Issue 4 | September 2019
The Official Newsletter of Knight Federal
Message from the CEO
I hope everyone was able to enjoy their summer! We sure did at Knight Federal, where we celebrated our 6th anniversary in May. The past few months have been very busy for us, as we experienced the most successful quarter since our company's inception.

We have continued to expand our presence at the Joint Staff J7, where we are now supporting the Joint Training Information Management Systems /Joint Lessons Learned Information System (JTIMS/JLLIS) and at the National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC) supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).We also expanded our capabilities to a new location supporting USARPAC in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Knight Federal Earns Spot on INC 5000 List
Award Recognizes High Growth Companies Across the Nation
Inc. magazine revealed on August 14, 2019, that Knight Federal Solutions is No. 3,132 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Translate that to the companies from Florida being named to the list and Knight Federal Solutions ranks #261 in Florida , #78 among honorees in the IT System Development field and #33 in the Orlando metro area.

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are extremely proud to have earned a spot on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list ,” says Chris Baeten, CEO of Knight Federal Solutions. “For companies of our revenue size, it requires a determined effort from a great team along with fantastic partners to achieve this growth and profitability at the same time. This award is a credit to the entire team!”

Northrop Grumman Awards Knight Federal
Award Recognizes Small Businesses for Outstanding Performance
Knight Federal Solutions , a solutions provider of simulation and training, cyber security, information technology, finance and intelligence analysis solutions to the Defense and Intelligence sectors, received Northrop Grumman’s 2019 World Class Team Supplier Award . The award is presented to small business suppliers that consistently demonstrate outstanding achievements and support of Northrop Grumman programs. 28 Small businesses from across the country were recognized for their significant performance as outstanding suppliers.

Chris Baeten, CEO, and Matthew Herring, Vice President of Business Development, attended the Corporate Global Supplier Diversity Programs Recognition Awards Luncheon held on May 16, 2019 in Linthicum, Maryland and accepted the award on behalf of the Knight Federal team.

KFS Team Spotlight
Matt Herring, Vice President of Business Development
In this issue, we are focusing on Matt Herring, Knight Federal's Vice President of Business Development. 

Matt has been with the company since its inception in 2013 and has been a critical part of growing the company into what it is today. Matt has been instrumental in every aspect of the company's growth. His business development efforts allowed Knight Federal to grow more than 40% in the last two years. During this time Knight Federal added more than 30 employees. His ability to capture, propose and win business lead to Knight Federal's first prime contract in 2017.

Engility, An SAIC Subsidiary, Teams with Knight Federal to Win $106 Million Contract
Defense Intelligence Agency Contract Expands Services for 10 Years
Engility Corp , a subsidiary of Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) , teamed with small business subcontractor Knight Federal Solutions, a solutions provider of simulation and training, cyber security, information technology, finance and intelligence analysis solutions to the Defense and Intelligence sectors, to win a single-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract worth potentially $106 million by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC).

“Since we have teamed with Engility, we have experienced growth of existing capabilities and gained new experiences within the NMEC. We are excited for the opportunity to continue supporting SAIC through the life of the follow-on and the stability it offers us to continue supporting this customer and mission,” says Matthew Herring, Vice President of Business Development at Knight Federal Solutions.

Knight Federal #12 on the MS&T List
Orlando Business Journal Announces Top Modeling,
Simulation and Training Companies in Central Florida
The Orlando Business Journal recently a nnounced its annual list of the top Modeling, Simulation and Training companies in Central Florida!

Compiled annually, Knight Federal has been included this year and is ranked #12! Congrats to the other companies that also made the list! We are in good company.

Employee of the Quarter
Christa Hill
Christa Hill has been named the Knight Federal Solutions Joint Staff J7 Technical Support Team's Employee of the Quarter for April - June 2019. Christa's exceptional efforts have earned this award. We appreciate her efforts and the hard work she contributes to the KFS J7 team!

Employee of the Quarter
Jim Malony
Jim Malony has been named the Knight Federal Solutions Navy Technical Support Team's Employee of the Quarter for April - June 2019. Jim's exceptional efforts have earned this award. We appreciate his efforts and the hard work he contributes to the KFS Navy team!

Purple Knight Initiative Intern Spotlight
Wes Sprouse
Colin "Wes" Sprouse graduated from the Purple Knight Initiative in support of the Joint Staff J7 support team and learning as much as possible through the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO), as well as the JCT contract. Sprouse has distinguished himself as a subject matter expert for the United States Marine Corps CounterIntel activities and MSEL development. He has proven to be an avid learner and easily trainable.
Kick Off for Kids Fuels the Community
7th Annual Fundraiser Benefits Central Florida School Food Pantries
Sparked by a 60 Minutes documentary on homelessness in Central Florida, Kick Off for Kids began as a quarterly food drive in 2011 organized by Kavaliro , a leading-edge technology solutions and staffing firm providing qualified personnel in information technology, engineering, finance, accounting and administration, founded by alumni from the University of Central Florida. 

The idea was to “Fuel the Community” once a quarter by asking for specific food items, such as peanut butter and jelly and other dry goods and nutritious snacks, to donate to local public school food pantries and their backpack programs. As the community rallied behind the efforts of this simple food drive, a few people spearheading the effort began to brainstorm ways to make the program even bigger and better in order to support additional schools. 

Fast-forward to today, and the program evolved into a nonprofit volunteer based organization in 2013, called Kick Off for Kids, that relies on community support of tangible donations to make a difference for Central Florida public school students in need. Its mission is to ensure all students have the proper nourishment to sustain the focus needed in order to achieve academic success.

“Knight Federal is proud to support Kick Off for Kids. What began as a simple grassroots effort has evolved into a critical support resource for children that are suffering from food insecurity due to homelessness and extreme poverty in Central Florida schools. We support their mission to raise more money to feed more children,” says Chris Baeten, Knight Federal’s CEO.
Heart Walk Heroes- Team Knight Federal Supports Annual 2019 Greater Orlando Heart Walk at UCF
Life is Why We Walk - Healthy for Good
On Saturday, November 9 at 8:30am , Knight Federal will participate as a team in the annual American Heart Association's Greater Orlando Heart Walk.

Team Knight Federal is participating in the Heart Walk to join a million Heart Walk Heroes from across the nation, raising funds for lifesaving science. Science that can teach us how to live longer and Healthy for Good.

The walk is approximately 3 miles with a 1 mile option. Knight Federal is looking to raise more funds than last year with the team outreach. The walk is scheduled to take place at the University of Central Florida campus. Sponsorships and donations are encouraged. Visit for details on how to get involved.
Fairways for Warriors 9th Annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament Set for November 8 at Eagle Creek
Knight Federal is Title Sponsor and Chris Baeten is 2019 Event Chair
On Friday, November 8 at 8:30am, Fairways for Warriors will host the 9th Annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando.

Fairways for Warriors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a better quality of life for our wounded veterans by using golf and golf instruction to help heal our wounded service personnel and their family members. Golf has proven to be an excellent tool for mental and physical rehabilitation. Sponsorships and donations are encouraged. Visit for details on how to get involved.
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