By Peter Korn on Apr 08, 2008
[Note to readers: I'm way behind in blogging lots of recent events. This is the second of several posts attempting to catch up...]
As I mentioned last February 15th, I have been recognized by Federal Computer Week as an "Agent of Change" in their 2008 award program. This past Monday March 24th my wife and I attended the award ceremony in Virginia - where I received a lovely piece of glass with my name etched into it.
The ceremony was part of a small, intimate dinner for 930 people at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Tysons Corner, VA. Scattered about the hotel were copies of Federal Computer Week magazine, complete with a very brief mention of me, along with larger pieces about the award ceremony itself. There were four huge projection screens scattered about the hall, and they would project images of the 100 winners as well as the judges onto the screens. Each time a new face appeared, applause erupted somewhere in the cavernous dining hall. The evening entertainment was provided by Peter Segel of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell me radio show. His somewhat more liberal bent was an interesting choice for a group largely comprised of government and military IT procurement and the companies that sell to them...
While not all of the honorees managed to attend, there were several one-star generals, and one two-star and one three-star general there among the honorees. Sartorially, the generals' military dress far outshone the black tie that most of the rest of us were wearing. The full list of honorees is quite distinguished, and it was a real pleasure and honor to be among them.