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Argon ST received the following awards in recognition of our achievements in the areas of leadership, growth, ethical conduct and standards, and employee and family friendly workplace programs.

2009:

  • Argon ST ranks in the top 65 out of 200 companies for the Post 2009 Award (Awarded by the Washington Post as their annual report on the area's top businesses). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST named as a Top Entry Level Employer by CollegeGrad.com (Awarded to best in class employers who are dedicated to the training and development of talent through internships). more on the award criteria

2008:

  • Argon ST named as a Top Entry Level Employer by CollegeGrad.com (Awarded to best in class employers who are dedicated to the training and development of talent through internships). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is selected by Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™ as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States and Canada.
  • Argon ST ranks in the top 70 out of 200 companies for the Post 2008 Award (Awarded by the Washington Post as their annual report on the area's top businesses). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is a finalist for the National Capital Business Ethics Award for demonstrating a strong commitment for business excellence (Awarded to businesses outside the financial services industry which exemplify a strong commitment to business excellence and to the highest standards of civic and social responsibility, integrity and ethical conduct). more on the award criteria

2007:

  • Argon ST is selected by Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™ as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States and Canada.
  • Argon ST's Victor Sellier Named CFO of the Year (Awarded to financial professionals in Virginia, recognizing outstanding performance in their role as corporate financial stewards). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is a finalist for the National Capital Business Ethics Award for demonstrating a strong commitment for business excellence (Awarded to businesses outside the financial services industry which exemplify a strong commitment to business excellence and to the highest standards of civic and social responsibility, integrity and ethical conduct). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST ranks in the top 125 out of 200 companies for the Post 2007 Award (Awarded by the Washington Post as their annual report on the area's top businesses). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is a finalist for the Stevie Awards under the category of Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program-Up to 2,500 Employees (Awarded for organizations' contributions to society). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST ranks 81st in Business 2.0 100 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST named as Top Entry Level Employer award by CollegeGrad.com (Awarded to best in class employers who are dedicated to the training and development of talent through internships). more on the award criteria

2006:

  • Argon ST wins the CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award, Large Company Category (Awarded to companies who institute family-friendly programs). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST wins Contractor of the Year at the 4th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards (Awarded to innovative and trail-blazing companies, industry heavyweights and long-term pillars of the government contracting industry. Often dubbed the "Academy Awards of government contracting," the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards are the region's premier celebratory event). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST awarded 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security by Principal Financial (Awarded by an independent panel of financial services and human resources experts who select the winners based on their commitment to benefits that contribute most to the long term financial security of employees). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST ranks 124 in the Deloitte Fast 500™. more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST ranks 17th in Washington Business Journal's Fastest Growing Companies (Awarded to 50 DC Metro Area companies based on revenue growth during a three-year period). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST ranks 9th in the Deloitte Fast 50™ honoring the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Virginia. more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST receives ACG's Top Emerging Growth Company ($100-500M) award (Awarded to a regional company that has exhibited consistent, sustainable and profitable growth). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST ranks 54th on Businessweek's top 100 Hot Growth Companies. more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST ranks in the "Top 125 in the Washington DC Area" category of the Post 200 Top Local Businesses (Awarded by the Washington Post as their annual report on the area's top businesses). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST receives Top Entry Level Employer award from CollegeGrad.com com (Awarded to best in class employers who are dedicated to the training and development of talent through internships). more on the award criteria

2005:

  • Argon ST is selected by Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™ as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States and Canada. more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is ranked #36 in Forbes 200 Best Small Companies in America (Awarded to companies that show both sales and earnings growth over the past five years). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is selected as a finalist in the Mid-Size Contractor of the Year in the 3rd Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor (Awarded to innovative and trail-blazing companies, industry heavyweights and long-term pillars of the government contracting industry. Often dubbed the "Academy Awards of government contracting," the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards are the region's premier celebratory event). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST receives Top Entry Level Employer award from CollegeGrad.com (Awarded to best in class employers who are dedicated to the training and development of talent through internships. more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is recognized by Acacia Federal Savings Bank's Nice Guys Award (Awarded for hard work, high standards, and helping others). more on the award criteria
  • Argon ST is recognized by Washington Business Journal as one of Northern Virginia's Fastest Growing Companies (Awarded to 50 DC Metro Area companies based on revenue growth during a three-year period). more on the award criteria

