Brian A. Sailer, Partner
Brian co-founded and serves as Partner of Flywheel Government Solutions. Brian provides clients with broad industry domain expertise, and strong relationships at the federal, state and local levels. Brian works with Federal officials & Congress, Governors, State Agency officials, State CIOs, Homeland Security Advisors & Emergency Mangers, among others. Brian’s comprehensive understanding of the state and federal intergovernmental affairs and policy and funding processes, appropriations and grants, as well as federal and state procurement and acquisition processes is significant. Brian helps clients successfully understand and align operational and functional requirements with private sector solutions, achieving common goals. Brian has successfully helped clients at the federal and state level secure contracts, develop operational demonstrations and pilots, and bring innovative and transformational technology and platforms to the market to support government customers.
Prior to Flywheel, Brian served as Managing Director in the Grayling Washington, D.C. office, and was responsible for helping to manage the company’s growth strategies, manage clients relations, innovation and program execution, and build business across Grayling’s global network. In 2013, Brian helped form Grayling’s Cybersecurity Consulting and Advisory Services (CCAS), offering C-suite executives cyber-strategies supported by senior-level advisors with backgrounds in crisis communications, public affairs, digital, information technology, and government relations.
In 2008, Brian established Dutko Global Risk Management, (as it was known prior to Grayling’s acquisition of Dutko) formed as a strategic business management consulting firm, providing unparalleled and event-tested knowledge, experience and leadership in security strategy, planning and implementation, critical infrastructure risk mitigation, continuity of government (COG), private sector continuity of operations (COOP) and business resiliency. The company provided strategic and tactical support to federal, state and local and international governments, as well as Fortune 1000 corporations.
In 2004, Brian helped establish the company’s International Advisors Division, and in 2003 helped with the creation of the company’s Federal and State focused Government Markets line of business, helping enterprise to start-up companies position and execute go-to-market strategies targeting government customers. In 2002, Brian spearheaded the development of the company’s Homeland Security, Defense and National Security business practice, and he continues to represent clients before federal, state and local agencies. Brian is also recognized for helping to create a unique and successful public-private partnership bringing together eight (8) Mid-Atlantic States to organize the “All Hazards Consortium.” The organization fosters collaboration between federal, state and local homeland security/first responder communities to strengthen regional coordination and interoperability in planning, preparedness, response and recovery in the event of natural and/or terrorist related events. The organization has been nationally recognized as one of the leading homeland security collaboration initiatives.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Mr. Sailer is married with two children and resides in Annapolis, Maryland.
David Beightol, Managing Partner
David Beightol co-founded Flywheel Government Solutions, and leads federal and state business development, political strategy and C-level management advisory services for clients of the firm. Prior to Flywheel, David served as Managing Principal for Dutko Grayling as well as Managing Director for Dutko Grayling State and Local and founded Dutko Grayling Government Markets.
Prior to joining Grayling, Mr. Beightol was Director of Government Affairs for the large multinational corporation, Johnson Controls, Inc. Before opening Johnson Controls’ government affairs operation, David was Senior Associate/Partner at International Business Resources, Inc. Mr. Beightol has previously served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, and in 1992, President Bush appointed David as Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on the Los Angeles Recovery. For a number of years, Mr. Beightol served as Director of Wisconsin Governor Tommy G Thompson’s Washington, DC office. David began his political career in the U.S. House of Representatives, first in the office of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) followed by the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
In addition to his duties with Flywheel, David has served on the board of MissionLink, an organization of CEO’s in the National Security arena, and on the Advisory Board for Global Relief Technology, Inc. David also sat on the corporate board for the Arena Stage and has served an advisor both the Maryland Initiative of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Baseball Hall of Fame. David also supported Governor Mitt Romney’s National Finance team for both the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Campaigns and currently serves on the finance committees for the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) as well as the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), which includes the Republican Lieutenant Governor’s Association (RLGA), Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC), and Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC).
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Mr. Beightol is married with three children and resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Sawyer Olson, Associate
Sawyer joined Flywheel in the Spring of 2019 and is the newest addition to the team. At Flywheel, Sawyer helps service clients by tracking and monitoring political developments and conducting policy research and analysis at both the federal and state level. Sawyer also contributes to Flywheel’s newsletter: Flywheel FOCUS.
