HTii received The Patuxent Partnership Small Business Member of the Year award May 10 at the organization’s annual dinner in St. Mary’s City.
Companies nominated for the award “have demonstrated outstanding performance, shown extraordinary support of the TPP mission and gone above and beyond with involvement in community affairs and volunteer activities,” said TPP Executive Director Bonnie Green.
HTii President and CEO Dorothy Hammond characteristically gave all credit for the award to her employees.
“You are the best group I have ever worked with,” she said to them after the ceremony. “We have the perfect combination of old geezers, innovative thinkers with experience and new-to-the-workforce talent and creativity.”
HTii’s extensive community involvement belies its small size. Employees serve as officers or volunteer for numerous local organizations including the Navy League, SMECO, Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, the WARM program for the homeless, Leadership Southern Maryland, Civil Air Patrol, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Relay for Life, STEM robotics and quadcopter competitions, Books for Bikes, Small Business Executive Roundtable and The Patuxent Partnership.
During the recent defense budget cuts, HTii pared its own costs to the bone but was still able to increase the services it provides the military. It adapted the advanced IBM programs Rational Architecture and Jazz to the design and management of aircraft programs – and expanded its test information management system to capture maintenance and logistics data, saving the Navy more than 200 man-hours. It also won a contract to provide IBM Jazz services for the National Reconnaissance Office.
HTii performed its work “with integrity, honesty and above all a clear understanding that their real customers are the sailors and marines who serve our country so well,” Green said.
“Our service men and women took a budget hit and still had to stay on mission,” Hammond said. “We felt it was our duty to cut our costs and do even more for them.”