Executive Spotlight: Mike Stolarik of QinetiQ North America

Executive Spotlight: Mike Stolarik of QinetiQ North America - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Mike Stolarik
Executive Spotlight: Mike Stolarik of QinetiQ North America - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Mike Stolarik

Mike Stolarik, president and COO of QinetiQ North America, is determined to provide his customers with the best product available. His dedication to providing first-rate service has taken QinetiQ from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the outer limits of space. Recently, ExecutiveBiz caught up with Mike to chat about his accomplishments, and what's up next for QinetiQ.

ExecutiveBiz: Could you tell me a little bit about what brought you to QinetiQ?

Mike Stolarik: QinetiQ North America was built through a series of acquisitions starting in 2004. In 2007, QNA acquired the company I was working for, Analex. I had been with Analex since 2004.

ExecutiveBiz: What exactly did Analex do?

Mike Stolarik: Analex was founded in 1964 as Hadron, Inc., to focus on high technology and scientific solutions for NASA and the defense and intelligence sectors of the federal government. The company worked in the areas of information technology, security and engineering, where the key component of the engineering work was to support NASA launches and other parts of NASA's scientific missions. The IT and security projects supported DoD and Intelligence Community clients.

ExecutiveBiz: What challenges did you find after the merger, integrating the two companies and servicing the clients?

Mike Stolarik: QNA's and Analex's goals, values and culture matched very well, focusing on supporting our customers' mission success. QNA operates using a decentralized model for contract execution, so I was able to carry on the growth pattern that we started at Analex. In the first two years as part of QNA we nearly doubled in size, and the growth continued as we became QNA's Mission Solutions Group, reaching an annual revenue run rate of almost $600 million when I left to become the QNA president and COO in 2009. In the COO role, I have focused on the integration of QNA's fifteen acquisitions into one QNA; a strong integrated company. Making that happen is a very interesting process.

ExecutiveBiz: What exactly does QinetiQ North America do now?

Mike Stolarik: First and foremost, we protect our customers' most valuable resources, ranging from soldiers in the field to rockets launching multimillion-dollar payloads. We do this with world-class technology and responsive solutions for government agencies and commercial customers to solve many of their most urgent and complex challenges.

QNA is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over a billion dollars in revenue, operating with small company speed and agility, while leveraging significant global resources. With approximately 6,000 engineers, scientists and other professionals, we have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers.

QinetiQ North America is part of QinetiQ Group PLC, one of the world’s leading defense and security technology companies.

ExecutiveBiz: What makes your company unique?

Mike Stolarik: First, total focus on customer mission success. Our robots deal with IEDs so that soldiers can stand off, protected from potential detonations. We perform safety and mission assurance checks for rocket launches to ensure payloads safely reach their intended destinations. Our family of cyber products and services protect customers from attack.

Second, we are a services company with that technology background, and we're a products company that can provide full service support.

ExecutiveBiz: Where would you like to see your company in five years?

Mike Stolarik: Right now, we are operating at about $1.5 billion. In five years, we would certainly like to see that double.

ExecutiveBiz: Is there any concern in your company about government contracts?

Mike Stolarik: Sure, I think to be in this business there are going to be concerns. People watch the budgets. The continuing resolution right now is a concern. In-sourcing is a concern. People that have been in this industry for a long time know that this comes in cycles, and the good companies survive. QNA is not only a good company, it is a great company.

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