TransEuro America provides a comprehensive array of services, including government relations, program development and execution, business development, and strategic consulting to U.S. aerospace and defense companies developing and doing business in the Middle East and around the world. Our experienced team includes former senior government officials, military officers, and governmental consultants who collaborate with a single goal—to provide outcomes that add to the success of our clients. Whether it’s crafting a government affairs strategy, getting a message out to key decision makers and opinion leaders, or marketing a product or service to the federal or foreign governments, TransEuro America offers unmatched knowledge, expertise, and quality service.

TransEuro America was established in January 2016 to address the need to provide an American entity to work with U.S aerospace and defense firms doing business in the Middle East, India and Korea. Frequently, U.S.-based companies have failed to leverage action appropriately in order to become a partner to those countries. Often times, in-country resources are incorrectly applied in a failed attempt to grow foreign sales. These attempts are both expensive in the short term and have proven catastrophic in the long term, resulting in companies being blacklisted and shut out of future competitions. Furthermore, it has been our experience that in-country, local trade consultants and even full time employees do not maintain their exclusivity to their U.S. clients that a prudent, ethical business practice would dictate.

TransEuro America is an US owned and operated company, incorporated in Florida with offices in Washington, D.C. TransEuro America is a sister company with TransEuro Group LLC, a global organization with offices in Dubai, Switzerland, and Seoul, Korea.

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Jack D. (Dave) Patterson

Senior Principal
TransEuro America

Mr. Dave Patterson is a senior Principal at TE-A with business expansion and client support responsibilities. Before joining TE-A, Dave served at significant levels of responsibility in a variety of public and private sector positions.

Mr. Patterson’s US government experience includes serving as Principal Deputy, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He was directly responsible for advising and assisting with growing, development, execution and oversight of the DoD budget exceeding $515 billion with annual supplemental requests of more than $160 billion as well as developing legislative strategies, and developing and implementing DoD financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization programs. While at the Defense Department, Patterson was appointed to lead the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment Project, a comprehensive evaluation of every aspect of the Defense Department acquisition system and decision making processes. Additionally, Mr. Patterson held duties as The Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and was responsible for managing the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s personal staff as well as providing direction and advice to the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff on a wide range of national security operations and policy subjects.

Underpinning Mr. Patterson’s public service, he served in the Air Force from 1970 to 1993 retiring in the rank of colonel. He held responsible leadership and management positions at the air wing level as a C-5A aircraft commander and Deputy Operations Group Commander, at major command headquarters, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Inspector General. In 1986, Mr. Patterson was the Air Force Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He served in Vietnam flying O2As as forward air controller.

He has had a broad and successful career in the private sector. Mr. Patterson is the founder and Managing Partner, at Castlebridge Keep, LLC, a business capture and business strategy development firm providing personal, tailored consulting services that are designed to improve clients’ potential for growing their business and capturing greater market share. His clients include Aqua-Chem, Inc. a Knoxville, TN global leader in producing water purification equipment for the US Navy, US ground forces and international government customers; N12 Technologies, Inc. that recently introduced leading edge technology advancement in improving carbon fiber materials; and remains an associate at SM&A, Inc. providing senior level consultative services to top 100 aerospace and defense industry firms.

Mr. Patterson was a founding partner at Bucher, Hutchins, Kohler and Patterson, Inc. where he led the firm’s commercial consulting practice developing management strategies for acquiring new business. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Vice President and Site Manager for Steven Myers and Associates’ support to Lockheed Martin Corporation’s winning Joint Strike Fighter competitive proposal preparation.

Between 1993 and 1999, Mr. Patterson held a variety of responsible, executive positions at McDonnell Douglas Corporation (later The Boeing Company) beginning as the Senior Manager for Market Research and Analysis on the C-17 military air cargo aircraft and later as Director, International Business Development. He was responsible for developing and executing the business capture strategy that won U.S. Government Defense Acquisition Board approval to procure 80 additional C-17s completing the first contract for 120 aircraft.

He has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University and is a graduate of the NATO Defense College.


Mike Dettore

Senior Consultant
TransEuro America

Mike is a senior manager with over 18 years of leadership and management experience in both a military and commercial industries.  He has a proven track record of success with particular acumen in conducting market analysis, building relationships with key stakeholders, and developing and implementing innovative strategies to generate revenue growth.  He has operated at the “C” level of government and commercial companies and has engaged “C” level executives in a business development function.

