Geurts to receive William J. Perry Award - Solvability

Geurts to receive William J. Perry Award

With the Thunderdome Initiative, James F. “Hondo” Geurts has created an environment for innovators, businesses and academia to collaborate and rapidly find solutions with a technological edge for our military.   Part of the Thunderdome Initiative was providing a place for collaboration called SOFWERX.  To increase interaction with his team and the community, they are working on Collaborative Capability Engagements at SOFWERX – meetings to work directly with inventors and others. Geurts and his team have also participated in the Tampa Bay Hackathon and are preparing for another hackathon in conjunction with SOFIC.

In an announcement from NDIA, Ken Masson of the Precision Strike Association said:

“We are honored to recognize Mr. Geurts for his contributions to programs that support USSOCOM warfighters.  Under Mr. Geurts’ leadership and direction, the acquisition process has been even more responsive, leading to numerous effective and innovative weapon systems and programs for the Special Operations Forces.”  

Congratulations to Mr. Geurts on this recognition.

=======================================================Pictured above are Hondo Geurts with Mark Swanson and Kirk Burton, founders of Thunderdome Project, at an AFCEA Pelican Chapter Small Business Roundtable in August 2015.

Kirk Burton is a featured speaker at the i4GovCon Summit where he’ll discuss technology trends that cross the commercial and federal markets with John Lambert of Nexutech, an expert on unmanned systems, and Jeff Young of Marjau Systems, organizer of the Tampa Bay Hackathon and upcoming SOFIC hackathon.

The i4GovCon Summit is a leadership event for small businesses in federal contracting across Florida’s interstate 4 Corridor on March 24, 2016 in Tampa.  Panels include Vision 2020 described above, entrepreneur panel about small business strategies in the federal marketplace, international contracting and strategic teaming.  For more information and to register visit the website at, or contact me directly at

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