Ashok Mehan, CEO
Adezza Federal Consulting, LLC

Mr. Ashok Mehan is a veteran hands-on CEO with proven IT industry vision and extensive business management experience, particularly in engineering turnarounds. He has built a successful business from the ground up, selling both products and services into the Commercial and the Federal Government marketplaces. With more than seventeen years of hands-on experience in all areas of people and financial management, he launched Adezza Federal Consulting, LLC in September 2001.

With considerable personal, corporate and entrepreneurial recognition for his business innovation skills, his first industry award came with a Top 25 company ranking in the government IT marketplace from Government Computer News. He then received the prestigious Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award for Strategy Innovation in his company, and was recognized by Industry Week magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Successful Small Companies in America”. Washington Technology magazine recognized his business model innovation efforts in a special section on minority businesses, and Government Computer News and Federal Computer Week gave his company five Reviewer’s Choice and Best Buy awards spanning over four years. Mid Range ERP magazine and The Washington Business Journal wrote on the extraordinary accomplishments Mr. Mehan was able to engineer as a small IT business. Unisys Federal Systems recognized his company with an “Excellence in Service” award for providing unparalleled customer service. He has also received four consecutive Ventures International Top 100 awards, Washington Technology Top 50, and National Fast 500 awards amongst others.

Mr. Mehan was born and raised in India in a family where success was a fundamental core belief. He was fortunate to have studied at one of the country’s top institutions, and received the US equivalent of an Ivy League education. At the age of 24, he traveled to Salzburg, Austria where he completed a vocational management study in the hospitality industry. Mr. Mehan came to the United States in 1983, and chose to earn an MBA with a major in Information Systems while working full time. He completed his MBA in 1987, and founded his own company, SMAC Data Systems, in December of 1990.

The company succeeded by seizing market opportunities as the computer marketplace matured. In the early 90’s, the company became well known for its knowledge of the computer industry, and grew rapidly by serving the needs of the many small computer manufacturing and reseller firms in the Washington metro area. While extremely successful and highly profitable, in early 1995 Mr. Mehan, a strong believer in strategy innovation, morphed his company from just selling IT products to a high-end systems integrator, and averted the rapidly advancing wave of competition from national chains selling similar products. Then again in early 1998, the company made another innovative move that expanded the company to a full service network engineering firm, and revenues surpassed $25 million with healthy profitability. Mr. Mehan sold SMAC Data Systems in mid 2001, and in September of 2001, he founded Adezza Federal Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in helping small firms win government contracts. Adezza now has four government contracts that its clients are authorized to use for selling into the federal government ranging from consulting work in Information Security, E-learning and Network Engineering to software development. The company moved toward a Top Secret facility clearance for consulting with senior officials in the Department of Defense and Homeland Security arenas. Adezza has already proven successful for many small businesses, and continues to work very closely with government contracting firms to enhance their business development efforts.

Mr. Mehan belongs to the Montgomery County (Maryland) Technology Development Council (MTDC), and is a member of the County IT Steering Committee, the Maryland Incubator Advisory Board, and also an active member of the County Education Workforce Development Committee.  He is a charter member of the Indian CEO High Tech Council, and a board member of the Indian American Leadership Institute, which is active in identifying young political leaders. In addition, he teaches classes on Strategy Innovation for Business Administration at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

            Mr. Mehan and his wife, Archisha, have twin boys, who are four and a half years old. Contact address: 13708 Ginkgo Terrace, Rockville, MD 20850. amehan@adezza.com

[Source: Indian American Leadership Incubator, with permission from Ashok Mehan]

 

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