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FY 2011 Secretarial Small Business Award Winners

Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year

Winner: Gary Bridges, Small Business Program Manager – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Gary Bridges has worked with Southwestern Power Administration since 1987 but has held positions at other Federal agencies since 1978. Bridges is responsible for initiating increased contracting with small businesses at the Southwestern Power Administration. He worked closely with the acquisition staff to ensure that small businesses were given opportunities to be awarded contracts. While all contract types were made available, Bridges focused primarily on outreach to small businesses that specialized in construction. “My main goal is to ensure that small businesses have the same opportunities as larger companies when seeking contracting work with DOE,” says Bridges of the work he does at Southwestern Power Administration.

Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year (M&O Program Office)

Winner: Office of Nuclear Energy – Washington, D.C.

The Office of Nuclear Energy advances nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the Nation's energy, environmental and national security needs by resolving technical and regulatory barriers through research, development and demonstration. The Office of Nuclear Energy was selected for outstanding results in their support of small business, with a real increase in their percentage of business that were awarded to small businesses.

Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year (non-M&O Program Office)

Winner: Southwestern Power Administration – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Constant monitoring was instrumental to the success of the Southwestern Power Administration. Daily updates to their forecast goals, reports to senior leadership at bi-weekly meetings, and ongoing training of staff enabled the Southwestern Power Administration to keep tabs on small business progress at all times. The results showed. In FY 2011, over 88% of all procurement awards went to small businesses as Southwestern Power Administration small business staff identified capable small businesses to take on new and existing contracts.

Established in 1943 by the Secretary of Interior as a Federal Agency, today the Southwestern Power Administration operates as part of the Energy Department. As one of the four Power Marketing Administrations in the United States, Southwestern Power Administration markets hydroelectric power in Arkansas, Kansa, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas from 24 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams.

M&O Small Business Manager of the Year

Winner: Brad W. Brack, Small Business Program Manager – Amarillo, Texas

Brad Brack, the M&O Small Business Manager of the Year, has been with Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Pantex, LLC for nine years. He has held a number of positions within the company but has always worked in the supply chain management field. “Small business is an integral part of the culture here at Pantex,” says Brack, whose role as an M&O Small Business Manager requires that he match Federal subcontracting with small businesses and as well as promote the Energy Department to the small business community. He attributes the success of the small business program to the officers and staff at Pantex. “It’s not about the work of just one individual; it is a collective effort.”

M&O Small Business Achievement of the Year

Winner: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Livermore, California

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has earned the reputation as a national laboratory of choice for science and technology solutions to the most pressing national and global security challenges. As a national security laboratory, LLNL’s funding largely comes from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Defense Programs for national security activities. LLNL is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, a under NNSA. The LLNS management team includes Bechtel National, University of California, BWX, URS, and Battelle. LLNL’s mission is to ensure the safety and security of the nation through applies science and technology in three key areas: Nuclear Security, International and Domestic Security, and Energy and Environmental Security. Kelly Miller, Supply Chain Department Manager, had the following to say about the achievements of LLNL. “Our success is a result of teamwork between our Small Business Program Manager, Michelle Quick, and procurement professionals who provide substantial subcontracting opportunities to small businesses both at a local level and across the nation.”

DOE Mentor of the Year

Winner: Washington River Protection Solutions – Richland, Washington

Washington River Protection Solutions manages the radioactive and chemical waste stored at Hanford’s 177 underground tanks. They’ve been on the job managing and operating the Tank Operations Contract since October 2008. From the start, Washington River Protection Solutions knew that they wanted to mentor other small business firms to help others succeed as well. The company currently has two mentor-protégé agreements in place with a small women-owned business (Columbia Energy and Environmental Services) and a woman-owned 8(a) disadvantaged business called Total Fite Services that specializes in construction. “We take our mentoring responsibilities seriously,” said John Robinson, the Procurement Manager at Washington River Protection Solutions. “We need them and they are important to fulfill our mission at Hanford.”

DOE Protégé of the Year

Winner: Performance Excellence Partners, Inc. – Huntington Beach, California

Performance Excellence Partners has been in business since 1999. They began doing work with the Labor Department by helping people become gainfully employed, which is the foundation of the business. The company was afforded their first opportunity to work with the Energy Department through their mentor, IBM. The two established a joint venture that became the beginning of Performance Excellence Partners’ working relationship with the Department. They most recently secured a contract with the Department to provide management consulting and support services for the strategic petroleum reserves.

8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year

Winner: ARSEC Environmental, LLC – Port Allen, Louisiana

ARSEC Environmental, LLC is headquartered in Port Allen, Louisiana and is a Native American/Veteran Owned 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business Joint Venture that is owned by ARS International, Inc. and Safety and Ecology Corporation. The Joint Venture’s majority owner, ARS, is a Northern New Mexico 8(a) Native American/Veteran-owned small disadvantaged business. The Safety and Ecology Corporation is a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services and is a large business. These two companies are joined together in an Small Business Administration-approved Mentor/Protégé relationship. Utilizing the joint venture members’ expertise, ARSEC is capable of providing environmental remediation, decontamination, demolition, deactivation, waste management and analytical services. ARSEC has successfully and safely completed projects at Energy Department sites including the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex and is actively pursuing future opportunities with the Army Corps of Engineers. Managing Member, Danny Coleman, says, “We are thrilled to have been chosen for this award and thank DOE for the opportunity.”

