August 19, 2014
Thank You Committee Leaders!
NVTC committees help meet the needs of members through a series of networking and professional development opportunities where members can meet potential clients, build relationships, and learn about trends in the technology industry. A special thank you to all the leaders of our committees who have provided invaluable service during the previous fiscal year!
The U.S. Senate has joined the House of Representatives in approving bipartisan legislation to begin reforming the troubled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation, which includes U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner’s (D-VA) initiative to enlist the pro bono assistance of NVTC to help fix the VA’s broken scheduling system, is expected to be signed into law by the President as soon as this week.
On Monday, July 28, NVTC hosted the Inaugural Veterans Initiative Sporting Clays Tournament at Bull Run Shooting Center in Centreville, Va. Participants enjoyed warm, sunny weather as they competed on the 14-station course.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently congratulated nine Virginia counties that received top rankings in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Winners included Fairfax County (third place, 500,000 or more population), Loudoun (second place, 250,000-499,999 population), and Arlington County (fourth place, 150,000-249,999 population).
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced appointments to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates (GACRE). The Advisory Council provides the Governor with feedback and advice to assist him in making annual state revenue estimates with respect to economic assumptions and the general economic climate of the Commonwealth.
NVTC today announced the fiscal year 2014-2015 officers of the Board of Directors as well as the election of 23 new and returning Board members, including five Chair’s appointees and two individuals appointed to the Senior Advisory Group of the NVTC Board.
On July 8, Bill Knight, president and CEO of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, to be held in Fairfax County, joined the NVTC Board of Directors at Sprint in Reston to discuss the games and their positive impact on the Northern Virginia region.The World Police and Fire Games, an Olympic style competition, recognizes first responders “who put duty and service before ourselves, honoring those who have sacrificed for the greater good,” according to Fairfax 2015, the 501c3 nonprofit organizing committee.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced on Tuesday, July 8 that Northrop Grumman Corporation will be the lead sponsor of the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, contributing $250,000 to help veterans with what they identify as their greatest challenge in transitioning to civilian life: finding a job.
On Wednesday, July 2, NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg attended a gubernatorial bill signing ceremony where Governor Terry McAuliffe ceremonially signed into law two of NVTC’s 2014 legislative priorities: legislation to strengthen Virginia's R&D tax credit and legislation to crack down on patent trolls who target Virginia businesses.
Members of Northern Virginia's hottest technology scene gathered on Tuesday, June 24, at the 13th Annual Hot Ticket Awards at Redskins Park in Ashburn. More than 400 attendees celebrated the awardees, who were announced at the event. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, dinner and cocktails as they mixed and mingled on the Redskins practice field, enjoying a great night of networking and fun.
NVTC and a coalition of technology associations recently sent a letter to Governor McAuliffe in opposition to the Virginia DMV’s cease and desist operation order against Uber.
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner sent a letter to President Obama offering private sector assistance from NVTC member companies to address the current IT and workflow challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), paralleling the successful partnership between his office and NVTC at Arlington National Cemetery in 2010-2011.
On June 4, NVTC hosted a Lunch & Learn event with NVTC Board member Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. At this event, a targeted group of C-level executives from NVTC small business members had the unique opportunity to network with their colleagues and learn from Shapiro's expert knowledge of technology and business issues.
More than 850 people gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for the 18th Annual NVTC Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards on June 2. The CFO Awards recognize local chief financial officers and financiers for outstanding achievement and excellence in promoting the area's technology community.
On May 13, more than 50 students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. participated in the Equal Footing Foundation’s inaugural Innovation Afternoon. The event, “The Power of Google Glass to Disrupt the Opportunity Divide,” allowed students to discuss the potential social and business impacts of this disruptive technology as it moves towards widespread adoption.
May 13, 2014
Virginia Senator Mark Warner Addresses NVTC
Sen. Mark Warner, who is running for reelection in November, joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 13, at LMI in McLean. During the meeting, Warner shared highlights of his recent work in the Senate, including passage of the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, which requires standardized reporting of federal spending, allowing citizens to track spending in their communities.
Congratulations to NVTC Board member Jennifer Morgan of SAP, who was recently promoted from her former position of Regulated Industries president to her new position as president of the company’s North American arm — SAP North America.
NVTC, the George Washington University and Attain LLC released a research report at a launch event on Friday, May 9. The report, Big Data and Analytics in Northern Virginia and the Potomac Region, was conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics and highlights the depth and breadth of Big Data experience, expertise and assets in Northern Virginia and the Potomac region.
