At Evans & Chambers, we don’t only hire incredible talent, we actively encourage and support all employees in their path to self-improvement and certification. With the growing partnership and increased usage of AWS (Amazon Web Services) within EC and our customers, we thought what better way to improve ourselves than to get a few more AWS certifications among our staff.
The first EC AWS Certification Challenge pushed several employees to study hard to receive one of the five AWS certifications in just over 2 months. In addition to the EC bonus for AWS certifications, each person that was successful in earning a certification would be entered for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Re:Invent is a fantastic conference that is focused on all things AWS from learning more about AWS offerings and partners to networking and fun. A trip to re:Invent is a great way to celebrate becoming certified and sharpen additional cloud skills.
The challenge participants were each given a learning path guide along with a copy of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide to start their journey. Throughout the 2 months, participants could communicate within the #awscertchallenge channel on Slack about questions and certifications topics giving them support so they wouldn’t have to study alone. The challenge study period was wrapped up with a study session at Founding Farmers in Tysons Corner, VA. With one of the five attendees already certified, we were able to not only discuss the advantages of leveraging AWS cloud services, but also what to expect for the exam and how to prepare while sipping a few drinks and enjoying delicious food.
I am pleased to announce that Phil Bozek received not one, but two AWS Certifications and is the official winner of the EC AWS Cert Challenge! Congratulations to Phil for receiving his AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate and AWS Certified Developer – Associate certifications.
Thank you to everyone who participated! Even though the certification challenge is over now, EC still has a few people planning to study and receive AWS certifications in the near future and I wish you all the best of luck in achieving your goals.1 Comment »
On March 2nd, 2017 Evans & Chambers Technology held its second bi-annual Board of Advisors meeting at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. Following the inauguration of the EC Board of Advisors in 2015, the Board meets every six months to discuss matters related to the organization, ranging from strategy to cautionary advice as directed by each Board member’s unique experience.
This past meeting was a great kickoff to 2017 as several topics of discussion were brought to the table aimed to focus on the upcoming year for Evans & Chambers. After a recap of 2016, the Board and several members of EC’s leadership team widely discussed multiple points of improvement and focus for the company over the coming year: how to bring more value to our customers, how to better attract the best talent around, how to promote our capabilities in the best light possible, and how to align EC’s mission with that of the mission of the Federal Government and the services they depend on.
Following the meeting several Evans & Chambers program and project managers met with the Board of Advisors over lunch to discuss the services they are providing for the organization or their client as well as expectations for 2017.No Comments »
In conjunction with EC’s goal to continually improve at all levels of the enterprise, we have kicked off the CMMI Development Level 3 effort. CMMI is different from ISO in that CMMI focuses on the project management and software development levels of our services; whereas ISO focuses on core corporate processes. We kicked off the effort in June with a Gap Analysis to determine where we currently stand as it relates to the CMMI and to create a plan to meet this development standard. EC will develop processes according to the standards that fulfill the CMMI Level 3 expectations and will implement the processes on a development project.
EC executives have selected NTIR (Non-Traditional Intelligence Repository), ISI SecurityControl and SEMT as the first projects to implement the new process as they are being developed. EC plans to have the CMMI Level 3 certification completed by May 2017.No Comments »
On August 10, 2016 EC had it’s inaugural Board of Advisors Meeting which represents the next chapter in the life of Evans & Chambers Technology and our opportunities for additional growth and even more interesting and meaningful work. We are excited to announce the incredible EC brain trust that has been established in this Board of Advisors.
The Board will meet twice per year, but EC will have plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the experience and insights the members will provide on various challenges faced during our time between meetings. At EC, we are committed to excellence and building solutions our customers can trust. We believe this Board will support our strategic growth and work expertise goals in such a way that will allow EC to successfully navigate our extremely competitive marketplace.
It is with great pride that we introduce to you the members of the EC Board of Advisors:
D. Michael Bennett
Executive Vice President of Strategy, Evans & Chambers Technology
Michael will be responsible for driving corporate growth through strategic customer engagements and new solution offerings. As an award-winning corporate attorney, retired BAE Systems CIO and Presidential USPS Board nominee, Michael’s corporate executive experience includes navigating complex, multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions, Information Management and Cyber Security strategy and execution, Organizational Management and IT Transformation as well as Executive Leadership.
