company updates from 8-koi :: winter '20
Happy 2020!

Looking back at 2019 and the milestones we've reached, the growth 8-koi has made and the many accomplishments that have gotten us to where we are now - I'm feeling proud of our team and community. Since acquiring Cape Design Engineering and expanding our leadership team we are more poised for new business, opportunities and ventures.

Looking ahead, we intend to hone our company processes and procedures and continue to work smart and work hard for our customers, community and employees. 

It's an exciting time to be 8-koi and I thank you for being a part of our community and your continued support of our Woman-Owned Small Business. Stay tuned as we'll continue to have news about our community impact and involvement, leadership and development.

Your feedback is always welcome. If you have questions, please send an email to 8-koiHeadquarters@8-koi.com, or call our office directly at 321.802.6768. 

Enjoy the great news in this issue of 8-koi kurrents, and feel free to pass it along. 

In partnership,
Inga I. Young
Founder and President
Since joining the team last fall we’ve focused on the direction of 8-koi and CDE into the new year and new decade. Inga and I are believers in the business book called Traction by Gino Wickman and are sharing its teachings and philosophies with our team to unify us all in making progress toward 8-koi’s “Big Rock” goals. 

Using the Vision/Traction Organizer to help us develop our 10 year business strategy we’ve been able to refine our succession plan and streamline infrastructure to ensure the smooth operations and continuation of 8-koi. If the past predicts the future, 8-koi has a healthy trajectory we can count on.

Now and always we are full spectrum solutions with a human touch , unified by 8-koi's four core values:

•          Passion —We are driven by an essential need and desire to satisfy our customers’ and colleagues’ needs.
•          Excellence —Our commitment is to exceed expectations.
•          Dependability —Through relentless perseverance we will achieve enduring and lasting outcomes.
•          Thoughtfulness —It is not all about us. Consideration is always there for alternatives with an open-minded willingness to embrace other ideas while having empathy for our clients and each other.

We have much to look forward to as we continue to support customers in meeting their government contracting goals and provide clients with quality and cost-effective services.

Looking to the future,

Dean
Dean
Dean Rosenquist
COO
MEET THE TEAM :: Alexis Mota
Facility Security Officer
Alexis Mota joined the 8-koi team in July as the facility security officer (FSO). She’s a political science graduate from the University of Central Florida with a focus in terrorism studies and military politics. Strengthening her skills as 8-koi’s FSO she continues her UCF studies and is working to complete her leadership classes as part of UCF’s extended education.

As FSO her daily responsibilities include managing personnel security clearances and 8-koi’s facility clearance. She ensures government paperwork is up-to-date, properly completed and guides employees through the clearance process - briefing them on what to expect during the investigation process. Alexis also supports Inga Young, CEO of 8-koi and CDE, with daily tasks, upkeep of calendars, reviewing and coordinating proposals and helping with 8-koi events like job fairs.

Before joining 8-koi Alexis was a contracted background investigator for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She conducted all the fieldwork required to determine eligibility for a government security clearance. During that time she mostly worked in Melbourne, Florida, at Patrick AFB, Kennedy Space Center and Northrop Grumman. She also spent a month working in Puerto Rico, a month in San Francisco and two weeks in Colorado.

 “The whole month I was in Puerto Rico was interesting. I drove all over the island most days and almost all the routes I had to take took me on terrifyingly narrow mountain roads. I was there not too long after hurricane Maria and one day I was driving along the mountain pass and the road just ended because it got washed out in the storm. It wasn’t the easiest experience to be there for a month. I had to push myself outside of my comfort zone to get work done.”

During her career and travels as an investigator Alexis collected memorable stories and experiences.

“One time when I was in Puerto Rico, I was looking for someone but didn’t have an exact address like we do here in the continental U.S., so I knocked on some doors in the general area trying to find the person I was looking for. Well, one man got spooked when I pulled out my badge and he took off running! I was so stunned I had no idea what to do so I just closed the door to his house, got back in my car and let him keep running.”

Alexis is grateful for her coworkers and the companionship of Inga’s pups at the Melbourne office, unlike her former solitary work in the field. At home Alexis has a family of her own including her husband Daniel and their two dogs Shortstop the hound and Lindy the Pitbull mix. The couple got married last year at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland followed by a honeymoon in Greece and are looking forward to travel plans in Japan in 2020.
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MAKING NEWS IN THE COMMUNITY
Space Coast Women In Defense (SCWID) recognized 8-koi as the STEM Business Innovator of the Year for the construction of the 2020 Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) Indoor Arena at KSC. The SCWID 7 th Anniversary Celebration and STEM Award Ceremonies were held on January 25, in Cocoa Beach.

The newly constructed arena will host the international competition on May 18-22, 2020, at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation in the Center for Space Education at KSC. 

The competition is designed to promote and engage students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA’s missions.   Read more about the competition at NASA.gov .

Photography courtesy of Matt Charmbury, Project Superintendent
CDE's Company Newsletter Redlines
C DE's Winter Redlines features a profile story on CEO Inga Young, Vice President of Engineering Victor Diaz, project updates and much more. Read all about it right here .
8-koi in the News

Have you seen the good news? 8-koi has caught the eye and ear of our local business newspaper, Brevard Business News, and landed on the front page. Access the full story here .
Full-spectrum contracting solutions with a human touch
Keep an eye out for our 'big fish' Les Daniels and our division leaders at upcoming industry events. C ontact us for more info.

Upcoming Events


February 25 & 26 - NDIA First Coast Rear Admiral Hopper Defense Symposium , Jacksonville


March 11 & 12 - GovCon 2020 Small Business Summit , Tampa

March 19 & 20 - 2020 SAME Small Business Outreach & Industry Day , Portsmouth, VA
8-koi Was There


November 15 - 8-koi’s ‘big fish’ Les Daniels was out and about at the SAME JAX Luncheon, Jacksonville.

November 19 - 8-koi's CEO Inga Young was at the 9th Annual Florida Companies to Watch celebration at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando to support the 2019 honorees.


November 20 - Alexis Mota and Les Daniels represented 8-koi at the SCWID event collecting donations in support of Nana's House, Melbourne.



November 21 - 12th Annual Reverse Trade Show, Cape Canaveral.

December 2 - 6 - Amy Sigmon, Sirena Hendrickson and Les Danielsattended the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Orlando.


January 3, 2020 - 'Big Fish' Les Daniels attended the Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses 3rd Annual Congressional Breakfast, Orlando.
Where in the World is the 8-koi office trailer?!
8-koi is on the job!

8-koi is supporting construction projects like this one at the Naval Hospital at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. The 8-koi trailer is expected to to remain there until the technology infrastructure and renovations projects are completed. Give us a HONK if you see us on the move!
Meet Jeyssa Mast - 8-koi's New Corporate Recruiter

Jeyssa (Hook) Mast, SHRC, joins the 8-koi team as our corporate recruiter and supports HR functions for both 8-koi and CDE. She has a wealth of experience working as an international recruiter with government contractors.

We look forward to having Jeyssa's expertise available to help us find the best professionals for the job as we grow across all our divisions: Design Engineering, Construction, Healthcare, and Technical Support services.