BDPA is a new addition to the Northern Virginia technology industry landscape.
So, is it:
A. a consonant-heavy cousin of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency?
B. a new government contracting and procurement system?
C. a new association representing technology professionals?
The winning answer is C: BDPA stands for Black Data Processing Associates, an international organization with 54 chapters focused on advancing opportunities for black information technology professionals. The group has started a Northern Virginia chapter, which was to hold its first meeting Wednesday.
BDPA hopes to encourage more minorities to enter the booming technology industry and also plans to mentor local high school and college students interested in technology careers.
Freddie Mac will house the new chapter at its McLean headquarters.
"Northern Virginia is tech central, and we are delighted that BDPA has a home in this technology corridor," said Wayne Hicks, BDPA's national president, in a written statement. "This chapter will help companies grow their talent pool."
Dwight Handon, a senior director at Freddie Mac, is the local chapter's president.
Fly Like an Executive
A new airline service at Dulles International Airport serves such exotic destinations as Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport and Huntsville International Airport in Alabama.
Huntsville is home to the Missile Defense Agency and other space- and defense-related entities. Given Fairfax County's bustling government contracting industry, the city is a logical destination for executives doing business with those agencies.
So Private Air Charters LLC has launched a new service called Private Shared Shuttle, in which executives can fly together and avoid the riffraff on commercial airlines. A company news release says the cost is comparable to flying coach.
The service flies specific routes, and companies sign up for a six-month contract under which they can reserve up to 30 seats on a plane. "Private Shared Shuttle could change the way businesses view private aviation, because everyone can now fly like a CEO," said chief executive Lawrence Hoffman.
Movers and Shakers
* Weller Meyer, president and chief executive of Falls Church-based Acacia Federal Savings Bank, has been named chairman of America's Community Bankers. The group represents community financial institutions that pursue "progressive, entrepreneurial and service-oriented strategies." Meyer was elected president in mid-October at the group's annual convention; he will hold office for a year.
* Lee Stratton has joined Reston-based SI International as senior vice president of human resources. Stratton held similar positions at General Electric, TRW and Raytheon.
* Andrew Robinson has moved to Fairfax-based ICF Consulting as a senior vice president for information technology management and program/acquisition management services. Robinson previously was an executive vice president for the Exeter Group.
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