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Data Solutions and Technology Founder Speaks On STEM in Higher Ed

July 18, 2011

Deborah Scott Thomas Appears on Bowie State's TV Show

Dr. George Acquaah, CEO Deborah Scott Thomas, Dr. Otis Thomas. Data Solutions and Technology Founder Speaks On STEM in Higher Ed Dr. George Acquaah, CEO Deborah Scott Thomas, Dr. Otis Thomas

"There is nothing in America that you can't do if you have the desire and will to do it," said Deborah Scott Thomas, president and founder of Data Solutions & Technology, Incorporated during an interview with Bowie State University's SAS Connections television show now airing on local cable channels.

Thomas shares her personal story about her determination to become an entrepreneur, and her efforts to encourage entrepreneurship among faculty and students at historically black colleges and universities. She led the development of the first annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Conference at Alabama State University earlier this year which focused on how these institutions can support entrepreneurship and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines (STEM). Dr. George Acquaah, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowie State University, also spoke at the conference.

Thomas says that she is committed to supporting STEM initiatives. She is currently exploring ways to help expand programs and resources in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowie State University, specifically in computer science and natural sciences through her company. In addition, her husband, Oatice Thomas, president and CEO of Operations & Technology, Incorporated serves on the advisory board for the College.

Data Solutions & Technology, located in Lanham, MD, provides support services to state and federal agencies in management support, information technology, logistics and operations, aviation management, and scientific and technical support. Before opening Data Solutions & Technology in 1994, Thomas worked for a number of Fortune 100 companies and small businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Alabama State University and a master's in public administration from Webster University. She is also a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve and has received numerous awards including being named one of The Network Journal's 25 Influential Black Women in 2011; the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.

The SAS Connections show, hosted by Dr. Otis Thomas, chair of the Department of Communications is produced by Bowie State University's cable television station and airs on Comcast channel 74 and Verizon Cable channel 43 in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. This episode is airing during the month of July, Monday through Friday at 2:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. To view previous videos, click here

About DST Incorporated

Founded in 1994, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide a full spectrum of professional services in Management Support, Information Technology, Logistics and Operations, Aviation Management, and Scientific and Technical Support that result in cost-effective solutions of strategic value to our customers, government and commercial clients worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, has a top secret facility clearance, and is veteran- and women-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


VP Frank Brooks Joins Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated

June 10, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) –   Frank Brooks was appointed vice president for Strategic Development at Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST). Brooks reports to the president and chief executive officer of DST and is responsible for spearheading the strategic planning process to ensure the continued development and success of the company's five core capabilities: Management Services; Information Technology; Logistics and Operations; Scientific and Technical; and Aviation Management.

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas“Given Frank's track record of leadership within the technology and the defense industries, he will be at the nexus of our efforts to capture new opportunities on the horizon for Data Solutions & Technology," stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas. "He is uniquely qualified to work at the intersection of so many crucial initiatives across the company and play an essential role in our various business outreach efforts.”

Brooks is a senior information technology leader with more than 20 years of experience. He is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership, management, cyber operations, IT infrastructure evolution, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) compliance. He possesses exceptional knowledge in formulating and executing IT and business operations strategies surrounding large multi-billion dollar systems, software development, multi-platform network infrastructure, security, regulatory compliance, IT governance, enterprise architecture, quality assurance and project management initiatives.

Frank Brooks was appointed vice president for Strategic Development at Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST).“I am thrilled to join DST and to have the opportunity to work with such an experienced and talented team,” stated Brooks.  “Since 1994, DST has built an excellent reputation with its customers, to include a Who’s Who list of federal agencies.  As we continue to grow in our five core areas, I look forward to expanding business within multiple market segments that will contribute to the implementation of our strategic objectives.”

Previously, Brooks helped develop Cyber Operations doctrine for the Department of Defense forces directly supporting Civil Authorities in the National Capital Region.  He led the first world-wide US Air Force Cyber Defense exercise and was the DoD liaison with corporate CIOs regarding cyber incident management and risk assessments. 

He has a broad background in diverse systems management.  He has managed procurement, installation and operation of: satellite terminals; single and multi-channel ground, airborne, and shipboard radios; land mobile radios; video teleconferencing systems; microwave radios; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); telephony; and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems.

Brooks retired as Colonel in the US Air Force.  During his service to the country, he led IT support during special operations and other contingencies around the world under both combat and non-combat conditions.  Notably he led an IT mission involving 200 techs reopening the Port-au-Prince airport in the early stages of the US operation in Haiti and was lead US IT advisor to the Government of Canada in a humanitarian mission supporting the Hutu/Tutsi conflict in Africa.

He holds a bachelor’s in Aeronautical Science from the US Air Force Academy and earned a master’s in Data Processing from Washington University in St. Louis.

