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.
Wayne Hinton: Executive Advisor
Wayne Hinton has been at NCC since August 2009 and working in the federal contracting arena for over thirty years. During that time, he has been employed by four small businesses, three of which have been 8(a)-certified businesses. Mr. Hinton has served in multiple capacities over the years including direct customer support at two Army installations in Virginia providing and overseeing audiovisual and related support services; a Contract Administrator for a women-owned 8(a) firm specializing in conference planning and logistics management services for health, science, energy and education oriented organizations; and Director of Contracts, Director of Business Development, Operations Manager, and Chief Administrative Officer for a firm that primarily supported the U.S. Department of Defense.
In his current position at NCC, Mr. Hinton is helping to expand the company’s existing capabilities and secure new business in multimedia, communications, and technology support services. Mr. Hinton has a complete understanding of the personnel, systems, financial, and process challenges that small businesses experience, and he has been helping them grow, perform, and mature both as an employee and as an independent consultant.
Mr. Hinton attended Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. He enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and two dogs, Mocha and Latte, as well as playing electric guitar.
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.
Kisha Dimbo: Vice President of Growth
Kisha Dimbo joined NCC in February 2013. As Vice President of Growth, Kisha has responsibility for revenue generation, account management, and corporate strategy. She has more than 15 years’ experience in strategic business planning, operations and client management, and held leadership positions at small companies, mid-sized nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Dimbo’s background includes business strategy, product development, and team and program management.
In her Corporate Strategy role, Ms. Dimbo works closely with the CEO and the Executive Team on strategic, financial, and organizational analysis; development and evaluation of recommendations; and implementation of solutions. She leads the Growth division, which manages proposals, sales, marketing, and account management of the company.
Ms. Dimbo holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and Marketing from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, working out, reading, cooking, eating, and volunteering with her church.