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December 5, 2007


Sponsor Update:  Our good friends at the Center for Systems Management are excited to see their Dual Vee Model, already incorporated in the INCOSE handbook 3.1, being reviewed by ISO for global implementation.  That’s a global standardization solution right in our neighborhood.

They used to hold their holiday parties at the Chevy Chase Club, but that got hard as the crowds grew.  So last night we joined 250 techies for the Tech Council of Maryland’s bash at the much bigger North Bethesda Marriott.  With conversation buzzing about the state’s 6% sales tax now applying to computer services, movers and shakers needed a little extra cheer – so it’s a good thing the swanky soiree had a signature martini bar.    

TCM MdBio CEO Julie Coons in festive red sandwiched between Convergence COO Larry Letow and Morrison & Foerster’s Jill Anuszewski.  Julie filled us in on the upcoming TCM leadership dinner January 22nd in Annapolis featuring guest speaker Martin O’Malley (he’s the governor, for those of you who don’t read the paper).  Julie’s plans for ’08 include growing membership (hey, what else is new for an association head?) and getting new committees (like government contracting) revved up.    

IBM public sector head John Nyland, TCM Chair (and MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals CEO) Ed Rudnic, University of Md’s Brian Darmody, and Jack Cahill of the Department of Business and Economic Development.  John tells us IBM just won the National Telecommunications project that makes sure everyone who needs a converter box has one by the time broadcasters switch from analog to digital in February ‘09.  (Dirty little secret:  Plenty of techies still won’t be able to work our hi tech TVs.)  As for Ed, he's looking forward to a January FDA review of their lead product, a once-per-day amoxicillin that treats strep throat.

Pillsbury Winthrop’s Steve Meltzer and Harvest Bank of Maryland CEO Jack Hollerbach.  Steve and Jack were swapping stories of trips to India, where both of them got a little too close for comfort to some King Cobras.  Steve doubles as secretary for TCM and also sits on the board of Harvest.

Toucan Capital Corp managing director Phillip Singerman, Biocon prez Larry Cunnick and wife Carol, and Scheer Partners’ Henry Bernstein.  Henry said Scheer, a real estate firm specializing in building life science facilities in MD, is now expanding into NoVa with the MediaTech and the Forensics Lab for the state of Virginia, both at Innovation Park in Manassas. Larry and Carol just got back from their daughter’s wedding at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas.  (A Four Seasons in Vegas is still hard to picture.)

Tatum principal Patrick Reid, SC&H Group’s Theresa Coughlin, and TCM McBio’s Todd Hayes.  Theresa gave us spanking new business cards; she just made partner.

KForce’s Troy Kearse and Pauline Brown and UMBC’s Kyle Skinner and Susan Foertsch.  Troy and Pauline are still in the throes of newlywed bliss after an August wedding in Aruba.  Don’t worry, they’ll get over it. 

Northrop’s Cyril Draffin and Ellen Quinn join Pierce Financial managing director Robert Tillson.  Robert just got back from a visit to his 91-year-old mother in Tampa.  What a nice son—although he also squeezed in a couple rounds of golf. 

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