About DST Incorporated

Founded in 1994, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide a full spectrum of professional services in Management Support, Information Technology, Logistics and Operations, Aviation Management, and Scientific and Technical Support that result in cost-effective solutions of strategic value to our customers, government and commercial clients worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, has a top secret facility clearance, and is veteran- and women-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


Data Solutions & Technology CEO Presents at Technology Conference

June 6, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) –   President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas will present about Social Networking Technology at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 26-29, 2011. Scott Thomas is co-presenting with Alvin Hartley, President of HBCULINKUP.COM, and Lauren-Nikai Harry, a student at Howard University and the General Sales Manager of the University’s radio station.  They will present a session for secondary educators who are interested in learning about Historically Black Colleges and Universities and how these institutions use technology, including social networking, to recruit, support, and enroll students.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. With its affiliate network, ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders globally. Its members include: more than 20,000 individual members; 80 affiliate organizations; 89 individual member countries; 6 affiliate regions worldwide; and 65 corporations worldwide. ISTE membership is a powerful and meaningful way for educators to connect with peers, to gather in a variety of forums to share the challenges and excitement of teaching, and to be part of a community that leads the transformation of education.

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas“Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, aviation operations, and scientific and technical support services to government and commercial customers worldwide,” stated CEO Scott Thomas.  “I am pleased to contribute to the ITSE Conference by sharing my technology experiences and hope it will be of great interest to participants.”

Each year nearly 20,000 enthusiastic education technology professionals and corporate representatives from 60 countries unite for five days of professional learning and collaboration at ISTE's annual conference and exposition. The conference program is selected from more than 2,000 peer reviewed submissions and is comprised of 700 immersive, interactive sessions, 145 special topic workshops, three inspiring keynotes, and numerous informal networking lounges and cafés.

The 32nd annual ISTE conference and exposition this month at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia also hosts 500 global education tech companies and organizations who demo their newest and best technologies dedicated to improving learning and teaching, and to help unlock students' potential.  For more information about ITSE visit the website at www.iste.org.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. Visit the website at www.iste.org.

About DST Incorporated

Founded in 1994, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is ISO 9001:2008 certified, has a top secret facility clearance, and is woman and veteran-owned. The company has over 200 CONUS and OCONUS employees. Its president and CEO, Deborah Scott Thomas, graduated from an HBCU, Alabama State University and received her United States Air Force commission as a second lieutenant from ASU’s Detachment 019. She retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve, having served her country for three decades.  She has worked for Fortune 100 companies as well as small businesses. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, the most recent being named one of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in 2011; receiving the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College; receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.; receiving the Distinguished Hornet Entrepreneurial Award from the ASU National Alumni Association’s Philadelphia Chapter; and receiving the first Silhouette of Service Award from ASU’s College of Business Administration. For more information visit the website at www.dstincorporated.com.

About HBCULINKUP.COM

HBCULINKUP.COM is a National Educational and Informational Social Networking website. The site offers inner city junior high, high school and college students the opportunity to upload their academic and athletic profile. Students, parents, and school counselors can interact with several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) through this portal. HBCULINKUP.COM serves as a vehicle for students to discover educational opportunities outside of their own community. The site is responsible for providing ongoing informational resources to thousands of students choosing and being accepted to attend HBCU’s. HBCULINKUP.COM aims to reduce the educational and informational gap between communities across the country about HBCUs. These objectives will be conducted through Bus Tours, Social Networking and Promotional Events.


Data Solutions and Technology Incorporated Awarded eFAST

May 23, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) –  Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST) announced today that the company has been awarded an eFAST Master Ordering Agreement (MOA), which is the FAA’s preferred acquisition vehicle for fulfilling agency small business goals.

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas“We are extremely pleased with being awarded eFAST for it is a major milestone in furthering the business objectives of DST,” stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas.  “Given our company’s five core capabilities: Management Services; Information Technology; Logistics and Operations; Scientific and Technical; and especially Aviation Management, we are well positioned to meet the specific needs of the Federal Aviation Administration.”

eFAST is the electronic FAA Accelerated & Simplified Tasks (eFAST) agency-wide contracting program and it can be used by all FAA organizations and other federal agencies when in the best interest of the government.  The MOA, which functions as a Blanket Purchase Agreement, provides for a broad range of comprehensive professional and support services. The combined total ceiling amount for all MOAs under eFAST is $2 billion for a 7 year period.

DST was awarded eFAST due to its technical capabilities and demonstrated performance in the following functional areas: research and development and air transportation support.  Leon Stinson, Vice President of Aviation Management, and Robert Snyder, Vice President of Corporate Development, will lead the DST efforts in support of the FAA. 

Leon Stinson“The FAA mission closely aligns with DST service offerings and we look forward to actively participating in the transformation of the National Airspace System through the FAA NextGen success,” stated Stinson.

According to the FAA, “NextGen is a comprehensive overhaul of our National Airspace System to make air travel more convenient and dependable, while ensuring air flight is as safe, secure and hassle-free as possible. In a continuous roll-out of improvements and upgrades, the FAA is building the capability to guide and track air traffic more precisely and efficiently to save fuel and reduce noise and pollution. NextGen is better for our environment, and better for our economy.”

Rob Snyder“In order to achieve the goals of 2025 and beyond, the FAA will look to the aviation community in continuing to support existing National Airspace System requirements while expanding them to meet future demand,” stated Snyder. “The FAA recognizes that small business has the agility and talent to be an integral part of this support and we are proud to assist them as an eFAST participant.”

