On Sept. 20, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, presented its Industry & Advocate Awards for fiscal year 2018 during the Marshall Small Business Alliance Meeting at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. The awards reflect leadership in the aerospace business community and sustained achievement. Established in 2007 and sponsored by Marshall’s Office of Procurement and Small Business Office, the Alliance helps small businesses pursue NASA procurement and subcontracting opportunities.

Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California, was named Marshall’s Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year for support of the Small Business Subcontracting Programs under Marshall’s RS-25 Production Restart contract. Aerojet Rocketdyne was also awarded the Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year along with protégé company ICO Rally of Palo Alto, California, for their support of Marshall’s RS-25 Production Restart contract.

MTS of Huntsville was named Marshall’s Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year for support provided under the Marshall Integrated Program Support Services Program, Planning & Control task order.

Kord Technologies of Huntsville was named Marshall’s Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, for support to The Boeing Company of Chicago under the Space Launch System Stages contract. The Small Business Prime Contractor Excellence Award to Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis of Huntsville for support provided under the Engineering Support to the Marshall Engineering Directorate contract.

Small Business Subcontractor Excellence Awards were presented to Alabama A&M University of Huntsville; Houston Precision Fasteners of Houston; KT Engineering of Madison, Alabama; Seabrook Solutions, LLC of Huntsville; TriVector Services, Inc. of Huntsville; United Precision Corp. of Chatsworth, California; Waterfront Technical Services of Huntsville; and Yang Enterprises of Oviedo, Florida.

The Small Business Program Leadership Award was presented to Brad Bruce, manager of Global Supplier Diversity at Boeing and David Diaddario, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Radiance Technologies. Bruce and Diaddario were recognized for exemplary leadership in support of the NASA Small Business Programs while serving as Chairpersons of the Marshall Prime Contractor Supplier Council and Small Business Executive Leadership Team, respectively.

Anita Ayers, office chief in Marshall’s Facility Operations and Construction Office, and Ryan Hardy, contract specialist, were named the Procurement Team of the Year; Angela Lovelady, program analyst in NASA’s Space Launch System Program Planning & Control Office, was named Program Person of the Year; Nelson Olinger, office chief in Marshall’s Facilities Engineering Office, was named the Technical Person of the Year; and Kathy Rice, information technology specialist in Marshall’s Office of the Chief Information Officer was named Small Business Technical Coordinator of the Year.

NASA civil service employees nominate eligible individuals and organizations for awards. A panel of NASA business procurement officials evaluates each nominee’s business practices, innovative processes, adoption of new technologies and their overall contributions to NASA’s mission and the agency’s Small Business Program.

Award recipients in the categories of Large and Small Business Prime Contractors of the Year, Small Business Subcontractor of the Year and Procurement, Technical, Small Business Technical Coordinator and Program Persons and Teams of the Year become candidates for agency-level Small Business Industry Awards.

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