Last week WashingtonExec hosted its first fall 2013 networking happy hour with industry and government executives at Maggiano’s in Tysons Corner.
Despite the looming government shutdown, the casual gathering brought over 40 guests from the local federal contracting community to mingle and connect with new faces, past employees, previous bosses, lost connections, as well as current teaming partners and competitors.
Alan Berson, executive coach and author of Leadership Conversations: Challenging High-Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders, sponsored the invite-only event for small, emerging and large federal contracting executives.
At the event, WashingtonExec announced the launch of the Federal Acquisition Council for Business Development Professionals, co-Chaired by James Scampavia, Vice President of Business Development at AMERICAN SYSTEMS. The goal is to create a community of professionals committed to positively advancing, improving, and influencing the federal acquisition lifecycle. It is designed to be both self-improvement as well as industry-advancing. This will not be a show up for a meal, do some networking, listen to a featured speaker, and then look for the next program.
“WashingtonExec happy hours provide opportunities to network in an informal setting and more importantly, a chance to strengthen relationships over time. I look forward to forming and growing the new WashingtonExec Federal Acquisition Council for Business Development Professionals. Our members will have a deeper corporate leadership experience and executive oversight, spanning the lifecycle of acquisitions from account management to market strategy to capture management to pricing to proposal development,” said Scampavia.
Attendees included members of WashingtonExec’s VP of Intel Council, Big Data Council, Mobility Council, Leadership Council, Strategic Human Capital and Critical-Talent Council , STEM Council and Federal Business Council.