About DST Incorporated

Founded in 1994, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide a full spectrum of professional services in Management Support, Information Technology, Logistics and Operations, Aviation Management, and Scientific and Technical Support that result in cost-effective solutions of strategic value to our customers, government and commercial clients worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, has a top secret facility clearance, and is veteran- and women-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


New Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Joins DST

May 11, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) –  Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated appointed Kenneth Tolson to the new position of vice president and chief innovation and technology officer. Tolson reports to the president and chief executive officer.

He is responsible for providing leadership in one of DST's core capabilities, Information Technology, to include E-Government strategic planning, as well as cloud computing and cybersecurity initiatives.

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas"As a solutions and technology oriented company, innovation is critical to the future growth of DST," stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas. "I am delighted Ken has joined our talented team and look forward to seeing his energy and creativity bring forth new ideas and opportunities for our thriving company."

Tolson was on the Data Solutions and Technology coordination team which resulted in the successful Alabama State University Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Entrepreneurship Conference that was held in March 2011 for which DST was also the title sponsor. The goals of the HBCU conference were to enable attendees the opportunity to learn about business development, entrepreneurship, grants, contracting and fellowships, with a special focus in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Kenneth Tolson"I'm honored to be working for Data Solutions and Technology, a company that is well positioned in the Federal Technology Market place here in the national capital region," stated Tolson. "I'm looking forward to using the latest innovation in IT to expand our footprint across our core capabilities and grow opportunities both domestic and internationally. Cloud Computing, Software as a Service (SaaS), and cybersecurity are the driving forces in the market and developing solutions for our clients in these technology disciplines is key to the future."

Tolson formerly served as the executive senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Emerging Technology Consortium, now a division of TBED21. Tolson has served in various senior information technology and management focused roles for both the public and private sectors. As a chief information officer and chief technology officer, he has managed large-scale technology implementation programs for the federal government and other agencies.

Tolson serves on President Barack Obama's Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is a member of the National Society for Black Engineers and multiple technology industry associations. He also founded The Melvin B. Tolson Foundation in honor of his grandfather who was a noted African American poet and educator. Tolson received his B.S. from Morehouse College with honors earning a dual degree in business administration and political science. He is a former United States Marine Corps Reserve Officer.

About DST Incorporated

Founded in 1994, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide a full spectrum of professional services in Management Support, Information Technology, Logistics and Operations, Aviation Management, and Scientific and Technical Support that result in cost-effective solutions of strategic value to our customers, government and commercial clients worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, has a top secret facility clearance, and is veteran- and women-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


New Vice President for Corporate Development Joins DST

May 9, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) –  Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated appointed Robert Snyder to the new position of vice president for corporate development. Snyder reports to the president and chief executive officer. 

He is responsible for developing and leading DST into new markets and advancing the corporate capabilities in the areas of aviation management, renewable energy, and health care IT. 

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas“We are delighted to welcome Rob to the dedicated and customer-oriented DST team,” stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas.  “His extensive business development background coupled with a strong knowledge of IT and aviation management are a perfect fit with the core capabilities of Data Solutions & Technology.”

Snyder has over twenty years of experience in supporting federal government customers in the civil, Department of Defense, and Intel arenas.  He has been a strong advocate for the small business community and has held corporate leadership positions in both new and emerging small businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies. 

As a founder of several successful small businesses, Snyder has led their efforts in year-to-year triple digit growth and has been sought after by the small business community as an advisor to new and emerging companies on how to achieve similar success. He was a member of the MindShare class of 2005 and has been active in several organizations to include:  Industry Advisory Council, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and Air Traffic Control Association. His experience includes programs such as the IV&V of the FAA EnRoute Moderization effort.  This information technology program involved the review and testing of over 1.2 million lines of code and providing the FAA with monthly reports detailing recommended actions for program improvement.  Snyder was also responsible for the development and oversight of the VA Bar Code Medication Administration Wireless Security nationwide program and led the multi-vendor team during installation. 

Rob Snyder“Having been involved in the local small business community on and off for my entire career, I’ve learned to recognize those companies that are primed to become leading companies of tomorrow,” stated Snyder.  “DST has shown a commitment to reach new heights and become not only a recognized leader in the small business community but a shining light in the large business community of tomorrow.  I am proud to join this organization and be involved in helping my colleagues reach that success.”

Snyder has spent his life in the local community and is a graduate of Frostburg State University.  Born in Hagerstown, Md., he and his wife now reside in Haymarket, Va.  He is involved in civic activities, his daughters’ schools, and church community.  He enjoys working with others in helping them reach their goals through mentorship and individual consulting.

About DST Incorporated

Founded in 1994, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide a full spectrum of professional services in Management Support, Information Technology, Logistics and Operations, Aviation Management, and Scientific and Technical Support that result in cost-effective solutions of strategic value to our customers, government and commercial clients worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, has a top secret facility clearance, and is veteran- and women-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


Data Solutions & Technology CEO Recognized by Spelman College

May 4, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) –   Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Deborah Scott Thomas, who is CEO and President of Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, will be recognized during the Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference on May 11 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Scott Thomas is one of this year’s “Legacy of Leadership Awards” recipients.  She received her U.S. Air Force commission as a second lieutenant from Alabama State University’s Detachment 019 in 1975. She retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve, having served her country for three decades.   

