Location: Alexandria, VA
Industry: Government services
Terry L. Scherling
President and CEO
“In 2008, my initial vision as an entrepreneur was to offer management consulting solutions to commercial and government customers,” says Terry L. Scherling, president and CEO of TENICA and Associates LLC. “A year later, my focus changed. I missed building, leading and working with teams and decided to [create] a government services company that could provide exceptional service solutions.”
Quick Tip: “I’ve learned that to be a true leader, one must have a vision of achievement beyond personal success. A leader serves the people and gives of herself.”
Scherling also wanted to offer both civilian and retired military personnel a sound place of employment. “As a result of my 33 years of military and civil service, I believed I could hire well-qualified employees to provide capabilities for federal departments and agencies,” she says. As TENICA grew, its focus came to include providing logistics support, professional services, crisis-management response solutions and IT capabilities for the federal and state governments, as well as commercial clients.
TENICA contributes to organizations that support military and civil-service veterans and members. This includes Veterans Moving Forward, which provides service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges, as well as the National Guard Youth Foundation. “The organization assist adolescent school dropouts with the opportunity to improve their life skills, education and employability,” says Scherling. She supports the organization’s annual Youth ChalleNGe Gala.