Macro Solutions VP of Strategy, Todd Hager, with our great partner and co-emcee, SpeakerBox PR CEO Elizabeth Shea, and our event partner Kurt Rupprecht who leads the K Street Financial Group for Northwestern Mutual. Todd was there to honor his boss, Macro Solutions CEO Amy Wright, one of the 2017 Trending 40 Federal Entrepreneurs.
We snapped top Federal Entrepreneur Satya Akula, CEO of Amyx here with Morrison Foerster biz dev guru Melissa Goldate, Goldman Sachs Ben Rose and Amyx VP of Biz Dev Michael Kleeblatt.
2017 Trending Federal Entrepreneur honorees Chibs Ihenacho, CEO of ARMR Systems, and Isabel Bacon, Managing Partner ofLepton Global Solutions were there with their teams.
DCA Live partner RSM was represented by Mike Fletcher who we caught here with Flex Professionals Laurie Blair and our good friend Matt Klinger who heads the region for Bridge Bank.
Congrats to John Kaufhold, Managing Partner of Deep Learning Analytics. What’s keeping him up at night? "Machine learning is to 2015 what the internet was to 1995. Machine learning will be part of your future no matter what your business is and no matter whether you believe it or not. And its effects will reorder the dominant players across every industry and government."
Meet David Lee, COO of Kastling Group. An LA native, David likes Hawaii for vacation and his power lunch spot is in his home (?). He’d advise the 20 year old version of himself to "read more books” and the most exciting trend he sees in federal technology? "Natural language processing." Follow him @david_r_lee.
Trending 40 honoree Satya Akula is the President & CEO of Amyx, Inc. From Great Falls, VA, Staya heads to Switzerland for vacation and does his power lunching at Founding Farmers in Tysons. He is kept up at night by "federal government's budgets and priorities” and the most exciting trend he sees? "Cybersecurity and IOT". Follow @AmyxInc.
Cliff Sotnick is VP of Federal for Sonatype. A New York native, Cliff spend his time away bone fishing. He worries about “budget uncertainty” (guess that’s important) and biggest opportunity he see is “the rise of DevOps.”
Congrats to Craig Parisot, CEO of ATA, LLC. Craig is a Sumter, SC native who does his power lunching at the Tysons Palm. His advice for his 20 year old self? "Be just as impatient but slow down a little to let the important lessons really sink in.” And what keep him up at night? "Making sure their offerings are relevant (never fall in love with your technology), their businesses are resilient (cash is king) and successfully defending hard fought ground (don't run out of good management)."
Meet Bob Dunn, VP, Federal and Worldwide Governments at Juniper Networks. This Clifton, VA native hits Old Ebbitt Grill for lunch and the Jersey Shore for vacation. What keeps him up at night? "Network security.” And the most exciting trend/opportunity? "Disaggregation, Dev. Opps., Automation protected by best Cyber Security practices."
Chibueze Ihenacho is the CEO and co-founder of ARMR Systems. He’s from Atlanta, likes Clyde’s in Georgetown and Montreal summers for vacation. What should keep federal technology CEOs up at night? “The unfortunate reality that sometimes politics or other external factors can cause federal customers to behave irrationally and even in a counter-productive manner. CEOs need to understand this is a risk when working with any large, bureaucratic organization and have contingencies for the unexpected.” Follow @armrsystems.
Congrats to Rico Chandra, founder of Arktis Detection Systems. Rustico and the Outer Banks are his spots and he’d tell the 20 year version of himself to, “Do it now.” Most exciting trend in federal tech? "Recurring government course changes opening opportunities for business.” Follow @unkenruf.
Stephen Spellman is CEO of Angayut and one of our Trending 40 Federal Entrepreneurs. A Madison, WI native, he hits The Palm for power lunches and for vacation? "Any place with a view of the water and my kids…” Advice for the 20 year old version of himself: "Mastering Human Calculus is at least as important as mastering mathematics.” And the most exciting trend/opportunity in federal technology right now? "Biometric Security and Integrated Nanotechnology."
And finally congrats to Stephen Davis, the Director of Government Relations for Energy Focus. This Alabama native lives in Del Ray now and likes the Capitol Hill Club for power lunches. Here’s some good advice for his 20 year old self: "Don’t schedule 8AM classes and don’t skip as much class.” What keep him up at night? "Cyber threats. Anything with a circuit board could be used to as a cyber threat.” Follow @StephenBDavis.
Congrats to Tim Solms, SVP and General Manager at Forcepoint Global Governments. Tim is a military brat who claims to have moved 45 times. But now he’s a DC guy and does his power lunches at The Tombs and Billy Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown. His advice for his 20 year old self is “take every math and history course you can take – it’s what’ll fascinate you in the future.” And what keeps him up at night? "The Insider Threat – your greatest vulnerability is already inside of your building, your organization, and your network. You know them and they aren’t a threat yet.” Follow Tim @tsolms.
Meet Dave McClure from Coalfire Federal (formerly the Veris Group). This Texas Native likes the Capitol Grille for lunch and South America for vacation. He’d tell his 20 year old self “Be happy, don’t worry – your time with come.” The most exciting trend he sees in Federal Technology? "Paradigm shift to bold mission based digital transformation stitched together with highly reusable open source software components and cloud technologies.” Follow him @drdavemcclure.
Congrats to Meagan Metzger, CEO of Dcode42. This Georgia native vacations “anywhere in the mountains” and would tell her 20 year old self to “own who you are - make no apologies and continue to try things that are outside of your comfort zone.” The most exciting trend in federal technology right now? "Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Neural Nets.” Follow @dcode42dc.