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Deborah Scott Thomas"I am deeply humbled and honored to be recognized in such a significant way for serving my family, community and country by receiving Spelman’s Legacy of Leadership Award," stated Deborah Scott Thomas, President & CEO of Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated. “My company philosophy is ‘your success is my success, and my success is your success.’  Therefore, Spelman’s acknowledgement is a reflection of my supportive family, thriving company, and strong business partners.”

Founded in 1994 by Scott Thomas, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, aviation operations, and scientific and technical support services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

“The Legacy of Leadership Awards” celebrates the accomplishments of individuals and organizations making significant contributions to shaping the destinies of past, current and future generations of leaders.  The awards dinner, held on the first night of the Conference, is an elegant evening of memorable entertainment, outstanding speakers and inspiring stories of leadership.  Previous honorees include: Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, The Republic of Liberia; Dr. Wangari Maathai, Founder, The Green Belt Movement, 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate; John E. Pepper, Jr., Chairman, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Chairman of the Board, Walt Disney Company;  and Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor.

This year’s keynote speaker for the awards event will be Soledad O’Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent,   who will share personal insight on how she sustains while covering world affairs.

The two-day conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Spelman College campus. For registration, schedule and additional details, please visit www.spelmanwomenofcolorconf.com.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college that prepares women to change the world. Located in Atlanta, Ga., this historically black college boasts an 83 percent graduation rate, and outstanding alumnae such as Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; former U.S. Foreign Service Director General Ruth Davis, authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson. More than 83 percent of the full-time faculty members have Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees, and the average faculty to student ratio is 12:1. More than 2,100 students attend Spelman. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

About LEADS at Spelman College

LEADS at Spelman College builds on the legacy of the private, historically Black institution by creating and teaching a leadership model based on the historic influences, experiences and achievements of Black women worldwide. Through a variety of campus-based student initiatives, community and public programs, LEADS supports Spelman women’s choice to change the world by preparing them to be effective global leaders. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

About DST Incorporated
Founded in 1994, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide a full spectrum of professional services in Management Support, Information Technology, Logistics and Operations, Aviation Management, and Scientific and Technical Support that result in cost-effective solutions of strategic value to our customers, government and commercial clients worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, has a top secret facility clearance, and is veteran- and women-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


Data Solutions & Technology Kilinda Franklin TV Guest On Vocation Station

May 3, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) –   Vice President for Management Services at Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, Kilinda M. Franklin, is a guest on the television show “Vocation Station.” Prince George’s One Stop Career Center, a division of the County’s Economic Development Corporation, is assisting in developing and delivering programming on local issues facing displaced workers by way of the show.  Vocation Station is an half hour career information program created to educate Prince George’s County residents about employment- and career-related happenings in the County and throughout the metropolitan region.

President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas“I am pleased to participate on the Vocation Station show for it is a valuable tool for many Maryland citizens,” stated Ms. Franklin.  “Since 1994 Data Solutions & Technology has grown to more than 200 employees and has provided excellent service to customers worldwide.  DST clients include a notable list of federal agencies, such as: Department of Energy; Defense Logistics Agency; Defense Intelligence Agency; Defense Information Systems Agency; U.S. Army; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Navy; U.S. Air Force; Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Department of the Treasury; and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. I look forward to sharing my management knowledge and expertise with viewers of the show.”

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global transformation and technology company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, aviation operations, and scientific and technical support services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Ms. Franklin is a seasoned executive with over fifteen years of experience in organizational development, project management and human capital management.  She is responsible for the long-term and day-to-day operations of federal contracts that provide administrative, financial, procurement, logistical and program management support.   She is a certified Human Capital Strategist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.   

The upcoming Vocation Station program will focus on jobs and careers in high demand industries and careers such as information technology, green/energy efficiency and cyber security.   

Vocation Station TeamShow times:

Channel 70 (Verizon Fios 41)
Monday, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Thursday, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Channel 76 (Verizon Fios 42)
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.

 



About DST Incorporated
Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, aviation operations, and scientific and technical support services to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.

About Prince George’s One Stop Shop
The Prince George’s One-Stop Career Center (One-Stop) is part of a national network of career resource centers funded by the Workforce Investment Act.  Our mission is to provide the tools and resources needed by the business community and the job seeker to meet their workforce needs.  We provide workforce intelligence and solutions. Services are available for adults and youth (14-21 years old). For more information visit http://pgworkforce.org/OneStop.

Contact
Tammi L. Thomas
Vice President for Strategic Management
tthomas@dstincorporated.com
301-583-3500


Data Solutions & Technology Named a Prime on U.S. Army OPTARSS II Contract

April 29, 2011
(LANHAM, Md.) – Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated was named one of 22 small businesses and thirteen large contractors to the Army’s $2.5 billion Operations, Planning, Training and Resource Support Services (OPTARSS II) contract. This contracting vehicle will be structured for maximum flexibility in order to quicken the ordering process and to satisfy the needs of operations customers all through the Army and Department of Defense (DoD).

