Chris Marquez: President and CEO
Chris Marquez founded NCC in 2002 with the simple idea that a company should deliver on its commitments: “I saw the promises for value that were never delivered during the dot-com bubble, and I wanted to start a company where we were selling real products and services with measurable results.” He specifically targeted the Federal government because of its emphasis on public service over strict profit motive. Mr. Marquez has grown NCC from its beginnings as a media services company based in his own basement to a diversified professional solutions firm located just outside of the nation’s capital. He continues to set NCC’s strategic course with the vision of building our internal capabilities and fostering long-term relationships with key business partners in order to create customized solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations.
Before and after pursuing his M.B.A. in Information Systems and Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Mr. Marquez found success in several businesses. He managed a government contract for retail stores with a five year history of declining sales under government management. His planning and execution of a series of innovative changes to the business model resulted in a doubling of sales at the stores within 2 years from $1.7M to $3.4M. Later, as a Project Manager for a telecommunications company, Mr. Marquez was responsible for helping to integrate a series of seventeen siloed business databases into one integrated system.
In the 2 years prior to founding NCC, Mr. Marquez worked as Business Strategy Consultant at Commerce One, a B2B software company focused on establishing online marketplaces during the infancy of the e-commerce era. At Commerce One, Mr. Marquez worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies, including HP, International Paper, Duke Energy, and British Telecom, to create online business commerce strategies, scale organizations to support online operations, and provide marketing support to achieve organizational profitability.
Mr. Marquez received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of William and Mary. He is an avid hockey fan and loyal follower of the Washington Capitals, even donning his own skates to play in an adult league for his local club hockey team. Off the ice, Mr. Marquez enjoys reading and music, and is married to a personal trainer and fitness buff. They have one son, who is a future Capitals player in training. Mr. Marquez and his wife share a passion for rescuing greyhounds; together they are happily raising a lovable mutt, Freyja and one greyhound, Chelsea.
Lorene Eberhardt: Vice President of Operations
Lorene Eberhardt joined NCC in January 2006 and has served as NCC’s Vice President of Operations since 2011. Her first responsibility at NCC was to coordinate and schedule NCC’s multimedia support with the National Institutes of Health. From her first day on the job to the present, she has worn many hats in order to accomplish the variety of tasks required within a growing organization. Some of Ms. Eberhardt’s roles have included Editor, Proposal Writer, Conference Planner, Project Manager on audiovisual installations, and Corporate Monitor for contracts with HHS, SEC, DoD, and other federal agencies.
As NCC’s Vice President of Operations Ms. Eberhardt ensures that our associates have the tools and resources necessary to execute each project, oversees our team members as they work to surpass our clients’ expectations, and collaborates with our business development team to leverage our individual success into continued expansion. She is consistently working on ways to improve our own ability to communicate and collaborate in order to maintain NCC’s reputation of high quality and commitment to customer service.
Ms. Eberhardt grew up in California and attended the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in Literature/Writing. She was prepared for navigating the world of federal contracting by her experiences in dealing with another sometimes-inscrutable, always-unpredictable customer: high school students. For two years, she taught English, History, and Government before moving to the Washington D.C. area. While Ms. Eberhardt enjoys watching all sports, she is a particularly avid fan of the (recent three-time world champion) San Francisco Giants, a trait she hopes to pass on to her daughter and son. She also likes cooking, decorating, and being in the company of her husband and golden retriever, Max.
Valerie Underhill joined NCC in December 2016 as Vice President of Finance and Administration. Ms. Underhill brings more than 25 years of federal contracting experience to NCC. She launched her career in public accounting and has since operated at the strategic and operational level in a variety of senior management roles including CFO, Senior Vice President, and Controller.
As NCC’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, Ms. Underhill manages the Accounting, Contracts, and Administrative teams. She provides strategic direction on all finance activities and ensures the seamless operation of all accounting and internal administrative support functions.
Ms. Underhill received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia, an MBA in Finance from George Washington University, and is a CPA. She is married and has two UVa alumni children who work and live in Manhattan. Her hobbies include hiking, jewelry making and spending time with her children.