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Photo Recap: Navy Contracting Summit in Norfolk, VA

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Today, MILSPRAY’s Director of Navy Programs, Kanti Pandya, attended the Navy Contracting Summit.

Would you like to find out more information about our Navy Programs? Email Us: Click Here

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Motivational Monday: Just Believe!

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Are you ready for Motivational Monday? Yes, we know the weekend has past and it’s Monday. However, here is a quote that will keep you pushing through your work week to achieve success.

Do you have a favorite quote that motivates you? 

We want to hear about it. Leave your favorite quote or saying in the comment box below.

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It’s Follow Friday!

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Today is #FollowFriday and we wanted to share 3 Twitter Users with you that we followed this week:

@Intersolar – The world’s largest leading exhibition series for the solar industry.

@DefenseInsights – Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA)

@USACE_NY – US Army Corps of Engineers, NY District

Did you stumble upon a great account this week on Twitter? If so, please share your links in the comments below.

Then, be sure to tweet, share, and post the #FollowFriday fun around.

We look forward to hearing your responses and have a great weekend!

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MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser To Present At Buhari-Osinbajo Presidential Victory Celebration

Brian Feser, MILSPRAY CEO & President

Brian Feser, MILSPRAY CEO & President

MILSPRAY‘s Chief Executive Officer and President is Brian Feser. Feser is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years of service. He previously served as Vice President of Strategy at Textron Marine & Land Systems and concurrently served as the Director of Afghanistan Operations. Later, he was assigned as the Vice President of International Business Operations for Textron Systems.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He holds a Certificate in Communications and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as a Certification in Law Enforcement from the University of Virginia. Brian is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He also earned his certificate in Executive Protection from ASIS.

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Senior Advisor for Africa

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Senior Advisor for Africa

Dr. Sylvester Okere is MILSPRAY‘s Senior Advisor for Africa. Okere is a businessman, community organizer, strategist and political professional in the US and Africa. He is the Chairman of the African Entrepreneurs Coalition (AEC), and spent nearly 14 years of his career with the Nigeria Immigration Department. Okere is the Chairman of Maryland-Nigeria Sister States’ Executive Committee and the constituent leader of Continental African Leadership Council by the Maryland Democratic Party. He helped to develop long term vision and strategies for African constituents with the goal to mobilize, organize and empower the African community in Maryland.

Dr. Okere started his own private security company in 2004 serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He founded the Maryland Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, and is Senior Principal at Strategic Groups LLC. Dr. Okere was one of the first African immigrants to speak on a national platform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Along with a dynamic team, Okere successfully held a workshop on International Trade and Commerce for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Initiative in February 2014.

Dr. Okere is a strategic leader for numerous national and global organizations (NGOs) that focus on peace building and sustainable development. With influence across many platforms, Okere is Diaspora mobilizer in ethics and values & business development for The Presidency: Office of the Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ethics and Values. As a Diaspora leader and stakeholder representing many organizations and institutions within the private and entrepreneurial community in the US and Africa, Dr. Okere will bring his influential network and business experience to his new position. 


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Both MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser and MILSPRAY’s Senior Advisor for Africa, Dr. Sylvester Okere will be attending the Buhari-Osinbajo Presidential Victory Celebration taking place from Friday May 8, 2015 – May 10, 2015 at the Hampton Inn in Linthicum, MD.

MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser will be presenting Solutions for Nigeria at the celebration on May 9, 2015.

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Throwback Thursday: Vehicle Wash Down For Exercise Javelin Thrust in Hawthorne, NV

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It’s Throwback Thursday and did you know that in July of 2011, MILSPRAY assisted the US Marine Corps with a vehicle wash down, powered by our Scorpion Energy Hunter™ for Exercise Javelin Thrust in Hawthorne, NV?

MILSPRAY’s Vehicle Wash Systems are: Simple, Intuitive, and Robust.

These systems help to eliminate the time, expense, construction and environmental concerns involved in the traditional wash rack process.

