A pioneer in the IT field, Linda Berdine has spent the past three decades connecting the government to innovative information solutions. Her company, G&B Solutions Inc., a leading Virginia-based information technology and management-consulting firm, has consistently ranked as one the fastest growing companies in the Washington, D.C. region. Now, with the recent sale of G&B to VSE, Berdine reflects on what“™s on the horizon for the company she started in 2001.
What motivated you to found G&B Solutions in 2001?
The motivation was to establish a quality firm. There“™s hundred of companies around the beltway that I really saw as being on a similar level. I wanted to establish a company that peaked its head above this crowd.
And what“™s the point of differentiation?
We did not want to do just commodity kinds of work “” help desk and typical kinds of support contracts that most small businesses start out performing. What we did right out of the gate was focus on being a high-end management consulting firm. We then married up the management consulting with IT infrastructure services. This combination of expertise “” grasping and performing within the context of the big picture of our client environment “” has been our distinguishing factor. We talk about the fact that we understand not just the IT pieces, but also the management consulting issues. This gives us a different picture of the federal agencies.