NCMA Recognizes the Top Professionals Under 40 in Contract Management

November 15, 2013

Contact: Jessica Friedman

ASHBURN, Virginia, November 14, 2013 – The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) has selected 25 individuals to receive the Top Professionals Under 40 in Contract Management Award. Recipients will be recognized on November 17, 2013 at an awards reception at Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC following the 2013 Fall Chapter Leader Summit, prior to the 32nd Annual Government Contract Management Symposium.

The NCMA Top Professionals Under 40 in Contract Management Award was established in 2012 to recognize top performers in the contract management profession under the age of 40. These professionals are considered to be the future of contract management and come from the ranks of academia, government, and industry.

On behalf of the entire association, congratulations to the following list of the 2013 award winners for this well-deserved award!

Brita Carlblom – Boeing Intellectual Property Licensing Company
Javier Castano – U.S. Agency for International Development
James Cotton III – American States Utility Services, Inc.
Carly Cox, CFCM, Fellow – Peerless Technologies Corporation
Lindsay Crockett – U.S. Air Force
Stephen Crooks – DHHS/PSC
Elena Einstein – The Boeing Company
Joseph England, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM - U.S. Agency for International Development
Keith Gibson, CFCM – U.S. Air Force
Matt Gomer – Rocky Mountain Regional CASU
David Jenkins – Saudi Aramco, CPCM, CFCM
Courtney Kappel – ViaSat Incorporated, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM
Jennifer Kiiru – U.S. AID
Robert Kirzow – Department of Veterans Affairs
Christoph Mlinarchik – OSD/WHS
Nima Novin – The Boeing Company
Jigisha Patel – AD/WHS
Kat Ratassepp – The Cannon Group
Alicia Rigdon – American Ordnance
Phillip Seckman, CPCM - McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Michael Thacker - Fluor
Haynes Thompson – Federal Aviation Administration
Lindsey VanNess – U.S. DOE/NNSA
Carol Wooden – Raytheon Company
Stephen Yuter, CPCM, CFCM – Department of Homeland Security

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959, is the world's leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 22,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. For more information on the association, please visit


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