2019 Award Winners

FOR Immediate release
Contact: Amy Talley
(703) 323-8939
SECAF Announces 11th Annual Government Contractor Award Winners
GovCon Community Comes Together to Celebrate Excellence
May 3, 2019, McLean, VA – The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) last night announced the winners of its 11th Annual Government Contractor Awards. More than 500 people representing government contracting firms and leading industry professionals gathered to recognize and celebrate excellence. For more than a decade, SECAF’s flagship event has honored small and emerging government contractors by recognizing the key role these firms have in creating innovation and advancement within their industry.
More than 30 regional business leaders chose this year’s finalists from an exemplary group of applicants. Award winners were then selected by a distinguished group of judges, including Cynthia Barreda (President, Netcentrics), Shiv Krishnan (CEO, KOOLROX and Founder of INDUS Corp), Kevin Robbins (Co-Founder of Blue Delta Capital Partners and Co-Founder of Wolf Den Associates), Kwesi Rogers (Founder of Federal National Commercial Credit), and Peter Schulte (Principal, CM Equity).
The Government Contractor of the Year awards recognize companies in four revenue categories (Under $7.5M, $7.5-15M, $15-27.5M, and $27.5-50M) 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 Mentor-Protégé Program of the Year honors companies that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence through its efforts as a prime contractor. 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 class-leading services and solutions. The Government Advocate of the Year commends an organization or a person within the federal government who has provided leadership, commitment, and direction and had a profound and positive impact on the small and emerging contracting community. Finally, the SECAF Advocate of the Year is bestowed upon a member who tirelessly championed the organization’s mission.
With that, 2019 winners are as follows:
Government Contractor of the Year: Under $7.5 Million in Revenue
  • Strategic Mission Elements, Inc.
Government Contractor of the Year: $7.5 to $15 Million in Revenue
  • Expedition Technology, Inc.
Government Contractor of the Year: $15 to $27.5 Million in Revenue
  • Assured Consulting Solutions, LLC
Government Contractor of the Year: $27.5 to $50 Million in Revenue
  • Ridgeline International, Inc.
Award of Excellence
  • Evans Incorporated
Government Project of the Year
  • Firebird AST
Mentor-Protégé Program of the Year
  • Peraton, Inc. (Submitted by GovTact, LLC)
Special Recognition Award
  • InCadence Strategic Solutions
Government Advocate of the Year
  • Robb Wong, U.S. Small Business Administration

SECAF Advocate of the Year
  • Mark Melton, Cordia Partners
The event’s co-chairs each added their perspective:
"Each year, the SECAF Awards Gala recognizes excellence in the small businesses doing outstanding work in the government contracting community. 2019 is no exception – we are thrilled to welcome this year’s winners into SECAF’s rich history of past honorees and are excited to see what their collective futures hold,” said Scott Brezler, Partner at DHG.
“As we mark the start of the second decade of SECAF Awards, one thing remains constant – the companies that make it to this level are shining examples of the commitment, strategy and leadership that enable our community as a whole to reach higher levels,” stated Cameron Hamilton, Senior Managing Director of The McLean Group LLC.
“We thank our SECAF winners, along with our finalists and nominees, for their outstanding contributions to the 2019 process.  Year in and year out, they prove to be extraordinary representatives of the GovCon industry, and we are proud to be affiliated with companies of such great caliber,” added Mark Moore, President of Access National Bank.
More information about the Gala, including past winners and opportunities to be involved in the 2020 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.