Daniel Gill

Daniel Gill
Daniel Gill

Owner, Dayvon Services Inc.
Department of Defense
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Daniel R. Gill (Dan) owned and operated Dayvon Services Inc. a company that specialized in small business and federal acquisition consulting, coaching and training. Previously, he served as the Bowie State University acting vice president for Institutional Advancement and founder and director of the Institute for Development and Entrepreneurship Advancement (IDEA).

Mr. Gill retired from federal civil service in 1996, as the highest ranked black career professional in the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES-06) in the Department of Defense (DOD), Acquisition Workforce. He served as the DOD director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. He developed acquisition and small business policy and provided oversight for appropriated expenditures to ensure DOD compliance with national policies and executive orders to maximize the department’s expenditures to small and disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and minority institutions (MIs).

From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Gill served in a similar capacity with the Department of the Army, Office of the Secretary of the Army. He served on the Army Contract Adjustment Board, the Executive Board of the Army Acquisition Corp, and the executive boards for two Centers of Excellence at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

His professional career includes positions in contracting and procurement management and policy within the DOD. He was designated a Certified Professional Contract Manager by the National Contract Management Association from 1975 to 1981.

Mr. Gill designed the Department of Defense set-aside policy and regulations to implement PL 99-661, which mandated goals for DOD contract awards and subcontracts to SDBs, HBCUs, and other MIs.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1971, and a master’s degree in contracts and procurement management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1975.

Mr. Gill is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers Program and the author of two books: How the Federal Government Disenfranchises Small Businesses and Acquisition Smart Guide.