Defense Program Manager
ELaughlin@YesVirginia.org | Phone: (703) 506-9743 | Fax: (703) 506-9740
8150 Leesburg Pike, Suite 710 | Vienna, Virginia 22182-7730
Ed is a Defense Program Manager within VEDP’s Global Defense Program. He supports the global ambitions of small and medium Aerospace & Defense companies in Northern Virginia from the agency’s office in Tysons.
Drawing from his international experiences in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for companies such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, Ed provides export counseling to help each client create profitable growth from foreign markets.
Utilizing VEDP’s broad portfolio of trade services, he works collaboratively with company management to conduct research, define goals, develop market entry strategies and advise on related compliance, finance, marketing and other associated corporate activities.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ed holds a MBA from the University of Georgia as well as a BA in both Political Science and Economics from the same school. While a graduate student, he got his initial taste for export consulting through an assistantship at the University’s International Business Development Center.
Residing in Northern Virginia near Washington, DC, he is married to the former Amy Schmidt, a native of Blacksburg, Virginia and VT graduate. They have a young son, Erich.