Activity in the Wash100 Award popular vote contest is abuzz this week as we enter the second half of the race. Some executives have regained the leads they had in the early going, while other fresher faces are steadily making their way up the top 30. It’s becoming a more exciting race by the day, only more so with every new voter and participant who joins in the fun. (Vote now at Wash100.com — anyone with an email address can be a part of this special contest.)
In case this is your first time tuning in, we’re talking about the progress made in the last week of the popular vote Executive Mosaic holds every year for the first quarter of the calendar between the various top-notch executives from the Wash100 list. The latter is an esteemed group of the most impressive, heavyweight names in government contracting and the federal sector. They are hugely influential and promise to continue making waves in this space, as the award is a forward-looking celebration. If you want to know who are poised to be the most important figures in the U.S. government ecosystem over the coming year, you can reliably consult the Wash100.
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Perhaps the most striking move this week was first-time winner Tameika Hollis, CEO of Illuminate Mission Solutions, who started out in January in the top five and hasn’t left the top 10 but nonetheless fell behind the pack a tiny bit. Until now. Hollis is currently at number five, jumping two spots from her standing last week at number seven. Will she overtake the ironclad, seemingly immovable top four of Carahsoft’s Craig Abod, Microsoft Federal’s Rick Wagner and Wes Anderson and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin? You, dear reader, will decide that.
Netting the largest gains of the week were three-spot leaps by Maxar’s Tony Frazier, a six-time Wash100 recipient who shot from number 19 to number 16 and General Anthony Cotton, commander of U.S. Strategic Command and a newcomer to the elite list who enjoyed a spike from number 17 to number 13. Similar to Hollis, Cotton hovered on the outskirts of the top 10 in the early part of the race, only to slide down a few spots, so it looks like he and his supporters have been reenergized.
Elsewhere, Defense Health Agency Director Telita Crosland zoomed from number eight to number six this week. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stacey Dixon is edging ever closer to the top 10, working her way from number 12 to a competition-best number 11 this week. We foresee her breaking through to the top 10 before this thing is through.
The week also saw gains from Nothrop Grumman’s Roshan Roeder, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu (who is now planted in the top 20 at number 20!) and Noblis CEO Mile Corrigan. Keep up the impressive work!
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