Janet Chihocky is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of JANSON Communications. She is an advisor and strategist to military leaders and corporate executives within the defense and aerospace markets and a subject matter expert on topics such as organizational branding, marketing and strategic communications. Although Janet holds many titles, her most important and valued role continues to be a servant of Jesus Christ.
Janet takes the lead in strengthening an organization’s brand and portfolio of capabilities to help clients communicate their relevancy, generate new business, attract key stakeholders, and achieve cost reductions and improved management in communication programs that result in impactful outcomes for stakeholders.
Having launched her career in the late eighties with a global aerospace company (Orbital Sciences Corporation), Janet was heavily involved in the communications and publicity efforts for the roll-out and first several launches of the company’s air-launched space vehicle, Pegasus. In addition, she developed a domestic and international communications program for Orbital’s space systems and commercial space imaging business. Some of her other work includes high-profile organizations such as: Army Materiel Command (AMC), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), HDT Technologies, Tooele Army Depot, PEO Soldier, CSC, Army Contracting Command (ACC), DRS, AM General, and many others. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Marketing from Strayer University.
Bill Edgar serves as JANSON’s Vice President for Analytics and Commercial Markets. In this capacity, Bill leads market analysis effort and market strategy development for JANSON’s Federal and commercial sector clients. Bill also leads JANSON’s organic industrial base development efforts, where he advises on market development and engagement strategies in support of long-term sustainment planning for our Nation’s Government-owned and operated manufacturing installations.
Bill’s previous experience includes leadership positions at IHSMarkit (Jane’s), Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC and several small to medium size companies providing national security analysis or Federal IT contracting support. Over his career, Bill has led, and advised, on more than 100 market growth studies for international government and corporate A&D clients. He brings a multi-faceted range of experience in methods, analysis, and strategy, with specialization in complex market analysis services. Bill has conducted numerous international presentations and interviews on national security and defense industrial issues, and has provided expert testimony to the US Congress.
Bill has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As the Communications Practice Lead and Senior Communications Strategist, Ms. Ruggio successfully leads a diverse team in strategic planning, communications strategy, outreach and public relations across JANSON clients in the Army, Marine Corps and federal sectors. She is currently directing projects for our military and federal clients with focus in the areas of information technology and cybersecurity to advise these organizations in the development of a consistent and clear strategic vision, direction, roles and capabilities to synchronize efforts and build awareness among all stakeholders. Ms. Ruggio is also a member of the strategic planning teams of these clients to ensure their strategic plans, policy, governance and other guidance related to individual activities is aligned with mission goals and objectives.
Ms. Ruggio brings more than fifteen years of experience advising the Department of State, Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, and foreign governments on development and humanitarian assistance, communications, strategy and media. She has directly led integrated strategic communications teams across multiple DoD and select Federal clients.
Prior to joining JANSON, she spent more than five years in Iraq working on a number of strategic communications, media relations, information operations and governance projects. During this time, Ms. Ruggio provided media training to key U.S. and Iraq government officials, built media offices at the regional government level to promote transparency and accountability, worked to increase public participation and improve communication between local government and their constituents, and conducted media and outreach on behalf of the U.S. military. Ms. Ruggio is adept at addressing emerging and crisis issues as a result of her time overseas. Before working in Iraq, she worked in the Middle East and Washington D.C. focusing on development research, strategic planning, strategic communications, and advocacy for non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Throughout her career, Ms. Ruggio has worked to develop outreach and stakeholder engagement strategies and built effective public-private sector partnerships. She has also served as the Director of Communications and Outreach for a Middle East non-profit and as an Adjunct Professor at American University.
She earned a Master’s Degree in International Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Society from American University. Ms. Ruggio also holds a Professional Certificate in Management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.