WashingtonExec News & Insights for the DC Area Executive 2016-05-01T23:23:51Z http://www.washingtonexec.com/feed/atom/ Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[Tad Czyzewski Named Executive Director of The Choral Arts Society of Washington]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=68482 2016-05-01T23:23:51Z 2016-05-01T23:23:51Z Tad Czyzewski, Executive Director, Choral Arts Society of Washington

Tad Czyzewski, Executive Director, Choral Arts Society of Washington

After an eight month search it was announced by the Board of Directors of The Choral Arts Society of Washington that it has appointed Tad Czyzewski as its new Executive Director. Czyzewski will be succeeding Debra L. Kraft who will be retiring after a 12 year tenure on August 31st at the end of the 2015-2016 season. Czyzewski’s appointment will become effective with the 2016-2017 season.

Commenting on his new appointment Czyzewski stated, “I am thrilled to join one of the preeminent institutions in the choral world. The Choral Arts Society of Washington is renowned for its innovative, high-quality programming, standing as a testament to Debra’s stewardship and the late Norman Scribner’s legacy of excellence and love for the choral art form. I am eager to collaborate with Maestro Scott Tucker and the entire organization in upholding these traditions, pursuing new opportunities for growth, and enhancing both Choral Arts’ national reputation and its international presence.”

Scott Tucker, Artistic Director said, “Tad Czyzewski is just the right person to lead Choral Arts into the future. His impressive business credentials combined with his experience as a professional singer make him uniquely qualified for the challenges that face arts organizations today.”

Nicholas R. Smith, Chair of the Board stated, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to welcome Tad Czyzewski as the new Executive Director of Choral Arts. Tad possesses the ideal combination of business acumen and arts management to lead us into our next half-century.”

Czyzewski brings more than 19 years of management, marketing, development, and governance experience to his new role. His most current role was with the Washington Revels as the Business and Development Director. He has also founded his own marketing firm, is an active member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America and has served in various marketing and product management roles at Capital One.

Debra L. Kraft, Executive Director of Choral Arts said, “I am pleased that the Board has selected Tad Czyzewski as the next Executive Director for Choral Arts, helping to ensure that the excellent musical standard set by Norman Scribner from day one and now carried on by Scott Tucker will continue to leverage Choral Arts to accept challenges regionally and internationally to work with the best arts professionals in the business. Choral Arts’ superior chorus and highly skilled staff are ready for Tad’s multi-faceted abilities to build on choral Arts’ storied legacy.”

Related: Choral Arts Society of Washington Hosts Annual Gala

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[WashExec Roll Call: Your Inside Look at Our Network’s Professional Activity]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=65623 2016-04-29T17:23:14Z 2016-05-01T19:22:30Z JD Kathuria, WashingtonExec

JD Kathuria, WashingtonExec

WashExec RollCall: JD Kathuria pulls from the broader WashingtonExec network to dish out the area’s who’s who and what’s what.

The WashingtonExec Roll Call is a weekly feature within the WashingtonExec e-magazine that leverages our connections to catalog the area’s happenings. When it comes to striking deals, who you know trumps what you know in the government contracting community.

We have tapped into our thousands of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and in-person connections to compile and share with you information about the promotions, company switches, job openings and work anniversaries that transpire within the broader WashingtonExec network.

The end result? A running map of who’s where — professionally — in the Greater Washington area.


Read on for insight about the topics that caught our eyes and ears this past week within our network’s virtual water cooler.

Bill Bressette, Baker Tilly

Bill Bressette, Baker Tilly

New Hires, Promotions & Work Anniversaries:
Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has named Bill Bressette as the new leader of the firm’s government contractor advisory services (GCAS) team
Stacy Brownstein was promoted to Senior Manager of Federal Services at Attain
Mike Byrd has been promoted to Vice President, Public Sector Channel at Red Hat, Inc.
Lee Canterbury is now Principal at Powertek Corporation
Alexia Echalar is now Sr. Compensation Analyst at BAE Systems
Greg Godbout, EPA’s Chief Technology Officer announced he will be leaving the government to join Danish tech company cBrain on its international team
Todd Morris has joined Attain
Meghan Quinn is now a Senior Analyst, Marketing and Communications at Attain
Paul Smith has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the North American Public Sector business unit at Red Hat, Inc.
Neal Tomblyn is now Director of Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin

