DynCorp International, along with its small business protégé, CenterScope Technologies Inc. (CSTI), was presented with the prestigious Nunn-Perry award by the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) at the 16th annual Nunn-Perry Awards Ceremony at the 2012 Mentor-Protégé Conference, held Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
The conference theme was “Job Creation through Partnerships,” and the agenda included Mentor-Protégé open sessions, a program update, discussion on veterans and small business, hybrid agreements information session and discussion on new media’s impact.
Gregory Reyes, Corporate Director of Mentor-Protégé programs at DynCorp International, also led a breakout session during the conference where he discussed the relationship from the mentor’s perspective and how the relationship extends beyond the normal mentoring process titled “Strategic Partnerships.”
The prestigious Nunn-Perry Award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded in 1995 to recognize outstanding Mentor-Protégé teams formed under the auspices of the DoD Mentor-Protégé program.
“An important element of the program is technology transfer,” said Reyes. “We provided a foundation for our protégé CSTI to develop solutions to increase financial and operational efficiency. The value created for our customer and broad scope of this partnership is most noteworthy. It shows that, even in a difficult economy, we can achieve amazing results and positive job growth.”
CSTI is based in McLean, VA. and provides customer service solutions in engineering and acquisition, knowledge management, international support and logistics and base operations. As part of its mentoring role, DynCorp International provided CSTI with coaching and training in areas such as new market development, international operations and global logistics. DI also provided CSTI with expertise and guidance to expand their business internationally – resulting in a revenue increase from $5 to $32 million in just 18 months and created more than 100 jobs by helping them to expand the overall base of their marketplace participation.
The Mentor Protégé Program
Since 1991, the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) has offered substantial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses. By helping them to expand the overall base of their marketplace participation, more jobs and increased national income can be produced.
The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses (protégés) successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies (mentors) under individual, project-based agreements.
Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor and the DoD.