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.