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FCW : August 30, 2013
Markon's good name doesn't go to waste Sometimes you don't want a good name to go away. That's what happened with Mar- kon Solutions, a small business that special- izes in project management and business improvement. The company was founded in 2007 by Matt Dean, its president, and has since seen steady growth. It had 2012 revenue of $17 million and a five-year compound annual growth rate of 57.3 percent, securing it the No. 39 spot on Washington Technology's 2013 Fast 50 list. Dean and some of his colleagues started the company when their employer MKI Sys- tems was being acquired by L-3 Communi- cations. That's when the team decided to spin o its own company, he said. MKI Systems was known as Markon back in the early 1980s, but when the founders didn't re-register the name with the state of Virginia, "a disgruntled employee ended up registering the name Markon and threat- ened to sue if the company continued to use it," Dean said. So the company became MKI Systems, and the Markon name went unused for a couple of decades. In 2007, MKI Systems' owners suggested that Dean call his spin- o Markon, for old time's sake. Dean said, "Why not?" Thanks to the relationships he had built at MKI Systems, Dean was able to hit the ground running when he began Markon Solutions, he said. One of the company's key contracts is with the intelligence community, which hired Markon Solutions to perform facilities-based project management. "We are right now running the project BY MARK HOOVER 38 August 30, 2013 FCW.COM Proud to be R cognized Your one-stop resourc ccess as o of Washington Technology s annual FAST 50 fastest growing small businesses in government contracting! SPONSORS .com rce for compliance suc FAST 50
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