In the News:
The 2016 STEM Symposium was a success! To read more about the event please see the following articles; Symposium gives kids hands-on STEM experience, Former astronaut encourages Northern Virginia students to study STEM, STEM presenter: “Geek is the new chic”, Largest Annual K-12 STEM Symposium Announces Speaker and Interactive Exhibit Information, STEM festivals combine education with fun.

Principal Evan Glazer announced that the 2016-2017 school year will be his last at Jefferson. He will be relocating to Avenues, the World School, a Pre-K to 12 school with campuses all over the world. To read the full article click here.

Angelo Punaro, an Augusta, Georgia native and graduate of The Citadel is the man who first designed the blooming flower bed in the shape of the U.S. map in front of Augusta National Golf Club’s clubhouse that still greets visitors today. To read the full article please click here.

KippsDeSanto releases their list of Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter. To read the complete list click here.

To read David Patraeus’ article in the Washington Post entitled “5 ‘big ideas’ to guide us in the Long War against Islamic extremism” please click here.

Teresa A. Weipert, Sr. Vice President at Sutherland Government Solutions discusses the need for the federal government to adopt a new citizen engagement strategy in her article entitled “When it Comes to Engagement with Citizens, the Government is Finally Paying Attention” which appears on Nextgov.com. To read the full article please click here.

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JD Kathuria <![CDATA[WashingtonExec Celebrates Five Years of Business, Message from CEO]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=68491 2016-04-28T22:48:43Z 2016-04-28T03:14:43Z JD Kathuria, CEO, WashingtonExec

JD Kathuria, CEO, WashingtonExec

Yesterday, April 26, marked the fifth year anniversary of the founding of WashingtonExec, Inc.

Since its initial website launch and first evening roundtable with Vivek Kundra (the then-Federal CIO), the organization has evolved into 11 mission-focused Councils and a daily digital magazine with more 10,000 subscribers. In 2011, thanks to the formation of the WashingtonExec Leadership and Emerging Technologies Councils, chaired by Greg Baroni of Attain and Mark Cohn of Unisys Federal Systems, WashingtonExec began to define itself as an executive-level membership organization with a niche in outcome-oriented networking.

Today, the company represents 250 executive members and host 100 collaborative roundtables annually. I’ve learned more than I could have ever imagined as a business owner whose job it is to support and interact with thousands of leaders in our local business community. I want to take a moment to thank all of my employees (new and old), members, speakers, sponsors, advertisers and overall well-wishers in the area. As Sid Fuchs says in his book Get off The Bench, “When you need a relationship, it’s too late to build one. The network is powerful and is one of the most valued assets in life. Meet as many people as you can and invest in relationships. You will be amazed at the outcomes.”

Three years ago, I had the idea of providing a one-day STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Symposium for the National Capital Region. After attending many nation-wide STEM events that included sessions with academics and government professionals, I thought that, with the support of WashingtonExec community partners, we could bridge the gap between parents, kids and the STEM workforce needs of local businesses and governmental agencies.

In 2014, with the guidance of Ed Swallow of The Aerospace Corporation, we launched the first K-12 STEM Symposium in Herndon, Va. On March 12, 2016, the 3rd Annual K-12 STEM Symposium hosted more than 3,000 parents, kids and teachers, coupled with more than 45 exhibits that included 3D printers, drones, flights simulators, physics experiences, heart monitors, topography models, puzzles, connected cars and robotics teams. We look forward to having you and your family March 18 for the 2017 K-12 STEM Symposium.

People often ask me, “What’s next?”.

WashingtonExec continues to build and expand its executive leadership and lifelong networking programs. The WashingtonExec Career Bridge is a unique program that offers professionals a single platform to make connections over the course of an entire career – starting at age 5 with the K-12 STEM Symposium, the College Leadership Program, the Rising Stars of GovCon, career management and executive leadership programs, to exit and retirement.

