IAC honors major contributors

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Industry Advisory Council last night honored Howard Ady, one of its orignal members, with the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership award.

Ady, now an executive with BearingPoint Inc., was IAC's third president. IAC officials presented Ady with the award at the organization's 13th annual executive conference, which approximately 600 government and industry officials attended.

In its early days, Ady reminded the audience, the advisory council primarily included government officials, most of whom were automated data processing managers; now industry officials outnumber their government counterparts. The key to IAC's future success, Ady said, was fostering closer collaboration between the two communities.

The Spirit of Leadership award is named after Mendenhall, who made such collaboration a focus of her 32-year government career. Mendenhall died in July 2001.

Other IAC awards presented Monday night include:

Communications achievement awards: Presented to companies instrumental in setting up IAC's new Web portal — Apple Computer Inc., EDS, Indus Corp., JDG Communications, Microsoft Corp., Plumtree Software Inc., Saraf Software Solutions Inc. and Unisys Corp. Individual contributor of the year, government: Dan Chenok, Office of Management and Budget's branch chief for information policy and technology. Individual contributors of the year, industry: Joe Draham, vice president for government relations and congressional affairs at GTSI; Chuck Viator of Cetacean Networks Inc.; and Leslie Barry, Computer Associates International Inc. Corporate contributor of the year, large company: Unisys. Corporate contributor of the year, small company: Silosmashers Inc. Chairman's award: Ron Seward, Artel Inc.

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