WashingtonExec News & Insights for the DC Area Executive 2015-11-29T01:01:51Z http://www.washingtonexec.com/feed/atom/ Lauren Budik <![CDATA[2015 Greater Washington Heart Walk Raises $1.85M with Vencore’s Mac Curtis as Chair]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62433 2015-11-29T00:52:21Z 2015-11-24T01:43:12Z Mac Curtis, CEO, Vencore

Mac Curtis, CEO of Vencore and 2015 Greater Washington Heart Walk Chair

Vencore Inc. announced Nov. 12 that it raised more than $290,000 for the 2015 Greater Washington Heart Walk held on Nov. 7. The walk is a signature event of the American Heart Association and brought together more than 10,000 participants from both corporate and community teams.

Vencore President and CEO Mac Curtis served as the 2015 Greater Washington Heart Walk Chair.

“At Vencore, our employees are our most important assets,” Curtis said. “As a result, health and fitness programs for our workforce are paramount to the success of our company. I could not be prouder of the Vencore team for working together to raise such a significant amount of money to support this worthy and lifesaving cause.”

vencore podium

The 2015 Greater Washington Heart Walk

“The Greater Washington Heart Walk is the largest fundraiser in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate,” American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region Executive Director Soula Antoniou said. “This year, with Mac Curtis at the helm, the Heart Walk raised a record over $1.85 million in support of vital cardiovascular research. We are so grateful for this accomplishment that will help to save lives.”

“Each and every one of us could be touched by cardiovascular disease or stroke at some point in our lives. Whether donating funds or living a healthy lifestyle, we owe it to ourselves, our loved ones and our community to get involved,” Curtis said.

Vencore employees participated in many activities at its locations around the country during an eight-month effort to raise money for the American Heart Association, including employee social events, charity auctions, athletic events and the Vencore Has Heart Golf Tournament.

Related: Video Interview: Vencore’s Mac Curtis on the 2015 Greater Washington Heart Walk


Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Leidos, USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute to Partner on Research Projects]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62499 2015-11-24T18:36:02Z 2015-11-24T00:36:54Z Dr. S. Gulu Gambhir, Leidos

Dr. S. Gulu Gambhir, Leidos

Leidos and the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute announced Nov. 23 that they are collaborating on two research efforts aimed at achieving advances in the fields of network analysis and high performance computing.

“At Leidos, one way we bring innovative solutions to our current and future customers is through our partnerships with universities,” Leidos Chief Technology Officer Dr. Gulu Gambhir said. “Our alliance with USC and the cutting edge work they do allows us to remain on the forefront of technology, while also inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.”

“The collaboration with Leidos is an exciting new opportunity for researchers at the USC Information Sciences Institute to exert significant real-world impact by helping to develop innovative solutions to important scientific challenges that cut across multiple industries,” USC Information Sciences Institute Executive Director and Viterbi School Vice Dean of Engineering Dr. Premkumar Natarajan said. “We are grateful to Leidos for their visionary investment in this collaboration with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.”

The first initiative will examine existing network analysis tools to create new algorithms to identify additional, hidden or latent connections present in networks and knowledge graphs. These insights are based on advancements in deep learning, a process through which a machine teaches itself to solve problems using algorithms and data layering.

The second research project will focus on the performance of natural language processing (NLP) algorithms on advanced computer hardware such as field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), which are configurable circuits.

Research funding for both projects is provided through a grant donated by Leidos, formerly known as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Related: Leidos’ Rob Zitz Speaks on Domestic and International Energy Policy Panel


Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[Serco Names Tom Sorel Vice President of Surface Transportation]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62484 2015-11-24T18:38:04Z 2015-11-24T00:12:10Z Tom Sorel, VP, Serco Inc.

Tom Sorel, VP, Serco Inc.

It was announced on Friday, November 20th by Reston, Va.-based Serco Inc. that it has hired Tom Sorel, formerly of KLJ Engineering, as the company’s new Vice President & Program Director of Surface Transportation. Sorel will be responsible for identifying industry best practices and implementing them within Serco. He will also be bridging Serco’s transportation business practices into federal government programs.

At KLJ Engineering Sorel served as Vice President of Twin Cities Operations. Prior to joining KLJ Sorel served as President and CEO of AAA Minneapolis. He also served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation from 2008-2012 and has years of experience working around the country in various roles for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

Related: U.S. Navy Selects Serco Inc. to Support Bureau of Naval Personnel


Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[WashExec RollCall: Your Inside Look at Our Network’s Professional Activity]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=61992 2015-11-24T16:15:16Z 2015-11-23T17:08:38Z JD Kathuria, WashingtonExec

JD Kathuria, WashingtonExec

WashExec Executive 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.

