On the heels of its merger last month with Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA) – which is expected to close officially April 1 – the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) formed a new Board of Directors.
Among the appointments, GEIA Chairman Gene Glazar, vice president of business development at BAE Systems Inc., has been named one of two vice chairman. As a single entity, the merger unites 400 technology companies and seek to advance technology industry efforts via public policy advocacy, business development and market intelligence activities.
As Glazar stated in the association’s released statement, “…the combination of these organizations provides a more coherent approach for industry’s message to Washington and the marketplace.” The post-merger advocacy group will represent the interests of 32 government technology contractors, and they certainly have reason for enthusiasm given that Glazar’s long time commitment to Federal IT issues will now be extended to include ITAA members.
Glazar joined BAE Systems in September 2004 as vice president of business development and strategy for the Technology Solutions Sector. As Vice Chairman for ITAA, Glazar will tap roughly 30 years of business development, program management and systems engineering experience for companies such as Titan Corporation, CSC, Dyncorp and Lockheed Martin.
Over the past few years, Glazar has played a central role in advancing the GEIA mission to represent the Electronics and Information Technologies industries conducting business with the government via powerful forecasting tools and reports – most notably its annual 10-year Defense Electronics Forecast and 5-year Federal IT forecast.
Though the merger has yet to officially close, the forecast for government contractor members of the ITAA is certainly a positive one under the steady stewardship of Glazar and the entire 28-member Board of Directors.
Brian Lustig is co-founder of Lustig Communications, a Rockville, MD-based communications firm that works with growing technology and government IT firms. Lustig is also a contributor to local business and industry publications.