Sawyer graduated in May of 2017 from the University of Wisconsin where he double majored in Journalism and Political Science. Prior to joining Flywheel, Sawyer served as Director of Operations on a gubernatorial campaign where he oversaw the statewide Advance and Grassroots strategy. Sawyer grew up in Wisconsin and now lives in Washington, DC.
Matt Cheroutes, Senior Advisor
Matt has has over two decades of leadership experience working in public affairs. After service as a community liaison for Senator Ken Salazar, Matt worked within the administrations of both Governors Bill Ritter and John Hickenlooper, as Director of Communications and External Affairs, handling media and legislative relations for the state Office of Economic Development. He then went on to serve as a Senior Advisor and Policy Director for the Colorado Department of Revenue. During his time in state government, he helped pass meaningful economic development incentives, establish new laws and regulations for emerging industries, and accelerate the growth of Colorado’s economy in key sectors by leveraging a keen ability to guide focus and clarity.
Matt represents a wide range of private sector clients in the area of local land use, including real estate, energy, transportation, infrastructure, and economic development. Additionally, he has spent the last few years helping establish the non-profit Center for Infrastructure Investment, working across Colorado and the U.S. to advise on alternative financing and public private partnership deal structures. In this capacity, he serves many infrastructure and economic development clients throughout the nation.
His other successes include numerous strategic and tactical involvements on campaigns ranging from U.S. Senate races to recent Denver Metro/Front Range mayoral elections.
Matt was born and raised in Denver and received his MBA from the University of Colorado. He currently resides in southeast Denver with his wife and two kids.
Mary Kay Hogan, Senior Advisor
Mary Kay Hogan joined the Flywheel team in July 2017 as a Senior Advisor. Mary Kay is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado whose practice has focused on state and local government relations since 1988. Before beginning her lobbying career, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge Gaspar Perricone of the First Judicial District of Colorado. Upon completing law school, Mary Kay served as legal counsel to the General Assembly in the non-partisan Office of the Legislative Legal Services, where she served on the tax and finance team.
In 1998, Mary Kay began lobbying with Ruben Valdez and Ruth Aponte, subsequently establishing Aponte and Hogan Public Affairs Consultants, Inc. in 1999. She represented a wide variety of corporate, non-profit and public sector clients, before joining Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's Administration as his Legislative Director in 2006. During the Ritter Administration, she was responsible for coordinating the drafting and passage of major legislative initiatives in the areas of public education, transportation, renewable and traditional energy, and finance.
She returned to the private sector in 2010, and continues to represent a wide spectrum of clients from the public, private and non-profit sector in front of the Colorado General Assembly and with gubernatorial administrations nationwide.
Mary Kay is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and earned her JD from the University of Denver School of Law. She currently lives in Denver, CO.
Jim Driscoll, Senior Advisor
Jim Driscoll is a Senior Advisor with Flywheel Government Solutions, bringing over 15 years of government, public and regulatory affairs experience.
Prior to his consulting work, Jim worked for Independent Pharmacy Cooperative, the nation’s largest group pharmaceutical purchasing association, where he organized and began the entity’s state government relations office.
Subsequent to IPC, Jim served as the Legislative Deputy Director for Governor Bill Ritter Jr., where he was responsible for ushering in the Governor’s legislative agenda, including the 30% renewable energy standard. After his time working with Governor Ritter, he was acting Deputy Director for Governor Hickenlooper’s Energy Office responsible for strategy and advocacy for the Governor’s energy agenda.
Jim is a registered lobbyist in several states and the District of Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana.
Matthew Saer, Manager
Matthew joined the Flywheel team in Fall 2015. In his role at Flywheel, Matthew provides research and analysis on relevant issues, he tracks and monitors policy and political developments, and he helps service and support client needs. Matthew creates and manages comprehensive reports, projects, and deliverables for clients, providing valuable political insight. Matthew further assists clients by coordinating introductions to state and local government officials. In addition, Matthew also handles client lobbying compliance, reporting, and ethics-related issues.
Matthew has also been instrumental in the launch of Flywheel's newsletter, Flywheel FOCUS, which offers a valuable source of information on politics, policy, political climate, elections, trends, and more at the federal, state and local level. Matthew is responsible for the design and for creating content for each issue of the newsletter.
Matthew graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015, where he double majored in government and Spanish, and minored in economics. His previous experience includes working for an international logistics company and interning at a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs grow and launch their businesses. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Matthew now resides in Washington, DC.