Congrats to Amina Elgouacem, CEO of NEOSTEK! This NYC native hits Crystal drive for power lunches at Kora, Jaleo, and Ted's Montana Grill. She likes the Adirondacks and is kept up at night thinking about "Finding the right talent to solve our customer problems, and dreaming about the vision of the company years ahead.” Exciting Fed Tech trends? Moving Federal Agencies to Agile and User Centered Design. Follow @neostek.
Congrats to Isabel Bacon, Managing Partner of Lepton Global Solutions. This Winston-Salem native heads to the Colorado River for vacation and is kept up at night by the unknown implications of AI. Best trend for FedTech? "Government outreach to the commercial tech industry – applying commercially available technologies (and the people who create them) will bring Federal technology into the 21st century. The US Digital Service and SOCOM’s SOFWERX are fantastic examples of this.” Follow @LeptonGlobal.
Meet Barry Leffew, Founding Partner of BGov Solutions. Barry is a local guy from Rockville but likes to head to Alaska for fishing vacations. He’d tell the 20 year version of himself that "It goes by fast. Always take the time to recognize & celebrate success.” What keeps him up at nights? “Creating an atmosphere where employees can grow and want to spend every day focused on customer success.” Follow @b_leffew.
Meet recent EY Entrepreneur of the Year Amy Wright, CEO of Macro Solutions. A Memphis native who likes Café Deluxe for power lunches and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida for vacations. What keep her up at night? "IT Modernization, Cyber Security and shrinking budgets to name a few." Follow @MacroDifference.
And finally, meet Bob Gourley, Co-Founder and Partner, Cognitio. A Manassas native likes the Tysons Palm for power lunches. He’d tell his 20 year old self to "Be yourself. Don't even listen to the older version of you.” Ha good one, Bob! What keeps him up at nights? There is more that you can be doing for the good of the nation. Some of our most important missions can be better served if only you can get your technology into the hands of government users. Don't sleep till you have done everything in your power to push through the government bureaucracy to get your technology deployed. Follow @BobGourley.
Congratulations to Greg Bokman, CFO of Washington International School. This Northern Virginia native likes to head to he parks out west for vacation. His advice to his younger self is, "relationships are the most important thing in life. Cultivate them." Great advice! We asked him what's keeping him up at night and he replied, "technology and the disruptive change it can bring."
Meet Tea Gennaro, Senior Director, Controller at Associated Builders & Contractors Inc. Tea is from Albania and likes Rosa Mexicano as a lunch spot. Her advice to her younger self is, "Figure out what you want to be, make a long-term plan and write it out." We asked her what's keeping her up at night and she said, "keeping up with new technology."
Say hello to Greg Mitchell, EVP, Finance & Administration and doing great work for the ALS Association. His advice to his younger self is, "relax and see the big picture." We asked him what's keep him up at night and he said, "keeping up with technology and the different ways to engage constituents." Sounds familiar!
And congratulations to Sonya Rowling, Director, Accounting Ops & Financial Reporting at the National Rifle Association. An Alexandria, Virginia native, Sonya likes Costal Flats and Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Her advice to her younger self is, "realize that the right career is a journey and not a sprint." We asked her what's keeping her up at night and she said, "cybersecurity risks."
Rick Tedrick is the CFO of the NRA Foundation and a mega-Maryland fan. This Clear Spring, Maryland native likes Mom’s Kitchen for lunch and vacations at Rehobeth Beach. His advice to his younger self is, "never let the clock dictate when you should leave the office.” And what keeps Rick up at night?, "maintaining membership dues and contributions consistently on a yearly basis.” He’s probably not the only one losing sleep over that!
Big congrats to Jean Gooding, SVP Finance and Administration at Distilled Spirits Council. This Greensboro, NC heads to Florida for vacation (she didn’t tell us where, though) and would advise her younger self is, "find your passion and pursue it.” Sometimes easier said than done! What's keeping Jean up at night, "the cost of benefits, especially healthcare.” We hear that.
2017 Trending 40 honoree Ryan Hickey, Sr. Director Accounting & Ops at Pharmaceutical Care Management Association. This Massachusetts native likes to lunch in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden (that’s a new one!) and wants to get back to Capri, Italy for his next vacation. His advice to his younger self is "don't be afraid to take the road less travelled.” And we asked him what's keeping him up at night and he responsed, "benefits that impact the employee work-life balance."
And big congrats to our good friend Ginette Colot, CFO of the Aerospace Industries Association. This New Jersey native does lunch at the Silver Diner and vacations in Michigan (up on the lake somewhere, we’re guessing.) Her advice for the 20 year old Ginette is simple: “Be kind to yourself” and what keeps her up at night is the "increasing competition for qualified talent."
Congratulations to Kevin Loftis, CIO, at real estate giant Cushman & Wakefield. This Pittsburgh native’s favorite restaurant is Primanti Brothers (natch) and when he gets away from the desk, Ireland is his spot. Kevin’s advice to his 20-year old self is, "You don't know anything - seek out a mentor and listen!" Sounds right to us. We asked him what is ahead for technology that we should keep an eye out for, and he told us, "the ability to unlock insights from decades of transactional data."
Meet Raj Ginne and his family. Raj is the CTO of red hot Virginia start-up UpsideDoor. Raj is from beautiful Aldie, Virginia and likes to hit Cosi for lunch. His advice to the 20 year old version of himself "Pursue your passion and never give up. Enjoy every moment in life for it's very beautiful and not fret about anything that does not seem to work in your favor. Give back to the community and not expect anything in return.” Sounds like good advice.
That’s Chris Stettler, CIO of Euclid Systems Corp behind the wheel. (We always pictured him in a yellow Ferrari though.) The Louisville, Kentucky likes to hit Smith Mountain Lake for vacation and offers this advice to his 20-year old self, "accept no limits, think big." We asked him what he sees as the biggest emerging trend in techology and he said, "artificial intelligence for IT."
