Columbia, MD and Tysons Corner, VA (ASBC5) - - For the last four years, the Founders of The American Small Business Coalition have taken on the challenge of selecting from their membership, those individuals and/or companies who most closely "resemble" the criteria established for the seven awards presented during the organizations' birthday celebration. For the organization's Founders, Margaret and Guy Timberlake, that's typically not an easy thing to do.
The Annual Founders' Awards which are selected and presented by Margaret and Guy, are intentionally unique. "In a dynamic community like The American Small Business Coalition it's difficult to foresee all of the possible reasons why someone or some company should be recognized," says Chief Visionary Guy Timberlake. "In addition to the awards with set criteria, we decided to create awards for which Maggie and I could select an honoree based on traits we established six months ago or yesterday. This allows us to take into consideration additional factors such as contemporary issues."
Mission Essential Personnel, LLC is the recipient of the 2009 Founders' Award to be presented by Guy Timberlake.
In describing how Mission Essential Personnel and The ASBC first met, Guy explains, "It was early 2004 when The American Small Business Coalition first announced our commitment to supporting Industry in navigating the government sector and serving Government as a complimentary and complementary resource for identifying viable Industry Partners. We were approached by a government agency to assist in locating small businesses for an OCONUS requirement and at the time The ASBC had fewer than thirty Members. In keeping with our commitment, we went on a search for additional companies with the qualifications needed to support the effort."
Aegis Mission Essential Personnel a small fifteen person company based in Columbus, Ohio, was one of the companies found. On the way to a meeting with the Government in October 2004, would be the first time CEO Chad Monnin and Guy Timberlake would meet, but not the last. "A few months later we heard that Aegis Mission Essential Personnel had been awarded a very large contract by the Government. Shortly after that, we received a very nice letter from Chad confirming the achievement."
Mission Essential Personnel (which dropped the "Aegis" from its name last year) became a Member of The ASBC shortly before the meeting with the Government in 2004. Today, Mission Essential Personnel has over 4,000 employees with offices in five states and overseas and they have continued in their winning ways with other recent notable wins in the government sector. Additionally, Mission Essential Personnel is now reaching back to The ASBC to identify viable small businesses to support them as subcontractors and teaming partners.
"There are many analogies that exist related to being around winners. Our hope and our goal is that the "winning ways" of Chad and his team at Mission Essential Personnel is highly contagious and enduring within The ASBC Community," adds Guy.
If you would like to participate in acknowledging all of the Annual Member Award honorees, plan to join us on the evening of April 23, 2009 as The American Small Business Coalition applauds Mission Essential Personnel and the other honorees and celebrates five years of support to the government sector. You will be treated to an energy-filled cocktail networking reception with entertainment, a superb awards dinner and the "Freeze Frame" Photo Booth that will capture guest celebration memories in print and digitally.
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