He is awaiting final U.S. Senate confirmation to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. He is also Chair of the District of Columbia Board of Elections, an independent agency responsible for campaign finance and elections. As an experienced Senior Executive, Michael adds worldclass expertise in IT, CyberSecurity, Program Management and innovation to EC Technologies in the most complex environments. Michael successfully brings this expertise to continue to generate innovative technology solutions to EC Technology customers.
A recipient of the Washington Business Journal 2012 Minority Business Leader Award, he holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School, and he is a long-time licensed practitioner of both the Washington, D.C., and Virginia Bars.
CTO, AOL Platforms
Seth Demsey joined AOL Platforms in December of 2010 as CTO and is responsible for the strategic vision and all product, engineering, and research efforts for the company’s industry-leading advertising platforms which are designed to simplify media planning, buying and selling for today’s global digital advertisers and publishers. Since joining AOL, Seth has launched and innovated several core AOL Platforms technologies–all of which empower the world’s top marketers and publishers to engage with their consumers across all screens, formats and types of inventory.
Seth served in senior positions at a number of highly respected global technology companies before joining AOL, including Google and Microsoft. While at Google, he was a key contributor to the development of Google Webmaster Tools, Google Talk and DoubleClick AdPlanner. At Microsoft, he was a part of the original .NET team, which built and released the first two versions of the platform and co-authored the .NET ISO standards.
Seth’s career in technology spans over fifteen years, during which he invented several technology and hardware solutions and has twenty-five U.S. and foreign patents to his name. Seth holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University and is a fellow at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. When he’s not building AOL’s advertising products, you can find him with his family, playing guitar or skiing.
ret. Corporate VP, Northrop Grumman
In April 2016, Darryl Fraser retired from his position as corporate vice president of communications at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he led the development of the company’s global brand and worldwide communications strategy within the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions. He also served on the company’s corporate policy council for eight years.
Fraser has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, strategy, business development, government relations and communications in the global aerospace and defense industry. He joined Northrop Grumman through its TRW acquisition in 2002. At TRW, he held a number of increasingly responsible positions in the company’s space and information systems businesses.
He previously served as director of strategic planning, director of marketing communications, vice president of Washington Operations, and sector vice president of business development. Fraser earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. He also served as a Brookings Congressional Fellow in 1995.
Co-Founder & Senior Partner, IVY Group
Gary A. Smith is co-founder and senior partner of IVY Planning Group (Ivy), a 26 year-old management consulting and training company that specializes in strategy, diversity, leadership and change management. Consulting Magazine honored Mr. Smith as one of the Top 25 Consultants. Profiles in Diversity Journal named him a Diversity Pioneer. He has more than 30 years of strategy, technology and management consulting service to Fortune 500, large private sector and government organizations. He has led numerous engagements to develop core business, technology, diversity, and marketing strategies, leading to improved revenue performance, mission-critical improvements, and more effective customer service. Smith assists clients in solving problems. He has worked directly with corporate CEOs, executive teams, agency administrators, and senior officials to build strategies, facilitate challenging discussions, and achieve their organization’s vision.
Smith co-founded Ivy Planning Group after a successful career managing sales, marketing, and technical organizations, including IBM where he held marketing and technical positions; Amdahl Corporation as account executive; Masstor Systems as Director of U.S. Operations; Comdisco Inc. as Director of Federal Marketing; and Technical Software Services as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Ivy has been featured in numerous publications, including USA Today, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Working Woman, Diversity Journal and Black Enterprise.
Smith has successfully developed and implemented strategies, led teams, and served the needs of a wide spectrum of clients, such as MetLife, Nike, L’Oreal, Sony, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte Consulting, Verizon, U.S. Departments of Treasury, Justice, Labor, and State, to name a few. His work with nonprofits includes Special Olympics International and United Way.
