Sabre Senior Executive Director of Contracts Jeannine Roso, who heads up of the Contracts Department, has been honored with the prestigious Fellow Award by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). As the second highest award given by the association, Ms. Roso is being recognized for her significant contributions to the field of contracting as well as her contributions to NCMA.
As a Fellow, Roso will uphold various responsibilities such as: continuous support in a leadership role for the NCMA and contract management profession; participation in the Council of Fellows and the Greater Philadelphia local chapter; and contributions that enhance and expand the professional acceptance of NCMA membership and certifications. She will also be mentoring new NCMA leaders to aid development in their positions as she assumes the Fellow’s charge. Additionally, Roso’s entrance into the esteemed Council of Fellows allows her to contribute to its mission of enhancing the contract management profession.
Roso will be presented with the award at NCMA World Congress 2017 on July 26th, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois. This is the largest educational event for contract management, procurement, and acquisition professionals. “Sabre is proud of Jeannine’s accomplishment, and congratulates her as she undertakes this role and strives to improve contract management as a Fellow,” stated Jim O’Donnell, Vice President of Administration.
On a cold, foggy Saturday morning in February, Sabre employees took the “plunge” in the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for the Special Olympics! The Polar Plunge, was held in Seaside Heights, New Jersey on February 25th to raise money in order to help the Special Olympics provide completely free services like year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities, and health screenings. More than 25,000 athletes utilize these free services, making fundraisers like Polar Plunge extremely important.
Group Vice President of the Northeast Region, Bob Lake, and Autocad Technician of the Northeast Region, Steven Leonard, organized the event. They accompanied Sabre employees Kevin Henderson, James McGuiness, Fred Kuster, and Nikki Everett, along with family and friends, to represent the Sabre Nor’Easters team. The event itself raised a whopping $1.86 million dollars, and the Sabre Nor’Easters team alone raised $1,775 dollars. Senior Accountant and plunger for Sabre, Nikki Everett, raised $515 dollars; the most out of the entire Sabre team!
Ms. Everett described how “many of the plungers were in costumes”, and even “had themes in their groups”. That was an enjoyable addition, and certainly made the experience more than just a dip in some icy water. After the crowds of participants were admitted to the beach, organizers closed off the entrance so that only plungers could enter, making the event much more special. Another plus to the event was that some of the Sabre employees met each other for the first time. For example, Ms. Everett finally met some of the employees that work “on base”, allowing her to connect with a few Sabre co-workers that she would not normally see. After gathering and getting pumped up for the “plunge”, Sabre employees made their way to the frigid water and jumped right in! Nikki explained how the experience as a whole was “exciting and fulfilling”. It gave everyone involved a chance to build camaraderie with co-workers, while also participating in a good cause.
Overall, Sabre strives to support events like the Polar Plunge that aim to provide opportunities to those who may not have them readily available. As a company that values character, Sabre Systems, Inc. continues to urge its employees to participate in charitable events and give back. We commend our employees for upholding these standards, and contributing to the success of fundraisers like Polar Plunge.
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.