Making a difference in Federal IT sales and marketing takes gumption, smarts, and a little fire.

Get ready to light it up and join us for the inaugural MeriTalk Federal Firebrands award program.

Help us recognize the change makers and innovators who are taking risks and igniting the future of Federal IT.

The Federal Firebrands will honor tech industry sales and marketing leaders who are passionate about their work, spark great ideas, and go above and beyond – day in and day out.

Voting for the inaugural Federal Firebrands awards is now closed. Join us at Cyber Smoke on March 12 to find out who won.

Award Ceremony
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Washington, D.C.
The awards will recognize winners in the following categories:
Award nominees must work in the Federal IT industry and exhibit strong leadership and a drive to bring fresh ideas to the ring.
Contact Dara Stevens
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    • Liz Anthony

      Liz orchestrated a market education campaign focused on the growing need to simplify multi-cloud management in Federal agencies. She ensured the assets drew a clear link between technology progress and practical mission impact and took an innovative promotional strategy – micro-targeting decision makers interested in Federal IT modernization via a series of new FITARA online resources.

    • Kelly Broadhurst

      As a young force in the industry, Kelly builds comprehensive programs that differentiate Veritas’ voice in the data management market and build a strong pipeline.

    • Tricia Davis-Muffett
      Booz Allen Hamilton

      Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton as VP of Marketing earlier this year, Tricia led a global team at AWS consisting of 140+ marketing professionals across five continents focused on increasing adoption of cloud computing across: national, regional and local governments; systems integrators; educational institutions and EdTech companies; public health; and nonprofits and NGOs. She is a recognized expert in marketing to the federal government, with many honors and awards.

    • Lisa DeLuca

      Lisa has a sharp eye for detail and isn’t afraid to think outside the box.

    • Tina Dempsey Jones

      Tina has a sharp eye for driving successful marketing initiatives – from vision to planning to launch to driving results.

    • Leslie Egan
      Government Acquisitions, Inc.

      Leslie Egan combines deep industry knowledge with a willingness to try innovative new programs. Together with the GAI team, she collaborates with partners to create programs that educate, share what is working, and highlight what is possible — supporting Federal modernization and missions.

    • Kimberly Eastman

      As a result of Kimberly’s leadership, an extensive ecosystem of private sector organizations and government leaders comes together to share best practices and new ideas for improving how government works – 1,100 attendees and 70+ agencies and sub-agencies in 2019 – 40% growth each year for the past two years.

    • Lauren Franco
      Recorded Future

      Lauren understands the market and her passion for building relationships sets her apart from others. She received the Sales Culture Award, a testament to her commitment to providing superior marketing programs.

    • Scott Greenwald

      Scott leads efforts at Leidos to promote Defense and Intelligence, Civil, Healthcare, and Advanced Solutions businesses, along with three commercial groups: Cyber, Energy and Healthcare. Recently, Scott’s team launched Leidos LIVE, a mobile technology experience that tours the country visiting civil, defense, intelligence, and healthcare clients at their offices to showcases Leidos’ IT and cybersecurity solutions.

    • Jennifer Held

      Jennifer’s creative vision is unrivaled – she takes calculated risks and is strives to increase ROI on her government marketing campaigns.

    • Kathy LeNoir

      Kathy is not only a pleasure to work with but understands the power of a diverse marketing portfolio.

    • Marci Neill
      Pure Storage

      Marci’s team was recognized as the number one marketers in the company for pipeline delivered through innovative solution based programs and integrated campaigns.

    • Oliver Nutt

      Oliver oversaw the execution of a comprehensive new brand campaign that gave the company a fresh look and feel in a crowded market and positioned GDIT as an innovative force.

    • Seabreeze Osburn

      Marketing for DoD’s mission is no easy feat, and Seabreeze tackles it with true strategic vision and out-of-the-box thinking.

    • Melissa Perez

      Melissa has exceptional leadership skills.