2004:

  • President and CEO Terry Collins receives the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award (Awarded to entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures; only worldwide award event of its kind). more on the award criteria

2003:

2001:

  • Argon Engineering receives the 2001 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (Awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SBIR program). more on the award criteria


Award Criteria:

ACG National Capital Corporate Growth Award—Awarded to a regional company that has exhibited consistent, sustainable and profitable growth. The selection criteria for this award includes quantitative factors such as revenue growth, profitability, market share gains, and subjective factors such as culture, community involvement, or demonstrated leadership qualities. back to top

Business 2.0 100 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies—Only public companies with $200 million or less in revenue are considered; they must be in existence over three years and trade on one of the major stock exchanges. Criteria include earnings growth, revenue growth, and total stock return, including dividends. The rankings are averaged to find the fastest growers. back to top

Business Week Hot Growth Companies—To determine who's hot and who's not, Business Week combs a database of 5,275 public companies with revenues of $50 million to $1.5 billion a year. They are then ranked by sales and earnings growth, as well as return on capital over three years. To be considered for the final ranking, companies must have a market cap of $25 million or more and a stock that trades for at least $5 a share. Only finalists whose shares rose at least 5% over the past 12 months are included. Recent profit shortfalls can also cause companies to get the ax. Of those still standing, the top 100 make the list. back to top

CARE Awards—The CARE Awards encourage companies to institute family-friendly programs by exposing them to ideas and thoughtful discussions with business leaders who have already embraced such policies. Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) operates on its mission to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs. NVFS is proud to extend its mission to the business community through the CARE Awards, which were developed in 1992 by NVFS and area business leaders, all of whom had a desire to affect positive change in the workplaces of Northern Virginia. back to top

CFO of the Year—The Virginia CFO of the Year Awards is given to financial professionals in Virginia, recognizing outstanding performance in their role as corporate financial stewards. This program provides many benefits to the Commonwealth's business community by highlighting the importance of financial executives in Virginia. The nominee must be a chief financial officer or hold an equivalent position in a public or private company based in Virginia. back to top

CollegeGrad.com Top Entry Level Employer—Awarded to best in class employers who are dedicated to the training and development of talent through internships. The Top Intern Employers list covers companies of all sizes and industries and speaks to the need for fresh talent in spite of a challenging economy. back to top

Deloitte Virginia Technology Fast 50—The annual award program ranks technology companies located in Virginia by revenue growth over a five year period. back to top

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award—Honors entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures; it's the only worldwide award event of its kind. Eligibility criteria: Owner/manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company or organization and an active member of top management. Criteria: Entrepreneurial spirit: commitment, vision, calculated risk-taking, capacity for personal growth. Demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity and to overcoming obstacles. Has tasted significant disappointments and learned from experiences. While he/she relies on trusted individuals and the team, also shows capacity to be an independent thinker and to take risks in the face of uncertainty. Financial performance: return on equities, revenues, profitability, and growth rate indicating long-term sustainability. This is reflected in the strength of the organization's financial performance today; the track record in raising finance; the quality of past investments; and the provision in place for long term sustainability. Strategic direction: creates and turns business visions into business realities. Builds and rebuilds the teams' commitment to the common goals. Demonstrates entrepreneurial maturity by building strategic alliances and surrounding him/herself with talented people - individuals, teams, the Board, and a range of advisers/allies to ensure success for all. Community/global impact: making an impact in terms of job creation and improved living economics in their own community and globally if business has expanded successfully overseas. Innovation: pioneers a new approach or technology. Recognizes business imperative of anticipating and embracing changes occurring in the competitive environment through continuous improvement and innovation in all aspects of the business. Creates a culture of innovation. Personal integrity/influence: living their values has earned him/her great respect from staff, competitors, advisers, family and wider community. Coupled with the ability to communicate ideas, this creates the potential to influence others. back to top