Eric DeKenipp, Vencore

Eric DeKenipp, Vencore

New Hires, Promotions & Work Anniversaries:  
Richard Burke is now Vice President at Delta Risk, LLC, A Chertoff Group Company
Eric DeKenipp won his election as the incoming Loudoun County School Board Catoctin District 2106 representative www.dekenipp4lcps.com
Sid Fuchs
is now on the College of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board at Wright State University
Ellen McCarthy has been named President of Noblis NSP. Read the press release here.
Mike McKinney is now the Chief Technology Officer at Marick Group
Phil Panzerella is now Co-Founder and Partner at 5th Grade Simple, LLC (5GS)
Joe Portale is celebrating 3 years at Lockheed Martin
Tim Solms is now the Vice President, US Federal and Managing Director WW Government at Juniper Network
Gary Walker is now a Security Consultant for the National Basketball Association
Suzanne Wilson-Houck is celebrating 3 years at Intelligence and National Security Alliance
Rebecca Wilcox is celebrating 3 years at Cardinal Bank

In the News:
While text content will always have a place, stats show that more and more traffic volume is driven by video. To read Rebekah Iliff’s article 5 Reasons Businesses Should Focus on Creating Video Content please click here.

The Networking Power of the Hokie Nation – to read the full article click here.

Thomas Jefferson High School student, Kritika Singh is making a difference in the world through the creation of her non-profit organization Malaria Free World. To read the full article click here.

Dave Sears interviewed by Erin Burnett on CNN discussing the Russian plane crash.

Sensory Under-load? How the Internet of Things Drives Government Efficiency – written by Inderpreet Singh.

WTOP and WFED lay off four employees and will not fill five open positions. General Manager Joel Oxley describes the financial situation as very challenging. To read the full article click here.

Beginning in the summer of 2016 Tysons Corner will go by a new name – simply “Tysons”. Click here to read the full story.

Reston-based SOSi Seeks Donations for Troops Overseas – Reston-based SOS International LLC (SOSi) is partnering with the USO to collect donated, unopened K-Cup coffee boxes for troops overseas.

SOSi team member, Rob Baker was inducted into the Maryland Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and honored in the “Outstanding American” category.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Booz Allen Hamilton acquired SPARC, LLC’s Software Services Business.

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Red Hat’s Public Sector Marketing team is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic marketing professional to join us as a Program Marketing Manager in McLean, VA. In this role, you will collaborate with the Red Hat Public Sector Sales, Channel, and Product Marketing teams to generate revenue and support key corporate marketing initiatives.

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Highlight Technologies LLC Wins Contract to Provide Library Science Expertise to National Defense University Libraries]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62435 2015-11-23T19:18:20Z 2015-11-23T16:13:22Z Rebecca Andino, Highlight Technologies LLC

Rebecca Andino, Highlight Technologies LLC

Fairfax, Va.-based Highlight Technologies LLC announced Nov. 9 that the company has been awarded a contract to provide library science subject matter expertise for the National Defense University (NDU) libraries.

“We are excited and pleased for the opportunity to provide expert library support to the National Defense University,” Highlight Technologies President and CEO Rebecca Andino said. “We look forward to supporting NDU’s mission to advance joint professional military education.”

The National Defense University supports the joint warfighter by providing Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders that have the ability to operate and think creatively.

Highlight Technologies will provide subject matter expertise in reference, instruction, web content creation, metadata creation and digital collections maintenance.

This is the first contract Highlight Technologies has won in support of the National Defense University.


Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce to Change Name to Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2016]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62443 2015-11-23T19:14:00Z 2015-11-23T13:14:34Z Mitchell D. Weintraub and Jim Cochrane at the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards

Mitchell D. Weintraub and Jim Cochrane at the 2015 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Nov. 18 the re-branding and restructuring of the Fairfax Chamber to the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, effective January 2016

The name change is an answer to the call from business and political leaders for one unified business voice for Northern Virginia and more accurately reflects a role the Fairfax Chamber is already fulfilling.

“The Fairfax Chamber is the Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™ and has been for some time now,” Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman and Cordia Partners‘  Mitchell D. Weintraub, a partner at the firm, said. “The re-branding and restructuring will allow us to better serve and increase our value to our members, stakeholders and business community. The new Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce will seek to complement, not compete with the other chambers. This is about strengthening and unifying the regional business voice region.”

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest regional chamber in Virginia and represents more than 500,000 employees. During the next several months, the Fairfax Chamber will bring together other chamber executives, business and political leaders, and community partners in a collaborative manner to help shape the launch of the new entity.

Related: 13th Annual Greater Washington GovCon Awards Winners Include CALIBRE’s Joe Martore, PAE’s John Heller and VariQ’s Ben Edson


Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Federal (ASRC) Acquires Data Networks Corporation (DNC)]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62440 2015-11-23T19:10:05Z 2015-11-21T00:03:54Z Mark Gray, ASRC Federal

Mark Gray, ASRC Federal

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) announced Nov. 16 the acquisition of Data Networks Corporation (DNC) by its wholly-owned subsidiary ASRC Federal.

“This acquisition demonstrates ASRC’s continued commitment to diversifying and growing our government services portfolio,” ASRC President and CEO Rex A. Rock Sr. said.