With WashingtonExec, you join as a member and stay for a lifetime. I look forward to seeing where the market takes us in the next five years. It will be anything but boring.

Sincerely,

JD Kathuria
CEO, WashingtonExec

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WashingtonExec Newswire http://www.washingtonexec.com <![CDATA[Bank of Georgetown Announces Shareholder Approval of Merger Agreement with United Bankshares, Inc.]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/2016/04/bank-of-georgetown-announces-shareholder-approval-of-merger-agreement-with-united-bankshares-inc/ 2016-04-27T13:11:54Z 2016-04-27T13:11:54Z

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bank of Georgetown (the “Bank”) announced today that on April 21, 2016, the shareholders of Bank of Georgetown overwhelmingly approved the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (“Merger Agreement”) between the Bank and United Bankshares, Inc.

All of the required regulatory approvals have been received, and the merger is expected to have an effective closing date of June 3, 2016.

“We are extremely pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response from our shareholders to move forward with the merger,” said Bank of Georgetown Chairman, President and CEO Michael Fitzgerald. “United Bank is a proven first-class community bank, and we look forward to being a part of the largest community bank headquartered in the nation’s capital.”

About Bank of Georgetown Bank of Georgetown, a privately-owned community bank, specializes in helping businesses and individuals achieve long-term success.  It combines personalized loan, deposit and cash management solutions with a commitment to accessibility, flexibility and superior service, resulting in an unmatched banking experience for its clients.  Founded in 2005 by Chairman, President and CEO Mike Fitzgerald and the late Curtin Winsor III, the Bank has over $1 billion in assets and 11 branches throughout the Washington metro area.  Visit www.bankofgeorgetown.com for more information.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” based on management’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments.  These forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties.  Specific relevant risks include whether other closing conditions are met and whether the transaction with United Bankshares, Inc. will be completed.  Bank of Georgetown cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  Bank of Georgetown undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

 

CONTACT: Contact: 
Michael Fitzgerald
Chairman, President and CEO 
Bank of Georgetown
202-355-1200, mfitzgerald@bankofgeorgetown.com
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WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bank of Georgetown (the “Bank”) announced today that on April 21, 2016, the shareholders of Bank of Georgetown overwhelmingly approved the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (“Merger Agreement”) between the Bank and United Bankshares, Inc.

All of the required regulatory approvals have been received, and the merger is expected to have an effective closing date of June 3, 2016.

“We are extremely pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response from our shareholders to move forward with the merger,” said Bank of Georgetown Chairman, President and CEO Michael Fitzgerald. “United Bank is a proven first-class community bank, and we look forward to being a part of the largest community bank headquartered in the nation’s capital.”

About Bank of Georgetown Bank of Georgetown, a privately-owned community bank, specializes in helping businesses and individuals achieve long-term success.  It combines personalized loan, deposit and cash management solutions with a commitment to accessibility, flexibility and superior service, resulting in an unmatched banking experience for its clients.  Founded in 2005 by Chairman, President and CEO Mike Fitzgerald and the late Curtin Winsor III, the Bank has over $1 billion in assets and 11 branches throughout the Washington metro area.  Visit www.bankofgeorgetown.com for more information.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” based on management’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments.  These forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties.  Specific relevant risks include whether other closing conditions are met and whether the transaction with United Bankshares, Inc. will be completed.  Bank of Georgetown cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  Bank of Georgetown undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

 

CONTACT: Contact: 
Michael Fitzgerald
Chairman, President and CEO 
Bank of Georgetown
202-355-1200, mfitzgerald@bankofgeorgetown.com
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Lisa Singh <![CDATA[With Five Acquisitions in Two Years, Preferred Systems Solutions CEO Scott Goss Looks to New Growth]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=68459 2016-04-27T17:32:38Z 2016-04-27T15:49:06Z Scott Goss, President and CEO of Preferred Systems Solutions

Scott Goss, President and CEO of Preferred Systems Solutions

Looking to grow through acquisition? Few mid-sized companies offer as solid a playbook as Preferred Systems Solutions.

