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January 3, 2010
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New Year, New CEO


Dick Clark unknowingly welcomed Sid Fuchs with his annual countdown as well. On New Year's Day, Sid officially took over as CEO of ATS Corporation (NYSE Amex: ATSC), replacing contracting veteran Ed Bersoff, who will remain chairman of the 32-year-old publicly traded company's board.

AST CEO Sid Fuchs
We caught up with Sid, former TASC president (before the split from Northrop) and CEO of OAO Technology Solutions (sold to Platinum Equity in January 2010). He's been the COO at ATSC since April and gave us a look at '11 and beyond. ATSC—high-end software developers, engineers, consultants, and technologists that work in just about every major vertical—acquired several companies over the past four years as part of a strategic roll up. Long story short, Sid says his main focus will be in deeply studying the 500-person company's various capabilities and how they fit together, looking for markets it can more aggressively target. "The integration is now complete," says Sid. Now the company will focus on organic growth for the immediate future. Sid says he'd like the company to double by 2013 and double again by 2015 to reach half a billion in revenue. (If only he meant waistlines, we'd have accomplished that by 2011.)
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AST CEO Sid Fuchs

We met Sid at the Tower Club where he is the chairman of the board of governors. He's writing a book about strategic relationships and networking but finds time to ride his Harley, attend New Orleans Saints and LSU football games (he played trumpet and tuba in the LSU marching band and still plays guitar in a few local bands), and travel with his family. After graduating from LSU with an MS in mechanical engineering, he started his career with the CIA, analyzing fun things like Soviet nuclear weapons systems during the tail end of the Cold War. After eight years with the agency, he joined industry, via names like Oracle, Digital Equipment Corporation, Rational Software, and Northrop. He and his wife, Susan, live in Northern Virginia with their three teenage sons.

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Ericsson Federal Sold!
Doug Smith
Big news this morning for Ericsson Federal (a Bisnow sponsor) which announced the company has been sold to Tailwind Capital and renamed Oceus Networks. The company will no longer be owned in any part by Ericsson and will operate as a single entity, continuing to sell the same products and solutions. Doug Smith will remain on as CEO. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Plays Well With Others
ObjectFX President Steve Panzer

It seems we can’t go a few days without running into a geospatial data analysis company around here, so how can one differentiate itself in a growing field? ObjectFX president Steve Panzer, whose Minnesota-based company has offices in Columbia, does it by making sure his technology—namely a spatial rules engine—plays well with the other solutions in the space to make it a standard. “We’re great at taking large amounts of data and turning it into usable information,” says Steve, who launched the 16-year-old company’s federal division (and we’re talking from the ground up) 14 years ago before taking on his current position. The value of ObjectFX’s technology was reinforced recently when Steve and CTO David Hemphill were awarded the Geospatial Intelligence Achievement Award for Industry by the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (that's the pearl in a clamshell Steve is holding).

ObjectFX President Steve Panzer

A native New Yorker and avid skier, Steve admits he hates the snow on his driveway but loves it in the mountains. He’s been known to go heli-skiing and says he can usually take on the toughest runs on a mountain after a few days of acclimating himself to the slopes. He’s also a member of the Columbia Ski Club that beyond planning ski trips likes to help out in the community, doing things like maintaining local roadways and greeting local returning soldiers.

The End of Twitter?
Is it fair to say that in social media in 2010 belonged to Twitter? We've heard plenty of news sources cite "someone on their Twitter account" as attribution for stories. Anyway, some predict '11 will see Twitter head to the back of the social media pack with things like MySpace. Will they move on to something like Quora (if you haven't heard about it, you will), which layers an interest graph on top of the typical social graph. What are your '11 predictions? We're running some from tech's heaviest hitters tomorrow and would like your thoughts as to what will happen in 2011 and beyond. Let us know: techstories@bisnow.com.
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