The ASBC Celebrates Fourth Anniversary, Recognizes Member Contributions and Achievements
Thursday, May 08, 2008
The American Small Business
Coalition Celebrates Fourth Year of Operations, Presents 2008 Member Awards with
the Assistance of the U.S.
Naval Academy Color Guard
Government and Industry Members
honored for contributing to the growth and development of small businesses supporting
the requirements of the United
Tysons Corner, VA and Columbia, MD, April 24,
2008 – Members and associates of
The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC) gathered in Northern
Virginia last evening to celebrate the fourth anniversary of The
ASBC and the achievements of its Members.
ASBC is an association focused on assisting small companies that do business in
the government sector. It is committed to supporting the efforts of government
organizations as they acquire the information, products, services and solutions
needed from trustworthy industry partners in support of agency mission goals.
the past four years, The ASBC membership has become a repository of excellence
and a culture of facilitation,” states Margaret Timberlake, President and
co-founder of the organization. “The mission of The ASBC is founded on our
Members leading with their expertise as opposed to socioeconomic designations
they might possess,” adds The ASBC’s Chief Visionary and co-founder, Guy
his opening remarks, retired Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN reinforced this
sentiment with, “You, who were yesterday’s upstart but are today’s benchmark;
you who are called upon to be the architects of the future – not its victims;
you with an overdose of courage.” Admiral Tuttle is a longtime Member of The
ASBC Advisory Board.
highlight of the evening was the presentation of The American Small Business
Coalition 2008 Member Awards.
Flag Bearer Award was presented to Mr. Lee White, President of Technology Specialists, Inc., the
Member who routinely carries the message of The ASBC through continuous
participation and support.
Eagle Spirit Industry Award was presented to Mr. Harry Ponack of Matthew Moving Company, an Industry Member who
through his advocacy of The ASBC and support of other Members embodies the
spirit of The ASBC.
Eagle Spirit Government Award was presented to Ms. Louisa Strayhorn, former Director, of the Virginia Department of
Business Assistance, a Government Member who through their advocacy of
The ASBC and support of other Members embodies the spirit of The ASBC.
Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Kimberly Barnette, Ms. Afi Harrington and Ms. Shree Taylor on behalf
of Delta Decisions of DC, LLC, a first-year Member in its first two
years of business who has effectively leveraged The ASBC and achieved a level
Member of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Courtney Fairchild, President of Global Services, Inc. as the
Member who has gone above and beyond in utilizing their membership, the
resources of The ASBC and also provides ongoing and continuous support to
others within The ASBC.
Founders Awards are presented to two Members based on merit criteria
established by the President and Chief Visionary respectively. This years
Founders Awards were presented to:
- Mr. Richard Dean, Principal of Market Intel
Mr. Daniel DeVos, Chief Executive
Officer on behalf of Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC)
private reception for The ASBC’s Annual Cornerstone Sponsors preceded the
festivities. Attendees included executives and employees from organizational
sponsors Freeport Technologies, Teqcorner, V2 Systems, Cisco Systems, Signs by
Saenz, IDI Multimedia and their guests.
notable moments included:
The reading of a congratulatory note to the 2008 award winners from Senator
John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and
- A special video presentation featuring the
United States Naval Academy Color Guard who offered their congratulations and
those of the Commandant of Midshipmen to the awardees. The video, produced by Member
and sponsor IDI Multimedia, showed the Naval Academy Color Guard conducting the
ceremony of raising, lowering and folding the United States Flag. The 2008
Member Awards include the flags which had been flown at the Naval Academy.
the event, Guy Timberlake read a letter addressed to the Commandant of
Midshipmen, Rear Admiral (Select) Margaret D. Klein. The letter, penned by
Admiral Tuttle on behalf of The ASBC, thanked her and Captain Gary “Grip”
Williams, USN, Gunnery Sergeant Shannon Johnson, USMC and the members of the
U.S. Naval Academy Color Guard, Aaron Kenneth Samuelson, James Andrew Sheehan,
Aaron Blake Stroud, Brian Ross Warren, Matthew Joseph Wilder, Josue Saul
Castrejon and Kevin Nicholas Flippin for their support and service.
the awards video presentation featuring the U.S. Naval Academy Color Guard, produced by IDI Multimedia, click here.