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Oct 22, 2018 12:07 UTC

Finalists Announced for Inaugural WashingtonExec Pinnacle Awards

MCLEAN, Va.--(Business Wire)--WashingtonExec, an executive membership and media organization, announced today the finalists for its Pinnacle Awards, which honor successful executives and businesses saving money and spurring innovation for federal clients across the region. The inaugural awards received 125 nominations across 10 categories, and WashingtonExec inducted Donna Morea, board member of SAIC and SunTrust, as the first Hall of Fame Executive of the Year.

“The response to the Pinnacle Awards has been overwhelming, and we’re very impressed by the caliber of all the nominations,” said JD Kathuria, founder and CEO of WashingtonExec. “We look forward to recognizing each of these great leaders, both finalists and winners, on Nov. 1.”

The full list of categories and finalists is included below. The winners will be announced and recognized on Nov. 1 at an awards luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

General Manager and Federal Practice Leaders with P&L 100M+

  • Robert “Bob” Genter, SVP, Customer Group General Manager, SAIC
  • Sandy Gillespie, EVP and COO, NCI
  • Aaron Bedrowsky, SVP, Leidos
  • John Fraser, President, ASM Research

Healthcare Executive of the Year

  • Jonathan Scholl, Health Group President, Leidos
  • Kristine Martin Anderson, EVP, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Kamal Narang, VP and GM, Federal Health, GDIT
  • Travis Dalton, President & CEO, Cerner Government Services

Big Data and/or Artificial Intelligence Executive of the Year

  • Brad Mascho, Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, NCI
  • Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Intel
  • Josh Wilson, LMI
  • Shaun Bierweiler, Hortonworks Federal, Inc.
  • Gary Shiffman, CEO, Giant Oak

Intelligence Executive of the Year

  • Rick Wagner, President, Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions Group, ManTech
  • John Selman, VP, National Security Market, LMI
  • Jonathan Moneymaker, President, Altamira Technologies Corp.

National Security Executive of the Year

  • Todd Morris, Managing Director, National Security, Attain
  • Stephanie Mango, SVP, CGI
  • Don Fenhagen, Partner, DHS, IBM Global Business Services
  • Amanda Brownfield, SVP, Intelligence Solutions Group, Engility

Cybersecurity Executive of the Year

  • Tim Patterson, SVP, CACI
  • Chris Townsend, VP, Federal, Symantec
  • Dave Wajsgras, Intelligence, Information and Services, Raytheon
  • Tommy Gardner, CTO, HP Federal

Business Development Executive of the Year

  • RJ Kolton, DSA
  • Chris Stansbury, Managing Director and U.S. Sales Leader, Guidehouse
  • Jerry Hogge, Senior Vice President, Military & Veteran Health Solutions, Leidos
  • Brian Fitzpatrick, SVP, business development, LMI

STEM Advocate of the Year

  • Joyce Abbey, Johnson Space Center Case Study Chief Investigator, SAIC
  • Nicole Parrish, Director, R&D Programs, Altamira Technologies Corp.
  • Dr. Johnny Garcia, CEO, SimIS Inc.
  • Josh Salmanson, VP, Cyber, Emerging Tech, NCI, Inc.
  • Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS
  • Lynn Dugle, Chair, President & CEO, Engility

IT Innovator of the Year (Government)

  • Molly Cain, Director of Venture, Homeland Security Department
  • Jose Arrieta, Associate Assistant Undersecretary for Acquisition, Health and Human Services Department
  • Ryan Vega, Director, VHA Innovation Ecosystem, Veterans Affairs Department
  • Gary Washington, CIO, Agriculture Department
  • Charlie Fields, Chief, Emergent Services, Defense Information Systems Agency

EA of the Year (Public Company):

  • Monica Carter, Perspecta
  • Maria Cornell, CGI Federal
  • Stephanie Crawford, MAXIMUS
  • Tina Ferguson, ManTech
  • Jessica Gomez Phillips, Engility

EA of the Year (Private Company):

  • Terra Baker, SOSi
  • Patrice Johnson, ASRC Federal
  • Linda Jones, LGS Innovations
  • Erin Miles, DMI
  • La Cresha Mirriellees, NTT DATA Services

For more information on the full list of Pinnacle Awards finalists, please visit The Pinnacle Awards are selected by a panel of top industry and academic leaders with knowledge of the federal sector.

Bloomberg Government will serve as the Presenting Sponsor for the Pinnacle Awards ceremony. If you would like to purchase a table or be a sponsor, please contact

If you are interested in attending the awards ceremony, please visit for more information.

About WashingtonExec

Established in 2011, WashingtonExec is a private membership organization that provides a single platform to build trusted relationships over the course of an entire career. WashingtonExec has over 300 executive members who participate in 12 private mission-oriented council groups and hosts over 100 private events annually in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition to events, WashingtonExec publishes a daily newsletter that reaches 20,000 subscribers, mainly executives in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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