President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas“We, at DST, are pleased to be counted among the 35 contract awardees and look forward to supporting the needs of the Army and DoD through OPTARSS II,” said President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas.  “I truly appreciate the efforts of DST’s incredible team who has been instrumental in forging new opportunities for company growth.”

OPTARSS II is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract from the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command Center at Fort McPherson, Ga. which all Army Contracting Command Centers can use to contract for services throughout the continental United States and overseas.    

Senior Vice President Richard   ValkosManaged by the U.S. Forces Command (FORSCOM), OPTARSS II has a five-year term and a maximum value of $2.5 billion. As a prime contractor on the ID/IQ, DST will have the opportunity to bid for numerous task orders.  Data Solutions and Technology can also receive work as a subcontractor on several other large and small-business teams that have won awards.

“The Logistics and Operations Division at DST led this spirited business capture effort,” stated Senior Vice President Richard Valkos.  “DST’s’ extensive and highly successful history of performing logistics and maintenance support operations for satisfied customers around the world guided us in this endeavor.”

Vice President for Business Development Betty TingleThe key task-order vehicle for the Army Forces Command calls for support services across eight primary military operations areas: operational planning, training, modeling and simulation, flight operations, mobilization planning and execution, deployment operations, force protection, and transformation.

“We, at DST, are dedicated to achieving 100% customer satisfaction and we take seriously our responsibility in delivering excellent plus interactions with our clients and business partners,” stated Vice President for Business Development Betty Tingle. “We look forward to successfully obtaining and completing a significant amount of OPTARSS task orders.”

Contact
Tammi Thomas
Vice President for Strategic Management
tthomas@dstincorporated.com
301-583-3500


The Next Perfect Set Aside: The WOSB as the New Special Status Policy Goal?

April 4, 2011
(LANHAM, Md.) – The next Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) National Capital seminar series meeting is Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 7:30 a.m. at The Tower Club in Vienna, Virginia. The theme for Tuesday’s meeting is “The Next Perfect Set-Aside: The WOSB as the New Special Status Policy Goal.”

The Obama Administration has placed a high priority on drafting a new proposed Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Rule as part of its overall commitment to expanding opportunities for small businesses to compete for federal contracts. This proposed Rule is aimed at leveling the playing field for women owned small businesses to compete for and win federal contacts, while also achieving the existing statutory goal that 5 percent of federal contracting dollars go to women-owned small businesses.

Increasing in number, range, diversity and earning power, the Department of Defense (DoD), annually awards roughly $10 billion in prime contracts and $8 billion in subcontracts to WOSB concerns. All DoD subcontracting plans are required to have a separate goal for awards to WOSBs. The DoD considers the extent of participation by small business concerns when awarding contracts.

This meeting will provide answers to increase the accessibility of WOSB concerns and DoD procurement opportunities.

MODERATOR:
Richard Moorhouse, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Richard has more than 20 years of experience litigating procurement award and contract disputes at the federal, state, and local level.  He has extensively prosecuted and defended complex bid protest and claim matters before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. 

PANELISTS:
President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas
Deborah Scott Thomas, President & CEO, Data Solutions & Technology (DST) Incorporated

As president and chief executive officer, Ms. Scott Thomas is responsible for directing DST with the objective of providing maximum profit and return on invested capital; establishing short and long-range objectives, plans, and policies; and representing DST with its customers, the financial community, and the public. She provides leadership, supervision, and program direction for all phases of business development, from identification of opportunities through satisfactory completion of customer's requirements.

Jim D'Agostino, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Mr. D'Agostino has extensive experience in all facets of Government Contracts, including contract administration, claims, litigation and protest issues. He handles Government Contracts disputes and protests before various United States District Courts, the Court of Federal Claims, the General Accounting Offices and Boards of Contrast Appeals.

Lynn Gummo, Director, SC&H

Ms. Gummo has provided consultation to primarily closely-held and rapidly growing government contractors regarding strategic planning, government contracting compliance assessments, DCAA issues and business management operation reviews.  She has planned and managed numerous audits of primarily service – based contractors with annual revenues ranging up to $500 million.  Ms. Gummo is knowledgeable on regulations relating to Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations, as well as those relating to 8(a), ANCs and USAID.



For more information about the ACG and the seminar series visit the website at www.acgcapital.org.

About ACG National Capital

National CapitalACG National Capital serves the fourth largest economic region in the U.S. representing the Washington, D.C. metro area, including northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.  It is the leading authority on corporate growth in the mid-Atlantic region providing unparalleled opportunities for networking, deal making and professional development for individuals involved in building corporate value through M&A, strategic partnerships, organic growth and capital funding. ACG National Capital is one of the largest local chapters for the Association for Corporate Growth with over 400 members.  Our members have participated in nearly every M&A transaction completed recently in the D.C. metro region.

