November 2015 WIPP National Partner of the Month - Rhonda Johnson
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
WIPP sat down with this month's National Partner of the Month - Rhonda Johnson to hear a little more about her business and relationship with WIPP.
Tell us a little about your company and its mission.
End2End Technical Solutions, Inc. (End2End) is a Woman Owned Small Business composed of dynamic individuals with diverse expertise. End2End is a leader in providing essential cost effective IT solutions that are crucial to maximizing the profitability of our clients. Our services are guaranteed to provide our clients with sustainable competitive advantages that will give them an unparalleled advantage over their competitors. Our core competencies revolve around Software Development, Systems Engineering, Program Management, Management Consulting, Leadership Consulting, Cloud Development, Cyber Security, Big Data and Analytics Solutions, Application Development, and Training.
Have you always been an entrepreneur? If not, what, or who, inspired you to take this leap?
Before beginning End2End Technical Solutions, Inc. I was the president of Vision Systems & Technology, Inc. (VSTI) a small Information Technology company located in Ellicott City. VSTI sold to SAS Institute in 2010, at which time I decided I had enough experience to operate a business. Therefore, with the backing of a large company, I stepped out on faith to begin End2End.
Have you advocated for an issue or a cause important to you (for example: called or written to your elected official, spoken publicly, or written an op-ed).
Advocating for policies that improve the chances of women-owned small business success in the Federal government is an activity that I consider important to the growth of our economy. I have been actively involved with WIPP for the past two years. My involvement has included participation in several letter writing campaigns to senators and Hill visits advocating for change to the Women Owned Small Business Policy. Additionally, as a member and past president of my local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I am involved in advocating for Voting Rights for community members as well as other social issues.
Do you have a contracting success story that you are proud of?
While it is sometimes difficult for small businesses with little to no company past performance to obtain prime contracts in the Federal government, I am happy to have been successful obtaining subcontracts on Department of Defense opportunities through partnerships with large business primes. Recently, I was a part of a five-year contract that provides system engineering support to the IC Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE) program. My partnership with the prime, KEYW has been one that has enabled my company to grow in the Department of Defense. KEYW has been a real partner and mentor to my company. I am happy the organization had faith in my company and that we were chosen as one of the subcontractors to satisfy the ICITE program requirements. I look forward to continued partnerships that lead to new opportunities for End2End and the agency we support.
Tell us about your experience as a WIPP Member? What resources/value has WIPP provided that has been helpful to you and your company?
My WIPP membership has been valuable to the growth of my company, particularly in the area of obtaining knowledge on procurement activities and Federal policies. End2End’s association with WIPP has provided us with the opportunity to engage in WIPP training activities, to participate in WIPP networking activities, to participate in Give Me 5 activities, and the opportunity to add input to the focus areas of WIPP through participation on the Leadership Advisory Council and Procurement Committee. I have been extremely happy with the success of WIPP and look forward to continued engagement with the organization to ensure the mission requirements of the organization are met.
See Rhonda's Full Bio Below:
Rhonda Johnson, founder and CEO of End2End Technical Solutions, Inc. (END2END) is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) with over twenty-five years’ experience in business leadership, strategic planning, software engineering, systems engineering, quality assurance, program management, business development and corporate process improvement initiatives (e.g. ISO 9001 certification support, CMM Level 3). Ms. Johnson founded the company in 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategic vision of the firm today. In 2010, Ms. Johnson set out with the goal to build a team of top-notch professionals focused on quality, ethics, professionalism, and enthusiasm; committed to delivering innovation to the Federal Intelligence Community mission requirements.
Prior to forming END2END, Ms. Johnson learned the business of the defense contracting industry as an employee of Vision Systems & Technology, Inc., Raytheon Systems, and the National Security Agency (NSA) beginning in 1983. Ms. Johnson applies her technology and management expertise to plan, organize, and execute complex software development projects involving cross-functional teams that combine elements of strategy, planning, business prioritization and project management. Ms. Johnson has led large technical teams and many system and software development projects. She is skilled at communicating technical and non-technical material to large forums, high-level management, and peers.
Ms. Johnson received her doctoral degree in Management in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland. Ms. Johnson has a number of certifications from continual educational classes and seminar opportunities and am a member of various organizations to include Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Project Management Institute, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the SCRUM Alliance, National Association of Women Owned Small Business, Women in Technology, Women In Public Policy, Chamber of Commerce, AFCEA, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.