The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™ honors the leaders and legends of the government contracting community. A prestigious panel of industry and government professionals select finalists and winners from a large pool of nominees. 

Presented by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council (PSC), the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™ winners are announced at an evening gala, which has been dubbed the "Academy Awards of Government Contracting." This unique networking event draws more than 1,000 industry and government leaders. 

The award categories include: Contractor of the Year in four revenue categories, Executive of the Year in three revenue categories, and one Program of the Year. In addition, an outstanding leader from the government contracting sector is inducted into the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards Hall of Fame in honor of his or her tremendous lifetime achievements and one individual is selected as the Public Sector Partner of the Year.

Award finalists are announced at a private reception in September. Award winners are announced at the gala in November.

Awards Categories

Contractor of the Year
This award is presented to a government contractor in the Greater Washington-area for distinguished financial and operational accomplishments. The award has been divided into four different revenue categories and is selected in recognition of distinguished financial and operational accomplishments and outstanding contributions during the past year to employees, the government contracting industry, and the U.S. Government. 

  • Contractor of the Year (up to $25 million)
  • Contractor of the Year ($25 to $75 million)
  • Contractor of the Year ($75 to $300 million)
  • Contractor of the Year (greater than $300 million)

Executive of the Year
This award is presented a Greater Washington-area government contracting C-level executive who made outstanding contributions to his/her company, the community and the government contracting industry during the past year. Three awards will be presented in this category, stratified by gross annual revenue using the most recent fiscal year-end revenues.

  • Executive of the Year (up to $75 million)
  • Executive of the Year ($75 to $300 million)
  • Executive of the Year (greater than $300 million)

Hall of Fame Honoree

The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™ Hall of Fame inducts one honoree each year for unparalleled professional excellence and life-long contributions to the community and the government contracting industry. The Hall of Fame honoree is nominated and chosen by the Selection Committee.

Public Sector Partner the Year

Presented to a Federal government procurement professional who has demonstrated unusual leadership and vision in building a spirit of partnership with the private sector and/or leading change in the procurement community.

Program of the Year

Presented to a government contractor in the Greater Washington Area for an exemplary contracted program as described within Contractor of the Year application. In order to be considered for this award, you must apply for Contractor of the Year in one of the four revenue categories. The winner is recommended by the Selection Committee through a combination of mission achievement, financial success, and customer recognition.


Contractor of the Year
Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria: 

  • Be headquartered in the Greater Washington, DC region defined as south of Baltimore, north of Richmond, from the Chesapeake to the Shenandoah;
  • Have more than 50 percent of employees in the Greater Washington, DC region; or 
  • Have at least 1,000 or more employees in the Greater Washington, DC region 

Executive of the Year
Applicants must meet BOTH of the following criteria:

  • Be a C-level executive of a government contracting company; and
  • Reside in the Greater Washington, DC region

2021 GovCon Award Judges

Anne Altman
General Manager (retired), IBM U.S. Federal Government and Industries
Anne Altman is the retired General Manager of IBM U.S Federal Government and Industries. In this role, Ms. Altman was responsible for the strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for driving IBM's multi-billion business with federal government clients in the United States. Ms. Altman's three-decade career with IBM has been heavily influenced by the work she has delivered in the government market. She previously served as General Manager for IBM's Public Sector with responsibilities for global government, state and local agencies as well as education and health care. She currently serves on the board of Gunnison Consulting Group.

Ellen Glover
Executive Vice President, ICF

Ellen Glover joined ICF in 2005 and has more than 30 years of experience in the technology market. At ICF, she leads an organization that provides services to government and commercial clients in technology, digital interactive, strategic communications, cybersecurity, program management, and organizational research and learning. Previously, Ellen held executive positions at Advanced Technology Systems, Impact Innovations Group, and Dynamics Research Corporation.

  Linnie M. Haynesworth 
Retired Sector Vice President and General Manager of the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NGC) Mission Systems Sector

Ms. Haynesworth is a highly regarded operational leader with an extensive background in technology integration, cybersecurity risk management, strategic planning and large complex software-intensive system development, delivery and deployment to US government and international customers. With P&L operational responsibility for multiple $1B+ divisions, she retired in 2019 as the Sector Vice President and General Manager of the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NGC) Mission Systems Sector. Linnie also led Engineering, Supply Chain and Product Development functions for the NGC space sector. Ms. Haynesworth received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) and is the 2019 recipient of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award.

  Tim Keenan
CEO, Keenan & Associates

Tim is the CEO of Keenan & Associates. Keenan & Associates is a firm focused on assisting small to mid-sized firms in the strategic planning and tactical execution to move their firms to the next level of performance. Prior to this, Tim co-founded and operated HPTi for nearly 20 years until its' successful sale to DRC in June of 2011. He has also served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and Georgetown University in management and entrepreneurship.

David H. Langstaff
Executive Vice President, Leadership Division, The Aspen Institute

David has served as the Executive Vice President for Leadership and Seminars at The Aspen Institute for over 20 years. Previously, Mr. Langstaff served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of TASC, Inc. He was named President & CEO and served in that capacity from March 2011 through November 2013. Previously, Mr. Langstaff was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer and Director of Veridian Corporation from its formation in 1997 until its sale to General Dynamics in August 2003. Veridian was an advanced technology company that specialized in mission-critical national security programs primarily for the U.S. Government.

Phil Nolan
General Partner, Blue Delta Capital Partners

Phil Nolan has been involved with Blue Delta since 2011. Mr. Nolan was Chairman, President, and CEO of Stanley, Inc., which he took public in 2006 and then sold to CGI Group in August 2010 for $1.2 billion.  Phil was also the CEO of Camber Corporation, which was acquired by Huntington Ingalls Industries in 2016.

Charles Rossotti
Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group

Charles O. Rossotti is a Senior Advisor focused primarily on investments in the fields of information technology and business services. Previously, Mr. Rossotti served from 1997 to 2002 as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the federal agency that serves 175 million taxpayers and employs 100,000 people. As a result of his leadership, the public’s rating of the IRS increased greatly and relationships of trust with Congress, tax professionals and business groups were restored, and the agency’s effectiveness turned around. In 1970, Mr. Rossotti co-founded American Management Systems, Inc. and until 1997 served at various times as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. AMS grew through his tenure, becoming a major international business systems consulting and systems integration firm with revenues of more than $1 billion.

Stan Soloway
President and CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

Stan Soloway is president and CEO of Celero Strategies, LLC. He formerly served as president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and was deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform and director of the Defense Reform Initiative during the Clinton administration, receiving the Secretary of Defense Medals for Outstanding and Distinguished Public Service. He is a principal of the Partnership for Public Service and a member of National Contract Management Association’s Executive Advisory Board.

Peggy Styer
Managing Partner, Razor's Edge Ventures

Peggy is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Razor’s Edge Ventures. Peggy focuses on investments in big data, cyber security, high performance computing, space and technology-focused government solutions businesses. Peggy presently serves on the Board of Directors of Razor’s Edge portfolio companies Altamira Technologies and BlackHorse, is an observer to the Board of Directors of Proscia, RackTop Systems and SignalFrame, and also serves on the Board of Directors of 9Lenses and TenantBase. She is also actively involved in managing the Fund’s investments in BlackLynx and Spaceflight Industries.