If you don't see images, click here to view
To ensure delivery, please add mark@bisnow.com to your address book, learn how
Got a Story Idea? . Events
Tech Bisnow
 Nav Bar
September 9, 2008


Free-of-charge to our readers! Announcing Bisnow's Fall Happy Hour co-hosted by the Capitol Riverfront BID and JPI. Come check out the views of the Capitol and the ballpark, have a drink, and network on the rooftop of the just-opened Jefferson at Capitol Yards luxury apartments. Tues., Sept 16, 6-8pm. One-block from the Navy Yard metro (Half St & I St SE), free parking. Sign up now!


Talk about a gatekeeper. Even John McCain and Sarah Palin could not walk onto stage last week at the Republican National Convention without passing through the hands of NVTC President Bobbie Kilberg. For the sixth straight convention, the Reagan and Bush 41 aide volunteered as backstage manager for official proceedings, meaning she was in charge of all the complicated organization in the wings, made even trickier by Hurricane Gustav cutting short Monday's events. But at least in terms of RNC planning, Gustav seems to have met its match.


Here's Bobbie with two secret service agents assigned to her. Bobbie's staff of six did all pre-speaking arrangements and scheduling,  taking speakers from sign-in through make-up, keeping them comfortable in the green room, then delivering them front and center. "Our job is part logistics, part traffic cop and movement coordinator, and part a calming presence," Bobbie tells us.


Bobbie's son Jonathan, left, President of Torch Renewables, a Houston-based wind power company, who came as a guest, with Jay Farrell, VP of ePlus, a Herndon-based IT services provider, who worked as one of Bobbie's assistants. Jonathan is secretly practicing his 2048 acceptance speech.


Lee Technologies president George Newstrom (you remember him as Virginia Secretary of Technology under Mark Warner) tells us the mission-critical infrastructure market is growing exponentially, and he expects the company to quadruple revenue in the next five years. The firm has also launched its first overseas location in Dublin. Lee Technologies, which George joined in 2006 after being CEO at WiSPER Technologies, offers clients a suite of services to protect information in data centers with everything from security and staffing to actually building the center from the ground up. (They maintain seven data centers for Microsoft with an eighth on the way.)


George with VP Tony Rizzo in the company's Network Operations Center where they monitor more than 200 clients. Tony is helping the company get into the federal market. "The Feds spends about $6 billion per year on data infrastructure," he says, saying Tony is required to obtain 10 percent of that. (We believe he was joking.) The company is working on a $12.7 million contract to build a new facility for NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. These two like to sneak off to the golf course when possible (although we guess if we're telling you, it's not sneaking), but this weekend's storm left them inside watching football.


Don't these guys look like people you can trust? That's because it's Honesty Online CEO Mark Ezra in the middle hugging CTO Larry Cynkin and SVP Ric Fleisher in their Bethesda offices. The company offers online identity credentials allowing users to differentiate themselves in Internet communities. "When people take online relationships out into the real world, they want to make sure the people they meet are who they say they are," says Mark, whose previous venture Core Location leased data center space. The company already has deals with online dating sites like Mate1.com and Together Dating, and is working on deals to verify employee credentials. We didn't verify theirs 'cause they looked trustworthy.

Harvest Bank
Tower Oaks
Advertise with Bisnow

This newsletter is a journalistic news source which accepts no payment for featured interviews. It is supported by conventional advertisers clearly identified in the right hand column. You have been selected to receive it either through prior contact or professional association. If you have received it in error, please accept our apologies and unsubscribe below. ? 2008, Bisnow on Business, Inc., 1323 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036. All rights reserved.

DC Real Estate Legal Bisnow Women Bisnow Association Bisnow NYC Real Estate Zegna Adrian Jules Dormeuil email