Pinnacle Awards Finalists Unveiled

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The finalists for WashingtonExec’s Pinnacle Awards have been announced — and it’s an impressive group of mission-focused industry executives and government officials who work every day to put the technological needs of the nation first.

In its third year, the Pinnacle Awards will take place virtually Nov. 12. The program embodies the WashingtonExec spirit of highlighting successful executives and businesses saving money and fostering innovation for federal clients across the region.

Below is the full list of categories and finalists. The winners will be announced and recognized during the Nov. 12 awards luncheon. Salesforce will be the presenting sponsor.

Artificial Intelligence Government Executive of the Year

  • Gary Washington, Chief Information Officer, Agriculture Department
  • Jamie Holcombe, CIO, Patent and Trademark Office
  • Keith Nakasone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition, General Services Administration
  • Oki Mek, Senior Adviser to HHS CIO, Department of Health and Human Services

Artificial Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year

  • Brad Mascho, Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, NCI Information Systems, Inc.
  • Bryan Rich, Managing Director and Applied Intelligence Lead, Accenture Federal Services
  • Dr. Newton Campbell Jr., Senior Computer Science Solutions Architect, Science Applications International Corp.
  • Dr. Rod Fontecilla, Chief Innovation Officer/Chief Data Scientist, Dovel Technologies
  • Dr. Suzanne Taylor, Chief Technology Officer, Emerging Technologies, Unisys
  • Todd Borkey, CTO, Alion Science and Technology

Business Development Executive of the Year

  • Jeff Kerridge, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Nuclear & Environment, Amentum
  • Ken Shreves, VP, Business Development, Vectrus
  • Michael Breslin, Strategic Client Relations Director, Federal Law Enforcement, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
  • Mike Pullen, VP, Strategic Operations, CGI Federal
  • Roy Stevens, EVP, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Leidos

Cloud Government Executive of the Year

  • Col. Bobby King, U.S. Air Force Senior Materiel Leader, Enterprise IT & Cyber Infrastructure Division
  • Dave Catanosa, Director, Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • David Shive, CIO, GSA
  • Jill Janecek, CTO, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Sharon Woods, Executive Director/Program Manager, DOD Chief Information Office – Cloud Computing Program Office

Cloud Industry Executive of the Year

  • Aaron Jackson, Digital Platforms Lead, Accenture Federal Services
  • Bob Ritchie, VP, Software, SAIC
  • J. Neil Kronimus, Director, Cloud Services, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Justin Cleveland, Head of Sales, Authentic8
  • Sandeep Shilawat, VP, Cloud Strategy, ManTech
  • Vishal Gupta, CTO & VP, Unisys

Cybersecurity Government Executive of the Year

  • Heather Lynch, Branch Chief, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
  • Kevin Nally, CIO, U.S. Secret Service
  • Paul Cunningham, chief information security officer, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Venice Goodwine, CISO, USDA

Cybersecurity Industry Executive of the Year, Public Company

  • Alicia Lynch, CISO, SAIC
  • Brad Medairy, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Jim Richberg, Field CISO, Fortinet Federal
  • John DeSimone, VP, Cybersecurity, Training and Services, Raytheon Intelligence & Space
  • Tim Schaad, VP, Innovation Engineering, Innovation & Capabilities Office, ManTech
  • Tommy Gardner, CTO, HP Federal

Cybersecurity Industry Executive of the Year, Private Company  

  • Bob Stevens, VP, Americas, Lookout
  • Dylan Conner, CTO, ID Technologies, President, Archon Division, ID Technologies
  • Egon Rinderer, Global VP, Technology, and Federal CTO, Tanium
  • Michael Ewell, Executive Director, National Security Sector, Solutions By Design II, LLC
  • Nichole Gohman, Director, Civil Cyber Solutions, Peraton
  • Stephanie Ackman, Director, Information and Cybersecurity, Array Information Technology

DOD Government Executive of the Year

  • Alaleh Jenkins, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), U.S. Navy
  • Rick Quade, Secretary of the Navy, Deputy for Test and Evaluation, Department of the Navy