In his most recent commercial role, he was the General Manager for a portfolio company of a private equity firm that designed and manufactured purpose-built, blendable armored vehicles for use by U.S. Special Operations.  In this capacity, he managed the day-to-day operations of the business as well as led product marketing and sales initiatives for opportunities both within the U.S. and abroad.

Mike holds a BBA from James Madison University and an MBA from George Washington University.  Following graduation from JMU, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served as an infantry officer on active duty for ten years.  During this time, he held various roles as a leader and Commander of deployed forces.  In addition, Mike also served at the Marine Corps’ Office of Legislative Affairs.  Currently, Mike serves in the Marine Corps Reserves and assumed command of an infantry battalion in September.

He joins TransEuro America as a Senior Consultant and provides his accomplished resume, leadership acumen and business perspectives to the team.


Fred E. Spivey

Senior Consultant
TransEuro America

Mr. Spivey is a senior consultant having over thirty years experience in international and domestic business. He possesses a unique blend of experience in Foreign Military and Direct Commercial Sales, US and International Industry, Acquisition and USAF Operational experience.

During his US Air Force career he held positions of responsibility which ranged from Chief Materials Division, Research and Development Contracting Wright Patterson AFB Ohio to Director, Air Force programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Security Assistance Agency (Now DSCA) The Pentagon.  While assigned to DSAA he was the Program Manager for the $4.3 Billion Swiss New Fighter Aircraft Competition and the $5.2 Billion Korean Fighter Program. His operational flying experience in the F-4 Phantom II fighter aircraft includes combat during the Vietnam conflict as well as assignments to Okinawa Japan and Ramstein Germany.

Mr. Spivey’s final assignment, as a Colonel, was as Chief Office of Defense Cooperation for the US Embassy Brussels, Belgium and US Embassy Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In this capacity he was the US Senior Diplomatic Military Representative to the Kingdom of Belgium and the US Government Liaison to the Belgian Military, Luxembourg Army and NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA).

Upon transitioning into a civilian industry role in foreign military business development, Mr. Spivey established the McDonnell-Douglas presence in Brussels Belgium. In this position he provided European based support to the successful C-17 campaigns in the UK and NATO and directly supported the McDonnell-Douglas Boeing business development team launching the initiative to introduce a commercial version of C-17; the BC-17. Mr. Spivey’s business development portfolio also included the full range of McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing defense products for the NATO nations.

Mr. Spivey established and managed the Boeing Defense presence in Rome Italy. As the in-country Boeing Defense Business Development senior representative he worked directly with the US Embassy, Italian MOD, and military forces and key Italian industries on major successful competitions. He was the in-country Capture Team Lead for the winning campaign, launching the Italian Boeing 767 Tanker Transport program. This launch program was the basis for the Boeing win with the USAF KC-46A. He worked directly with the Italian Army and industry, the Boeing Program team and US Government to win the heavy lift helicopter competition with the sale of 20 CH-47F.

Upon return to the US, Mr. Spivey’s International Business Development responsibility included Southern and Southeast Europe and NATO as well as their embassies in Washington DC. He was the liaison between the various company product teams and the customer, and national industry to develop an integrated strategy and business plan keyed to customer requirements and budget.

Mr. Spivey maintains an active network of relationships within US and international defense and industry communities. After retirement from Boeing, he has provide technical and analytical expertise in a variety of areas. This included subject matter expertise to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (SAF/AQ) for US and NATO weapons and ISR programs.

Mr. Spivey established OpsServe International LLC based in Naples Florida to identify and support development of defense program requirements in both US and European markets. To this end he has supported NATO weapons and ISR requirements for the Conference of National Armaments Directors with active participation in NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG) studies and various NATO working groups. He worked on behalf of Aqua-Chem Incorporated (ACI) with French, Italian and Spanish shipyards to supply water desalination systems for the growing requirement for military naval ships being built in international shipyards. He identified opportunities and secured RFPs for ACI to bid on supplying their equipment for vessels to be built by Fincantieri (Italian) and Navantia (Spanish) shipyards. In addition, he opened doors to HQ AFRICOM (Stuttgart GE) AFAFRICA (Ramstein GE) and USARAF (Vicenza IT) to fill the need for expeditionary and disaster equipment.

Mr. Spivey has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, is a Graduate of the USAF Institute of Technology Education With Industry Program, Department of Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, and the USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor School, as well as the Boeing Leadership Center Capture Team Lead, Globalization and Achieving Market Leadership Programs.