Mari Oh: She has a knack for making people talk

Name: Mari Oh

Age: 29

Organization: Blackstone Technology Group

Title: Federal Business Development Manager

Nominated for: Her work in developing programs to improve collaboration between government and industry as president of the Young AFCEA Bethesda, Md., Chapter and a fellow at the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council.

First IT mentor: Nancy Peters, my first business development manager after I graduated from Virginia Tech. I spent more than four years working for her at CACI. Much of what I learned under her tutelage I still apply on the job and in life today.

Latest accomplishment on the job: Within the past year, I was able to successfully balance my new job leading one of the largest deals in my company's history, serving as the Young AFCEA Bethesda president and graduating from ACT/IAC’s Voyagers Program to the Fellows Program — all while planning my upcoming wedding!

Career highlight: Receiving three awards in the past seven months: Rising Star award, International Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award and Young AFCEAN of the Year Award. I also led business development efforts and won the largest task-order contract in Blackstone Technology Group's history.

Your advice for a government IT wannabe: The contacts and relationships you develop through your professional network are critical to your success in the federal IT space.

What you enjoy most about working in government IT: The people, relationships, and collaborating on solutions to solve mission-critical IT challenges through innovation and emerging technologies.

Three favorite job-related bookmarks: Think Quarterly, LinkedIn, Google

Dream non-IT-related job: Opening my own art studio and becoming a famous painter

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