FAC Academy Mission

Our mission is simple: We increase the effectiveness of Federal and Commercial acquisition managers by providing the most comprehensive, integrated, cost-effective Federal acquisition education solutions available.

We meet this goal by offering innovative curricula, by tailoring our courses to your organization, and by returning you to work both with new knowledge and with the ability to effectively implement it. Combine all of this with our highly experienced instructors and our drive to provide managers and students with personal and individual customer service, and you get a truly invaluable learning experience.

The FAC Academy offers a variety of ways to order our FAC-P/PM and FAC-COR courses. We are proud to be on the GSA Schedule, and we have long-standing BPAs for our FAC-P/PM program with Department of the Interior University (DOIU) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For more information on how to order our courses through these various contract vehicles, please see below.

GSA MOBIS (874-4):  GS-02F-072AA
FAC Academy GSA Schedule GS-02F-072AA

All FAC Academy FAC-P/PM, FAC-P/PM-IT, and FAC-COR courses are available for purchase at discounted rates on our GSA MOBIS (874-4) schedule, contract GS-02F-072AA.

This contract vehicle can be used by any Federal agency to order the FAC Academy's unique FAI-verified FAC-P/PM, FAC-P/PM-IT,  and FAC-COR courses. This contract includes additional volume discounts available for multi-course purchases.  Please contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Since 2011, the FAC Academy has been honored to offer FAI- and DOI-verified FAC-P/PM training to bureaus across the Department of the Interior.

In FY15, the FAC Academy was awarded an Agency-wide BPA to provide FAC-P/PM training to all DOI bureaus through DOI University.

Training managers and acquisition professionals from any DOI bureau can order FAC-P/PM courses through this contract.  DOIU offers its training to all Federal agencies, allowing any Federal employee to take advantage of this contract.  Please contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

HHS FAC-P/PM BPA: HHSH-250-2012-00001B

In 2012, the FAC Academy was awarded an Agency-wide BPA to provide FAC-P/PM training to any HHS Operating Division.

Training managers and acquisition professionals from any HHS OpDiv can order FAC-P/PM courses through this contract. Please contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.


MEET OUR FACULTY: Ensuring the quality of your Federal acquisition education is our first priority. To that end, we invite only the best instructors to become a part of our faculty – and then we invest heavily in their personal training and understanding of our unique courseware.

Most of our faculty members are PMP®-certified (Project Management Professional) by PMI® (Project Management Institute). Many FAC Academy instructors have multiple DAWIA (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act) certifications, and nearly all have advanced academic degrees, are published authors, and have been nationally recognized for their past contributions to the acquisition community. The “least experienced” faculty member has 20 years; the most experienced has 42 years; and as a team they average over 30 years of professional experience.

The benefits of having such a diverse and supremely talented faculty are immeasurable. Their support of each other and of the program as a whole assures you a truly world-class educational experience.

Take a minute to get to know our instructors – We think you’ll be excited to meet them in your next class.


Ben Sellers

Years of Experience: 42
Professional Certifications: PMP®, Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM)
Hobbies: Golf

Ben Sellers is the founder and president of the Federal Acquisition Certification Academy. He has provided consulting and training services in the fields of project management, financial management, and contract management to corporations and government agencies around the world. He has taught classes in all aspects of project, financial, and contract management to thousands of mid-level and senior managers in more than 60 companies and government agencies in the United States and in dozens of locations throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Mr. Sellers completed a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps as assistant to the director of the Defense Acquisition Regulatory Council and as vice chairman of the Contract Finance Committee. He has organized conferences and has been a speaker for many professional associations, such as the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), the Institute for International Research, and The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS®). He has served on the editorial board and is a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association.


Bob Knight

Years of Experience: 25+
Professional Certifications: PMP®
Hobbies: Traveling (specifically bucket list trips!), music, and spoiling my grandkids!

Mr. Robert L. Knight is a trusted professional with a balanced portfolio of training, managerial, and technical experience including project, program and portfolio management, earned value management systems, information technology and systems development, supply chain management, strategic plans and architectures and inventory control systems.

