2018 Award Winners

For Immediate release
Contact: Amy Talley
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SECAF Announces Winners of 10th Annual Government Contractor Awards
GovCon Community Comes Together to Celebrate A Decade of Success
May 11, 2018, McLean, VA – The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) last night announced the winners of its 10th Annual Government Contractor Awards. More than 500 people representing government contracting firms and leading industry professionals gathered to “Celebrate a Decade of Success.” SECAF’s flagship event has honored small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small businesses for the last 10 years.
Finalists were chosen from a record pool of well qualified applicants by a team of over 30 regional business leaders that comprised this year’s Selection Committee. Award winners were then selected in nine categories by a distinguished group of judges, including Cynthia Barreda (President, Netcentrics), Shiv Krishnan (CEO, KOOLROX), Kevin Robbins (Co-Founder of Blue Delta Capital Partners and Co-Founder of Wolf Den Associates), and Peter Schulte (Principal, CM Equity).
The Government Contractor of the Year awards recognize companies in three revenue categories (Under $7.5M, $7.5-15M, and $15-27.5M) that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence in growth and financial performance. The Award of Excellence highlights an organization that represents excellence within their community, the government contracting industry, and towards employees. The Government Project of the Year is given to a company that has delivered a stellar program with significant value to the federal government. The Small Business Mentor/Partner of the Year is awarded to a large business that has demonstrated its ability to establish and support mentorships, teaming, partnerships, and other beneficial programs for small businesses. The Special Recognition Award is presented to a small business that – in the judges' view – exemplifies many of the core qualities of the other SECAF awards and has a strong focus on providing services and solutions that are useful and relevant to customers. The Government Advocate of the Year is awarded to an organization or a person who has provided leadership, commitment, and direction and had a profound and positive impact on the small and emerging contracting community. Finally, SECAF’s Advocate of the Year recognizes a member who tirelessly championed the organization’s mission.
With that, 2018 winners are as follows:
Government Contractor of the Year: Under $7.5 Million in Revenue
  • Phoenix Operations Group, LLC
Government Contractor of the Year: $7.5 to $15 Million in Revenue
  • Ridgeline International, Inc.
Government Contractor of the Year: $15 to $27.5 Million in Revenue
  • Axiologic Solutions, LLC
Award of Excellence
  • Integrity Management Services, Inc.
Government Project of the Year
  • INTEGRITYOne Partners
Small Business Mentor/Partner of the Year
  • CALIBRE Systems, Inc.
Special Recognition Award
  • Renegade Technology, LLC
Government Advocate of the Year
  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer

SECAF’s Advocate of the Year
  • Richard Pineda, Spear, Inc.
The event’s co-chairs added their perspective:
"For the last decade, the SECAF Awards Gala has spotlighted the tremendous small businesses that are doing outstanding and innovative work in the government contracting community. While every year is special, 2018 marks 10 years of holding this event. The companies that we honor are the bedrock of our organization’s success and part of our rich legacy,” Mark Moore, President of Access National Bank.
“We are once again thrilled to name our 2018 winners. They exemplify the dedication, fortitude, vision, and commitment that enable the community of small business government contractors to deliver excellence year in and year out,” added Scott Brezler, Partner at DHG.
“The hundreds of winners and finalists throughout the years capture the spirit of SECAF – partnership, collaboration, and determination. I think I can speak for my fellow co-chairs when I say that we are very excited to see the success that the next decade holds for our GovCon community,” stated Cameron Hamilton Senior Managing Director of The McLean Group LLC.
More information about the Gala, including past winners and opportunities to be involved in the 2019 award season, can be found at www.secaf.org under the Annual Government Contractor Awards tab.
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About The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum
The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth rates in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, and advocacy opportunities and education, SECAF is an important resource for a growing company.  SECAF also serves the medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. For more information, visit www.secaf.org.