Crunch time is upon us for the 2023 Wash100 Award popular vote contest: the final two weeks of this celebratory yet highly competitive race. Every January, Executive Mosaic announces a list of the 100 individuals we feel have made an impressive contribution to the government contracting and federal ecosystem, additionally weighing who we think are most poised to transform the industry in the coming year.
Then, until the end of April, we accept votes from the general public on your favorites from the roster of awardees. Every person, no matter who you are, gets 10 votes, so use them wisely and support the candidates who you feel have made the biggest impact. Wash100 winners are both recognizable big names and the fly-under-the-radar types who nonetheless play a vital role in creating and maintaining systems enabling technological innovation and national security, among other widespread benefits.
Visit Wash100.com today to join in the fun and have a say in crowning GovCon’s most beloved executive!
The titanic top four awardees that have persisted for over a month now remain in the top four slots, so acclaimed and adored that they prove a near-impossible opponent to overcome. Craig Abod of Carahsoft is at number one, Rick Wagner of Microsoft Federal at number two, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin retains his spot at number three and Wes Anderson, also of Microsoft Federal, holds at number four. But there is still time for a late groundswell to challenge these high-achievers.
One such challenger is Shawn Purvis, CEO of QinetiQ’s U.S. arm and a three-time consecutive Wash100 winner. Purvis leveled up to a competition-best number eight placement this week, rising from her previous best spot at number nine in a week’s time. It’s conceivable that Purvis could build on this wave and launch into the top five in the coming weeks.
SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene continued her swift upward trend over the last few weeks and also hit a personal best for the year: number nine. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks gained traction as well, climbing one spot to number 13. Ditto Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, who followed up an exceedingly strong showing last week with a comparably modest but still compelling advancement to number 19.
The most striking leaps were found in the latter half of the top 30. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly catapulted from number 25 to number 20, while Northrop Grumman’s Roshan Roeder also soared five spots, landing at number 23. Don’t count out this pair, whose cohort is clearly turning out at this late stage juncture.
The clock is ticking. To see the changes you want to see in the top 30 ranking of Wash100 recipients manifest by this time next week, click through to Wash100.com to submit 10 votes for the most deserving GovCon movers and shakers.