- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2003

Michael Solley is taking the lead at NCI Information Systems Inc., a Reston information-technology company, as president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Solley, 46, is heading up the day-to-day operations and mapping out a growth strategy for the 1,400-employee company, which contracts primarily with the federal government.

NCI, which moved its headquarters from Tysons Corner to Reston last month, started as a small tech firm in 1989. This year, the company has generated $140 million in revenue and is plotting a course to be a bigger contender with large defense contractors such as Northrop Grumman Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp.

“That’s where Mike comes in,” said Charles Narang, NCI chief executive officer who hired Mr. Solley.

Mr. Narang said the company had a consistent sales growth, a set infrastructure and a solid management team, but needed a leader who understood how to turn a midsize company into a large corporation.

“Mike has been in this sort of situation before, and his experience in growing a company and helping it go public will be invaluable to us,” he said.

Although Mr. Solley said he has no immediate plans to make NCI a publicly traded company, it is an option that he used in the past to expand operations at MTC Technologies Inc., a Dayton, Ohio, engineering and technical services company.

Mr. Solley served as MTC’s chief executive officer and president until the company went public in June 2002, with an initial public offering of $19. The stock now is trading on the Nasdaq in the $26 range.

For the next weeks at NCI, “I’m familiarizing myself with our clients and services to move the company forward,” he said.

Most of the emphasis will be on projects and contracts with the Pentagon and NASA, which make up about 60 percent of federal sales, he noted.

Mr. Solley also is reviewing “a pipeline of candidate companies” to buy within the next few years but has not set any definite goals.

“There won’t be an announcement in the near future, but acquisitions are going to be a key part to NCI’s growth. We just want to make sure those acquisitions are relevant to our mission and services,” he said.

Mr. Solley is relocating to the Washington area from Florida with his wife, Pat, and their daughter.

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