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November 2018





Bi-Monthly Luncheon


Cost:                   $22.00 with RSVP on or before COB 6 November (Tuesday)

                             $24.00 at the door

Menu:                 Garden Salad w/Ranch & Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings

                             Cranberry Sauce

                             Roasted Turkey w/Gravy

                             Sliced London Broil

                             Green Beans

                             Cornbread Stuffing

                             Mashed Potatoes

                             Warm Bread w/Butter

                             Apple & Pumpkin Pies

                             Water, Iced Tea, & Coffee Service

RSVP:                   http://ndia-cflevents.org

RSVP using the riptide link (above) no later than COB Tuesday, 6 November to ensure seating.

NOTE: Please pay at the door via check, cash or credit card.  Make checks payable to “the Holiday Inn.”  Disregard any email notices to submit payments/checks in advance.  Contact Mike Genetti via email if you have any problems with site registration and he’ll load you into the system offline.


Questions:         Contact Mike Genetti (mikegenetti75@gmail.com ), 407.399.3035.

Speakers:           Colonel “Lou” Lara, USMC, PM TRASYS

Colonel “Lou” Lara, USMC

Program Manager, Training Systems (PM TRASYS)

Marine Corps Systems Command

Col “Lou” Lara has a diverse 26-year career serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  His background includes assignments as a Marine Corps Ground Acquisitions Officer, Contracting Officer, Logistics Officer and F/A-18 Power-plant mechanic.


Col Lara is a New York City native and a 1993 graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he received a B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Management.  He also holds M.S. Degrees in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Post-Graduate School and Military Studies from the Marine Corps University.  Additionally, he is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.


In 1992, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as an F/A-18 Plane Captain with VMFA-142.  He earned a commission in 1995 and subsequently became a Logistics Officer and a Contracting Officer. In 1999, he deployed on a Western Pacific deployment as a member of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Additionally, in support of the Global War on Terror, he deployed three times to Kuwait/Iraq, twice as a Contingency Contracting Officer and once as the Regimental Combat Team – 5 Logistics Officer in support of combat operations in Fallujah.


Prior to his selection as Program Manager Training Systems, Col Lara served as the Deputy Program Manager for Training Systems and completed a fellowship as a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow at Georgia Power Company.


Other key Acquisition Officer assignments include, Acquisition Command as Product Manager for Anti-Armor Systems, Deputy Director for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), Assistant-Program Manager Logistics for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), Team Leader for the Body Armor and Load Bearing team, and Director of Contracts at Marine Corps Support Facility, Blount Island Command.


As a Ground Acquisition Officer, Col Lara specializes in the acquisition of military weapon systems for the United States Marine Corps.  He develops procurement strategies, interfaces with defense industry and leads integrated product teams comprised of logistics, engineering, finance and contracting professionals while balancing cost, schedule and technical performance of the weapon system programs he oversees.


Col Lara was recently selected to the rank of Colonel in the FY19 Colonel Promotion board.  His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon.


He is married to the former Yvonne Herrera of Buena Park, California and has three sons and a daughter.