Red Team is thrilled to announce that Debi McGhee has joined our team as our new General Manager of Capture. Debi leads Red Team’s capture consulting practice. In this capacity, she oversees our active capture consulting projects and delivers capture support directly to our clients. She also continues to identify and implement ways to improve the quality of our capture consulting, to improve our clients’ chances of winning competitive bids.
Debi is an accomplished business development and proposal executive in the professional services industry, with more than 25 years of experience in hands-on response to government and commercial procurements. Debi has created and led multiple proposal organizations for companies in a variety of disciplines over the past 18 years, which includes directing capture and proposal development professional teams to provide support on bids ranging from small task orders to billion-dollar opportunities.
Debi works collaboratively with senior executives, capture managers, business developers, functional leads, and subject matter experts in developing and delivering innovative and compliant proposals that meet customer requirements. In her experience, Debi has directed teams of multi-disciplinary personnel consisting of proposal managers and coordinators, technical writers, graphic designers, copy editors, desktop publishers, and market research analysts. In the past, Debi acted as a senior manager with several small businesses and helped lead the strategic direction of the firm(s) to ensure stability and growth. Debi has extensive training and facilitation expertise, including proposal development, systems implementation training, and large-scale meeting, and focus group facilitation.
We thought it would be fun to learn a little more about Debi. Here’s what she had to say!
1. Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get started working in proposals?
I started as a government consultant in an environmental policy start up firm many years ago. We were small and each employee wore many hats – because of my background in journalism, I gravitated to writing proposals and loved it. Have been working in business development, capture, and proposals in some capacity or another ever since.
2. What are you most looking forward to in your new position as General Manager of Capture at Red Team?
I’m looking forward to helping clients grow their businesses through shaping the opportunities they pursue. I like working with a variety of companies in different industries to help guide and share what I know to support their success.
3. In the past 5 years, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned?
The most important thing I’ve learned in the past five years is to pay attention to my personal internal cues about my desires and limits. This brought me into independent consulting and it’s the best thing I’ve done in the past five years.
4. What are your interests outside of work?
My interests include travel – anywhere in the world, food – learning to cook new recipes and trying new restaurants – the travel and food interests often coincide. I love to read science fiction and fantasy novels. And like to spend time with my husband and boys (Josh, age 25 – living in Manhattan and Ben, age 29 – living in NoVa).
5. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
Ahhh, a perfect day would be exploring a new city (that I’ve never been to before) with my husband, stopping at a coffee shop in the afternoon – drinking coffee and people watching. Continuing to wander around – find a fantastic restaurant – have a fabulous meal with awesome cocktails and delicious wine. And continue the night with barhopping until we’re exhausted!