It’s been a little over two months since the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) released the finalists for its sixth annual SECAF Awards which honors small and emerging government contractors and the industry movers and shakers that rely on small businesses.
And the group’s flagship event came to a close last Thursday when SECAF announced the winners among eight categories at its Awards Gala at the Hilton in Tysons Corner.
The “Government Contractor of the Year” award recognized companies in three size categories who have demonstrated a commitment to “excellence in growth and financial performance.”
MicroPact emerged as the victor in the $12 to $25 million revenue category, MindPoint, LLC took the gold in the $6 to $12 million revenue category and SECAF chose Coverent as the Government Contractor of the Year among those companies earning less than $6 million revenue.
WashingtonExec spoke to Gala Co-Chairs Scott Brezler, Mark Moore and Cameron Hamilton ahead of the event when they told us about how SECAF helps small businesses augment their growth by providing members with resources — be they government representatives or peer companies — so as to provide them access to a valuable array of individuals within the community.
Brezler, a partner at Goodman & Co. LLP, said the winning companies were chosen for their ability to consistently demonstrate the commitment, drive and leadership conducive to allowing the government contracting as a whole to each year reach higher level.
McLean Group Principal Hamilton said the winners chosen last week prove each year to be tremendous representatives of the industry:
“Moreover, they are shining examples of the innovation and growth that is driven by the small business engine of government contracting,” Hamilton said.
While most of the awards are self-explanatory, SECAF’ bestowed its “Special Recognition Award” upon the small business that in the judges’ view exemplified the core qualities of the other SECAF awards and had a demonstrated track-record of providing services and solutions deemed useful and relevant to customers.
This year’s winners were as follows:
Government Contractor of the Year: under $6 million revenue: Coverent
Government Contractor of the Year: $6 to $12 million revenues: MindPoint Group, LLC
Government Contractor of the Year: $12 to $25 million revenue: MicroPact Inc.
Award of Excellence: Integrity Management Consulting, Inc.
Government Project of the Year: Atlas Research
Small Business Partner of the Year: AMERICAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
Small Business Advocate of the Year: Mitchell J. Ross, Director of the Acquisition and Grants Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
SECAF’s Special Recognition Award: VariQ Corporation
Moore, the chief lending officer and executive vice president at John Marshall Bank, thanked the SECAF winners, finalists and nominees for their government contracting community contributions.
“We are proud to be affiliated with this tremendous group of companies and greatly look forward to what the next year holds for these companies and the industry as a whole,” Moore said.