May 8, 2014
Jeff Novak of AOL Elected as TechPAC Chair
The NVTC TechPAC Board of Trustees announced on May 7 that it has elected AOL Chief Counsel of Litigation and Compliance, Vice President of State Public Policy Jeff Novak to serve as TechPAC Chair.
May 6, 2014
Virginia Announces New Partnership with Forbes
Gov. McAuliffe and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership are partnering with Forbes to produce a special Virginia advertorial section that will run in one of the magazine’s most popular issues. “Virginia: Investing in Innovation” will run in the October 20, 2014, Forbes 400 issue.
As Northern Virginia continues to face a gap in skilled STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals, NVTC has launched an initiative to help build a tech savvy regional workforce. At an event on April 30, NVTC kicked off the NVTC STEM Challenge with a goal to have members log 10,000 volunteer hours during the 2014-2015 school year.
April 29, 2014
NVTC Member Companies Named Best for Vets
Sixteen NVTC Member companies were lauded by the Military Times for their dedication to veteran hiring and advancement. Companies responded to a 90-question survey and were rated on their recruitment of people connected to the military; company policies related to veterans, reservists and their families; the organization's culture and more.
On April 28, Sen. Tim Kaine and Rep. Randy Forbes joined the NVTC Board of Directors at LMI in McLean to discuss formulating a bipartisan defense strategy for Virginia. Sen. Kaine is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and Representative Forbes is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.
April 28, 2014
MACH37™ Seeks Security Start-ups for Fall Cohort
The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has officially opened the application period for its “F14” fall cohort, which will begin Sept. 2, 2014 in its Herndon, Va. headquarters. The program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business. Participants receive a $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas into the market.
April 8, 2014
NVTC Member Companies Named Best Places to Work
Congratulations to NVTC member companies Aronson LLC, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Cooley LLP, ViON Corporation, and Xcelerate Solutions, who were recently named on Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Greater Washington list.
On April 2, nearly 200 members of the technology community gathered at The Washington Post Headquarters to hear 16 of the region's innovators pitch their company's technologies at Destination Innovation.
March 27, 2014
Experts Discuss International Risks at NVTC RiskNet Event
At the NVTC RiskNet event on March 27, insurance experts discussed kidnap, ransom and extortion risks, where they are, and how companies can manage such a complex and possibly debilitating crisis.
On March 25, 500 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner for the last NVTC Titans event of the 2013-2014 season. The breakfast featured Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO of General Dynamics, who urged the region’s businesses and technology leaders to give back to the community that has helped foster our industry’s success.
Fedscoop’s “DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech” list highlights the forward thinking women who shape the technology landscape in the D.C. area. NVTC Board members Anne Altman of IBM Corporation, Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services, Marilyn Crouther of HP Enterprise Services and Seven other NVTC members were named to the list.
Leaders from NVTC member companies were recently named to Virginia Business’ 50 Most Influential Virginians. Those on the list, according to Virginia Business, are “building businesses, starting ventures and having an effect on important issues.”
On March 20, NVTC Board Member Linnie Haynesworth of Northrop Grumman Corp. and four other NVTC members were honored at Washington Business Journal’s 2014 Minority Business Leader Awards.
Congratulations to NVTC Board members Marilyn Crouther of HP Enterprise Services, David Lucien of DCL Associates who were honored at the Federal 100 Awards Gala on March 20, 2014. A special congratulations to former NVTC Board member Robin Lineberger of Deloitte who was honored with the Industry Eagle Award at the event.
March 9, 2014
NVTC's 2014 General Assembly Session Wrap-Up
On March 8, the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die concluding its 2014 legislative session. However, the General Assembly adjourned without approving a biennial budget and will reconvene for a Special Session in order to reach consensus on a budget and to resolve the issue of whether or not to move forward with Medicaid expansion in Virginia. NVTC will continue to advocate for the technology community’s budget priorities during the Special Session.
March 5, 2014
NVTC Supports Patent Troll Legislation in Virginia
On Wednesday, March 5, the General Assembly passed compromise legislation supported by NVTC and crafted by the Office of Attorney General Mark R. Herring to protect Virginia businesses from "patent trolling." These bad faith claims of patent infringement force businesses, including many small businesses, to choose between paying exorbitant and unjustified license fees or fighting the claim through costly litigation.
On Feb. 19, NVTC hosted a Lunch & Learn event with NVTC Board member Magid Abraham, president, CEO and co-founder of comScore Inc. At this event, a targeted group of C-level executives from NVTC small business members had the unique opportunity to network with their colleagues and learn from Abraham’s entrepreneurial and leadership experience.