In its 25-year history, the McLean, Va.-based government contracting firm has grown in leaps and bounds, from its early days as a commercial staffing agency and later, as an 8(a) business, into what it is today: a leading provider of IT and cybersecurity solutions to the intelligence community.

Much of that growth occurred over the last two years, when the company meted out a growth strategy that soon translated into a series of successful acquisitions.

Reaching that point took two key approaches, says Scott Goss, president and CEO of PSS, who was also recently named the Deal Maker of the Year by the Association for Corporate Growth.

“A lot of times people will acquire for bulk or size – or in an attempt to be everything to everyone,” says Goss. “I think in this day and age trying to be everything to everyone is a losing proposition, especially when you are a smaller or mid-sized company.”

Instead, PSS has honed in on a very specific niche. “We service the DoD and intelligence community by providing high performance computing, data analytics, mobile application development and systems engineering,” says Goss. “I like to say we are a national security company that, for the balance of its history, has, and will continue to, support the warfighter.”

That capability was enhanced, earlier this year, with the company’s latest acquisition, of Tetra Concepts, an intelligence community-focused systems architecture and software design firm. “Since they’ve come onboard, they have subsequently grown at a rate of about 25 percent,” says Goss. “It’s almost like the combination with … PSS provided them a second wind, based on being part of something greater, bigger, and with the capability of doing so much more.”

PSS’s strategic decision to accelerate its acquisition campaign came at a critical time. “We told ourselves, ‘We’re either going to die on the vine or grow within the intel space — and go out and acquire to expand our systems and application engineering experience,” recalls Goss. That approach began, in part, in 2009, with the company’s first acquisition, of Integrated Network Systems Inc., a Frederick, Md.-based company that focused on high-end storage solutions and virtualization.

“They were our entrée into the intelligence community,” says Goss. That acquisition ultimately resulted in PSS providing support to such programs as the National Counterterrorism Center and serving as a key member of the 2014 Winter Olympics Intelligence Support Team. That work allowed PSS to embark on a more ambitious strategic campaign, which began in earnest in December 2013, to execute on additional acquisitions.

In March 2014, PSS acquired Envision Technical Services, an IT company focused on mission-critical applications and systems to defense and intelligence agencies. A few months later PSS acquired Global Services & Solutions, Inc., an IT, enterprise resource planning, financial consulting and program management firm that had provided high-end engineering and design support to the next generation of ballistic missile nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy.

Soon after, in October 2014, PSS acquired Government Contract Solutions, a Washington-area company that devoted more than half its work to improving government agency audit readiness and support, as well as architecture and engineering support to the intelligence community. That was followed, a year later, by the purchase of GSM Consulting, a software engineering and cybersecurity services firm focused, once again, on the intelligence community. “It really bolstered our path into mobile applications solutions,” says Goss.

While each acquisition builds on PSS’s singular focus on the intelligence field, each also taps into the company’s long-standing roots in software. “The capability we’ve always been strongest in, and that we felt was a good place to be, was software — in one way or another, a lot of the acquisitions we’ve done have a software component,” says Goss.

For Goss, that strong suit speaks to another critical aspect of successful acquisitions. “If you’re going to acquire, acquire something that provides a special offering or operates in a niche that you understand and feel comfortable bringing to many markets,” he says.

“It should be something that, directionally, is taking your company to where you’ve either seen pockets of success or certainly a need or demand in a market where you can be competitive,” says Goss. “There has to be a reason for them, and a reason for you,” he adds, “and it can’t necessarily be all about the almighty dollar. It’s much more important that the entire company fits together culturally. ”

In the case of PSS, that means respecting the infrastructure of an acquired company through a proven integration process. “When we do acquisitions, while management and direct functions shift to PSS corporate, we still prefer to stand up acquired companies as a wholly owned subsidiary,” says Goss. “By doing that,” he says, “we don’t have to mess with their benefits, we can take the time to ensure we’re taking the appropriate steps – because, ultimately, it’s about people, not contracts.”

