Whether its working with Members of Congress, congressional committees, or senior executive branch officials in the White House or Cabinet Departments or finding investors for new ventures or recruiting merger and acquisition opportunities, The FGA Group has the experience and know-how to make the machinery of government work for clients. Firm members and consultants include:
Lawrence G. Flick
Founder & Managing Director
Larry Flick is Founder and Managing Director of The FGA Group, a federal government affairs firm that represents corporations, not-for-profit institutions, trade associations, local governments, and other entities that have issues of interest before the legislative or executive branches of the federal government. The FGA Group current client work includes advancing and protecting clients’ interests on legislative and executive branch actions involving Energy-related matters, health care and FDA-related matters, Department of Defense-related matters, HUD-related matters, transportation matters, and FY 2010 congressional appropriations.
Prior to starting The FGA Group, Larry launched the federal government affairs practice in Washington, DC for a top a major U.S. law firm. Larry’s responsibilities included overseeing client recruitment, client servicing, hiring, personnel management, and strategic business planning. During Larry’s years at the firm, he was responsible for managing and servicing a wide array of clients in need of federal government affairs services, including corporate, non-profit, and industry association clients. Larry’s work for these clients included areas of service on issues including energy, transportation, health care, tax, financial services, telecommunications, defense, and appropriations.
Prior to 2001, Larry served as the Director of Congressional and State Government Affairs at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. During the ten months leading up to the Convention, Larry split his time between Washington, DC and Philadelphia and his responsibilities included overseeing arrangements, functions, and responsibilities for all elected officials: federal, state and local.
From 1993 - 2000 Larry served as a private sector federal affairs consultant, including six-plus years with the firm Griffin Johnson (later known as Johnson, Smith, Dover, Kitzmiller, & Stewart). During this time Larry was responsible for marketing, signing, servicing, and retaining a wide array of clients.
Prior to Larry’s career in the private sector, he served for eleven years in the federal government. From 1989 though 1992, Larry served as Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) during the administration of the forty-first president, President George H.W. Bush. In this position, Larry was the Executive Office of the President’s chief point of contact on environment, energy and natural resource issues with the Congress. During this period, Larry worked on such major legislative initiatives as enactment of the Clean Air Act reauthorization, enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2001, enactment of the Montreal Protocols, along with a number of other major national environment and energy related policy measures.
From 1984 to 1989, Larry served as Minority Staff Director on the House Subcommittee on Oceanography for the Subcommittee’s Ranking Minority Member, The Honorable Norman D. Shumway (R-CA). Larry also handled all of the full House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee legislative work for Congressman Shumway.
From 1982 to 1984, Larry served as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Shumway.
Larry graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA in 1982 with a B.A. in Government and Law.
Larry serves on the Board of Governors of the University Club of Washington, DC.
Martin C. Coster
Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer
Martin Coster serves as Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer. Under the leadership of Martin Coster, the FGA Group now offers middle-market federal contracting partnership development and integration and investment recruitment focusing on the government services and defense technology industry. Martin possesses the domain expertise, industry relationships, and corporate finance experience to complete a wide variety of transactions tailored to meet corporate objectives. By creating and maintaining close relationships with leading public and private investors, middle market lenders, institutional and private equity investors, Martin has developed a strong track record of completing mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, capital raising and recapitalization transactions. His experience in deals and transactions of this nature has been worth over $2.2B in aggregate value.
Martin has worked as Director of Finance for and Chief Financial Officer for several major federal contractors, including major defense contractors. He has worked extensively with government contracting organizations both public and privately held, both large scale system integrators and small federal divisions. Possessing over twenty years of experience in Financial Leadership over finance and accounting functions with a dedicated focus on Federal Contracting and Procurement, Martin possesses extensive knowledge of, and has extensive experience interfacing with, both government and commercial customers. With a background in multi-million, as well as billion-dollar revenue companies, Martin has had financial and operational oversight over multiple disciplines.
Martin also has in-depth experience in overseeing proposal development, engineering, customer service, while improving forecasting and financial reporting systems, implementing reliable financial reporting, firm budget oversight, risk management, strict compliance with GAAP, FAR, Sarbanes-Oxley and DCAA Reporting, and held a key role in achieving P&L and cash targets.
He has played lead roles in post-acquisition integration and divesting non-core business segments at multiple companies. He has extensive experience in the intelligence community and department of defense markets in both fiduciary and operational roles. His areas of focus and success in performing financial and legal reviews of business matters, supporting acquisition and divestiture activities, due diligence and contract and lease negotiations, as well as excelling in integrating acquired companies under a common financial and administrative practices.
Martin earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business (Accounting and Finance) from Radford University in 1987 and has spent over 20 years in the industry and is an active member of NCMA.
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