledge in drug discovery and development, research informatics, as well as a broad technical knowledge across all life sciences. He has led global teams and networks in both the US and Europe along with multiple grant-funded projects. Peter has worked on the discovery and development of therapeutic Cystic Fibrosis agents that will soon be entering clinical trials. 

Peter has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe University.

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Xiyao Zhang
Sr. Business Consultant 

Xiyao Zhang brings 15 years of experience in management, strategic marketing, R&D and manufacturing to her role at OppsSpot. With a combination of strong business acumen and technical knowledge, her goal is to help companies succeed in the semiconductor and photonics industry. She has worked at both Apex Microtechnology and Texas Instruments, she excelled in  R&D production increases and successful product family and product creation with revenue well over $60 million dollars. 

Xiyao has a PhD in Physics from North Carolina State University. 

Walter Rawle
Sr. Business Consultant and Strategist

As a veteran of GE Research, United Technologies, Ultra Electronics and General Dynamics, Walter Rawle epitomizes the accomplished strategist, technology leader, and business development professional. With his experience as an applied researcher, inventor, and classically educated engineer, including an earned doctorate in electrical engineering and over 35 years of outstanding business, research, program execution, and product development experience, he brings a unique skillset to any problem or challenge.

Walter has a PhD in Computational Electromagnetics from the University of Manitoba.

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Jan Knight
Sr. Market Researcher 

Jan has over 20 years of experience in market and business research and likes to think that she ‘provides insight to entrepreneurs from start-ups to grown ups.’ Much of her work in market assessments, competitive profiling and industry research helps to shape business plans, commercialization plans, business development, and investor pitches A domain generalist, she has a diverse set of clients and her research topics range from seaweed snacks to medical devices, insulation to software and just about everything in between.

Jan has a B.A. in Humanities/Renaissance Studies from U.C. Berkeley, M.A. in Information Resources & Library Science from the University of Arizona.

Beth Kane
Sr. Technical Writer

Beth has more than 25 years of experience as a technical writer and editor, including eight years writing SBIR/STTR proposals and reports. Her job is to ensure that the submissions entered meet the many requirements of each government solicitation so that your application process will continue smoothly without any problems. Beth is able to edit for content clarity and readability, while offering suggestions and solutions, listening to what the client wants. 

Beth has a M.A. in Journalism from the  University of Arizona and B.A., San Francisco Art Institute.

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Ed Hackett
Sr. Technical Writer

Ed is a commercial writer over 25 years’ experience providing communication solutions for clients of all sizes. Whether technical writing for software, hardware and mechanical systems, ghost writing blogs for industry tycoons, writing and editing grant proposals for highly technical innovations or creating marketing packages for complex medical devices for both domestic and international markets, Ed is a multi-talented marketer/writer/editor with a broad range of experience and an extensive knowledge base and a collaborative team member.

Ed has a B.A. in English Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Arizona and A.S. in Paramedicine.

Michelle Lott
Sr. Regulatory Strategy Consultant

Michelle Lott has supported 100+ companies with regulatory strategy, regulatory submissions, quality systems compliance, due diligence, technical support services – and grief counseling, because she says dealing with regulators can be a little emotionally draining at times. Michelle steps in for her clients, allowing them to delegate those draining tasks onto her so that they can focus on winning and being successful in the marketplace. Michelle served a four-year term on the FDA Device Good Manufacturing Practices Advisory Committee.

Michelle has a B.S. in Chemistry from Troy State University, Certified Executive Leader in Regulatory Affairs from RAPS and Kellogg University.

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Harrison Moreno
Social Media and Digital Marketing Intern

Harrison Moreno is a recent college graduate from right here in Tucson, Arizona and a part of OppsSpots social media and web content development. He has three years of social media and communication experiences, working for both small local organizations and the University of Arizona creating content for print, web and email. His journalistic background allows for him to create concise, correct and compelling content that helps tell a story. Harrison can tell a story in single tweet, and short paragraph, or a three-page news story.

Harrison has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Arizona.

Edward Lundquist
Sr. Science Journalist and Writer

Edward Lundquist is a principal science writer at MCR Federal in McLean, Virginia, and chief engagement officer of Echo Bridge LLC. He brings excellent writing and communication skills with over 40 years of experience in both journalism and public relations. He served on active duty with the Navy as a surface warfare officer and public affairs officer. While being an IABC Fellow and accredited business communicator, he writes on naval, maritime, defense and security issues for international trade and professional journals. ​

Edward has a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette University and a M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University.

Paul Lee
IP and Legal Strategist

Paul Lee brings to the OppsSpot team decades of experience in corporate finance with strong emphasis on energy, technology, manufacturing and drug industries. Through his legal practices, Paul has advised early-stage companies to Global 500 companies in several key business areas and aspects. Paul brings with him an Industry Mentor role from a completed program with the NSF I-Corps program for virtual coin stabilization and testing, while also being a co-founder of a company working on ag-tech including clean energy, water recovery, green chemistry and sustainability and also being a part of EPA and NSF SBIR Phase I and II grant awards winners.

Paul has a B.S. from SUNY Binghamton and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School

If you want to learn more about our amazing team members, get in touch.

Want to be a part of the OppsSpot team?

We are looking for individuals to join the OppsSpot team who have experience in grant and/or proposal writing. An ideal SBIR grant writer for our clients will have experience working with Department of Defense, NASA programs and National Institutes of Health strategies, as well as consulting experience with start-up companies, individual researchers, entrepreneurs and other professionals seeking Phase I, Phase II or Fast-Track SBIR grants as well as STTR grants throughout all government agencies. And of course, a desire to help tech small businesses succeed! 

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