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May 18, 2022

Ferox Welcomes Strategic Advisor Santiago ‘Rico’ Vaca

Ferox Strategies is proud to announce that Santiago ‘Rico’ Vaca is joining the team as a Strategic Advisor where he works on appropriations, defense matters and budgets, and national security concerns.

Rico, who holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has specialized in the defense and national security world of Washington, D.C. for two decades. An exceptional leader, strategist, and problem-solving executive, he has advised clients on federal challenges associated with national security programs, from both the operational and commercial perspectives.

As a retired Air Force officer, Rico retains a diverse skill set that includes detailed knowledge of Department of Defense and Homeland Security programs, budgets, and policies across the agencies, with emphases on procurement, research and development, operations, and their associated funding processes. In addition, Rico maintains a comprehensive knowledge and expertise of the federal budget and appropriations processes gained through his time on Capitol Hill and within the Department of Defense. Through his work, Rico sustains long term, high-level relationships with Legislative and Executive branch officials, including Senators, Members of Congress, key congressional committee staff, and general and staff officers across the United States Air Force.

“Rico's expertise in budgeting and appropriations from his time on the Hill, at the Department of Defense, and in the private sector are a valuable asset to our clients,” said Cristina Antelo, Ferox's founding Principal. “His success in delivering appropriations wins and making relevant defense connections will help our clients advance their goals. We are so excited to have Rico join the team!”

About Ferox Strategies: Ferox Strategies is a boutique government relations firm that takes its name from the Latin word for “fierce,” reflecting the firm’s values of determination, dedication, and aggressive advocacy for our clients. Ferox’s bipartisan team of government relations professionals offers clients decades’ worth of policy and advocacy experience paired with the tenacity of a start-up. www.FeroxStrategies.com

For further information, please contact info@feroxstrategies.com