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Final Countdown Begins: 1 Week Left to Help Decide the Most Beloved GovCon or Federal Exec

With only a week left in voting, there is officially no more time to procrastinate contributing to the 2023 Wash100 Award popular vote contest. When voting closes on Friday, April 28, submissions will be tabulated and the top 10 most beloved government contracting — and industry adjacent — executives will be decided.

The Wash100 is a 10-year-old institution in the GovCon space and Executive Mosaic’s avenue for honoring who its discerning committee sees as the most impactful players in the Capitol region. Winners are awarded for their leadership, innovation, vision and reliability, among other factors, and the award also anticipates who will likely make waves in the market in the year to come.

Votes have been coming in at an aggressive clip over the past week as supporters are rallying behind the recipients they admire most. This has undoubtedly been the most competitive year for the contest yet. Be sure to represent your favorites before it’s too late at Wash100.com!

This week, despite fierce challenges, the top three candidates held onto their positions from last week: Carahsoft founder and CEO Craig Abod maintained the number one spot, with Microsoft Federal President Rick Wagner and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin close behind at two and three, respectively.

A formidable candidate rose in quick succession from number 11 to number four, however. Seven-time Wash100 Award winner and Intelsat CEO Dave Wajsgras is giving the seemingly unbeatable aforementioned top three a run for their money. Will this underdog go all the way? Only you can determine that.

Other large leaps in the ranking over the last week include Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks’ ascension from number 13 to number eight, Department of the Air Force Chief Information Officer Lauren Knausenberger’s six-spot hop to number 10 and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman’s bump from number 25 to number 19.

Elsewhere in the top 20, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu climbed from number 15 to number 13 and U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone worked his way up from number 19 to number 17.

Making an entrance into the race for the first time this year at this late stage were Booz Allen Hamilton Global Defense Sector President Judi Dotson at number 21 and General Dynamics Information Technology President Amy Gilliland at number 29.

It’s not too late for any of these worthy awardees to take it all and achieve the number one spot, crowning them government contracting’s favorite son or daughter. If you have not yet made your voice heard, it is imperative that you visit Wash100.com today to join in the fun!

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