Forbes 200 Best Small Companies in America Award—The hunt for the 200 Best Small Companies in America begins with a screen for companies that show both sales and earnings growth over the past five years. Candidates must have an annual revenue between $5 million and $750 million, be publicly traded for at least a year and have a stock price no lower than $5. Rankings are based on earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over five years. They also compare the stock performance of each company with that of its peers and cull further by dropping companies with fuzzy accounting or looming legal troubles. back to top

Government Contractor Award—Often dubbed the "Academy Awards of government contracting," the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards are the region's premier celebratory event honoring innovative and trail-blazing companies, industry heavyweights and long-term pillars of the government contracting industry. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria: be headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. region; have more than 50 percent of your employees in the Greater Washington, D.C. region; or have at least 1,000 or more employees in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Submit essays on each of the following equally weighted criteria: Revenues (relative revenues from government, include subcontracts with primes; and commercial customers; relative revenues from prime and subcontracts), demonstrated revenue growth. Significant accomplishments (e.g., acquisitions, substantial organic growth, new contract wins, industry awards received or professional designations earned); government customer testimonials; Quality of work life (e.g., professional development, training, and educational opportunities); Community and service (e.g., corporate, civic and professional involvement and leadership). back to top

Inc 500 List—To qualify for the 500|5000, a company must (example given is for the 2010 award application): have generated revenue by March 31, 2006; have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2006; have generated at least $2 million in revenue in 2009; be privately held, for profit; based in the U.S., and independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company). To ensure the integrity and credibility of the list, they carefully verify the 2006 and 2009 revenue numbers for every Inc. 500|5000 applicant. All applicants submit documentation ("revenue verification") for their revenue numbers. back to top

National Capital Business Ethics Award—This award recognizes businesses outside the financial services industry which exemplify a strong commitment to business excellence and to the highest standards of civic and social responsibility, integrity and ethical conduct. The following criteria are submitted by nominees: an illustration of the company's commitment to business ethics as demonstrated by direct communication from the CEO and other senior officers; an established corporate code of ethics, credo, code of conduct or a written philosophy that communicates the company's requirement for honesty, integrity and compliance with the law in all business dealings; evidence of how ethics area living part of the company's philosophy, culture and everyday business operations. A clearly articulated means by which ethical questions, problems or conflicts are brought to the attention of management and a mechanism that ensures the fair and consistent treatment of all parties involved; clear evidence that employees throughout the organization understand and agree to follow the company's ethical standards; employee and/or customer data which supports the fact that the organization is ethical in its behavior and business practices. A consistently high quality of products, services, business and production practices including demonstrated awareness of environmental impact, if appropriate; demonstration of a corporate commitment to maintaining a work environment that is safe and free from harassing or discriminatory behavior in its hiring, promotion and daily business practices. back to top

Nice Guys Award—The Nice Guys Awards were instituted in 2005 by Acacia Federal Savings Bank of Falls Church, Va. as a community-focused celebration of its 20th anniversary. The response was so positive the bank has made the awards an annual event. "The awards allow us to share good news-recognizing people who are making a difference in the D.C. area through hard work, high standards and helping others," says Nancy Davis, senior vice president. Nominate as many individuals and local businesses as you like. Nominees must reside or be headquartered in the Washington, DC area. Award winners are not eligible for two years after winning award. Winners receive $3,000 for the charity of their choice. Nominations are judged by a panel of representatives from Acacia Federal, community organizations, and local businesses. back to top

