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April 29, 2008

The nominations are in, and our committee is selecting the "35 Under 35" entrepreneurs of the region. webMethods founder Phillip Merrick and former Netpreneur leader Mary MacPherson are co-chairing the committee. Look for the group to be announced by mid-May; the big party will be June 10. Thanks to our partners: Deloitte, Greenberg Traurig, Cabot Consultants, and Fortune Magazine.


Two years after selling to General Dynamics, Joe Kampf and the boys from military subcontractor Anteon are out to do it again with CoVant Management. "We decided we were too young to retire," the 63-year-old Kampf told us in his Tysons office. So Kampf, his son Jason, Sy Moskowitz, Roger Gurner, Gerry Dorros, Mark Heilman and James Heilman, who all had ties to Anteon, rejoined to form CoVant shortly after their headline-grabbing $2.2 billion sale.


Joe tells us the young company already purchased Fredericksburg-based A-T Solutions in February in their first deal. A-T specializes in counter-terrorism training, especially dealing with improvised explosive devices and WMD. Joe says his plan is to purchase up-and-comers with specific platforms, then use his team's experience and equity to boost their value. "We're making very strategic moves," Kampf says. "We only want home runs." Some of the areas he's looking into next: military logistics, IT health-support systems, and data management and fusion.


Always working the phones for a deal, Joe came to Anteon in 1996. Under his lead, revenue skyrocketed from $100 million to $1.5 billion in 2005. Anteon specialized in training interrogators and also provided IT and computer support to the federal government, primarily in defense and high-risk areas. "We're not trying to rebuild Anteon," Joe says. But he will be using the wisdom from his "great run" to guide CoVant's acquisitions.


Joe with a NYSE Certification of Listing for Anteon. With seven employees instead of 10,000, he's more free to travel. He and wife recently went on a 24-day National Geographic expedition, stopping everywhere from Alaska to Australia to Chile to Tanzania. The trip featured a geneticist who traced Joe's roots back 50,000 years to the Middle East. His wife was traced back 80,000 years to one of the first four women on Earth. "And I'm sure she founded Neiman Marcus," he jokes.


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