WashingtonExec News & Insights for the DC Area Executive 2016-06-29T03:40:13Z http://www.washingtonexec.com/feed/atom/ Karli Gillespie <![CDATA[WashingtonExec Rising Stars of GovCon Founding Chairman Jonathan Moneymaker Steps Down]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=69983 2016-06-29T03:40:13Z 2016-06-29T03:39:53Z JD Kathuria (WashingtonExec) and Jonathan Moneymaker (Altamira Technologies)

JD Kathuria (WashingtonExec) and Jonathan Moneymaker (Altamira Technologies)

On the evening of June 2, 2016 WashingtonExec celebrated five years of business at its annual appreciation event at Congressional Country Club. Attendees included Council members, past speakers, and long-time supporters of the digital magazine and events organization. Jonathan Moneymaker’s official duties as the Founding Chairman of the Rising Stars of GovCon Committee officially came to a close.

The Rising Stars of GovCon Committee is exclusively for young professionals between the ages of 22 and 37. This group is for those who work in the government or government contracting industry in the Washington, DC area and who also have one or both parents who work in the business. Since its founding in 2015, the Committee has grown to more than 50 active members and provides the industry’s future leaders with a unique perspective of all aspects of the GovCon Business, including contracts, finance, marketing, and business development.

Moneymaker is Chief Strategy Officer of Altamira Technologies, a mid-market-size mission application development, multi-intelligence analysis, cyber operations, and big data solutions national security company. Under Moneymaker’s leadership the program excelled with discussion topics such as developing a proper elevator pitch, how to grow as not only a strong manager but as a future leader of the industry, and personal career management. This year the Committee held its first bi-annual “Meet the Parents” event with the Rising Stars of the GovCon and their parents.

“The Rising Stars Committee is a founding pillar of the WashingtonExec Career Bridge. My team and I appreciate the all the time and energy that Jonathan dedicated in order to help kick-off the group. Jonathan’s innate drive to help foster and grow the next generation is greatly appreciated and we look forward to continuing our partnership,” said JD Kathuria, CEO, WashingtonExec.

WashingtonExec's Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event at Congressional Country Club

WashingtonExec’s Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event at Congressional Country Club

WashingtonExec's Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event

WashingtonExec’s Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[U.S. Air Force Awards $85 Million Fighter Test Services Contract to AMERICAN SYSTEMS]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70151 2016-06-29T02:39:32Z 2016-06-29T02:39:32Z Peter Smith, AMERICAN SYSTEMS

Peter Smith, AMERICAN SYSTEMS

Chantilly, Va.-based AMERICAN SYSTEMS has been awarded a five year, $85 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the U.S. Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center for Fighter Test Services.

Peter Smith, AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ President and CEO stated, “AMERICAN SYSTEMS is proud to continue to provide Operational Test support for the largest DoD acquisition program in history, supporting test planning, execution, and reporting for three U.S. services and nine partner national that will operate the F-35 Lightning II, as well as the front line USAF Air Superiority Fighter – the F-22A. It is an honor to support the mission of our Armed Forces and our allies through our contributions to the next generation of fighter aircraft.”

AMERICAN SYSTEMS will be providing operational test and evaluation services related to fourth- and fifth-generation fighter acquisition programs covering a broad range of technical and analytical operational test services. The majority of this work will be done primarily at Edwards Air Force Base in California and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. There will also be secondary locations supported across the country.

Related: Early Development of PEO Defense Health Management Systems Testing Infrastructure concluded by AMERICAN SYSTEMS

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Gen. John R. Allen Joins SparkCognition’s Board of Directors]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70119 2016-06-29T02:33:28Z 2016-06-29T02:33:28Z General John Allen

General John Allen

SparkCognition announced June 21 the appointment of Gen. John R. Allen (USMC Ret.), former commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), deputy commander of US CENTCOM and most recently Special Envoy to the President, to the company’s Board of Directors.

Gen. Allen currently serves as a Senior Fellow and the Co-Director of Brooking’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence.