That approach has translated into solid retention. “Every single acquisition that we’ve done, except for one, has resulted in the owners continuing with our company,” says Goss. This has prompted personnel to follow suit and remain as well. “Last year 18 percent of our intelligence workforce rotated into different or new contracts – not because they had to but because there were now opportunities for them to do so,” he says.

Most recently, a united PSS team has secured several key contract wins, including an FBI procurement contract. Through this five-year effort, PSS will provide support and subject matter expertise to 24 FBI divisions in 56 offices, including those overseas, in the areas of acquisition policy and procurement support.

Other key wins include a prime contract award with DARPA to provide program and financial, scientific and engineering assistance; as well as a new contract providing senior financial expertise to ODNI, along with designing the development of policies and standards for all intelligence community agency audits.

In the midst of these contract wins, PSS continues to position itself for further growth. “You can expect us to continue on the path we set out on two years ago,” says Goss.

Does that include more acquisitions? “Absolutely!” says Goss, “we are still in the thick of it — and charging forward — at 110 percent.”

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Ben Wicker <![CDATA[SAVE THE DATE: Evoke Consulting 2nd Annual Casino Night]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=68263 2016-04-27T17:29:59Z 2016-04-27T14:28:37Z
Greg Blaisdell, Evoke Research and Consulting

Greg Blaisdell, CEO, Evoke Research and Consulting

New RSVP Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016
 
The RSVP deadline for this event has been extended to purchase tickets to our 2nd Annual Casino Night Fundraiser! Register now via evokecasinonight.eventbrite.com for a chance at our great prizes! All proceeds from this event go directly to charity. With a night full of this much entertainment, you will not want to miss out! 
  • Event open to friends and family!
  • Entrance is $40 per guest.
  • Group attendance is discounted! Bring 10 or more and receive $15 off of each ticket!
The evening includes table gaming for raffle prizes, as well as silent auction items and Live Auctions for grand prizes! 
 
Although we wish you could all be in attendance, we understand those who are unable to join us. If you would still like the option, please donate here!
 
We appreciate all the help and support for this great cause! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Angela Bartz and she will be happy to assist you.
Auction Item Updates
 
We have added more prizes to the raffle and silent auction list! Here are some highlights:
Signed Hockey Stick by a Capitals Player – Name Kept Secret Until Event Day!
  • Curved 55″ 4K Ultra HDTV 
  • Season Tickets to the Redskins
  • Washington Nationals Game Tickets
  • Spa Day – Great for Mother’s Day Gift!
  • And More Added Every Day!
 
Event Details
 
Date
Saturday, May 7
7:00-11:00pm
 
Location
Westin Arlington Gateway
801 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
 
Charity Partners
 
This year, we have expanded our goals and will be benefiting three nonprofits with areas of need in our local community, the Veteran community, and overseas.
 
The Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade – The Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade (VHCMB) organizes two trips per year to small towns in Honduras, where needy communities are provided free medical care, surgeries, fresh water wells, smokeless stoves, and more. http://www.vhcmedicalbrigade.org/ 
 
Warrior Events – Warrior Events is a non-profit organization that hosts dozens of free events every year for Wounded Veterans and their families, to help them re-assimilate into their community after their sacrifices for our country. http://www.warriorevents.net/
 
Arlington Youth Sports Foundation – Arlington Youth Sports Foundation provides overarching support for various youth sports organizations in the Arlington, VA area. After school activities for our community’s children allows them to learn team-building and participate in leadership and skill-building sports programs. This support is being split evenly between the following organizations: Arlington Little League, Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball, Arlington Girls Softball Association, Arlington Youth Flag Football, and American Legion Post 139 Baseball.
 
Current Sponsors
 
Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!
If you are interested in partnering with our effort, or sponsoring or donating an auction item, please reach out for more information. Opportunities include prize sponsorship, logo branding of donor items, sponsorship of gaming tables, and more! Your logo will be prominently displayed on each item, as well as advertised publicly with this event!

