On March 17, 2011, ConceptSolutions celebrates its 12th anniversary. Founded in 1999 with two partners and two commercial contracts before adding a third partner months later, ConceptSolutions provided business intelligence solutions to the telecommunications industry, finding data patterns in large volumes of data pertaining to customer install/disconnects and revenue. Shortly after 9/11, ConceptSolutions began its transition into the government sector, applying its sophisticated data analysis techniques to manage Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airspace awareness and security, again finding data patterns in large volumes of data, but now searching for risks to the US Airspace. Today, ConceptSolutions holds a number of different contracts within the FAA and has branched out, serving other government organizations including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DoD). ConceptSolutions now consists of nearly 200 employees, is 100% government-focused, and is continually growing, finishing 2010 with $25M in revenue.
Reston, Virginia — July 15, 2010 — Fueled by the contract award of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NAIMES II program and upcoming opportunities with the FAA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ConceptSolutions is expanding current office space. The expansion includes incorporating more offices at the corporate headquarters in Reston, Virginia, which will occur in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2010, with the second phase scheduled for November 2010.
To better serve federal clients located within the District of Columbia, ConceptSolutions is also opening an office location in downtown Washington, D.C. This expansion is scheduled to officially open on December 1, 2010.
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Reston, Virginia —January 11, 2010—ConceptSolutions, (www.Concept-Solutions.com), an information management and enterprise Web 2.0 technology consulting company serving government, military, and commercial organizations, announced today the appointment of Mike Gottlieb as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Gottlieb joins ConceptSolutions from Orbis, Inc., a Charleston-based federal contractor, where he also served as chief financial officer. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in government contract accounting. In his role as CFO for ConceptSolutions, Mr. Gottlieb will take over accounting, human resources, recruiting, and contracts responsibilities and will report directly to John Krahulec, ConceptSolutions’ Chief Operating Officer.
“As part of our forward-looking corporate strategies, ConceptSolutions is expanding its operational capabilities. Mike brings with him a wealth of experience from mid-size federal contracting companies that will support and enhance our company’s continued growth,” says Phong Mai, ConceptSolutions, Chief Executive Officer.
During his career, Mr. Gottlieb has held several executive level roles, including over ten years at Universal Systems & Technology, Inc. (UNITECH). As chief financial officer for UNITECH, he successfully managed UNITECH’s revenue growth from $5 million to $80 million.
“Bringing someone on board with the right amount of financial expertise and government contracting experience is crucial to ConceptSolutions continued success,” says John Krahulec. “Mike’s proven track-record of successfully growing small companies will help further our role as a federal contracting leader and position us for future growth.”
CONCEPTSOLUTIONS EARNS ISO QUALITY CERTIFICATION
RESTON, VA – August 27, 2009 – ConceptSolutions, an information management and technology consulting company serving government, military and commercial organizations, today announced it has earned an ISO 9001:2008 certificate for its Airspace Scheduling and Management (ASM) project for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Quality Management System award is applicable to design, development, testing, deployment and user support for FAA’s ASM program.
“The ISO certification is a significant milestone in ConceptSolutions’ on-going pursuit of high quality and customer satisfaction through continual process improvement,” said Zanna Hurst, Director of Quality, ConceptSolutions. Hurst led ConceptSolutions’ internal ISO audit efforts for the ASM project and will work to implement ISO quality management principles with a number of other ConceptSolutions projects this fall.
Formerly known as FAA’s MILOPS (Military Operations System), the ASM program provides a real-time information management gateway that offers invaluable online airspace information to a variety of government, military and civilian agencies, including general and commercial aviation. The ConceptSolutions project underwent an ISO certification audit in July.
Firm Donates to Eight Charities
Reston, VA – December 8, 2008 – ConceptSolutions (www.Concept-Solutions.com), an information management and technology consulting company serving government, military and commercial organizations, announced today that it continues its tradition of year-round, charitable giving by supporting a diverse group of family- and child-focused nonprofits in 2008, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Maison Chance, Segs4Vets, Children’s Charities Foundation (in conjunction with the BB&T Charity Gala), NTAF Spinal Fund, United Black Writers Association (UBWA), Great Meadow Foundation’s International Gold Cup, and the local Adopt-A-Family holiday program (Fairfax County, VA).