“Gen. Allen brings gravitas, experience and tremendous leadership acumen to SparkCognition,” SparkCognition Founder and CEO Amir Husain said. “As President Obama eloquently noted, Gen. Allen is one of our nation’s most respected and experienced military experts. He has served our country with distinction for almost 40 years and understands how critical AI and related advanced technologies are for securing our nation’s cyber and physical assets. Gen. Allen is not only one of our most brilliant wartime military commanders, he is also a statesman and scholar with immense policy experience. This makes him one of a handful of global leaders with a profound understanding of the growing cyber-physical challenges the world faces. He brings a unique commitment to enabling us to find solutions we need to address those challenges in the national interest. We could not be more honored to have him on our Board and look forward to working closely with Gen. Allen to build and deploy an Artificial Intelligence capability second to none.”

Gen. Allen, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star General and past Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, previously served as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). President Barack Obama appointed Gen. Allen as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, where he led the complex assignment of building — from conception — a robust international coalition that would undertake a wide range of political, diplomatic, military, economic and other efforts to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.

“Joining SparkCognition’s Board of Directors opens the next chapter in my life-long commitment to ensuring our country’s security and defense,” Gen. Allen said. “I look forward to working with SparkCognition’s Founder and CEO, Amir Husain, and my fellow Board Members. Amir is an inspirational leader who is a true innovator and recognized technologist. His contributions have already made important advances in AI technology in an astoundingly short period of time. SparkCognition’s impressive team is driving innovation in a field that is vital to our national security. Today, our country faces a great many challenges, but perhaps none as significant as the rapidly evolving cyber threats that compromise our nation’s critical infrastructure. SparkCognition is deploying next generation cognitive technology that is necessary to address these realities, and I consider their work a national asset.”

“Gen. Allen is one of the finest military leaders and strategists of our generation,” SparkCognition’s Board of Directors Chairman Manoj Saxena said. “He has served our country with distinction and is a thought leader on defense and security issues through his work at the Brookings Institute. We are honored to welcome him to our Board, and I look forward to working alongside a national hero.”

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Arlington Capital Partners Acquires EOIR Technologies]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70112 2016-06-29T02:25:58Z 2016-06-29T02:25:58Z building handshakeWashington, D.C.-based private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners announced June 24 the acquisition of Fredericksburg, Va.-based EOIR Technologies Inc., a technology solutions contractor to the Dept. of Defense and intelligence community.

“As an early mover in smart sensors, video analytics and directed energy research, EOIR is well-positioned to address the country’s key technical priorities,” Arlington Managing Partner Michael Lustbader said. “We plan to grow the company through complementary strategic acquisitions to create a mid-sized, agile platform that is focused on delivering differentiated solutions to the national security community. Through a mix of organic and inorganic investments, EOIR will expand its capabilities into new areas for broader support of the current customer base, as well as bring EOIR’s deep technical expertise into new markets.”

“EOIR is pleased to be partnering with Arlington, a firm with a long and successful history investing in our sector,” newly-appointed EOIR CEO Peter Cannito said. “We’ve delivered substantial growth over the last several years and secured key large prime contracts with our customers throughout the research and development community. Having the backing of Arlington will only serve to accelerate our growth and help us to capitalize upon our current and future opportunities.”

“EOIR has a distinguished history of providing advanced research and development, engineering and design solutions that address our military and intelligence agencies’ key technical challenges,” Arlington Principal David Wodlinger said. “EOIR’s ability to deliver innovation to customers throughout a program’s lifecycle makes it an ideal platform for Arlington as we seek to build a national security platform that advances the community’s capabilities through investments in research and development and proprietary technology.”

“EOIR Technologies has been supporting our customers with the highest standards of integrity, commitment and technical excellence for over three decades,” EOIR’s former CEO and ongoing member of the EOIR Board Dr. Joe Mackin said. “This ownership transition presents a variety of exciting new opportunities for EOIR to continue our rapid growth through increased investments in corporate infrastructure, internal research and development and targeted new capabilities attained through strategic acquisitions. I look forward to continuing to advise the company through its next phase of growth and continuing to serve our customers.”