That’s Chris Stettler, CIO of Euclid Systems Corp behind the wheel. (We always pictured him in a yellow Ferrari though.) The Louisville, Kentucky likes to hit Smith Mountain Lake for vacation and offers this advice to his 20-year old self, "accept no limits, think big." We asked him what he sees as the biggest emerging trend in techology and he said, "artificial intelligence for IT."
Sabrina Copp is CIO at Strayer University. This Reston, VA native’s favorite lunch spot is Busara and she vacations inBelize. The advice Sabrina would offer the 20 year old version of herself is "Always cultivate and evolve your brand, being cognizant and open to outside perception. Strive to take thesmart risks that allow you to continue to obtain those key opportunities that make you happy and build your desired career path.” Sabrina sees artificial intelligence as the the biggest technological trend shaping her industry. She is probably not alone in that view.
Jeff Carbonella is the CTO at red hot DC start-upContactually. Jeff is from Staten Island, lunches at Chopt and hits Costa Rica for vacation. Advice he’d give himself when he was 20, “It's OK to not have a post-college path figured out. Stay open-minded and embrace adventure and good things will come.” And the technological trend shaping his industry: "Machine learning, specifically deep neural networks.” We think we know what that means. Catch Jeff on Twitter:@jeffcarbs.
Trending 40 honoree Eric Schvimmer is the CTO and Head of Engineering at Bloomberg Media. A Virginia native, Eric hits Noodles on 11 for lunch and goes “any place warm” for vacation. We hear that. Best advice for 20 year old Eric would be "Become well versed in the fudmentals of software engineering and find a great mentor.” Biggest technological trend? He wishes it were only one, but forced to choose says "5G, it will change everything.” We can’t wait! Follow Eric @eschvimmer
Bristol, Indiana native and Ellucian SVP and CIO Lee Congdon is one of our Trending 40 honorees. Lee likes theCapital Grille for lunch and prefers the slopes of Utah over the sand of Florida. His advice to 20 year old Lee: "Stay focused on the things that are really important!" (Hmmm…) And the he sees "Automation driven by artificial intelligence” as reshaping his industry. (And maybe everythig?)
Follow Lee: @lcongdon
Leesburg native Dennis Arndt is CTO at RainKing Solutions. For lunch he hits Jetties in Bethesda and for vacation prefers his brothers boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire (nice spot!). He would tell the 20 year old Dennis to "Listen more, talk less.” And the trend he sees: "The converging of sales and marketing intelligence data companies with data analytics companies especially those that focus on sales and marketing. Case in point, Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn.” Catch him on Twitter @pseli
Greenville, Ohio native Douglas Neff is CIO at MicroStrategy. This honorees keeps it real with lunches at Rubino’s Pizzeriaand vacations in Myrtle Beach. Advice for 20 year old Doug? "Don’t forget to have fun. Be as active as you can be and bring your friends along. Travel, play, volunteer, and socialize. Career and family demands will crowd in before you know it.” That sounds about right. The trend he says is reshaping his industry: "The refactoring of software products for AWS and force.com is transforming the software industry. This is not only a technological trend, but also a commercial trend that allows on-demand consumption of software.” Follow Doug @NeffDouglas
Another congratulations to all of the Association Innovators driving growth and change in DC's Association and Non-Profit community!
Lockton's Keith Mulvihill with CIAB's Webb Milward (Kentucky fan) and wife Meredith (Vandy fan). Go Commodores!
Here is our good friend JP Moery of The Moery Company last week with Consumer Technology Association (CTA)'s Ellen Savage and Jeff Joseph. CTA is one of the great companies based in Crystal City. Special thanks to our friends there Angie Fox, Mara Olguin, Charles Anderson-Gray, Noelle London, and Rob Mandle.
Here are DCA Live's Grant Leonard and Bryan McNamara from Visual Impact showing off his digital name tag!
Another big THANK YOU to our venue hosts 1776 in Crystal City!
And to the rest of our hosts & partners: Lockton Companies, RSM US LLP, The Moery Company, Unanet, ASAE The Center for Association Leadership, Bear Analytics, BroadPoint, Inc., Impexium, Fonteva Higher Logic, CadmiumCD, Phone2Action, Cresa, Cordia Resources & Partners, HighRoad Solution, AMI - Association for Managers of Innovation.
His advice for his 20-year old self is: "be open to new ideas and new experiences"
What does he think is a major trend facing the association industry? He says, "today in advocacy, everyone is one tweet away from a crisis."
Congratulations to Jessica Hammond of the National Association of Consumer Advocates!
Jessica thinks "workforce transformation from predominately company/employee to predominately a gig economy" will be the single biggest trend impacting the future of associations.
Meet Jeff Joseph of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
His advice to his 2-year old self? "Patience my friend, patience."
He sees the "rise of global populism" as the major trend facing the future of associatons.
Congratulations to Webb Milward, a Lexington, Kentucky native and Vice President of Business Development at The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB - Leader's Edge Magazine).
Webb's advice to his 20-year old self is: "Work hard, but don’t take yourself too seriously."
He thinks "becoming more data driven and focusing on the client experience" will be the single biggest trend impacting the future of associations.
Say hello to Bonnie Fetsko of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)! Bonnie is from Crofton, Maryland and has this advice for her 20 year old self: "Don’t be afraid to fail."
She thinks mobile technology will be the single biggest trend impacting the future of associations.
Congratulations to Eric Dell of NAMA! Hailing from Ridgeland, South Carolina, Eric would have advice for his 20 year old self: "Work Hard, Have Fun and Fully fund your 401K."
What does Eric think will be a major trend to impact associations' futures? "Changes in Technology."
