Consultant and Advisors – CVG Strategy

Consultants and Advisors at CVG Strategy – Our firm occupies a unique position in the world of manufacturing consulting and training.


Consultants and AdvisorsConsultants and advisors specialize in assisting small- to mid-sized companies with capitalizing on opportunities for growth and enhancing business performance. Team CVG Strategy offers a diverse range of subject matter experts whose services can be tailored to provide support for our clients’ projects in four major focus areas today. One is Quality Management Systems, second is Test and Evaluation including our EZ Test Plans, and the third is ITAR and Export Compliance. The fourth area is the ITAR Store which provides export compliance products including ITAR Signs and Badges.

consultants and advisorsThe depth of a 20-year foundation of proven experience and established relationships makes CVG Strategy an asset to any organization that has a desire to grow in this challenging global economic climate.  We are committed to excellence and dedicated to providing personalized, high quality service for our clients.  Located on Florida’s Space Coast, CVG Strategy is a SBA 8a Certified Disadvantaged Minority and Woman-Owned Small Business.

When we work with a new client on Quality, we enable rapid implementation.  Everything we do as consultants is processed based.  Our Quality Experts have experience with ISO9001:2015, AS9100D, ISO 13485:2016, ISO 27001:2013 or Association of American Railroads (AAR) M-1003 and can readily deliver compliant procedures and work instructions.

In the past few years, our technical writers have prepared over hundreds of Test Plans for our client’s Test and Evaluation Programs.   Many customers retain our technical experts to serve as onsite witness at certified Test Laboratories to provide guidance and subject matter support.  Our experience in producing test plans has evolved into our new EZ Test Plan product line of test plan templates.

Our focus on ITAR & Export Compliance combines the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and Bureau of Industry Security (BIS) Guidance with our recommended best practices and experience.    Our Consultants and Advisors provide ITAR Training, ITAR Audits and  ITAR & Export Compliance Manuals.  We have processed dozens of new ITAR Programs for companies and have a broad experience in this regulatory space which we offer our clients.

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Quality Training

Our Exemplar Global Certified Quality Experts provide the best public and on-site training seminars, workshops and quality consultation in the Quality and Inspection disciplines to customers across North America.  Our trainers are experts in their respective fields, leveraging the latest information and industry-standards to support and grow your quality and manufacturing processes improvement efforts. They speak from the heart and do not read scripts or read slides (don’t you hate that!).  Each  of our Quality Professionals are Exemplar Global Lead Auditor Certified in their respective standards and have not only prepared their own material, they have worked in companies prior to joining CVG Strategy as on of our consultants and advisors.

Quality Training Services include: Public Workshops, Customized On-Site Training, Auditing and Consulting, QMS Upgrade (new standard revision)

Test and Evaluation

We provide industry with expert subject matter support as specialized consultants and advisors in the area of product qualification testing.  Whether your needs are for advice which would contribute to a new design plan, to qualify an existing design, or to assist in executing a test program, our test engineers are available to help.  Subject Matter areas include (EMC) Electro-Magnetic Compatibility, (EMI) Electro-Magnetic Interference, Electrical Power (Vehicle and Shipboard), Dynamic (shock and vibration), and Envronmental (simulated – high/low temperature, rain, blowing sand/dust, and others).  The breadth of product experience includes shipboard, vehicles, fixed, aircraft (including drones), and space launch electronic and electro-mechanical sub-systems.

Our product testing engineers have worked with many manufacturers from the concept of their products with our Product Evaluation service to supporting them through the complex qualification testing required by modern commercial and aerospace standards.  Our technical expertise (through experience) allows us to help companies experience a smoother journey through the final testing and validation phase of their projects, reducing their risk and final cost of testing.  You will find that our consultants and advisors have an excellent track record and reputation at test labs all over North America.