EOIR has approximately 400 employees in 11 U.S. offices, as well as client sites domestically and overseas. In the last year, the Company has won prime positions on several large contract vehicles including Technical Information Engineering Services, Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Command & Control and Persistent Surveillance – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Analytic Software.

Arlington’s investment in EOIR follows on the heels of recent realizations of its investments in Novetta Solutions and Compusearch Software Systems. Arlington has completed more than 20 transactions during the past five years. Arlington’s current investments include Endeavor Robotics (previously iRobot Defense & Security), MicroPact and Quantum Spatial.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Related: Arlington Capital Partners Acquires Division of Radiant Zemax

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Northern Virginia Chamber Presents 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70080 2016-06-29T01:39:13Z 2016-06-29T01:39:13Z Mac Curtis

Vencore President and CEO Mac Curtis receives the 2016 Executive Leader of the Year Award

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, announced June 21 the finalists and winners for the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards, presented at the organization’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.

“We’re proud to honor these companies, non-profits and individuals, which embody the strong commitment to community common throughout Northern Virginia businesses,” Northern Virginia Chamber President and CEO Jim Corcoran said. “Through their leadership and corporate social responsibility efforts, they make meaningful contributions to the well-being of our community.”

Presented across seven categories, the awards honor extraordinary business leadership and above-and-beyond corporate social responsibility (CSR). The nominations period took place from January to March 2016. This year, the Northern Virginia Chamber received a record number of applications which were all reviewed by an independent selection committee. From the selected pool of nominees, judges chose finalists and winners who were announced live at the event.

This year’s finalists and winners are listed below. Winners are denoted by an asterisk*.

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business)

  • Deloitte LLP
  • EY
  • Hogan Lovells
  • PwC*
  • Volkswagen Group of America

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Mid-Size Business)

  • Apple Federal Credit Union
  • Aronson LLC
  • Cardinal Bank*
  • MorganFranklin Consulting
  • Octo Consulting Group

Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year (Small Business)

  • BrandMirror
  • Evans Incorporated
  • Red Thinking*
  • ShounBach
  • ThunderCat Technology

Non-Profit of the Year

  • The Arc of Northern Virginia*
  • Children’s Science Center
  • DC SCORES
  • Family Preservation and Strengthening Services
  • Our Daily Bread, Inc.
  • Workhouse Arts Center

Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CACI International Inc.
  • CALIBRE Systems, Inc.*
  • Duty First Consulting
  • Leidos
Mac Curtis, CEO, Vencore

Mac Curtis, CEO, Vencore

Executive Leader of the Year

  • Mac Curtis, President and CEO, Vencore*
  • Brian Davidson, Executive Vice President, Van Metre Homes
  • Staci Redmon, President & CEO, Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS)
  • Carl Rosenblatt, Washington Metro Sales & Marketing Leader, PwC
  • Danny Vargas, Founder and President, VARCom Solutions

Emerging Influential of the Year

  • Jen Dalton, CEO, BrandMirror
  • James Estep, Vice President, Cardinal Bank
  • Allison Marie, Attorney, ShounBach
  • Joe Meyer, Executive Director and CEO, Shelter House, Inc.*

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, selected by past Chamber chairs for lifelong dedication and service to the Northern Virginia business community, were presented to Richard Duvall, Senior Partner, Holland & Knight, and Knox Singleton, CEO, Inova Health System.

The NOVAForward Award, which recognizes exceptional work to move Northern Virginia businesses and the community forward, was presented to Mary Agee, Former President and Chief Executive, Northern Virginia Family Service.

