Born and raised in Southern California, Darryl graduated from University of California, Irvine with a degree in Economics. Upon graduation, he began his proposal writing career at Aerojet ElectroSystems, where he learned to decipher government RFPs and develop comprehensive, compliant outlines to ‘answer the mail’ within impressive proposal documents. Eight years later, he accepted a Proposal Management position at Earth Technology (now AECOM), where he learned to write proposals for a service industry. Two years later, he was recruited by CET Environmental where he began working side-by-side with Maureen Cotton and a team of exceptional proposal writers/editors. In that time, the proposal team won more than $1.2B in contracts. In 2002, Darryl co-founded Integrated 8(a) Solutions with Maureen and has continued helping 8(a)-, woman-, minority-, veteran-, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses to navigate federal contracting and developing winning proposals. Darryl and Maureen are often asked to provide proposal assistance for large businesses to ensure submittal of compliant, eye-catching proposals. When not staring at a computer screen, Darryl loves cooking and entertaining and is involved with showing award-winning French Bulldogs.
Maureen graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with her degree in Chemical Engineering. She moved to Southern California 30 years ago, joining Earth Technology (now AECOM), where her role was business development, marketing, and proposal writing . Maureen went on to work for CET Environmental, where she helped grow their backlog from one federal contract to a dozen large IDIQ contracts in less than three years. In 2002, she took the leap—co-founding Integrated 8(a) Solutions—and landed squarely on both feet by securing several big wins for her new clients. She is passionate about proposal writing and hates losing. As such, she conducts competitive analyses to ensure each pursuit makes sense and is “winnable”. The result…an 80% win-rate. Her other passions include her son, Dylan, her dogs, her community, and Cotton’s Candy (#GiveBack). She and co-founder Darryl Bedoy have been sending hundreds of pounds of Cotton’s Candy to U.S. soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Germany, Japan, and state-side since 2010.