“The acquisition of DNC meets important objectives established by ASRC Federal’s strategic plan,” ASRC Federal President and CEO Mark Gray said. “Specifically, this acquisition expands our position in key federal IT markets, most notably health IT, while also augmenting our existing capabilities and services.”

DNC will become a subsidiary of ASRC Federal.

Related: ASRC Federal Pulls from URS Corporation for Two Leadership Appointments


Lauren Budik <![CDATA[JTG Inc. Celebrates 20 Years in Business; New Logo, New Website]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62414 2015-11-23T19:06:36Z 2015-11-20T23:48:54Z Muriel Jerome-O'Keeffe, JTG Inc.

Muriel Jerome-O’Keeffe, JTG Inc.

Vienna, Va.-based JTG Inc. is celebrating 20 years of operations in 2015.

“I am grateful to our exceptional staff and to our many customers for making this anniversary possible,” JTG CEO and Founder Muriel Jerome-O’Keeffe said. “It’s gratifying to see from where we have come and what we have been able to achieve together over the years. We look forward to continuing to evolve with the needs of our valued customers for many years to come.”

“What makes JTG unique is our insistence on providing more to our customers in terms of innovation and efficiency,” JTG President Ahmed Shehata said. “We ask ourselves everyday how we can do things better and how we can be more efficient? This continuous pursuit of perfection provides our customers with tremendous benefits, and the JTG staff with pride and satisfaction in everything they do.”

As part of its 20th anniversary year, JTG unveiled a new logo, website and identity to better reflect JTG’s expanded portfolio of services.


Lauren Budik <![CDATA[ATARC Releases IoT Report on Emerging Technology Issues]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62408 2015-11-23T19:02:36Z 2015-11-20T23:37:43Z Mike Hettinger, ATARC

Mike Hettinger, ATARC

Ashburn, Va.-based nonprofit Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) released Nov. 18 its report, “Government and the Internet of Things – Findings and Recommendations of the Internet of Things Innovation Lab,” a collaboration of government, industry and academia members who will tackle critical issues around IoT’s application to government.

“The ATARC Innovation Labs were conceived to address emerging technology issues, bringing together key stakeholders to identify and resolve those issues on which the success or failure of an initiative may depend,” ATARC Executive Director Mike Hettinger said. “IoT will have a big impact on the federal government, in ways that many of us haven’t even thought about yet. The work of the IoT Innovation Lab participants has shed important light on the key things that government needs to think about as IoT evolves.”

ATARC convened the IoT Innovation Lab for 10 weeks, beginning in late July 2015, under the leadership of Chairwoman Linda Garcia of Cisco, and Vice Chairmen Craig Ano of Samsung, and Bryan Schromsky and Mohammad Rehman of Verizon. The effort included more than 20 government and industry thought leaders, who participated in brainstorming sessions for the technical working group.

The IoT Innovation Lab focused on the application of IoT to government, while looking at what technologies are driving the growth of IoT. The Lab identified three challenge areas – privacy, cybersecurity and risk management.

The report makes five recommendations for government:

  1. Embrace the opportunity – IoT represents a smarter way of doing many of the things that government has been doing for years. Government must fully embrace the potential of IoT to improve the delivery of services and make government more efficient and effective.
  2. Educate – Government should embark on a mission to educate the general public and federal agencies on the benefits of IoT either through the development of a National Internet of Things Strategy or related policy.
  3. Avoid unnecessary regulation – Congress and the Executive Branch should avoid regulating the IoT in any manner that would serve to hinder the growth of or opportunity presented by IoT, instead focusing on promoting consensus based standards for IoT.
  4. Ensure privacy protections – Government has a critical role to play in ensuring that personal information is protected and should embrace the challenge, while keeping privacy policies up-to-date to reflect the realities of a connected world.
  5. Protect the IoT landscape – Government must promote policies that ensure the security of the IoT landscape and identify best practices, while encouraging technology development.

ATARC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a collaborative forum for government, academia and industry to resolve emerging technology challenges. ATARC also introduces innovative technology from academic research labs to the federal government and private industry.

Related: ATARC Mobile Computing Summit Identifies Formula to Enhance Government Mission with Mobility


Lauren Budik <![CDATA[SAVE THE DATE: CONNECTpreneur Winter Forum, Dec. 10]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=62428 2015-11-23T18:53:40Z 2015-11-20T13:56:38Z John Kealey, Vivisimo

John Kealey, Vivisimo

The CONNECTpreneur Winter Forum will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Tysons Corner Marriott.

The event will feature more than 350 business leaders; Decision Lens CEO John Kealey, who will give the keynote speech; a panel discussion on hot trends in venture capital and early stage capital funding, moderated by Amplifier Ventures Managing Director Jonathan Aberman; a showcase of emerging technology companies; and networking opportunities.

A plated breakfast will be served.

Early bird registration for investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs and founders is $119 and $299 for service providers.

Click here for more information and to register.

Related: SAVE THE DATE: Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum, Sept. 17