Fourteen executives from NVTC member companies have been named as the 25th Annual Federal Computer Week Federal 100. The Federal 100 Awards recognize 100 professionals from government and industry who have impacted and transformed the federal government IT community. The awards ceremony will take place on March 20 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
February 11, 2014
NVTC Technology Executives Visit Policymakers in Richmond
As the 2014 General Assembly session neared its halfway point, members of the NVTC Board of Directors and NVTC Board member companies spent February 4th in Richmond discussing NVTC priorities with policymakers.
On Jan. 30, 500 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner for the latest NVTC Titans breakfast featuring Linda Hudson, President and CEO of BAE Systems. During the event, which took place two days prior to her retirement, Hudson discussed the importance of strengthening the nation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce in order to strengthen national and economic security.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the recipients of the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation and Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2014 during a reception at the Science Museum of Virginia Jan. 16. Northern Virginia Community College’s SySTEMic Solutions was honored with the Governor’s Award for Science Innovation. NVTC has a resolution of support and cooperation with SySTEMic Solutions.
January 21, 2014
2014 Legislative Session Underway in Richmond
The 2014 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly is underway in Richmond. This year's session is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, March 8. There are many ways to stay current with NVTC’s legislative involvement. Participate in weekly conference calls, join NVTC’s policy group, contact staff or read NVTC’s legislative agenda.
January 21, 2014
Michael Caplin of the Tysons Partnership Addresses NVTC Board
Michael Caplin, executive director of the Tysons Partnership, joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at LMI in McLean to share the Partnership’s future development plans for Tysons.
January 14, 2014
2014 Legislative Session Convenes in Richmond
Last Wednesday, January 8 marked the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly. This year's session is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, March 8. The first week of session included Gov. McDonnell’s final State of the Commonwealth Address; the swearing-in of Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring; Gov. McAuliffe’s signing of Executive Order Number 1; and Gov. McAuliffe’s first State of the Commonwealth delivery.
NVTC and co-host PSC held a Technology Town Hall Forum with Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Representative Frank Wolf on Friday, Jan. 10 at Sprint’s Reston offices. In front of a sold-out audience of more than 200 technology business leaders, the candidates shared their insights on the budget, sequestration and other issues impacting the economy.
Prior to leaving office, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the launch of the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System (IEMS), a web-based portal that uses key metrics and outcomes to track the performance of Virginia's innovation economy.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced its support for federal and state legislation that would extend basic job protections by prohibiting employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation.
January 6, 2014
NVTC Outlines 2014 Legislative Priorities
On Monday, Jan. 6, NVTC Chairman Sudhakar Kesavan, chairman and CEO of ICF International, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg sent letters to all members of the General Assembly and to the governor, lieutenant governor, and senior officials of the McAuliffe administration outlining NVTC's 2014 legislative priorities.
On Dec. 17, 500 attendees gathered in Reston for the latest NVTC Titans breakfast featuring a conversation between U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson. During the event, Justice Ginsburg discussed Supreme Court processes, her relationship with fellow justices, and her advice for lawyers.
December 5, 2013
NVTC Members Recognized as Most Admired CEOs
The Washington Business Journal held its Most Admired CEOs award ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 5, naming 50 Most Admired CEOs and one CEO of the Year. Ten NVTC Board members and member company representatives were honored at the event.
On December 3, NVTC partnered with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Employment Commission, and the SkillSource Group to host a recruiting event to match veteran-friendly companies with qualified veteran, National Guard and Reserve job-seekers.
On Dec. 3, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame, which honors exceptional business leaders and entrepreneurs who have made a significant contribution to the quality of life in the Greater Washington area.
NVTC Chair Sudhakar Kesavan and President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg wrote a letter to Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator James Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressing NVTC’s strong support for three amendments recently added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
On Nov. 19, leaders from the Northern Virginia technology community gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for an NVTC Titans Breakfast featuring Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar. During the event, Prabhakar discussed breakthrough technologies for national security.
November 12, 2013
PSC’s Stan Soloway Addresses NVTC Board
Professional Services Council (PSC) President and CEO Stan Soloway joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 12 at LMI in McLean to share his insights on the government contracting marketplace. During his presentation, Soloway provided an overview of the impacts of the recent government shutdown and highlighted key trends facing contractors in the months and years to come.
Heroines in Technology, an awards gala benefiting the March of Dimes, honors women in the field of technology for their dedication to community service. This year, five member company representatives were named as heroines.
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (Fairfax Chamber) and Professional Services Council (PSC) honored NVTC Board Member Company Salient Federal Solutions, of which NVTC Chair Emeritus Brad Antle is President and CEO, with the Contractor of the Year award ($75-300 million) at the 11th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™.
