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Chantilly, Va., August 6, 2018 -- AMERICAN SYSTEMS, a leading provider of federal IT and engineering solutions, today announced it has acquired DDL OMNI Engineering, LLC (DDL OMNI). The transaction, in which DDL OMNI was represented by Teneo Capital, officially closed on August 3.
The strategic acquisition of the McLean, VA-based provider of engineering and technical services will complement AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ existing capabilities and expand the company’s footprint in key areas. The acquisition will result in the addition of 250-plus employees to AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ workforce.
"Acquisitions are an important element of our growth strategy, and we work hard to ensure that we select companies that are a good fit for us, both strategically and culturally,” said Peter Smith, AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ President and CEO. “DDL OMNI shares our commitment to national priority programs, and their culture will mesh well with ours.”
DDL OMNI has been providing innovative engineering and technical services to Federal Government and commercial customers since 1967. The company’s core capabilities include Alteration Design and Installation Services; Environmental Services; Materials and Structures Engineering; Program and Strategic Management; Sensor and Electronics Development; Software, Web and Systems Development; Technical Documentation; and Training and Simulation.
Under the terms of the agreement, DDL OMNI will join AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ Professional and Custom Solutions group, led by VP/GM Hyuk Byun. “The acquisition of DDL OMNI means we now bring more than 90 years of collective corporate experience to our existing and new customers,” noted Byun. “Our combined resources will benefit all parties—our customers, our company, and our employees.”
July 16, 2018 — Chantilly, Va. — AMERICAN SYSTEMS, a leading provider of federal IT and engineering solutions, today announced the appointment of John Steckel as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Steckel will oversee business development (BD) efforts including identifying new customers, conducting effective capture strategies and developing winning proposals.
“John will be an integral part of our leadership team, particularly in shaping strategies across our business areas and integrating efforts across delivery and business development,” said Peter Smith, President and CEO, AMERICAN SYSTEMS. “We are pleased to have someone with John’s experience and leadership in this capacity, as he is a customer-facing, hands-on, BD executive with a proven track record of performance.”
Steckel possesses more than 16 years of direct BD leadership experience in the federal sector in addition to a decade in marketing and P&L roles. Prior to joining AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Steckel was Senior Vice President at Vencore (now part of Perspecta), where he was responsible for leading business development, capture, and proposal development teams. Prior to his tenure at Vencore, he held BD positions at Raytheon and BAE Systems after 10 years in B-to-B and B-to-C marketing and operational roles at several companies including FedEx and PepsiCo . Steckel served 21 years in the United States Navy and United Stated Naval Reserves as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer.
He earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Steckel is based out of AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ Chantilly, Va. office
June 25, 2018 — Chantilly, VA — AMERICAN SYSTEMS today announced its Chief Financial Officer, Peter Whitfield, won the Virginia Business Magazine’s 2018 CFO Award. At a gala ceremony in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday, June 20, Mr. Whitfield was named the winner in the Large Private Company category, where he was selected from a pool of seven finalists. He was cited for his financial acumen, his commitment to community, and for inspiring others with his positive outlook and dedication to AMERICAN SYSTEMS.
Mr. Whitfield is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of diverse finance, accounting, and operations experience with privately-held and publicly-traded companies. Mr. Whitfield was named AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ CFO in June, 2015, and has been elected AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ Treasurer annually since September, 2015.
“I have the highest regard for Peter, both professionally and personally,” said Peter Smith, President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS. “Our employee-owners and I admire and respect him for both his financial leadership and his character. It is gratifying to see him recognized for these same qualities by his peers and industry experts.”
To recognize the contributions of chief financial officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Business has sponsored the Virginia CFO Awards since 2006. This year, the magazine received 47 nominations for awards in five categories: small and large nonprofit organizations, small and large private companies, and publicly traded companies.
January 16, 2018 — Chantilly, VA — AMERICAN SYSTEMS today announced it was awarded a task order to develop and implement a cloud-based enterprise Emergency Mass Notification System (EMNS) solution for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The five-year task order, valued at $68.6 million, was awarded under the USAF NETCENTS-2: Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions contract vehicle.
Under the terms of the task order, AMERICAN SYSTEMS will provide a single USAF enterprise solution to support lifesaving and mission-protective measures. The EMNS will deliver reliable and secure emergency threat notifications to all personnel at all USAF locations on a 24 hour/7 day-a-week basis using the Blackberry AtHoc Crisis Communications Software Suite running on the Microsoft Azure Cloud. The EMNS solution will increase situational awareness for Airmen and their families, regardless of their physical location, to enable protective measures when tragic events or emergencies occur.
“We are honored to have been selected by the Air Force to supplement their global readiness communications channels with this enterprise solution,” said Peter Smith, President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS. “We know how important it is to our nation’s Airmen and their families that they have a secure, real-time emergency notification system no matter where they are serving—we know what’s at stake.”
November 27, 2017 — Chantilly, VA — AMERICAN SYSTEMS today announced it was awarded a task order to support a number of training services for the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Fort Belvoir, VA. The four-year task order, valued at $27.4 million, was awarded under the General Services Administration’s Alliant contract vehicle.
Under the terms of the task order, AMERICAN SYSTEMS will be providing support for the Defense Acquisition University’s mission to provide learning assets in various forms such as: Distance Learning and Continuous Learning, Facilitated Instructor-led Classroom learning solutions, Games and Simulations, Video-based learning assets, Rapid Deployment Training in classroom or online formats, and Performance Support Tools.
“We have a proven track record of providing award-winning training solutions across many federal agencies and military branches,” said Peter Smith, President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS. “We look forward to leveraging that expertise at DAU in support of their mission to develop and manage acquisition programs, projects, and systems that continue to make our nation's warfighters the best-equipped armed forces in the world.”
The Department of Defense created the Defense Acquisition University in 1991 to provide a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements, and contingency professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.
October 23, 2017 — Chantilly, VA — AMERICAN SYSTEMS today announced it was awarded a task order to support HQ Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph TX (JBSA). Awarded through the Air Force NetCents 2 NetOps contract vehicle, the single-award task order is valued at $6.9 million over a five-year period.
Under the terms of the task order, AMERICAN SYSTEMS will be providing Tier 1 & Tier 2 Client Support Administration; Automatic Data Processing Equipment Support; and Video Teleconference and Unit Software License Management Support Services.
“The size and scope of Joint Base San Antonio requires a sound IT and logistics infrastructure,” said Peter Smith, President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS. “We are proud to be able to provide mission support to our nation’s largest and most vital joint base.”
In 2005, the Department of Defense combined installation support functions at the Army's Fort Sam Houston with those at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases under a single organization to form Joint Base San Antonio, the largest joint base in the DOD.