Issue 7 | November 2021
The Official Newsletter of Knight Federal
Message from the CEO
Hello Team Knight Federal!

I hope everyone had a good year so far, and that you and your families have stayed healthy during the pandemic. It was nice to resume traveling to see everyone as we all get accustomed to the new normal.

2021 has been an exciting year for Knight Federal as we have continued to grow, and we have been very busy mobilizing new programs. We were fortunate to win new contracts supporting the Navy in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. I am proud to say we're listed on the Inc, 5000 for the third year in a row. We also won an award for the Orlando Business Journal's Elite 50 (a combination of being recognized as a Golden 100 and Fast 50 company for growth and excellence). We were recognized by Washington Technology's Fast 50, which is a summarization of the fastest-growing companies in the small business federal contracting market. Rounding out our awards is the recent acknowledgment of HIRE Vets for our best practices in hiring and developing veterans.
Knight Federal Earns Spot on Inc. 5000 List
For the Third Consecutive Year, Knight Federal Joins the Ranks of the Nation's 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies with Revenue Growth of 58%
Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000 list is a compilation of the fastest-growing companies in America. This year, those companies making the list have demonstrated brains, bravery, and optimism amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Each of these companies has its own tale of persistence, perseverance, and pluck. Knight Federal Solutions is no exception.

For the third year in a row, the company has earned a spot on the coveted list with three-year revenue growth of 58 percent; companies that have placed three or more times comprise 41.62 percent of the list. The Inc. 5000 represents a unique look into the American economy's most dynamic segment - independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armor, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
Knight Federal Earns HIRE Vets Medallion Award
U.S. Department of Labor Presents Award to Celebrate Company's Commitment to Hiring and Developing Veterans
U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized Knight Federal Solutions as one of the 849 recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor. Knight Federal earned the Gold award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire and retain veterans.

"We are thrilled to receive this honor again by the U.S. Department of Labor. It emphasizes our commitment to hiring veterans and developing their full potential," says Chris Baeten CEO of Knight Federal.
Washington Technology Unveils Fast 50
Second Year in a Row, Knight Federal Earns a Spot Among the
Fastest Growing GovCon Small Businesses
The list is out! For the second year in a row, Knight Federal was named by Washington Technology as a Fast 50 award winner for 2021, ranking at 43 with 28.4% growth. The web-based specialty publication is considered the foremost authoritative source of competitive intelligence for executives of small businesses in the federal contracting market. Citing 50 of the nation's fastest-growing small businesses, the 2021 list represents a full spectrum of capabilities, technologies, and customers that make up the government contracting (GovCon) market. Knight Federal is the only Florida-based company named to the list this year.
Knight Federal One of OBJ's 2021 Elite 50
Business Publication Recognizes Central Florida's Top
Privately-Owned Companies for Outstanding Economic Growth
The Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) has a new way to honor local, privately-held companies that have achieved great success in the past year, despite the hardships of the pandemic, by recognizing them on the Elite 50. The Elite 50 is the cream of the crop. These companies represent the top 25 companies on OBJ's Golden 100 List and the Top 25 companies on this year's Fast 50 List.

Ranked by year-end revenue, the list of Central Florida's top privately held companies consists of a variety of industries including construction, real estate, technology, and manufacturing to name a few. Several are minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in Metro Orlando.
Knight Federal Welcomes New Team Members
Corporate Office Update
Knight Federal welcomes two new team members to the Corporate Office in Orlando - Nigel Allen, Human Resource Manager and Regina Smith, Controller! We are excited to have them on the team!
Knight Federal Focuses on Core Values
Strong Standards Ensure Superior Execution and Mission Delivery
Driven by excellence with superior results, Knight Federal Solutions is firmly positioned with three core values - DRIVE - IMPROVE - SERVE

DRIVE - We drive to do it right the first time; ethically, honestly, and openly. We drive to grow our workforce, not just in size, but in diversity, opportunity, and skill.

IMPROVE - We seek to improve with each opportunity to offer better solutions and services to our customers. We strive to improve the skills, performance, and quality of life of our employees.

SERVE - We proudly serve our nation. We serve our veteran community offering new opportunities for them to serve their country. With a focus on corporate social responsibility, we serve to positively impact our local communities.

