2019 Pinnacle Awards Winners Revealed

Mike Rogers (left) with Executive Assistant of the Year award winners Coney Jackson Elam, Nancy Edwards, Groslyn Burton, Pennie Parkin and WashingtonExec’s JD Kathuria.

WashingtonExec on Oct. 31 announced the winners of the second annual Pinnacle Awards before an audience of over 525 GovCon leaders, influencers and government innovators. The Judges Committee received hundreds of nominations across 18 categories, making it a challenge to down-select the 75 finalists. 

Anne Altman and Greg Baroni

Held at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner and sponsored by Bloomberg Government, the sold-out awards luncheon showcased exemplary GovCon leadership in industry and government. Event emcee and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, entertained guests throughout the afternoon while recognizing winners.

In addition, Anne Altman, who had an illustrious three-decade-long career at IBM, was inducted into the WashingtonExec Hall of Fame.

The event also honored late Unisys Corp. executive Mark Cohn with a beautiful and personal tribute by Attain Chairman and CEO Greg Baroni. Baroni shared stories about his time working with Cohn, remembering him as a true problem-solver. 

Below are all the winners and the categories:

Artificial Intelligence Government Executive of the Year

  • David Shive, General Services Administration

Artificial Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year

Business Development Executive of the Year

  • Mike Gaffney, CACI

Cybersecurity Government Executive of the Year

  • Daniel Commons, Federal Student Aid, Education Department

Cybersecurity Industry Executive of the Year

  • Shawn Wells, Red Hat

DOD Government Executive of the Year

DOD Industry Executive of the Year

Government TEAM Project of the Year

  • Joshua Gustin, ATO Program Management Organization, Enterprise Services, Communications, Information and Network Programs, Federal Aviation Administration

Healthcare Government Executive of the Year

Healthcare Industry Executive of the Year

HR Executive of the Year

  • Norman Iracheta, MAXIMUS Federal

Intelligence Government Executive of the Year

  • Marianne Bailey, National Security Agency

Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year

Marketing Executive of the Year

  • Helle Huxley, SOS International
  • Lorraine Corcoran, Perspecta

National Security/DHS Industry Executive of the Year

Private Company Executive Assistant of the Year

Public Company Executive Assistant of the Year

STEM Advocate of the Year

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