The Firm

Founded in 1999 by Mr. Ron Newlan and Dr. Harry West, Global Solutions Network, Inc., (GSN), is a certified HUBZone firm. HUBZone stands for Historically Underutilized Business Zone and is a fairly new initiative of the Small Business Administration designed to provide certain advantages to firms that meet the established criteria.

A HUBZone is a geographic land region of our Nation where unemployment is usually high or wages paid are usually low. Some HUBZones have both high unemployment and low salaries and there are more than 8,000 HUBZones nationally. In order to be certified by the SBA under this program the firm must have its principal office in a HUBZone and at least 35% of its employees must live in a HUBZone.

Mr. Ron Newlan has over 23 years of contracting expertise and a proven successful track record on more than 2 billion dollars of Federal contracts with no defaults or blemishes on his record. Ron Newlan co-founded and ran Resource Consultants, Inc. (RCI) for nearly twenty years. RCI is one of the largest technical service firms serving the Federal Government today. When Mr. Newlan retired from RCI in 1998, RCI was ranked by Washington Technology as the 54th largest Federal Government contractor! Knowing the Government services business as he does, after retiring from RCI, Mr. Newlan decided to spend the rest of his working years giving something back to the Nation that allowed him to succeed and prosper with his previous firm. In 1999 Mr. Newlan got involve with the HUBZone program as a means to bring good jobs with good pay to economically depressed areas of our Nation. Aside from starting Global Solutions Network, Inc., in early 2000 Mr. Newlan also founded a non-profit nationwide trade association of HUBZone contractors known as the HUBZone Contractors National Council. Serving as Chairman and President of this Council has given him the opportunity to become a national spokesman for the HUBZone Program throughout our local community, the Executive Branch of our Government and Congress. Mr. Newlan earned his BS degree at the U.S. Naval Academy and his MPA degree at The George Washington University.

Dr. Harry West retired from the U.S. Army as the senior careerist in the entire Army. Prior to affiliating with GSN, Dr. West formed TECHNOLOGIES, Inc., a Virginia small business corporation established to provide new technology applications and consulting services to business and government enterprises. He retired from the Federal Senior Executive Service in April 1988 after 26 years of service in financial management, defense business management, weapon systems cost and economic analyses, non-appropriated and appropriated fund management, and manpower management positions. He currently consults to several large prime contracting firms; serves as a Director, International Institute of Business Technologies; and is a member of the Association of the United States Army Advisory Board of Directors. Dr. West earned his MS and his DPA from The George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Both founders of GSN bring extensive Federal Government contracting experience to the table. The two have now come together and are building Global one step at a time. These are the roots of GSN. A professional services firm that has at its realm, a visionary leaders with over 23 years of Federal Government contracting expertise, and with the management skills and tenacity to get the job done right!