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December 11, 2008
Last Night's ASBC Party
We’ve been to so many holiday parties we practically bleed eggnog at this point, but that didn’t stop us from joining 120 of our friends from the American Small Business Coalition (a collection of emerging government contractors) at the Tower Club last night for their annual holiday mixer that included one special small business owner…
That’s right, it’s Santa Claus, founder and CEO of SC Enterprises, a North Pole-based toy manufacturer and distributor who we hear is submitting an IDIQ proposal with the Air Force next month. “I’m an elf-made man!” Santa told the crowd. The guy in the suit is actually Guy Hinkler, CEO of V2 Systems, a Manassas Park-based IT services firm that was No. 915 on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing companies this year.
Millennium Tek President Lisa Mushaw with Management Support Technology President Norris Middleton and CEO Jim George. Jim tells us his company is working on an Army IDIQ to provide financial management to Fort Dietrich and they just won a contract with the VA. Jim tells us his daughter is coming down from New Jersey for the holidays and bringing his first grandchild.
Welz & Weisel’s Evan Weisel, Sage Communications’ Pava Cohen, WFED radio host (and federal contracting guru) Mark Amtower and Tracy Presentation Skills founder Larry Tracy. Larry is an expert in public speaking or, as he likes to say, “I help people talk more good.” Pava tells us her son is coming home from his first year of college (Note to Pava: rev up the washing machine) and he’ll be heading to Israel over his break from school.
General Counsel P.C.’s Merritt Green, Teqcorner’s Myra Fitzwater and Computrad’s Scott Moors. Myra tells us Teqcorner has seven new clients moving in next month, so the bad economy hasn’t completely killed startups. Scott, a 20-year Navy vet, was just hired to run Computrad’s U.S. operations. The London-based company does WAN optimization (meaning they guarantee your Internet to work every time all the time) for the likes of the British Ministry of Defense (that just sounds cool) and are now turning to theYanks for business.
ITFX’s Chuck Abare and Matt Martin with Office Remedies’ President Kathy Benson. Kathy’s company handles customer surveys and market research for companies. One of its largest current projects is gathering data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We’d say that sounds tiring, but Kathy will be spending her holiday in Miami as a chaperone for her daughter’s high school basketball team which is playing in a tournament. “They want to go to South Beach, so I can already see problems,” she says.
Defined Business Solutions President Cathy Ortiz, free agent Greg Warfield and PTFS’ Andy McLaughlin. Cathy tells us her company consults with the military on robotics. “When something goes wrong with the robots’ controls they call us and we find the right company to fix it,” Cathy says. Andy plans to spend the holidays relaxing at home. “I’m just glad I don’t have to travel,” he says.
Tigerlily Foundation founder (and SI International employee) Maimah Karmo, center, with ASBC CEO Guy Timberlake and President Maggie Timberlake (who doubles as Guy’s loving wife). The ASBC held an auction and 50/50 raffle to raise money for Maimah’s charity, which assists breast cancer patients throughout their diagnosis, treatment and recovery by assisting with bills and household care, along with providing consistent emotional support and educating women on the causes and signs of breast cancer. Anyone interested in donating can log on to www.tigerlilyfoundation.org for more information.
By the time you read this, David Stegon will be napping and dreaming of Heidi Klum his girlfriend because he woke up early (again) to attend AFCEA’s Solutions Series Conference. You can send story ideas that start after 10 a.m. (and not a minute sooner) to David@Bisnow.com.