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Kathy Albarado Selected as SmartCEO Choice Award Winner


Washington SmartCEO Magazine Announces Choice Award Winners

Red Carpet Laid Out to Honor Local Business Leaders in Annual Award Ceremony

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2009 – Washington SmartCEO Magazine, a regional publication dedicated to growing companies, announced today the winners of the SmartCEO Choice Awards held on June 11th at the Pose Ultra Lounge located in the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This annual awards event places the spotlight on those individuals in the Washington area business community that possess strong leadership qualities and exemplify the deep talent that exists throughout the region.

“Every year, we celebrate the Washington-area’s business leaders that truly make a difference at their companies and in their communities. It’s because of professionals like these that Washington, D.C. continues to be one of the most prosperous, innovative and competitive markets in the country,” said Jaime Park, Publisher, Washington SmartCEO Magazine. “We applaud those winners of the Choice Awards for their dedication and commitment by continually setting a high-standard for others to aspire to.”

The SmartCEO Choice Awards recognize one person from each of SmartCEO’s award programs – Future 50, SmartCPAs SmartLawyers, Brava! Women in Business, SmartCIOs and SmartCFOs. The Choice Award is based on votes from the winners within each recognition program. The winners are as follows:

SmartCFO: Don Elsey, CFO, Emergent BioSolutions Inc. – Mr. Elsey was chosen for his dedication and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the financial integrity of his company, Emergent BioSolutions. Based in Rockville, this biopharmaceutical company is focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines and therapeutics that assist the immune system to prevent or treat disease.

SmartCIO: Mike Velotta, CTO, Lore Systems – Founded in 1995, Lore Systems, a leading technology firm specializing in managed datacenter hosting, IT networking and infrastructures, IT staff augmentation and consulting, Mr. Velotta was chosen for impact on the company’s present and future success through his vision, management skills and innovative thinking.

SmartCPA: Charles Tate, CPA, Tate & Tryon – With over 30 years of experience as a CPA, Mr. Tate is highly regarded in the industry for his dedication and commitment to implementing financial and related governance practices for nonprofit organizations. In addition to his work at Tate & Tryon, a nationally recognized public accounting and consulting firm specializing in nonprofits, Mr. Tate helped develop and launch a pilot learning program for summer interns in cooperation with N Street Village.

Future 50: B. Chatterjee, CEO, CNSI – Mr. Chatterjee was selected based upon the Company’s growth, both employee and revenue, over a three-year period. CNSI is a provider of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as commercial enterprises.

Smart100: Allen Cage, CEO, AOC Solutions – As the CEO of AOC Solutions, a provider of data management, Web-based e-commerce solutions and Federal financial consulting, Mr. Cage brings leadership qualities, strategic vision and a military background that has proven to be an asset in the company’s revenue growth and industry recognition. In addition to running the Company, Mr. Cage is involved in several charitable organizations that include Youthquest Foundation, Helping Children Worldwide and the American Cancer Society.

SmartLawyers: Ronald Hirschel, Attorney, Hirschel, Savitz, Parker & Hollman, P.A. – Mr. Hirschel of Hirschel, Savitz, Parker & Hollman, P.A., a leader in the commercial leasing field, was chosen by both a panel of law experts and then by his peers as a “go-to” attorney in the field of business law.

BRAVA! Women in Business Achievement: Kathy Albarado, President and CEO of Helios HR – As President and CEO of HeliosHR, a HR systems, process and policies management company, Ms. Albarado was selected as one of the area’s top female entrepreneurs who has made a significant difference in contributing to the financial strength of the community, philanthropic efforts, and most importantly, through strong leadership qualities both in the company and the region.
In addition, SmartCEO recognized the winners of the Circle of Excellence awards at the same event for their dedication and leadership skills that make them unique within the local business community. As featured in the publication’s June issue, the following CEOs were selected in the following categories:

Nonprofit: Carol Thompson Cole, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Marketing Excellence: John M. Kane, Office Movers, Inc.
Leadership: Timothy Keenan, High Performance Technologies, Inc.
Resilience: Lynette Spano, SCI Consulting, Inc.
Going Green: Jeffrey S. Abramson, The Tower Companies
CEO 30 and Under: Wes Cruver, KZO Innovations
Innovative Approach: Brendan Connors and Joe Fontana, MOSAIC
Philanthropic/Community: Larry Feldman, Subway Development Corporation of Washington (SDC)
Strategic Excellence: Richard Marcotte, DLT Solutions, Inc.
Customer Service: Rose Wang, Binary Group, Inc.


About SmartCEO
SmartCEO is a regional “growing company” publication that focuses on being a resource of smart ideas to help educate and inspire decision-makers. SmartCEO is read by more than 34,000 business owners in the Baltimore and Washington metro markets. Each issue contains features, interviews, case studies and other departments designed to help the region’s CEOs face the daily challenges of running a business. SmartCEO believes that growing company is really determined by the spirit, drive and dynamics of a company’s owners and managers, rather than the number of employees or its sales volume. The publication’s readership ranges from younger, dynamic companies, to established multi-generational, family-owned firms. In addition, many of their readers are also involved in companies that are emerging or going public.