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Levon Boyagian, Senior Advisor
Levon Boyagian is a Senior Advisor to Flywheel Government Solutions for transportation clients. In addition, Levon is the President and CEO at Boyagian Consulting, LLC, a federal government relations firm based in Arlington, Virginia, where he focuses on transportation infrastructure policy and investment. Prior to establishing Boyagian Consulting, Levon spent three years as a Vice President at Dutko Worldwide, a public policy firm in Washington, DC, where he managed the federal transportation practice.
Before joining Dutko Worldwide in 2005, Levon served fourteen years as a professional staffer on Capitol Hill. His last four years on the Hill, Levon worked for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, first as special assistant to the chairman, then as staff director for the House Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines.
As the subcommittee staff director, Levon led its efforts in drafting, negotiating and passing through the House of Representatives the reauthorization of TEA-21, the major surface transportation construction and safety bill signed into law in 2005 (SAFETEA LU). Other legislation signed into law under his leadership include The Transit Operating Flexibility Act, The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act, and The Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act, which created two new agencies within the Department of Transportation.
Prior to joining the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Levon worked for Chairman Young for ten years, first as a legislative assistant then as the legislative director where he managed the professional staff and handled a broad range of policy issues including transportation, labor, telecommunications, appropriations, trade, tax, budget, and environment.
Levon earned his BA in Political Science from Hobart College in 1990.
Terry Dittrich, Senior Advisor
International Business Development and Advisory Services
Terry serves as Senior Advisor to Flywheel Government Solutions, providing clients with international business development and advisory services. Terry is a skilled international marketing and sales executive, currently advising several U.S. energy and infrastructure related clients to develop and execute international strategic marketing/sales strategies.
Prior to joining Flywheel, Terry served as Global Sales Director for The Spancrete Group. In this role, Terry worked closely with senior U.S. and foreign government trade officials, U.S. trade-related agencies, and foreign embassies in Washington. He was instrumental in implementing an international market penetration strategy for Spancrete in over 20 emerging markets, resulting in continuous annual growth between 2002 and 2013.
Before his time at Spancrete, Mr. Dittrich founded and served as President of International Business Resources, Inc., an international consulting group specializing in assisting US companies to penetrate the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union.
In addition to his role with Flywheel, Terry serves on the International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) within the US Department of Commerce and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s International Trade Advisory Group. He is also a board member of the Wisconsin District Export Council (DEC), a member of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce’s China Council, and an advisor to international department and faculty of the Waukesha County Technical College.
Terry is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a B.A. in International Economics. Additionally, Mr. Dittrich holds an M.A. in International Economic Policy from The American University School of International Service in Washington, DC. He currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Krista, and his son, Turner.
Brandon Peck, Director
Brandon serves as Director at Flywheel Government Solutions, based in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Flywheel, Brandon was a Senior Associate member of Dutko Grayling’s Energy Infrastructure and Sustainability team. He assisted with political, policy and market research, analysis, and strategic outreach/positioning for clients at the federal, state and local levels. To date, Brandon represents a range of energy-oriented interests ranging from natural gas to energy efficiency.
In May of 2013, Brandon was also selected to be part of a Republican-led U.S. delegation focused on promoting best practices and transatlantic partnership building for clean energy and energy efficiency policies. This delegation met with several clean energy regulators, utility cooperatives, and energy producers/suppliers, as well as staff from the EU Parliament representing all of its political parties.
At Flywheel, Brandon works to help clients position, brand, affect public policy and sell to state government customers. Though the firm covers a variety of hot button issues, Brandon focuses primarily on energy, infrastructure, and Internet of Things policy issues in states and at the federal level. Brandon also works extensively with a number of leading trade associations, third party advocacy groups and political organizations, and he helps develop and manage client relationships with these respective organizations in order to advance industry and/or legislative/executive advocacy goals. Brandon strategically collaborates with these respective organizations in order to leverage the value of a client’s product and/or service, and to leverage the client’s industry and political capital to the rest of the organization’s membership.
Brandon's understanding of the political landscapes, public policy trends and how these trends impact private markets helps his clients stay informed and furthermore helps his clients understand how such trends can affect their respective businesses. Brandon works with clients to devise and execute on creative projects that can provide government markets-based, political visibility for clients, with the ultimate aim being to increase client opportunity for business growth.
In addition to his involvement with a variety of trade and political organizations, Brandon also serves on the the National Finance Committee for the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, and on the National Taxpayers Union Board of Directors.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Brandon is married and resides in Arlington, VA.