News from B3 Solutions
09 Sep, 2013, Alexandria, VA - B3 Solutions LLC, a provider of customer-focused solutions that enable government organizations to optimize their performance, announced today that it has promoted Cliff Plaxco to vice president of the federal sector. Cliff Plaxco joined B3 Solutions in 2012 as the director of business development for federal and defense sectors.
Plaxco, brings more than 25 years of experience in acquisition, program management, IT and supply chain solutions management, to B3 Solutions’ operations team where he will work with the company’s current customers and industry partners.
“Cliff Plaxco is a respected, experienced professional who will leverage his program management expertise to grow our service offerings in the federal marketplace,” said James H. Washington, B3 Solutions’ chief operating officer. Washington added, “B3 Solutions’ federal sector will benefit from Cliff Plaxco’s vast experience in managing contractual relationships to better serve B3 Solutions’ clients.”
Prior to joining B3 Solutions, Plaxco was a program manager at Arcata Associates, director of global supply chain management at Computer Sciences Corporation, and management control systems auditor at Boeing.
09 Aug, 2013, Jacksonville, FL - B3 Solutions, LLC, a provider of customer-focused solutions that enable government organizations to optimize their performance, announced today the company’s growth and achievements have been recognized in the Jacksonville Business Journal’s first annual Veteran-Owned list. The company’s 2012 revenues positioned B3 Solutions as #2 on the Journal’s list of Jacksonville based veteran-owned companies.
B3 Solutions was founded in July 2003 to help organizations enhance operational performance through the application of best practices, optimized acquisition and program management activities, and integrated technical and management support solutions.
“We are proud to be one of the Jacksonville’s most successful veteran-owned companies,” said Bud Almas, founder and CEO of B3 Solutions. He added, “We are also committed to giving back to both the community and to veterans who have borne the battle and sacrificed so much.”
As a retired Army Officer, Bud Almas is devoted to making a positive difference in the lives of those who have served the nation. In 2011, with revenues of $22 Million, B3 Solutions had 19 veteran employees. In 2012, with revenues of $32 Million, B3 Solutions increased the number of veteran employees to 59. Today, 35% of all B3 Solutions employees are veterans.
In January 2013, Almas also started the B3 Solutions’ Veterans Outreach Program to engage other companies, organizations, and institutions to help our veterans. This past June, in recognition of his work on behalf of veterans, Bud Almas was recognized with the first annual Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Small Business Award by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC).
“The NVSBC wanted to honor the memory of a true American Hero,” said Scott F. Denniston, Executive Director of NVSBC, “by recognizing a consummate veteran business owner and an advocate. Three selection criteria are used to select the recipient of the Gordon H. Mansfield award: successful business ownership by a veteran; provision of employment opportunities for veterans; and someone with a sustained track record of giving back to the veteran community. Bud Almas exemplifies these traits.”
In addition, B3 Solutions supports the following veteran organizations: Hope for the Warriors, Operation Jump Start, Homes for Our Troops, Puppies Behind Bars, The Pathway House, Wounded Warrior Project, Vetforce Foundation, National Guard Officers Association of Florida, and the American Legion Department of Florida, among others.
29 July, 2013, Alexandria, VA -
Happy Birthday! Today, B3 Solutions celebrates our tenth-year of providing outstanding service to our customers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the professionalism, loyalty, and commitment that has allowed us to reach this milestone.
We know that the growth and success of our company is the result of having strong and capable stakeholders and team members, such as yourselves, and we recognize the contribution each of you makes in helping us maintain the position we currently enjoy within our industry.
Our growth over the last ten years has allowed B3 Solutions to be recognized as one of the America’s fastest growing private-sector companies, #15 disabled veteran-owned business in the U.S., top 70 Hispanic American owned businesses in the U.S., and top 500 diversity owned businesses in the U.S. The industry recognized us three times as a Small Business of the Year by Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Control Association and National Veterans Small Business Coalition.