Meet Beth Hampton of American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
Her advice to her 20-year old self is: "Hold onto your vinyl records."
She sees "creating cultures that can quickly adapt to change" as a major trend in the future of associations."
Congratulations to Joe Hansen of Biotechnology Innovation Organization - BIO!
His advice to his 20-year old self is: "Move to D.C. now, there is a ton of opportunity there."
He sees "grassroots advocacy 2.0" as a major trend in the future of associations."
Meet Elizabeth Maclin, Executive Vice President of Trout Unlimited!
"Be more adventuresome, take more risks," is what she tells her 20-year old self.
"Enhancing the personal touch through the use of big-data analytics," is what she sees as a major trend in the future of associatons.
Meet Ellen Savage of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
"Find a mentor early and mentor others when you have the opportunity," is her advice to her 20-year old self.
"Using data to improve how to recruit, retain, and engage members," is a major trend she sees in the future of associations.
Say hello to Marc Cadin, COO of AALU!. Marc is from Syracuse, New York.
He tells his 20-year old self to "be patient."
He says this in regard to major trends in the future of associations, "Young people aren't joiners; too many overlapping associations."
Congratulations to Lia Zegeye, Director of Membership at Auto Care Association!
Lia would have this to say to her 20 year old self: "Don't be discouraged by a few bumps in the road, focus and determination will help you get there."
She believes "the accelerating pace of technology advancement" will be the single biggest trend impacting the future of associations.
Say hello to Zach Pleasant of Institute of Transportation Engineers!
He tells his 20-year old self to, "buy more records."
And he sees, "non-traditional partnerships" as the major trend in the future of associatons.
Congratulations to Yoshie Davison, Chief of Staff at American Psychiatric Association!
This Anchorage, Alaska native quoted Gandhi in her advice to her 20 year old self: “Be truthful, gentle, and fearless.”
Here's her take on the future of associations: "The biggest trend will be the importance of strategically communicating with members based on changing demographics and adding interactive member resources that are valuable to a variety of groups within the association."
Meet Frank H. Grace IV, Director-Information Technology at Smart Electric Power Alliance!
Frank's advice to his 20-year old self is: "Surround yourself around high-character individuals."
He see "public cloud computing" as the a major trend in the future of the association industry."
Congratulations to Susan Schramm, CMO & SVP-Membership at the Telecommunications Industry Association!
Susan's advice to her 20-year old self is: "take bolder risks earlier."
She sees "consultative relevant member engagement" as one of the major trends facing the association industry.
Congratulations to Goodwill of Greater Washington's Chief Marketing Officer Brendan Hurley.
Brendan hails from Falls Church, Virginia and claims Busboys and Poets as his favorite lunch spot. You can find him and his family vacationing in their favorite destination, Hatteras, North Carolina.
His advice to his 20-year old self is, "listen more, talk less." He sees improved ingtegration of technology and human interaction as a major trend for associations.
Say hello to Michael Sakata. Michael, an Anchorage, Alaska native, is the Executive Director of MWRTBA.
Michael thinks "the need for on-demand information for a customized member experience" will be a major trend impacting the future of associations.
Congratulations to NRA Institute for Legislative Action's Emily Cummins.
As you can tell from her picture, Emily loves the great outdoors, so it's not surprising this is what she'd say to her 20-year old self: "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."
She thinks "strengthening the integrity and value of virtual communities" is the single biggest trend set to impact the future of associations.
Meet Eli Woerpel of the American Bankers Association! Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Eli has this advice for his 20-year old self: "If something interests you, give it a shot. Shooters shoot."
Here's what he thinks will be a major trend for the future of associations: Partnership with emerging technologies.
Congratulations to Michael Barrett, the SVP of Meetings and Events at the Auto Care Association.
This association innovator tells his 20-year old self to "trust your instincts."
He sees continued globalization as the major trend emerging in the association industry.
Congratulations to Jeff Sventek of Aerospace Medical Association! Jeff, a Palmyra, VA native, would offer this advice to his 20 year old self: "Go to medical school."
He believes "the ability to attract and retain young members" is the single biggest trend impacting the future of associations.
Her advice to her 20 year old self is, "cultivate your network."
She see "using data to inform decisions" as a key trend in the future of assiociations.
Congratulations to Trending 40 Association Innovator Jana Adams of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)! This Alexandria, Virginia native power lunches at District Taco and loves vacationing in Lost River State Park.
Her advice to her 20-year old self is, "Take opportunities that present themselves."
Her outlook on major trends in the industry, "changing demographics of the workforce."
Meet Beth Eagle, a Marietta, Georgia native and Director of Human Resources and Operations at Smart Electric Power Alliance.
Beth's advice to her 20-year old self would bode well at a DCA Live event: "Don't be afraid to network."
She thinks artificial intelligence and modeling will have major impacts on the future of associations. With thoughts like that, it's no wonder she's an Innovator!
Sell hello to MEMA - The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association CIO Rebecca Achurch.
Rebecca is an Evansville, Indiana native, enjoys any lunch with friends, and will vacation somewhere with long hikes and great views.
Here's what she'd say to her 20-year old self: "Learn to meditate before you turn 40!"
She has some interesting thoughts on how virtual reality, the rental economy, machine learning, and AI will impact the future of associations. Meet her at the event to learn more.
Congrats to Ernesto Gluecksmann, Host of Through The Noise!
Ernesto hails from Alexandria, Virginia and enjoys power lunching at Panera Bread. His favorite vacation destination is Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo and he has some thoughtful advice for his 20-year old self: "Don't be afraid of your gym membership."
He thinks podcasts will be a major trend shaping the future of associations.
Congrats to ICBA's Director of Advocacy Joshua Habursky on being selected as a Trending 40 Association Innovator in DC's Association & Non-profit community!