Outgoing Northern Virginia Chamber Chairman Mitch Weintraub, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Cordia Partners, presented awards for exemplary service to the Chamber over the past year. Recipients of this year’s Chairman Awards included:

  • Luanne Gutermuth, SVP, Shared Services & Chief Human Resources Officer, WGL and Washington Gas
  • Scott McGeary, Area Public Affairs Manager, Government and Business Relations, WGL
  • Carolyn Moss, Managing Director, Mid-Atlantic, State & Local Affairs, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
  • Manik Rath, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, LMI
  • Greg Wheeless, Regional Manager, Government Services Group, Wells Fargo

Jennifer Aument, Group General Manager, North America, Transurban, was welcomed as the 2016-2017 Northern Virginia Chamber Chairman.

Related: Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Announces Finalists for Corporate Citizenship Award

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[24 Maryland Winners Named by Northrop Grumman in 14th Annual Engineering Scholars Competition]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=69961 2016-06-28T03:41:41Z 2016-06-28T01:19:01Z Kathy Warden, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Kathy Warden, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Northrop Grumman Corporation hosted its annual Engineering Scholars Awards Dinner and Reception on June 15 at the Marriott Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. At this program 24 Maryland high school seniors were each awarded a $10,000 merit-based scholarship – payable in four yearly $2,500 installments. All of these seniors intend to study engineering, computer science, physics or math as they continue their education into college.

“Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Linthicum-based Mission Systems sector stated, “Northrop Grumman is pleased to sponsor this scholarship competition, which supports the pursuit of an engineering education by some of the state’s best-qualified math and science students. These talented young men and women can be among the future technology and innovation leaders of our country.”

Northrop Grumman assembles a committee of employees to select the winners. To be eligible, each scholarship applicant has to be a resident of Maryland and a graduating senior this spring form a public or accredited private high school in the state. A minimum composite SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required. The committee also took into consideration work experience, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Following are the names of the students from 23 Maryland counties and the city of Baltimore who each received a $10,000 scholarship.

Allegany County, Hayden Lindsey, Mountain Ridge High School
Anne Arundel County, Sandra Sandeep, North County High School
Baltimore City, Benjamin Grove, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Baltimore County, Kayla Moore, Western School of Technology
Calvert County, John Hoerauf, Saint Mary’s Ryken High School
Caroline County, Helen Wiley, North Caroline High School
Carroll County, Michael Williams, Liberty High School
Cecil County, Abraham Lee, North East High School
Charles County, Abigail Payne, North Point High School
Dorchester County, Patrick Geleta, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School
Frederick County, Matthew Beveridge, Oakdale High School
Garrett County, Alexandra Miller, Northern Garrett High School
Harford County, Edward Salvatierra, Fallston High School
Howard County, Nathan Palmer, Hammond High School
Kent County, Zachary Kirby, Kent County High School
Montgomery County, Suriya Kandaswamy, Poolesville High School
Prince George’s County, Andrew Latchman, Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Queen Anne’s County, Ryan Domogauer, Kent Island High School
Somerset County, Chandler Heller, Washington High School
St. Mary’s County, Mary Wise, Saint Mary’s Ryken High School
Talbot County, Christopher Hogan II, Easton High School
Washington County, Emily Gross, North Hagerstown High School
Wicomico County, Arthur Carlton-Jones, James M. Bennett High School
Worcester County, Ethan Taylor, Pocomoke High School

One of the state’s largest private employers, Northrop Grumman is a significant financial and in-kind contributor to educational outreach programs aimed at encouraging young people to consider engineering and science-related career fields. The Mission Systems sector supports multiple High School Involvement Partnership programs to excite student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Northrop Grumman is also a major corporate sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

Related: Northrop Grumman Foundation Launches Second Annual Fab School Labs Contest

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Shash Sudhish <![CDATA[Array IT’s Sumeet Shrivastava Presented with the WashingtonExec Early Adopter Award]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70039 2016-06-28T03:41:15Z 2016-06-28T01:18:58Z Sumeet Shrivastava, Array IT

Sumeet Shrivastava, Array IT

On the evening of June 2, 2016 WashingtonExec celebrated five years of business at its annual appreciation event at Congressional Country Club. The occasion was shared by many of Council members, past speaker, and longtime supporters. JD Kathuria, CEO, recognized and thanked a few first customers and advisors for their contributions to the success of WashingtonExec’s professional networking initiatives and digital magazine. One of the honors presented was the WashingtonExec Early Adopter Award, received by none other than Sumeet Shrivastava, President of Array Information Technology.