Thanks to all of you in the B3 Solutions Family, customers, industry partners and employees, who day after day prove that we are ONE TEAM! As we all know, our customers have contract choices, and maintaining customer satisfaction is a most important element of B3 Solutions’ business. Thank you to all for making our company a complete success.
Commitments Kept. Excellence Delivered.
CEO and Managing Member
30 Apr, 2013, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions, LLC., a provider of customer-focused solutions that enable government organizations to optimize their performance, announced today that it has appointed Harold H. “Butch” Jordan Jr. as chief strategy officer.
Jordan has more than 27 years of professional experience in government acquisition and contract management, supply chain management and logistics.
As chief strategy officer, Mr. Jordan will provide strategic guidance and direction with the company’s business development, innovative technology solutions and program management initiatives.
“I have known Butch Jordan for nearly three decades,” said B3 Solutions CEO, William “Bud” Almas, “and he is the right person to help our rapidly growing company develop, communicate and execute our strategic initiatives.”
Prior to his tenure at B3 Solutions, Mr. Jordan was a director at Integrity Management Consulting Inc. where his responsibilities included strategic direction and guidance to the company’s defense and civilian sectors. Previously, in his commercial business career, Mr. Jordan held leadership positions with Acquisitions Solutions Inc., Lockheed Martin, Michelin and NCR Corporation. Mr. Jordan held these positions after retiring from the U.S. Army in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished 20 year career. In his final position with the U.S. Army, Mr. Jordan was director of International Contracts Management for the Defense Logistics Agency.
Butch Jordan holds a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Virginia State University.
19 Mar, 2013, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions, LLC., a provider of customer-focused solutions that enable government organizations to optimize their performance, announced that it has been awarded a prime position on the Acquisition Domain of the Omnibus Program Engineering and Technical Support contract.
B3 Solutions will support the development and fielding of chemical and biological defense materiel for the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). The five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract expands B3 Solutions’ presence at JPEO-CBD. Including B3 Solutions, there are 22 awardees in the Acquisition Domain. All awardees have the potential to receive the full value amount of the IDIQ contract if all options are exercised.
“We look forward to providing the critical expertise required to help develop chemical and biological defense solutions,” said William Almas, B3 Solutions CEO. “Nothing is more important than keeping our armed forces and civilians out of harm’s way.”
The JPEO-CBD is responsible for research, development and acquisition support of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense equipment and medical countermeasures for missions overseas and at home.
B3 Solutions will compete for JPEO-CBD task orders to provide acquisition, program management and relations management in CBD and national security communities, strategic planning, program analysis, life cycle management, international program analysis on foreign military sales, equipment expertise on the production and usage of CBD protective equipment, multimedia, graphics, technical writing support, and administrative support.
“Our extensive involvement in wide-ranging projects in the acquisition, program management and logistics arenas will be directly relevant in ensuring the success of the JPEO-CBD’s mission,” said James H. Washington, B3 Solutions Chief Operating Officer. “This contract will help us to continue growing our already robust and diversified Acquisition Management practice.”
04 Feb, 2013, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions, LLC., a provider of customer-focused services and solutions that enable government organizations to optimize their performance, announced today that it has promoted Mark Schuler as president.
Schuler, who will continue his duties as chief financial officer (CFO), has more than 35 years of results-oriented experience in the government support services sector. During his tenure as CFO, Schuler oversaw significant corporate growth in the company – tripling revenues and significantly increasing staff levels. As a result, B3 Solutions was recognized two years in a row as one of the America’s fastest growing private-sector companies by Inc. Magazine.
“Mark Schuler will have key responsibility to oversee and implement effective growth strategies,” said William Almas, B3 Solutions’ chief executive officer. “I look forward to working with Mark as he helps assure that B3 Solutions continues to expand its services in the government support services sector, keeping all of its commitments, and delivering excellence.”