What is the biggest trend that will shape the future of associations? Josh says "Member/Employee engagement" is a concept that is universally applicable from fundraising to operations and is integral to the success of an association.
What does he think will be the single biggest trend to shape the future of associations? "Ubiquitous and gradual explosion of high quality and focused vertical products, services, resources, events, content and networking opportunities in the marketplace from outlets other than associations."
Katie (pictured enjoying her favorite hobby) is a Lexington, Kentucky native, loves sweetgreen, and calls Maui her favorite vacay spot.
Here's her sage advice to her 20-year old self: "You can do it all, just not all at once."
Katie has this to say about the future of associations: "People are seeking experiences. Associations must deliver on that while remaining relevant, demonstrating value and operating like a business."
Congratulations to Melissa Thompson of the Society for Neuroscience. Melissa, hails from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and is a big sweetgreen fan and loves vacations to Puerto Rico and London, United Kingdom.
She'd say this to her 20 year old self if given the chance: "Don't worry so much. Keep learning, keep interested, and you'll be fine."
Melissa thinks "Associations will need to be more fluid and responsive to members' needs, as well as collaborative" to keep innovating in the future.
Pictured here with his better half, Jim is a Raleigh, North Carolina native and power lunches at Bobby Van's Grill.
His advice to his 20 year old self is: "Work hard, work smart, be nice to people and never forget where you came from or who helped you get to where you are today."
Jim thinks "technology like Phone2Action" will be the single biggest trend shaping the future of associations
Kirsten Olean, Director of Meetings for the American Society for Microbiology, is one of DC's Top Association Innovators! This North Easton, Massachusetts native power lunches at Little Sesame and enjoys beach vacations.
Her advice to her 20 year old self is: "Be kinder to yourself."
Kirsten thinks the "expectation of customized, personalized products and services" will be the biggest trend impacting the future of associations.
Meet Julia Asoni, a rising star in DC's Fed Tech community that we'll be celebrating tomorrow! Julia is from Woodstock, New York and loves to power lunch at Central Michel Richard. Her favorite vacation destination is Sardegna and has some brief but practical advice for her 20-year old self: "Put money in your 401K."
She's ALWAYS Thumbs Up on Fed Tech's outlook.
Say hello to Eastern Foundry's Co-Founder Andrew Chang, is pictured here celebrating EF's Rosslyn opening. A native of LaGrange, Georgia, Andrew loves power lunches at Chick-fil-A and vacations to Europe.
He has some fun advice for his 20-year old self: "Take more advantage of the #1 Party school in the SEC."
Here's his take on DC Fed Tech's outlook this year: "Make Fed Technology Great Again? Just kidding... Who the heck knows?"
Here we have NS2 Serves'sAndrew Drake. Andrew is a Rockville, Maryland native. He likes to power lunch at PassionFish Bethesda & chooses the Hawaiian Islands as his favorite vacation destination.
Here's his advice to his 20-year old self: "Be humble, be real, listen more than you talk."
When asked about his outlook on Fed Tech this year, he responded with a Thumbs Up but also "who the heck knows?"
Meet Roboteam's CEO Shahar Abuhazira! A native of Ashdod, Shahar claims Don Pollo in Gaithersburg, Maryland as his go-to power lunch spot, and loves to vacation where he considers the "best city in the world," Tel Aviv, Israel.
Here's his advice to his younger self, "Starting a family is not going to hold your career back – it will do just the opposite. My amazing wife and children drive me to achieve greatness every single day”
This is her advice to her younger self: "Never be too afraid to fail"
She's Thumbs Up for this year's Fed Tech outlook because 2016's successes have strategically laid the groundwork for a transformational 2017. Let's celebrate together on Feb 21!
Say hello to Justin "Doc" Herman, another Fed Tech rising star representing General Services Administration on our list! Doc is from Alton, NH, power lunches at The Exchange, and claims Istanbul, Turkey as his go-to vacation spot.
His advice to his 20-year old self is simple: "Make yourself open to change"
His Thumbs are Up, WAY UP on DC's Fed Tech outlook this year.
Tim Kootz is pictured with a shiny cup that many DC hockey fans would love to bring home... When not with Lord Stanley's Trophy, this Wallingford, Connecticut native is Agency Records Officer at U.S. Department of State, where he power lunches in his go-to brainstorming spot - the break room.
His favorite vacation destination is Lviv, Ukraine and he has this advice for his 20-year old self: "It is never too soon to start your professional development because it becomes exponentially more challenging as you get older."
He's thumbs up for this year's Fed Tech outlook, and you can ask him why on February 21!
She has this Franz Kafka to tell her 20-year old self: "Don't bend, don't water it down, down try to make it logical, don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."
She's generally positive on this year's Fed Tech outlook, but we're completely positive the evening celebrating her will be fantastic!
Joshua Welle is CEO of Crossdeck. Hailing from Wall Township, NJ, he power lunches at BLT Steak and claims the Dominican Republic as his favorite vacation destination.
Here's his advice for his 20-year old self: "Seek positions of responsibility that make you feel uncomfortable."
He's Thumbs Up on this year's Fed Tech outlook too.
Quite the backdrop in this picture from DC Fed Tech rising star Jessica Tavasti Davis! This Annapolis, Maryland native heads up Business & Sales Strategy for Public Sector Dynamics at Microsoft. She loves power lunching at Sweetgreen and her favorite travel spot is Kauai.
Given the chance to mentor her 20-year old self, she'd recommend this: "Believe in yourself and take opportunities to go outside your comfort zone."
Is Jessica Thumbs Up or Down for this year's Fed Tech outlook? "Who the heck knows?"