DOD Industry Executive of the Year

  • Amy Lewin, President, Mission Services, Operational Intelligence, E3/Sentinel Co.
  • Gerry Fasano, President, Defense Group, Leidos
  • Jim Scanlon, EVP & GM, Defense Systems Group, SAIC
  • John Doran, VP, Language & Training Programs, Mission Essential LLC
  • Steve Soules, EVP, Joint Combatant Commands Client Service Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Terence Winn, Director, Tactical ISR, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Public Company Executive Assistant of the Year

  • Jean Buckley, Executive Assistant, SAIC
  • Julie McAdams, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Siemens Government Technologies
  • Lacretia Caldwell Adamski, Senior Executive Assistant, Salesforce
  • Mandy Graziano, Executive Assistant, ManTech

Private Company Executive Assistant of the Year

  • Diane Moore, Executive Partner, Altamira
  • Jessica Kinninger, Executive Assistant, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, LMI
  • Lisa DeRaymond, Executive Assistant, Koniag Government Services
  • Tiffany Miller, Executive Assistant, Computer Systems Center Inc.

Government Team Project of the Year
Down Selections TBD

Healthcare Government Executive of the Year

  • Cal Stephens, Defense Health IT Division Lead, Naval Information Warfare Center
  • David Smith, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs Military Health System
  • Raymond S. Dingle, Surgeon General (TSG)/U.S. Army
  • Dr. Thomas Osborne, Director, National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation, VA

Healthcare Industry Executive of the Year

  • Alicia Harkness, Partner & Health Segment Leader, Guidehouse
  • Chip Terry, VP & GM, Federal Health Division, ASRC Federal
  • Grant Kim, CEO, QTC Management, Inc., a Leidos company
  • Dr. Jay Schnitzer, Chief Medical and Technology Officer, MITRE
  • Steven Sousa, VP, CGI Federal
  • Thomas Naughton, President, Health Services, JD LLM, MAXIMUS Federal

HR Executive of the Year, Large Company

  • Bob Rudisin, EVP, Human Resources, Amentum
  • Clay Worley, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, NCI Information Systems, Inc.
  • Dan Almasy, VP, HR, Raytheon Intelligence & Space
  • Donna Diederich, CHRO, LMI
  • Janet Hanofee, CHRO, SOS International LLC
  • Lindsay Weissbratten, CHRO, Siemens Government Technologies

HR Executive of the Year, Small Company

  • Jennifer Bailey, Chief People Officer, Cognosante
  • Elizabeth Alston, CHRO, VTG
  • Kelly Demaitre, CHRO, Dovel Technologies
  • Mahreen Rashid, EVP, Peoples Services, Excella
  • Mary Harmer, VP, HR Mission Essential LLC
  • Raelene Wagoner, Chief Human Capital Officer, Customer Value Partners

Intelligence Government Executive of the Year

  • Bill Evanina, Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Dustin Gard-Weiss, Deputy Director, National Intelligence for Policy and Capabilities, ODNI

Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year

  • Ed Bachl, SVP, Defense & Intelligence Solutions, SOSi
  • Laine Klein, SVP, Global Mission Solutions, Amentum
  • Michael LaRouche, EVP & GM, National Security Group, SAIC
  • Tracy Iseler, Managing Director, National Security & Intelligence, Accenture Federal Services
  • Vicki Schmanske, President, Intelligence Group, Leidos

Marketing Executive of the Year, Large Company

  • Allison Mason, Senior Director, Red Hat Government Marketing, Red Hat
  • Bob Koch, VP, Global Enterprise Communications, Raytheon Technologies
  • Joy Jarrett, Chief Marketing Officer, Guidehouse
  • Milo Speranzo, Director, Public Sector Marketing, Dell Technologies
  • Shab Nassirpour, VP, Marketing, ECS
  • Tracey Gray, VP, Communications & External Affairs, Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Marketing Executive of the Year, Small Company

  • Scott King, Director of Marketing, Buchanan & Edwards
  • Tricia Long, VP, Marketing and Communications, 1901 Group
  • William Von Hagel, Jr., VP, Solutions & Marketing, CyberCore Technologies, LLC

National Security/DHS Government Executive of the Year

  • Bobby McCane, Director, Procurement, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Laura Delaney, Deputy Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, DHS
  • Stacy Marcott, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, DHS

National Security/DHS Industry Executive of the Year

  • James Onusko, Director, Strategic Solutions, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
  • Jim Moos, President, Civil Group, Leidos
  • Maurine Fanguy, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services

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