Meet Our Team


President and founder

Jeff Everage’s focus is expanding Trident’s client base and helping companies identify exactly which proposal services could help them rapidly expand their business. After a 15-year military career as a Navy SEAL Officer, Jeff went on to become a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he leveraged his technical expertise in lifecycle IS, CISSP, and SOX design and compliance to provide strategic support for their information security efforts. After two decades working in the federal market, Jeff identified a need for better procurement processes and went on to build a successful proposal management company from the ground-up. Since 2008, he has worked on 60 proposals and has generated over $5 billion in contract value for his clients. Jeff also has extensive experience in professional training and coaching, including a successful career as a SEAL Team Training Officer and teaching several long-term RFP presentation courses. He is also certified as a technical trainer.



Director of operations

Rebecca Wayland is a capture and proposal expert and provides support to Air Force and Army market nationwide. Rebecca is a former Surface Warfare Officer and currently serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Rebecca has a BS degree in English from the U.S. Naval Academy and an AS in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University.





Tom Perez has over a decade of experience in the defense industry. Before joining trident, Tom worked in the Defense Acquisition Workforce and has experience as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, where he wrote over 50 requests for proposal and served as COR on 54 task orders. Tom’s insight into the government has already begun to pay dividends to his clients and has helped them gain a better understanding of the government’s requirements, enabling his clients to better align their proposals to the government’s needs. A graduate of the Citadel with a BS in Business Administration, Tom has also served his country for over 19 years in the Navy—eight of which he spent as a submariner and Navy diver on active duty and 11 years as an Information Professional Officer in the Navy Reserve. Tom uses his years of experience with the government, as well as the business acumen and leadership skills he developed in the Navy, to guide his clients through the arduous capture and proposal process.




Travis Hogan supports our clients in South Carolina with their day-to-day proposal coordination and capture efforts. He has extensive experience tracking and managing new opportunities for his clients, having identified and tracked over 75 new opportunities and responding to over 20 task orders within a one-year period. A former Navy Submarine Officer with over six years of active duty and reservist experience combined, Travis is very effective at evaluating the Navy market, and with his superior leadership skills and technical acumen combined, he is able to manage multiple proposals at a time and deliver high quality proposal services and proposal products to his clients, quickly and effectively. Travis is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a BS in Oceanography and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.




Dina Zumwalt is Trident Proposal Management’s newest Proposal and Capture Manager. She has worked in business development within the Defense community for the last two years, developing large and small scale proposals as well as leading small teams in the development of capture strategies for market growth. Dina is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a degree in Economics, has a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dina served in the US Navy for six years as a Surface Warfare Officer and has spent the last seven years in the Surface Ship and Aircraft Carrier maintenance communities. Dina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the Navy ship community to the team, which she uses to assist clients in their growth within the Navy-Marine Corps market.




John Coe is an innovative, entrepreneurial business leader, and management and technology consultant with more than 23 years of experience in the federal market, including extensive business operations, program management, marketing and business development, and staff leadership experience. John also has demonstrated experience managing senior client relationships; running large, complex programs; managing and motivating diverse teams; and building new business. John served as a leader of Booz Allen Hamilton’s government-wide contracts program for over 15 years, managing contracts, developing collaborative relationships with acquisition organizations, and leveraging a portfolio of contracts to develop new business. John holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.



Capture and Proposal Expert

Julie Hendricks is a capture and proposal expert and technical editor. She works with clients throughout the entire proposal process, creating effective milestones, providing sound feedback, and delivering a top-notch proposals that are on time and on target. A former Navy helicopter pilot, Julie brings her military expertise into defense contracting arena, working to align client strengths with government needs. Julie holds a BS in English from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a MA in Rhetoric from San Diego State University.



Capture and Proposal Expert

Kristi Bickel is a capture and proposal expert and technical editor. As a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Kristi’s knowledge and experience of the Navy community translates seamlessly into the defense-contracting arena. She uses her military expertise to assist clientsin the Navy community through in-depth market research and capture and expert proposal management. Kristi holds a BS in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy.



Capture and Proposal Expert

Garry Patricio is a seasoned proposal management and subject matter expert with competencies in digital technologies, power generation, and facilities O&M. He has been in business development for the commercial and government contracting communities for the past decade and has managed contracts with values in excess of $300MM. Garry has undergraduate degrees in marine engineering and management, a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Garry is a US Navy veteran and comes to us from General Electric where he led enterprise-wide digital transformation initiatives on a global scale.