About DST Incorporated
Data Solutions & Technology IncorporatedData Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global transformation and technology company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, cyber security, and aviation operations support services to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


TNJ's 13th Annual 25 Influential Women in Business

March 24, 2011

In the photo is Founder and Publisher of The Network Journal Aziz Gueye Adetimirin and DST CEO Deborah Schott Thomas. The event is the 13th Annual 25 Influential Women in Business Awards Program on March 24, 2011 at the New York Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom in New York City. Go to external article


CEO Deborah Scott Thomas Receives HBCU Lifetime Achievement Award

March 20, 2011

Awards were given in 15 categories at the March 18 ceremony, and voting was based on the 2009-2010 academic year. There was also a Lifetime Achievement Award that went to Deborah Scott Thomas, CEO of Data Solutions & Technology, Inc., a global transformation and technology company. » Read original article


Tingle Named New Vice President for Business Development at DST

February 22, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) – Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, a global transformation and technology company, announced today that Betty Tingle has been promoted to vice president for business development.  She reports to the president and chief executive officer. 

Deborah Scott Thomas“Betty has played a critical role in growing DST in the last six years,” stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas.  “She will be responsible for expanding the company’s reach and product depth by developing partnerships and identifying opportunities to fuel continued growth.”

Tingle joined DST in 2004 as a business development director.  She served as point of contact for internal and external customers to include contracting officers, contracting specialists, and technical representatives.  Over the last five years the company’s core business areas have expanded from information technology, management, logistics and operations support to include cyber security and aviation management.  The company was founded in 1994 and since Tingle’s arrival in 2004 DST’s clientele has expanded to numerous federal agencies, including DISA, Department of Treasury and the Department of the Army.  She played a key role in the company’s contract regarding the National Ground Intelligence Center’s Anti-Armor Analysis Program (AAAP) in the U.S. and abroad.

Betty Tingle_DST.jpg“I look forward to enhancing the development of key business relationships that will accelerate Data Solutions & Technology reaching its long term global growth strategy,” stated Tingle. “We, at DST, are dedicated to achieving 100% customer satisfaction and we take seriously our responsibility in delivering excellent plus interactions with our business partners.”

Tingle is a principal member of the executive team that sets the company’s strategic direction.  Before joining DST, Tingle served as a vice president for administration and a human resource manager at Engineering Design Group, a company which was acquired by General Electric in 2001.  She was also a staff assistant with the National Conference of State Legislators.  Tingle served in the U.S. Army.  She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.  Tingle resides in Mitchellville, Md.

About DST Incorporated

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global transformation and technology company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, cyber security, and aviation operations support services to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned. For more information, visit the website at www.dstincorporated.com.

Contact
Tammi L. Thomas
Vice President for Strategic Management
tthomas@dstincorporated.com
301-583-3500


Stallworth Promoted to Quality Manager at DST

February 9, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) – Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, a global transformation and technology company, announced today that Jeanine Stallworth has been promoted to quality manager.

Cassandra D Duncan.jpg“Jeanine is dedicated to upholding Data Solutions & Technology’s commitment to excellent customer service,” stated chief operating officer Cassandra Duncan. “Her strong work ethics include taking on additional responsibilities, such as administering the company’s U.S. General Services Administration IT, MOBIS and LOGWORLD contract vehicles.”

Stallworth joined the company in 2006 as a business development analyst.  Last year she took a leading role in coordinating a successful ISO 9001:2008 recertification for Data Solutions and Technology.  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards.

In her role as quality manager, Stallworth ensures compliance with best practices originating from ISO and she is charged with guiding Data Solutions & Technology to a maturity level 3 Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Services appraisal in 2011.   In addition, she manages the company’s GSA schedules.  For example, Stallworth administers the Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) contract, which is a GSA program that offers a full range of management and consulting services that can improve a federal agency’s performance and its undertaking in meeting mission goals. Data Solutions & Technology’s GSA Information Technology (IT) schedule is also managed by Stallworth.  The IT schedule provides federal agencies direct access to company experts who can address the complex needs of the government information technology community.

Jeanine Stallworth“I enjoy my role at DST in helping to meet the company’s number one priority – 100% customer satisfaction,” stated Stallworth.  “My responsibilities include monitoring our customer satisfaction rating as well as establishing new policies and procedures to meet our internal and external organization’s business standards.”

Another GSA contract Stallworth manages for DST is the Logistics Worldwide (LOGWORLD), which is a program that assists federal agencies in acquiring comprehensive logistics solutions.  The company’s Logistics Division operates globally in nine states and four countries.  Data Solutions & Technology is also a member of the GSA Industry Government Council.

Stallworth earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and anticipates completing her master’s degree this spring from the University of Maryland University College. She resides in Upper Marlboro, Md.  

About DST Incorporated
Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global transformation and technology company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, cyber security, and aviation operations support services to government and commercial customers worldwide.  The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned. For more information visit the website at www.dstincorporated.com.

