John Shoraka, Co-Founder/Managing Director, GovContractPros
John Shoraka currently serves as the Managing Director of GovContractPros. As Managing Director, he assists small business government contractors in all phases of their business lifecycle including navigation of the federal marketplace, business development, certification for and compliance with small business set-aside programs, teaming and mentor-protégé arrangements, and financing and acquisition.
Previously, Shoraka served as former Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. His knowledge of the government contracting marketplace derives from decades of both infield private sector and public sector practice. As outgoing Associate Administrator of SBA, Shoraka was responsible for overseeing the federal government’s small business set-aside programs including 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone, WOSB and SDVOSB programs. He was also responsible for the Office of Size Standards, the federal government’s small business goaling program, as well as the federal government’s small business prime and subcontracting programs. Shoraka worked closely with the White House, Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Senior Administration officials in crafting best practices for accomplishing small business procurement goals and expanding opportunities in the marketplace.
Shoraka has deep understanding of the federal government contracting legislative and regulatory landscape. He was responsible for implementing procurement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act (including the All Small Mentor Protégé Program), as well as the National Defense Authorization Acts of FY13-16 (including sole source authority for the WOSB program). He represented the SBA and the Obama Administration in hearings before Congress, including hearings with the House Small Business Committee, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was also a voting member of the Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council and its successor, the Category Management Leadership Council.
Shoraka also served as Regional Administrator for the SBA. As Regional Administrator for Region 3, he was responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the region.
Shoraka previously served as vice president at The Aries Group in Silver Spring, Md., a business and financial consulting firm where he was responsible for implementing multi-year projects throughout the world.
Prior to accepting the appointment as Regional Administrator at the SBA, he served as chair of the Small Business Association for International Contractors, where he represented 26 small business contractors that provide services to the United States Agency for International Development.
In addition, Mr. Shoraka served as adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America where he taught courses in international business and management science. Mr. Shoraka holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from George Washington University.