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December 1, 2008
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Perot’s Rising Star;

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While a number of government leaders are packing boxes, Small Business Administration CTO Paul Christy is just getting comfortable. After nearly seven years as the Deputy CIO at Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Paul joined SBA in June and is quickly working to continue the agency’s push to host all its technology in fifth-generation data centers in an effort to standardize IT processes. “Our disaster relief loan processing technology is second to none, so my focus is to get all of SBA’s programs up to that level.”


You can’t see it in this picture, but Paul may be as green as any government CTO. “Sustainable IT is a buzzword, but it is really an interesting way to capture savings in IT right now,” says Paul, who is developing a secure cloud computing portal that gives employees nationwide browser-based access to encourage telework and provide a way to work in disaster areas. “Five years ago everybody wanted laptops to be mobile – now it’s Blackberrys. We want to be on the cutting edge of technology to empower our employees to be productive,” Paul says.


Paul made the 10-hour drive (eeek!) to his hometown of Buffalo for Thanksgiving, leaving last Wednesday no less (we were scared to drive to the WaWa down the street). Paul got a master’s at UConn (where he met his wife) and came to DC as a principal analyst for CBO. Being from up north, the father of two is a huge hockey fan, but he prefers the Caps and Ovechkin to his hometown Sabres.

Perot’s Main Man

We’d say Richard Pineda is a rising star at Perot Systems, but considering he runs the $2.7 billion company’s Government Services’ Consulting and Professional Services Division (a mere 1,200 employees who focus on business process outsourcing, engineering, and management consulting) we’re going to switch the word “rising” to “super.” We recently met Richard, who was promoted to EVP last month, at his Fairfax office where he tells us his division is currently helping DoD and GSA manage automated travel, along with supporting DHS’ Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) which helps people in 42 locations across the country achieve citizenship.


Richard was born in the Philippines, but grew up in Arlington before getting a finance degree at Va. Tech and an MBA at GW (he started at Harvard’s Executive Education General Manager’s Program last year, but put that on hold following his promotion). Richard tells us he sees Perot becoming a growing presence within Army financial management and the Navy’s NAVSEA submarine operations via engineering and lifecycle management support. “We’ve won all seven of our contract re-competes and have had a 62% success rate with new clients this year, so it shows the 5-star service we give,” he says. Oh, and if you’re curious about the racing helmet: It’s Richard’s. The father of two drives race cars in the BMW Club Racing program, going 150 mph on courses such as Watkins Glen (where the NASCAR guys race).

Former AOL CFO Helps Save Cash

You may remember Phil Gross as CFO at AOL during the late ’80s, but now he is using his financial wizardry to help companies of all sizes save cash (a nice thing these days). Three years ago, Phil launched the Washington office of Expense Reduction Analysts, a firm that helps save on third-party overhead expenses like office supplies, couriers and payroll processing. “Most office managers are too busy to really analyze what the company spends on these services, so we come in and show them where to save using our market knowledge and benchmark data,” says Phil, whose firm takes a percentage of the savings as its paycheck. Phil tells us he lives through his 23-year-old son, so he recently got a motorcycle license. Now all he needs is the guts to buy a motorcycle.

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