    • Kathy Quinn

      Kathy is a forward-looking and effective leader – she’s extremely knowledgeable about government IT and works to build programs and strategic relationships that align with customer and business priorities.

    • Robin Randall

      Recognizing the power of marketing “with” vs. marketing “to,” Robin Randall spearheaded efforts to revitalize the Citrix public sector customer success story program in 2019. Taking a flexible approach, Robin partners with the sales organization, sharing options rather than a one-size-fits-all process.

    • Lesley Rogers

      She’s a driven professional and a strong creative thinker – her “can do” attitude inspires her team to be the best.

    • Shelly Scarpelli

      Shelly is an effective and creative marketing force in the government IT community.

    • Lisa Sion

      Lisa possesses deep vertical expertise and is a true expert in public sector marketing. She excels in both the strategic and the tactical, both content and field marketing, and has led the organization through a crucial period in developing brand identity.

    • Lisa Sherwin Wulf

      Lisa is the force behind many high-profile marketing initiatives that have elevated SolarWinds and helped educate the company’s customers about IT best practices.

    • Julie Smith

      Julie led efforts to maximize trade show impact at GEOINT by pairing an innovative high-impact digital campaign with in-person show presence.

    • Milo Speranzo
      Dell EMC

      Recognizing the need to take new approaches, Milo spearheaded a highly successful, multi-pronged integrated content, advertising, and CIO engagement campaign focused on FITARA.

    • Lauren Stauffer

      Lauren is a rising star in Federal IT. She is incredibly smart, very detail oriented, and always has a positive attitude.

    • Rita Walston

      Rita is an engaging speaker and genuinely understands the challenges faced by Federal agencies when it comes to modernizing IT systems.

    • Joe Ayers

      A dynamic public sector leader, Joe has driven success at HPE for more than six years, turning especially strong year-over-year growth in 2019. Under Joe’s leadership, HPE has integrated the industry’s defining high-performance capabilities (following the Cray and SGI acquisitions) to help government agencies tackle some of the toughest missions. From AI to blockchain to quantum, HPE brings high performance to the edge.

    • Dylan Conner
      ID Technologies

      Through simplifying agencies’ data security protocol by deploying the complete security solution, Dylan has implemented the best that industry has to offer to ensure heightened security for our nation and its warfighters.

    • Kevin Davis

      After four very successful years at Splunk, Kevin joined Databricks two years ago to replicate that success. Databricks is at the cutting-edge of unified analytics, AL, ML, and modern data lakes and warehouses – all in the cloud.

    • Chris Faraji

      Chris has actively acquired and developed business-to-business relationships, resulting in formulary wins and organizational development growing VA to one of Salesforce’s largest public sector accounts.

    • Patrick Geritz
      Attila Security

      As head of Attila Security’s government sales team, Patrick has built a talented team that is passionate about evangelizing solutions to provide secure communications for our nation’s defense industrial base. In just one year, Pat and his team have exceeded quota by opening new markets for the company and building beneficial, lasting relationships.

    • Judson Graves

      Judson helped the DOJ realize more value for their data with a solution based on Yellowbrick.

    • Jason Green

      Jason leads Sonatype’s Public Sector division as Vice President and is a passionate advocate for the practice of DevSecOps within the federal government. Throughout his nearly five years with the company, he’s built out an incredibly talented team, who consistently beats expectations while helping more than 150 federal agencies protect their software supply chains and harness the power of open source, without any of the risk.

    • Steve Harris
      Dell Technologies

      Steve Harris is 100% focused on supporting Federal digital transformation. Together with his team and extensive partner ecosystem, Steve shares best practices and new ideas to implement technologies including multi-cloud, AI, IoT, and more for real mission impact. Steve is also a strong supporter of the Federal community and causes including the USO and K9s for Warriors.

    • Randy Hayes
      VAST Data

      Randy sold over $10M in his first year in the Federal and Mid-Atlantic market. His passion for launching startups is infectious and his acumen for driving early product revenue is unrivaled.

