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December 16, 2008
 
 
 
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LAST NIGHT'S
HOLIDAY BASH


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Don't tell the tech-heavy patrons of the arts who flooded on to the Kennedy Center Terrace last night for the 28th annual gala to support the Choral Arts Society that the economy's in trouble. Or maybe they know, and that's why they generously stepped up to the plate. Or may be it was the unrelenting efforts of gala chair Cathy Jones of Equis, long a superstar broker for tech clients like Mantech, Celera, Lockheed, and Oracle. Whatever the reason, 700 showed their holiday spirit, shelling out $6k to $25k per table for the cause of performing arts and music education.

 

Maybe Mike and Sanju didn't become doctors and lawyers, but they seem to have them as friends. Microstrategy founder Mike Saylor with lawyer Julie Chase.

 

Microstrategy co-founder and Vice Chairman Sanju Bansal with friend Anjali, whose last name we will mangle if we try to spell what we forgot to write down (anyway, this gives her a one-name mystique). We do know she's an internist in Fairfax.

 

Deloitte public sector global head Greg Pellegrino, chair Cathy Jones, NASA CFO Ron Spoehel (former CFO of Mantech), and outgoing SI International president Brad Antle frame Ron's wife Debbie. SI, of course, was acquired over the summer by the US division of London-based Serco for around half a billion

 

84-year old iconic William Webster, FBI Director under Presidents Carter and Reagan and CIA Director under Presidents Reagan and Bush 41, flanked by wife Lynda (in red), founder of the Webster Group, and realtor Connie Lawson. Standing are Trust Strategy Group CEO and venture investor Jeff Weiss, PNC private equity president David Hillman, and Jeff's wife (and realtor) Christie Weiss. We won't go into the interconnections, but they've all been friends a long time.

 

We also ran into a serial tech entrepreneur we've known a decade: Mike Bruce, right, CEO of InScope Solutions, standing with PE Systems CEO Wes King with his CFO Pam Johnson. Seated with them: Cardinal Bank SVP Seth Carter flanked by wife Anne and Mike's wife Sarah. Mike tells us InScope just celebrated the award of two nationwide IT delivery contracts; is opening offices in Boston, SF, and Raleigh in Q1; and hopes to have ten regional offices by the end of '09. We like expansion stories like that in this economy.

 

Tiffanny Gates, left, is a world class cryptologist and top Navy grad who worked for Mike Hayden at the NSA, then founded Emerging Technologies, Inc., sold to Mantech in July. With her: Ferris Baker Watts (now part of Royal Bank of Canada) SVP Diane Schaefer, who was gala finance chair; Cathy Jones; and Wilton, CT's Barb Dubiele, owner of Chase Medical Systems, who came down as a Nantucket friend of Cathy's.

 

McCormick Group executive recruiter Stan Krejci with investor Pat Gross. You old timers will remember Pat as one of the five McNamara whiz kid founders of American Management Systems, the predecessor of today's CGI-US. He started it when he was 25.

 

BET CEO Debra Lee with Stanley EVP George Wilson, who looks back fondly on great growth in 2008, including its $170M cash purchase of engineering and IT services firm Oberon (with the help of our friends at KippsDeSanto), which continued a huge acquisition spree the company's been on. All meaning: more money for great charitable causes. 

 

Last night in the Concert Hall, as we listened to Choral Arts' 190 singers entertain with Christmas songs in English and Czech. The audience even joined in, after the Czech ambassador came on stage to give it a little language lesson.

 
 
 
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