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ALAMO CHAPTER CHAPTER - Jun 19, 2014
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Chapter Honors Award Winners

Several San Antonio business leaders received public recognition in June as chapter awards were announced. Chapter Executive Vice President David Kovach presented the 2014 Small Business Award to Diligent Consulting Incorporated; the Small Business Person of the Year award to Sharon O’Malley-Burg, chief executive officer of O’Malley Burg Consulting; and the Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology to Joe Sanchez, senior adviser to the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA). The Small Business award goes each year to a company that demonstrates commitment to AFCEA's mission, values and activities. Diligent Consulting, which was formed in 2001, is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. It employs 80 people and provides a tool set (called Evolution Solution) that helps customers quickly assess legacy system source code in their technology systems. The tool helps many federal clients, including the Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency and Department of Transportation, manage what can be substantial costs and compliance issues with legacy code operations and maintenance. The nomination package for Diligent noted that the company "funded and installed the entire computer lab for the Wounded Warrior Family Center at [Fort Sam Houston] and has funded the purchase and remodeling of five homes given to Wounded Warrior families across the nation." The nomination also notes that employees Pete Fredericksen and Roger Williams “devote many hours to the Valero Texas Open, which in 2013 raised $10 million for Texas charities, including sale of corporate sponsorships for the 'Night to Honor Our Heroes.'" The annual Small Business Person award recognizes someone who demonstrates a positive and tangible economic, social or strategic impact within the community or over a wide range of markets. O’Malley Burg was chosen for her "strong commitment to excellence" and philanthropic outreach to the South Texas military community and local economic development. Among other achievements, her nomination noted leadership in creating an Acquisition Panel on contracting issues for the 2013 Alamo ACE; her work with the annual FIRST Robotics Women in Technology luncheons (which helps to inspire female high school students to commit to STEM education); and leadership roles with the nonprofit Impact San Antonio and Rise Recovery, an agency that helps individuals and families struggling with chemical addiction. AFISRA's Sanchez was singled out for the Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology, which honors career contributions of a senior-level person over a sustained period. Sanchez, a computer scientist with 28 years of experience in designing and implementing government engineering projects, "facilitated unsurpassed military-to-community-to-education outreach and cooperation," according to his nomination. Notable contributions included pioneering the Tactics Analysis and Production System that revolutionized air crew planning and tactics—still in use after 20 years; introducing 3-D graphics into tools that mission planners apply to maintain U.S. air dominance; architecture of the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System network and contributions that make secure global video teleconferencing possible. He also "designed the U.S. Air Force’s first Intelligence Community Security Coordination Center, which monitors and defends TS/SCI networks against mission threats," nominators said.

Event Photographs:

Diligent Consulting Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Riney (r), accepts the 2014 Small Business Award for dedicated service to the chapter from Chapter Executive Vice President David Kovach in June.
Diligent Consulting Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Riney (r), accepts the 2014 Small Business Award for dedicated service to the chapter from Chapter Executive Vice President David Kovach in June.
In June, Sharon O'Malley-Burg, CEO, O'Malley-Burg Consulting, accepts the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year Award from Kovach.
In June, Sharon O'Malley-Burg, CEO, O'Malley-Burg Consulting, accepts the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year Award from Kovach.
Joe Sanchez (r), a senior adviser at the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, is honored with the Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology in June. He is pictured with Kovach.
Joe Sanchez (r), a senior adviser at the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, is honored with the Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology in June. He is pictured with Kovach.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Marla Dial
512.296.7352

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