On Nov. 1, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council announced the winners of the 14th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor of the Year and Executive of the Year Awards. Emcees Craig Chason (Pillsbury) and Rich LaFleur (Grant Thornton LLP) opened the program with a segment satirizing the Twitter battles between the presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Donna Morea, former president at CGI Technologies and Solutions, was honored as the first woman to be inducted into the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards Hall of Fame for her contributions to the industry. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, Defense Department, was recognized as the 2016 Public Sector Partner of the Year.
This year’s 2016 charity partner was Warriors Ethos. On the night of the awards show, more than $7,000 was raised for Warriors Ethos through direct donations from the event attendees.
Four Contractor of the Year awards and three Executive of the Year awards were presented. The 2016 Program of the Year was chosen from a large number of programs among the finalists from a Contractor of the Year categories. The winner was recommended by the judges through a combination of mission achievement, financial success and customer recognition.
“For me, this year’s Government Contractor Awards honoree companies and execs underscore the depth of talent and technology resident in what is now a large, diverse and vibrant sector,” said Dave West, vice president of Wolf Den Associates. “In addition to dealing with a dynamic budget and competitive landscape by employing thoughtful strategic, BD, M&A and talent development plans, the winning companies shared a cultural focus on the customer’s needs and their mission problems. Also, the winning execs all discussed a team-first, servant leadership ethos that remains a winning approach when it is consistent and clear. I expect us to see the industry execute, innovate and continue this momentum into ’17 regardless of which way the political winds blow.”
This year’s winners are:
Contractor of the Year (up to $25 million)
Presented by: TD Bank
Contractor of the Year ($25 million-$75 million)
Presented by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Contractor of the Year ($75 million-$300 million)
Presented by: JLL
Contractor of the Year (greater than $300 million)
Presented by: Aronson LLC
Executive of the Year (up to $75 million)
Presented by: BNY Mellon
Executive of the Year ($75 million-$300 million)
Presented by: Unanet
Executive of the Year (greater than $300 million)
Presented by: Raymond James
Program of the Year
Presented by: Holland & Knight
Hall of Fame Inductee
Presented by: M&T Bank
Donna Morea, former president, CGI Technologies and Solutions
Public Sector Partner of the Year
Presented by: RSM
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, Defense Department
The nominations period for the 15th annual awards will open in early 2017. More information will be posted to www.novachamber.org. Photos from the event will be available online.