Meet Austin Adams and his family! This Oskaloosa, Iowa native is Vice President-Public Sector at Alfresco and power lunches at Founding Farmers Tysons.
His favorite vacation spot? Turks & Caicos (don't blame him). Here's what Austin would say to his 20-year self: "Pick a boss you admire, don't just go to the highest bidder."
He's Thumbs Up on this year's Fed Tech outlook.
Meet Washington Capitals fan Tom Peitler. Tom is Vice President & CTO at CALIBRE Systems, Inc. and hails from Woodbridge, Virginia. His go-to power lunch spot is Mike's "American" and he'll vacation anywhere tropical.
Tom would share this wisdom with his younger self: "Absorb as much as you can, and enjoy the ride."
He gives the Fed Tech industry a Thumbs Up even tho rapid change will lead to moments of “Who the heck knows?”
Say hello to Mika Cross. Hailing from Glenburn, Maine, Mika heads up Strategic Communications, Public and Digital Engagement for the U.S. Department of Labor's VETS program.
She usually power lunches at her desk and likes vacationing anywhere near the water. Here's the advice she'd offer her 20-year old self: "Listen more, talk less, learn how to connect with the people who make things happen, and it's okay to make mistakes."
She's all Thumbs Up on 2017's Fed Tech outlook because "we have the greatest Federal workforce who continue to strive for mission efficacy, innovation and the best delivery of services on behalf of the American Public."
Meet Amit Puri, President & CEO of Ingenicomm and a rising star in DC Fed Tech! Amit is a Centreville, Virginia native & enjoys power lunching at Eggspectation Chantilly near his company's Chantilly, Virginia location.
Amit takes the Puri family to their favorite vacation spot, The Virgin Islands. He'd pass this advice along to his 20-year old self if he could: "Learn to be patient, listen more and be less judgmental – but take care to still maintain your core convictions."
Amit thinks there's a lot to watch out for this year in Fed Tech with the new administration.
This is William Schaefer, COO at Amyx, Inc.! He's originally from Berwyn, Pennsylvania and also power lunches at his desk. His favorite travel destination? Iceland.
What would he say to his 20-year old self? "Pay attention to the details. It is the focus on details that will help set you apart."
Who is this rising star in DC Commercial Real Estate? This Salem, Oregon native is President at Urban Pace and power lunches at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab DC. He's Thumbs Up on this year's CRE outlook too. Want to find out who this rising star is?
Say hello to Ditto Residential's CEO Martin Ditto (and his go-to gal otherwise known as Mom)!
Martin enjoys his power lunches at Toku Japanese and Asian Cuisine and has some unique advice for his 20-year old self: "Don't leave Venezuela next year...probably your last chance to see a political revolution."
He's Thumbs Up for this year's CRE outlook and expects a banner year for his team!
Meet Evan Regan-Levine.
Evan is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native and is Vice President at The JBG Companies.
He power lunches at Union Market DC.
Here's what he'd say to his younger self: "Culture matters."
He thinks this year will be a "winners and losers market" in DC's CRE landscape.
Anna Shaffer is an Assistant Director at Savills Studley and claims Fairfax, Virginia as her hometown. Find her power lunching at Del Frisco's Grille (hint: buy her the Ahi Tacos).
Her advice to her 20-year old self: "You've got to play, to win."
She's TWO Thumbs Up for 2017's CRE outlook.
Vaki Mawema is Senior Associate & Studio Director with Gensler, a rising star in DC Commercial Real Estate! Vaki power lunches at District Commons and has this advice for his younger self:
"If you really enjoy it, you’ll find a way to get really good at it, so keep doing it.”
He's Thumbs Up for sure on this year's CRE outlook.
Marisa Michnick is a Potomac, Maryland native, is the Director of Leasing at Madison Marquette. She power lunches at Casa Luca, but would love to see a resurge of power lunch spots in DC this year.
She's got some great advice for her 20-year old self: "Take more risks. Become proficient at Excel. Give back more."
She's Thumbs Up on DC's CRE outlook this year due to Wharf DC development, but is Thumbs Down on major retail department stores closing, and is Thumbs Sideways because of an over saturation of fast-casual restaurant concepts.
Meet Joe Reger, Managing Partner at JCR Companies. Joe is a Billings, Montana native and power lunches at Farmers Fishers Bakers.
Joe has some fun advice for his 20-year old self: "Have as much fun as possible in your 20’s and travel every chance you get."
He's an enthusiastic Thumbs Up for this year's CRE market.
Jeff Chod is Managing Director of Acquisitions and Development at Tishman Speyer. Jeff hails from Potomac, Maryland and loves to power lunch at BLT Steak.
Here's his advice to his 20-year old self: "Follow your passions. If you love what you do, it won’t feel like work and the rest will follow."
Jeff is Thumbs Up on 2017's CRE outlook, but he thinks you should pick your spots.
Cris White, a Glen Echo, Maryland native, is another MRP REALTY representative on our list of rising stars in DC Commercial Real Estate!
His advice to his younger self would be: "Work somewhere that encourages you to take responsibility and push outside your comfort zone."
Feel free to power lunch with him at his favorite spot Bangkok Joe's too!
He's Thumbs Up on 2017's CRE outlook, but not on all products or locations.
This incredible travel shot features David Dochter, Principal of Dochter & Alexander Retail Advisors! This Bel Air, Maryland native likes to power lunch at BLT Steak and has this message for 20-year old David: "Embrace the moment, build authentic relationships, stay focused, have fun and enjoy the adventure."
He's Thumbs Up on this year's real estate outlook too.
Jeff Wainwright is another West End Capital representative in our rising stars of DC Commercial Real Estate! This Vienna, Virginia native prefers a power breakfast over a power lunch, and does so at Blue Duck Tavern.
