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Proven Strategic and M&A Advisors In Our Served Markets

Our cohesive team of strategic and transaction advisory consultants brings decades of knowledge and experience to each advisory engagement. Clients know that the most senior members of the CSP team will be deeply involved in every engagement, bringing perspectives and experience that other advisory firms often cannot match.  While every engagement is unique, clients come to CSP because we have successfully executed on hundreds of similar strategic and transaction advisory challenges, and can rapidly leverage our experience and domain knowledge to deliver insightful, high-value results.

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We recognize that the learning curve is short and that clients have choices when they select an advisor. Every CSP consultant brings relevant prior government or industry experience in our served markets: Defense, Commercial Aviation, Government Technical & Professional Services, and Space Launch & Satellite Services. Every engagement team is actively led by a CSP Senior Managing Director or Managing Director – ensuring the hands-on commitment that clients deserve from the premier advisors in our served markets.

Brad Meslin is a founder of CSP, heads the firm’s strategic and transaction advisory practices, and manages CSP’s private equity co-investment affiliate, CSP Equity Partners

Brad Meslin

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR

Dr. Brad Meslin is a founder of CSP, heads the firm’s strategic and transaction advisory practices, and manages CSP’s private equity co-investment affiliate, CSP Equity Partners. He has served on the Boards of Directors of several client portfolio companies, including CMC Electronics, Inc., Sentient Jet, Berkshire Manufactured Products, Primus Aerospace, and Spacehab, Inc. Dr. Meslin was a co-founder of Spacehab, the first privately-financed commercial space habitat, which flew 19 missions aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle fleet, and also served as acting CEO of eBizJets, Inc., the predecessor of Sentient Jet, which is the largest U.S. business aviation charter provider. Dr. Meslin holds graduate degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D., Ph.D.), and York University, Toronto (B.A. in Political Science), and serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Rob Mullins

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR

Rob joined CSP in October 2023 to help lead the firm’s strategic and transaction advisory practices, after a 22+ year career in the global aerospace and defense industry. Rob served most recently as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and M&A at Cobham plc in the United Kingdom, as well as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Alliant Techsystems (ATK). As an elected officer and direct report to five CEOs, Rob is skilled at leading management teams and boards of directors through periods of strategic change, culminating in actionable M&A strategies and successful deal execution, to include acquisitions, divestitures and other forms of strategic transactions. He began his career in the defense industry on the Corporate Strategy & Technology staff at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Franklin & Marshall College, a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate from King’s College, University of London.

Eric Chase

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR

Eric leads the defense, intelligence, security and government services practice at the firm supporting transaction due diligence and strategy engagements for private equity sponsors, corporate clients and institutional lenders active in the defense and aerospace sectors. Prior to joining CSP Associates, Eric worked at Toffler Associates where he helped form the emerging national security technology practice.

Eric's passion for aerospace & defense began nearly 20 years ago in the Marine Corps where he served in numerous command and staff roles including the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, the Defense Attaché Service, and the newly formed Marine Innovation Unit (MIU) where he continues to serve today as the Head of Defense Engagement as a reservist in conjunction with his private sector work. Eric received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and earned a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and a M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University.

CSP Associates - The Leading Provider of Strategic and Transaction Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Defense and Government Sectors.

Marc Vaucher

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Marc leads transaction advisory engagements in the aviation components, soldier systems, homeland security and defense sectors. Prior to joining CSP, Marc was an International Credit and Country Risk Analyst for the Bank of New England in Boston, and a geophysical exploration technologist for AMOCO Oil Company. He received his M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and his B.A. from Lewis & Clark College.
Matt Hardy supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the aerospace and defense markets

Matt Hardy

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Matt supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the aerospace and defense markets. Prior to joining CSP, Matt was an Associate with a Boston-based investment management firm and a Financial Analyst at BAE Systems. Matt holds a B.A. in Accounting from Lynchburg College and an M.S. in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Scott McKnight

DIRECTOR

Scott supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the aerospace, defense, intelligence, security and government services markets for private equity sponsors, corporate clients and institutional lenders. Prior to joining CSP Associates, Scott spent 8 years as a private equity investor at Odyssey Investment Partners and J.F. Lehman & Company, with a focus on aerospace, military and industrial investments. Scott began his career in investment banking and private equity consulting at MHT Partners and Dean & Company. A native of Texas, Scott received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Gile supports transaction due diligence and strategic advisory for private equity and corporate clients

Luke Gile

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Luke supports transaction due diligence and strategic advisory engagements for private equity and corporate clients across the aerospace, defense and government services markets. Raised around aerospace with several pilots in the family, his early passion for aviation inspired his choice to pursue a career in aerospace and defense. Since beginning his career, Luke has supported dozens of projects spanning commercial aerospace, business aviation, defense platforms, space and electronics. Luke is originally from Dallas, Texas and holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and International Affairs from Columbia University and Georgetown University respectively.
Ruby Meek provides administrative support to CSP to ensure efficient operation of the office

Ruby Meek

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Ruby provides support to our strategic and transaction advisory firm to ensure efficient operation of the office. As the Director of Operations, Ruby is responsible for all aspects of CSP's administrative, human resources, finance and accounting, and IT efforts. She supports directors and associates through a variety of tasks related to communication and organization and handles all of CSP's operational management and administrative-related activities. Ruby holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Brian Baker CSP Associates Strategic and Transaction Due Diligence and Advisory

Brian Baker

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Brian serves as CSP’s Director of Research, supporting strategic and transaction due diligence and advisory engagements for corporate clients, private equity sponsors and institutional lenders active in the commercial aerospace, defense and government services markets. Prior to joining CSP, Brian was an Analyst with Technology Business Research, an IT market and competitive analysis firm in Hampton, New Hampshire, where he covered large companies in the U.S. federal government technology services sector. Brian holds a B.S. in Economics from Salve Regina University.
Nate Neroni supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the commercial aerospace and defense markets

