Leadership Team

President and Chief Operating Officer

Steven H. Dam, Ph.D., ESEP is the President and Founder of Systems and Proposal Engineering Company (SPEC Innovations), as well as one of our training instructors. He has been involved with research, experiments, operations analysis, software development, systems engineering and training for more than 40 years.

Dr. Dam participated in the development of C4ISR Architecture Framework and DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF), the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) Vision Architecture, the Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA), and Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) architecture.

He currently is applying system engineering techniques to various DoD, DOE and commercial projects. Dr. Dam has a B.S. in physics from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of South Carolina.

He is also a long-time member of INCOSE and was formerly the president of the San Diego Chapter before relocating to the Washington, D.C. Dr. Dam has presented numerous papers and seminars to the Washington Metropolitan Area (WMA) Chapter of INCOSE, is a past president of the WMA Chapter, current programs chair of the WMA Chapter, and has also received an Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) Certification from INCOSE.

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Cynthia Mahugh-Dam is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SPEC Innovations. She began the company in 1993 to provide quality and innovatives service to her clients, to create a safe and pleasant working environment, and to offer superior leadership and guidance.

Cindy has a B.S. in business from Central Washington University.

Vice President

John Viar is a vice president of SPEC Innovations and has served at the program management level of numerous projects throughout his career, first with the Air Force, then in private and governement sectors. He has led multi-million dollar projects and has a 100% success record for delivering on time and within the budget. He has helped develop and analyze risk assessments for the military and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has led teams in formulating the remediation plans for assessed risks and evaluated risk tools for the Commonwealth.

John has more than 35 years of leadership and management. He has previously worked as the District Business Administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation; as Managing Director of Operations for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, Health Communications Services; and as the Public Services Assistant Manager for the City of Lynchburg/Public Service Division.

He currently holds a B.S. in mathematics and an M.B.A. in management.