    • Rick Herrmann

      Rick has nearly three decades of service at Intel and was inducted into the company’s America’s Sales and Marketing Organization Hall of Fame in 2016 for his years of leadership in serving customers, leading teams, and contributing to Intel’s success. He has a deep knowledge of the IT industry, and has developed key programs such as Intel’s worldwide government sales and marketing practice across 60 countries.

    • Ralph Kompare

      Ralph is moving the software development industry forward, with leading tools and practices to modernize Federal dollars spent developing software.

    • David Levy
      Amazon Web Services

      David leads AWS’s U.S. Government business where he helps governments, enterprise, and nonprofit customers realize the potential of technology to transform their organizations and fulfill on their missions. He is an experienced, driven executive, and impactful leader in the IT sector.

    • Lynn Martin

      Lynn Martin is a champion for cloud, mobility and security in government, education and healthcare industries. She is responsible for the successful integration of healthcare into VMware’s public sector team, and is a strong advocate for diversity in science and engineering.

    • Brian Marvin

      Brian and team championed the FedRAMP High/DoD IL-4 certification for ServiceNow, an investment that demonstrates ServiceNow’s commitment to its Federal customers. Brian, a Marine Corps veteran, also serves on the board of the USO of Metropolitan Washington and volunteers with his team to support Habitat for Humanity, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

    • Michael Miller

      Michael’s excellent guidance through business planning and forecasting along with an overall understanding of customer needs gives his team a forward-looking vision into problem solving for the present and future.

    • Greg Myers

      With over thirty years of management experience in IT, Greg Myers is an industry veteran. Responsible for Microsoft’s Federal government business worldwide, he works side by side with government customers to define the strategy and oversee the execution of innovative programs and critical modernization efforts.

    • Gary Newgaard
      Pure Storage

      Under Gary’s leadership, public sector became Pure’s fastest growing sector, helping to more than double the company’s market opportunity since 2016. Gary possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and is a results-driven leader – and his history of driving IT market share, building revenue, and ensuring customer satisfaction has helped to propel Pure Storage forward in the market.

    • Leigh Palmer

      Leigh Palmer is GDIT’s senior vice president for the defense division, overseeing the delivery of mission-critical services and innovative solutions to the DoD and other government customers.

    • Darryl Peek

      Darryl manages CXO relationships across CFO Act agencies – leveraging expertise in legislation, policy, and emerging technology to provide guidance to agencies on strategic priorities and enterprise technology investments.

    • Doug Rossie

      Doug helps vendors in the crucial cybersecurity space deploy FIPS 140-2 validated encryption. He shepherds companies with innovative and cutting-edge solutions that result in a positive impact on the FedIT landscape.

    • Bill Rowan

      Bill Rowan specializes in implementing cloud computing, mobility, and security IT infrastructure across the Federal government. He leads a team of sales, engineering, advisory, and implementation services professionals who help Federal organizations maximize digital transformation by leveraging virtualized IT infrastructure.

    • Andrew Schnabel

      Drew is a committed leader working to ensure Federal agencies can take advantage of modern cloud technology, securely, to empower their teams, meet their missions, and deliver exceptional citizen service. Together with his team, Drew takes a “roll-up-the-sleeves” approach, demonstrating opportunities to improve security with new solutions and pilot programs.

    • Julie Starnes
      Recorded Future

      Julie secured a four year, $50 Million contract with Cyber Command and has been nominated for “The Marty Award” by her colleagues the past three years. Julie is passionate about sales, supporting her government clients, and women in cyber security.

    • Eric Trexler

      Eric’s passion and authenticity stands out and allows him to drive new customer and partner relationships. Eric shares this passion for Federal cybersecurity innovation in the podcast he leads, To the Point Cybersecurity.

    • Patty Trexler

      Patty has played an instrumental role in helping agencies pursue modern security solutions and innovative technologies to improve the security posture across enterprise networks. Patty’s passion is evident in her ability to overcome challenges and provide high-impact solutions.