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January 15, 2009
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Brangelina, Bennifer and … Gaggie? Smashing the names of Guy and Maggie Timberlake, co-founders of The American Small Business Coalition and federal contracting power couple, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but we think it may over time. The duo tells us that the ASBC, helping small biz (although mid-sized and large companies are members too) sell to the government, has more than 425 member firms in 28 states, and is credited with at least $2 billion in sales since it started in '04.
Before Guy and Maggie started ASBC, Guy, a Richmond native transplanted to Columbia, had spent more than 20 years working in federal sales. His latest job was as project manager on a multi-year $70 million task order issued under the GSA CONNECTIONS contract. Maggie, in human resources when she started a "virtual assistant" company, says clients kept asking for federal help from Guy. "The business slowly morphed as we realized we could help small businesses in the federal space," Guys says. The organization now holds almost daily intimate networking events. Plus members use each others' experience.
Along with working together, the two are married (we're sure there's a Desi/Lucy joke somewhere). They met at a bar. "I was working as a bartender on the side from my contracting work when my friend starts talking to these three girls, one of whom was Maggie," says Guy, who eventually got down on one knee to pop the question. Outside of work, the two are regulars atColumbia's Sushi King and recently hired a personal trainer. And vacations? "We just pack in the car and go on road trips," Maggie says.
|Digital Marketing Experts|
One thing we know: If Microsoft picks you to work with them, something's going right. We recently met R2integrated CEO Matt Goddard and biz dev superstar Cheryl Dickison whose 50-person digital marketing firm helped Microsoft integrate social media and social networks into digital marketing campaigns for education and federal, state and local government. They've also worked with local companies StackSafe, Surety and Parature, and brands like Ford and TI. Matt, who started the company four years ago, tells us R2i helps clients identify where their customers are online and builds digital marketing campaigns to reach them.
"What makes us different is that we are deeply technology-focused, so we understand all the behind-the-scenes communications that take place," says Matt, noting the company has competencies in open source platforms and content management systems that make them more than a marketing firm. His firm was just hired by Time Warner Cable to create an employee intranet; they're also building a Facebook app for Yamaha to let high school music students upload and share music and tap into advice from celebrity artists. A Gaithersburg native and Towson grad, Matt started and sold a company during the dot com era before starting R2i. He's a big sports fan who roots for DC teams — which is a little tough since he often works out of the company's headquarters in Baltimore.
|Shredding Top Secret Information!|
Although we prefer to have indoor assignments when the temperature drops below 32, when our friends at PC Recycler offered to show us their new mobile shredder, we jumped at the chance. Pictured here are PC Recycler EVP Jeff Farber, left (who founded the company with son Jeremy), with the guys from United Bank in Chantilly yesterday morning. Inside the truck is the company's new 4,000-pound industrial shredder used to destroy information storage devices like servers, disks and hard drives.
Here's a PC Recycler employee shredding a server…
And here is the "after" picture, the contents of which are then melted down, because you can never be too safe these days, something we're sure our government friends will love.
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