Richard Smith - Director of Acquisition Operations
Richard Smith possesses over 38 years of specialized experience in acquisition and contract, human resource, and project resource management. Before joining VPD, Richard provided acquisition consulting and training services for multiple civilian agencies and federal government contractors. He has a proven background in providing technical and purchasing evaluations, as well as leveraging cost and client need to determine the best value bids and proposals for commercial and federal government programs. Richard excels in the role of contracting officer, providing cradle-to-grave acquisition, project, asset, financial, marketing, infrastructure, and supply chain management. Further, Richard has experience in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), program budgeting, hardware and software configuration management, and all facets of Human Resource Management Analysis. His goal with every client is to create quality relationships and implement plans that ensure required materials and services are provided to meet their needs.
Richard currently serves as a facilitator/trainer for Defense Acquisition University and is an Adjunct Professor at Bowie State University’s School of Management, Marketing and Public Administration, the University of Maryland’s School of Business and Management, and Webster University’s School of Business.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Program Management from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).