During a twenty year U.S. Navy career, Mr. Knight managed projects or served as a program manager on efforts ranging from designing cold storage warehouses to replacing and integrating major information systems.  He capped his career as an instructor in project management and information systems at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  After his navy assignments he served as a senior member or director of project management offices at Sabre and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Mr. Knight holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master's in Information Systems.  He also holds certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), and is a creative instructor, facilitator, problem solver, team builder and change manager with a unique ability to interface and communicate effectively with personnel at all organizational levels. Mr. Knight is well-versed in the FAC Academy curriculum, as he is the only instructor other than the Dean to have taught all of the FAC Academy’s courses.

Gustavo Calderón

Gustavo Calderón

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 27
Professional Certifications: PMP®, Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM), Six Sigma Black Belt
Hobbies: Extreme skiing, competitive cycling, and training for marathons!

Gustavo A. Calderón is a member of the founding faculty of the Federal Acquisition Certification Academy. Gustavo is a highly-qualified management consultant with over twenty-seven years of progressive responsibility and experience working with clients at the executive and senior levels. He has managed large-scale and complex information systems implementation projects. He has led enterprise-wide projects including Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), and web-based application deployments. Additionally, Mr. Calderón founded Compass Systems Consulting, Inc. in 1998, following an experience-rich thirteen-year career with Bechtel, Accenture, Headstrong, and Cap Gemini. He has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since October 1998, and expanded his project management capabilities by completing the rigorous Stanford University’s Certified Project Manager (SCPM) Program in August 2004.

Mel deGuzmán

Mel deGuzmán

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 30+
Professional Certifications: PMP, MBTI Certified, Certified Business Analyst
Hobbies: Domestic and foreign travel, and reading fiction!

Dr. deGuzmán has served as a computer center director, an IT program manager, and a chief information officer. In these roles, he has reengineered and modernized processes in government, financial, technology, petroleum, pharmaceutical, and nonprofit sectors. As a consultant, facilitator, and coach, Dr. deGuzmán serves clients in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific on matters related to organizational development, systems engineering, and project management.

He is the recipient of a National Performance Review Hammer Award, and is also the author of The Project Management Office: Gaining the Competitive Edge. Dr. deGuzmán teaches graduate courses in leadership development, management, organizational development and information technology, and has coached graduate capstone teams for the Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to the professional certifications listed above, he also holds a B.S., an M.A., an M.P.A., and a Ph.D.

Jaime Gracia

Jaime Gracia

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 20
Professional Certifications: PMP®, Certified Federal Projects Manager (CFPM)
Hobbies: Travel, cigars, and the Yankees!

Mr. Gracia specializes in certified training to ensure that requirements development, program management, performance-based acquisition, and contracting are an integrated package of training delivery for the federal acquisition workforce and government contractors. He has 20 years of professional experience providing consulting support for the acquisition, training, and management of services and technology for government and commercial clients including numerous Defense and Federal Civilian Agencies. As a leader in delivering results to Federal clients, Mr. Gracia also serves as President and CEO of Seville Government Consulting.

Trina Hope

Trina Hope

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 40
Professional Certifications: PMP®, MBTI Certified
Hobbies: Travel, skiing, and golf!

Most of Trina Hope’s career has centered on projects, project management and training, with over 40 years of experience in management, training, product development, and planning. She has worked with local and international businesses, with customers from the private and public sectors, and across a wide range of industries.

Ms. Hope’s last assignment for the IBM Corporation was as Senior Manager in software development. Her IBM career also afforded her a ‘tour’ of education in their East Coast education facility. After retiring from IBM she became a senior instructor at the VA headquarters of an international training company, focusing on project management, quality training, and consulting. She has extensive experience in delivering a wide variety of classes in general and IT curricula, as well as curricula development.

Bob McCord

Bob McCord

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 30
Professional Certifications: PMP®
Hobbies: Writing anything from travel pieces to screenplays, exploring space (I’ve been to 3 shuttle launches!) and the outdoors, and travel.

