Entrepreneur Center Event Series

October 22, 2010

Christopher J. Dorobek
Federal News Radio 1500

Christopher J. Dorobek is the anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM's afternoon drive program, the DorobekINSIDER. He is also the strategist for FederalNewsRadio.com, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community. He is an award-winning journalist. In 2008, his editorials in Federal Computer Week were recognized with the ASBPE national editorial award, and in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week's prestigious Federal 100 Award - the first working journalist to win the award in its more than 20-year history.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 17 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8's Federal News Today program. He has also written for AFCEA's SIGNAL magazine.

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David Pak
USmax Corporation
President & CEO

David Pak is the president & CEO of USmax Corporation, an award-winning Maryland-based firm providing information technology services to government, commercial and non-profit organizations. Since its founding in the year 1995, Pak has provided leadership and management oversight for the organization. In his current role, Pak:

  • Establishes strategic direction and company focus
  • Provides guidance and oversight for day-to-day operations
  • Establishes strategic partnerships with major prime contractors and leading industry vendors
  • Actively participates in industry-professional organizations and local community and charitable organizations.

Pak has extensive experience working with federal agencies such as Commerce, Agriculture and Homeland Security. He is a champion of promoting, facilitating and supporting teaming and partnering relationships with firms whose services compliment those of USmax. Pak's work includes volunteer and support for community-based charities, non-profits and various associations. He is a past board member of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake from 2007 through 2010 and currently serves on the Maryland Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs by nomination of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley in 2007.

Pak received a B.S. in agribusiness from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1991. He currently resides in Montgomery County, Md., with his wife Erin and daughters, Cristina and Zoe.

Ludmilla Parnell
Director, Business Development
Small Business Partnerships
General Dynamics Information Technology

Since March 2002, Ludmilla Parnell has led the development of long-term relationships between small businesses and Anteon Corporation, a company acquired by General Dynamics in 2006. Parnell's role provides for development of teaming relationships with small businesses in a variety of technical and customer-focused areas that support business development initiatives at General Dynamics IT. She implemented a business development approach, including tools and processes, to working with small businesses, and fostered an internal "Total Company Approach" to working with small companies. Her role extends into both capture and proposal development processes and includes coordination and support of Mentor-Protégé involvement. Parnell speaks frequently to small business audiences about business development approaches, teaming and working with prime contractors.

Between 1997 and 2002, Parnell played a leadership role in implementing and managing DOD Mentor-Protégé programs, including coordinating the development of effective processes, organizing technical support teams for the protégés and interacting with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/ Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) community. Her work entailed daily interface with protégés to address and resolve their infrastructure challenges, facilitate partnership with the mentor, organize and oversee business solutions, technology transfer, business development and academic support to the program.

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Jeff White
VP and founder
govWin Network

Jeff White is the VP and founder of the govWin Network - the only online professional network and business platform built by government contractors for government contractors.

Leveraging the latest SaaS technologies, govWin, a Deltek network, has grown to more than 12,000 members. govWin transforms how organizations and professionals collaborate to secure new business, get idle consultants billable and become more discoverable to potential teaming partners. Prior to Deltek's acquisition in December 2009, govWin was mySBX. In two short years, mySBX was able to launch the platform, secure more than 5,000 companies as members, and land large clients such as Lockheed Martin, CACI, Serco, ManTech and others.

With more than 19 years of launching and leading businesses, White has founded several companies and led them to successful exits. As the founder of Blue Canopy in 2001, White led the company to receive two Inc. 500 awards for being one of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. The lowest growth year in the company was 98 percent. In 2007, White led the successful sale of Blue Canopy to a private investment group.