Leader recognized for instilling a culture of innovation, collaboration and operational excellence
RESTON, Va. – NCI Information Systems, Inc. (NCI), a leading provider of advanced information technology solutions and professional services to U.S. federal government agencies, announced today that its executive vice president and chief operating officer, Sandy Gillespie, was named the 2018 Pinnacle Awards General Manager of the Year by WashingtonExec. The inaugural awards program, honoring exemplary leadership in the government contracting industry, recognized Gillespie for her success at instilling a culture of innovation, collaboration and operational excellence at NCI.
“At NCI, innovation is a core part of our culture and a mindset that drives how we approach solutions and services for our federal customers every day,” said Gillespie. “I am honored to be recognized by WashingtonExec for this award and proud of our NCI team. They navigate the ongoing and complex challenges our government customers face on a daily basis with the right balance of existing and newer technologies, such as artificial intelligence, advanced data analytics and agile software development.”
Winners of the Pinnacle Awards were announced November 1, before an audience of more than 300 government contracting leaders and influencers. This year’s judges committee reviewed 125 nominations across 13 categories. In addition, NCI’s Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer Brad Mascho – who was recently recognized by WashingtonExec as a Top AI Exec to Watch – was named a finalist for AI Executive of the Year. And, Josh Salmanson, NCI’s vice president of cybersecurity and emerging technology, was a Pinnacle Awards finalist in the STEM Advocate of the Year category.
“Sandy has earned a reputation of excellence at NCI for fostering outside-the-box strategies and pushing the innovation envelope, which empowers her employees to tackle customer challenges head on,” said Paul A. Dillahay, NCI president and CEO. “I am proud of Sandy and the entire team for their commitment to delivering best-in-class solutions and striving to advance and transform government through collaboration and innovation.”
Gillespie joined NCI in May 2017 and was promoted to COO earlier this year.