Here's his advice to his 20 year old self: "Don’t take the brutal finance summer internship, spend a summer at the beach with your friends instead."
He's Thumbs Up on this year's CRE outlook.
Meet Mike Zink, Baltimore, Maryland native and VP Corporate Controller for Thayer Lodging Group. Mike loves any power lunch that involves sushi, and his advice to his younger self is simple: "Be patient."
He's Thumbs Up for this year's Commercial Real Estate Market.
Matt Garcell hails from Augusta, Maine and is a Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. He says Momofuku CCDC has the best under-the-radar noodle dish in the District.
His advice to his 20-year old self: "Embrace technology but remember that the old-fashioned way of doing business still works."
His 2017 CRE outlook is good vibes only with 2 Thumbs Up! "My thumbs are up even in a down market because I believe that optimism generates success regardless of the business environment."
Sam Heiber is a Principal at Cresa Washington DC and can be found power lunching at The Palm Restaurant Washington DC.
His advice to his younger self is all about the grind: "Never stop grinding – work hard, set goals and exceed those goals. Whatever you end up doing, make sure you enjoy waking up every day and strive to be the best."
This is his outlook for CRE in 2017: "Thumbs up – 2017 will continue to be a TENANTS market."
Meet Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Anthony Balestrieri. He's a Director at MetLife Real Estate Investors, and will power lunch at any authentic Greek deli.
Here's his advice to his 20-year old self: "The only time your pro-forma is correct is the day you close. After that, nothing goes as planned. Real Estate is all about relationships and your reaction to change."
This is his 2017 DC Real Estate Outlook: "On a macro basis – thumbs are sideways, but we see pockets we are very excited about."
Meet Ezra Weinblatt, SVP of Ezra Company! This Washington, District of Columbia native enjoys his power lunches at Char Bar and has some simple advice for his 20 year old self: "STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE"
Stephen Powell hails from Cheverly, Maryland and is Assistant Vice President of Development at Penzance.
He power lunches at Rasika West End. His younger self would be delighted to hear his advice in hindsight: "Don’t stress about the future, you will be fine. Work hard, live hard, but party harder."
He's Thumbs Sideways on CRE's 2017 outlook, but that's okay, he's still a real estate star
Michael Goldman is President of MGA, Inc. and Bethesda, Maryland native. He loves to power lunch "upstairs" at Nando's PERi-PERi and has this advice for his 20-year old self: "Focus on the people...It is the people and the relationships that matter most.”
Cy Kouhestani, is a Arlington, Virginia local and is now a Director at Brookfield Property Partners and power lunches at Old Ebbitt Grill.
Here's his advice to his 20-year old self: "Make a plan, work hard and with urgency on it, but be patient with outcomes. Always be good to people and work with gratitude regardless of circumstance."
Cy is Thumbs Up on the CRE outlook for the coming year.
James Collins is VP at Cushman & Wakefield and hails from Bethesda, Maryland. His go-to lunch spot is his apartment, which is a block from his workplace and claims to be the best real estate decision of his life.
His advice to his younger self is simple: "Family comes first."
Brad Wilner, is Senior Vice President of CBRE. He hails from Cabin John, Maryland and power lunches at Zaytinya.
Brad's advice to his 20 year old self: "Whatever you do in life, do it 110%."
He's Thumbs Sideways on this year's CRE outlook.
Brandon Jenkins is COO of Fundrise. This Washington, District of Columbia native loves power lunching at Mandu and would tell his 20-year old self that "it takes more than 25 minutes to get to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)."
He's Thumbs Up on 2017's outlook for CRE.
Andrew Roberts is a Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. He's a native of Great Falls, Virginia and loves to power lunch at Eddie V's Prime Seafood.
This is his advice to his 20-year old self: Be extra charming to the girl sitting next to me in accounting class…That’s your future wife."
His Thumbs are slightly Up for a 2017 CRE outlook
John Wilkinson is the President of Boundary Companies. He's from Wilmington, Delaware and hits up Alfio's La Trattoria for his power lunches.
His advice to his 20-year old self: "Relax! Take some time to explore."
John is Thumbs Up on CRE this year because there are no boundaries!
Jon Glass is a Rockville native and is Corporate Managing Director of Savills Studley. He loves The Oceanaire Seafood Room.
Jon's advice to his younger self is: "Be where your feet are. Stay focused, work hard and be humble, but don’t be in such a rush that you forget to enjoy the present."
He's a Major Thumbs Up for tenants in 2017's real estate outlook.
Meet Erik Weinberg, Vice President at Federal Capital Partners (FCP). Want to take this Phoenix, MD native out to a power lunch? BlackSalt or The Palm Restaurant Washington DC.
This is his advice to his 20-year old self: "Take the time to think analytically but don’t sweat the small stuff."
He's Thumbs Up about this year for CRE.
Mark Witschorik is the VP of the Eastern Region for Columbia Property Trust. His hometown is Naperville, Illinois and he can be found power-lunching at Rasika.
This is Mark's advice to his younger self: "Follow your instincts, think big, then get it done – don’t wait"
He's Thumbs Up on DC Commercial Real Estate this year.
Jimmy Barter and his own star on the rise! This Managing Partner of West End Capital hails from Bethesda, Maryland and enjoys power lunches at Woodmont Grill.
He has some uplifting advice for his 20 year old self: "Keep having fun. It’s amazing how many of those relationships will be helpful down the road."
He's Thumbs Up for the DC Commercial Real Estate market this year.
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Simon Frost, CFO of Greencourt Capital, is a rising star in DC Commercial Real Estate. This Washington, DC executive takes power lunch meetings at The Lafayette in The Hay-Adams.
