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February 20, 2008


Celebrities in our midst!  Craigslist's Craig Newmark and former Apple CEO John Sculley, among others, at the upcoming Southeast Venture Conference. Feb 27-28, Tysons Ritz.  


Those techies know how to party, after all!  And any excuse will do:  promotions, office relocation.  We, of course, are happy to party with them. 


The familiar yet ever-young Anne Altman should be wearing a cape and carving a Z with a sword.  She's the new head of Systems Z Platforms at IBM-we think that has something to do with their crown jewel, ie, next generation mainframe. It must be a big deal; it's a promotion from her previous job as head of IBM Federal.  Anyhoo, last night we joined 150 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to celebrate the 27-year (obvious misprint) IBM vet. Meanwhile, Todd Ramsey takes over as the new Fed Head, and don't forget that Federal is IBM's biggest client. Todd says that in his 36 years with IBM, he's traveled to 51 countries and even lived in Singapore for two years - all this while still managing to coach his kids' basketball teams much of that time! 


IBM Center for The Business of Government Executive Director Jonathan Breul and Marty Wagner (yes, we all remember him as the former all-powerful GSA associate administrator for policy) join Grant Thornton Public Sector COO Morgan Kinghorn.  (And how do you like the artistic way we arranged them by height?)  Morgan gave us a fresh new business card since Grant Thornton just completed a global rebranding campaign. Jonathan said he's getting ready for the presidential transition and preparing to outfit the next top 3000 staffers with an "Operator's Guide to the Federal Government." He said it has "everything you need to know to run the government."  Don't forget to give a copy to the new president, too.  


IBM's Bill Jones, Michelle Rudnicki, and Bill Gleich, with Sirius Enterprise Systems' Rick Bailer, and IBM's Gary Abrose. The group was laughing about being lucky to have found the party, after going through the maze of the Reagan Building's parking deck to the labyrinth of the building itself. Michelle, a die-hard Nats' fan and season ticket holder, is counting down the days until the March 29th Nats v. O's exhibition game. Bill tells us he's looking to get away somewhere warm - probably Cabo next month.



And the other night we joined a crowd of 100+ at Metier's new Arlington digs. The 10-year-old husband-and-wife-run company had previously been in Georgetown but decided to make the jump across the river to make room for new employees. In the past year alone, the integrated services software company has grown 50% to about 50 employees. Above, Metier co-CEOs Sandra Richardson and Doug Clark flank US Customs and Border Protection's Ken Ritchhart. When Sandra and Doug aren't in the office they take to the sky in their Diamond DA-40 with dogs Sherlock and Watson riding co-pilot.


The "work hard - play hard" company's new HQ is even equipped with ping pong table, massage chairs, and get this: a Wii.  Unfortunately, Metier's Amy Vaccari and Dickstein Shapiro's Ira Polon strike out at Wii bowling



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