Contact
Tammi L. Thomas
Vice President for Strategic Management
tthomas@dstincorporated.com
301-583-3500


COBA's 1st Silhouette Award Recognizes Alumni Committed to Service

February 4, 2011

Alabama State University's College of Business Administration honored four alumni with its first Silhouette of Service Awards. The recipients are Dr. John F. Knight ('74), ASU executive vice president and chief operating officer; Deborah Scott Thomas ('74), president and chief executive officer of Data Solutions and Technology Inc.; Janet Sutton ('60), former IBM marketing manager and first female National Alumni Association President; and Herbert Young ('79), financial adviser and Board of Trustee member. Go to external article


Founders' Day Convocation Speaker Asks Students to Add to ASU's Legacy

February 4, 2011

ASU's 111th Founders' Week Celebration culminated Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, with the annual Founders' Day Convocation. This year's guest speaker was Deborah Scott Thomas (BS '74), President and Chief Executive Officer of Data Solutions and Technology Incorporated in Lanham, Md. Go to external article


DST President and CEO to Speak at ASU Founders’ Day Convocation

January 28, 2011

(LANHAM, Md.) – Distinguished alumna and notable businesswoman Deborah Scott Thomas will deliver the keynote address at Alabama State University’s 111th Founder’s Day Convocation on Friday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. in the ASU’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome.

This year’s theme is “Remembering and Celebrating ASU’s Legends of Leadership and Service.”

Deborah Scott ThomasThomas is president and chief executive officer of Data Solutions and Technology Inc. in Lanham, Md.   She graduated from ASU with a B.S. in accounting and management in 1974. She earned a Masters in Public Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo., in 1977.

Thomas was one of the first black females in ASU’s ROTC program. She received her United States Air Force Commission as a second lieutenant from ASU’s Detachment 019 in 1975.

Thomas served in the United States Air Force Reserve as a medical service corp. officer for more than 30 years before retiring as a colonel. While in the Reserve, she worked for Mnemonic Systems Inc. as vice president of Human Resources. She also worked at McDonnell Douglas and Johnson and Johnson. She founded Data Solutions and Technology Inc. in 1994. 

Thomas’ clients include a who’s who of federal agencies. 

“I work with the Department of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t easy getting in the door, but I was able to make the right connections and build strong professional relationships.”

Thomas also maintains a strong relationship with ASU. Her son Darius is a student at ASU and several of her sisters, brothers and other relatives attended Alabama State. She is an active member of the ASU D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter and the ASU National Alumni Association.   Thomas and her husband, Oatice, also an ASU alumnus (1978), continue to provide financial support to ASU and its students. 

The convocation will be preceded by the annual Founders’ Day Breakfast at 8 a.m. on the Acadome Concourse. Both events are free and open to the public.

For information on Founders' Week Events, click here or call 334-229-6795.

ABOUT ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alabama State University, founded in 1867, offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from its historic teacher education program to its new, high-demand programs in health sciences, new Ph.D. in microbiology  and minor in international business.  The more than 5,600 students who attend ASU are as diverse as its academic offerings, with students from more than 40 states and various countries seeking a top-notch education that extends far beyond the walls of a classroom.

ABOUT DATA SOLUTIONS & TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global transformation and technology company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, cyber security, and aviation operations support services to government and commercial customers worldwide.  The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned. For more information visit the website at www.dstincorporated.com.

Contact
Tammi L. Thomas
Vice President for Strategic Management
tthomas@dstincorporated.com
301-583-3500


TNJ To Honor Deborah Scott Thomas

TNJ To Honor Deborah Scott Thomas
25 Influential Black Women in 2011

January 26, 2011

Deborah Scott Thomas(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – The Network Journal (TNJ) will announce its 2011 list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business.”  Included is Deborah Scott Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Data Solutions & Technology, Inc.  The honorees will be featured in the March issue of the magazine. In addition, TNJ will honor these movers and shakers during Women’s History Month at its 13th Anniversary Luncheon on March 24 at the renowned New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, located at 1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th streets) in the business capital of the world, New York City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

25 LOGO“The women we are honoring in the 13th year of these awards span job titles, industries and expertise, but they share the same traits: they all are passionate, driven and focused. They are at the forefront of American leadership and symbolize the diversity and advancement that has occurred across industry lines,” TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin said. “We salute them for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers and for their myriad contributions to their community.”

As a signature TNJ event that attracts a “Who’s Who” of business executives and decision makers from various industries, the luncheon sells out each year.   This year’s sponsors are L’Oreal USA, Wells Fargo, Entergy, Macy’s, WNYC, and WBLS-FM.

About The Network Journal
Founded in 1993, The Network Journal is an award-winning magazine published ten times a year, including combined July/August and December/January issues. Along with its Web edition at TNJ.com, it provides news and commentary on issues that affect the growth of business and the advancement of professionals in the workplace for an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners. Engaging more than 98,000 readers, the print edition of The Network Journal is distributed nationwide, with a focus on the northeast region. For more information call 212-962-3791, or visit the TNJ Web site at www.tnj.com.

About DST Incorporated
Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global transformation and technology company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, cyber security, and aviation operations support services to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned. For more information visit www.dstincorporated.com.


DST VP Promoted to Senior Vice President

January 21, 2011
(LANHAM, Md.) – Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, a global transformation and technology company, announced today that Richard W. Valkos has been promoted to senior vice president for logistics. He reports to the president and chief executive officer.  

President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas
“Richard is an invaluable team member and proven leader with extensive logistics, operations and management experience," stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas. "He leads an incredible team and has been instrumental in DST's success under the Army Field Installation Readiness Support Teams (FIRST) contract vehicle.”

