Alicea Jr. Moderates ICNS Panel
April 26, 2013
Sabre Systems, Inc. Senior Vice President for Corporate Development Mariano Alicea Jr., moderated a panel discussion titled, “Airport Surface Movement in the NextGen Era,” at the 13th Annual Integrated Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, Thursday, April 25, 2013. The conference focused on domestic and international Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) programs, implementation strategies, standards development, research, and ICNS technologies. The panel was chaired by Mr. Paul Planzer, Manager of Air Traffic Control Programs for the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), and co-host of the event.
Mr. Alicea, who recently joined Sabre in early April, is responsible for the company’s business development and marketing activities within federal civilian agencies, Department of Defense (DoD), international and commercial market sectors. Mr. Alicea previously worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the William J. Hughes Technical Center and FAA Headquarters on automation, weather and communication systems in En Route, Terminal and Oceanic domains.
“I am very pleased that Mariano hit the ground running by supporting this conference as a new Sabre executive, stated the company’s Chief Operating Officer James “Jamie” Krout. “Mariano has only been with Sabre for a few weeks.” He continued, “It is the support and participation in these high-level forums that will help expand the company’s reputation within the government sector and enable Sabre to influence, innovate and contribute significantly to the critical missions of our clients.”
Alicea has served as moderator and coordinator of several technical symposium panels on cyber and critical infrastructure protection. He is Chairman of the ATCA Membership Committee and member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Homeland Security Committee.
Sabre Appoints Mariano Alicea Jr. as Senior VP, Corporate Development
April 15, 2013
Sabre Systems, Inc., has named Mariano Alicea Jr. as the company’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, reporting to Chief Operating Officer James “Jamie” Krout.
Mr. Alicea will have executive management responsibility and authority over Sabre’s business development and marketing activities within federal civilian agencies, Department of Defense (DoD), international and commercial market sectors. Alicea will place a focus on new market entry, business diversification and strategic partnering and will play a key role in the company’s merger and acquisition (M&A) activities. Alicea will operate primarily from the company’s Alexandria, Va. office location.
“Alicea’s expertise in the government services industry and proven track record for success makes him a valuable addition to our organization,” said Phil Jaurigue, President and CEO of Sabre Systems, Inc. “He is a perfect fit for our company; Alicea provides the right blend of leadership and experience to help drive our business growth goals, particularly during these challenging times.”
Alicea comes to Sabre from TASC, Inc. He has more than 12 years of business development experience at the executive level, and 25 plus-years total industry experience, including extensive engineering and program management experience while employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. While at TASC, Alicea led all business development activities for the Defense/Civil Group since 2011 (over $500M in revenue and 1,500 employees). Key customer wins included the Federal Aviation Administration (over $1B), Department of Homeland Security (over $400M), DoD (over $400M) and Defense Information Systems Agency (over $300M). He has served as moderator and coordinator of several technical symposium panels on cyber and critical infrastructure protection. Alicea is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In addition, he is a graduate of numerous executive education programs including from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Kliman Speaks at Women's Veteran Career Course at Drexel University
March 20, 2013
Senior Executive Director of Human Resources Deb Kliman gave a presentation on March 16, 2013, at Drexel University as part of a series of free career courses offered to women veterans. The series is provided by the Adult Education Division of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel and was developed to provide resources for women transitioning from active duty to civilian life.
The courses provide women veterans the skills they need to secure employment, including writing a professional resume, perfecting a job search, and successful interviewing techniques. The goal is to improve the women’s employment prospects in a civilian business environment.
Ms. Kliman’s presentation was titled, "Military to Corporate Transition," and focused on providing assistance to women veterans in identifying their transferable skills (knowledge, skills and abilities) in order to help them with post-military employment. "It is a challenge for veterans to identify their skill sets and be able to communicate those skills in a way that makes sense in the corporate world," stated Kliman. She also emphasized the avoidance of using military jargon, including acronyms, rank and military time. "People in the corporate world generally do not understand the organizational structure and formality of military protocol, so it is important for the applicant to speak in terms that the employer can understand," she said.
Kliman has participated in several outreach programs for transitioning military veterans. It is a key focus area for the company and one that she enjoys supporting.
Sabre Extends Congratulations to COO Jamie Krout, Executive Management Award Winner
March 18, 2013
Sabre Systems, Inc., is pleased to extend congratulations to the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) James "Jamie" Krout, who has been named a 2013 Executive Management Award winner.
The Executive Management Awards, a recognition program organized by Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine, highlights chief executives who have gone above and beyond to support their organizations' initiatives. The winners are recognized for their creative management vision, leadership philosophy, innovative strategy and undeniable work ethic.
