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October 2, 2008
 
 
 
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BOBBIE GETS SURPRISED


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Bobbie Kilberg makes it her mission to know exactly what's happening in the local tech world, at all times. But somehow at 6 PM last night at the Tysons Ritz, she didn't know that she was walking into a surprise celebration of her 10th anniversary as NVTC president. Fortunately she smiled, and her staff appears to be safe this morning.

 

NVTC board members and staff gathered last night in the Dominion Room, where Bobbie (holding one of her grandkids above) was brought in on the pretext that NVTC chairman and CGI CEO Donna Morea (red blouse) wanted to introduce her to some colleagues from Canada. Husband Bill (behind Bobbie) was a key co-conspirator. How do we know Bobbie was surprised? Staff says she drove them crazy all day asking for bios of the visitors.

 

All four of Bobbie's four grandchildren attended, three of them old enough to pose for the camera as future entrepreneurs.

 

In the background, NVTC chair Donna Morea and former chairs Kathy Clark, Sudhakar Shenoy, John Lee, and Dan Bannister saluted Bobbie. In front of them, current and former NVTC staffers. COO Christine Kallivokas spent two months laying plans for the surprise. Sudhakar joked (we think) that Bobbie reminded him so much over the years to "be on time" that he actually was on time for this event because he's changed his habits. We think he was just afraid of Bobbie's reaction if he weren't.


$100 MILLION!
 

We recently met Master Key Consulting CEO Jonathan Wilber who just happens to be the founder of Maryland's largest Native-American owned business with 140 employees and more than $100 million in federal contracts since going into business nearly eight years ago. Jonathan's one of about 8,000 members of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the state's only indigenous tribe.

 

Jonathan tells us Master Key just won two contracts from DoJ: $16.9 M to provide configuration management and software testing and $3.7 M for end-user support services. Jonathan worked as the HR director for his tribe before moving to Washington to start his company. "We got a contract with Justice that got us off the ground and convinced my wife I was not crazy." The company now has more than 140 employees and $15 M in annual revenue. Outside the office, Jonathan is a diehard for both the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins.


WHERE WAS THIS WHEN WE NEEDED IT?
 

We admit we could have used Discovery Logic's ScienceWire product as an undergrad in physics (math = bad), considering it mines real-time databases (like grant proposals to the NIH) and produces a report of what it found. "It now takes our clients 20 minutes to do the same quantitative analyses that took years before," says Mike Pollard, who founded the 75-person Rockville-based bootstrap with his wife Naomi in 2000. Above, Mike with Rockville Economic Development Executive Director Sally Sternbach. Mike's previous company, thinkXML, was sold to Zions Bancorp in 2001. He previously served as VP of Science Management Corporation and spent five years as a Capitol Hill aide. Mike jokes that he "used to race sailboats before having kids," but now he spends his leisure time being a dad.

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