The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council has named Kendall Holbrook, Dev Technology’s Chief Executive Officer, the winner for Executive of the Year in the $75-$300 million category for the 19th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards. Founded in 2002, these awards honor the leadership, innovation, and commitment to excellence of the people and businesses in the region’s government contracting community. A panel of industry and government professionals select finalists and winners from a large pool of nominees.
“I’m honored to have been selected as the Executive of the Year for the $75 – 300M category,” stated Holbrook. “It’s been an amazing 3.5 years leading Dev Technology. When Susie and Sanjeev entrusted the company to me, I focused on maintaining the culture and level of service that they established over 20 years ago. While it hasn’t always been easy, our incredible employees and clients and our top-notch executive team who lead centered in Dev Technology’s core values, makes every day in this job incredibly gratifying.”
Before joining Dev Technology, Holbrook spent 14 years working at a large IT integrator performing a range of roles including system engineer, project manager, client marketing executive, client sales executive, and strategy analyst. She then moved to Dev Technology as the Vice President of Business Development, a role she held for 8 years before being appointed CEO on January 1, 2018, by Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Susie Sylvester Duggal.
“We are incredibly proud of Kendall’s achievements leading Dev Technology and being recognized as a GovCon Executive of the Year,” stated Duggal. “We have always known Kendall to be a unique leader with the perfect background to lead our organization with her growth focus while being a champion for our culture of integrity, quality, community, and inclusiveness. We are pleased she has received this well-deserved recognition.”
Holbrook is an active mentor inside Dev Technology and within the Government IT community with a specific focus on mentoring women. She also serves as a mentor to high school students through multiple programs in Fairfax County, Virginia. Additionally, Holbrook has owned a children’s bookstore, partnered with her teenage daughter on a skincare business, and also volunteered as a lacrosse coach for middle school girls. Holbrook serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the After-School All-Stars, Washington, D.C, and she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Holbrook holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Virginia and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Winners are selected from four revenue categories and were announced live at an evening gala on November 3, 2021, at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. This unique networking event draws more than 1000 industry and government leaders. More information on the awards and the full list of finalists and winners can be found at https://novachamber.org/govcon-awards/
Melissa Janek is Dev Technology’s Digital Communications Specialist.