A native of Washington, D.C., Smith earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University. He lives in Maryland with his wife and business partner, Janet. They have three sons.
Corporate VP, Huntington Ingalls Inc.
Michael S. Smith is executive vice president, strategy and development for Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets.
In this position since March 2016, he is responsible for strategy and development activities at HII, including the development and integration of strategic planning efforts as well as the analysis and entrance into new adjacent markets.
Smith joined HII in 2014 in in the role of corporate vice president, business growth, and served most recently as corporate vice president, corporate development—nuclear and environmental services. He came from BAE Systems, where he worked for 10 years—most recently as sector vice president, business development, strategy and planning, for the Support Solutions sector. Prior to BAE, he worked at Marsh USA, Inc. as a leader for the company’s nuclear risk practice and then as vice president for insurance services.
Smith earned two degrees at Stanford University: a bachelor’s in industrial engineering in 1995 and a master’s in engineering management in 1996. He also served five years as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, including tours on three HII-built ships: the cruiser USS Valley Forge (CG 50) and the aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
CEO & Founder, Keating Advisors
Kim Keating is CEO & Founder of Keating Advisors. With more than 20 years of experience, Kim serves as a trusted advisor to organizations in helping develop effective talent management strategies. She specializes in working with leaders to align their business strategy, organization design, and compensation practices to attract and retain top talent and deliver improved results. Kim also speaks, conducts workshops, and advises professionals on how to negotiate equitable pay.
Prior to founding Keating Advisors, Kim was a consultant at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Sibson & Company, human capital consulting firms where she worked with organizations to address strategic human resources challenges. Her senior corporate roles include leading the rewards function for The Advisory Board Company, a research think-tank, and the Motley Fool, a financial education company. Preceding her human resources career, Kim was a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank and Chief Financial Officer at Teach for America.
She is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and has been published in the WorldatWork and CUPA HR Journals, as well as featured in numerous business and women’s publications, including Washington Business Journal, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine. Kim is currently a board member of Leanin.org Foundation, whose mission is to encourage women to pursue their ambitions, and NURU International, a nonprofit dedicated to ending global extreme poverty.
Kim holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Kim was also awarded an International Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and studied at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Paul Honigberg is a partner at Blank Rome LPP. He has more than 35 years of experience litigating a variety of complex civil cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, many of which were on the cutting edge of law, science, and public policy. He also provides counseling and litigation services to political campaigns, corporations, and individuals regarding campaign fundraising and expenditures, registration and disclosure under the Lobbying Disclosure Act and Foreign Agents Registration Act, formation and activities of political action committees, and compliance with government ethics and regulations at the federal and state level.
In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Honigberg spent nearly 15 years in the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, where he handled cases involving environmental and toxic torts, and civil fraud. As deputy director of the Justice Department’s Tobacco Litigation Team, Mr. Honigberg was responsible for all aspects of the early stages of the federal government’s action against the cigarette manufacturers.
Mr. Honigberg received his Bachelors of Arts degree, cum laude, at Duke University and his Juris Doctorate at Vanderbilt University School of Law. He serves as one of the regional co-chairs of DukeDC, the chapter of the Duke University Alumni Association serving the 13,000 Duke alumni in the Washington area.
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Last Friday, Evans & Chambers COO Andre Chambers and VP of Strategy D. Michael Bennett had the opportunity to visit the campus of the Year Up program in Arlington, VA. According to Year Up’s website, their mission is to “close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.” Evans & Chambers was invited to their DC regional campus (one of many across the country) to share some insight with the current cohort about working in the IT industry and being a professional in today’s world.
After receiving a full tour of the institution (both academic and administrative sides), Mr. Chambers and Mr. Bennett first sat down with a small group of students for a short Q&A session before speaking to a full room of young men and women enrolled in the program. I had the privilege to sit in on this presentation that detailed each of their journeys, starting from their younger years towards how they were able to eventually overcome obstacles in their careers and in their lives.
