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January 27, 2009
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Even in the snow, NVTC has become a compulsory stop for candidates running for statewide office, as Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's breakfast this morning with 56 of its board members showed.
Here in IMC's board room in Reston, the former DNC and Hillary campaign chair sounded pro-business themes, although this is an unusual pose for him, appearing to signal "Stop." Usually the hyper-energetic pol's body language screams, "Go, Go, Go!"  Other candidates for the office (Democratic delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds, GOP attorney general Bob McDonnell) are also scheduled. Next to Terry, NVTC prez Bobbie Kilberg and Chair Donna Morea, and we see in the background CGI's Maria Cornell and Base Technology's Gary Nakamoto.


Army Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Mark Rocke makes sure soldiers get what they need. We met Mark in the Pentagon where he told us he'll be on the Hill Feb. 12: "If we don't tell our story to get support for things like helicopters and body armor, it can put a soldier in harm's way." Last week he also held the first of four offsite conferences with the Army Material Command to create more efficient communication for acquisition. Mark brought in four PhDs from MIT to research the Army's methods. "We're like every government agency where we work for the people, so it's imperative we use our money efficiently," says Mark, a pretty smart guy himself with degrees from West Point, Harvard, and the National War College.


Mark was promoted to his job this time last year, becoming the first career civilian in the position. He was a garrison commander at Fort Polk in Louisiana before becoming Director of the Army's Executive Strategy Group. He's also not the only military person in his family: His wife is a general in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps. The couple has two daughters and Mark actually takes pride in completing his honey-do list. "I'm really not that handy, but I like getting thing done, even if I always get lost inside Home Depot."

Invizion's Man of Steel

Invizion CEO Steve Johnson will root for his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday in the Super Bowl, but we're guessing the former competitive body builder could suit up if the team needs another linebacker. Even if the team doesn't call, Steve is happy running his 180-person Tysons-based professional services company that he tells us provides translators for the military and subject matter experts for the State Department. "It's one of our specialized programs, because a number of our linguists are in harm's way, so their care is our top priority," says Steve, whose company also provides passenger and baggage screeners for TSA and technical and administrative support at DIA's intelligence colleges.


Steve started the company six years ago with his business partner George Washington (yes, that's his real name). The two were introduced by retired CEO James McNeil of McNeil Technologies where George worked — Steve was the financial whiz at Integrated Resource Technologies — and the two hit it off. "We had a lot of synergies in how we wanted to run a company," says Steve, who was previously a CPA at PriceWaterhouse. Steve says the company plans to add another 60 employees in coming weeks and is moving offices in Tysons as the company continues to grow. He'd like to find time to pick up his trumpet and relive playing with the Drifters and the Platters.

Kipps DeSanto

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