Before joining B3 Solutions, Schuler held operational and financial senior executive positions at five different companies including Alion Science and Technology and American Systems, where he consistently made dramatic contributions to corporate growth and performance. He has overseen and implemented aggressive growth strategies, raised money for acquisition financing and working capital needs, negotiated mergers and acquisitions, introduced corporate re-organization, and implemented cost restructuring plans.
Schuler has a degree in accounting from King’s College and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia. He is a member of the American and Virginia Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, the National Contract Management Association and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
29 Jan, 2013, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions, LLC, which provides program management, acquisition management, information technology and security, financial management, and supply chain management and logistics services to the federal government, announced today it has appointed James H. Washington as Chief Operating Officer.
Washington brings 35 years of strategic, executive and operational leadership to B3 Solutions. As Chief Operating Officer, Washington will provide leadership and vision for the company’s business and operating strategy and will oversee all lines of business including transportation, federal services, homeland security and defense.
“Jim Washington will spearhead the development of effective growth strategies, act as ‘client-care officer’ and foster a customer-oriented environment within the operations team,” said William Almas, B3 Solutions’ Chief Executive Officer. “I look forward to working with him as he leads a corporate culture dedicated to providing quality service and superior customer care to our clients.”
In his previous role at B3 Solutions, Washington served as Executive Operations Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and President. Before joining B3 Solutions, he was the Chief Operations Officer of a government defense contractor. Prior to Washington’s retirement from government service, he worked for the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration for 32 years in air traffic management, budget and airport investment where most recently he held the position of Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO). As the CAO, Washington worked closely with defense, intelligence and civilian executives government-wide to improve acquisition systems, strengthen the acquisition workforce, and advance mission performance.
Washington is chairman of the Air Traffic Control Association. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Council of the National Contract Management Association.
04 Dec, 2012, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions, LLC, which provides program management, acquisition management, information technology and security, financial management, and supply chain management and logistics services to the federal government, announced today it has appointed Brett O’Donnell Vice President of Business Development.
O’Donnell brings to B3 Solutions more than 30 years of federal marketplace experience in business development, sales, sales management, capture and proposal management, program management, information technology and engineering. O’Donnell is an award-winning sales executive and program manager responsible for capturing billions in federal contracts and managing a diverse set of programs for multiple clients.
“Brett O’Donnell is a proven performer and leader in executing sound and creative business strategies to win bids and service clients,” said Brenda Bearden, B3 Solutions President. “Brett has managed and performed all aspects of federal business development for large and small business concerns demonstrating an excellent track record in obtaining new business, growing existing contracts and improving processes.”
Before joining B3 Solutions, Mr. O’Donnell served as a business development director at Computer Sciences Corporation where he focused on the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to that, he worked with numerous federal government agencies in sales management and client relationship roles for several systems integrators.
O’Donnell earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland.
27 Sep, 2012, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions, LLC, which provides program management, acquisition management, information technology and security, financial management, and supply chain management and logistics services to the federal government, announced today it has won the 2012 Charles E. Varnell Memorial Award for Small Business from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA).
B3 Solutions, which works on a variety of projects for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), was recognized by ATCA for delivering innovative services and on-target solutions for Air Traffic Control (ATC) operations to assist and support the safety and security of the National Airspace Systems.
“We are honored to receive this award from the ATCA,” said Brenda Bearden, president of B3 Solutions. “We are proud to deliver innovative services and on-target solutions to ATC, helping DOT and FAA continue to optimize performance and deliver results. The company’s motto – Commitments Kept. Excellence Delivered – will continue to add to the ATC quality, safety and efficiency.”
B3 Solutions will be formally recognized at the 57th ATCA Annual Conference and Exposition on October 1 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md.
26 Jul, 2012, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions, LLC, which provides program management, acquisition management, information technology and security, financial management, and supply chain management and logistics services to the federal government, announced that it has appointed Arun Raghu as Chief Technology Officer.
Raghu, an experienced software engineer and certified project management professional, will be responsible for aligning the company’s technology vision with its business strategy. Raghu will also be responsible for developing and implementing technology initiatives and providing direction in all technology-related issues.
