Gordon Sumner, Jr., PhD, is a Senior Consultant for NewPoint Stratgies LLC. Dr. Sumner is on the NewPoint team for sexual assault prevention services for the military service branches. He provides direction and leadership to the team to ensure NewPoint’s service offerings are consistent with DoD core principles and procedures.
Dr. Sumner is also the founder of Gordon Sumner Consulting, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and Native American Small Business providing professional consulting services focusing on developing sound business strategies for firms with a focus on Federal government actions, increasing the firms’ visibility to the Federal, state and local governments, large and small businesses and associations. He provides project support for veteran businesses, Guard and Reserve components, and family and employer support programs.
Prior to establishing Gordon Sumner Consulting, Dr. Sumner served as the Executive Director for the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). As a presidential appointee and member of the Senior Executive Service he provided executive leadership to the largest volunteer organization within the Department of Defense promoting cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and assisted in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. He was a leader in ensuring the principles of Diversity and Inclusion were adhered to in the makeup of personnel for key committees in the organization. Since 2012 he provides support to the Unicorn Group who is committed to delivering effective business development solutions for our clients by tapping executive relationships.
After retiring from the US Army as a Colonel select in 1997, Gordon served as a Project Manager, Program Manager, Director and Managing Director, SYColeman, formally SY Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L3 Communications, as a consultant to the Chief of Staff, Army and establishing the Active Component / Reserve Component Integration Directorate as well as delivering state-of-the-art solutions to customers, expanded leading market positions to deliver value to all of our stakeholders, and provided innovative solutions to a broad base of customers, from the U.S. government and its allies to the world’s most prestigious corporations. He then served as the VP, Government Services Division with Peduzzi Associates, LTD, providing talent, knowledge and experience to commercial and government clients in Washington, D.C. and around the world via two areas of concentration — Business Development and Services for small start-ups and large established businesses.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education from Madison University, a Master of Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from Auburn University, a Master of Education (with Honors) from Boston University and a BS, Music Performance and Music Education, Jacksonville State University. He is also a Graduate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Gordon currently serves as a Senior Fellow and Affiliate Faculty, George Mason University; Council Member, Graduate Education Development Council, Auburn University; Scholar, Washington Scholars Program, The Admiral Carey Foundation; Board of Advisors, Office of Military Services, George Mason University. He served on the Board of Governors, Jacksonville State University. He is the Secretary, Board of Directors, Veterans Moving Forward, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide service dogs to veterans with physical and mental health challenges.
Gordon is a member of a variety of veteran service organizations, associations and business groups where he has served in many leadership positions at the local and national levels.