To learn more please: Click Here

MILSPRAY’s Scorpion Energy Hunter™ is a deployable system with an Intelligent Power Center™ that has the capability to harvest solar power. 

To learn more please: Click Here


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Winning with Women Wednesdays: Interview with Sirena Moore-Thomas, Chief Operations Officer at Eagle Enterprises

Winning With Women Sirena Moore-Thomas

Today, is Winning with Women Wednesday and over the past week we had the opportunity to speak with Sirena Moore-Thomas. Sirena is the energetic, colorful, and passionate Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Eagle Enterprises. Eagle Enterprises was established in 2005 and is a proven and trusted supplier of spare parts for all Military and Commercial Aircraft worldwide. Since 2006, Eagle has been awarded 2,000 Department of Defense (DoD) small business contracts.

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Name: Sirena Moore-Thomas

Age: 33 years old

Education: Serial Entrepreneur

Company: Eagle Enterprises

Position: Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Time with company: 3 years

Company headquarters: Hampton, VA

Countries of operation: Domestic

Total number of employees: 10

Number of employees the COO oversees: 10

Sirena, I think our readers would love to know, in your own words, what the role of a Chief Operating Officer (COO) embodies at Eagle Enterprises…What are your main responsibilities and duties?

Well on most days I am pretty much, “Chief Everything Officer”. However, my primary role is to manage the day-to-day operations from our Corporate Headquarters to our Sales Office. I also am in charge of managing all revenue generating activities. This includes our sales teams, business development, and maintaining relationships with our manufacturers.

Do you have a mantra, or tip that you would like to share with our audience regarding how to sell their organization’s services, products, or capabilities?

A famous quote I would like to share was once said by Theodore Roosevelt. He stated, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” This saying rings true each and every day I come to work. Early on, I learned to be the subject matter expert of all of our capabilities within our organization, and took it upon myself to create opportunities rather than wait for them.

Who was an influential boss for you and what lessons did they teach you about management and leadership?

For as long as I can remember, I have always been very self-motivated and ambitious from my early childhood years. Prior to coming to Eagle Enterprises, I worked with my father and brother for our family business and I would accredit my father, Ted Moore for instilling within me a, “Go Get It” mentality.

However, I remember also working with a Financial Planner named Thomas Tarka, at Advest Inc. who taught me that paying attention to small details and willing to go the extra mile is what makes a business unique and respected from a customer’s perspective.

Last but certainly not least, the Owner/Founder of Eagle Enterprises, Mr. Ken Johnson is a brilliant entrepreneur and has become an incredible mentor to me. Mr. Johnson challenges me on so many levels and seeks to stretch my mind, expand my capacity, and motivates me to pursue all possibilities. I affectionately refer to him as Father Boss. He’s certainly one of the most influential people in my life.

What are the biggest challenges facing Chief Operating Officers today?

I believe the role of Chief Operating Officers change drastically from one company to the next, which is why it’s hard to generalize the problems that all COOs face today. However, one main challenge I believe most COOs face today is closing the gap between what we do and what we say.

As a woman COO, I find that the majority of women tend to nurture by nature, where as our male counter-parts tend to be more black and white. Both styles can hinder or help the way in which we lead. However, my challenge is in determining whether I am being too “motherly” or if I need to just hold others accountable with regards to a specific project or task.

What would it take for you to say you had a good day at work?

I’d like to start by saying that Time Management and Productivity are extremely important to me. I tend to find myself teasing our staff with a saying that, “Our days do not have periods, they have commas and are meant to be continued.” When I look at any workload given to me, I break it down into a series of tasks. Since, a number of tasks need to be completed in order to complete the project. I know I am staying productive and managing my time responsibly, when I can check items off the to-do task list.

How would you characterize your management style?

I would have to say that I like to consider myself as participative. Since I believe, “Teamwork makes the dream work” I invite input from my staff in solving problems, creating solutions and/or simply suggesting changes.

Do you think management styles stem from individual beliefs or environmental?