In its November 2013 issue, Washingtonian magazine announced its latest list of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women, which honors women leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors for their achievements and successes. Congratulations to Board Members Anne Altman and Teresa Carlson, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg and the seven NVTC members named to the list!
All NVTC members are invited to participate on a conference call at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. During the call, NVTC leaders will seek member input on ideas and initiatives for the NVTC Executive Committee to consider as it drafts NVTC's goals and priorities to support NVTC advocacy efforts in Richmond during the 2014 legislative session.
On October 30, NVTC's TechCelebration lived up to its reputation as the networking event of the year as 700 members of the Northern Virginia technology community joined federal and state policymakers for an extraordinary evening. The event featured a keynote speech by SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30 at TechCelebration: NVTC’s annual banquet, NVTC announced the winners of the 2013 Innovator Awards, a new awards program honoring groundbreaking companies and technologies in our region's technology community.
October 28, 2013
NVTC Members Named to Washington Business Journal Power 100 List
On Oct. 28, Washington Business Journal published the Power 100, a list of the region’s most powerful business leaders, including 28 executives from NVTC member companies and academic institutions.
October 16, 2013
Board Member Ed Casey Named as Serco’s Acting CEO
Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology and management services, recently announced new roles in its senior leadership.
NVTC's TechPAC, the political action committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, announced its endorsement of 28 candidates running for House of Delegates in Northern Virginia.
NVTC and a coalition of members of the Northern Virginia business community wrote a letter urging members of the Virginia congressional delegation to act immediately to find a path forward on a clean continuing resolution and to pass legislation to raise the debt limit long term. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly responded to the letter, stating that he appreciated the message and is working with his colleagues on “both sides of the aisle” to move toward a resolution. In addition, Connolly partnered with Rep. Robert J. Wittman to pen a letter to Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD), commending him for his decision to request the furloughed DoD civilians return to work this week.
NVTC is sharing two important resources for members in the government contracting space that are facing a variety of issues and questions due to the shutdown of the federal government.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, golfers enjoyed warm, sunny weather at NVTC's Annual Golf Tournament. Held at the 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn, Va., this year's tournament benefited NVTC’s Strategic Initiatives, including the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, as well as the Equal Footing Foundation, NVTC's charitable arm.
NVTC Board member Michael Maiorana has been promoted to senior vice president of public sector markets for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Previously, Mairoana was president of the Washington, D.C./Baltimore/Virginia region for Verizon Wireless. In his new role, Maiorana will lead Verizon’s strategic direction in public sector markets and be responsible for sales and customer satisfaction for federal, state and local governments, as well as education and public safety customers across the U.S.
September 26, 2013
Forbes.com Names Virginia America’s “Best State for Business”
On Sept. 25, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Forbes.com has named Virginia America’s “Best State for Business.” The Commonwealth reclaims the title after being awarded the No. 2 ranking from 2010-2012. Virginia finished in the top five in four of the study’s six categories, the only state with such a strong across-the-board showing. - See more at: http://www.nvtc.org/news/getnewscontent.php?code=763#sthash.8SHFjwWD.dpuf
On Sept. 25, 500 attendees gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for the first NVTC Titans breakfast of the 2013-2014 series featuring U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. During the event, Justice Scalia shared advice from Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, a book he co-wrote with lawyer Bryan Garner.
September 23, 2013
NVTC Members Named Finalists for 2013 Heroines in Technology Awards
The March of Dimes recently announced the finalists for the 2013 Heroines in Technology Awards, which recognize and honor women in the technology sector for their dedication to community service. Ten NVTC members are among the finalists.
September 12, 2013
New MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator Opens at CIT
On Sept. 12, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the opening of the MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator, America’s first public-private and market-centric cybersecurity accelerator. The program, located at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), is designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity companies in Virginia.
September 10, 2013
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton Addresses NVTC Board
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 10 at LMI in McLean to review transportation initiatives undertaken by the McDonnell administration, including the recently passed transportation funding legislation.
August 20, 2013
NVTC Launches Veterans Employment Initiative
On Tuesday, Aug. 20, NVTC launched the new NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative at ICF International in Fairfax. During the event, which included Gov. Bob McDonnell and Sen. Mark Warner, NVTC leaders highlighted the many aspects of the Initiative designed to match veterans with jobs, internships, mentorships and certifications, while also providing support to member companies in their efforts to hire, train and retain qualified veteran employees.
NVTC Board member company ICF International was named Outstanding Large Employer of the Year by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) at its 92nd National Convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 10-13.