He has some deep thoughts for his 20-year old self: "You’re on a cosmically meaningless planet circling one of about 5 billion trillion stars. Keep finding ways to do meaningful things for the folks in the same predicament!"
Simon is Thumbs Sideways on 2017's CRE outlook because, "Cap rates are very low, interest rates are rising, things feel expensive, but different opportunities exist at every point in the market cycle."
Brian Abramson represents The Tower Companies By Brian Edward and District Design + Development. His hometown is Potomac, Maryland and he can be found power-lunching at Stanford Grill.
His advice to his younger self is: "Try to gain a little knowledge on as many disciplines of Real Estate, and swing for the fences."
Elliott Estes is a Principal at Woodmont Lodging. He was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where he frequents his Power Lunch Spot Olazzo.
If present-day Elliott had to advise 20-year old Elliott, he'd say: "Always say 'yes,' either you can do it, figure it out, or recover."
He's Thumbs Up on the 2017 CRE Outlook too!
Dan Klueger, is a Managing Partner at The Tenant Agency. He's a Chicago, Illinois native and now resides in Potomac, Maryland. Find him having his power lunches at Wildfire McLean.
Hey 20-year Dan, present-day Dan has some advice: "Dream big and don’t let stress get in the way of accomplishing your goals"
Dan is 'Thumbs Up' on DC Commercial Real Estate for 2017!
Matt Coursen is Managing Director at JLL and hails from Bethesda, Maryland. He'd happily grab lunch at his go-to power spot Fiola Mare DC!
This is what he'd say to 20-year old Matt today: "Forget sports...get into real estate earlier!"
He's 'Thumbs Up' on CRE in the coming year.
Jackson Prentice, SVP - Director of Portfolio Management at MRP REALTY. His hometown is Washington, DC and his Power Lunch Spot is The Dubliner.
This is what he'd say to his 20-year old self: " Bypass becoming a lawyer after law school and go directly to the business side of real estate after graduate school."
He's 'Thumbs Up' for DC Real Estate in 2017
Join us on January 31 to meet
these rising stars in Crystal City!
Today we’re continuing our profiles of the DC region's leading Association CEOs. Check them out here and then come meet them at a special Trending 40 event tonight at 1776 in Crystal City, VA! More info here.
Philip Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
Favorite things to do outside the office: Kayaking, attending sporting events, rooting for the Florida Gators.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? If you want to work with good people, deal with difficult issues, do exciting things and make the world a better place to live. The goal of achieving "work-life balance" will be challenging. There will be periods of our lives that require more and unequal amounts of time for work. There will be periods that are overwhelmingly consumed by our career goals and passions. That does not mean we can’t go to the gym, travel, have a friends or love our families. It simply means that during certain times in our lives, we should expect to be out of "balance" and that’s perfectly okay. Always understand that “work-life balance” is achieved over time and not daily.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Passion, creativity, intelligence, organizational fit, and a solution-focused mindset.
Don Welsh, CEO & President, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite things to do outside the office: Cheer on the Cubs!
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Passion
Kelsey Harmon Finn, CEO, NACAS
Hometown: Park Forest, IL
Favorite things to do outside the office: Any thing active, I am a triathlete.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? What others think doesn't matter as much as you feel like it does.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Passion
Rick Sherlock, Association of Air Medical Services
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite things to do outside the office: Golf and travelling with family.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? Hard work will open many opportunities for you, but it’s your ability to work closely and collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures that will enable you to be successful in those opportunities.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: A teamwork orientation. We want to develop the skills of people who are interested in being members of a team and who are interested in making the whole team better every day.
Linda Ayers, CEO, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS)
Hometown: Don’t really have one.
Favorite things to do outside the office: Play with my daughter, wine tastings, weekend trips.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? Drama is toxic. Avoid it as much as possible.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Optimistic attitude.
Debra Satkowiak, President, The Institute of Makers of Explosives
Hometown: Sterling, Michigan
Favorite things to do outside the office: Do you mean those things that people do for themselves when they don’t have really young kids at home, a demanding job, and a DC-commute?... Read a good book, take a walk.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? Be patient, listen more, react less, be gracious. And, someday there will be more than $3 in the checking account.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Ability to leverage relationships, objectivity, smarts, sense of humor, interpersonal skills, respectfulness, willingness to contribute to the team, strong work ethic, knowing their way around the agencies and Congressional offices in this town.
Scott Belcher, CEO, Telecommunications Industry Association, TIA
Hometown: Huntington Beach
Favorite things to do outside the office: Surf, swim, travel, read.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? How important networking is.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Energy and passion.
Bobby Franklin, President & CEO, National Venture Capital Association
Hometown: Russellville, Arkansas
Favorite things to do outside the office: Anything with wife and three kids, as well as golf, hunting and fishing.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? Just how powerful entrepreneurship can be in shaping society and changing the world. If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have pushed myself to take risks and follow-through on a great business idea.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Culture fit and passion for the work.
Julia Hamm, CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Hometown: Originally: Milford, NY
Favorite things to do outside the office: Watch my 5 & 7 year olds play soccer, Tennis.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? The time to take big career risks is when you are young; it gets harder as you get older.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Someone who embraces and thrives on change.
David Chavern, President & CEO, News Media Alliance
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite things to do outside the office: Root for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What do you wish you knew when you were 20? That “career planning” is an almost pointless exercise.
When you interview someone for your team you’re looking for: Present trends never continue. Will they be able to adapt and grow as our circumstances change?
Kris Kiser, CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Insitute
Home town: Indianapolis, IN
Activities Outside the Office: Dog rescue. Anything on the water.
What you wish you knew when you were 20? Its ok to fail. Ignore calls to conform. Find yourself/be yourself.
What you look for when hiring? Inquisitiveness/intellectual curiosity and humor. Compassion. Individuality.
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