By Mike Fisher, Vice President and Director, Corporate Development at SRA International

Visitors to the ACG National Capital website and its Corporate Growth…Capital Style blog can learn many things about the association and our mission. They can see our news and philanthropic activities. They can even share in the collective thought leadership of ACG members, sponsors and leaders to learn more about corporate growth, mergers and acquisitions and other business best practices.

However, many visitors and potential members want to know more. In fact, being an association of the business movers and shakers in one of the nation’s hottest business markets, we’re often asked just who counts themselves among ACG National Capital’s membership. That’s why this week we are featuring the first in a recurring series of posts that put a spotlight on ACG National Capital members. We’ll be looking at their companies, their background and why ACG membership has been so beneficial to them.

We kick off this series by featuring Craig Parisot, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Invertix Corporation, which was recently selected as the top company in the Emerging Growth category at this year’s ACG National Capital Corporate Growth Awards.

Craig Parisot

Craig Parisot has been managing operations for commercial and government organizations at the intersection of business and technology for more than 16 years.

Craig began his career in public service as an Air Force officer and member of the defense acquisition corps in assignments with the Air Force’s Electronic Systems Center and with the Defense Contract Management Agency. During his tenure with these organizations, he was well known for shaping Department of Defense policy while leading the Air Force’s Information Technology Services Program.

In 2001, Craig separated from military service and moved to Washington, D.C., to begin work with Bridge Technology Corporation where he played a major role in the company’s rapid growth and profitability and took the company from start-up through acquisition by SI International.

With SI, he served as a Senior Director with SI’s Intelligence Business Unit where he was responsible for the company’s strategic business relationships and delivery of several key programs, all in the defense intelligence sector.

It was the SI acquisition of Bridge Technology that first truly piqued Craig’s interest in mergers and acquisitions and corporate growth, and paved his way to membership in the Association for Corporate Growth, National Capital Chapter.  Shortly after joining, he served as a member of the Program’s Committee.

Craig is fast approaching his fourth year with Invertix, a technology company addressing complex engineering and management challenges for government clients in the greater defense, space, and national security communities. The company’s work areas include program management, the operational applications of technology, systems engineering, software development, and enterprise information technology within the R&D; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Cyber Warfare, and Security markets.

Under Craig’s watch, Invertix has seen significant growth, and a large amount of good news. Since the beginning of 2010 alone, the company has announced multiple awards and contracts. Just this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Invertix a prime contract to provide engineering, management, and other technical services that has a total potential performance period of five years and a value of $290M. The company was also recently awarded a contract from the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) for development of a new speech coding technology for transmitting voice data over corrupted wireless channels. To top it all off, Invertix was selected as the top company in the Emerging Growth category at this year’s ACG National Capital Corporate Growth Awards.

When asked why ACG National Capital membership was important to him, Craig added that being a member of the association entitles him to attend various informational and educational events during the course of the year that allow him to take a step back from daily issues and create new ideas that he can go back and execute to help Invertix continue its growth. Membership also provides access to the collective thought leadership of the capital region’s business leaders, who provide insight to industry trends and act as a sounding board on the issues and challenges facing the company. In addition, Craig appreciates that ACG National Capital hosts monthly meetings at the Ritz Carlton, as they have some “very good coffee.”

Additional information on Craig Parisot and Invertix Corporation can be found on its corporate website.

Stay tuned as we spotlight additional ACG National Capital members.

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