Nominations Now Open: Pinnacle Awards Intelligence Executive of the Year

Rick Wagner, ManTech and Intelligence Executive of the Year winner and Ryan Newman, Goldman Sachs

Nominations are now open for WashingtonExec’s Annual Pinnacle Awards, and we want to know which intelligence executives had the biggest impact supporting the intelligence community.

The Pinnacle Awards embody the WashingtonExec spirit of highlighting successful executives and businesses saving money and fostering innovation for federal clients across the region. The awards will culminate in an Oct. 31 ceremony and luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, where the chosen executives will be recognized.

For the Intelligence Executive of the Year Award, nominations may come from peers, employees, supervisors and fellow industry leaders. This category focuses on industry executives who lead intelligence practices and support federal agencies within the intelligence community, including CEOs, chief operations officers and vice presidents. The 2018 Intelligence Executive of the Year winner was Rick Wanger,  president of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Group. Wagner was honored for securing multiple competitive contract awards, as well as his work in training the company’s next team of great leaders.

Nominees range from long-term executives to recent and strategic hires. Executives gained after a successful transaction may also apply. Achievements between 2018 and 2019 will be considered.

The awards ceremony is for companies located in Washington, D.C., Virginia or Maryland. An executive and/or company can submit nominations for more than one category, and self-nominations are accepted. Nominations should be no more than 500 words and include how the executive solved a challenge(s) for the end customer. The submission deadline is September 12.

Last year’s Intelligence Executive of the Year winner was Rick Wagner, president of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Group. Wagner’s achievements for the accolade including securing multiple million-dollar contract awards as well as his strategic contributions to his organization. 

The Judges Committee includes Tim Keenan, founder of Keenan & Associates, and Deb Dunie, a member of the Science Applications International Corp.’s board of directors.

Anne Altman, former GM, US Federal and Government Industries, IBM was recently named the 2019 Pinnacle Awards Hall of Fame awardee.

For more information and to submit a nominate, visit

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