ames McGuirk II


Unisys Federal


8201 Greensboro

Drive, Suite 1000

McLean, Va.


Business goes on as usual at Unisys despite rumors part of the corporation's Government Systems Group could be sold. Across the defense industry, rivals -- including Rockwell International, Westinghouse Electric Corp. and perhaps even Grumman and Martin Marietta -- are waiting for the company to announce what, if any, operations it might put up for sale.

Meanwhile James McGuirk, president of Unisys Federal Systems -- a business unit of the group -- continues directing the 2,000 member unit that provides commercially available information systems and professional services to federal agencies. And so, he moved among well-dressed businessmen and women from such companies as AT&T and Bell Atlantic at the Richmond Marriott September 29 as they waited to hear who would be named the National Corporation of the Year and the Executive of the Year. McGuirk was glad he rescued his tux from the back of his closet to attend the event. He was the star of the show.

The Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council annually presents two awards to the corporation that has excelled at working with minority-owned businesses, and to the senior executive whose organization has best demonstrated a commitment to minority businesses. This year, both awards went to Unisys. Since January, Unisys has subcontracted nearly $50 million with more than 600 minority business enterprises. The corporation has also doubled its required five percent of work that it must subcontract to small minority businesses under federal law.

"We recognize the critical role that relationships between corporations and small and minority-owned businesses play in today's changing marketplace," said McGuirk. "Our philosophy in working with minority-owned businesses is one of partnership between parties of complementary strengths." Small businesses usually achieve results faster than large corporations and have a lower overhead, said McGuirk. The corporation has partnered with Virginia's Howard University and Troy Systems.

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