Winners Announced

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

The votes are in, and we are pleased to present the inaugural Federal Firebrands winners.

Below, please see the full list of winners who spark great ideas, ignite change, and drive results for their organizations.

We were pleased to honor the winners at MeriTalk’s Cyber Smoke event. View photos from the event.

Award Ceremony
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Washington, D.C.
The awards recognize winners in the following categories:

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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Leslie Egan
      Government Acquisitions

      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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 Technologies

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

    • Joe Ayers
      Hewlett Packard Enterprise

      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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.