Virginia-based Business Leader Lani Hay Addresses Business Entrepreneurs at Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s Procurement Academy

VIENNA, VA (September 2010) — On September 16, 2010, Lani Hay, President and CEO of Lanmark Technology (LMT), Inc., addressed the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority's (FCEDA) Procurement Academy inaugural session entitled – Successful Strategies for Government Contracting‖. The academy showcases successful business people that can provide practical advice for local entrepreneurs to use and grow their companies. Hay was joined by Dr. Gerald L. Gordon, President and CEO of FCEDA; Joseph Fergus, Founder & CEO of COMTek; and Tony Jimenez, President and CEO of MicroTech, LLC. The event was held in McLean, Virginia.

Ms. Hay stated, "When you don't come from money, or from a family legacy, hard work is the great equalizer that this country affords everyone…Education was my path to a better life. As a Successful Entrepreneur that also happens to be born, raised, and educated in the great Commonwealth of Virginia, I have faced many challenges, and overcome several obstacles in my journey to creating a successful Virginia-based business that provides specialized services to the Federal Government... To achieve my goals in business, I utilized several resources and networks that equipped me with the tools necessary to be successful in my journey. Education, external support, peer mentoring, and networking in the business and government community has provided various opportunities that have continued to feed into my success..."

The Procurement Academy is being presented by the FCEDA in collaboration with many partners: the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, the Fairfax County Department of Purchasing & Supply Management Agency – Supplier Diversity Program, the Community Business Partnership, the Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia, Veterans in Business, the Fairfax County Small Business Commission and George Mason University's Procurement Technical Assistance Program.

The FCEDA mission statement, as approved by the FCEDA Commission on February 20, 1996, is "to foster and promote the governmental, social, educational, and environmental infrastructure that will make Fairfax County [Virginia] a world-class 21st-century business center and the global capital of the knowledge industry." Today the FCEDA has three marketing divisions -- National, International, and Small and Minority Business Development -- that work with companies interested in starting, expanding and relocating businesses to Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in five important overseas business centers: Bangalore, Frankfurt, London, Seoul and Tel Aviv.