USWCC Announces 2013 Women Contract Award Winners

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce celebrated the contributions and accomplishments of America's proud women-owned small business contractors during the 9th Annual National Small Business Federal Contracting Week, and recognized five women-owned firms with awards.During Women’s History Month and the National Small Business Federal Contracting Week | WOSB National Council Spring Conference (March 19, 2013), the US Women's Chamber of Commerce celebrated the contributions and growth of America’s proud women-owned small business contractors by recognizing five women-owned firms for their contributions in the federal contracting marketplace.

"The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce was proud to honor the growth and achievements of these award winning women-owned contractors," said Margot Dorfman CEO. " Their achievements lay the foundation for greater success and opportunity for the future."

Awards were given to five leading women-owned small business contractors in three of the four recognition categories.  Bios and Photos are below.

Emerging Star:
Victoria Vasques, President and owner, Tribal Tech, LLC

Innovation & Performance:
Karen Buck, Executive Director, Starboard Consulting LLC
Stacy Robison, President & Co-founder, CommunicateHealth

Beth Gloss, President & CEO, United Metals, LLC
Sharon Virts-Mozer, President, FCi Federal

Congratulations to Our 2013 Award Winners!

Emerging Star:
Tribal Tech, LLC, Vicki VasquesThe Emerging Star is awarded for exceptional contractors exhibiting outstanding growth and achievement in developing federal contracting markets and opportunities.
vasquesVictoria Vasques is the President and owner of Tribal Tech,LLC, an American Indian woman-owned small business, providing technical assistance and consulting services to federal, state, tribal and corporate clients.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Vasques has been an advocate for American Indians, has led education reform and promoted energy initiatives. She had the honor of running for Virginia State Delegate in the 45th District, which led to a special assignment with Representative Tom Cole's office; a member of Congress who is American Indian.

Her career in public service includes serving as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education, where she was the principal point of contact within the federal government for Indian education across the nation. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. She also served as executive director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, as an education program specialist in the Office of Indian Education, on the President’s Commission on Indian Reservation Economics, and on the President’s Commission on the HIV Epidemic. Her experience with Indian issues outside the federal government includes serving as a technical assistant specialist at the National Congress of American Indians and as tribal liaison at The Committee for the 50th Presidential Inaugural.

Ms. Vasques received her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Fullerton, where she currently serves on the Cal State University, Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors. She went on to receive teaching credentials from the University of California at Irvine. She is part Diegueno of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Valley Center, California, and is a former American Indian Woman of the Year. She continues to work with national and local non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting and promoting literacy, health care, child safety, after-school enrichment and education.

Ms. Vasques resides in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Fabrice, and their daughter, Alex.

Innovation & Performance:
CommunicateHealth, Stacy Robison

The Innovation & Performance is awarded for exceptional contractors exhibiting outstanding innovation and performance on key contracts that significantly bolstered the firms ability to secure future opportunities.

stacy_robison2013Stacy Robison, President and co-founder of CommunicateHealth started the business at age 30. Only in business for three years, she has amassed an impressive array of government clients and diverse, successful projects. Starting with only three staff, three short years later she is up to 20 – and revenues have more than quadrupled. Most importantly, quality and responsiveness to client needs has remained excellent and CommunicateHealth continues to pull down a 95+ rating from clients (Duns and Bradford). Under her direction, CommunicateHealth has won numerous awards for their work on consumer websites and plain language materials development. Stacy is committed to health literacy and health education in a digital world – she mentors staff to pursue their passions, and has committed CommunicateHealth to support intern practicum’s in order to train the next generation of digital health professionals.

Over the years, Ms. Robison has created numerous health literacy tools and resources for health professionals, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Literacy Online: A guide to writing and designing easy-to-use health Web sites. She served as co-editor of the HHS Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and consulted on the development of Health Literacy for Health Professionals Online Training on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to starting CommunicateHealth, Stacy served as a Health Literacy Fellow at the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) where she researched and wrote policy briefs, including a U.S. Surgeon General’s initiative to improve health literacy.

Some of Stacy’s current projects include working with the CDC to create a new tool to assess health communication products and continuing to oversee plain language content development for the award-winning interactive health information Web site

Ms. Robison has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a master’s level Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and a Board member of the Society for Public Health Education and the Center for Plain Language (SOPHE). Stacy lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her partner (in life and business), Xanthi, and her two boys, Quinn and Henry.

