Executive Leadership Conference on a roll

The Rolex Rangers start the ride north.

From left, Jake Mitne of ATS, Marc Zollner of ICF Consulting and departing National Weather Service CIO Barry West gear up for the first Rolex Rangers Ride.

OMB's Dan Chenok receives the Individual Contribution award from IAC chairman Bob Woods.

Howard Ady addresses the crowd after receiving the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award.

The Industry Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference last week had a bit of everything.

It got off to a roaring start as a group of industry and government IT execs and motorcycle enthusiasts staged their first Rolex Rangers Ride from McLean, Va., to the conference in Hershey, Pa.
The conference itself, which included other diversionary events such as golf, tennis and wine tasting, also got down to a considerable amount of business and handed out its annual awards.

At the top of that list was Howard Ady, honored with the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award.

The award was presented by IAC and the American Council for Technology, which last week became the new name of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils.
Ady, a former Defense Department official and FGIPC president, spent 20 years in government promoting better industry-agency relations. And since joining BearingPoint Inc. of McLean, Va., five years ago, he has continued to encourage closer partnerships between the public and private sectors.

ACT and IAC handed out other honors.

Dan Chenok, branch chief for the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information Policy, received the Individual Contributor of the Year Award.

Leslie Barry of Computer Associates International Inc., Joe Draham of GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., and Chuck Viator of Cetacean Networks Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H., each received Industry Contributor of the Year awards.
SiloSmashers Inc. of Vienna, Va., received the Small Business Corporate Contributor of the Year awards.

Unisys Corp. received the Large Business Corporate Contributor of the Year Award.

Ron Seward of Artel Inc. of Reston, Va., received the Chairman's Award.

Forty federal and industry IT employees accepted recognition for completing the IT Partners Program, which aims to prepare agency and vendor workers for future management positions.

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