Dan Berkon is the Founder and President of Culmen International, a US Government contractor based in Alexandria, VA, with offices and personnel in Europe and Asia. He has over 20 years of experience in international security programs including weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation, counterterrorism, security assistance and counter-trafficking. Under his leadership, Culmen International has supported US Government capacity building programs in over 50 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, East Europe and Latin America.
Mr. Berkon has served as an advisor on international security programs to the US Departments of Defense, State, Energy, Justice and Homeland Security. His contributions have included nuclear security initiatives in the former Soviet Union, maritime security programs in Africa, border security around the world, and counterterrorism in the US.
Prior to founding Culmen International in 2004, Mr. Berkon spent 11 years at SASI, another US Government contractor. There Mr. Berkon rose from Director of International Programs to the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. In 1992, he worked at the US Department of Commerce in the East Europe Business Information Center.
Culmen International is a recipient of the Patriot Award for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves. It is one of the few companies that has been recognized on the Inc.5000 for 5 years in a row, and the Virginia Fantastic 50 for 4 years, as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US and the Commonwealth of Virginia, respectively. Culmen was additionally honored as one of the SmartCEO 100 Best Run Companies in the Washington, DC region. Mr. Berkon is a personal recipient of the DoD David Packard Award for Acquisition and Logistics, the Admiral Stark Award for Innovation, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Outstanding Team Award, and the NAVAIR Award for Acquisition Excellence. Mr. Berkon holds a MBA in International Business from Georgetown University, and a BA in International Relations from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).