Post 200—This award is an annual report on D.C. area's top businesses. To compile their list, the judges begin with a list of the 95 largest public companies with headquarters in the District and its suburbs, the rest of the list is made up of many of the largest private companies and nonprofit groups headquartered in the area; the region's largest employers, law firms and lobbying organizations; its major sports teams and universities; and foreign companies with U.S. headquarters in the area. Each list is created using its own methodology. Public companies are ranked by annual revenue, as are most private companies. A few private-company entries are based on other metrics specific to their industry. Private companies that decline to provide any data are omitted if the information can not be verified independently, no matter how large they seem. Nonprofit groups are ranked by revenue, and large employers and foreign companies with U.S. headquarters in the area are judged by how many employees work in the metropolitan area. Law firms are ranked by the number of lawyers based locally, and lobbying firms are ranked by the year's lobby fees as tallied by the Center for Responsive Politics. back to top

Principal Financial 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security Award—An independent panel of financial services and human resources experts selects the winners based on their commitment to benefits that contribute most to the long term financial security of employees. The evaluation process was designed in conjunction with Mathew Greenwald & Associates, Inc., a leading independent research firm based in Washington, D.C. The companies are evaluated based on criteria such as: the breadth of financial benefits offered: Do the number and type of benefits cover key life events such as retirement, disabilities, death and illness? The depth of financial benefits offered: How well do the benefits cover life events as measured by employer matches, co-pays, eligibility requirements, etc.? The level of commitment by the company to the financial security of employees as demonstrated by the way in which financial benefits are presented and managed: education, communication and the culture of the company determine how well financial benefits are maximized by employees and thus contribute to a sense of financial security. The judges consider each entrant's industry, strength of benefits for that industry, and the demographics of each company's work force when making their selection. Providers of benefits are not named or considered during any part of the entry, judging, or recognition process. Judges take into account the current economic environment and look for companies who are responding to those conditions in ways that least impact the long term financial security of their workforce. back to top

Stevie Awards: Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year—The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The International Business Awards in 2003, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2004, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in 2006, their mission is to raise the profile of exemplary organizations and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public. In short orde,r the Stevie has become one of the world's most coveted awards. The American Business Awards are governed by a Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors that features many of the leading figures in American business. Their sponsors include several of the top business publishers and marketers. Especially in tough economic times like these, participating in awards shows is a cost-effective way to thank and honor your valued employees and to build or burnish your brand. There are dozens of categories, honoring individuals, companies, teams, products, and advertising and other forms of corporate media. The competition is structured so that entrants complete only against other firms of their size, in their industry. So a small or medium-size company, has just as much opportunity to win a Stevie as a Fortune 100 company does. back to top

Technology Fast 500™—Eligible companies must meet the following requirements: be in business five years, be headquartered within North America, subsidiaries or divisions are not eligible unless they have some public ownership and are separately traded; (example given is for those applying at the end of 2009) fiscal year 2004 operating revenues must be at least $50,000 USD or CD; fiscal year 2008 operating revenues must be at least $5,000,000 USD or CD revenues must have more than doubled from 2004-2008; companies must be willing to publicly publish these revenues; companies are required to submit audited financial statements or pages 1 & 2 of signed federal tax return as submitted to the IRS; must own proprietary intellectual property or proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues; using other companies' technology or intellectual property in a unique way does not qualify; consulting companies, professional service firms, etc., are not eligible unless they have proprietary technology. back to top

Tibbetts Award—An initiative of the Small Business Technology Council, the "Tibbie" is awarded annually to those small firms, projects, organizations and individuals judged to exemplify the very best in SBIR achievement. Coordinated by the Small Business Administration, SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) is a U.S. government program which reserves a portion of the research budgets of several government agencies for contracts with small business. Criteria for Tibbetts Awards recipients include: economic impact of technological innovation, business achievement and effective collaborations, and demonstrated state and regional impact and proven support. back to top

Washington Business Journal's Fastest Growing Companies—The annual list recognizes 50 local companies based on revenue growth during a three-year period. back to top