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Puget Systems Sponsors the 2014 Pacific Northwest Defense Symposium

Posted on June 2, 2014 by Chris Stephens


Last week Puget Systems was part of the Pacific Northwest Defense Symposium. The symposium, a gathering of businesses from Washington and Oregon, helps members looking for a better understanding of the 36 month outlook on Department of Defense issues. We were happy to be a sponsor of this event and Jon Bach, our company president, was invited to speak as a panelist.

Most people wouldn't enjoy a day listening to budget analysts and procurement officers, but I do! Maybe that's why I am here to develop government business at Puget Systems. Obviously, there is a lot going on in the government, from a budgetary perspective, but I found a lot of opportunity and insight at this event that gives me a positive outlook.

DoD Budget Analyst, with fancy chart

Jay Inslee, the governor of the State of Washington opened the event with some remarks about the state's efforts to attract more federal business to local companies. We also heard from the CO 7ID, Major General Terry Ferrell, who spoke about the work of service members in his command and a number of people from the Federal Government who came to discuss programs, procurement, outlook and budgets.

The president of Puget Systems, Jon Bach, spoke in an afternoon about cyber security--an area that many businesses find to be a black hole in their own organizations.

The Pacific Northwest Defense Symposium is put on by PNDC (http://ww.pndc.us), which Puget Systems has been a member of for the last two years. Personally, I have been a member for about 5 years and have always found the organization to be a benefit to my business. If you are interested in learning more about how PNDC would help your Washington or Oregon business, please email me at cstephens@pugetsystems.com.

Chris Stephens, Puget BD, speaks with Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) at a recent small business roundtable

Puget Systems is aggressively pursuing the Federal IT market. We currently hold a contract with GSA Schedule 70 and are working through agreements to add possibily two more GWACs to our roster, in the near future.

Some other recent activity on the Federal Government front has been in the advocacy area. A few weeks back I had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) at a small business roundtable. I have attended several other roundtables with other members of Congress and they are always interesting. Everyone at the table is part owner--taxpayer-- and vendor to the government; it makes for some lively conversation.

We work hard to provide our products to the government; knowing that reliable, American built computers are tax dollars well spent!