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Dawn Amore


Volanno provides custom software development, program management, and advanced data analytics services targeted to the transportation industry.

Dawn Amore is the president of a successful software development and IT consulting company. She provides leadership and vision to her team, while helping to solve tough problems for her clients.

Describe your industry experience:

  • Technology Consulting
  • Program Management
  • Software Design
  • Systems Integration
  • Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Change Management
  • Business Development
  • Government Contracting
  • Aviation and Rail Industry Experience

Describe your functional experience:

  • Owner of a small business in Washington, DC since 2003, $10-$15M
  • Maintained profitability and growth over 15 years
  • Built structure that has allowed the company to grow more rapidly in the past three years
  • Developed of new lines of business and marketed them
  • Successfully applied for new state and local IT contracts including GSA Schedule 70
  • Managed complex projects in the rail industry

Describe your key business transactional experience:

  • Developed business cases for multi-million dollar investment decisions
  • Successfully implemented large, award-winning technology programs
  • Provided change management for technology roll outs
  • Negotiated multi-million dollar contracts
  • Ensured contract compliance by creating policies and in-house software tools that will maximize return on investment and increase productivity
  • Developed subcontracting and teaming agreements, necessary for winning business in the federal sector
  • Developed data warehouse for Federal Aviation Administration that provides executive level reporting each morning
  • Designed and implemented Amtrak’s nationwide train tracking software algorithm.
  • Designed software system for writing strategic plans, business plans, and performance assessment

What is the most important skill you bring to a corporate board?

  • Experienced with federal contracting, GWACs, and state procurement vehicles
  • Successfully built relationships by learning how to outperform the competition
  • Successfully turned around at-risk technology projects
  • Focus on building relationships with clients, so that our firm is viewed as a strategic partner, not just a service provider
  • Built teams that work efficiently and effectively and exceed client expectations
  • Developed market valuation techniques for small businesses
  • Holds an MBA from George Washington University School of Business, Certified Scrum Master, Project Management Professional, and Six Sigma Green Belt