Krout was one of 12 local COOs to receive the award among a total of 30 high-achieving executives. He was recognized at a reception on March 14, 2013, at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, Pa., where more than 350 local business leaders were in attendance.
A native Philadelphian, Krout attended North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa. He spent four years in the Navy working in Naval Intelligence. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in "Management" (Magna Cum Laude) from American InterContinental University (AIU). He also attended the Keenan Flagler Executive Business School, University of North Carolina, in a program intended for Senior Executive Development.
Krout joined Sabre in 2008, after holding several key executive positions with other defense contractors including L-3 Communications where he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Ship and Aviation Engineering Business Unit under the Maritime Services Sector. Krout provides Sabre leadership and guidance in the development of business strategies, policies and operating plans for the company. He maintains offices in the company’s Lexington Park, Md., Alexandria, Va. and Warrington, Pa. locations.
Sabre and ARServices Approved for SBA Mentor-Protege Program
March 8, 2013
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Sabre Systems, Inc. and ARServices for participation in the agency’s Mentor-Protégé Program.
The SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program encourages collaborative business relationships between mature established companies and emerging small businesses that are in the developmental stage of the 8(a) Business Development program. The SBA 8(a) program helps socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses compete more successfully for federal government contracts. The program is designed to encourage and motivate established businesses to assist small business in the enhancement and success of their business. The goal is to increase the overall number of small businesses receiving contract awards, resulting from mentorship and refined business practices.
Mentors provide expertise, resources, and capabilities to the protégé in the form of management, administrative, technical, financial, contracting, and business development assistance. The value of participating in this program is that it gives the protégé exposure to new business ideas, technology and a higher profile.
Sabre and ARServices have worked together over the last year and recently made the decision to formalize the relationship and enter into the SBA Mentor Protégé program. Sabre will work with ARServices on a multi-year development plan to include business development, opportunity identification, capture planning, proposal development support, program start-up and execution as well as support in the areas of recruiting, human resources, contracts, legal, marketing and communications.
"Sabre is very excited about building upon an already strong business relationship with ARServices. Their corporate values are in sync with Sabre’s and this will result in our ability to provide superior service to our clients," said Pete Ganzer, Sabre Vice President.
ARServices is an 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business headquartered in Alexandria, Va. with branch offices in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dover AFB, Del. and Albuquerque, N.M. The company’s core business competencies are Research & Development Services, Human Capital Management, Training, Management Consulting, and Information Technology. For more information, visit www.arslimited.com.
Reis Joins NMTC Board
March 6, 2013
Sabre Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that Teri Reis, Director for the Aberdeen Region, was named to the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (NMTC) Board of Directors.
Reis’s induction onto the board was made official at the NMTC Visionary Awards on February 28, 2013, at the Richlin Ballroom located in Edgewood, Md.
NMTC offers member companies, organizations and individuals networking, educational and other collaborative opportunities with the purpose of accelerating economic growth and expansion of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Educated Workforce in Northeastern Maryland.
As a board member, Reis will be responsible for actively supporting the organization programs and activities, development and implementation of the organizations policies. Reis an active member of NMTC for several years stated, “I was honored to be selected for the NMTC board and look forward to helping the organization meet its goal of advancing technology and increasing economic growth throughout the region.”
Reis has been with Sabre Systems, Inc. since 2002. She previously served in the U.S. Air Force. She is also a board member of the Army Alliance, a non-profit civic organization that support the well-being of the programs and organizations of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Sabre Wins a Position on DHS Technical and Business Support Services (TABSS) Domain 2 Program
February 14, 2013
Sabre Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company, as a member of the SAM, Inc. Team, has been awarded a position on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Technical and Business Support Services (TABSS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for Business Management, Financial Management Support Services (Domain 2). The contract has a ceiling of $11 billion across all Domains and Tracks. Team SAM is one of only six small businesses awarded Domain 2 after a highly selective source selection process. The Business Management, Financial Management, and Audit Support Services domain will support a wide range of related services. These services will support the mission and requirements of the multiple DHS components. The business management, studies, and other business related support services will provide support for operations, finances, analysis, and other business functions that support the successful accomplishment of DHS’ missions and requirements. Team SAM is confident of supporting the various program management support needs of DHS in a highly versatile and customer focused manner. Team members have current capabilities in supporting DHS TABSS Domain 2 Program Support Functions. SAM, Inc. is a women-owned small business headquartered in College Park, Md.
Roso Accepts NCMA Graalman Award on behalf of Greater Philadelphia Chapter
January 29, 2013
Director of Contracts Jeannine Roso, who serves as Secretary of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Greater Philadelphia Chapter, accepted the Graalman Award - Gold Level along with chapter President Brian Connolly, on behalf of the chapter. The award was presented at the 2013 NCMA Mid-Year Leadership Conference which was held in Las Vegas on January 18-19, 2013.
