National Capitol Contracting Scholarship Presented at CelebrAsian 2017

Chris Marquez and USPAACC Scholarship Winner

When we think of Silicon Valley, images of glossy startup firms and opulent neighborhoods probably flash first in our minds.  For at least 1 in 5 Santa Clara County residents, however, this is not the reality, as they live below the poverty line after housing costs are factored in.  Santa Clara County is the home of most of what we consider Silicon Valley, specifically the cities of San Jose and Mountain View.

One Mountain View resident, Skyler, has seen the scourge of poverty and gang violence directly affect his family.  Despite these obstacles, he dreams of one day being part of the cutting edge of information technology.

NCC had the pleasure to present the National Capitol Contracting Scholarship at the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) CelebrAsian Procurement Conference (May 31 to June 2 in San Diego) to this young man, who recently graduated high school.

Although Skyler grew up a stone’s throw from Silicon Valley, he was part of a family of high school drop-outs and ex-gang affiliates.  He recalls several eviction notices and trips to the local community food bank.  He had no choice but to find work at a young age and help put food on his family’s table.  Despite his mother being diagnosed with breast cancer, he maintains a positive outlook and pushes himself to do big things and continue to help provide for his family.  At summer’s end, he will attend college and pursue an IT career.

This was the fifth consecutive year in which the National Capitol Contracting scholarship was awarded at CelebrAsian, and it was one of more than 20 awarded to highly intelligent and dedicated Asian American high school students from across the country, all of whom have persevered through many hardships on their way to earning their scholarships.

In addition to awarding our scholarship, NCC was heavily involved in several other aspects of the scholarship award process. We had the privilege to host the Scholarship Committee at our beautiful new offices in McLean, VA, and our Multimedia Production team created a professional video about the scholarship program, featuring past recipients, USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen, and several Asian-American CEOs including our own President and CEO Chris Marquez.

Furthermore, Chris had the personal honor of being selected as Sergeant-at-Arms for the Business Leaders & Scholarship Awards Luncheon, and had the opportunity to talk about his personal connection to the Scholarship program and introduce the MC of the event, Sonu Ratra, CEO of Akraya, an IT staffing and consulting company in Northern California.

We wish the NCC Scholarship awardee the best of luck in college and in his career endeavors.  We are grateful to have had a prominent role in the USPAACC Scholarship progress, and we were honored to host the Scholarship Committee at our headquarters as we put our vision of enabling communication and collaboration into action with the members of the committee.  We look forward to again playing a significant role in CelebrAsian 2018!

Onsite Multimedia Support for OCC Managers Conference

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The operations crew at a large sports arena has the unique job of setting up the floor for basketball games, hockey games, arena football, concerts, the circus, rodeos, and much more.  On occasion, they are responsible for multiple events on the same day.

While NCC’s Multimedia Production team at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is unlikely to be called upon to replace ice with hardwood any time soon, in late April, it was tasked with performing the swift changeover of the live sound setup for the OCC Managers Conference, which required a number of different configurations each day.

Over the course of the week-long event, in which managers from OCC’s local field offices gathered in the Washington, DC headquarters, our experienced and knowledgeable and experienced team was responsible for high quality, clear sound for presentations and panel discussions, ensuring that all participants and attendees were able to fully engage in all aspects of this event.

Our team seamlessly completed the quick transition from a large discussion setup to a panel discussion setup numerous times during the Managers Conference.  We incorporated JBL EON speakers, a premiere portable live-sound speaker, which amplified speech from conference participants and audience members using handheld mics.

After the completion of the event, we were grateful to receive complimentary feedback from the technical director for the Manager’s Conference, as she relayed her appreciation for “the absolutely stellar service that we received from [the team] in both in the planning/setup phase and during the actual event,” and also stating “[their] willingness to push the production envelope along with me was very refreshing and instilled a sense of confidence that would be the best event that OCC has ever held.”  This feedback is gratifying but also motivates us to continually provide the highest level of service and support to our customers.

NCC has proudly supported OCC since 2011, providing a range of conference center, AudioVisual, and multimedia support, and we are honored to continue enabling communication and collaboration for this longstanding, respected organization.

Happy Fourth of July from NCC!

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NCC wishes our customers, community partners, vendors, family, and friends a happy Fourth of July!  Whether you plan to attend a picnic, barbeque, watch fireworks, or choose to say inside to beat the heat, we hope you have an enjoyable day.  For those who will be in the National Capital Region during the holiday, there are several events happening in the area, including a Mets-Nationals baseball game, the Independence Day Parade, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Capitol Fourth Concert (featuring The Beach Boys), and fireworks from the Capitol Reflecting Pool.

We have a proud history of supporting a range of patriotic and military events, including the Army Birthday Ball; Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremonies in 20122013, and 2016; and the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Memorial Service, among others.

In addition, we have had the privilege to partner with Hero Dogs, Inc. since 2012 and have sponsored two therapy dogs – Calvin and Grant – since they began their training programs with the organization.  Hero Dogs raises, trains, and places service dogs with injured and/or disabled military veterans free of charge.

We wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Technology Services and Support for NIH’s ScheduALL Software

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For those of a certain age, it took a lot to throw away our obsolete technology, such as VCRs, VHS tapes, cassettes, tape recorders, and Walkmans, and for some of us, even CDs and traditional televisions have bit the dust.  (No judgments if you’re still holding onto an iPod or DVD player!) Many have moved on to the newest technology: Blu-Ray, streaming audio and video on phones and tablets, and recently some have even welcomed Alexa or other ‘smart’ helpers into their homes.

Since our inception, NCC’s Technology Services and Support team has performed the seamless removal of a diverse range of outdated technology for clients and replacements with cutting edge equipment, a la Blu-Ray replacing the VCR.  Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) informed our Office of Research Services (ORS) ScheduALL Support team of the imminent removal of the outdated MSXML (Microsoft Core Services XML) 4.0 Microsoft component.   Our support team worked quickly to remove MSXML from the ScheduALL Development environment for NIH’s Events Management division, Medical Center, Clinical Center, and Fogarty International Center.   ScheduALL is an event and resource tracking and business management software program that ensures logistics for events are managed through a reliable, well-supported workflow.

In late March, our team performed afterhours support to remove MSXML 4.0, as to not impact clients and daily business operations.  The extraction took only two hours, including testing time and the usability confirmation.  With MSXML removed, NIH is now utilizing BigFix, a systems management software product that manages large groups of computers and mobile operating systems.

Our ScheduALL team’s efficient, high-quality work has ensured that we can continue enabling communication and collaboration for NIH in its use of ScheduALL, and we look forward to continually supporting the organization’s use of this vital software platform.

NCC Honored as USPAACC Fast 100 Business at CelebrAsian 2017

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In 2012, NCC had the great honor to receive the USPAACC (United States Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce) Fast 50 award for the first time.  The accolade is bestowed upon Asian-American-owned companies that report the greatest 3-year revenue increase.

Five years later, during this year’s USPAACC CelebrAsian Procurement Conference, which took place May 31 to June 2 in San Diego, we were grateful to be recognized for a fourth time as a Fast 100 (as it’s now known) Asian American-owned business.  While being named to the Fast 50 for the first time back in 2012 was extremely gratifying, earning that recognition for a fourth time is equally rewarding as it validates the fact that we continue to grow in terms of employee numbers, clients, and our overall quality of service and dedication to our customers.

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The Fast 100 Winners

Our President and CEO Chris Marquez, who is (half) Korean American, had the pleasure of being in San Diego to attend the 32nd Annual CelebrAsian.  The theme of this year’s event was “Collaborate – Innovate – Connect,” and attendees had the opportunity to do just that.  Chris attended seminars on winning work in the Federal and Commercial sectors, and networked with leaders of companies from across the country, including Ingersoll Rand, PepsiCo, and BMW.  In addition, he participated in several workshops, such as “Meet the Disrupters: How They Transform Industries” and “What’s your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market.”

We are proud to be recognized as one of USPAACC’s Fast 100 Asian American businesses for the fourth occasion, and we were privileged to have the opportunity to connect with numerous influential business leaders and participate in several valuable seminars and workshops, as we continue to sharpen our focus of enabling communication and collaboration.

CEO Off the Cuff: Our New Offices

NCC Office Building

by Chris Marquez

In March we passed our ISO:9001 audit (yay!) with flying colors.  When I sat in for the final debriefing, our auditor said, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but these new offices are A LOT (emphasis his!) better than the offices that you were in before.  You look like you’re a real business.”  I didn’t take it the wrong way, and what he said has stuck with me as a point of pride.  NCC started in the basement of my home, moved to the top floor of an antique shop, and relocated to an old building in Arlington, before we finally upgraded to beautiful new offices in Tysons.  The lesson was clear: sacrificing early on helps lead to success in the end!

Thanks to everyone for helping us pass the ISO audit and for helping with the move to Tysons!

NCC to Serve as a Sponsor for NIH’s An Evening for Hope on April 29

An Evening For Hope

Isaac is a 12-year-old boy who was born with an extremely rare disease called CANDLE (chronic atypical neutrophilic dermatosis with lipodystrophy and elevated temperature).  Isaac’s family brought him to the Children’s Inn at NIH when he was just 19-months old, and thanks to Isaac and a few other young patients, NIH was able to discover this new illness and subsequently develop treatments for it.  Isaac is one of thousands of examples of children who have spent time at the Children’s Inn – a “place like home” for children with serious medical needs – since it opened its doors in 1990.

Since its inception, 12,000 children and their families from around the world have stayed free of charge at the Inn, where they can enjoy fun activities with their families and caring staff and volunteers, after their daily treatments at NIH.

On April 29th, NIH will host the 4th Annual An Evening for Hope at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, VA.  As a company which has supported NIH since our founding in 2002, NCC is grateful to serve as a sponsor for this important event, just as we have in the first three years of the event.   An Evening for Hope features a raffle for a Palm Springs resort vacation, a silent auction, welcome reception, dinner, entertainment from mentalist Joshua Seth, and dancing.  The funds raised at An Evening for Hope will go directly to the Children’s Inn.

