British Founders of Segundo LLC Celebrate Fourth of July as American Citizens

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After a decade of helping the U.S. Government serve its citizens, Kam and Premi Hira -- officers of IT company Segundo -- have themselves become citizens. They'll celebrate the Fourth of July as newly minted Americans, continuing their support for Federal customers and the Northern Virginia community.

I think those who haven't been down the path don't quite understand the journey

In the first naturalization ceremony Fairfax County has ever hosted, local business founders Kam and Premi Hira were filmed by News Channel 7 reporters as the couple became official U.S. citizens, thereby achieving the dream that brought them from Wolverhampton, England, to America back in 1996.

In the decade since relocating their family to Northern Virginia, the Hiras have built lives -- and founded Segundo LLC, an IT Company specializing in implementing end-to-end Oracle COTS and Oracle GOTS solutions -- on their strong belief in what it means to be an American.

In the TV video report on the citizenship ceremony, Fairfax County board chair Sharon Bulova noted that "new Americans are constantly replenishing this country and putting back into the community." The Hiras have been active in this regard, contributing to a wide range of local initiatives, including helping young entrepreneurs, participating in local school cultural events and helping to raise contributions for victims' of natural disasters such as the Tsunami.

"I think those who haven't been down the path don't quite understand the journey," says Premi Hira who is Senior Partner in the couple's LLC. "My parents were born in India and sought more opportunity in the United Kingdom. A generation later, Kam and I married and sought more opportunity here in America. But we found even more than opportunity: we found a home and chance to make a difference."

Kam Hira, President and CEO of Segundo, adds that "American culture reflects our own beliefs about the value of freedom, independence and service to the country and community."

The desire to serve was, in fact, what prompted the Hiras to draw on their backgrounds in financial accounting and business management to found Segundo in 1998. Since that time, their IT company has been instrumental in supporting the Federal government's implementation of the first version of Oracle® Federal Financials and has played a key development role in all later releases, including the current release of Oracle EBS R12. Along the way, Segundo has won numerous awards, including being recognized as one of the Deloitte & Touche "Fast 50" technology companies.

Kam and Premi view Segundo's success in terms of their own American journey. Says Premi: "Our vision was to create an IT company that could come into an environment like the US government and not just 'speak Oracle,' but also speak the agency's language and understand the history and laws that shape its operations, mandates and mission achievement."

Classified as a small, disadvantaged, woman-owned IT company, Segundo LLC specializes in Oracle® implementation and support for Federal and commercial IT customers. A full corporate capabilities profile is available at the Segundo Web site.

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