The Walter R. Graalman Award recognizes chapters for providing high value to NCMA members and to the association. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter received the Graalman Award - Gold level, which is the highest achievable level, for successfully meeting goals and objectives set forth by the association. One of the objectives that the chapter ranked high was the provision of educational opportunities for chapter members; Jeannine and Sabre contributed directly to the accomplishment of that goal. Jeannine volunteered several speakers to the chapter’s monthly Lunch ‘n Learn meetings at which Sabre’s Phil Jaurigue presented, “Challenges in Federal Procurement” and Tim Kerr presented, “Organizational Conflicts of Interest.” Sabre’s John Spodofora is scheduled to present, “Cost Analysis and Estimating” during the upcoming February 26, 2013 Lunch ‘n Learn.
NCMA was founded in 1959. The organization, which has over 22,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide.
Jaurigue Joins the Foundation Board for the Free Library of Philadelphia
January 2, 2013
Sabre Systems, Inc. President Mr. Phil Jaurigue recently joined the Foundation Board for the Free Library of Philadelphia.
“The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning,” states the foundation’s website.
As a member of the board, Mr. Jaurigue will help advance the mission of the Free Library as it continues to evolve in an increasingly digital world while maintaining its physical facilities that have been a part of its rich history. Like many non-profits, the Library faces challenges in identifying sustainable revenue sources to support both its capital improvement and operational needs.
According to Mr. Jaurigue, “I am honored to join the Free Library’s Foundation Board and to serve one of the largest public library systems in the world. The library provides such an important public resource for the people of Philadelphia and the surrounding regions. Not only do they provide free access to traditional books, but they serve the interests of seniors, veterans, job seekers and small businesses. I am thrilled to be a part of such a world-class institution that promotes life-long learning. The opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Free Library dovetails well with Sabre's objectives in promoting youth and veterans causes. Beyond literacy, the Library has organized its resources to be more accessible to these constituents and many others in the community.”
Mr. Jaurigue has a long-standing commitment to contributing positively to the educational well-being of the people in the greater Philadelphia region. In addition to serving on the Foundation Board, he is also a member of the advisory board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE); the advisory board of Temple University's Fox Business School, Management Information Systems; and the Advisory Council of the Arcadia University School of Global Business.
Sabre Receives Seven Seals Award
November 28, 2012
Sabre was presented with the National Seven Seals Award for its military and veteran outreach program efforts. The award was presented by Theresa Arentzen, Program Support Technician at Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in recognition for the Company’s long-standing commitment to hiring and supporting U.S. service men and women and veterans initiatives. The company focuses its military and veterans effort in the following three areas:
Recruiting and Hiring: Sabre recruiting professionals regularly attend career fairs and post open positions on websites tailored to military men and women. Many military professionals have transitioned to rewarding careers with Sabre Systems, Inc.
Military and Veteran Outreach: A focus of the Company’s Corporate Giving strategy is to support U.S service men and women and those who served in the armed forces. Sabre regularly supports such organizations as Soldier's Angels, Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Operation Uplink. They also provided assistance to military personnel who are transitioning into civilian employment with interview preparation skills and resume guidance counseling.
Recognition: The Company runs a regular series, "Sabre Salutes Our Vets," which honors its employees or their family member who serve or who have served in the military. It is a way that the company celebrates their military service.
According to Phil Jaurigue, President of Sabre Systems, Inc., “Sabre is truly honored to be recognized by ESGR for its support of our military men and women. Our leadership and our employees greatly respect the men and women who serve our country and we gladly do these things as a small token of appreciation for the freedoms they protect.”
November 20, 2012
The election is over, President Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term and the House of Representatives is still controlled by Republicans. Thus a stalemate may regrettably lie ahead regarding a resolution for the fiscal cliff facing the country.
Over the past several months, you may have seen news coverage on a federal law passed last year and the negative effects it will have on our nation and our industry. And in the weeks ahead, you will hear more on this subject. It’s called sequestration.
Under the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, the Department of Defense committed to reduce spending by $487 billion over the next 10 years, with $47 billion of that occurring in this year’s budget. However, there is a provision in the BCA known as sequestration, which was originally designed as a mechanism to force bipartisan cooperation on deficit spending and debt reduction – a process that failed. As a result, sequestration now requires $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts in U.S. government discretionary spending beginning January 2, 2013. Half of that total is expected to come from defense spending; the rest from other domestic spending, including education and infrastructure. This would result in $492 billion in reductions for defense over the next nine years in addition to the $487 billion mentioned above.
We believe sequestration is the single greatest challenge facing our company and our industry. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said sequestration will have catastrophic consequences for our nation’s defense because it was developed without consideration for national security strategy, force structure, technology needs or operational reality.
