As Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Banks Spaeth founded NSAWW in 2007 and is one of the nation’s foremost experts in business development and corporate growth. Mrs. Spaeth’s experience spans global public and private sectors – from the White House and Department of Defense, to the world’s largest defense contractors, to leading emerging technology firms.
NSAWW has a proven track record of success helping companies achieve growth through business development and provides transaction advisory services to private equity firms, and foreign and domestic companies. Clients include Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Genesys, Stanley Black and Decker, Zebra Technology, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, NTT Data, HIG Capital, SAB Capital, and many other Middle Market, Fortune 500 and private equity firms in the US and internationally.
Prior to founding NSAWW, Mrs. Spaeth served as Corporate Vice President of Homeland Security for the Raytheon Company where she developed the company’s homeland security business in North America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. In less than two years, her efforts resulted in over $1 billion USD in new revenue. Prior to Raytheon, Mrs. Spaeth served as Director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin. Under her leadership, she built business alliances with corporations around the world winning more than $3 billion USD of new business.
In 2000, President Clinton appointed Mrs. Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict, where she was in the Assistant in Charge of Global Terrorism Issues. Mrs. Spaeth also served as the Director of Force Health Protection for the Gulf War Illness Task Force in the Department of Defense, serving as a subject matter expert on combat stress management. Mrs. Spaeth also worked in the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Criminal Division, as well as in the Office of Chief Counsel to the President in the White House.
Mrs. Spaeth is a sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues, appearing regularly in national and trade media, including Business Week, CBS News, the Washington Business Journal, and Smart CEO magazine, and she was recently profiled as a women of influence in Women of Influence Magazine. She has been a guest lecturer at York University Schulich International MBA Program in Toronto, Mt. Holyoke College, Sam Houston State University, George Mason University, as well as on Wall Street and in executive boardrooms. Most recently she was a guest speaker for the executive management meeting for the leadership of M&T Bank.
Mrs. Spaeth has extensive experience in emerging technologies and serves the Board of Directors of Momentum Aviation Group (MAG), as well as on the Board of Advisors for AtmosAir Solutions (an environmental/health industry firm). She also serves on the: 2024 Olympic Washington D.C. Due Diligence Committee, the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Economic Club, the ASIS Council for Combating Terrorism, Violence and Political Instability, the National Board of Advisors for Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting wounded and disabled veterans, and in various capacities with many other organizations. Mrs. Spaeth was honored be the sole recipient of the 2014 Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, an organization which has First Lady Michelle Obama as the Honorary Chair, honoring Mrs. Spaeth’s commitment to philanthropy. In April of 2014 Mrs. Spaeth was named as one of five finalists for the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards in the Executive Leader of the Year Category by the Fairfax, Virginia County Chamber of Commerce. The winner will be announced in June 2014 and honor individuals, businesses and non-profits for above-and-beyond business leadership and corporate social responsibility. Mrs. Spaeth was also a Finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award and was the 2010 winner of the “Heroines in Technology” Award.
Mrs. Spaeth holds a Masters from Georgetown University in National Security Studies and a BA, with honors, in Military History from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and children.