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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

NASA Small Business Opportunities - To Infinity and Beyond

Start Date: 6/7/2022 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 6/7/2022 2:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: Zoom

Organization Name: SECAF

Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Monthly Briefing: NASA Small Business Opportunities – To Infinity and Beyond

This monthly briefing will focus on NASA and the many exciting upcoming opportunities for small businesses at the agency.  The feature speaker on this panel is Sholainka O. Martyn, NASA Small Business Specialist, who will highlight upcoming contracting opportunities for small businesses looking to work with NASA, as well as provide suggestions on how to best pursue them. Also joining the panel is Sadie Duffy, Vice President of Strategic Solutions for Lentech, Inc., a growing small business providing engineering, information technology, and strategic support services to NASA and at Goddard. Richard Pineda, CEO of CALIBRE Systems, will moderate the discussion.

Who should attend this event?  Businesses that are currently working with NASA and looking to expand their work with NASA as well as businesses wishing to work with NASA.
Moderator:  Richard Pineda -  President & Chief Executive Officer, CALIBRE Systems, Inc.

  • Sadie Duffy - Vice President of Strategic Solutions for Lentech, Inc.
  • Sholainka Martyn - Small Business Specialist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Registration is required.

  • SECAF Members - Complimentary
  • Non-Members - $35

Register by Monday, June 6th at 12:00pm.


 Ms. Sadie Duffy
serves as the Vice President of Stategic Solutions for Lentech, a growing small business providing engineering, Information Technology, and strategic support services to NASA, especially Goddard, as well as other civil and defense agencies. Ms. Duffy helps to drive strategic corporate initiatives and technologies in Lentech’s service offerings, and process improvements for service delivery.

Sadie brings more than 22 years of experience in Information Technology Services and Solutions, with over 17 of them working with Goddard. Throughout her career she has supported roles in both new business and operations. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, she began her career in High Performance Computing at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation and NASA Goddard. Following her time at NASA, she has served in leadership positions with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s Federal Services Organization (ASRC Federal), supporting customers throughout Civil and Defense sectors.

Sadie has a deep personal interest in the mission of NASA which began when she was little. Consequently, as a professional she has strived to look for ways to enable NASA’s scientists and engineers to continue to feed the interests of tomorrow’s students and to make advancements in our understanding of the Earth, solar system, and beyond that will uplift mankind.

Sholainka Martyn is currently a Small Business Specialist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).  As part of the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), she plans, implements, and manages the small business program for GSFC and NASA Headquarters. Ms. Martyn serves as an advocate to the small business community, and works to locate capable small disadvantaged, woman-owned, HUBZone, and veteran-owned business firms for current and future acquisitions. She also serves as a liaison between industry and the technical community and provides guidance to small businesses regarding subcontracting opportunities. Ms. Martyn has over ten years of Federal procurement experience, having served as a Contract Specialist, and now a Small Business Specialist. Her contract experience has helped in the setting aside of a multitude of NASA contracts for small business due to her understanding of procurement policy and agency’s goals. Ms. Martyn graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

As CALIBRE’s President and CEO, Richard Pineda is responsible for establishing and overseeing the company’s strategic direction; establishing corporate policies; and managing the overall business, financial performance, and CALIBRE’s long-term growth. Mr. Pineda comes to CALIBRE through the company’s recent acquisition of Spear, Inc., a professional Information Technology (IT) solutions provider. He also serves as the President of SPEAR, A CALIBRE Company.

Prior to his current position as CALIBRE’s President, Richard served as the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spear, Inc. Under Mr. Pineda’s leadership, Spear was one of the fastest growing privately held firms in the federal contracting industry, and was known for its IT expertise in the areas of cyber, data analytics, network, and end-user support. Spear grew to deliver solutions for clients all across the globe from 18 offices in 21 states. Additionally, Spear won the 2017 Greater Washington GovCon Contractor of the Year Award (up to $25M), won the 2017 Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Government Contractor of the Year ($12M-$25M), was named to the 2018 Best Places to Work list by the Washington Business Journal, was named to Washington Technology’s Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing small businesses for 2018 (#25) and 2017 (#5), and was recognized as one of Inc. 500 | 5000’s fastest-growing private companies in 2018 and 2017.

Before founding Spear, Inc., Mr. Pineda was President of Dell Services Federal Government, a Fortune 50 organization. There he was responsible for overseeing the company’s business operations and service delivery to its civilian Federal Government, Department of Defense, and National Security clients.

Mr. Pineda is a member of the Boards of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), SECAF, and Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA). He is also a Council Member of the Virginia Tech President’s National Capital Region Leadership Council.

Mr. Pineda earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management Information Systems from George Washington University.

Mr. Pineda and his wife, Kathryn, have three children.

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