WashingtonExec, in partnership with the Fairfax Chambers of Commerce, kicked off a new series profiling government contractors nominated for the 9th Annual Greater Washington Government Contracting Awards. Interviewed nominees include small, mid-size and large “Executive of the Year” as well as “Contractor of the Year” finalists. The winners will be announced tomorrow, November 1st, at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner.
This quick bi-weekly series asks nominees direct questions as to how they achieved success and notoriety in the GovCon community.
Today’s series include an interview with Stephen Alfieris, Jr, Executive Vice President and CEO of IntelliDyne. IntelliDyne is nominated as “Contractor of the Year” in the $25 to $75 million division.
WashingtonExec: How has the tightening of the lending market impacted you?
Stephen Alfieris: We’re a profitable, privately held company and we have maintained strong relationships with our financial partners, to help navigate the fluctuations of the current economy. Because of that diligence, it hasn’t.
WashingtonExec: Obtaining top talent in the private sector is fierce. How does your company not only draw top talent, but maintain it?
Stephen Alfieris: Our job is to take care of our clients and ensure their full experience of working with us is valuable to them, from the first meeting to project delivery. To achieve that goal, we have to let leaders lead, and give them the flexibility and the tools they need to be innovative thinkers. At IntelliDyne, we recognize that leaders have a natural drive; they want to be challenged and they want to work at companies where they can make a positive impact on Day 1. They can do that at IntelliDyne; in fact, we expect them to! Everyone is given a chance to participate in the strategic growth and development of the company, and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. That opportunity makes IntelliDyne an appealing place to work. To maintain an innovative, collaborative culture we continually invest in our people, offering outstanding benefits that compete with those of companies much larger than ours, and an award winning workplace environment that includes recognition, learning and development, and wellness programs, to name a few.
WashingtonExec: In your opinion, how does a company stay nimble when it is in a period of large growth and expansion?
Stephen Alfieris: Enhancing and maintaining corporate culture and planning internal investments to sustain future growth are critical to maintaining agility and consistently achieving results for our clients. We don’t approach growth with a one size fits all approach. We target growth opportunities that complement our strengths and drive us toward our vision. Simultaneously, we balance growth with investment, particularly in infrastructure and development programs that will enable our employees to continue to be effective and efficient regardless of our size. We respect and take pride in our history, and as we grow we won’t deviate from the tenants on which IntelliDyne was founded which were outstanding service to clients, and outstanding treatment of employees and their families. To continue to meet that commitment, we have to stay nimble, and so it is an attribute that will always be embedded into our culture.
WashingtonExec: People always talk about corporate culture, but what is something that your company purposely focuses on to create the emulate the ideal company culture?
Stephen Alfieris: First: Excellent Service. Service to clients. Service to partners. Service to each other. The foundation of our values and the premise on which we operate will always come down to excellent, quality service. Second: It’s the four C’s: Clients, Communication, Collaboration, and Coordination. If excellent service is the “what”, the 4 C’s are the “how”.
*Featured in the 11/02 edition of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority online magazine E-Bird.