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6 Southern Maryland Companies on the Leading Edge

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The tenth annual Leading Edge Awards celebrated six of Southern Maryland’s leading businesses and executives June 23 with Jeff Finkle, president and chief executive officer of International Economic Development Council, providing the keynote address.


The annual event recognizes individuals and businesses that spur economic growth within the region, and this year’s honorees exemplify the qualities synonymous with business success: performance excellence, innovation and an unwavering dedication to customers and staff.

Among those recognized are Naval Air Systems Command, Asbury-Solomons Island, Brianna Bowling of Zekiah Technologies, Inc., Facchina Global Services, Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home and Technology Security Associates, Inc.

Co-hosting this year’s Leading Edge Awards with CSM and the Corporate Center at CSM are Calvert County Department of Economic and Community Development, Charles County Technology Council, Patuxent Partnership, and the Small Business Development Center for the Southern Region of Maryland.  

CEO of the Year, presented by CSM’s Corporate Center, is Brianna Bowling, who started Zekiah Technologies in the basement of her home in La Plata in 1998. Since then the full-service information technology firm has grown to a successful business with more than 30 employees and offices in La Plata, Dahlgren, Va. and Colorado Springs, Colo. Active in the local community, Bowling serves as vice president of the Extension Advisory Council, as a volunteer coach for the La Plata Youth Soccer League and a volunteer with the Southern Maryland Women’s League, St. Ignatius Church and the Potomac Valley Dressage Association.

Asbury-Solomons Island is the Calvert County Business of the Year, presented by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development. A Continuing Care Retirement Community that serves approximately 500 individuals through its 228 apartments, 72 cottages, 24 unit assisted living and 48 bed skilled nursing facility, Asbury-Solomons Island operates by its four core values of valuing residents and associates, stewardship and financial strength, quality and innovation, and integrity.

Facchina Global Services is the Charles County Technology Company of the Year to. A fast-growing entrepreneurial firm helping government clients solve some of their most difficult challenges, this global-reaching company is also plays a key role in supporting the community and those who serve. FGS was awarded the Employer Support for Guard and Reserves ‘Above and Beyond’ award for extraordinary support to the National Guard and Reserves and was made an honorary member of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum Memorial for support to the Navy SEALs. 

Technology Security Associates, Inc. is the Patuxent Partnership Member Firm of the Year. A service-disabled, veteran-owned small business providing core expertise across NAVAIR, TSA provides a broad range of services including future capabilities processes, technology and information protection and program support for domestic and international programs. TSA has donated office space and conferencing facilities to the American Red Cross, helped establish a Citizens Emergency Response Team for St. Mary’s County. It is a founding partner of the St. Mary&rsqu

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