Mr. Popps, Senior Counsel to FH+H, provides strategic advice and legal counsel to a wide variety clients, assisting them with their most demanding and challenging legal, business, and financial challenges. He previously served with distinction at the highest levels of government and is an experienced business executive with strong ties to the defense, intelligence, and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Popps’s many accomplishments are highlighted by his leading the 42,000+ person Army acquisition workforce with 600+ Programs of Record and by his being the first appointee (by House Speaker John Boehner) to the Commission on Wartime Contracting (CoWC), an independent, bipartisan legislative commission established to study wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Strategic Materials Council, a public policy group dedicated to the security of the nation’s critical supply chains.
Mr. Popps was previously deployed as the Director of Military Industrial Conversion to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA-Iraq) and was instrumental in restructuring and aligning the former regime’s state-owned 52 Military Industry Commission companies into the new Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). He served as the first CPA Deputy Senior Advisor to that ministry and also assisted in the ministerial restructuring of the former Iraqi nuclear reactor site at Al-Tuwaitha while leading efforts to retain and re-direct thousands of former Iraqi WMD scientists.
From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Popps served as the Chief Operations Supervisor for the largest Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Northern Virginia’s history and working to dispose of assets in 10 states and help organize the claims of 1,500+ employees, 9,000+ creditors and hundreds of related liquidation issues. For 15 years from 1984 to 1999, Mr. Popps served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Fort Worth Teleport, a telecommunications company he founded with the family investment trust of the Trammell Crow family of Dallas, Texas and prior to that was with Communications Technology Management, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Popps was an initial incorporator of C-SPAN.
He completed two terms as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Business Bank in Vienna and McLean, Virginia and was a member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary and stockholder of LEROS Technologies Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia. He also served on the Board of Directors of The George Mason University Instructional Television Foundation, Inc. and George Mason Intellectual Properties, Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia, and was an Adjunct Faculty Member of Business Law at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus.