Grkavac to step down at trade association

Olga Grkavac, a leader in the government technology and public policy community, is retiring at the end of August from TechAmerica, the trade association said Aug. 14.

Grkavac has worked at TechAmerica for more than 31 years, and currently is the executive vice president for policy and advocacy. Now, Trey Hodgkins will become senior vice president of global public sector government affairs, taking Grkavac’s place. He will also lead the association’s global public sector policy team. Currently, Hodgkins is the senior vice president for national security and procurement policy.

Grkavac became a leader in the federal contracting community and spearheaded several major policy changes that encouraged a better working environment between the federal government and government contractors, ultimately delivering better service to taxpayers, the association said.

“Her TechAmerica legacy will be a constant guide going forward,” Hodgkins said, adding that she left a solid foundation on which he can build.

Shawn Osborne, president and CEO of TechAmerica, thanked Grkavac for her service and said Hodgkins will lead the association well.

“Trey is an expert in his field and brings an unmatched energy and passion for the issues facing our members. We thank Olga for her tremendous contributions to the Association, its members and the public sector community and wish her nothing but the best,” Osborne said. “With Trey’s leadership and our increasing investments in the public sector policy team, we will not only maintain our level of expertise but will enhance the unrivaled advocacy and intelligence that our members have come to expect.”

As for Grkavac, life may slow down only somewhat.

“I look forward to doing some traveling and spending time with family and friends, but I intend to remain a vibrant and engaged part of this community,” she said.

Grkavac was a Federal 100 winner in 1994, 1997 and 2001. She was also a Fed 100 judge numerous times.

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Reader comments

Thu, Aug 16, 2012 SPMayor Summit Point, WV

She will be missed … may the ocean come gently to shore in her retirement.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 SPMayor Summit Point, WV

Olga will be missed.I thank her for her encouragement, patience and guidance as I learned the ropes.

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