Please reach out to 
Angela Bartz for details! 
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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[SNAP Inc. Achieves ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 Certification for IT Service Management]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=68248 2016-04-27T17:28:24Z 2016-04-27T13:13:07Z Navneet Gupta, SNAP Inc.

Navneet Gupta, SNAP Inc.

SNAP Inc. announced April 25 that the company has been appraised at ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification for IT Service Management.

“SNAP has taken another step in its journey of continuous improvement of its products and services, and we are proud to be able to add to our accreditations these two certifications,” SNAP Inc. President Navneet Gupta said. “This is a major step forward in SNAP demonstrating its commitment to quality as we continue to expand our footprint in the federal professional services market.”

 

 

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WashingtonExec Newswire http://www.washingtonexec.com <![CDATA[The Israel Project Thanks Iowa State Legislature for Passing Legislation to Ban BDS Discrimination]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/2016/04/the-israel-project-thanks-iowa-state-legislature-for-passing-legislation-to-ban-bds-discrimination/ 2016-04-26T23:15:34Z 2016-04-26T23:15:34Z

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Israel Project congratulates the Iowa State Legislature today for its strong stance against BDS discrimination. The legislature passed a bill that prevents state agencies from investing in companies that discriminate against Israel as part of the BDS movement.

BDS is a discriminatory effort to undermine the longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Israel. Its leaders call openly for the destruction of the only Jewish state, and they espouse ugly anti-Semitic views in their effort to unfairly target Israel.

The bill passed today rejects BDS hatred and discrimination, protecting Iowa taxpayers from playing an unwitting role in this pernicious movement. The Israel Project applauds Iowans and their elected representatives for taking a stand against this hatred. 

The bill was sponsored by Senator Jeff Danielson (D) and Representative Quentin Stanerson (R).

Though the BDS movement claims to advocate for a two-state solution, it is in fact part of an effort to delegitimize and ultimately eradicate Israel. For the boycotters, no change in Israeli policy would be sufficient. Fundamentally, this is a hate campaign that questions Israel’s right to exist, not its actions.

“The people of Iowa have a lot to be proud of today,” said The Israel Project CEO Josh Block. “By resoundingly declaring that BDS discrimination has no place in the Hawkeye State, the state legislature took an affirmative stand to ensure no taxpayer money is used to espouse anti-Semitism. We are very grateful for the strong leadership shown Sen. Danielson and Rep. Stanerson and to all of the partners that worked with us to reach this momentous day.

Similar legislation has been passed in seven other states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and South Carolina.


About The Israel Project

The Israel Project (TIP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that provides factual information about Israel and the Middle East to the press, policymakers and the public. Founded in 2003, TIP works in multiple languages to provide real-time background information, images, maps, audio, video, graphics and direct access to newsmakers. To learn more about TIP, visit http://www.theisraelproject.org.

CONTACT: Jarad Geldner
(202) 527-9524
jarad@redbanyan.com
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WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Israel Project congratulates the Iowa State Legislature today for its strong stance against BDS discrimination. The legislature passed a bill that prevents state agencies from investing in companies that discriminate against Israel as part of the BDS movement.

BDS is a discriminatory effort to undermine the longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Israel. Its leaders call openly for the destruction of the only Jewish state, and they espouse ugly anti-Semitic views in their effort to unfairly target Israel.

The bill passed today rejects BDS hatred and discrimination, protecting Iowa taxpayers from playing an unwitting role in this pernicious movement. The Israel Project applauds Iowans and their elected representatives for taking a stand against this hatred. 

The bill was sponsored by Senator Jeff Danielson (D) and Representative Quentin Stanerson (R).

Though the BDS movement claims to advocate for a two-state solution, it is in fact part of an effort to delegitimize and ultimately eradicate Israel. For the boycotters, no change in Israeli policy would be sufficient. Fundamentally, this is a hate campaign that questions Israel’s right to exist, not its actions.

“The people of Iowa have a lot to be proud of today,” said The Israel Project CEO Josh Block. “By resoundingly declaring that BDS discrimination has no place in the Hawkeye State, the state legislature took an affirmative stand to ensure no taxpayer money is used to espouse anti-Semitism. We are very grateful for the strong leadership shown Sen. Danielson and Rep. Stanerson and to all of the partners that worked with us to reach this momentous day.