Bob McCord helps employees improve their skills to get results. Whether individuals are leading teams, managing projects, writing statements of work, developing proposals, presenting to customers, improving processes, or managing contracts, for the past thirty years Bob has helped them learn, apply, and achieve. His knowledge and skills are based on his experience as manager, consultant, trainer, writer, and entrepreneur. As an instructor, he has received high scores conducting courses for and working with clients such as Sandia Labs, Customs and Border Patrol, NOAA, the Coast Guard, and the State Department. Bob has degrees in Communications and a Master’s Certificate in project management, has been certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP), and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development.

John McElhenny

John McElhenny

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 20+
Professional Certifications: National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
Hobbies: Travel, golf, hiking, and concerts!

John F. McElhenny III is the Program Learning Director (PLD) in the Center for Program Management of the Learning Capabilities Integration Center of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Mr. McElhenny is responsible for the development of curricula for the Facilities Engineering Career Field.

He has been a Professor of Contract Management for 15 years, having taught contracting courses for DAU, the Naval Center for Acquisition Training, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Mr. McElhenny holds a BS in Civil Engineering (Construction) from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s of Acquisition Management from American Graduate University.

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 38
Professional Certifications: PMP®,
Hobbies: Hiking, crabbing, fishing and golfing!

Michael E. McKenna is a founding faculty member of the Federal Acquisition Certification Academy. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a project manager. Mr. McKenna spent nearly 25 years in the aerospace industry, culminating in assignments as a senior financial executive at three different firms, including the aerospace segment of a multi-billion dollar, Fortune 200 Company. Since 1996, Mr. McKenna has had extensive experience in disseminating best practices in the areas of project, contract, and financial management to firms competing in both the private and public sectors (domestically and internationally). As a principal in the consulting firm of Cook, Haney & McKenna, Inc., he has had extensive financial and project management experiences dealing with a wide range of business and operational issues affecting organizations in both the commercial and government sectors.

Ron Whitehead

Ron Whitehead

Title: Senior Instructor
Years of Experience: 38
Professional Certifications: PMP®
Hobbies: Astronomy (I have my own private observatory at John Bryan State Park!); collecting meteorites, science, reading, and my grandkids (I have 12 of them!)!

Ronald S. Whitehead is a member of the founding faculty of the Federal Acquisition Certification Academy. Ron has 38 years of experience in project management, team building, and business development in business and government. Mr. Whitehead has been an instructor since 1995, providing course instruction for 12 diverse project management courses. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct assistant professor and a consultant for the Wright State University, College of Business and Administration. Mr. Whitehead completed 22 years of service in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Whitehead holds a Master’s of Science in management from The George Washington University and a bachelor of arts in political science from The Citadel. He is a member of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Knowledge and Wisdom Committee and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by PMI®.

Combined with the solid foundation of our complete FAI approved curricula, each FAC Academy course is further enhanced and personalized by the use of the FAC Academy’s adult educational methodology, known as ALTA, and its complementary FAC-Pro suite of assessment tools. Together, ALTA and FAC-Pro assure coverage of the full range of Bloom’s Taxonomy requirements.

ALTA™, the FAC Academy’s proven, student-centered educational methodology, assures maximum learning outcomes and immediate improvements in productivity and effectiveness upon the student’s return to the workplace. ALTA™ framework guides students as they:

  • ASSESS their individual knowledge and organizational process maturity using the FAC Academy’s unique FAC-Pro™ suite of assessment tools
  • LEARN from in-depth presentation and discussion of the course material under the professional guidance of world-class instructors
  • TRY new concepts through exercises and case studies in a safe, supportive environment
  • APPLY the lessons learned from the classroom activities to the real world as they build personalized Action Plans with specific timelines and implementation milestones.

Using FAC-Pro™, the FAC Academy’s unique suite of assessment tools, students develop targeted Action Plans for individual and organizational improvements. These Action Plans facilitate the students’ transfer of the lessons learned in the classroom to create immediate on-the-job improvement.

All FAC Academy courses utilize detailed lecture, in-depth discussion, hands-on exercises and case studies, and interactive templates to ensure students’ rapid learning and effective application of knowledge and skills. Through the use of the ALTA™ methodology and FAC-Pro™ tools, combined with our “You-Centric” attitude, your acquisition education with the FAC Academy is truly the most well-rounded and complete education on the market.


