Friday, June 13, 2008

Affeldt forges new position at Grove Resource Solutions

Executive joins information technology company as it expands

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After five years of working with Deborah Grove, owner of Grove Resource Solutions of Frederick, David Affeldt knew the two executives shared similar values on prioritizing employees and clients.

‘‘It may sound corny, but it’s important that everything you do is about the employees and clients,” Affeldt said. ‘‘You can easily lose perspective of that, but neither one of us has. It’s crucially important. If you’re always working toward that end, things will work out positively and you will see growth.”

So when Grove turned to Affeldt, who was a leader at Wyle Information Systems Group of McLean, Va., with which her company was a subcontractor, to help guide her firm through its growth spurt, he was quick to accept the post of COO and co-president.

Now, a few months after settling into his new corner office in Grove Resource Solutions’ offices on Elmer Derr Road, the Ellicott City resident has already helped the information technology company make some changes. And he plans to continue the adjustments as the company moves into larger quarters in Frederick in the coming months.

‘‘We’ve been making some changes pretty quickly and we’re getting stronger while we’re growing,” Affeldt said.

‘‘David’s going to be a new breath of fresh air for the company,” Grove said. ‘‘We want to get to the next level and his IT and management background will help us. We think so much alike.”

Brought in for his IT and management expertise, he has been helping Grove Resource Solutions adopt its ISO processes and strengthen its current processes and policies — from human resources to customer relations, he said.

Grove, former president of Old Dominion Systems Inc. of Maryland in Gaithersburg, founded her new company in 2000 as an engineering and systems provider. It now has 19 full-time employees in its Frederick office and more than 200 more through contracts with the Army, Navy, National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel.

With $16 million in revenue anticipated this year, Grove said she plans to continue the hiring streak as the company expands.

Affeldt was the chief technology officer at Wyle, managing its civilian, defense and science and engineering divisions, and handling a $425 million contract and a $1 billion award.

With a bachelor’s from Towson University, a master’s in business administration from Loyola College and a doctorate in information systems management, Affeldt has also worked for NIH and the Pentagon’s Defense Security Service.

The avid dirt-bike enthusiast, his wife and 14-year-old son often spend weekends at their farm property near Deep Creek, where he rides the 15 miles of dirt bike trails in the summer and skis at nearby slopes in the winter. Father and son are also accomplished in martial arts.