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Winner: Restoration Services, Inc. – Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Restoration Services, Inc. has always been involved in environmental work, performing characterization and environmental documentation. The very first contract that the company secured was with the Energy Department. Over the 17 years that the company has been in the business, Restoration Services has become a family and maintains great relationships with its employees, keeping about 95% of their original employees since they opened their doors. The family environment that has been created at Restoration Services, Inc. has allowed the company to run more smoothly and has increased their productivity and success.

HUBZone Small Business of the Year

Winner: Delta-21 Resources, Inc. – Knoxville, Tennessee

Delta-21 Resources, Inc. started 30 years ago with an Energy Department contract in Oak Ridge. The owner of the company passed away in the 90s from Lou Gehrigs disease and a group of people known by the owner’s family and colleagues came in to run the company and eventually expanded the business. Delta-21 is a HUBZone certified technical services company that focuses on 100% federal work. “We are very thrilled, humbled, and honored that DOE has chosen us out of all of the HUBZone businesses,” said Tracy Steller, President of Delta-21.

“One of the things that has allowed Delta-21 to be in business for more than three decades has been our ability to adapt as the federal government changes priorities,” said Steller. “We’ve been fortunate to have people with diverse backgrounds and knowledge to give us experience and relationships that allow us to thrive and touch our communities.”

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

Winner: HukariAscendent, Inc. – Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Ken Hukari, CEO of HukariAscendent, Inc., started his business in the basement of his home in 1999. Hukari’s goal was to “provide expert, professional support services to government and commercial nuclear organizations.” He was driven to start his business because he noticed the people who actually did the work in the field did not receive the recognition they deserved and he wanted to change that. HukariAscendent, Inc. specializes in nuclear safety analysis and licensing, engineering, quality assurance, integrated safety management, operations, and operational readiness. Hukari credits the success of his business to the people he works with. “I am so honored that people have chosen to share themselves and their professional expertise with me and the company. They make a positive difference for our clients every day.”

Hukari began attending DOE’s small business conferences when they first began a few years ago and has been impressed with the work that DOE has done with small businesses. “I have seen firsthand that DOE walks the talk about supporting small business. I can’t tell you how much that means,” Hukari says of the Energy Department. He is also “very honored to represent the service disabled veterans and those that own small businesses. I am honored to be among the veterans who have served our country.”

SBIR/STTR Small Business of the Year

Winner: Picarro, Inc. – Santa Clara, California

“We are honored to receive this award from the Department of Energy,” said Picarro CEO Michael Woelk. “Picarro’s ongoing commitment to constant innovation, the environment, and job creation is of utmost importance, and we greatly appreciate this recognition. This award validates the hard work put forth by our team and further motivates us as we continue to develop the most cutting-edge scientific and technological solutions to combat today’s big global challenges, which are negatively impacting both natural and urban environments, as well as our air, water and food.”

Picarro is the world’s leading provider of instruments for carbon and water cycle measurements. Picarro’s high precision gas analyzers and optical stable isotope measurement instruments are used in a wide variety of scientific and industrial applications, including: atmospheric science, air quality, greenhouse gas measurement, gas leak detection, food safety, hydrology, and ecology. Deployed in places as diverse as the Greenland Ice Cap, a volcano in Nicaragua, and Pacific Gas and Electric gas leak detection vehicles, Picarro’s analyzers are unparalleled in their precision, ease of use, portability, and reliability. The company’s products are designed and manufactured in its Santa Clara, California headquarters and exported to countries worldwide.

Small Business of the Year

Winner: Eberline Services – Albuquerque, New Mexico

“Thank you, DOE, for this wonderful award,” said Shelton Clark, President of Eberline Services. Eberline Services is a Northern New Mexico small business providing services to the Energy Department and its contractors. The company is very focused on business with the Energy Department, with roughly 90% of their work coming from the agency. Eberline Services specializes in radiological protection, environmental, safety, and health management; site, facility, and waste characterization; environmental analytical and radiochemistry laboratory services; and waste management. The company is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico with other offices in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Richland, Washington. The company’s Eberline Services Hanford subsidiary has provided radiological control and industrial hygiene support services to Washington Closure Hanford for the River Corridor Closure Contract since 2005, and from 1994-2005 to Betchel Hanford for the environmental Restoration Contract.

Sub-to-Prime Small Business Champion of the Year

Winner: Office of Environmental Management

Since 2003, the Office of Environmental Management has been working to identify requirements that were previously fulfilled by large businesses that could be re-competed for small business.  As the Office of Environmental Management completes the safe cleanup of the environment from five decades of nuclear energy research, small businesses have played a critical role in providing services under their watch.  Over $634.7 million has been set aside for small business contracts by the office over the last nine years, opening the doors to small businesses to compete for construction, environmental management, occupational medical services, waste management, and more.