The tone of the discussion itself was relaxed in nature, thus allowing the students to lessen the intimidation factor and become comfortable and fully immersed in the stories of both Mr. Chambers and Mr. Bennett. Each story was incredibly humbling and powerful, and the energy from the audience a direct reflection of it. The students resonated with these personal anecdotes to a largely personal extent as made clear by multiple nods of empathy and the occasional exclamation of agreement. As a spectator I was able to remark on the faces of these young attendees, and it was apparent that they were hanging onto every word.
Mr. Bennett wrapped up the discussion with an allegory utilizing a $50 bill as a visual aide. After bringing up the shyest student (as voted by her peers) to the front of the room, Mr. Bennett asked her to state the value of the $50 bill, to which she replied that its value is $50. Upon crumpling the bill, the same question surrounding its value was posed, to which the student replied “$50.” After again crumpling the currency and placing it into the paper trash bin and retrieving it, the same question of the bill’s value was asked, to which garnered the same response: “$50.” The moral of the story, to which Mr. Bennett concluded on, was that no matter how defeated or beaten down one may be at certain points in their life, their value never changes. Conversely, no matter how good things are going, that $50 bill is not $200 either; one’s value always remains the same.
Multiple students approached Mr. Bennett and Mr. Chambers after the talks to ask questions of their own and to thank them for their visit (some even thanked me for being present even as a bystander). One member of the campus’ leadership was present to scan for students who seem disengaged or were visibly sleeping, which earns them an “infraction” (Year Up employs a merit-based system on their students). After the talks she remarked that every student was fully alert and engaged in the talks, something not seen since the time when President Obama spoke at Year Up.
Evans & Chambers was very honored to have the opportunity to speak to so many young and ambitious minds of the Year Up program. Evans & Chambers hopes to partner with the organization in bringing more young talent into the IT and cybersecurity industry by way of providing opportunity through our immersive internship program.1 Comment »
Evans & Chambers is proud to announce its partnership with Homes for Our Troops and the many efforts made to help fundraise for the top-notch charity. The official announcement took place on May 7th, 2016 at Evans & Chambers’s event at the Virginia Gold Cup Races in The Plains, VA.
Since 2004, Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a highly-acclaimed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Taunton, Massachusetts, has built over 200 homes throughout the country for severely-wounded military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes built by HFOT are mortgage-free and specially-adapted to the injuries of their owners and provide a starting point for our veterans to rebuild their lives. This sort of righteous work has not gone unnoticed either, for Charity Navigator has awarded HFOT with 4 stars, the highest honors achievable, for the last five years while Charity Watch has presented an A rating to the organization as well as having listed it as one of its Top-Rated Military & Veterans Charities.
Since partnering with HFOT, Evans & Chambers has launched a fundraising campaign through the organization’s resources. EC’s goal is to raise a minimum of $1000 through donations made to Evans & Chambers’ personalized HFOT fundraising page. COO Andre Chambers said in regards to Evans & Chambers’ partnership and subsequent donation to HFOT: “Evans & Chambers is very pleased to support such a great cause. We look forward to continuing this partnership and supporting our veterans who have given so much.” Presently, the company is very close to reaching its goal thanks to the help of multiple donors.
Looking towards the future, Evans & Chambers is very excited to keep this new partnership alive and support those who have given so much for our country. Evans & Chambers will continue these efforts for HFOT through company volunteer days with the organization and future campaigns.No Comments »
Recently Evans & Chambers began the process to obtain the ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized standard developed by the International Standards Organization (ISO) to provide guidance and requirements for the establishment, implementation, maintenance, and improvement of a formalized quality management system. Under the helm of Program Manager Joshua Ortiz, EC will spend the next several months filing a multitude of documentation that outline EC’s processes in regards to up-keeping quality across several protocols including internal audit processes, recruiting/onboarding/offboarding, and customer satisfaction methodology.
The goal is the establishment of quality objectives supporting EC’s strategic direction all the while displaying the leadership’s commitment and involvement of internal and external stakeholders. The structure reinforced by the ISO 9001 process allows for identification and management of risks and corrective actions, and implements a “Plan, Do, Check, Act” methodology, a system that is so important for garnering customer satisfaction.
