Carl B. Bedell, CGFM
President & CEO

Carl is the founder and CEO of ILION. After nearly nine-years working for various federal consulting firms, Carl founded ILION to provide high-quality and specialized financial management services.  Carl’s experience spans Executive and Legislative Branch agencies.

Prior to forming ILION, Carl worked for federal consulting firms in the DC area. In this capacity, he assisted various federal agencies identify and address issues pertaining to financial management. He served as a primary editor and writer for three consecutive award-winning annual performance reports.  Carl is a Certified Government Financial Manager and a licensed attorney.

Military Service

Carl is a U.S. Army veteran.  He was commissioned through the ROTC program at Washington University in St. Louis.  He served as a Military Intelligence and Adjutant General Officer during the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom era.  His duty assignments included positions with NATO and an Army Counter Intelligence unit. Carl’s military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Community Involvement

Carl is the Second Vice President and member of the Board of Management for the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (DCSSAR). He founded Operation Ancestor Search, a free genealogy training program provided to injured service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The DCSSAR website is www.dcssar.org.  Operation Ancestor Search’s website is www.dcssar.org/oas.

Carl served as the Chair of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s 1869 Society Steering Committee for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  The 1869 Society was the young professionals group consisting of young patrons and rising business, civic, and social leaders. In his capacity as Chair, Carl led the Society’s efforts to raise money for the museum and increase membership.  He oversaw multiple sub-committees and through two major fund raising events, raised over $150,000 for the museum.

Carl is the founder and National Chairman of Operation Ancestor Search, a program operated through the Society of Sons of the American Revolution that provides genealogy training and assistance to injured service members at military and Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities across the nation. Operation Ancestor Search has expanded from a single location at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2009 to currently seven locations across the country.

Previously, Carl served as an appointed Commissioner for the Montgomery County, Maryland, Commission on Veterans Affairs. Click here to visit the Commission’s website.

He also previously served on the Board of Management for Hero Dogs. Hero Dogs is a non-profit organization that provides service animals for injured and disabled Veterans.  More information on Hero Dogs is available on their website at www.hero-dogs.org.