Nate Neroni

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Nate supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the commercial aerospace and defense markets. Prior to joining CSP, Nate was a consultant within the private equity practice at Stax Inc., where he focused on M&A, growth strategy and operational improvement initiatives across multiple industries. Previously, he worked in finance at Lockheed Martin. Nate holds a B.A in Economics from the University of Southern California.
Ryan Bolton strategic and transaction advisory for aerospace, defense and government services

Ryan Bolton

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Ryan supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. Prior to joining CSP, Ryan was an Associate at Wolf Den Associates providing transaction advisory and strategic consulting services to corporate and financial clients across the federal market. He previously worked as a member of the Raymond James Defense and Government Services Investment Banking team. Ryan holds a B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
CSP Associates - The Leading Provider of Strategic and Transaction Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Defense and Government Sectors.

Tristan Capes-Davis

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Tristan supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the commercial aerospace and defense markets. Prior to joining CSP, Tristan was an Associate at AE Industrial Partners where he focused on financial modeling, due diligence, executing new investments, and monitoring portfolio companies. Prior to joining AEIP, Tristan was an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey in the M&A and Shareholder Activism Group, where he focused on Public Company M&A for clients across multiple industries. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Tristan was an Analyst at B. Riley Securities, where he focused on M&A and capital raising for clients across multiple industries. Tristan holds a BA in Economics and Business with distinction from Virginia Military Institute.
CSP Associates - The Leading Provider of Strategic and Transaction Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Defense and Government Sectors.

Kevin Papak

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Kevin supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the commercial aerospace and defense markets. Prior to joining CSP, Kevin was a consultant at AeroDynamic Advisory, a boutique aerospace consulting firm specializing in strategy and transaction advisory services. Previously, he worked at GE Aviation in their leadership development program. Kevin holds both a B.S.E. and M.S.E. from the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
Michael Jamison supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements, with an emphasis on the defense market

Michael Jamison

ASSOCIATE

Mike supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements with an emphasis on the defense market. Prior to joining CSP, Mike was a Senior Analyst with Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s Defense team, where he tracked the military aircraft market across multiple continents. Previously, he worked in Strategy and Analysis at Collins Aerospace. Mike holds a B.A. in Political Science from Cornell University.
Stephen Tames strategic and transaction advisory for aerospace, defense, and federal services

Stephen Tames

ASSOCIATE

Stephen supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the aerospace, defense and federal services markets. Prior to joining CSP Associates, Stephen was an Analyst at Renaissance Strategic Advisors where he provided transaction advisory and strategic consulting services with a focus on the technology, space and defense sectors. Stephen holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Physics from George Washington University.

Declan Traianou

ASSOCIATE

Declan supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements, with a focus and keen passion for aerospace markets. Prior to joining CSP, Declan was a management consultant at Alton Aviation Consultancy, providing strategy consulting and M&A advisory services across various commercial aviation segments. He also previously held roles at Fidelity Investments. Declan earned his B.B.A. with Distinction from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.
CSP Associates - The Leading Provider of Strategic and Transaction Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Defense and Government Sectors.

Tyler Howington

ASSOCIATE

Tyler supports strategic and transactions advisory engagements across all verticals. Prior to joining CSP, Tyler was an investment banker at KippsDeSanto & Co.— a Washington D.C. area-based investment bank and wholly owned subsidiary of Capital One — where he focused on providing comprehensive transaction advisory services, including M&A, financing, and strategic consulting to growth-oriented aerospace, defense, government technology solutions and enterprise technology firms. Tyler graduated cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S.B.A. in Finance & Banking and holds a Master of Science in Finance from American University in Washington D.C.
CSP Associates - The Leading Provider of Strategic and Transaction Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Defense and Government Sectors.

Annan Lu

ASSOCIATE

Annan supports strategic and transaction advisory engagements across the commercial, aerospace and defense markets. Prior to joining CSP, Annan worked as a member of Capital One's Investment Banking team (KippsDeSanto & Co.), where he focused on providing comprehensive transaction advisory services, including M&A, financing and strategic consulting to firms primarily in the Aerospace, Defense and Government Technology industry. Annan earned a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary.
CSP Associates - The Leading Provider of Strategic and Transaction Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Defense and Government Sectors.

Mark Oderman

SENIOR ADVISOR

Mark is a co-founder of CSP, leads the firm’s space and telecom practice, and has managed several hundred engagements across a range of client/market areas, including communications, engineering services, C4ISR, space and ground systems, defense microelectronics, and GIS software and services. Mark holds an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. from Pomona College.
CSP Associates - The Leading Provider of Strategic and Transaction Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Defense and Government Sectors.

Logan Slone

SENIOR ADVISOR

Logan leads strategy and transaction advisory engagements for both corporate and financial clients, leveraging deep industry experience in aerospace, defense and security analysis, across U.S. and global markets. Prior to joining CSP Associates, Logan was a project director at Avascent, where he specialized in defense electronics engagements and helped a variety of clients create value and solve challenging problems. Logan also led the Rockwell Collins Corporate Strategy team and played a central role in the largest transaction in A&D history as Rockwell Collins merged with UTC Aerospace Systems to form Collins Aerospace. His other experience at Collins included leading the strategy team within Rockwell Collins Government Systems, and managing finance, engineering, and operations for company’s secure navigation business. Logan also spent several years as a management consultant with The Cohen Group in Washington, D.C. Logan holds an M.A., with honors, in Security Studies from Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, as well as a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science (International Affairs) from Columbia University in New York City.