Product Testing Serviced include: Product Evaluation, Program Management, Independent Test Witness, Test Plans, Compliance By Analysis

ITAR & Export Compliance

CVG Strategy’s consultants and advisors are recognized as one of the leading providers of export and import compliance services.   We support companies that are new to U.S. export compliance laws and regulations as well as defense contractors that require a high level of expertise and experience.   Criminal ITAR penalties can reach up to $1 million and 20 years in prison per violation. On top of hefty fines and potential prison time, ITAR violations can also result in your products being seized and export privileges revoked.

Let our ITAR consultants and advisors help you resolve your compliance program.  We have the expertise, a well defined ITAR & Export Compliance Program Manual (ITAR Manual), training materials and our consultants and advisors are trained and certified.  There is no “ITAR Certification” as there is no national or international certifying body.  But there is ITAR Compliance, and we have helped dozens of companies attain that goal and be able to mitigate their risk of a costly violation of the ITAR or EAR Rules and Regulations. ASK ITAR QUESTION

ITAR Consulting includes: Compliance Programs, Audits and Assessments, Training, Non-US Company Consulting, Transactional Analysis and Guidance, Voluntary Disclosure, Technology Control Plan, Deemed Export License, Article Export Classification

Business Operations

Working with the a business operations consulting firm can help a business operate more efficiently, effectively, and profitably. Our consultants and advisors consultants have delivered millions of dollars in sustainable operations improvements for our clients. Making the important decision about which business operations consults and advisors to work with is critical, and we have the reputation and experience to help you.  Our reputation speaks for itself, when you evaluate our service offering against others, talk to our reference clients and they will confirm that our consultants and advisors are the real thing.

Business Operations Consulting includes:  Competitive Intelligence – Market Studies,  Process Improvement, Merger and Acquisition Audits


Quality Training

Quality Training

We can help with training, coaching, developing a new quality manual and upgrades to a new standards.  Our Exemplar Global Lead Auditors are experts with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016 with FDA, and AAR M-1003 (American Rail Roads).

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Product Testing

Product Testing

Since 2009 we have conducted over 400 client tests focused on MIL-STD-810, RTCA DO-160 and IEC 60529 (and others). Our experts assist with test program development, test plans, third-party witness and coordination at the test lab.

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ITAR & Export Compliance

ITAR & Export Compliance

Our ITAR Compliance Specialists can help support your ITAR (International Trade in Arms Regulations) and Export (Export Administration Regulations) Compliance Program with Training, Coaching, Mentoring and outsourced subject matter support.

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CVG Strategy helps companies achieve more definitive results by having a clear understanding of how they want to test their product.

ITAR Expert

Cindy Gholston and CVG Strategy ITAR Experts helped us implement our ITAR & Export Compliance Program, painlessly.

AS9100D release

AS9100D Release announced for October 2016

The new AS9100D Release (2016) has been announced by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) to be published in October 2016 as opposed to the previously announced 2nd quarter 2016 date. AS9100d release is expected with the new AS9101 and AS9110 standards out in November 2016, and with AS9120 in December 2016.  They are making […]

military product testing

Military Product Testing – It is important!

When it comes to weapons and weapons systems it is highly important that these should also work in the heat of battle – verified by military product testing. It is no good for our Warfighters if the US Military has spent many billions of dollars on military hardware and weapons systems if they fail to […]

ITAR EAR Rules

ITAR EAR Rules For US Companies and Cititizens

Why should US Companies bother with the ITAR EAR Rules? The U.S. government, in an attempt to keep sensitive information out of the hands of terrorists and countries who want an advantage against US interests, developed the ITAR – International Traffic in Arms Regulations controlled by the DDTC – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and […]

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 Transition for Business – ISO 9001:2015