I definitely believe that my participative management style stems from the environment I was raised in and can also be attributed to the fact that I am part of the Millennial generation.

What strengths and qualities do you look for in job candidates?

I tend to gravitate to people who are “Intrapreneurial” – I would characterize these individuals as people who want to own their positions. Meaning they run their position as if it was their own personal business.

What are some of your favorite interview questions or techniques to elicit information to determine
whether a candidate will be successful at your company? What sort of answers send up red flags for
you and make you think a job candidate wouldn’t be a good fit?

Although finding a truly “Intrapreneurial” individual is hard, I believe you can creatively pull out these qualities from an interviewee. I tend to have a reputation of running our interviews like “The Apprentice”.

For example, when our newest account manager met with our Human Resource Specialist she had been given a sheet of paper and a laptop. The paper had three questions on it: one question was to test her resourcefulness, the other to test her train of thinking, and the last was to see her writing skills. She printed all of her answers out and due to her outstanding answers, we proceeded to the next phase of the interview. After just a short time the candidate loved the challenge, and that’s when we knew we had a fit.

What is it about your current role, at Eagle Enterprises, that sets it apart from other chief operations positions?

The most powerful thing that sets Eagle apart from other chief operations positions is the fact that I’m not limited here and the fact that I get the chance to express myself in so many ways, which isn’t always welcomed in other organizations.

What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?

To be honest, I’m still trying to figure it out. But I do love spending time with my family. Sometimes all I need is one of my four children to make me laugh and that can be the replenishment I need from a long day at work. For example, something that comes to mind is my one son, Brycen came up with nicknames for everyone in our family. He calls himself “Batman”, my husband is “Ironman” and I am “Flash”. It’s the imagination, and purity of his age that makes me enjoy coming home even from the most hectic of days.

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?

Well I consider my life purpose is to encourage, empower, and inspire others to achieve success. I just love business, and am not married to any particular industry. I must say it’s hard to envision not being at Eagle Enterprises, but if I wasn’t here I would most likely be speaking and coaching others through my personal business SirenaSpeaks.com.

If you would like to know more about Eagle Enterprises please: Click Here

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MILSPRAY’s VP of Integrated Logistics Support, Jon Kalfus to Speak at Intersolar Summit USA East

Jon Kalfus VP, Integrated Logistics Support

Jon Kalfus is MILSPRAY’s Vice President of Integrated Logistics Support. Jon comes from a highly diverse engineering background that includes over 30 years of product ideation and development, project management and team leadership. He previously served as a Director of Product Development at Waltron LLC.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the City College of the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York University.

Jon is a voting member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 82 (TC82), and is currently leading the writing of IEC safety standard 62109-3.  The IEC is a leading organization for the promulgation of product safety standards and Jon is one of only a handful of U.S. delegates on TC82.

Jon is also a member of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standards Technical Panel (STP) 1741, which covers solar energy power generation equipment.

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Keynote speech:
New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Representing the 21st Senate District

Plenary speeches:
Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and CEO, Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)
Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Jon will be in attendance and speaking on the topic of – The U.S. East Coast Energy Storage Landscape – An Evaluation of Potentials and Profitable Business Cases at the Intersolar Summit USA East on May 7, 2015 to be held in Brooklyn, NY.

To view the program in its entirety: Click Here

Contact:

Jon Kalfus
VP, Integrated Logistics Support
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
Cell Phone: (732) 552-3554
jonkalfus@milspray.com


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Motivational Monday: Don’t Wait For Success!

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It’s Motivational Monday and here is a great saying that will inspire you to get up and make things happen. Life is too short to wait for the things you want. If you want to be successful in your business, make it happen.

Do you have a leader in mind that demonstrates this quote?

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It’s Follow Friday!

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Good afternoon to all! We want to get to know, YOU (our followers) better.

Today, tell us what social media accounts you enjoy following.

Or, if you believe we should be following you, please share your links below. Then, pass the #FollowFriday fun around.

We look forward to hearing your response and have a great weekend!

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