Location: Woodbine, MD
Industry: Government contracting
President and CEO
Phoenix Operations Group is an engineering services company focused on protecting and advancing national cyber resources. With no outside investment, the company has grown to 17 employees and obtained 18 contracts with agencies including the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and a handful of commercial companies. “Our obvious growth has garnered the interest of larger companies in our industry, and we’ve received multiple acquisition offers,” says Greg Kamigawachi, president and CEO of Phoenix. “Several of our employees have been elevated to chief engineer and lead architect positions on high-profile big data cloud computing programs.”
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Given Phoenix’s rapid growth, the company’s biggest challenge has been staffing the work its customers request. The company “only hires candidates who are immensely talented, dedicated to national security, professional, honest, humble and passionate,” says Kamigawachi. “To overcome this challenge, we’ve hired recruiters, created an aggressive referral program and instituted creative marketing strategies to attract top talent.” Phoenix encourages its employees to stay current on technology. That’s why the company offers an annual $5,000 educational budget, which can be used for conferences and training.