American Express Open Forum: Government Contracting Awards and Success Series: Advantage Building Contractors, Inc. Awarded On the Rise Contractor of the Year

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Businesses recognized for outstanding achievements in federal government contracting.

American Express OPEN hosted the OPEN Forum: Government Contracting Success Series at the Marquis Marriott in Atlanta, GA on January 21, 2015. During this event, businesses from all over the country were recognized for outstanding achievements in government contracting. Categories for awards included Contractor of the Year, Woman Government Contractor of the Year, Teaming Government Contractor of the Year, and On the Rise Government Contractor of the Year.

Lynn Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Building Contractors, Inc., was presented with the “On the Rise Contractor of the Year" award. “American Express has been a tremendous advocate for opening doors for small businesses into the federal contracting arena. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by an organization who is leading efforts for inclusivity and equality in government contracting. They have been a partner that has contributed to my company’s growth and they have made remarkable contributions towards garnering success for Woman Owned Small Businesses.”

The event provided several sessions for attendees including “You Have a Contract, Now What: Lessons Learned and Best Practices.” Ron Perry, President and CEO of Teya Technologies, LLC, an Alaskan Native Corporation, was the moderator, and panelists included:

Necole Parker, President and CEO, Elocen Group, LLC (Washington, DC)
Tina Baker, CEO, Cadence Group LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Trish Summers, President, Advantage Building Contractors, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)

During the session, attendees were given the opportunity to ask panelists questions directly. When asked the most important resource for success in doing business with the federal government, Trish Summers responded, “Fire in the Belly. Rejection and tenacity are integral components in the federal contracting lifecycle. Stay hungry and focused and let your instincts tell you what statistics and your P&L can't."

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