1995 High Tech Entrepreneur Award Recipients
Presented by KPMG Peat Marwick
Kavelle Bajaj recognized early that the PC revolution would create new opportunities to link computers into networks. With this vision and a loan of $5,000, Bajaj launched I-Net in 1985 focusing on telecommunications systems integration.
I-NET's success can be attributed in part to Bajaj's knack for identifying emerging new markets and relentlessly pursuing them. I-NET has grown an average of 40- to 50 percent per year, in both revenue and personnel. In 1994, just 10 years from its inception, I-NET's revenues were about $225 million. The company is today widely recognized as a specialist in leveraging technology to improve business productivity and the bottom line for commercial and government clients throughout the world.
Bajaj earned a bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition from the University of Delhi and an associate of arts degree in computer science. She has been recognized as the Association of Indians in America Entrepreneur of the Year and one of the Top 50 Women Business Owners by Working Woman magazine. She contributes to Youth Engaged in Service, Summer Youth Employment and other programs.
J. Phillip London
CACI International Inc.
In April 1990, Jack London became chairman of the board for CACI International when the public company was having significant difficulties -- both revenues and backlog of work were declining, bid and proposal efforts were out of focus, and the company was not well-positioned for the accelerating competitiveness in the government contracts market.
London first put his personal assets at risk, acquiring 5
percent of the outstanding shares and providing CACI with additional capital. He centralized operations, focused marketing and proposal efforts, and pushed the company to be an information technology leader.
CACI earned 1994 revenues of $184 million, a 27 percent increase over the prior year. Proposal success rates are due to London's direction in centralizing marketing and proposal resources, focusing management attention on building and maintaining a proposal pipeline, and reducing overhead to become cost-competitive.
London holds a doctorate in business administration from George Washington University, a master of science in operations research and a bachelor of science in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.
President & CEO
With the $5,000 he put away while working through school, Roger Mody built, in seven years and by the age of 30, a multimillion dollar company, SIGNAL Corp. Recognizing that large prime government contractors need low-cost, high-tech subcontractors, he developed a marketing plan and sold services directly to prime contractors.
SIGNAL's 1994 revenues of $20 million represent a 125 percent increase over 1993 revenues.
Mody's strategies have helped SIGNAL flourish in an increasingly difficult marketplace. The company has been in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program since 1992, but has won a number of competitive awards, with 92 percent of 1994 revenues awarded from contracts it competed for.
Mody and his employees participate in a summer intern program with the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and technology, the Toys for Tots Program, the Adopt-A-Family Program and the USA 2100 Virtual Reality Learning Center. Mody earned a bachelor of science degree in business management and completed a master's certificate in government contracting from the George Washington University.
1995 Leadership Awards for Greater Washington
The Suburban Maryland High Technology Council's Leadership in Technology Award and the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award recognize the individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the technology business community in their regions and their states of Maryland and Virginia, respectively.
Suburban Maryland High Technology Council's Leadership in Technology Award
Clifford M. Kendall
Chairman of the Board
Computer Data Systems Inc.
As one of CDSI's original principals, Kendall has guided the company's growth for 26 years -- from four people in 1968, to one that now generates more than $200 million in annual revenues. Headquartered in Rockville, Md., the information technology solutions company employs 3,300 people, and has been recognized many times by Forbes magazine as one of the country's 200 best small companies. CDSI has successfully developed innovative solutions for the Department of Education's Direct Loan Program. CDSI has also created Engineered Financial Accounting and Reporting Systems, i.e. FARSTM, a system that helps government agencies save money by improving their financial systems.
Kendall was recently appointed to the Board of the Maryland Economic Development Commission by Gov. Glendening. He serves on the Information Technology Board for the state of Maryland, the Board and Executive Committee of the Suburban Maryland High Technology Council, as well as the Board and Executive Committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Kendall received his B.S. degree in finance from the University of Maryland in 1954, and a master's degree from George Washington University. He currently teaches in the graduate program at Johns Hopkins University.
Northern Virginia Technology Council's Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award
George C. Newstrom
Corporate Vice President
Newstrom serves on the NVTC board of directors; is president of the Systems Integration division of the Information Technology Association of America; a member of the board of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Education Foundation and the Industry Executive Subcommittee of the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee.
In addition to these activities, he is chairman of the advisory council of the Virginia Association of Partners in Education; co-chairman of the Fairfax County Public Schools Business/Industry Advisory Council; commissioner of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; a partner on the Virginia Economic Bridge Initiative Advisory Board; a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Fairfax-Falls Church United Way; a former member of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Advisory Board; and a member of the following boards of directors: Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area, Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, and George Washington University Virginia Campus Advisory Board.
Newstrom earned a bachelor of arts degree in education administration from the University of California. Before joining EDS, he was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.