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September 16, 2008


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The Americal Electronic Association hopes to complete what would be a landmark association merger with the Information Technology Association before a new president takes office, says CEO Chris Hansen, whom we met yesterday at his Penn Ave office. Chris tells us he began merger discussions with ITAA CEO Phil Bond shortly after taking office last November. "There are so many organizations, we need to band together to be really effective," Chris says.


A merger would combine the two organizations' memberships and programs, creating a "real titan" with membership measured in thousands, Chris says. The AeA helps members by government lobbying at the federal, state, and international levels, promoting access to capital and business opportunities; and offering select business services and networking programs. Chris tells us the organization is working with the EU on various energy saving initiatives, like efficiently heating and cooling office buildings.


Chris was an SVP at Boeing when it merged with McDonnell Douglas in '97. He says the organizations require approval from their boards (AeA has a meeting in October while the ITAA is meeting in November) before going forward, along with doing due diligence. "We want to make sure this is right," Chris says. Even with the merger, Chris recently made it up to Maine for three days of sailing aboard his boat "Guppy,"  after his nickname for his wife who we are sure is quite a catch.  

Presidential Social Media

We ran out to the McLean office of Patton Boggs this morning for the NVTC Cool Tech committee's panel on social networking, where we met CBS correspondent Wyatt Andrews here with Ed O'Keeefe of WashingtonPost.com. Wyatt told the crowd that future political candidates will follow Barack Obama's use of social media as a template for data collection and fundraising. "Obama is on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn not because he wants to be your friend, but because he wants your information to find his supporters."


Remote Help Desk's Chris VanLandingham with NBS Search's Paul Unger with wife Susan. Chris tells us his company provides outsourced IT support (so no calls to India) for local companies like Chesapeake Capital Partners and Vintage Security. Paul is busy with his tech executive search firm (good economic sign, we hope), but found time to make it to Myrtle Beach recently and is about to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with Susan.


That's LeapFrog Solutions' Jennifer Fagan and Megan Yamamoto with Henkels & McCoy's Rodger Solomon. Jennifer and Megan tell us LeapFrog does marketing for a number of federal agencies including the internal re-branding of the FDA's program analyzation division. Jennifer just got back from a white water rafting trip to West Virginia where the Class 5 rapids knocked her out of her boat. She looks pretty happy on dry land.

DC Concierge Re-launch Bash!

We get a lot of pictures that look like they are straight out of "The Bachelor" with four girls surrounding one guy, but D.C. Concierge Shana Glickfield is doing her best imitation of "The Bachelorette" at her relaunch party last week at N Street's The Space. That's Shana with Emergent's Kam Khare, FortiusOne's Mark Bryant, Physicians for Social Responsibility's Will Callaway and Capitol Communicator's Paul Duning. It only makes sense Shana was out on the town, because her site rates all of D.C. hot spots and provides a map (with reviews) based on Metro stops.

Twitter for Business

Here's Intridea co-founder Dave Naffis whose Eye Street-based agile software development company is launching Present.ly, a Twitter-like short-form communication tool for businesses today at the Web 2.0 expo in New York. The new application will let a company's employees let others know what they are working on, tap collective knowledge and track info in real time on the web and on mobile devices, so the boss always knows what's going on: Yikes!


Some of you may remember Russ Ramsey, co-founder of FBR and former financial king of the Washington area tech world. Just so you know what he’s up to, he’s now chairman of the GW Board of Trustees and yesterday we were on hand as he introduced a remarkable assemblage at Lisner auditorium of five former Secretaries of State: Warren Christopher (Clinton), Henry Kissinger (Nixon and Ford), Madeleine Albright (Clinton), Jim Baker (George H.W. Bush), and Colin Powell (W).  Of note: Powell, a Republican, called Obama’s candidacy “electrifying” but said he’s still undecided.   

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