“Arun Raghu will serve as chief architect for internal operations and subject matter expert for IT business development requirements,” said William Almas, B3 Solutions CEO. “His experience makes him a valuable contributor to the B3 Solutions team on all IT matters.”
Prior to his promotion to CTO, Raghu served as a deputy director of the company’s transportation sector where he managed multiple IT solutions including Comprehensive Management Resource Information System (CMRIS) and Reliability Centered Maintenance Programs. Prior to joining B3, Raghu led the Inventory Management System Enhancement project for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Recently, Raghu also managed several corporate initiatives to include B3’s CMMI and ISO 9001:2008 certifications. Raghu earned his Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and engineering from the College of Engineering Chengannur in Kerala, India.
17 Jul, 2012, Alexandria,VA - On July 3, 2012, B3 Solutions was successfully appraised at Software Engineering Institute’s CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) Level 2 standard. CMMI rating signifies B3’s commitment to continuous process improvement and development of quality product and services.B3’s CMMI rating is an industry accepted practice for software development projects, and compatible with Agile, Scrum, ITIL, Six Sigma, COBIT, ISO 9000, RUP, and Lean.
These best practices help organizations dramatically improve effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of product and services. B3 Solutions has pursued a special interest in various IT areas, including software development, in which the Company wishes to expand
22 May, 2012, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions LLC, which provides information technology, program management and acquisition services to the federal government, announced that it has appointed John Cornwell business development director for its transportation sector.
Cornwell, who has more than 25 years experience in strategic system integration, business development and marketing management, will be responsible for growing the company’s business with the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration, a current B3 Solutions customer. B3 Solutions serves its FAA and Volpe National Transportation Systems Center customers in Washington, D.C., Boston, Oklahoma City, and Atlantic City, N.J.
“John Cornwell is a seasoned business development professional who has vast experience working with a variety of agencies in the federal government,” said Brenda Bearden, B3 Solutions president. “He is especially effective in helping government customers understand how they can meet their mission. Cornwell is an excellent addition to our business development team.”
Prior to joining B3 Solutions, Cornwell was a senior director at Keane Federal Systems where he was responsible for business development in civilian agencies. He served as civilian sales director for Micro Focus and was a business development manager for Fujitsu Computer Systems. Cornwell previously held management positions with Software Alternatives Inc. and IBM. Cornwell earned his B.A. in economics and business administration from Furman University, and a certificate from Babson College’s Executive Education Course.
08 May, 2012, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions LLC, which provides information technology, program management and acquisition services to the federal government, announced it has appointed John W. Nyce director of its federal services sector.
Nyce, who had a distinguished career of more than 35 years in the federal government and vast experience in program management, acquisition, administrative operations as well as in building and facility management and modernization, will be responsible for overseeing the company’s growing business with a number of government departments and agencies including Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, GSA, Office of Personnel Management, and USDA.
“John Nyce is very highly regarded for his vision and his leadership of a variety of federal government programs,” said Brenda Bearden, B3 Solutions president. “He is a skilled executive who has a well-deserved reputation for delivering results. John’s experience, skill and reputation make him an invaluable asset to the B3 Solutions team.”
Prior to joining B3 Solutions, Nyce served as associate director of the Acquisition Services Directorate, the Department of the Interior’s large fee-for-service contracting organization, where he doubled the business base revenues, and expanded the acquisition side of business that obligated more than $2 billion of contract awards annually.
Nyce spent the first 20 years of his career at the Naval Air Systems Command where he was a program manager for the Navy Electronic Acquisition office. He directed contracting teams in support of the Cruise Missile and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle programs.
Nyce earned his MBA from The George Washington University and his B.S. in business administration from the Pennsylvania State University.
03 May, 2012, Alexandria,VA - B3 Solutions LLC, which provides information technology and program management services to the federal government, announced that it has appointed Edward Marshall director of its homeland security sector.
