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January 10, 2011
Hokie Bash

Top government market intelligence and expert analysis company FedSources has a handful of top-notch events this month. Find out more here, and see ad at right.

Saturday night, more than 50 members of VT IDEA (Virginia Tech Intelligence & Defense Executive Alumni) held a post-Christmas holiday party in Great Falls. Our wonderful hosts were Jennifer and Sonu Singh (noting that three of their parents were Hokie professors, we were surprised to learn their home wasn't made of Hokie stone).
Jennifer and Sonu Singh
Jennifer and Sonu, who heads the 1901 Group, a "next generation" managed-service provider that uses proven ITIL Service Delivery Framework paired with an experienced delivery team. We'll assume Sonu knows what he's doing, considering he sold the first two companies he founded.
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Access National Bank CEO Mike Clarke, wife Kathy, Tom McNamara (more on him in a sec), former CIA CIO Alan Wade and wife Ellen
Access National Bank CEO Mike Clarke, wife Kathy, Tom McNamara (more on him in a sec), former CIA CIO Alan Wade and wife Ellen. On Friday, Tom was named CEO of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, which was established in March 2010. Its mission: foster applied research, development, and management of large-scale contract research projects. And in a classic love story, Kathy and Tom were childhood friends who never even thought of dating until after college. "We were always dating other people until we both found ourselves single one day," Kathy says.
KippsDeSanto's and VT IDEA co-founder Pack Fancher with Alyse Muldoon.
VT IDEA co-founder Pack Fancher (of KippsDeSanto) with Alyse Muldoon. We're sworn to secrecy, but VT IDEA is using its collective brainpower and clout to come up with some ideas for the university, goverment, and industry that are nothing short of awesome (we'll tell you more soon, promise). We can say that Alyse came to Washington more than 20 years ago as a White House Liason for Nancy Reagan's Foster Grandparent Program and has written a book on etiquette for children. (Thus, we resisted the urge to use a dinner fork to scratch our back.)
Tom Suder, TopSide Consulting's Bob Woods, Carrie Higginbotham, Bob's wife Betsy, and Tom's wife Kristin. You may remember Bob as a former commissioner of GSA's Federal Technology Service. He's now running a 25-person consulting firm that focuses on parts of DoD, GSA, VA, and the intelligence agencies (to name a few). And Tom tells us he's working on his next venture that he should be publicly announcing soon.

Elsewhere in the Bisnow Universe...
Sam Feder
First off, we remind you that you may subscribe to more than one Bisnow newsletter (they're free, folks). If you haven't, we'd like to point you to Friday's edition of Legal Bisnow: Our reporter sat down with former FCC general counsel Sam Feder for his take on the net neutrality vote. We could tell you what Sam said, but then you might not click on this link.

Commerce and Trusted Identities
Gary Locke
In case you missed it on Friday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced that Commerce will open a new office focused on securing online transactions, during a speech at Stanford. The new office will coordinate the federal government's implementation of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, part of the Obama administration cyber security plan. “The Internet will not reach its full potential until users and consumers feel more secure and confident than they do today when they go online,” Gary said.

CES Snapshot
One of our correspondents (note we're saying this in a Ted Koppel voice) was on the ground at CES this past week. Here's a hint of some of the faces in the crowd: Gunnar Optics founder Matt Michelsen and 50 Cent at the CES Central Plaza.
The crowd of 30 at the CES CMO CLUB dinner included heads of marketing from Samsung, Kodak, Visa, Microsoft, Nikon, Apple, and Atlantic Records. It was hosted by Pete Krainik and "celebrity CMO" Jeffrey Hayzlett.
Gabriella Asmus represented Logitech Mini Controller at the ShowStoppers Event.
Gerard Recio and Melissa Joaquin played EA Sports Active games at that ShowStoppers Event. We challenged EA Sports PR manager Lisa Bruce to the next match.
We snapped Mashable editor in chief Adam Ostrow at the company's 4th annual awards held at Zumanity.
American Rebel PR president Chris Detert and Arbitrage Clothing founder Alan Chan.
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