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November 7, 2008
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Pretty busy last night, we had to double team. First we ran out to the Bethesda North Marriott for the Tech Council of Maryland’s third annual Mid-Atlantic “CIO & CTO Live!” Awards (so called presumably because watching taped awards would be boring).


Outgoing Tech Council of Maryland CEO Julie Coons with colleague Ric Zakour and Opus8’s Tien Wong. Tien tells us he just returned from Beijing and Shanghai, where he was investigating outsourcing companies to invest in. “With the down economy I was shy about investing, but the Chinese are very optimistic, so you’ll definitely see us be a bull in China,” Tien says.


NOAA CIO Joe Klimavicz tells us his agency is still busy installing C-SAM technology to allow secure transactions between wireless devices, a task involving 135 systems spread across 450 buildings nationwide. He says he’s been working too hard to have fun, but got a break on Halloween since his three teenage daughters realized they were too old for trick-or-treating, so they could take over door duties.


Softchoice’s Heath Fowkles, Erica Collins, Steve Levine and Dave Reese. Steve tells us Softchoice is one of nine large resellers of Microsoft technology. “Basically if the government wants to acquire a Microsoft license, they come through us,” says Steve, noting the company also resells IBM and HP products, among others. We bet the group watched the Virginia Tech-Maryland game last night since Erica (VT) and Steve (MD) bet on the outcome. “The loser had to wear the others jersey to work,” Erica says.


Diverse Systems’ Keith Scott and DHS’ Wolf Tombe. Keith tells us his company is doing something with SBInet (that’s the network to secure the country’s borders), and we didn’t even bother asking Wolf what he does since those Homeland Security types are so discreet. He did tell us what he dressed as on Halloween: “A wolf! Pretty clever, huh?”


Convergence Technology Consulting COO Larry Letow with CDW’s Jennifer Keating and Ken Grimsley. Larry tells us his 5-year-old firm is growing 30 percent a year and is looking for qualified employees (he and everyone else in the area), but “the difference is I will actually hire them,” says Larry, whose wife dressed as a chicken for Halloween. “I thought of going as Frank Perdue – maybe next year,” Larry says.


Also last night, we were on hand for that massive, weird, and wonderful Washington ritual known as Fight Night, which amazingly in these difficult times once again (for the 19th year) filled the Washington Hilton to the gills and raised $2.8 million for underserved kids in DC. 2500 pounds of steak, 200 hostesses, 80 volunteers, 4,000 bottles of Bud, and 100 visits by boxing legends to soliders at Walter Reed. Congrats and thanks to everyone involved—which includes, above, Object Video’s Raul Fernandez, and former Congressman and now national security entrepreneur Tom McMillen.


IMC founder Sudhakar Shenoy and Cooley Godward biz dev guru Carl Grant. [Poke Sudhakar if you like his snazzy bow-tie.]


We snapped this of 87-year old Jake LaMotta, former middleweight world champion known in his day as the Raging Bull (and played by Robert DeNiro in his 1980 Oscar-winning performance in the movie of that name), with Café Milano owner Franco Nuschese and venture capitalist Mark Ein. Franco tells us that Jake for a time became a standup comedian and even performed 15 years ago at Café Milano.


Sibley Hospital CEO Bob Sloan with Novak Biddle venture capitalist Jack Biddle, chairman of the Sibley Hospital Foundation's finance committee.


Bankers Trust’s Mike Savage, PR gurus Chris Eimas and Trip Donnelly, and former inPhonic founder (now founder of Caivis Acquisition Corp) David Steinberg.

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