A. John Shoraka

  • Managing Director, Advisory Services
A. John Shoraka is the Managing Director of PilieroMazza Advisory Services, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to advancing the interests of small businesses, tribal organizations, ANCs, state and local governments, and international entities in the public sector marketplace. Formerly the Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD) at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Shoraka’s knowledge of the government contracting marketplace derives from decades of both infield private and public sector practice.

As outgoing Associate Administrator of SBA/GCBD, Shoraka was responsible for overseeing the federal government’s small business set-aside programs. His responsibilities included the Business Development / 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, and SDVOSB programs. He was also responsible for the Office of Size Standards, the federal government’s small business procurement goaling program, as well as the federal government’s small business prime and subcontracting programs.

Shoraka worked closely with the White House, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and Senior Administration officials in crafting best practices for accomplishing small business procurement goals.

Shoraka has deep understanding of the federal government contracting legislative and regulatory landscape. He was responsible for implementing procurement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act as well as the National Defense Authorization Acts of FY13-16. He represented the SBA and the Obama Administration in hearings before Congress including hearings with the House Small Business Committee, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Prior to his role as the Associate Administrator, Mr. Shoraka served as Regional Administrator for the SBA. As Regional Administrator for Region 3, Mr. Shoraka was responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the region.

Mr. Shoraka previously served as vice president at The Aries Group in Silver Spring, Md., a business and financial consulting firm where he was responsible for implementing multi-year projects throughout the world.

Prior to accepting the appointment as Regional Administrator, he served as chair of the Small Business Association for International Contractors, where he represented 26 small business contractors that provide services to the United States Agency for International Development.


  • University of Maryland, College Park, B.S.
  • George Washington University, MBA

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Evolution of the 8(a) Program and What Lies Ahead,” VACC ProcureCon, Oct. 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "You've Graduated! What's next?," ACT-IAC Small Business Alliance, Oct. 10, 2017 (with Jon Williams)
  • Webinar presenter, “HUBZone and Native Enterprises: What You Need to Know ,” NACA, Jun. 27, 2017 (with Katie Flood)
  • Panelist, “Two is Better Than One: Teaming for Success,” American Express Open for Government Contracting, Jun. 15, 2017
  • Moderator, “Recent Changes to Government Wide Small Business Rules,” General Session, NVSBC Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium, Jun. 14, 2017
  • Moderator, “Trump Administration’s Acquisition Agenda,” General Session, NVSBC Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium, Jun. 13, 2017
  • Presenter, “Shaking the Money Tree: Preparing and Financing Your Business for Growth,” for the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the El Paso MBDA Business Center, May 24, 2017 (with Live Oak Bank)
  • Webinar Presenter, "Evolution of 8(a) Program and What Lies Ahead." May 3, 2017 (with Pam Mazza)
  • Presenter, “Government Contractors Update-Preparing and Financing Your Business for Growth,” The Catalyst, Huntsville, AL, May 2, 2017 (with Live Oak Bank)
  • Speaker, "Hot Issues in Government Contracting," Small Business Administration Annual Meeting at Department of Energy, Apr. 28, 2017 (with Pam Mazza)
  • Presenter, "Hot Issues in Federal Contracting 2017," 7th Annual SBA Southern California Small Business & 8(a) Conference, Apr. 12, 2017 (with Peter Ford)
  • Webinar Presenter, "Financing Growth for Federal Government Contractors," Mar. 21, 2017 & Mar. 28, 2017 (with Mike de Gennaro and Live Oak Bank)
  • Panelist, “Business Growth & Acquisition Financing Alternative to Make it Happen,” National RES Conference, Mar. 14, 2017
  • Presenter, "Developments Impacting Small Businesses in 2017." Centre Law Annual Review, Mar. 2, 2017 and Mar. 23, 2017 (with Tony Franco)
  • Presenter, " Financing Growth for Government Contractors," National 8(a) Association Small Business Conference, Feb. 7, 2017 (with Patrick Kelley and Eric Rabinovich)
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