Michael A. Berta
Position: President and chief executive of Intellisource, an information technology service provider to commercial businesses and government agencies.
Career highlights: Most recently, Berta was president and chief executive of RMS Information Systems before the company merged with Intellisource in 1998. Previously, he was vice president of space systems acquisition for Hughes Communications Inc. Berta had also served as a member of the National Security Council staff under the Carter and Reagan administrations.
Education: Earned a bachelor of science degree in physical chemistry from Allegheny College in 1961, and continued at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his master's and doctorate in 1965.
Personal: Lives in Great Falls, Va., with his wife, Maeve.
What's your strategy for growth? "We have positioned the company to have an excellent capability for network enterprise services and systems integration. What we're finding is that many of our customers -- government and commercial -- want the company that can come in and manage their enterprise network for them."
What do you mean by customer "efficiencies" through use of technology? "People are realizing that investment in technology infrastructure improves productivity. Doing cooperative design and adding work groups that interact with a database does help improve a customer's operation."
How does your company prepare for the Y2K or other potentially problem-causing dates? "We do an analysis of the systems and make sure the hardware and software is complaint and up-to-date. The 9/9/99 date passed without incident."