e-Management - Executive of the Year
Company: e-Management, Silver Spring, MD
Company Description: e-Management is an award-winning enterprise information technology (IT) and cybersecurity services firm chosen as one of the Top 100 companies in the country by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, e-Management is a CMMI® Maturity Level 3 rated and an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified company. For more information about e-Management, visit www.e-mcinc.com.
Nomination Category: Management Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Executive of the Year - Computer Services
Nomination Title: Ola Sage, CEO of Two Tech Companies
Tell the story about what this nominated executive has achieved since January 1, 2016 (up to 650 words). Describe the impact he or she has had on your organization. Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.
Ms. Ola Sage is an ideal Information Technology Executive of the Year candidate for the American Business Awards. Ms. Sage is the founder and CEO of e-Management. Her company is an award-winning IT and cybersecurity firm chosen as one of the top 100 companies in the country by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, e Management is a CMMI® Maturity Level 3 rated and an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified company. Ms. Sage has led e-Management from a one-person company to a shining small business employing more than 70 employees.
Ms. Sage founded e-Management to help people succeed using technology to improve business, government, and community. The company has contributed to the economic vitality of the greater Washington D.C. area by creating high-paying jobs and supporting charitable organizations that focus on energy efficiency, education, and the elimination of poverty. The company has helped government agencies drive innovation, create strategic plans, identify and mitigate risks, and save more than $350 million in efficiencies.
Growing e-Management: Ms. Sage oversaw e-Management’s 15.4% growth over 2015. In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded e Management a 5-year $39M IT support services contract—beating out 12 other IT competitors, according to the Department’s statement. Ms. Sage led the capture and proposal effort for the DOE multimillion dollar award, which will save the agency millions of dollars. The company also saw expansions of its staff at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD).
Launching a New Tech Company: In addition to being chief executive for e-Management, Ms. Sage is co-founder and CEO of CyberRx, a fast growing cybersecurity firm that helps small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) use the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) in an easy and accessible way to assess and improve their cybersecurity readiness. Ms. Sage started her CyberRx business because of her commitment to making cybersecurity manageable and accessible to all organizations, particularly the most vulnerable—SMBs.
Small Business Advocate for Cyber Readiness: A champion and advocate for cybersecurity readiness, Ms. Sage frequently speaks to SMBs and CEOs about cybersecurity, and has testified twice before Congress about the impact of cybersecurity on SMBs. She is among 12 business leaders appointed by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett to the new Montgomery County Economic Development Corp. (MCEDC) Board. Ms. Sage also chairs the national IT Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC), which serves as the principal entity coordinating with the government on a wide range of critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity activities and issues. Appointed in 2016, Ms. Sage is the first small business executive to hold this position. She is also the first minority female to chair the IT SCC.
In 2016, Ms. Sage created the inaugural American Small Business Cybersecurity Xchange (SBCX) conference. The event was a first of its kind cybersecurity conference for SMBs. The conference was designed to help SMB chief executive officers (CEOs) and senior executives better understand cybersecurity risks, and to emphasize their roles and responsibilities in protecting their company’s brand, reputation and legal liability. More than 100 executives attended. Ms. Sage secured the World’s Most Famous Hacker Kevin Mitnick as keynote at the SBCX conference. According to Ms. Sage, Mr. Mitnick “was vital to getting our message across—that small and medium-sized businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyber-attacks.”
Fostering a Culture of Community Service: Ms. Sage encourages community involvement by recognizing and rewarding employees with additional leave hours for time volunteered. She is the driving force behind e-Management’s commitment to being an active corporate citizen. Under her guidance, the company sponsors events, scholarships, and charities that support its core focus areas in the elimination of poverty, education, and energy. Since 2011, e-Management employees have volunteered over 600 hours to nonprofits and raised more than $80,000 in donations and gifts. e-Management also has established a 15-year scholarship, awarded annually, for minority students in IT at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG).
In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this nominated executive since the beginning of 2016.
- Led proposal effort that resulted in DOE awarding e-Management a $39M IT support services contract
- Oversaw e-Management’s 15.4% growth over 2015
- Launched the inaugural SBCX conference for SMB senior executives
- Led successful sponsorship campaign in support of the SBCX—raising nearly $40,000
- Secured World’s Most Famous Hacker, Kevin Mitnick as keynote at the SBCX conference
- Led e-Management’s charitable giving and volunteering support raising more than $20,000 in 2016 for charities
- Became the first small business executive and first minority female to chair the IT SCC
- Led CyberRx through a successful first year securing reseller agreements and new customers
- Testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, of the Committee on Homeland Security on behalf of SMBs
- Appointed to first board of the MCEDC—the first privatized economic development corporation in Montgomery County