Similar legislation has been passed in seven other states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and South Carolina.

About The Israel Project

The Israel Project (TIP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that provides factual information about Israel and the Middle East to the press, policymakers and the public. Founded in 2003, TIP works in multiple languages to provide real-time background information, images, maps, audio, video, graphics and direct access to newsmakers. To learn more about TIP, visit http://www.theisraelproject.org.

CONTACT: Jarad Geldner
(202) 527-9524
jarad@redbanyan.com
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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Announces Winners of 2nd Annual Innovation Awards]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=68252 2016-04-27T17:27:05Z 2016-04-27T02:11:14Z Roger Krone, CEO of Leidos

Roger Krone, Leidos

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, formerly Fairfax Chamber, announced April 22 the winners for the 2nd Annual Greater Washington Innovation Awards, which celebrates the thought leadership, innovation and creativity of individuals and organizations in select industries in the Greater Washington metro area. The winners were announced live April 21 at the awards gala.

“The 2016 Greater Washington Innovation Awards winners represent the most-forward thinking companies in our region,” Northern Virginia Chamber President and CEO Jim Corcoran said. “They are shaping the future of business as we know it. We applaud each of the winners for their contributions to the Greater Washington business community and beyond.”

This year’s Innovation Awards winners are:

  • Tech Innovator of the Year: Leidos
  • Emerging Tech Innovator of the Year: RightEye, LLC
  • Public Service Innovator of the Year: The Arc of Northern Virginia
  • Professional Service Innovator of the Year: Diamond Mind
  • Hospitality, Tourism & Entertainment Innovator of the Year: Airside Mobile, Inc.
  • Health & Life Sciences Innovator of the Year: Aperiomics, Inc.
  • Marketing & Advertising Innovator of the Year: WeddingWire, Inc.
  • Business Choice Innovator of the Year: LifeFuels
  • Emerging Innovators of the Year: Tobin Moore, Co-founder & CEO, Optoro, and Adam Vitarello, Co-founder & President, Optoro
  • Lifetime Innovator: Steve Case, Chairman & CEO, Revolution Growth, Co-founder, AOL, and Chairman, The Case Foundation

Related: Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce to Change Name to Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2016

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Acquires Van Dyke Technology Group]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=68452 2016-04-27T17:25:41Z 2016-04-27T02:09:52Z Jed Van Dyke, Van Dyke Technology Group

Jed Van Dyke, Van Dyke Technology Group

Southern California-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has acquired the Van Dyke Technology Group Inc., according to a release by Clearsight Advisors Inc. Clearsight served as the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Van Dyke. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“We were looking for an advisor and partner with a rare combination of technical depth and market breadth to help us articulate our unique value in a way that resonated with a rapidly evolving market,” Van Dyke CEO Jed Van Dyke said. “The Clearsight team brought a level of knowledge, experience and passion that set them apart from the other firms. In selecting Clearsight, we got a partner who not only understood and managed the fundamentals, but who challenged our own thinking with creative options. Clearsight is definitely a partner you want working on your behalf!”

“Clearsight was honored to work with the Van Dyke team,”  Clearsight Advisors Co-Founder and Managing Director Gretchen Frary Seay said. “The Company is one of the most important and highly-trusted cybersecurity partners to the U.S. intelligence community and boasts some of the brightest minds in the cybersecurity sector. The highest priority was given to finding a special buyer with the right fit for the Van Dyke employees and customers, and we are proud to have been a part of this transformational transaction.”

Van Dyke is a 180-person cybersecurity firm based in Columbia, Md. specializing in identity and access management, threat mitigation and other advanced cybersecurity solutions for enterprise networks and cloud-based IT environments. The company provides advanced cybersecurity services and solutions designed to protect sensitive information within classified networks, with a focus on supporting the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Jacobs will look to Van Dyke for solutions that protect the increasing interconnectedness of capital investments.

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