What’s coming next? The key government contracting leaders aren’t just asking the question, they’re shaping the conversation. In WashingtonExec’s inaugural list of Top 30 Executives to Watch, we turn the spotlight on industry leaders who are positioning their companies for greater growth and relevance ahead. Selected by industry colleagues, these leaders hail from a diverse range of companies, where they’re fueling new ways of thinking and responding to the many challenges faced by their government customers. From cybersecurity to national defense, healthcare IT to big data, the needs will only grow as we settle into this Presidential election year and beyond. Throughout this alphabetized list, we’re placing our bets that these industry leaders will continue to drive value and exceed expectations across all levels of government.
Top 30 Execs to Watch Spotlight:
George Wilson: Coming off strong organic growth in 2014, ECS launched 2015 with an acquisition, followed by a partnership investment by the private equity firm Lindsey Goldberg LLC, expansion from a two bank to a six bank credit facility, and then two additional acquisitions. Prior to lighting the fuse we spent a lot of time and effort building the senior team, getting the culture right, focusing on the people, building trust and putting the processes in place needed to support accelerated growth.
Contract growth and recent awards of $250M in backlog have strengthened ECS’s position as a provider of advanced engineering support and solutions delivery to DARPA, the intelligence community, the Navy, the Department of Justice, the United States Postal Service and the Defense Health Agency, to name a few of ECS’s long term customers. ECS delivers agile software and big data analytics solutions, cloud based data solutions, worldwide computer networks and network defense solutions that are mission critical to our customers. Our people are engaged and doing what it takes to provide exceptional service, solve problems of national importance, and provide opportunities for our employees. I enjoyed my time in the Navy and my time helping build Stanley Associates to a billion dollar company but the privilege to lead and work with such a great team at ECS is the most rewarding.
Reason to watch: We have a lot of expectations for 2016. Recent awards and integration activities will challenge the company’s people and processes, as the company has grown from 1,300 to nearly 1,900 employees in the course of 15 months. We would like to say we are taking a moment to catch our breath, but we don’t see that happening.