Company updates from 8-koi :: fall 2022
Reflecting on how 8-koi has changed, grown and adapted over its 14 years I can’t help but think of the people who helped along the way and carried our mission to current day. It takes a competent team to fulfill our objective to design, build, staff and supply. It takes fostered connections with communities to flourish. It’s a personal and professional practice to nurture and invest in meaningful relationships – the rewards are worth it.

Last month I represented the Women in Defense Space Coast Chapter and traveled to Arlington, Virginia, where I attended the Women in Defense 2022 National Conference. The leadership conference, Pivots and Prospects: Success in the New Normal, gave me the opportunity to connect with leaders in the defense industry and get current on the impacts and changes happening in our networks – an invest well worth the resources. 

In this issue of kurrents you’ll find stories of 8-koi team members and why we’re celebrating the – passion, excellence, dependability, thoughtfulness – demonstrated in the growth gained when challenges have been overcome and when the focus and commitment to their reason why is the impetus for purposeful change.

The very values 8-koi was founded on are the same attributes we proudly celebrate. Demonstrating our values is what builds our reputation in communities and with you, our clients. It’s an everyday practice. 

Thank you for the trust you put in us,
Inga I. Young
Founder and President
Provider Network Relations (PNRD) Specialist, Tiffany Eubank, is recognized for providing exceptional support to multiple programs - especially for DOD 4th Estate! 

People, Programs, Process and Pipeline

Together we get it done and are committed to getting it right.

The 3rd quarter was another outstanding showing by our People. We continue to gain traction by executing excellent “Human Touch” operations. 

Here are some of the highlights of this past quarter:

People: We welcomed new team members including a facility security officer and promoted from within a CDE project coordinator. Thanks to our people and their supportive hands, we've consolidated headquarters into one office here in Suntree, Florida.

Our employees have earned positive customer feedback from United States Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) for the work of our Senior Medical Trainer, Joe Ogershok, and for our PNRD Specialist, Tiffany Eubank - pictured above - for her work with the DOD 4th Estate. Our people make us proud!

8-koi’s construction department was recently awarded the: Restore Finishes Provide Electrical and Data contract at NAS Jax, HVAC System at NOSC in Tampa and the VAB HB4 Modification (Project Scheduling) at KSC, FL.

Design Engineering
Cape Design Engineering successfully captured contracts supporting multiple federal, state and county agencies. Some projects include:

  • Continuing Engineering Services Volusia County School Board
  • AHU 2-1 Fan Array at Palm Beach State College
  • Professional Serv - Consultants for Structural Design in support of Brevard County Public Works
  • Design to Remove and Replace 66-foot Flex Hose Tower at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

8-koi’s healthcare division recently competitively bid and won the DHA Emergency Dispatch Services Contract. 8-koi will operate this contract at Walter Reed.

Technical Administration
8-koi won a 4-year contract for a Federal agency in Washington DC that will provide personnel for Top Secret front office and administrative support.

Processes: Our IT support kept our server protected and got us back online post hurricane Ian, our finance team ensures our proposals are priced right and our HR and recruiting team continues to find qualified candidates for proposal contingent and open positions.

Pipeline: We continue to leverage our 8(a) eligibility – valid until April 2023. 8-koi won a total of 15 contracts and identified 63 new business development opportunities that are being evaluated for pursuit this quarter. As always, we're pursing both prime and sub-contractor opportunities and are open to opportunities, [email protected]

As a team we continue to build our strengths and provide the tools and the skills it takes to win and keep our customers satisfied.

8-koi team members and current customers make our success possible. We appreciate each of you and the trust you place in us.

Dean Rosenquist
Chief Operating Officer
CDE's Kyle Findlater Earns P.E. 
"My biggest career highlight so far has definitely been achieving my Professional Engineering License."
Kyle joined CDE in July 2021and now serves as the lead designer and project manager for the structural engineering department. His inspiration? The hit TV show Prison Break.

