Chris Turner is founder and Managing Principal of A1C Partners, LLC. His 25 years of experience span project management, systems development/integration, financial management, and manufacturing within Defense and Civilian sectors. He has led teams in support of critical Homeland Security programs at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), such as the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program and the Automated Targeting System (ATS), and at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where he led the program office delivering a $1B IT Managed Services Contract. In addition to managing the day to day operations of A1C Partners, LLC, Chris leads a multi-company contractor team for the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) at CBP, responsible for requirements gathering, business-case development, customer outreach and communications, and SELC documentation.
Operating on the philosophy that clients deserve services solutions on par with much larger consultancies but at a more competitive price point, Chris formed A1C Partners, LLC in 2007. He holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York, Maritime College. Chris is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Maryland as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Edward "Ted" Langhoff
Edward “Ted” Langhoff is Vice President of Emerging Accounts at A1C Partners, LLC where he has oversight of our current contracts at TSA and the VA. Ted has 20+ years of experience leading many large-scale and complex technology and security-related programs. While Practice Director at Unisys, Ted worked with such clients as Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Port of Los Angeles, Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Port Authority New York & New Jersey, US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and General Electric. Ted’s deep experience in these domains includes the leadership, design, and implementation of process re-engineering, passenger security, cargo security, global supply chain security, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and other complex technology engagements.
Ted is a PMI certified PMP and RMP and holds various levels of clearance with several US Government agencies and security and incident-management related certifications.
Sarah Deutschmann, Senior Manager
Ms. Deutschmann is a former federal law enforcement officer with over 15 years of experience in the federal civilian space. She has built relationships while working on Capitol Hill, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters (DHS). Her portfolio includes developing, reviewing, and revising policies related to new or interim agency divisions or departments; writing talking points, issue papers, and recommendation memos; handling executive-level correspondence and coordination; and the direction and management of project and implementation planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the Florida State University and a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Ms. Deutschmann is also a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve.
Thomas Plofchan, Senior Manager
Mr. Plofchan currently supports U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) National Targeting Center (NTC) as a policy analyst, focused primarily on the incorporation of Publicly Available Information into various elements of CBP’s mission. Prior to joining A1C Partners, LLC , Tom was a Senior Associate in Deloitte’s Federal Business Intelligence practice, where he supported clients at the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Transportation Security Administration, as well as the Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance divisions of a number of Fortune 100 financial institutions. Prior to joining Deloitte, Tom lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt, where he completed coursework for an MA in Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo and worked as a free-lance journalist and researcher focused on the Arab Spring and U.S.-Arab relations. Tom has focused his academic and professional career on the intersection of policy, technology, and national security, with a particular focus on Open Source and Financial Intelligence and the Middle East.
Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He is a 2014 Manfred Wörner Fellow and looks forward to continuing to gain experience and expertise in the policy surrounding U.S.-Transatlantic relationships.