Santa, a few of his helpers, and a group of student-carolers have a photo taken on Dec. 9 with CCoE and Fort Gordon Commanding General, Major General John B. Morrison, Jr. The group of do-gooders were spreading holiday cheer throughout the Signal Towers.
Vice President of Human Resources, Deb Kliman, participated in the Liberty United States Organizations (USO) Transition Program Resources Fair at the Horsham Air Guard Station on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Deb’s role for the morning was to sit side by side with active service members who are planning to transition out of military in the next year, and provide practical advice on how to prepare a strong, targeted resume that will get them noticed. According to Deb, “I was fortunate to meet such wonderful and grateful service members, and help them with the daunting task of completing a resume.”
Executive Vice President of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Greater Philadelphia Chapter Jeannine Roso; Vice President of Programs Brian Connolly; and Community Service Chair Jeremy Mock participated in a panel discussion for Saint Joseph’s University’s Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. George Tapia of the U.S. Small Business Administration also participated on the panel. The VEJ program is specifically designed to provide disabled veterans with the tools, education and mentorship opportunities necessary for them to start their own businesses. The panel discussion detailed the steps on becoming a Federal Contractor and how NCMA can be a resource for procurement and contract management for their businesses. Jeannine stated, “I thoroughly enjoyed participating on the Saint Joseph’s University panel discussion on educating Disabled Veterans on how to become a Federal Contractor. Emphasizing that with the right tools, education, and mentorships, anyone can create their own business and that NCMA can be a great resource to obtain contract management advice for their businesses.”
In 2015 the Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business joined the national consortium of schools for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). This is an entrepreneurial and small business education program founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU), which is operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).
Chairman and CEO Phil Jaurigue Co-chaired the 28th Annual Philadelphia 100® Awards Ceremony at the Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. This event revealed the rankings of the 100 fastest growing businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area. The program was hosted and produced by the Wharton Small Business Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia. This is the first time that the award ceremony had over 700 people register. One of the founding fathers of the Philadelphia 100®, David Thornburgh, President and CEO, Committee of Seventy, and his band the Reckless Amateurs performed at the 28th Annual awards program. The innovation and hard work it has taken for these companies to be named to the Philadelphia 100® is at the heart of the entrepreneurial spirit. The diversity of the companies ranging from tech firms and manufacturers to specialized service providers and creative enterprises offers a great perspective into the dynamic nature of the regional business. “Being on this list and becoming part of the Philadelphia 100® community that has developed over the last 28 years is not only a great honor but a great opportunity,” says Phil Jaurigue, CEO of Sabre Systems, Inc., a multiple Philadelphia 100® winner, Board Member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, and Chairman of the 2016 Philadelphia 100®. He continued by stating, “Businesses feed, grow and mature through constant commercial interaction. By joining together with other companies that have the drive and inspiration to make it to the Philadelphia 100®, these businesses become part of the infrastructure of economic strength and employment growth for the region.”
Sabre Systems, Inc. conducted an Agile “Day of Discovery” training workshop for their Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) client that included Executive Leadership, Software Developers, Architects, Database/PL-SQL Developers, Testers, Project and Program Managers on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at their office located in Alexandria, Virginia. The purpose of the program was to kick start the upcoming BLS Agile Transformation. The training, led by Director of Software Engineering and Innovation Brian Campo, provided an overview of several Agile frameworks and practical applications on specific projects, primarily software. An overview of Agile implementations was also presented, followed by a Q&A session. Participants broke out in groups and participated in an actual sprint exercises. Each group had the opportunity to participate and operate in several of the five key roles of an Agile team: Product Owner, Stakeholder/Customer, Scrum Master/Agile Coach and Team Member (Developer).
While the entire presentation was phenomenal, per one participant, “the highlight was the interactive team assignments. These team building activities provided practical ways in which the Agile framework could be applied and showcased different perspectives of each team member.” Another training participant stated, “Sabre made it more of a hands on experience rather than a slideshow. I liked the fun games and got a chance to interact more with the team.” – Sushma Pendem, Software Tester. The president of Sabre Systems Glen Ives stated, “It is this exact type of resourceful effort and intelligent engagement that underpins Sabre and is so important for our desire and commitment to make Sabre better and stronger for our people and our customers. I am encouraged and energized when I learn and experience how bright and innovative our Sabre team can be.” Sabre will be conducting several more “Days of Discovery” in the coming months as they help their customers adopt more efficient processes and technologies to increase mission effectiveness.
