ATTORNEY & cONSULTANT



(405) 590-9525

NICK HARRISON
1530 1/2 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Cell: (405) 590-9525 ◦ E-Mail: alaskaairborne@yahoo.com

SUMMARY 

A well-rounded and accomplished self-starter; Ran for the Oklahoma State Legislature at the age of twenty-one as the youngest candidate in the state; Raised by a single mother on public assistance to become the first in his family to finish college – eventually going on to graduate from a top-tier public university with a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship; Served as an airborne paratrooper in Alaska and completed two combat tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait, taking on progressively increasing levels of responsibility and ultimately serving as a Headquarters Platoon Sergeant; Admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association as a licensed attorney upon his return, starting his own private firm specializing in open records law; Selected as a Presidential Management Fellow, taking a program management position with the Small Business Administration and starting Stanford University’s Advanced Project Management Program; Worked on various document review projects and put together bids / proposals for small businesses as an attorney-at-law and independent consultant in the Washington DC area; Recently accepted a position with Bytecybed, LLC as a Senior Consultant (Policy Analyst) supporting the Office of Small Business Programs at the U.S. Department of Defense and earned PMI's Project Manager Professional (PMP) Certification.  

GOVERNMENT SERVICE 

Senior Consultant (Policy Analyst)
Bytedcubed, LLC – Washington, DC
2015 – Present


o Recently accepted a position as a Senior Consultant (Policy Analyst) supporting the Office of Small Business Programs at the U.S. Department of Defense;
o Assists the Associate Director for Acquisition Compliance in identifying opportunities for small business participation;
o Reviewed acquisition strategies for the Army’s CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and Distributed Common Ground System, the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon Aircraft, Ohio Class Submarine Replacement, and Distributed Common Ground System, and the Air Force’s Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System and Mission Planning System;
o Prepared hearing materials for an appearance before the U.S. House Small Business Committee;
o Drafted impact assessment of proposed legislation, recommended statutory revisions to the program, and prepared changes to the Defense Acquisition Regulations Supplement; and
o Earned the Project Management Professional Certification while performing all other duties.

Small Business Owner (Attorney-at-Law / Independent Consultant)
Private Practice – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma / Washington, DC
2013 – Present


o Recognized in 2012 with the Ben Blackstock Award by FOI Oklahoma for my commitment to freedom of information; o Admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar in 2013;
o Started a law firm specializing in public records / open meetings law;
o Featured in over half a dozen stories over the past year for representation of the plaintiff in Stipek v. Oklahoma;
o Scored high enough on the Multi-State Bar Exam to be admitted to the Washington DC Bar on a motion in 2014; and
o Worked on various document review projects and put together bids / proposals for small businesses as an attorney-at-law and independent consultant in the Washington DC area.

Presidential Management Fellow
U.S. Small Business Administration – Washington, DC
2013 – 2014


o Initially served as the acting program manager (3 months) and then helped train up the permanent program manager (GS-14) and served as the associate program manager thereafter (9 months) for the Boots to Business Initiative, a nationwide entrepreneurial training program for servicemembers leaving the military – coordinating with DOD, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, and 55 SBA District Offices to facilitate the delivery of classes to over 6,000 participants at over 150 military bases in 2013-2014;
o Managed the process for ensuring on-time delivery of class books and materials for the Boots to Business Initiative – coordinating with 55 SBA District Offices and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families when this process was outsourced to an outside vendor;
o Set up a shared e-mail to ensure redundancy and continuity in the class scheduling, materials requests, and class reporting processes, created an electronic filing system to organize all existing documents, worked with others in Information Technology and Field Operations to facilitate the automation of the Boots to Business Initiatives class scheduling, materials requests, and class reporting processes to eliminate the need for e-mails and manual data entry, and drafted detailed instructions for potential process improvements, including a district-by-district analysis project, sharepoint email system improvements, and an automated program dashboard;
o Coordinated with the Department of Defense, the JKO Development Team, and others in Field Operations and the Office of Veterans Business Development as Project Lead to review the content and functionality of the online version of the Boots to Business Initiative’s two-day foundations class;
o Conducted a nationwide series of focus group as Project Lead to evaluate the effectiveness of the Boots to Business Initiative and identify opportunities for improvement – working with Field Operations and Entrepreneurial Development to set up, conduct, and compile feedback from sensing sessions with SBA District Office personnel and representatives from local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE Chapters, Women’s Business Centers, and Veteran Business Outreach Centers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas;
o Prepared the Office of Veterans Business Development’s OMB budget justification, its responses to various GAO, IG, and Congressional inquiries, portions of its Interagency Task Force Report, its legislative comments on the Veterans Small Business Act of 2013, an HTML mock-up of the Boots to Business instructor’s resources page, drafts of various program announcements and statements of work for Boots to Business program support, a white paper to the American Legion for an Entrepreneurial GI Bill, trip briefings for various site visits conducted by its Associate Administrator, legal analyses for the Boots to Business Initiative’s legislative authorization and Privacy Act/Paperwork Reduction Act requirements, and background information and potential Q&A for press releases and Congressional hearings;
o Traveled 21,364 miles in 2013-2014 to conduct 14 site visits in 8 states for the Office of Veterans Business Development – meeting with SBA District Offices and resource partners, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, lenders and veteran-owned businesses and attending the 2013 Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VWISE) Conference and Business Plan Competition in Long Beach, CA; and
o Accepted by Stanford University’s Advanced Project Management Program – completing 40 hours of PMP certified coursework toward their professional certificate.

EDUCATION 

Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship)
University of Oklahoma – Norman, Oklahoma
2007 – 2011

o Named by the Oklahoma Business Roundtable as the graduate student most exemplifying the state’s entrepreneurial spirit in 2009 and awarded a scholarship;
o Put together two award-winning business plans implementing new technology – logging 200 hours with multidisciplinary teams on projects involving setting up production lines processing over 2,000 tons / day and developing oil fields producing over 200,000 barrels / year;
o Selected for a Fellowship with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program to work with Avansic Digital Forensics, a start-up company in Tulsa which specializes in electronic discovery – conducting a nationwide market analysis looking at 3.5 million case filings and determining the market entry costs for the most populous 62 metropolitan statistical areas;
o Ran as a candidate for Student Body President and served as Student Election Chair, as Chair of the Human Diversity Committee in the Graduate Student Senate, and as Vice Chair of the Student Advisory Board to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education;
o Successfully argued several cases before the Student Court;
o Authored proposals to revise the student government constitution, ban the sale of student information, create a professional misconduct system, and incorporate sexual orientation in the university’s non-discrimination statement;
o Wrote 44 news stories and 11 opinion columns involving public records, pay and contracts, institutional finances, and employment diversity during my final year – earning awards for my reporting portfolio and investigative journalism from the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association;
o Founded the Student Veterans Association – serving as the organization’s first President, organizing a Military Appreciation Day, and lobbying the State Legislature for in-state tuition for all members serving in the Oklahoma National Guard;
o Held down part-time jobs and summer internships in the Fiscal Office for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Oklahoma City, the Administrative Office of the Courts for the Oklahoma State Supreme Court, and at James Howell & Associates (a personal injury law firm in Midwest City);
o Fulfilled all of his duties in the Oklahoma National Guard – also volunteering to attend the Warrior Leaders Course where he graduated on the Commandant’s List and earned the Distinguished Leadership Award for his class; and
o Awarded various merit scholarships for his accomplishments in the fields of law, business, and journalism.

Bachelor of Science
University of Central Oklahoma – Edmond, Oklahoma
1997 – 2000 and 2003 – 2005