Nominations Open for STEM Education Innovator Awards
The Women in Defense Space Coast Chapter is accepting nominations to recognize individuals, organizations and companies for their innovation supporting STEM in one more or more of the following areas:
  • STEM Leadership Star of the Year supports and promotes STEM in an ongoing effort throughout the community in innovative ways.
  • STEM Educator of the Year increases opportunities for students and teachers to expand their knowledge and appreciation of STEM-related curriculum, projects and/or career paths.
  • STEM Mentor of the Year dedicates time to growing the next generation of STEM professionals through one-on-one and/or group activities (for example, an adult or student volunteering to support or create a STEM-related club or activity).
Nominations are due December 15,2022, and can be made by submitting online or by sending nominations to [email protected]. Winners will be announced during the WID Space Coast Chapter’s Tenth Anniversary celebration on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023. Read more about STEM on the Space Coast at

Our Leadership Team is ready to learn more about how 8-koi and CDE can help to meet your 8a and Small Business goals for 2022.
SBA Hurricane Resources

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications here. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Application Filing Deadlines:

Physical Damage: November 28, 2022
Economic Injury: June 29, 2023
8-koi Veteran Employee Resource Group NOW ONLINE!
Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERGe) helps to "codify a framework attracting, hiring, retaining, nurturing and developing veterans within our organization."
Learn more about available resources at
Engineers Welcome Here!

We are now accepting resumes.

Contact Carlos Badillo for more information.
8-koi and, its wholly owned subsidiary, Cape Design Engineering (CDE) are Equal Opportunity Employers. 8-koi and CDE do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.


May joined the 8-koi team last April and serves in the human resources and recruiter role. Her previous career in healthcare includes 22 years of experience in various states doing CT scans and mammography as an X-ray tech. Realizing a passion to serve others and help educate and train, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Keiser University in human resources and criminal justice. 
Just as she enjoyed helping others through their healthcare journey, May enjoys supporting job candidates through their employment journey. Day to day her primary focus is coaching new employees about their benefits, coordinating verification processes and improving the orientation process. May assists with recruiting candidates and last year headed up the holiday collection of toys for underprivileged youth in Brevard County.
Born in Cuba, raised in Chicago, May was fortunate to cheer on the Cubs and Bulls at home games.
“Chicago offered me a chance to have a diverse group of friends from different backgrounds and cultures,” she said.
Since 2003, May has lived in Merritt Island, Florida, and enjoys the winters and being outdoors as much as possible. Spending time with family, reading, watching movies, going on bike rides, camping and traveling make up her favorite things to do outside of the office.
Thinking back to her childhood and her family’s emigration from Cuba in 1966, a few years after Castro took power, May shares memories of arriving with her family at the Miami Airport.
“We were provided a temporary place at a refugee camp in a military base in Miami. My mother, father and grandmother all had to be investigated by many US government agencies before we could leave. I was the oldest child - my sister and brother and I were all babies when we came to the US. I have a deep appreciation for the soldiers who made us feel safe there, showing us kindness,” she said. 
No one in May’s family spoke English; communication was a challenge. Although she doesn’t remember how long her family stayed at the base before being cleared to leave, she does recall one of the soldiers and his wife becoming close to her and her family. 
“They would come to visit us daily; brought us all treats we had never eaten before and even brought toys for me, my sister and brother,” May said.
Her family was not allowed to bring any personal items when they left Cuba. May remembers her grandmother’s brother hiding family pictures in the lining of suitcases and her parents hiding jewelry in the heels of shoes. 
Once they were able to leave the military base, her parents decided to make Chicago their home and that’s where she was raised. The rest of her family still lives there. 
“That is why I have such an appreciation for our military service personnel and their families. Their service and sacrifice means a lot to me.”
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8-koi, Inc. has complied with the passage of an interim rule to bridge the gap toward full transition to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. The Department of Defense is requiring all contractors with the clause at Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012 in their contracts to conduct a self-assessment of NIST SP 800-171 standards and enter their results into the Supplier Performance Risk System by November 30, 2020. Contractors who have not entered their results by that deadline will not be eligible for an award on a contract containing DFARS 252.204-7012.
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