The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council have named Kendall Holbrook, CEO of Dev Technology, the Executive of the Year award winner in the $ 75-300 million category for the 19th Annual Entrepreneur Awards of the government of Greater Washington.
Founded in 2002, the awards honor the leadership, innovation and commitment to excellence of individuals and businesses in the region’s public procurement community. A panel of industry and government professionals select the finalists and winners from a large number of nominees. The winners are selected from four revenue categories and were announced live at a gala evening on November 3, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. This unique networking event attracts over 1,000 industry and government leaders.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the Executive of the Year in the $ 75-300 million category,” said Holbrook. “It has been an incredible 3.5 years at the helm of Dev Technology. When Susie and Sanjeev handed over the business to me, I focused on sustaining the culture and level of service they established over 20 years ago. While it hasn’t always been easy, our amazing employees and customers, and our top-notch management team who lead focused on Dev Technology’s core values, make every day of this work incredibly rewarding.
Prior to joining Dev Technology, Holbrook worked for 14 years at a large IT integrator, holding a variety of positions including systems engineer, project manager, customer marketing manager, customer sales manager and strategic analyst. She then moved to Dev Technology as Vice President of Business Development, a position she held for eight years before being named CEO on January 1, 2018, by Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Susie Sylvester Duggal.
“We are incredibly proud of Kendall’s accomplishments as the head of technology development and to be recognized as the GovCon Executive of the Year,” said Duggal. “We have always known that Kendall was a unique leader with the perfect experience to lead our organization with its goal of growth while championing our culture of integrity, quality, community and inclusiveness. We are pleased that she received this well-deserved recognition.
Holbrook is an active mentor within Dev Technology and the government IT community, with a particular focus on mentoring women. She also serves as a mentor to high school students in several programs in Fairfax County, Virginia. Additionally, Holbrook owned a children’s bookstore, partnered with her teenage daughter in a skin care business, and also volunteered as a college lacrosse coach. Holbrook is Chair of the After-School All-Stars Advisory Board in Washington, DC, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Holbrook holds a BS in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Virginia and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She is also a certified professional in project management.
Holbrook is also a recipient of the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) Mid-Tier Member of the Year 2020 award. for mid-size companies in the DHS market. “She developed the ideas, a white paper and even a business coalition to come up with exciting new ideas and jumpstart the conversation about how the Homeland Security market can continue to nurture and grow great small businesses that , thanks to their success, have developed. Tanasichuk said. “Kendall was working on these issues before joining GTSC – and came in part to develop her goals with GTSC’s Lion’s Den.”
In addition to providing thought leadership around this long-term market challenge, Kendall has also provided invaluable service to all members of the GTSC by representing the GTSC on the weekly and then monthly calls from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the COVID-19 response, covering the changing landscape for entrepreneurs, the plan to ‘reopen’ and bring people back to the workplace, and let everyone know their strategy and thoughts in a weekly member column of the GTSC. “She passed on our contribution to others at DHS, she shared the ideas and innovations that other companies were using to navigate COVID-19 when it first struck, and she devoted her time and effort to communicate with us and to work with leaders to ensure that the concerns of our members have been heard by DHS. Tanasichuk added.
Read the announcement on Dev Technology and see the Profiles in Excellence interview with Kendall Holbrook at Homeland Security Today