Finalists Announced for Second Annual WashingtonExec Pinnacle Awards

The awards honor senior government and industry executives in the federal sector for their achievements over the past two years

VIENNA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WashingtonExec—with presenting sponsor Bloomberg Government—announced today the finalists for its Pinnacle Awards, which honor successful executives and businesses spurring innovation for federal clients across the region.

The second-annual awards received nominations across 18 categories, and WashingtonExec will induct industry veteran and expert Anne into the Pinnacle Awards Hall of Fame during the awards ceremony on Oct. 31.

“The caliber of nominees this year was outstanding and we wish we could honor every executive for their innovative work,” said JD Kathuria, founder and CEO of WashingtonExec. “Those who we’ll be honoring on Oct. 31 are the best of the best—the leaders who have made the most impact by forging new paths for federal agencies and clients.”

The full list of categories and finalists is included below. The winners will be announced and recognized on Oct. 31 at an awards luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

Artificial Intelligence Government Executive of the Year

  • David Shive, General Services Administration

Artificial Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year

  • Gary Shiffman, Giant Oak
  • Shamlan Siddiqi, NTT DATA
  • Shaun Bierweiler, Cloudera
  • Chitra Sivanandam, SAIC
  • Brad Mascho, NCI Information Systems
  • Josh Sullivan, Booz Allen Hamilton

Business Development Executive of the Year

  • Thomas Middleton, GDIT
  • Laura Braksator, ASRC Federal
  • Lynne Chamberlain, Red Hat
  • Mike Gaffney, CACI
  • Sean Mullen, Perspecta

Cybersecurity Government Executive of the Year

  • Derek Adams, Department of Homeland Security
  • Garth White, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS
  • Daniel Commons, Federal Student Aid, Education Department
  • Daryl Haegley, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security

Cybersecurity Industry Executive of the Year

  • Thomas Gardner, HP
  • Shawn Wells, Red Hat
  • Natalie Catliota, NetCentrics
  • Sean Berg, Forcepoint

DOD Government Executive of the Year

  • Bob Kayl, Defense Department
  • Teresa Smith, Defense Logistics Agency

DOD Industry Executive of the Year

  • Jon Dittmer, Array Information Technology
  • Rick Schult, E3/Sentinel
  • Patrick Mahoney, LMI
  • Scott Briggs, ViON

Government TEAM Project of the Year

  • Stephanie Price, Emilio Fernandez, John Price and John Blankenship, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Richard Weddle, Internal Revenue Service
  • Gary Washington, Agriculture Department
  • Joshua Gustin, ATO Program Management Organization, Enterprise Services, Communications, Information and Network Programs, Federal Aviation Administration

Healthcare Government Executive of the Year

  • Bobby Saxon, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Dr. Barclay P. Butler, Defense Health Agency
  • Chris Martin, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Healthcare Industry Executive of the Year

  • Jon Scholl, Leidos
  • Michele Kang, Cognosante
  • Pasquale (Pat) Tamburrino, Jr., LMI
  • Travis Dalton, Cerner
  • Kamal Narang, GDIT

HR Executive of the Year

  • Janet Waldron, SOS International
  • Denise Bailey, Koniag Government Services
  • Kate McEnaney, CyberCore Technologies
  • Norman Iracheta, MAXIMUS Federal
  • Laura Giangiuli, CALIBRE Systems, Inc.

Intelligence Government Executive of the Year

  • Marianne Bailey, National Security Agency

Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year

  • Stephen Gillotte, Reinventing Geospatial, Inc.
  • Laine Klein, AECOM
  • Eric Patterson, Riverside Research
  • Dave Wajsgras, Raytheon
  • Damian DiPippa, ManTech

Marketing Executive of the Year

  • Matt Maurer, ICF
  • Blake Travis, MAXIMUS Federal
  • Helle Huxley, SOS International
  • Lorraine Corcoran, Perspecta
  • Oliver Nutt, GDIT

National Security/DHS Industry Executive of the Year

  • John Hynes, Applied Insight
  • Cedric Sims, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Scott Recinos, LMI
  • Brian Michl, GDIT

Private Company Executive Assistant of the Year

  • Groslyn Burton, The Asia Group
  • Nancy Edwards, AMERICAN SYSTEMS
  • Debbie Smith, Telos Corp.
  • Lisa DeRaymond, Koniag Government Services
  • Maria Plunkett, A-TEK

Public Company Executive Assistant of the Year

  • Robert Angeli, SAIC
  • Tia Kim, Perspecta
  • Mary Kay Clark, Red Hat
  • Pennie Parkin, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
  • Coney Jackson Elam, IBM, Federal Market
  • Joyce Downing, SAIC

STEM Advocate of the Year

  • Jan Johnson, Array Information Technology
  • Alka Bhave, Perspecta
  • Jennifer Bahrami, CNSI
  • Will LaBar, CGI Federal

For more information on the full list of Pinnacle Awards finalists, please visit The Pinnacle Awards are selected by a panel of top industry and academic leaders with knowledge of the federal sector.

Bloomberg Government serves as the presenting sponsor for the Pinnacle Awards ceremony. If you would like to purchase a table or be a sponsor, please contact If you are interested in attending the awards ceremony, please visit for more information.

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