o Ran for the Oklahoma State Legislature at the age of twenty-one as the youngest candidate in the state;
o Served as President of the Student Senate, Vice President of the Presidents’ Club, President of the Residence Hall Association, and as an officer and member of numerous student organizations and university committees;
o Co-founded the local chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity, serving as its Treasurer and one of its delegates to the Interfraternity Council, and reorganized the University Center Activities Board and the Campus Film Series;
o Helped develop a three-phase plan to build new residential facilities on campus and transform the institution from a commuter-based campus a more traditional student-based campus and wrote the successfully implemented proposals to establish 24-hour visitation policy and a third-party vendor campus alcohol policy;
o Put together “May Day” – the first end-of-the-year spring festival which became an annual campus tradition; o Secured the first dedicated source of funding for residence hall activities from the Board of Regents – as well as student activity fee increases earmarked for student organizations, additional athletic scholarships, student activity officer stipends, a speaker’s bureau, and an Assistant Director of Student Life;
o Participated in the Oklahoma Student Government Association and in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature – earning recognition as Best Delegate and Moot Court Champion;
o Held down part-time jobs and summer internships at Cole, Hargrove, Snodgrass, and Associates (a political consultant), the Graduate Research Office, the United Parcel Service, and the University Bookstore; o Scored in the top ten percent of prospective law students on the LSAT; and
o Attained various awards and scholarships and was inducted into the Ancient and Beneficent Order of the Red, Red Rose.

MILITARY SERVICE

Headquarters Platoon Sergeant
Operation New Dawn – Camp Buehring, Kuwait
2011 – 2012


o Served as the Platoon Sergeant for the Headquarters Platoon for a light reconnaissance cavalry troop deployed to Kuwait;
o Directly supervised a staff of four soldiers and three non-commissioned officers (7 personnel) responsible for supervising the training, operations, and administration functions of the entire troop as Operations NCO and responsible for the health and welfare of twenty-one soldiers and nine non-commissioned officers (30 personnel) as Headquarters Platoon Sergeant;
o Ensured pay, advancement, promotion, and personnel issues are handled in a timely and effective manner, prepared unit's training schedule, and planned, organized, and coordinated troop-level training events;
o Ran the troop's command post, handled sensitive classified operational information, and maintained command and control over military operations in a combat environment;
o Provided battlefield updates and prepared situational briefings for the commander and higher headquarters;
o Maintained positive control and accountability of over $3.6 million of military vehicles and equipment;
o Trained to collect and analyze battlefield information, make assessments and predictions of potential threats, and develop operating strategies as the leader of a Company Intelligence Support Team;
o Took charge of the unit’s transition assistance program – helping soldiers find jobs and apply for college; and
o Provided training on writing resumes and cover letters, doing professional networking, finding a job, setting personal career goals, applying for college and financial aid, working toward a degree, and utilizing education / health care benefits.

Brigade Tactical Operations Center NCOIC
Operation Enduring Freedom – Camp Darulaman, Afghanistan
2006 – 2007


o Started law school at Oklahoma City University before being deployed – earning the #1 rank in his class and being selected as the Chair the Student Senate;
o Continued his studies overseas – securing admission to the MBA program and attaining a perfect 4.0 in all business classes;
o Took charge of the brigade tactical operations center (TOC) in a combat zone within weeks of arriving in theatre and taught himself how to run it with no assistance or previous training or experience – successfully operating in a position usually filled by a non-commissioned officer three grades higher in rank;
o Put in ten to twelve hours / day – coming in after hours and volunteering for convoy operations on his personal time;
o Developed and implemented a new battle tracking system, briefed key leaders on the operational situation, ensured all communications equipment was operational, and trained and supervised all TOC personnel;
o Selected as the only junior enlisted soldier to lead a SECFOR team at a forward operating base near the border; and
o Helped train soldiers and officers serving in the Afghan National Army and conducted several combat patrols – including a nighttime reconnaissance mission while his base was under rocket and mortar fire and a building-to-building search in a village where one of his convoys had just taken enemy fire.

Airborne Paratrooper
U.S. Army – Fort Richardson, Alaska
2000 – 2003


o Served as a Rifleman, an Assistant Gunner, a Radio Telephone Operator, a Communications Specialist, a Team Leader, and a Squad Leader – being promoted and decorated before he was eventually selected as an officer candidate by the ROTC “Green-To-Gold” Program and assigned to McAlester, Oklahoma as a Platoon Leader;
o Responsible for conducting tactical movements and maneuvers, organizing training events and activities, maintaining accountability of personnel and equipment, preparing operations orders and duty rosters, and handling various supply and administration issues; and
o Cofounded the local chapter of the National Infantry Association – serving as its Treasurer.

Other Military Awards and Certifications: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal, and Expert Marksmanship Badge.