VSD teamed up with Edmarc Hospice for Children again this year by donating turkeys to help Edmarc families celebrate Thanksgiving. Edmarc is a United Way agency serving children with potentially life-limiting illnesses and their families, regardless of their ability to pay for services. Established in 1978, Edmarc is Hampton Roads’ only pediatric hospice organization.
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VSD will travel to Orlando, Fla., to participate in this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) at the Orange County Convention Center Dec. 3-6. Please join us at booth number 1927.
Demonstrations hosted at VSD’s booth this year will include the Fleetman™ maritime bridge training simulator, the INSIGHT™ threat recognition simulator software, and the FDO™ flight deck officer simulator software developed by VSD subsidiary DTM Global. Additionally, there will be demonstrations of a new augmented reality training system.
To learn more about I/ITSEC, visit http://www.iitsec.org
VSD has been awarded a multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract under the Training Data Products Contract (TDPC), for both LOT I and LOT II. Multiple award contracts (MACs) provide the Naval Air Systems Command Team with a streamlined, quick-reaction vehicle for the acquisition and life-cycle support of training data products (TDP) through the application of the Instructional Systems Development (ISD) process. The TDPC scope will encompass all phases of the ISD process including analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainment, and delivery of the resultant TDP. The TDP will accommodate self-paced training, group-paced training, dual-purpose training, blended training, learner assessments, and performance support systems. The scope of the TDPC multiple award contract is intended to support training system ISD requirements of Naval Air Systems Command’s Aviation Training Systems Program Office, as well as the four program directorates (Program Directorate for Aviation, Program Directorate for Surface, Program Directorate for Undersea, and Program Directorate for Cross-Warfare/International) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these multiple award contracts, inclusive of options, is $780 million, and the companies will have the opportunity to compete for delivery orders under their respective LOTs. Work will be performed at each awardee’s facility site or at existing or future training sites. All orders are expected to be placed by August 2020, and all performance must be complete by August 2023. LOT I was procured as unrestricted with 30 contracts awarded. LOT II was procured as a 100 percent small business set-aside with 22 contracts awarded. Only 8 companies total won both LOTs.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.
VSD’s Chris Eubanks, Aja Meyer, Dan Gurganus, Ryan Ferron, and Salim Khalaf participated with a group of friends in the ninth annual Duck Tape Regatta Aug. 18 at Willoughby Harbor Marina in Norfolk. The Duck Tape Regatta is a fundraiser where teams are given a sheet of plywood, two 2x4s, a roll of duct tape, a pound of screws, and four hours to build a boat. Teams decorate their boats in whatever manner they choose, and before the actual races, the boats are inspected and judged. This year, Team VSD’s boat, The Flying Squirrel, was awarded the title of “Best Decorated Boat.”
“We named our boat for and in honor of Virginia Beach’s summer Olympics gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas,” said Eubanks. “It was a great time for a good cause!”
All money generated by this event goes to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters to support its mission of leading the region in quality children’s healthcare services. Since its inception, the annual Duck Tape Regatta has raised over $150,000 for CHKD.
For more information on the annual Duck Tape Regatta, visit www.ducktaperegatta.com.
VSD, LLC (VSD) subsidiary VSD Global (VSDG) has signed a partnership agreement with Immediate Supply General Trading & Contracting Company (ISGT) of Kuwait City to provide products, support, and services in Kuwait. Working collaboratively with ISGT, a transport and logistics services company, VSDG will provide training products and services to government, military, and industrial clients. Additionally, VSDG will provide simulator system services and management, advisory, and acquisition support.
VSDG and its family of companies (including VSD, DTM Global, Q.E.D. Systems, Inc., and Proven Publications) have provided multiple advanced maritime simulation systems in more than 20 countries (including Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Oman, Egypt, United States of America, and the United Kingdom). Recent training and simulation projects include the development, construction, and delivery of simulators including full mission bridge trainers, 30mm fire control trainers, engine control room trainers, and small arms trainers.
“We are extremely pleased with our new in-country partner, ISGT, in the State of Kuwait. ISGT brings to the partnership the logistics capabilities, local operational knowledge, and seasoned professionals required for a successful penetration of this new market for VSDG,” said Ahmad Halabi, managing director of VSDG. “We have spent considerable time finding and vetting a proven partner that enhances the core competencies of VSDG and we are confident the new partnership with ISGT will produce immediate results and growth for the company.”
For more about ISGT, visit http://www.immediate-supply.com.
The VSD, LLC training team of instructors currently in Morgan City, La., for the 60-meter Offshore Support Vessel Training Program instruction hosted a group of middle school students at the training facility May 17. The eighth-grade science, technology, and mathematics students from Berwick Junior High School in St. Mary Parish were briefed on the importance of studying science and technology, and about how the emerging field of modeling and simulation can help preserve valuable resources through the use of simulators in training and instruction. The students had the opportunity to see the fire trainer in operation, drive the simulated vessel from the full mission bridge trainer, and operate the .50-caliber and M-240B machine guns in the small arms trainer.
“This is a grand opportunity for VSD to work with a world-class university as we continue to expand operational reach in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East,” said VSD CEO Chuck Wythe. “We are exceptionally pleased with the expansion of capabilities and capacity that the University of Valencia brings to VSD and VSDG.”
Learn more about the University of Valencia at www.uv.es.
VSD Global (VSDG), a subsidiary of VSD, LLC (VSD), has appointed Ahmad Halabi to the position of managing director. Ahmad was selected after serving as operations manager of VSDG for the past year. Prior to working for VSDG, he served as a senior engineer at VSD. Before that, he was a controls systems design, field, and project engineer. He has also served as a Middle East expert for the U.S. Department of Defense. Ahmad holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a mathematics minor from Louisiana State University.
Ahmad’s impressive background makes him a great fit for VSDG, especially with the company’s expansion into the Middle East region.
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Joel Throckmorton was named a finalist today in the marketing category of the 2012 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner.
The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.
For the first time, The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 18 in New York, and a new tech awards event on Monday, September 17 in San Francisco.
More than 3,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of 10 specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 14 - 25.
Details about The American Business Awards and the list of finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.
Nearly 400 attendees saluted the winners, who were selected for their entrepreneurial success and contribution to Virginia’s economy. “Small businesses are the backbone of the Virginia economy, creating jobs and opportunity across the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Chamber President and CEO Barry DuVal. “We are proud to recognize the achievements of our entrepreneurs at the Fantastic 50 banquet.”
The Fantastic 50 Awards recognize leading businesses across the commonwealth in all types of industries, and are the only statewide awards of this type in Virginia. To be eligible, a company must be privately held with headquarters in Virginia, show sales between $200,000 and $100 million, and demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on their four-year sales revenue history. The professional service firm Dixon Hughes Goodman verifies all award entries.
VSD’s Performance Improvement Manager Tim Ferron and Human Performance Services Manager David Moniz, Ph.D. presented “Performance Applications: Project and Process Management” during three round-table discussions at THE Performance Improvement Conference Monday, April 23. The annual International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) conference was held April 18-23 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
For more information on ISPI, visit http://www.ispi.org/.
VSD’s Tim Ferron and David Moniz will present “Performance Applications: Project and Process Management” at THE Performance Improvement Conference Monday, April 23. The conference, put on annually by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), is being held April 18-23 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The presentation will explore project and process management functions associated with the ADDIE model for instructional design as applied to simulator-based training interventions.
For more information on ISPI, visit http://www.ispi.org/.