We are grateful to again serve as a sponsor for An Evening for Hope, and we are proud to support NIH in enabling communication and collaboration for the numerous organizations within the organization, as they perform research that leads to vital treatments given to the children who visit NIH and the Children’s Inn.

As a nonprofit organization, the Children’s Inn raises its own funds in order to provide free accommodations and support for the families that visit; there are several ways to give to the Children’s Inn, and we ask you to consider donating by visiting its website.  You can also purchase a raffle ticket online (you do not have to be present at the event to win), and follow @TheChildrensInn on Twitter for updates before, during, and after An Evening for Hope.

NCC Helps NSF Make Grants Conferences More Accessible

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a vital federal organization that funds research that directly effects many, research such as the University of Minnesota’s 3-D-printed patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue and the Cleaner Water initiative that aims to “make ‘wastewater’ a dirty word.”  In pursuit of NSF’s goal to fund “basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future,” the Foundation holds regular grants conferences that bring together professionals across the organization to discuss issues that are highly important to the scientific community.

In the same way that NSF fosters scientific innovation in research, leaders within the Foundation wanted a fresh, new way to communicate with their researchers about the details and benefits of their grants conferences, so they looked to re-design the conference website. That’s when National Capitol Contracting (NCC) got to work doing what we do best: enabling communication and collaboration.

We created a sleek-looking NSF Grants Conference website that gives details about upcoming conferences, allows users to sign up for conference updates, offers resources like webcasts and presentations, and much more.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable Multimedia Production team shot and produced a video entitled “Why attend an NSF Grants Conference?”, which outlines the many benefits attendees get out of going to these conferences.

NCC was privileged to assist NSF as it promotes scientific advancement and collaboration among research professionals, and we look forward to supporting the Spring 2017 NSF Grants Conference in June, as well as future conferences and events!

NCC named to Fast 100, and will Present Scholarship at CelebrAsian 2017

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“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder.  But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.”  These inspiring words were spoken by PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, representing an ever-growing number of Asian-American-owned or run businesses (1.9 million with a revenue of nearly $700 billion as of 2012).  Nooyi, born in India, has proven to be among the most influential business leaders in the world (Fortune ranked her the #1 most powerful woman in business in 2009 and 2010).  She gave the keynote address in 2014 for the United States Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) CelebrAsian Conference, the largest procurement conference for Asian-American businesses.

NCC is proud to announce that we have been recognized by USPAACC for the fourth time as a Fast 100 award winner, as one of the fastest growing Asian American-owned businesses in the U.S.  Our CEO and President Chris Marquez will attend CelebrAsian 2017, which takes place in San Diego between May 31st and June 2nd, to receive this prominent award.  Collectively, the companies named to the Fast 100 generated an annual revenue of $10 billion.

In addition to being named to the Fast 100, we are pleased to sponsor the National Capitol Contracting Scholarship for the fifth consecutive year.  On June 2nd, Mr. Marquez will present the scholarship to a standout Asian-American high school senior.  The National Capitol Contracting Scholarship is one of over 20 to be awarded at this year’s CelebrAsian, along with those given by highly successful companies and organizations including Comcast, Hilton, Ingersall Rand, Pepsico, and UPS.  USPAACC receives an average of 3,200 applications annually from high school seniors of Asian Pacific Island heritage.  In 2016, USPAACC awarded $77,000 in scholarships to recipients, a 40 percent increase from 2015.

USPAACC is the largest and longest-standing organization representing Asian Americans and Asian-American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services.   The organization was founded in 1986 to address the aspirations, potentials and the challenges Asian Americans met in the mainstream marketplace.   In addition to training, developing, educating, and advocating for Asian American professionals, USPAACC has assisted in establishing educational opportunities for Asian American leaders of the future by awarding between 10 and 20 academic scholarships annually.

We are honored to present the National Capitol Contracting scholarship to the deserving recipient, and we are proud to be named as one of USPAACC’s Fast 100 awardees, as we strive for continued growth and cultivate our passion for “Great People, Great Experiences, Great Results.”

CEO off the Cuff: DC Diaper Bank

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by Chris Marquez

My son, Alex is now officially potty trained!  I figured I would celebrate the occasion by reminding everyone of the great work DC Diaper Bank, a charity NCC supports, is doing for our community. This week I’ll be dropping off all our extra diapers at a local pickup location just a few blocks from my house.  Make sure to check out DC Diaper Bank and support them if you can: http://www.dcdiaperbank.org/Alex DC Diaper Bank

 

 

 

 

DC Diaper Bank By The Numbers

  • 40 nonprofit partners agencies in DC, MD and VA
  • Each month we serve 4,000 families and distribute 175,000+ diapers along with thousands of pounds of formula, baby food, hygiene supplies, and toiletries
  • Total Diapers Donated: 4.6 million
  • 1000+ volunteers
  • 7,038 hours worth of warehouse volunteer sessions