Joe Kopfman has been with AMERICAN SYSTEMS almost from the start. If you ask him, he’ll tell you it’s not like working for the same company, rather an ever-evolving one. Since his start, Kopfman has seen AMERICAN SYSTEMS grow from $2 million in annual revenue to over $200 million. Recently Kopfman took a look back at his 30 years with the IT services firm “” one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States “” and how he plans to help sustain its relevance under the new administration.
Since you joined AMERICAN SYSTEMS there have been eight presidential elections. How do you prepare for each change?
Joe Kopfman: You need to anticipate where the government will increase spending. For example, AMERICAN SYSTEMS has its roots deeply planted in the Navy Submarine Program. We looked ahead and saw reduced funding for the program. With soaring energy costs, we looked at another challenge for the Navy, which is energy resource optimization and management. Recently we won a contract to design, install, and test advanced metering systems such as like electricity, gas, and water meters so the Navy can record “” and reduce “” their energy consumption.