Sabre Systems, Inc. was selected as a Hiring our Heroes finalist for the Capital One Award for Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The award is given out by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This is the 6th annual award ceremony in which the finalists are judged upon their demonstrated leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses, and military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment. The Sabre Vice President of Human Resources Deborah Kliman stated, “We are very happy and honored to be recognized for our Veteran support initiatives. There is no company more dedicated than Sabre Systems in supporting veterans and military members as they serve our nation and our communities in order to provide a safer place for us to live.”
Sabre Systems’ chief executive Phil Jaurigue will chair the 28th annual Philadelphia 100 winners gala Thursday and name this year’s fastest-growing startup companies.
The Philadelphia 100 is presented by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia and the Wharton Small Business Development Center. Privately held companies that win must demonstrate revenue growth validated by a third party.
“We’re trying to make [the ranking] more millennial-friendly,” said Jaurigue, whose Warrington company is an eight-time Philadelphia 100 winner. “The owners are skewing younger, and we want them to be included.”
“The format of the awards program will change periodically to adapt to the times, but my hope for the Philadelphia 100 is that it remain as the preeminent program in the region that recognizes the fastest growing privately held companies and the entrepreneurs that lead them,” he said.
“I’ve always considered the Philadelphia 100 a community of entrepreneurs seeking to learn from each other, and one where many of today’s and tomorrow’s area business leaders first got their successes recognized.”
For more information about the event, which is open to the public and will take place at the Fillmore concert hall, visit www.philadelphia100.com/attend.
At his own company, Jaurigue is overseeing a rebound in sales after a painful contraction that lagged the recent U.S. recession.
Sabre Systems, a software and engineering contractor, struggled in 2011 and 2012. Because it services military, defense and other federal agency contracts, “our cycle runs independently of the private sector,” he said.
“In 2011 and 2012, we really felt the pinch. We were at $80 million in sales in 2012 and over 500 people. By 2015, we were down to one-third of that” because of budget cuts in Washington and the federal budget sequester.
“We took direct hits against certain programs servicing planes and ships, and a general downturn in the hiring of contractors” as the Obama administration emphasized the hiring of the government’s civilian worforce instead, Jaurigue said. “Almost half of our loss from 2012 through 2015 was as a result of that. But what can you do when they’re your customer?”
By 2017, he said, “we hope to be back to $80 million [in revenues] and about 500 people. That’s where we were pre-sequestration.”
Jaurigue, 58, called the last few years “very hard. We learned some lessons while growing. It’s easy to overlook inefficiencies when your sales and margins are growing, and at the same time, be a people-friendly company.
“We were overstaffed. In the private sector, downsizing is natural, but this was the first time we really went through this type of recession. We lag due to the government cycle.”
One recent win: In May, Sabre was awarded a $150 million five-year Navy contract to provide systems and software engineering support.
Sabre competes with Silicon Valley for engineers and software talent.
“Silicon Valley can pay more. How do we attract millennials to our industry? So we’re drawing from retiring veterans,” he said. “They’ve got technology skills on active duty. They come home and need a job and want to continue serving a mission.”
Among his business concerns are cyber-threats.
“We know the Chinese are trying to hack in and steal intellectual property,” said Jaurigue, who noted that the Edward Snowden case “has changed our business. We’re more aware of recognizing Snowdens within the industry.”
“When you get your clearance, you almost take a vow. Even when you’re no longer employed, it’s a lifetime contract, in a way.”
At the invitation of the Philadelphia Soul’s owners, Jaurigue bought into the arena football team in 2015. He’s a longtime football fan, having attended Notre Dame, and a lifelong Eagles fan.
“I’m a huge Philly sports fan. It’s part of the culture here. With the Philadelphia Soul, there are 12 owners, and I’m now one of the minority owners.” Former Eagle Ron Jaworski is among the other owners.
“It’s great for families,” he said. “The ticket prices are right, with all the action of NFL football.”
Credited Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Writer: Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer