Each year, Homeland Security Today honors shining stars in the community who are making their own unique, invaluable contributions to advance the mission of keeping America safer from myriad threats. Learn more about this year’s awardees ahead of the Dec. 11 awards ceremony in Washington.
GTSC Small Business of the Year: Potomac Management Solutions
Diane McCain, CEO
Potomac Management Solution’s motto is “Your Mission is our Driving Force,” and so it is with this small business that specializes in federal law enforcement support, human resources/staffing, program operations, administration, facilities support, and healthcare staffing and operations support. CEO Diane McCain is an accomplished human resources executive with proven expertise in operational management and a hands-on approach in the areas of policy and procedure, recruitment and hiring, retention approaches, personnel development, legal compliance issues, labor relations and negotiations. She has over 29 years of experience in progressive Human Resources Operations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Management) with an emphasis in Human Resources – Global Management. Diane’s extensive Human Resources experience covers an array of industries in both the private and public sectors to include municipalities and federal government with the last 15 years worked directly in government contracting. Her Executive Vice President David McCain comes from 26 years in federal, state, and local law enforcement, including basic, advanced and leadership training for the workforce at ATF. He was also responsible for operations at the ATF National Academy within the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.
Potomac Management Solutions have committed to GTSC and spread the word about the nonprofit, supported through testimonials, and participated in nearly every internal initiative organized by GTSC. They are not only stellar members, they are driven by mission. We congratulate PMS for being recognized for Small Business of the YEAR!
GTSC Mid-Tier Business of the Year: Citizant
Alba Aleman, CEO
Citizant has a 20-year proven record of delivering mission-enabling business and technology solutions. The company helps customers align investments with mission priorities, implement portfolio management and governance, and enable business transformation – all while applying industry-leading program management principles and best practices. Like the best large contractors, Citizant integrates many technical disciplines, including enterprise architecture, enterprise application development, enterprise data management, IT infrastructure, systems engineering, and security. Alba M. Alemán, CEO of Citizant, has steered the company through its success and growth in the government contracting business, providing strategic direction on corporate growth strategies, company culture, differentiated capabilities, and quality initiatives. The partial government shutdown in 2019 gave her an opportunity to advocate publicly for the concerns of all small government contractors. The Citizant team donated leave and postponed paychecks to ensure 100 percent of their employees were fully paid and engaged throughout the 35-day shutdown in addition to strongly advocating to resolve the shutdown and pay the Federal workforce.
Aleman also made a tangible commitment to GTSC in 2019 — donating significantly to GTSC’s charity drive to fund terrorism training for law enforcement, volunteering for numerous responsibilities for the organization, and supporting the commitment of GTSC to the homeland security mission. For these many reasons, Citizant was selected as GTSC Mid-Tier of the Year.
GTSC Mentor of the Year: Adobe
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, powered by Adobe. It’s just part of the company’s reach, covering state and local government solutions, health and human services agencies, federal agency support, national security and defense. As a new mentor to the Coalition, it took Adobe no time at all to settle in and participate fully in GTSC programs, and support volunteer efforts on behalf of GTSC. What made them stand apart was that they invited GTSC to a number of Adobe events to share information and speak to their audiences about our organization’s mission, our projects, and our publication, Homeland Security Today. Adobe thought not only what GTSC could do for Adobe, they thought of what Adboe could do for GTSC. And for that, they are mentor of the year!
GTSC Strategic Partner of the Year: GovConRx
GovConRx walks clients through the contracting process with an eye on more successful bids. Their “contract wellness approach” includes setup at the point of the contract award and moves to monthly contract reporting, interim CPARS self-assessment, and annual CPARS final evaluation and rating. GovConRx Founder and CEO Ken Susskind brings over 35 years of experience and a proven track record of successfully developing and maintaining strong contractor-government partnerships, building corporate and team capabilities, and maintaining solid customer relationships. Vice President Michael B. Smith, formerly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joined as a Strategic Partner and immediately went to work supporting the organization, assisting with programming, and supporting our organization with additional resources.
GTSC Strategic Advisor of the Year : Keith Jones, President and CEO, The Edgewater Group
The Edgewater Group DC provides advisory and consultation services to both industry partners and the federal government. The Edgewater Group DC’s primary mission is to assist small, minority-owned business with strategic acquisition across the federal government in addition to providing advisory services to industry partners across the federal landscape and private sector. President and CEO Keith Jones, a former federal executive with over 36 years of experience, formerly served as Deputy Executive Director of the DHS Information Technology Services Office, where he was responsible for the oversight and management of department-wide infrastructure services. Now, as an advisor, Jones was critical to helping GTSC bring programming to fruition and works tirelessly on behalf of the organization to pave the way for bigger and better things.