Ultimately the ISO 9001 certification aims to heighten the standardization of EC’s infrastructure, which in turn will increase the organization’s ability to successfully achieve strategic direction and goals, as well as improve the efficiency of core business processes thus allowing for us to meet and exceed customer expectations. Due to ISO’s global recognition, another benefit of the certification is increased marketability in achieving new business as well as growing existing business opportunities. Lastly, the validation that comes with enduring such a rigorous certification process provides reassurance to the customer of the quality of products and services provided by the organization.No Comments »
Evans & Chambers Technology appoints Harry T. Lackey III as Director of Civilian Programs. Mr. Lackey’s area of responsibility for Evans & Chambers will include growing the civilian customer footprint at DHS and Department of State, among other agencies.
With over twelve years of business-to-business sales experience, eight in the Federal space, Mr. Lackey will be focused on business development and nurturing strategic partnerships by building out the customer footprint in the Civilian Government Market such as Homeland Security, State, GSA, Treasury and Transportation.
“I’m excited to join the EC team and help expand both our government customers and industry partners,” noted Lackey. “We believe GWACs & IDIQs will broaden our reach and allow our federal customers the opportunity to access Evans & Chambers’ service offerings.”
Prior to joining Evans & Chambers, Lackey was Director of Business Development at Bethesda, MD-based Catapult Technology pursuing new business opportunities in the Civilian and DOD market.
Before Catapult Lackey was Director of GWAC and IDIQ Contracts at Reston, VA-based Access Systems, Inc. (a STG, Inc. company). He generated sales through such contract vehicles as Department of Homeland Security EAGLE/1, General Services Administration’s Alliant SB and Department of State’s HITSS.
With a career in defense, civilian and commercial markets, he has held business development roles with Professional Alternative, Comsys, and Xerox Corporation. His past accounts include Citibank, Verizon, SAP, First Data Corp, Lockheed Martin and ManTech.
Lackey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Technology from Stevenson University in Maryland and holds an ITIL v3 and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.No Comments »
Evans & Chambers Technology is pleased to announce the addition of D. Michael Bennett as Executive Vice President of Strategy. Mr. Bennett’s area of responsibility for Evans & Chambers will include driving growth through strategic customer opportunities and select industry partnerships.
Mr. Bennett is awaiting final U.S. Senate confirmation to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. He is also Chair, Board of Directors of Manna, Inc.—a D.C. real estate development firm. As an experienced senior executive, Mr. Bennett adds world-class expertise in IT, cybersecurity, program management, and innovation to Evans & Chambers in the most complex environments.
As an award-winning corporate attorney, former BAE Systems CIO, and Presidential USPS Board nominee, Mr. Bennett’s corporate executive experience includes navigating complex, multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions, information management and cybersecurity strategy and execution, organizational management and IT transformation, as well as executive leadership. At BAE Systems, Mr. Bennett managed approximately 12,000 employees while overseeing the IT budget in excess of half a billion dollars. His responsibilities included overseeing internal cybersecurity and IT infrastructure for all businesses reporting into the U.S., as well as BAE’s, global information security infrastructure.
Mr. Bennett believes that the next 12 to 18 months at Evans & Chambers will be positioned for significant growth. This growth will be achieved through leveraging the current customer base to grow our work with newer capabilities, supporting new customers looking to modernize aging legacy IT systems, and strategic relationships between Evans & Chambers and other partners that help grow our capabilities and provide more services and offerings for new and existing customers. According to Mr. Bennett, Evans & Chambers is in a unique position to grow its client base and its partnerships and bring great value to its customers.No Comments »
Evans & Chambers Technology attended the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation Ceremony.
In the left photo EC COO Andre Chambers, EVP of Strategy D. Michael Bennett and Director of Civilian Programs Harry Lackey III congratulate FBI Director James B. Comey (center right) following his keynote speech at the ceremony.
In the below photo EC’s COO Andre Chambers (center right) and EVP of Strategy D. Michael Bennett (center left) chat with Mr. Harry Johnson, President and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation following the MLK Memorial ceremony.No Comments »