The company’s charitable giving activities reflect the values of the company’s founders, who firmly believe in working throughout the year with and supporting organizations that improve the lives of others. With so many worthy causes and active charitable organizations, each year, ConceptSolutions’ founders choose organizations closely related to their personal interests for donation.
“Giving back to organizations that make a positive, quality-of-life impact is one of ConceptSolutions’ guiding principles,” said Phong Mai, president and CEO, ConceptSolutions. “Our participation in special programs, like Adopt-A-Family, UBWA and the Children’s Charities Foundation, allows ConceptSolutions and our employees to make an immediate difference right here in our local community.”
JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of Type 1 research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research, including more than $156 million in FY2008. In FY2008 the Foundation funded more than 1,000 centers, grants and fellowships in 22 countries. For more information about Type 1 diabetes and research efforts for the cure, please visit www.jdrf.org.
Maison Chance USA
Maison Chance USA (www.maison-chance.us) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a second chance in life to the heartbreakingly disadvantaged children and disabled people of Vietnam. The concept of Maison Chance USA was inspired by Maison Chance, a charity organization founded in Vietnam in 1996 by Tim Aline Rebeaud, a Swiss philanthropist. Its primary mission is to raise funds to support various program activities in Vietnam. The organization’s goal is to provide underprivileged people the necessary tools and support for a successful re-start in life and reintegration into society, including providing: shelter and medical care for those who need it most, basic education and vocational training adapted to the physical ability of the beneficiary, as well as employment and suitable living conditions to disabled persons. The work of the Maison Chance USA is carried out exclusively by unpaid volunteers. By maintaining a volunteer-only staff, nearly 100 percent of funds raised go directly to supporthe program activities in Vietnam.
Segs4Vets and DRAFT
Jerry Kerr, Leonard Timm, and Fred Laplan founded Disability Rights Advocates For Technology (DRAFT) in 2004. DRAFT is a nonprofit, public charity that advocates for more widespread adoption of universal design, and promotes increased access to assistive technology devices. In 2005, DRAFT started the Segs4Vets program. The program awards Segway Personal Transporters to members of the United States Military who have sustained injuries while serving our nation in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and whose injuries have resulted in permanent disability and difficulty walking.
DRAFT has established training and assessment programs at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland; Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; and Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, California. These programs help assess and train potential candidates for the Segs4Vets program, which has awarded 81 Segways to injured veterans since its inception. Members of the program hope to secure the funding to award about 250 Personal Transporters during 2008. For more information, please visit www.segs4vets.com.
Children’s Charities Foundation
Founded in 1994 by a group of Washington-area business and professional leaders, The Children’s Charities Foundation has distributed nearly $7 million to charities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These funds are critical for to maintaining and supporting public and private programs and services for local disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth. The Children’s Charities Foundation, which raises most of its funds from an annual basketball tournament, featuring college and university teams, and from a gala dinner, will fund non-profit organizations that support disadvantaged and at-risk children by strengthening their health and welfare, supporting strong and cohesive families, and assisting educational and recreational programs. The Children’s Charities Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization chartered and headquartered in the District of Columbia.
National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) has been a trusted resource in the transplant community for more 25 years. NTAF has helped families raise more than $57 million for critical but uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation and catastrophic injury. NTAF helps patients and their families organize, launch and sustain grassroots fundraising campaigns, providing fiscal accountability for the funds raised and weekly disbursements for life-saving and life-sustaining medical care. NTAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
United Black Writers Association
The UBWA’s mission is to encourage people of all ethnicities to nurture their literary talent. They promote writing and literacy for all through workshops and educational forums, including the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2008 program “Transportation Star Search.” ConceptSolutions’ donation specifically helped provide buses for children from Watkins Elementary School, in Washington, DC, to attend this year’s National Transportation Week event, and ensure that children from underprivileged areas had a chance to improve and highlight their writing skills through their participation. For the event, students were challenged to write lyrics to illustrate their understanding of the theme “One Nation on the Move.”
Great Meadow Foundation
Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Piedmont countryside, Great Meadow is a 250-acre field events center and steeplechase course operated under stewardship of the Great Meadow Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space for community use.
