Taking the Reins: Joe Dickhudt

Taking the Reins: Joe Dickhudt

Joe Dickhudt

Name: Joe Dickhudt "The last name is pronounced 'Dick~hoot.' As with so many things, it's easy when you know the secret."

Position: Vice president of
special projects, SI International
Inc., McLean, Va.

First Day On the Job: March 21

Age: 55

Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.

Present Home: Fairfax Station, Va.

Family: Wife Betty, an emergency room nurse; daughter Beverly, a neo-natal intensive care nurse; son Kenny, a sophomore at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

Most Recently Read Book: "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition," by Caroline Alexander.

Hobbies: "I love motorcycles. I am lucky enough to ride a Harley-Davidson." Also enjoys photography, ham radio, scuba diving and restoring classic cars. "Betty is currently tolerating a 1967 El Camino in our garage."

Volunteer Activity: Habitat for Humanity.

Education: Bachelor of science, electrical engineering, California State Polytechnic University. Master of business administration, the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.

Career background: Just ended 18 years with Computer Sciences Corp., where Dickhudt was vice president of the federal sector. Before CSC, he was with Systems Development Corp. for 10 years. Started career working on NASA's Apollo program.

How will your experiences at a large company like CSC transfer to a small start-up like SI?

"SI International is not your typical start-up company. [President and Chief Operating Officer] Walt Culver and [Chairman and Chief Executive] Ray Oleson, both CSC alumni, founded SI International just a year ago with the goal of becoming a $300 million provider of IT and telecom professional services within three years.

"Walt was a division president at CSC for 21 years, and Ray was president of CACI [International] after leaving CSC. In addition to Ray and Walt, the board of directors includes Dr. Al Nashman, who was group president of CSC for almost 30 years. In many ways, it is like coming home.

"Everything I learned while working with CSC will help us grow SI International into the premier provider of government services. ... What an exciting opportunity this is."

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