Valkos, a service disabled combat veteran, joined the DST family in 2005 following a 22-year distinguished career as a United States Army Quartermaster Officer. He is responsible for executive management and business development for one of America's premier providers of logistics and information technology mission support to include acquisition, technology, power projection, maintenance, and sustainment operations. Valkos brings to bear extensive experience in the Department of Defense (DOD) worldwide logistics operations and management. With more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager, he has a strong background in logistics readiness, program management, business development, capital accounting, budgeting, force development and modernization, procurement, distribution, inventory management, and transportation.
Richard W. Valkos has been promoted to senior vice president for logistics.  He reports to the president and chief executive officer.
“The marketplace is looking for the solutions we provide and DST's extensive logistics support services enable customers to improve their organizations,” stated Valkos. “I am eager to continue contributing to DST's success in a significant way.”

The Logistics Division at DST operates globally in nine states and four countries. Valkos is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

About DST Incorporated
Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global transformation and technology company whose employees provide management, logistics, information technology, cyber security, and aviation operations support services to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned.


New VP for Aviation Management Joins DST

December 31, 2010
(LANHAM, Md.) – Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, a global technology and solutions company, announced today that Leon Stinson has been appointed vice president of aviation management. Stinson reports to the president and chief executive officer. 

Stinson is responsible for DST’s aviation support services which include: air traffic control systems and staffing, air space planning and Safety Management System (SMS) training.
Deborah Scott Thomas

“Leon brings a wealth of aviation expertise and leadership to the team which will surely strengthen DST’s depth and reach in the marketplace,” stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas.  “With a broad range of experience in the aerospace and airline industries, Leon will bring a fresh perspective to DST as the head of our aviation division.”

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Stinson has over 24 years experience with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  His extensive aviation background includes being on the team that was instrumental in opening Kabul Afghanistan’s Air Control Center (KACC), the world’s first completely non-radar Air Traffic Control Center for the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Defense, NATO and the Afghanistan government. While in Afghanistan, he worked in several capacities including air traffic specialist and watch supervisor.  He also held two major support positions as the KACC Facility Evaluator and the Deputy Training and Standardization (ATSN) Officer.  As the ATSN Officer, he converted U.S. Air Force Training directives to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
Leon Stinson
“I am extremely pleased about the opportunity to join Data Solutions & Technology,” said Stinson. “I look forward to building the aviation division at DST while providing excellent service to our customers.”

Previously, Stinson was an Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Operations Manager, where he was responsible for control operations with seven Areas of Specialization employing over 450 employees that included air traffic control specialists, ATC supervisors, traffic management specialists, maintenance technicians and meteorologists.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University and extensive professional training at the FAA Center for Management Development (CMD) in affiliation with Embry-Riddle University, the FAA Academy-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the FAA Training Facility-Lawton, Oklahoma and other FAA Management training venues. He is a member of the ICAO Roster of Experts.

About DST Incorporated
Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global technology and solutions company whose employees provide management, information technology, cyber security, aviation operations and logistics support services to government and commercial customers worldwide.  The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned.


DST VP Promoted to Chief Operating Officer

December 30, 2010

(LANHAM, Md.) – Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, a global technology and solutions company, announced today that it has created the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) to establish a sharper focus on business execution and has appointed Cassandra Duncan to this position. Duncan was promoted from vice president for contracts and administration and assumes responsibility for day-to-day operations.  She reports to the president and chief executive officer. 
Deborah Scott Thomas
“As COO, Cassandra will enhance DST’s efficiency while gaining an edge in client relationships by more effectively aligning our internal operations and technology teams,” stated President and CEO Deborah Scott Thomas.  “She has proven herself as an accomplished leader and I look forward to her continued results-oriented approach to moving DST forward.”

In her 32 years in the industry, Duncan has gained extensive knowledge in defense contracting and has a thorough command of management theories. She consistently applies quality improvement techniques to exceed quality standards.  As vice president for contracts and administration at DST, Duncan coordinated, established and monitored the company’s contractual activities, which spanned over 100 contracts and major task efforts.  She was also responsible for corporate management functions of several large federal agency contracts for the organization. 

Since 2007 DST has been certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. Duncan conducts ISO internal process audits to ensure the company’s continued compliance with ISO standards of which DST was recertified in June 2010 for another three years (until 2013).

Cassandra Duncan “I look forward to enhancing DST’s operations while providing a continuity of strategy,” stated Duncan. “The company’s main priority is 100% customer satisfaction and it is my job to empower DST employees to reach this goal.”

Before joining DST in 2001 she worked at several companies in Huntsville, Ala. to include: Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.; Barrios Technology Incorporated; New York Life Insurance Company; and USBI/UTC.  Duncan has a multidisciplinary background; she has served in the capacity of systems analyst, programmer, auditor, accountant, program support manager, staff engineer, and operations engineer.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama Huntsville. Duncan lives in Bowie, Md.

About DST Incorporated

Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated is a global technology and solutions company whose employees provide management, information technology, cyber security, aviation operations and logistics support services to government and commercial customers worldwide.  The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified as well as woman and veteran-owned.