Delivers program and project success in highly challenging environments. A certified CPA and PMP, I have set up and led programs and/or integrated business operations on contracts totaling more than $1B in the US., Saudi Arabia, 13 African countries, Iraq and Afghanistan. Have also developed the curriculum and taught the PMP Exam Prep course to hundreds of students.
Mr. Gambla delivers program and project success in highly challenging environments. A certified CPA and PMP, Mr. Gambla has set up and led programs and/or integrated business operations on contracts totaling more than $1B in the US., Saudi Arabia, 13 African countries, Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Gambla has also developed the curriculum and taught the PMP Exam Prep course to hundreds of students.
Impact: Mr. Gambla has led numerous projects across many fields and has been recognized for his business and program success with the Department of Defense, USAID, UAE, Department of International Development, United Nations, NATO, African Union, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Army Corps of Engineers.
Mar 2014 – current
Role: As the Senior Business Development Manager, Mr. Gambla supports multiple business initiatives with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia customers interested in the Oshkosh family of vehicles to include M-ATV, HEMTTs and others. In addition, Mr. Gambla drafted the KSA Strategic Plan and has led many other internal initiatives.
2008 – Feb 2014
OPM-MOI Director Program Management Office, Jun 2011 – Feb 2014
Role: Mr. Gambla served as the Program Management Office Director for the joint US/Saudi Arabia critical infrastructure protection program, OPM-MOI. Mr. Gambla led the establishment of the overall program management framework to include strategic alignment, governance, benefits delivery and stakeholder engagement. Mr. Gambla has also trained more than 50 US and KSA personnel in program/project management.
o Department of State has stated this PMO will serve as a model for future programs
o Program now manages more than $1B in projects
o 87% of students who attended the Program Management course scored it “The best or one of the best courses ever attended”
USAID Logistical Subject Matter Expert
May 2011 – Jun 2011
Role: Mr. Gambla provided in-country Subject Matter Expert guidance for the Supply & Logistics Internal Control Evaluation (SLICE) effort
Impact: USAID implemented the pilot evaluation tool in Benin to better understanding the internal control environment and risks associated with the supply of anti-malaria drugs to six additional countries in Africa.
USAID Business Lead Capacity Building, Feb 2011 – Apr 2011
Role: Mr. Gambla led the business Subject Matter Expert guidance regarding the Afghan government’s capacity to provide fee-for-service, static and convoy security services.
Impact: Mr. Gambla formulated sustainable business model options to consider for the $900 million/year enterprise in the areas of legal entity, governance, initial capital, budget, contracts, finance, procurement, logistics, pricing, and internal controls.
USCG and NRO Project Manager,
Aug 2008 – Feb 2011 (BearingPoint/Deloitte)
Role: Mr. Gambla served as the Project Manager supporting the US Coast Guard and the National Reconnaissance Organization audit projects overseeing planning, executing and benefits delivery involving more than 150 contractor and government personnel in 47 discrete workstreams.
o Increased team size and revenues fourfold over the course of the project
o Assisted client with increasing percentage of supportable total assets and liabilities on its balance sheet from 55% in 2009 to an estimated 90% in 2011
o Identified a $1B overstatement in actuarial pension liability balance and conducted a root cause analysis to prevent future misstatements
o Agency received its first unqualified, “clean” audit opinion
o 99.0% quality, on-time, deliverable success rate for more than 1,000 deliverables
2003 – 2008
Role: As Finance Manager and then as Program Business Manager, Mr. Gambla led the contractor’s $150 million/year business management planning, executing, and monitoring efforts in Finance, Accounting, Procurement and Contracts. Mr. Gambla worked and traveled extensively in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan during this period. Projects included overseas Business Operations, Airfield management, Base Operations and Maintenance, Construction projects, and Program Management roles in Peacekeeping efforts for the US government.
o PAE grew more than 200% during this period
o US goals were met in multiple African peacekeeping support activities
o More than 2,000 US personnel in Djibouti achieved mission success
Lanai High School and Maui Community College Lanai
Role: Taught Hawaiian History, Asian Studies and Business classes to Lanai residents
Emirates Palomar Medical Technical Services, Abu Dhabi UAE
Role: As Education and Training Manager, led planning and executing efforts for capacity building in UAE towards the goal of upgrading UAE’s medical health system. Led both the in-country preparation programs and the overseas education/training workstreams developing and monitoring budgets, reviewing contracts and payments.
University Instructor: University Al Ain, UAE and CSU-Long Beach
Role: Taught English language and Business courses to university students and in adult education program.
U.S. Peace Corps Senegal, West Africa – Small Business Volunteer
Role: Promoted goals of Peace Corps in a remote village setting near Tambacounda working on micro-business development projects.
Cavo Brothers –Hurricane Andrew Business Manager
Role: Led all business workstreams for a FEMA awarded contract in south Florida after Hurricane Andrew devasted the area.
City of Miami Beach – Ocean Lifeguard and Management Fellow
Role: Protecting lives on Miami Beach.
o Rescued more than 150 drowning victims
o Commended by the City of Miami Beach for Valor
o Awarded a one year fellowship to aid the city in a series of projects with the Finance Department, Economic Development group, Police Department and SWAT team, and Human Resources.
• Masters of Art in Teaching — French and English majors
School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT
• Bachelor’s in Business Administration — Accounting
Loyola University, Chicago, IL
• Project Management Professional (PMP) and Member of Project Management Institute (PMI)
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Member of AICPA
• Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and Member of Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
• Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
• Facilities Manager Professional (FMP) and Member of Int’l Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
• Finished 2nd in US national championships in both martial arts and water polo
• Received Valor Award from City of Miami Beach for outstanding ocean rescues
• Multiple time state champion in martial arts and water polo
• Received numerous client recognitions for excellent performance
• Received multiple Applause Awards from Deloitte Consulting
• Received 4 awards with Lockheed Martin for exceptional service
• Founded the Lana’i City Chamber of Commerce in 2002
System Experience — Expert level in Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point and Microsoft Excel.
Training — Professional Education courses commensurate with the above certifications. Additionally, I have taught more than 10 PMP Exam Prep courses to more than 100 students.
• English – Fluent
• French – Proficient in Business
• Spanish – Basic
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