CACI Chairman Dr. J.P. (Jack) London's 2012 GovCon Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech
CACI Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London was inducted as the 2012 Hall of Fame laureate at the Greater Washington Government Contractor (GovCon) Awards at its gala held on November 1st in Washington, D.C. Dr. London was recognized for his lifetime achievement and long-term contributions to the industry at a gathering of over 1,000 industry colleagues at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel. The GovCon Awards is the premier event honoring the leadership, innovation, and commitment to excellence of the people and businesses in the Washington, D.C. metro government contracting community. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of these prestigious awards, which are sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Professional Services Council, and Washington Technology.
Following is Dr. London's acceptance speech.
Thank you, Tom [Tom Mazich, Deltek] for that introduction. My thanks also go out to Master of Ceremonies, Craig Chasson. Good evening, everyone. It's a real pleasure to be here tonight.
First, I'd like to thank Jim Corcoran and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Stan Soloway and the Professional Services Council, and Nick Wakeman and Washington Technology for the great honor of being inducted into the GovCon Hall of Fame. I would also like to thank members of the selection committee, including John Toups, Paul Lombardi, Ray Oleson and Charles Rossotti. Congratulations also to GovCon on its 10th anniversary gala.
I'd also like to extend my congratulations to all of the other remarkable winners and finalists recognized this evening. I am honored to be among them. I think it's very important to celebrate the best of government contracting. Our industry provides great services, products and value to the U.S. government and the American taxpayers. And I am proud to have been part of this community for over four decades...and counting! I have also wanted CACI to be a role model in every way!
2012 also marked several major milestones for me. Founded in 1962, CACI celebrated its 50th anniversary. On the other hand, it was 50 years ago this week that I served in the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. And this year, I celebrated 40 years with CACI. I don't think I would have believed it if someone had told me, when I joined CACI in 1972, that I would stay for so long. But there were many opportunities for me to grow professionally and to help build the company.
I eventually got the opportunity to lead CACI in 1984 and I proudly served as its CEO for 23 years. One of the lessons I learned early was that the reason why you lead is not to be admired. Rather it's because you admire and respect the people you lead. That's why I thank the remarkable employees of CACI – past, present, and future – who are on the front lines with our clients, who are the drivers of our innovation and the implementers of our goals. They embody CACI's reputation for its culture of integrity and excellence. They are the greatest part of CACI's success. For that, I extend my deepest appreciation – and admiration – to them all. They do great work for our great clients! They also do great work for our community in our outreach and philanthropy projects. They are great!
I would also like to recognize and thank CACI's Paul Cofoni and Dan Allen for our continued success. Paul served as CEO from 2007-2012. Dan became CEO this July and he's off to a great start! I also thank CACI's Board of Directors for their counsel and support over the years. In particular, Dr. Warren Phillips, our outside lead director and a leader who has served on our Board for many years.
Finally, I want to thank my family for their support and encouragement. To my wife, Dr. Jennifer London, and my children – Phillip and Laura, and my youngsters, Jackson, Jayson and Jonathon – thank you for always being there for me.
When I was in the Navy, I never expected a career as a government contractor. Nevertheless, I am very humbled to be honored for my contributions to this fine industry. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you again for this high honor.