M. Mayes  |  IT Project Manager  |  CDC

"The instructor was the best I have seen in my 23 years of Federal training (10 years with DoD and 13 years with CDC).  These classes are a great combination of what is needed to be successful in project management in the Federal Government."

Jeff Rose  |  Civil Engineer  |  USFWS

"Fantastic course for preparing me for Level III PM with an extremely knowledgeable and professional instructor.  He made the class interesting and fun."

Wade Hood  |  Supervisory IT Specialist, Nevada Water Science Center  |  USGS

"The experience was excellent! The instructor was exceptional; there wasn't anything he couldn't answer. He kept the attention of the students by talking about real world situations, as well as the material presented.

Courseware was up to date and presented in a way that reaped maximum benefit for all. The administration was prompt, professional, and most of all, friendly. I look forward to taking more courses with the folks of FAC Academy!"

Anthony McDonald  |  Program Analyst  |  USGS

"The superior, in-depth knowledge, skill, ability and congenial personality of the instructor greatly enhanced the benefits of the course."

Peter Martin, III  |  Civil Engineering/Facility Specialist  |  USFWS

"The best instructor whether in the private or government sector.  His style of teaching is remarkable and as an instructor he inspires his students.  Because of his inspiration, we, his students, have formed a group and intend to change the way we do business at our Bureau.  This is a big deal.  It is difficult to say this, but our instructor made us understand the risks and the opportunities.  We have decided that our old way of business wasn't worth the problems and the new way is better for our Bureau."

Jim Burby  |  Civil Engineer  |  USFWS

"Excellent course content and well presented in a practical manner."

George E. Jenkins  |  CPA (Senior Executive Service) Director, Office of Program Management and Systems Policy  |  HHS/ASFR/OF

"This writing serves as an unequivocal letter of recommendation for Ben Sellers and the Federal Acquisition Certification Academy. As a graduate of the program, I found the course curriculum to be relevant and engaging. The information presented went well above and beyond the standard training materials by providing extensive reference information on the flash drives, a variety of self-assessment tools, up-to-date information from the Department of Health and Human Services itself, and by providing time for discussion of relevant topics among the participants of each class. In addition there was comprehensive coverage of the Competencies and Aligned Skills required by OFPP and FAI.

Ben Sellers brought a wealth of real life experiences in his prior role as a project manager for multi-million dollar acquisitions when he was in military service. As a former college professor myself, I find that it is critical for the instructor to embellish text book material with practical experiences they have encountered. This brings relevance to the information for the students and makes the words leap off the pages. Ben Sellers did this with excellent and meaningful results.

This course is a must for project managers to take, so that they can garner the requisite skills and insights needed to keep their projects on track and deliver quality products to the government in light of their fiduciary responsibilities as good stewards for taxpayer’s dollars.

I recommend the courses being offered by the Federal Acquisition Academy without reservation."

Philip W. Clark  |  Program Manager, Grants.gov  |  HHS Division of Grants

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the extremely valuable series of classes you and the Federal Acquisition Certification Academy recently provided in support of the HHS FAC-P/PM training program. From the perspective of my recent position as HHS IT Capital Planning Officer and my current position as the program manager for a major Government-wide program, I can appreciate the challenges you faced in designing a program that comprehensively covered all the FAC-P/PM Competencies in a very short series of courses and in teaching a group of managers coming to the classes with knowledge ranging from first-exposure to masters-level practitioners.

Your own deep knowledge of the subject areas in general, and your study of relevant HHS policy in particular, came through not only in your effective course design, but also in your willingness and ability to engage with program managers in the classroom, giving them practical, up-to-date information. You also knew when to let a productive discussion continue -- and when to move on.

The key to success in this type of management course is less what attendees learn in class and more what they take back to their jobs in a form they can use. I was pleasantly surprised to find self-assessment tools in the provided class materials that will help any program manager assess his or her own program and help them plan improvements in the weeks and months to come.

Finally, providing the class attendees with a thumb drive with all relevant reference materials was a step above and beyond expectations, again allowing managers to search for and find materials discussed in class when they need them on the job. I found it well worth the time away from a busy schedule to attend your FAC-P/PM courses and I am certain that the overall quality of HHS program management will improve as a result of the exposure that our PMs had to your training."