Are you currently ISO 9001:2008 certified and need to implement a transition to ISO 9001:2015? The ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard, released September, 2015, the fifth edition of one of ISO’s best known and widely accepted standards. More than 1 million companies and organizations are formally certified or registered to demonstrate their compliance with […]

context of the organization

Context of the Organization ISO 9001:2015

Context of the organization is one of the new concepts that everyone who is implementing ISO 9001:2015 will face.  Questions from many quality professionals include “What is context and how do I apply it at my company?” and “Why do I need to care about context of the organization?” Context of the organization ISO 90012015 […]

Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions cost Credit Agricole SA $800M

The US Treasury Department reached an agreement with Credit Agricole SA where they will pay $798 million dollars in fines for US$32B worth transactions violating US Iran Sanctions. The company conducted business with Myuanmar and Cuba violating additional U.S. OFAC Sanctions. United States OFAC Regulations apply to any company or legal entity that transacts business […]

transition to ISO 9001:2015

Transition to ISO 9001:2015

Now many companies are faced with the challenge of how to move their quality management system from ISO 9001:2008 and transition to ISO 9001:2015. This is not an easy task, and many overworked under appreciated quality managers are struggling to figure out where to begin. The new ISO 9001:2015 Standard was released on September 23, […]

ISO 9001 Revision

ISO 9001 Revision is Out – Quality Management

ISO 9001 revision – 9001:2015 is Out! The 9001 Revision to ISO Quality Management Systems, the world’s leading quality management standard, has been revised and the final standard has been released. Why happened with the ISO 9001 revision? All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep […]

New ISO 9001-2015

New ISO 9001-2015 is Published!

Today, it the New ISO 9001-2015 is released by the International Standards Organization, and it will be applicable to 1.1 million certificates held by companies in 160 countries. CVG Strategy has training scheduled in Melbourne, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale for you to improve your knowledge on the changes. ISO 9001 is the international standard that […]

ISO 9001 revision 2015 (DIS) is out!

The ISO 9001:2015 (ISO 9001 revision 2015) Draft International Standard (DIS) has been released, and the final release is expected in September. Following are the key changes in this draft: 1. New Structure The new standard has 10 clauses. ISO is in process of harmonizing all management system standards. For this a harmonized structure (Annex […]

3D Printable Gun model

ITAR Amendments may cut 3D Printable Gun Models sales

3D Printable Gun models are a hot topic with the advent of high quality 3D Printers becoming readily available to the general public.  Many in federal law enforcement are concerned about the impact to regulatory control of gun manufacturing and the ability for unlicensed production of gun parts and their export to foreign persons (non […]

Antiboycott Compliance – BWI pays $9,000

The Office of Antiboycott Compliance fines BWI Corporation, a domestic concern, for seven violations of the Antiboycott Compliance Regulations. The Office of Antiboycott Compliance. Bureau of Industry and Security, United States Department of Commerce (“BIS”), has determined to initiate an administrative proceeding pursuant to Section I L(c) of the Export Administration Act of 1979, as […]

Unlicensed Export – UAE Freight Forwarder Pays $125,000

U.A.E. Freight Forwarder Agrees to Pay $125,000 Penalty in Connection with Unlicensed Export and Reexport of Monitoring Devices to Syria An Unlicensed Export and reexport to Syria has resulted in a penalty for the U.A.E. company Aramex Emirates, LLC, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), has agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty.  This […]

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Export Compliance Russia Issues Over Ukraine

Export Compliance Russia – $150 Billion orbiting ISS lab divided on Cold War lines. No one thought about Export Compliance Russia Issues during the Cold War in the fifties, sixties and seventies.  But, In 1975, the U.S. and Russia (USSR), even with the political and global issues were able to organize the Apollo – Soyuz […]

OFAC Export Compliance -Insurance Company Pays Big Fine

OFAC Export Compliance -Insurance Company Pays Big Fine

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control fines American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection for OFAC Export Compliance Violations American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (The American Club), is a New York-based shipping insurance company.  The company has agreed to pay OFAC $348,000, for 55 OFAC Export Compliance violations of the U.S. embargoes against Cuba, […]

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