Regardless of your political alignment, the worst case scenario, in terms of legislative efficiency, continues: an ideologically divided Congress. The statements coming out of both political parties makes it sound as though a stalemate is unavoidable. However, it is in nobody’s best interest, Republicans or Democrats, to let the country "fall off the cliff", so to speak. If the fiscal cliff actually comes to fruition, not only would the country very likely go back into a recession, but the markets would probably face a significant drop.
We know this is unsettling information and you are probably asking, “What can I do to stop this from happening?” One way you can help stop sequestration is by visiting the Aerospace Industries Association's Stop Sequestration website. This website will provide you the opportunity to write to President Obama and your Representatives in Congress and urge them to defend our military and our economy from these reckless cuts. This process will take less than five minutes. You will enter your zip code; name; address; and email address, and a sample letter will be individually addressed and emailed to each official. You can make edits to the letters and the letters are private.
Thank you, as always, for your commitment to Sabre Systems Inc., our customers and our nation. Even with the challenges we face, our customers need us to focus with the full concentration and complete dedication that have been hallmarks of your work. We have great confidence in our future success because of our confidence in you.
Jaurigue Honored at SMART PROC 2012
November 2, 2012
Sabre President and CEO Phil Jaurigue was recently honored with a Congressional award by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6), at the 11th annual Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Procurement (SMART PROC) Conference in Frederick, Md.
Congressman Bartlett, who serves as both the SMART Congressional Caucus leader and Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Land and Air Forces, recognized Phil for his continued support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and workforce development.
The conference, which was held on Friday, Oct. 26th, was attended by more than 1000 individuals and highlighted by the participation of 87 senior federal procurement officers and 55 major business procurement officers.
Jaurigue Joins Panel of Experts at “Successful Growth Strategies for Government Contractors” Event
October 19, 2012
Sabre Systems, Inc. President and CEO Phil Jaurigue served as a panel expert at the “Successful Growth Strategies for Government Contractors” event on Oct. 11 at the Avian Engineering Headquarters in Lexington Park, Md.
Government contractors are facing an increasingly challenging environment with budgetary uncertainty driven by the risk of sequestration, intense competition for new awards, increasing compliance requirements, and the government’s move towards low price contracting which impact profit margins. Despite these challenges, many contractors continue to see growth opportunities and are expanding in the face of these pressures.
The event, which was sponsored by BB&T, featured an in-depth discussion focusing on how the current environment is affecting government contractors and what companies can and should be doing today to increase the value of their businesses in the future.
Mr. Jaurigue joined Kevin Switick, CEO, Avian Engineering; Tim Garrett, Partner, Avascent Group; Greg Woodford, Managing Director, BB&T Capital Markets | Windsor to make up the panel of experts for the event. The group represented various viewpoints and discussed a wide range of topics including how market factors are affecting the value of government contractors, strategies for success from the perspective of the CEO, characteristics that acquirers are looking for in today’s market, and how sequestration is impacting Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) activity.
In the discussion, Mr. Jaurigue acknowledged the current slowdown of M&A and recommended that firms seek diversification. “In this climate, Sabre seeks to add depth to its core competencies and to grow adjacent markets. We’re looking for the niche, the secret sauce, the proprietary, the unique property.” He added, “Agility and responsiveness are the strongest capabilities to succeed in the uncertain times facing the industry.”
Dowling’s Presentation to IDGA Counter Narcoterrorism and Drug Interdiction Conference
October 5, 2012
Sabre Systems, Inc., Senior Executive Director for its Mid-Atlantic (MA) Region, Hampton Dowling, PMP, gave a presentation at the Counter Narcoterrorism and Drug Interdiction (CNTDI) Conference, which took place Sept. 25-26 in Miami, Fl.
The conference, which was sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA), focused on DoD and U.S. Federal Sector capabilities to confront narcoterrorism, new technologies and tactics, counter-terrorist financing and new programs designed to help achieve national objectives.
Mr. Dowling’s topic, “The Implications of Illicit Trafficking in the Western Hemisphere Transit Zone,” was presented to approximately 120 attendees from both the private and public sector. During his presentation, he described today’s illicit trafficking, the contributing economic factors in Latin America, and the tangible macro issues that point to challenges in public sector surveillance, interdiction and coordination relative to the emerging capabilities of transnational illicit trafficking organizations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Mr. Dowling shared the panel with former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Gen. Barry McCaffrey, USA (ret.), program managers from U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, the Department of Homeland Security and private sector companies who perform subject-related work in support of those government organizations. Mr. Dowling is the overall Program Manager of a Joint Venture that is focused on counter networks and illicit trafficking in remote and unstable regions.