As a trusted provider to industry-leading prime contractors, DOD, and intelligence community customers, Knight Federal has established strong standards and practices to ensure superior execution and mission delivery. Our team is driven to find efficiencies and deliver above our promises. We are Knight Federal Solutions - Armored in Excellence, Driven by Results!
Employee of the Quarter
Tim Blanchard
Tim Blanchard has been named the Knight Federal Solutions JS J7 Employee of the Quarter for his efforts during April-June 2021. In his short time with the team, Tim has created a great relationship with our customer, delivers timely and accurate weekly updates to the Task Order Lead and meticulously logs any requests the customer communicates. Additionally, he has been able to articulate the intent of trouble tickets to the development team, streamlining the lifecycle of the tickets. 

Tim’s ability to plan a release has proven invaluable throughout the current JLLIS release cycle. From creating a spreadsheet to track the progress of the development effort to managing the Cyber Security requirements, his efforts made this release seamless.
Kudos to You
Tonisia Hardin, Jamaal Mitchell and Fred Russell
Celebrating 5-Years with Knight Federal
Roger Lewis, Jerome Morse, Clifton Crosby and Joe Peterson
Purple Knight Initiative Team Promotion
John Nickerson Selected as Program Manager
Congratulations to John Nickerson for being promoted to Program Manager for the Purple Knight Initiative (PKI). Nickerson started as a PKI intern in 2018.

In his role as program manager, Nickerson opens the line of communication between Knight Federal customers and wounded veterans to get projects done. With more than 21 years of military service, Nickerson has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, leadership, and company collaboration.

Since his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, he has worked in the Joint Staff J-7 as a database administrator.

The PKI's goal is to provide paid internships to wounded warriors who are looking to learn a new career, in fields that are conducive to their disabilities and desires for employment.
Knight Federal is Helping Feed Hungry Children
9th Annual Kick Off For Kids Event Raises Funds for Public School
Food Pantries in Orange and Seminole Counties
Knight Federal is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 9th Annual Kick-Off For Kids fundraising event that was held on September 9 at Rock & Brews in Oviedo. The event was a great way to have a fun-filled evening with Knight Federal co-workers while supporting a worthy cause. As a Table Sponsor, Knight Federal helped to raise money to feed children in need at 24 schools in Orange and Seminole counties. Six more schools have approached KOFK to get assistance.

Every donation is critical as 100% of the funding goes back to buy food for the school food pantries. Many times, these children don't know where their next meal may come from and KOFK plays a vital role.This year's event raised $73,135 which far exceeded the goal set of $35K! For more information on how to help, visit the KOFK website!
On the Road to Wellness - Team Knight Federal Gears Up with Cancer and Heart Awareness Events
Motivating Together by Exceeding August Fitness Goals to Get Healthy
Knight Federal participated as a corporate team in the annual Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). For the fourth year, our employees joined with their family and friends, to walk on Saturday, November 13 at the University of Central Florida,

Knight Federal was proud to participate because we know that when we walk we make a difference from day one. The money we raised funds lifesaving science. Science that can create an artificial heart valve, prevent a stroke, put scientific advances into doctors' hands, correct heart defects in newborn babies, and someday, find a cure for high blood pressure. Science that teaches us all how to live longer and healthier.

We set a goal of $2,500 and knocked it out of the park with $3,113.66! As an added incentive, Knight Federal agreed to match employee donations - further strengthening the financial impact of this support!

We walked (and raised funds) to make difference in people's lives including our own! This aligns with our core value, SERVE, which concentrates on our corporate responsibility to positively impact our local communities. THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED!
Fairways for Warriors Hosts 11th Annual
Veterans Day Golf Tournament
Knight Federal Sponsors Event - Raises a Record $145K to Help
Combat Veteran Suicide
The 11th Annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament to benefit Fairways for Warriors was a huge success, taking place at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando. The golf tournament is held each year as one of the organization's signature events to raise needed funds to support its mission. Once again, Knight Federal was proud to support the event as a Gold-Level Sponsor and our CEO Chris Baeten was the Event Chair.

"$145,000....Yowzaa! I am incredibly proud to see what we were able to accomplish. I am so fortunate to have the family, friends, and colleagues in my life that share my passion for supporting our combat-wounded veterans. Thank you all for helping us make a difference in their lives," says Baeten.

Fairways for Warriors is dedicated to providing a better quality of life for America's wounded veterans by using golf and golf instruction to help heal wounded service personnel and their family members. Golf has proven to be an excellent tool for mental and physical rehabilitation.
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