Adopt-A-Family (Fairfax County, VA)
Each fall, as the holiday season approaches, underserved families in Fairfax County are in need of assistance. These families earn salaries far below the amount that offers them the luxury of providing gifts to family members for special holidays. The Adopt-A-Family program is integrated with Our Daily Bread (ODB), a volunteer-based organization focused on easing the plight of low-income residents in Fairfax County, Virginia. ODB helps provide these families with clothing, toys, gifts and many of the necessities of life that most of us take for granted. Sponsors, who include employees of area businesses and County agencies, members of civic organizations and faith communities, and private citizens are provided information on family members’ needs and wishes. Sponsors can either purchase and wrap gifts themselves or donate monetary contributions for purchase of gifts. To learn more about Adopt-A-Family, please visit www.our-daily-bread.org.
Reston, VA – November 3, 2008 – ConceptSolutions (www.Concept-Solutions.com), an information management and technology consulting company serving government, military and commercial organizations, announced today that it has partnered with SRA International, Inc. (NYSE: SRX) to win a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract supporting the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Cyber Security Management Center (CSMC). The award has an initial value of $9 million with a total estimated potential value of more than $56 million over five years, if all options are exercised.
“ConceptSolutions is pleased to join industry leader SRA International in this high-impact project for FAA,” said Phong Mai, President and CEO, ConceptSolutions. “We’ve forged a long and successful working relationship with the FAA, and this new contract helps us not only bolster our netsec expertise and interagency project experience, but also expand our business to other areas within the Department of Transportation.”
Under terms of the contract, prime contractor SRA, ConceptSolutions and their partners will support the Cyber Security Management Center’s (CSMC) efforts to defend and protect the DOT, FAA and other federal agencies from cyber attacks. ConceptSolutions will be responsible for systems development and integration of all network security-related systems. Other subcontractor partners on the contract include ArcSight, Crucial Security, EmeSec, General Dynamics, George Mason University’s Center for Secure Information Systems, and Knowledge Consulting Group.
The CSMC is established as the DOT’s focal point for all information security incidents and provides a centralized operation that monitors and tracks information security incidents; conducts sensor data analysis; establishes trend analysis documentation; provides proactive and responsive corrective action capability; and provides the DOT with innovative, proactive cyber-attack prevention, detection and response capability.
Reston, VA – May 8, 2008 – ConceptSolutions (www.Concept-Solutions.com) presents a learning session on its Enterprise Web 2.0 offering – AJAX for ORACLE: Creating Enterprise-class Rich Internet Applications from your Oracle Database. In this session, we will demonstrate building rich internet applications using Ajax and Oracle fused together in TURBO, an Enterprise Web 2.0 solution.
Enterprise adoption of Web 2.0 technology has been slow due to security concerns around Ajax, the lack of integration with back-end systems, and the need to retrain IT developers to leverage this new technology in a secure enterprise environment. As written on Ajaxian, “most of the current frameworks are really focused on the client-side of things and yes, it would certainly be nice to have some tighter integration with backend systems.” Also, “Ted Farrell, the exec setting technical and strategic direction of Oracle’s own development tools, told The Register that most AJAX frameworks focus on the interface and pay lip service to the most challenging part – integration with back-end servers. Adopting AJAX-based rich interfaces and internet-based applications at this stage could leave their organizations stranded in the future, lacking either skills or an upgrade path to continue working, he argues.” TURBO has addressed all of these issues to ensure safe presentation of enterprise information, while making it easy to develop rich web applications from its extensive development library.
The next offering in the MAOP Brown Bag Lunch series will be presented by John Krahulec, one of the founders and COO, Concept Solutions. This presentation will be of interest to Oracle PL/SQL developers, Web developers, Oracle DBAs, IT Managers, IT developers, and anyone interested in Enterprise Web 2.0.
Registration is now open and there is no charge to attend this presentation. Visit the MAOP site to register for this event.
Presenter Biography: John Krahulec is a founder, Executive Vice President, and COO of ConceptSolutions, an IT and management consulting firm. John developed the underlying architecture for TURBO, an Enterprise Web 2.0 solution. John has worked with his team to create this software which allows IT developers to easily fuse Web 2.0 technologies with enterprise back-end data to produce Rich Internet Applications (RIA) in an Enterprise environment. With seventeen years of enterprise IT experience, John brings a unique perspective to RIA development, having developed databases for both desktop and Web applications.