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Sharon Virts is a Principal with growth[period]’s Federal, Aerospace and Defense Practice. Sharon is the Founder of FCi Federal, a leading government services contractor, commanding nearly 90% of the Federal Immigration market. Under her leadership, FCi Federal experienced stellar growth - from 35 employees and $1.5 million in revenue in 2007, to nearly 5,000 employees and nearly $300 million in revenue when she sold the company in 2017. Before its sale, FCi Federal was named to INC Magazine’s Inc. 500/5000 list six consecutive times. Sharon worked in business development for Computer Sciences Corporation and in marketing for Prentice Hall Publishing. She began her career as a Junior Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and is an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
Sharon has received numerous awards and honors throughout her professional career. In 2017, she was named to the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 and recognized as one of the top five female founders and owners of the largest companies in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She received two gold Stevie Awards for Women of the Year and Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Services.
Sharon is active in the Loudoun community serving as Vice Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Council for the Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity; Past Chairman of the Loudoun Economic Development Advisory Commission; Board Director of the INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation; President and Trustee of the Loudoun Museum and a member of 100WomenStrong. She is an inaugural member of WE Capital, a venture capital group investing in women led businesses with social impact missions. She is a Loudoun County native, a mother, and a grandmother. She and her husband, Scott Miller, bought and restored the Historic Selma Mansion where they currently reside with their Labrador Retrievers.
David C. Smydo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Sokolin LLC, which is a leading luxury retailer and direct marketer of fine and rare wine to high net worth individuals internationally. Sokolin currently operates in 30 countries and has offices in New York, Switzerland and France. At Sokolin, David has led the business through a period of significant growth and has overseen the transformation of a traditional wine store into a world-class industry leader. He is responsible for developing and executing the company's strategic management initiatives, and directs the management team. He has also directed the enterprises' first initiatives into e-commerce, and managed the successful design and implementation of a proprietary, technology-based information system encompassing and integrating every business segment within the company. He has successfully directed and executed five M&A deals during his tenure.
In addition to his duties at Sokolin LLC, David has a taken on additional time limited roles as the Managing Director of seven separate land investment companies that specialize in locating strategic properties and investing in land with valuable oil, gas and mineral rights within the United States.
Previously, David worked for Internet Venture Works, a startup high technology company funded by a leading Private Equity company based in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also the Founding and Senior Managing Partner of SD Acquisition Group, a company specializing in strategic acquisitions of undervalued enterprises in basic industries, including metals and mining and confectionery products.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. David has previously been a participant of the Yale School of Management Chief Executive Leadership Institute’s CEO Summits. David also currently holds several advisory positions in various industries from luxury fashion to manufacturing.
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