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Spok aids communications in critical situations by Joan Tupponce


octors, emergency personnel and first responders are just some of the people that rely

on Spok Inc. to make sure communica- tions run smoothly when lives are at stake. “We help enhance the way people communicate in critical situations,” says Vincent Kelly, company president and CEO.

The Springfield-based company

provides telecommunications and software for fields ranging from 911 call management to hospital workflow. In addition to health care, the com-

pany provides services to government, public safety and industry. Last year, the company helped VCU Health’s event staff manage race-related messaging during the UCI Road World Cycling Champio nships in Richmond. Spok was founded in Virginia in

1965 as Advanced Communications Inc., a two-way radio shop provid- ing paging services to mid-Atlantic companies. After several mergers and acquisi-

tions, it was rebranded as Spok in 2014, with the merger of wireless com- munication and software provider USA Mobility and Amcom Software. The new name, Spok, was picked to evoke the spokes of a wheel, “each supporting


The owner of high-end mall Tysons Galleria has bought the on- site Macy’s building and the prop- erty it sits on with an eye toward a redevelopment of the retail center. General Growth Properties purchased the 2.6-acre Macy’s site for $38 million. That purchase will allow General Growth Properties to move forward with a redevelop- ment of the Galleria, according to spokesman Kevin Berry. (Washing- ton Business Journal)

A group of 17 high-powered CEOs led by Russ Ramsey, Ted Leonsis and Peter Scher are forming an organization aimed at spurring economic growth in a region spanning from Baltimore to Richmond. The Greater Wash- ington Partnership will focus on improving infrastructure, transit

Dubai, London and Perth, Australia. “Most of our business is in the U.S.,” Kelly says. “We are mainly focused on English-speaking areas.” In 2015, the company posted $189.6

Vincent Kelly leads Springfi eld-based Spok.

the other and the overall network,” Kelly says.

About 60 of the company’s

approximately 600 employees work at its Springfield headquarters. The rest are spread among its U.S. offices in Min- neapolis; New York; Plano, Texas; Jack- sonville, Fla.; and Bedford, N.H., and its international offices in Singapore,

and workforce development, branding what has become known as a “megaregion” or “super region” as a hub for business and innovation. (Washington Business Journal)

Fairfax-based ManTech Inter- national Corp. must pay more than $2 million in damages to two former employees after a jury found the company retaliated against them for blowing the whistle on alleged fraud in a con- tract proposal. The Employment Law Group, a D.C.-based law firm that represented the employees, said ManTech was also ordered to pay $1.35 million in back pay and could be on the hook for “front pay” damages, meaning money they could have earned if they were rehired. (Washington Busi- ness Journal)

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Reston-based government contractor Maximus plans to open a customer support center in Hampton. The company plans to spend $1.87 million to establish the call center, which is expected to create 189 jobs. Virginia competed against Pennsylvania and Texas for the project, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The company pro- vides business process manage- ment and technology solutions. (

Tysons Corner-based Nehemiah Security, a supplier of cyber- security software and services, has acquired Siege Technolo- gies, an advanced research and development company based in New Hampshire. The deal represents Nehemiah’s fourth cybersecurity acquisition since

million in revenue. Currently, health care represents 70 percent of its customer base while 8.3 percent of its clients are in government, 7.5 percent in large enterprises and 14.2 percent in other industries such as hospitality. Customers include Johns Hopkins University, Stan- ford School of Medicine, Duke Univer- sity, University of Virginia, University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center, NASA, Marriott and Amazon. “All 31 hospitals on the 2016-2017 US News & World Report Best Hospitals list honor roll are Spok customers,” Kelly says.

The company also is the larg- est paging company in the U.S. “Pagers are still used in health

care and emergency services,” Kelly says. “When there is a major storm, mobile devices often don’t work, but you can send messages to pagers, and it can get through. Pages worked in Hurricane Sandy.” Virginia is a good place for Spok,

Kelly says. “It’s easy for me to recruit talent in this market.”

2015. Financial details of the ac- quisition were not announced. (


Fairfax-based MainStreet Bank has named Charles “Chris” Brockett president of the bank and its

holding company,

MainStreet Bancshares Inc. Brockett was executive vice president, director of operations, at Bethesda, Md.-based EagleBank. ( 

Steven Earls has been named vice president of information security strategy at Ntrepid in Herndon. He was senior vice

president and deputy chief in- formation security offi cer at Fifth and Third Bank. Previously, Earls was the cybersecurity architect and a cyber CTO offi cer at the CIA. (News release)

McLean-based Hilton World- wide has named a former senior White House adviser as its senior vice president and global head of corporate affairs. Katie Beirne Fallon was director of legislative affairs for President Obama. (

McLean-based Alion Science and Technology has named Bruce Samuelsen chief operating officer. Samuelsen was special adviser to CEO Bahman Atefi. (VirginiaBusiness. com)

Photo courtesy Spok Inc.

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