A valued member and advocate, Shrivastava contributed to the success of WashingtonExec in the early days in a variety of ways. Besides serving as Chairman of the Federal Business Council, Shrivastava was a leader of the Small Business Acquisition Reform Commission (SBARC), founded in 2011 to ensure that small business contractors not only survive, but also thrive in a highly competitive and dynamic government marketplace. He is also instrumental in WashingtonExec’s strong partnership with George Mason University’s Federal IT alumni network and serves on the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for the GMU School of Business. Last but not least, Sumeet and the entire Shrivastava family are year-round resources and volunteers for the Annual K-12 STEM Symposium, held every March in Herndon, Virginia.

“Sumeet  is responsible for the growth of WashingtonExec’s programs, big and small, in so many ways. It was an absolute honor to present him with the Early Adopter Award,” said JD Kathuria, CEO of WashingtonExec.

John Dvorak (Triple i), Balan Ayyar (Sevatec), John Fraser (ASM Federal, an Accenture Company), Josh Rubin (Sevatec), Ian Moore (GDIT), Rick White (Sotera Defense Solutions)

John Dvorak (Triple i), Balan Ayyar (Sevatec), John Fraser (ASM Research, an Accenture Company), Josh Rubin (Sevatec), Ian Moore (GDIT), Rick White (Sotera Defense Solutions)

WashingtonExec's Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Event at Congressional Country Club

WashingtonExec’s Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Event at Congressional Country Club

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[$66M Agile Software Development Contract Awarded to Dev Technology]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=69985 2016-06-28T03:18:56Z 2016-06-28T01:16:10Z Susie Sylvester, Dev Technology’s CEO

Susie Sylvester, CEO, Dev Technology

Information technology services and solutions provider Dev Technology was awarded a $66 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide agile development and support under its EAGLE II contract.

Ryan Madden, Dev Technology Vice President, Application Services stated, “We look forward to applying our agile development approach to these mission critical systems. We’ve been able to streamline development efforts on other projects using agile to bring value to the government faster, and we will apply these principles to the Enforcement Systems portfolio to benefit ICE and their important user community.”

Under this contract Dev Technology will provide agile software development to deliver functionality for systems which support ICE’s mission of investigation, arrest, detention and removal of aliens who violate the nation’s federal laws related to border control, customs, trade and immigration. To deliver support on this contract Dev Technology will partner with Coveros, Excalibur Solutions, IntegrityOne Partners, Sapient Government Services, and Sevatec to provide this support.

Susie Sylvester, CEO at Dev Technology stated, “We are honored and excited about this partnership with ICE, and for this opportunity to expand our value to the Enforcement Systems stakeholders. Dev Technology has been supporting specific components of the Enforcement Systems for over 10 years and we look forward to this opportunity to provide an enhanced level of support with high performing, unified agile teams to achieve ICE’s vision.”

Related:  Dev Technology Group, Inc. Awarded $51 Million IT Support Contract

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Lisa Singh <![CDATA[For GDIT CIO Kristie Grinnell, IT Transformation Begins With Organizational Buy-In]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=69886 2016-06-27T14:27:03Z 2016-06-27T01:36:21Z Kristie Grinnell, CIO and vice president of information technology at General Dynamics Information Technology

Kristie Grinnell, CIO and Vice President of Information Technology at General Dynamics Information Technology

How do you drive IT transformation at one of the world’s leading IT systems integrators?

If you’re Kristie Grinnell, who serves as CIO and vice president of information technology at General Dynamics Information Technology, you start with a coin.

“In one of my first meetings, I brought my leadership team together, and gave each of them a $1 gold coin,” recalls Grinnell. “I’ve asked them to carry that coin with them ever since.”

The rationale, she adds, is simple: Change is uncomfortable for people. So what better way to address the need for change than with … change?