FCi Federal, Sharon Virts

The Stellar is awarded for exceptional contractors that have shown exemplary growth and quality and are positioned as leaders in the contracting community and beyond.

sharonSharon Virts has over 25 years of experience in the federal market. She founded FedConsulting, Inc. (now FCi Federal) in 1991, originally to assist companies with the identification, qualification and pursuit of business in the federal IT market. She advised many of the largest systems integrators and helped them to win some of the largest IT programs in the federal government.

In 2005, she decided to take her company in a new strategic direction of focusing on providing direct contractual support to the government with records management, FOIA and other program management support services. In the past several years, she has led her company to be recognized as the DHS Small Business of the Year for 2008, and has achieved stellar growth, with over 800 employees.

Prior to founding the company, she was the Director of Government Programs for Prentice Hall/Maxwell Macmillan Publishing in New York where she orchestrated and successfully built a nation-wide government sales program. Early in her career, she was a Program Development Manager for CSC, responsible for winning programs worth over $3B. She began her career as a federal Junior Fellow under a grant program with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

United Materials, LLC, Beth Gloss

The Stellar is awarded for exceptional contractors that have shown exemplary growth and quality and are positioned as leaders in the contracting community and beyond.
bethAlthough she once considered careers in teaching and social work, Beth Gloss says roofing allows her to pursue all of her interests: getting to know people, providing stable careers for employees and developing new technologies and techniques.

As president and CEO of United Materials, Gloss, 55, has been in the roofing industry for 31 years, although it all began accidentally. After earning a degree in forestry from CSU, Gloss worked for the federal government for a couple of years.

She then was hired as a bookkeeper by a roofing company in Fort Collins, but instead of keeping the books, the owner asked her to be an estimator. “It was absolutely unheard of,” Gloss says about being a woman working in roofing. “They wrote an article in the newspaper about it the second year I was there.”

To her surprise, Gloss loved estimating and enjoyed the industry. “I went out and spent months with the crews learning to roof correctly,” she explains. “I don’t believe you can tell people how to do something if you don’t know how to do it yourself.” She learned the profession inside out and was hired over 20 years ago at United Materials.

After rising in the ranks at United Materials, she bought the business a few years ago from the second-generation owner, William  Kugler. Today she owns 100 percent of the company. “In our business the people you work with are treated as family,” Gloss explains. “Part of the buyout agreement I had with Mr. Kugler is that I would preserve the culture of the company, which is valuing your customers and your employees above all else.”

Among Gloss’s 70 employees the average length of employment is 13 years, which is rare in the tumultuous construction business. The cost of health insurance and, in many cases, continuing education is fully absorbed by the company, which breeds a positive company culture and loyal employees. “We consider roofing a profession, not a job. You can make a decent living at it and send your kids to college. It’s a life you can be proud of,” she says. United Materials, a roofing contractor, specializes in re-roofing, roof repair and roof maintenance among mostly commercial and industrial clients. “My poor mother has the worst time explaining to her friends that her daughter is a roofer,” she says with a laugh.

Innovation & Performance:
Starboard Consulting LLC, Karen Buck

The Innovation & Performance is awarded for exceptional contractors exhibiting outstanding innovation and performance on key contracts that significantly bolstered the firms ability to secure future opportunities.

Karen Buck, Executive Director, is responsible for overall business management of Starboardincluding human resources, financial management, engagement and client relationship management. She has over 25 years of senior management IT experience and more than 15 years building and running IBM Maximo Consulting Practices to deliver high quality implementation consulting services to the Utility industry.

Starboard Consulting is a technology consultancy and system integrator recognized and certified as an IBM Maximo Implementer and Software Reseller.  Starboard is a AAA-accredited, IBM Premier Business Partner and IBM Maximo/Tivoli reseller.  As specialists in Maximo implementations, we are focused on delivering to the highest standards and expectations of our clients.

Starboard offers the type of business structure combining several features of a corporation and a partnership providing our employees and clients a best of breed company. All Starboard employees are committed to a series of core values including professionalism, technical expertise, quality and integrity resulting in the ultimate in client care. We value consistency, honesty and dependability and will always live up to what is expected of us. The teamwork that exists in our company structure inspires our employees to do their best enabling our unparalleled growth and prosperity.

Starboard has the honor of having been named by IBM the #1 Commercial Maximo Reseller in 2012.  This is a confirmation of our strong relationship with IBM and to our customers who count on us to provide them the best software and implementation services.  Starboard came in first place in total software revenue while competing with 29-IBM Business Partner companies in North America.    For Starboard as an organization this is a great achievement which confirms our company’s commitment to the Maximo install base as well as to our new clients.


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