WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2024 _ SMI has hired as its newest Director Nick Vance, most recently a professional staff member for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, to enhance our expertise in federal appropriations.

Nick has served as a key advisor to senior House members and military leaders and will provide valuable insight and direction for our national security clients, particularly those working in defense procurement and research, development, test and evaluation.  

He was previously legislative director for Rep. John Rutherford (FL), professional staff member for Rep. Kay Granger, the appropriations committee chair, and a congressional liaison for the Air Force on budget issues. 

“Nick brings SMI and our clients the unique experience and insights that comes with having been a professional staff member on the HAC-D,” said SMI CEO Bill McCann.  “What distinguishes Nick, though, is his work ethic, his commitment to teamwork and his reputation amongst his former colleagues and the national security community as a results-driven but collegial professional.”

“It’s an honor to join the team at SMI,” Nick said. “I look forward to partnering with companies that are seeking to contribute to our national security. My direct experience on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee will help them navigate the congressional appropriations process and enhance their relationships with the Department of Defense.”

Nick has a BA in political science from Vanderbilt University and an MA in defense and security studies from the U.S Naval War College.

Founded in 1993, SMI has been the premier choice in Washington for companies, universities, nonprofits, and industry associations for federal marketing and lobbying services focused on national security, defense, clean energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and research and development.