“I wanted to constantly remind my team that this special coin – something you don’t see every day – is an opportunity for them to be part of transformational change, in driving value across our organization,” says Grinnell.

Creating organizational buy-in, from the top down, has been Grinnell’s focus since she arrived at GDIT in December 2015.

Both in her current role, and in previous executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and CSC, where she led two major global IT transformations, Grinnell has maintained a central belief: IT should be less a commodity service and more of a true business partner – one that ensures precious IT dollars are spent on the right IT, at the right time, to maximize lasting business value.

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Even before she officially joined GDIT, Grinnell was thinking of how she could foster true IT transformation within the halls of the Fairfax, Va.-based IT services company. It didn’t take long to find the answer.

Shortly after her arrival, Grinnell convened the very first IT governing body meeting.

“The support of our senior leadership was critical,” says Grinnell. “You really can’t look at many topics on the business agenda that don’t involve IT, so it needs to start at the highest level.”

“That’s the very first step in any IT transformation,” adds Grinnell. “You’ve got to get that body of individuals together – aligned and moving in the right direction, supporting what you’re doing.”

RELATED: Women in Technology Announces 17th Annual Leadership Award Winners 

At the same time, Grinnell was cognizant of avoiding a common CIO mistake: moving too fast. “Being patient and allowing for time to educate and drive change – not just in IT, but within the business functions as well – is really key,” says Grinnell. “You can’t be too far ahead of where the business is trying to go – you need to bring the entire organization along with you,” she says.

Bringing the entire organization along, adds Grinnell, couldn’t have happened without empowering each team member. “Just telling people what to do doesn’t make change happen,” she says. “People have to feel it in their bones, in what they do every day.”

True to form, that governing body – the IT Portfolio Management Group – has been a step in that direction.

Clear communication, on an ongoing basis, underpins those efforts. Working closely with GDIT’s marketing and communications department, Grinnell ensures weekly messages – brief, with two to three bulleted items – are sent out to each governing group. Throughout, feedback is encouraged.

RELATED: The Trend General Dynamics Health Solutions Saw Coming

Fostering a competitive group culture comes naturally to Grinnell, who once played on a women’s ice hockey league while pursuing an MBA at Cornell University. Grinnell also credits her father, a former entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry, with instilling the belief she could be anything.

“I was very fortunate to be raised by a father who very much came from the mindset, ‘I’m not going to raise my daughter to marry an executive but to be one herself,’” recalls Grinnell, today a mother of three, two of them girls.

That determination guides Grinnell’s personal pursuits, including, notably, as a Girl Scout Leader, youth leader in her church, and professionally in her role as CIO of GDIT — where, if Grinnell has her way, change may just keep on coming naturally.

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Karli Gillespie <![CDATA[EY 2016 Entrepreneur of The Year Mid-Atlantic Awards Gala]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=69930 2016-06-27T01:22:08Z 2016-06-27T01:22:08Z EY Government Services Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Winner Sonny Kakar and the Sevatec team.

EY Government Services Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Winner Sonny Kakar and the Sevatec team.

On June 15, entrepreneurs of the greater Washington area came together in celebration of their accomplishments for the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner.

This year’s black tie gala  marked the 30th anniversary of recognizing entrepreneurs for the products and services they provide to their community. What began as a single program out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1986, has grown international – with 25 U.S. programs and now based in more than 60 countries.

From Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the mood of the night was carried with a ’80s throwback playlist in honor of its 1986 start.

The eight winners for the Entrepreneur of The Year 2016 Mid-Atlantic Award include:

Later this year, all EY Mid-Atlantic winners will compete at the national level for EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

EY Government Services Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Julian Setian and the SOS International team.

EY Government Services Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Julian Setian and the SOS International team

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Satya Akula of Amyx Inc., a finalist for EY Government Services Entrepreneur of the Year, and the rest of the Amyx team

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Health Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Colin Konschak (left), CEO and Managing Partner of Divurgent, a healthcare consulting firm

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