Brian Keller is CSA’s chief operating officer. He is responsible for ensuring a consistent and high level of client satisfaction and results across CSA’s 40+ prime and subcontractor tasks. Brian works with CSA’s consulting teams to guide and empower them to apply innovative approaches, technologies and solutions to solve clients’ challenges. He establishes service excellence standards and creates a culture of teamwork and respect, for both clients and CSA, which produces great outcomes for our clients and high job satisfaction for our employees.
Brian began his career in the United States Navy after graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in business management and a minor in leadership from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC).
Brian served in the Navy Supply Corps from 1999 to 2005, which he credits with instilling in him his passion for service to our nation and delivery excellence. In the Navy, Brian gained extensive expertise in leadership, fleet and war-time operations; and DoD business disciplines to include contracting, inventory management, life-cycle sustainment and financial management. He served onboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln from 2001 to 2003 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2003 to 2005, Brian worked as a Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) contracts specialist where he managed over 65 defense contracts, worth $85 million.
In 2005, Brian joined CSA and began building what today is, CSA’s most extensive service offering: Program Execution, more specifically acquisition, contracting and program management services. Brian created CSA’s contracts management service line, and his team of contracts experts advised U.S. Navy clients in the acquisition of very complex C4I systems totaling more than $11 billion. Brian spent five years in PMW 170, providing acquisition and contracts management services to the ACAT I Navy Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Satellite Program (NESP); and another three years in PMW 770, marching the Low Band Universal Communications System (LBUCS) towards its milestone C decision.
From 2012 to 2015 Brian was CSA’s San Diego director of operations. He oversaw all client delivery efforts and managed CSA’s 170+ San Diego-based employees. During his time as regional director, CSA San Diego achieved employee growth of more than 300% and in 2014 was voted the third best place to work in San Diego by the Union-Tribune.
In 2016, Brian was selected to be CSA’s executive vice president of client engagement, and then promoted to COO in July 2018, where he now has national responsibility for CSA service delivery. Brian is a CSA leader in developing and applying CSA’s Guidance Consulting capabilities. Brian is institutionalizing CSA’s client service vision statement, business process toolkits, a quality management system and CSA’s next-generation deliverable tracking and reporting system.
Brian resides in San Diego, CA and is an avid athlete. He completed his first Ironman triathlon in November of 2014, which included a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon run (26.2-miles). In July 2017, he completed the seven-day British Columbia Mountain Bike Race with fellow CSAers. If Brian isn’t swimming, biking, running or shredding the local trails on his mountain bike, you can catch him watching his Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturdays and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sundays during football season.