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April 25, 2008


Last night, we skipped the basketball playoffs for the real excitement in town:  the Association for Corporate Growth awards dinner at the Tysons Ritz, with 350 techie bigwigs over cocktails and onion-crusted filet mignon. Winners included M.C. Dean Inc. (emerging growth); Tom Mutryn, Tom Campbell, and Dan Cornell (Dealmakers of the Year); and Honeywell (Deal of the Year for its acquisition of Dimensions International).


Hey, we remember former CACI CEO Jack London, on hand with wife Jennifer. Although given ACG’s lifetime achievement award, Jack is still achieving in retirement: he’s got a book coming out in May, that we imagine will be controversial.  It’s called “Our Good Name,” which he tells us sets the record straight on the Abu Ghraib scandal, citing only official documents. “None of that unnamed sources stuff,” he said. Along with his book, Jack’s celebrating the return home of his son-in-law from Afghanistan.


Bryan Stanford, Paul Roche, John Bickel and Richard Stewart of Emerging Technologies Group, which was nominated for best emerging growth company under $100 million. “If we win it is victory cigars at the Palm,” Roche said, “and if we lose, well, it is victory cigars at the Palm.” Herndon-based ETG works both in the government and private sector focusing on information security, with clients like CIA, NSA, DoD, FBI and DEA.  In other words, we can’t tell you any more.


Advanced Technology Systems CEO Ed Bersoff and SVP Valerie Perlowitz. Ed tells us that after making three purchases last year, he’s looking to keep active and is focusing on intelligence, and is ready to make an offer for practically any company at the right price. (Ah, that little catch.)  This June, Ed heads to China with his fellow trustees at NYU for a two week vacation with stops in Beijing and Shanghai.


MorganFranklin Corp CEO Bob Morgan, Prez Ron Morgan, Dale Peck and VP Warren Martin. Bob Morgan tells us they’re focusing these days on safety technology for first responders and mobility for VoIP. The group kept their personal lives secret, saying only that “Warren is getting thrown in the pool” if they won.  Hmm, it looks like Warren is going for a swim.


Joel Kellet of Houlihan Lokey, Bob Kipps of KippsDeSanto, and Chris Carson of Argy Witlse. We caught these guys laughing up a storm over cocktails; they work in finance and accounting so have a low threshold for humor after tax season. 

One awards dinner is never enough, so David Stegon will head to the GMU IT Awards Gala TONIGHT. Feel free to come up to him with compliments, complaints (not really), and story ideas. You can also call him with any of the above at 703-674-7718 or shoot an email to David@Bisnow.com.



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