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Andrew Maner

BA 1991, Communication & Political Science

CEO, Advantus Federal, Washington, D.C.

Andrew (“Andy”) Maner is the Chief Executive Officer of Avantus Federal. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction, long-term goals, and growth objectives while positioning the firm for continued expansion into new markets. Andy ensures consistent delivery excellence to clients while maintaining a strong culture of professional development and a future strategy of growth. He has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in both private and public sectors.

In 2016, Andy purchased a majority stake in Sentinel where he served as the Chairman. He helped lead organic and external acquisition growth strategies for Sentinel, which is a management consulting and solutions business focused on national security clients. NewSpring Holdings purchased a controlling interest in Sentinel in September 2018. From 2010 to 2015, Andy served as the Managing Partner of US Federal within IBM Global Business Services where he managed the $1.6B consulting and solutions and technology business. Prior to leading their acquisition by IBM, Andy was the Chief Executive Officer of NISC, a $200M information management, services, and technology consulting firm serving the federal market. In addition to his work in the private sector, Andy served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Homeland Security from 2004 to 2006 and as Chief of Staff to Customs Commissioner Bonner from 2002 to 2004, where he led the transition of three agencies into Customs and Border Protection. He also served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush in the White House and as a Staff Assistant under Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater in the White House Press Office (1991 to 1993).  He later accompanied President Bush into private life in Houston after the 1992 election and served as the Special Assistant to the 1993 United Nations Envoy to Somalia in Mogadishu.

Andy holds a Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for No Greater Sacrifice, a non-profit that dedicates scholarships for higher education to families of fallen and wounded service members.