company updates from 8-koi :: summer 2021
It’s summertime and we are filling these long hot days with plenty of cool treats. You’ll notice this quarter’s newsletter is jam-packed with new developments, fresh news to share, our recent wins and many reasons to wag our tails in celebration.

If you don't already know, I am passionate about 8-koi's 'unofficial' mascots - my beloved family of Cotons de Tulear (pictured here courtesy of Brevard Business News). My pups take center stage in my life and most recently at the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. I was thrilled to share our championship journey with Central Florida news reporter Greg Pallone and I can't thank our community enough for all the support they gave to my "Artie" and his team.

Creating a unique and respectful workplace culture is very important to me. I’m a strong believer in the positive impact dogs can have in creating a fulfilling work-life balance, and our people have let us know that their furry companions are just as important to them. From stress relief and increased productivity, to Millennial preferences and post-pandemic socialization and behavioral health, 8-koi is joining other top employers in offering a more pet-friendly workplace and benefits package to include pet insurance. You can read more about our vision in this warm and fuzzy feature in Brevard Business News.

With a healthy dose of competition while striving to maintain a 'human touch' in all that we do, 8-koi is proud to be an American-made company that responds with our core values of passion, excellence, dependability, and thoughtfulness. It's an honor for our team to support public servants and uniformed personnel across the US with our full spectrum of capabilities as an EDWOSB of choice.

Wishing you all a summer full of smiles,
Inga I. Young
Founder and President
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People, Programs, Processes and Pipeline

It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through 2021 already. Meanwhile, our Four Ps focus continues to gain traction. Here are some 2021 highlights thus far:

People – Our people did some amazing work hiring over 200 employees in less than one month. We did all the hiring while emphasizing our Human Touch approach. The new employees continuously provided our team accolades on how well we’ve communicated with them while they were executing the mission. 

  • 8-koi is one of six competitively selected Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) to win the Army Corps of Engineers’ Horizontal Construction Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.
  • Our team continues to support multiple HVAC efforts at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • We are supporting the General Construction IDIQ for Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Facilities at NAS Jacksonville to convert spaces for the VA at the Navy Hospital.
Design Engineering
  • Our team conducted structural inspections of stadium grandstands and bleachers at various facilities.
  • We worked the Endeavor Elementary School technology infrastructure upgrades and the technology infrastructure, intercom and electrical upgrades at Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School.
  • 8-koi supported commercial clients on projects to include COVID-19 testing for the Navajo Nation and SEC/ACC Athletics. We have also provided PPE and medical equipment to support these projects.
  • We provided PPE to commercial pharmacies in the New York and New Jersey areas to support their operations.
  • Our team provided PPE to support an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Shelter site.
  • We supported the Indian Health Center (IHC) Hospitals in California with PPE.

 Technical Administration
  • 8-koi won a single award IDIQ contract to provide acquisition related contracting services to USMC Program Manager, Training Systems (PM TRASYS) Program Management Marines (PMM – 130).
  • We won a single award IDIQ contract to provide Management and Acquisition Support (MAST) in support of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command’s Program Management Warfare (PMW) 240 Sea Warrior and PMW 250 E2S.
Pipeline – We have seven efforts currently pending award. Due to the impacts of COVID and federal contracting in 2020, we have an extra year of 8(a) eligibility – now valid until April 2023. As an 8(a) we can sole source opportunities up to $4M. Contact me for more information.

Process – 8-koi continues to enhance our employee benefits and find innovative ways to become more competitive in the workplace market. With open enrollment upon us, we believe our team members will see improved benefits and offerings that’ll appeal to quality employees and improve recruitment and retention.

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
In the News and for the WIN

8-koi Wins Army Corps Three-Year Renovation, Repair Contract
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8-koi's Joe Ogershok Supports Customer USAMRDC in Lifesaving Combat Care at Fort Detrick
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8-koi Selected for Marine Corps Program Manager, Training Systems Contract
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8-koi’s CDE is Heading Up the Design of the Entire Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems Design for the New Two-story, 32,000 sq. ft. Student Union Facility. 
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Amy Sigmon pledging on behalf of 8-koi to the Military Spouse Employer Partnership in Washington DC, 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Sigmon, 8-koi Senior Human Resources Office Manager for her 5-Year Work Anniversary! We've been lucky to have her on board with us since April 2016 and wouldn't be the thoughtful and dependable company we are today without her. Thank you, Amy, for all of your contributions to help us keep swimming in the right direction!

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Our team participated in our first virtual exhibit booth at the 2021 Southwest Defense Contracting Summit in April. We had a great time connecting with everyone online and learning about Federal programs in the Southwest region. Chantal Nickel was our $100 cash card raffle winner and we thank everyone who followed 8-koi on LinkedIn to enter!
Last month, we rolled out our virtual exhibit booth again at the 2021 Navy Contracting Summit to connect with new customers and teammates. Our VP of Healthcare Elizabeth Berry was on point to make introductions and encourage people to join our mailing list for a chance to win a $100 cash card in our raffle. Were you the big winner?
Annual RMC Lunabotics Competition
May 23-27, 2022

NASA's Robotic Mining Competition featuring the arena built by 8-koi at Kennedy Space Center was postponed in 2021, but our calendars are marked for the 2022 event.
The annual RMC: Lunabotics competition is a full-on engineering exercise where students receive practical experience in the full engineering lifecycle process from concept development to system closeout.
Checkout the 360 view of the arena and learn more about our Construction Division.
Robin O'Connor
Credentialing Specialist
Robin (pictured here with Trixie) first joined CDE on June 1st, 2020 as a receptionist/administrator assistant. She then transferred to the 8-koi team with a new focus and endeavor of credentialing where she was promoted to credentialing specialist soon after.
Born in Texas and raised in Ohio, Robin remembers growing up in the country where she enjoyed spending most of her days outside horseback riding, rescuing wounded wild animals and sledding down the largest hill she could find in the winter.

After moving to Florida in 1987, Robin pursued an education in healthcare and earned numerous credentials to include Certified Medical Unit Secretary, Registered Nursing Assistant, and was licensed as a Registered Chiropractic Assistant (RCA) in 2019. She has also provided Hospice care in both her personal and professional life.

Currently, Robin serves as the secretary for the American Legion Riders in Cape Canaveral. She loves riding horses, hiking, riding motorcycles, bowling, playing darts and pool but most of all spending time with her family. Robin has one son (deceased), three daughters, and five grandchildren.

Robin feels blessed to be a part of 8-koi’s caring family and feels “empowered to reach and grow.” In return, “I hope to make a difference and be a part of helping this company grow,” she says.

Live and love as if there were no tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

8-koi was there - SCWID's Board Treasurer and 8-koi's Project Coordinator, Sheena Heitzman, arrived in the early morning hours at the May 7 SCWID golf tournament in support of raising funds for local STEM scholarship recipients. Joining her from 8-koi, the A-Team foursome (L to R): Michael White, Les Daniels, Trevor Baumann and Sami Mized. You can see more photos at

This year's sold-out 4th Annual Space Coast STEM Sandbagger Invitational Golf Tournament, at the Baytree National Golf Course, resulted in $8,500 in STEM scholarships being awarded to twelve deserving Space Coast women (pictured below). The awards were presented at the STEM Scholarship and Innovator Awards Presentation on Wednesday, June 23, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach. 

The Women in Defense Space Coast Chapter (SCWID) is one of 8-koi's sponsored community organizations. 8-koi President, Inga Young, serves as vice president of the SCWID board and 8-koi was named the 2019 SCWID STEM Business Innovator of the Year. Find more information about 8-koi's community involvement at

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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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