Friday, May 23, 2008

Aquilent gets top Tech Council award on first try

Laurel IT company focuses on federal contracts

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The first time was a charm for Aquilent Inc., a Laurel information technology company that won a Tech Council of Maryland award the first time it applied.

Aquilent, which specializes in online systems and services for the military and other government agencies, last week was named the council’s Government Contracting Firm of the Year.

‘‘We just joined the organization this year, because it is the largest IT organization in the state and we were impressed by the role it played in the repeal” of the sales tax on computer services, said Aquilent president and CEO David Fout. ‘‘That was a big deal for us. So we thought this was something we wanted to be a part of for the future.”

Privately held Aquilent won the government contracting award based on several criteria, including its growth in revenues and profits, success in partnering with other contractors in the region and developing a critical expertise to the government, Fout said. He said the company had nearly $30 million in revenues for 2007 and is targeting about $40 million this year.

Among the company’s clients are the Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the General Services Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, the National Institutes of Health and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

‘‘This is a great recognition, not only for Aquilent, but also for our employees and federal clients who have given us the opportunity to be viewed as a leader among government contracting firms. It is a testament to the exemplary service and solutions that we provide to the government,” Fout said in a statement.

In an interview Tuesday he said one of the company’s growth areas involves the services it provides to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

‘‘With more and more veterans coming back, there are a number of government initiatives to help them, whether they are disabled vets needing services or those needing help in professional development,” Fout said. ‘‘And it just so happens we have solutions that help those initiatives. MyHealtheVet [] is oneof them. ... That’s a portal for veterans to be able to access benefits information.”