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September 4, 2008

Last Night's
GovCon Awards

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With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, it's time for us to put away the shorts and dry clean our tux for awards season. So we joined 150 people last night at the Fairfax County Chamber's GovCon Finalists Reception at the Tysons' Ritz, honoring some of government contracting's biggest players.


CoVant Management CEO Joe Kampf and son Jason (CoVant's director of research), who apparently sees something more interesting off to the side: maybe Sarah Palin was on TV? Joe tells us CoVant is about to purchase a "high-end IT management and services company" with an announcement coming in the next month or so. Let the speculation begin!

Capitol Riverfront

That's GTSI chairman John Toups, AceInfo CEO Jay Challa and Houlihan Lokey VP John Song. You may remember Toups as CEO of Planning Research Corporation, but he is now retired, serving on a number of local boards and spending the summer at his beach house in Oxford, Md. Jay tells us his company is doing background checks on airport security employees for TSA. He stayed home over Labor Day after taking summer trips to India, Los Angeles and New Jersey. (Hmm, New Jersey?)


Catapult Technology's President Barry Kane and CEO Randy Slager with Mellenium's Kevin Jennings. Randy tells us Catapult is the largest disabled-veteran owned government contractor with more than 700 employees; their biggest project is maintaining GSA's entire infrastructure (a 350-person job). Kevin's company is installing high-power blowers on Army vehicles in Iraq to give soldiers a clear view of any IEDs in the roadway. Randy's biggest concern is hurricanes, as he spent the weekend boarding up his house in Miami.


Cordia Partners' Dana Fisher, Citizant's Alba Aleman, Jones Lang LaSalle's Kelly McBride, Citizant's Raymond Roberts, Holland & Knight partner Adam August ,and JBS International's Gail Bassin. Raymond tells us Citizant is using its National Home Locator System in conjunction with HUD to help hurricane victims find housing instead of tents and trailers. Adam just returned from his first vacation in two years. He went to Kiawah Island for a couple of days of tennis. (Adam, if it's really been a couple years, you could have stayed three or four days.)


MicroTech's Tim Wharton, RSM McGladrey's Dara Castle and A-T Solutions CEO Ken Falke. Tim tells us his company just purchased the visual communications division of North Carolina-based SIGCOM. They were also just named No. 285 on Inc. Magazine's 500 list, ranking 35th in the D.C. area, so it's been a busy few weeks. Not as busy as this past weekend when Tim took his four kids to Great Wolfe Lodge in Williamsburg.


Commerce Bank's Frank Merendino, Aronson and Company's Lexy Kessler, Danya International's Jeff Hoffman and Microsoft's Christine Zmuda. Christina is Microsoft Dynamics Strategic Engagement Manager, meaning her unit makes enterprise management software. "When people do not want to use Deltek they use us," says Christine, whose division grew 20 percent last year. That's impressive, but nowhere close to her Labor Day weekend, when she watched her daughter play eight soccer games in two days at a tournament.


Marsh's Ken Smith, Criterion SVP David Coxe, and Allen Corporation President K.C. Vaughey. K.C. tells us Allen Corporation is doing work with the FAA and VA to train personnel in software development. And one for the weird file, K.C. tells us he spent his weekend digging a pond in Pennsylvania for reasons he, and we, are not sure of.

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