Firebird Analytical Solutions and Technologies (Firebird AST) was honored by SECAF as its  “2017 Government Contractor of the Year” in the under $6 million in revenue category at the 9th Annual Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Awards Gala held May 9 at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner, Va.

SECAF honored small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small businesses at its flagship event, with more than 500 people representing government contracting firms and leading industry professionals in attendance.  Awards were presented in six categories.

“The SECAF Awards Gala is the preeminent annual event that spotlights small businesses that are doing outstanding and innovating work in the government contracting community,” said Cameron Hamilton, chairman of SECAF and principal at The McLean Group.  “It is a privilege to publicly recognize Firebird AST as it is a shining example of the commitment, strategy, and leadership that enable the community of small business government contractors to reach higher levels.”

“This award was unexpected,” said Firebird AST’s CEO and founder, Bruce MacNair. “We are proud and humbled to be recognized by our peers in the government contracting Industry as a high-performing company. I was glad to have so many members of the Firebird AST team there to receive the award with us. This would not have been possible without their hard work, dedication, and commitment to our clients’ critical missions. We are grateful to our partners and to our clients for putting so much faith and trust in us. I would also like to thank SECAF for supporting government contractor small businesses and for recognizing our hard work with this prestigious industry award. It’s exciting to keep such great company with all our fellow nominees and award winners.”

“What an exciting honor for our Firebird AST team,” said Randy Lange, Firebird AST’s chief strategy officer. “When Bruce founded the company six years ago, his vision was for us to be a forward-leaning, tip-of the-spear services and solutions firm.  We’ve stayed true to our identity and being recognized by our peers is very satisfying. Government contracting is a team sport, and like any other significant achievement, it takes a great team to be successful. We are lucky to have such talented professionals working with us and for our clients.”