Marshall, who has more than 20 years of experience in program management and contracting, will be responsible for management and supervision of the company’s growing homeland security business, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FEMA, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, TSA and U.S. Coast Guard portfolio.
“Edward Marshall has broad experience in working with federal government customers in both the homeland security and defense sectors,” said Brenda Bearden, B3 Solutions president. “He has an outstanding record of executive leadership and program management that will complement and strengthen our management team.”
Prior to joining B3 Solutions, Marshall was a director of contracts at QinetiQ North America’s systems engineering division and a lead acquisition expert for a Marine Corps product group. Marshall held numerous U.S. Coast Guard leadership positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, and various contracting, teaching, acquisition and program management positions while on active duty with the U.S. Army, where he served for 20 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Marshall was a Defense Acquisition University contract management professor.
Marshall earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a certified Project Management Professional and Certified Professional Contracts Manager. Marshall holds DAWIA Level III Certifications in Program Management and Contracting, as well as executive leadership certificates.
01 May, 2012, Alexandria,VA - John Nyce, Director, Federal Services Sector for B3 Solutions LLC, has been nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man of the Year" award in recognition of his fundraising efforts in the fight against blood cancer.
The 2012 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign began in early April. Nyce and other participants are raising funds through donations, sponsorships, in-kind opportunities and events. The top male and female fundraiser will be named Man & Woman of the Year on June 16.
In conjunction with Nyce’s campaign, B3 Solutions has made a generous contribution to the charity whose goal is to raise $1.1 million by mid-May. Nyce has named his fundraising campaign “Team Roberta” in honor of a close personal friend and a former executive assistant, Roberta Richardson, who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia called myelodysplastic syndrome.
“Roberta is a wife, a mother and a caretaker — just a wonderful person,” Nyce said. “I have been lucky to have her in my life for a long time. She is also a person with an extremely strong faith which has allowed her to bravely fight this terrible disease for the last three years. Roberta continues to fight with unbelievable determination.”
B3 Solutions is proud to support Nyce and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2012 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign in Roberta’s name and the names of many who have been afflicted by cancer, including former employees. Contributions can be made at www.LLS.org.
06 Mar, 2012, Huntsville, AL - B3 Solutions LLC, which provides services to the federal government, announced today that it has appointed Cliff Plaxco as its director of business development for the company’s defense and federal sectors.
Plaxco, who has more than 25 years’ experience in acquisition, program management, IT and supply chain solutions management, will join B3 Solutions’ Huntsville operations where he will work with the company’s current customers and industry partners.
“Cliff Plaxco is a respected, experienced professional who will leverage his program management expertise to grow our service offerings in the Defense and NASA marketplace,” said Brenda Bearden, B3 Solutions’ President. Bearden said B3 Solutions opened its Huntsville operations earlier this year to better serve clients in the Federal marketplace.
Prior to joining B3 Solutions, Plaxco was a Program Manager at Arcata Associates and Director of Supply Chain Management Operations at Computer Sciences Corporation.
5 Nov, 2010, Alexandria, VA -- B3 Solutions was proud to sponsor B3 Solutions team member Eddie Dockery in the 35th Annual Marine Corps Marathon. Eddie raced in the marathon to raise money and awareness for Lupus. To read more about or find out how you can help in the fight against Lupus, please visit the Lupus Foundation of America website.
17 June, 2010, Alexandria, VA -- FAA recognizes B3 Employees - the FAA recently recognized Stacey Nelson and Jerry Binker for outstanding performance in support of the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) contract. Congratulations Stacey and Jerry on a tough job done well.
01 Mar, 2011, Washington, DC - B3 Solutions Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Team was honored to be among the first small veteran owned businesses to meet with OPM Small Business Director George Leininger and supporting staff. Pictured here are OPM Small Business Leaders and B3 Solutions OPM Team members who are building OPM’s program management organization, processes, procedures and concept of operations for the AdVAnce Program Initiative, a cooperative business initiative between OPM and the VA.