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2010 Minority Business Leader Awards

Posted on April 30, 2010 in Awards and Recognition
Washington, D.C. - Lillian Harris, President of Man-Machine Systems Assessment has been presented with the 2010 Minority Business Leader award by the Washington Business Journal. This prestigious award honors 25 Washingtonians in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship and community service.
The awards luncheon, sponsored by Comcast Spotlight, was held at the Four Season’s Hotel in Washington’s  historic Georgetown district. Ms. Harris also had the distinct honor of being the youngest recipient of the award.
MSA prides itself on being a 100% Minority Woman owned business and Ms Harris was thrilled to be recognized by her local peers for providing excellence in leadership.

Women Who Mean Business - Rising Star

Posted on November 13, 2009 in Awards and Recognition
Washington, D.C. - Lillian Harris, President of MSA is presented with the Rising Star award by the Washington Business Journal “Driven by the notion that her future will be bigger than her past, Harris has a passion for learning, leadership and connecting with people. She’s an active goal setter, and says she operates with the mindset that anything is possible with hard work and determination”

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MSA Honored by Hispanic Business Magazine

Posted on July 1, 2010 in Awards and Recognition

El Paso, TX - Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA), Inc. is proud to be honored for the second year in a row by Hispanic Magazine's Hispanic 500 as one of the fastest growing Hispanic run companies in the nation. MSA is 100% Hispanic Women-Owned. Viva MSA!

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MSA Honored by Inc. 500/5000

Posted on October 1, 2010 in Awards and Recognition
Washington, DC - The founders of Man-Machine Systems Assessment will be among the countries top entrepreneurs as they celebrate America's fastest growing privately held companies as selected by Inc Magazine. The ceremony will take place during the Inc 500/5000 Conference at the National Harbor over the final weekend in September.

Annually, Inc Magazine, now considered one of the foremost authorities and resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, publishes a list of the nation’s 5000 fastest growing companies. Being listed on the Inc 500/5000 list is a great accomplishment, and one that is shared by all of the employees of each of these companies. This is MSA’s second year on the list. On hand to receive the award were Founder Cal Harris, CEO Martha Harris and President Lilly Harris.

Being named to the annual list is the result of a yearlong collaborative effort by each company’s employees. All of the teams that help make up this list share a commitment to their company’s vision, a desire for personal and corporate growth and foster an environment of innovation. Thank you for everything you do and helping the dream of MSA become a reality. We wouldn't have received this prestigious recognition two years in a row without you.

Washington SmartCEO announces MSA's Lilly Harris as a 2011 Brava! recipient

Posted on July 1, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

Washington SmartCEO announces 2011 Brava! Women Business Achievement Awards winners!

Washington, DC – July 1, 2011 – Washington SmartCEO magazine, announced today the 2011 Washington Brava! Women Business Achievement Award winners. Celebrating its fifth year, the Brava! Awards recognize the contributions of 25 female business leaders in the Washington area. The impressive group of female CEOs runs companies that boast $1.5 billion in collective revenues and manage more than 4,700 employees in the Greater Washington area.

The Annual Brava! Women Business Achievement Awards celebrate CEOs, founders, presidents, owners and executive directors who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community across the Mid-Atlantic. These female CEOs have become exemplary leaders in their companies and the community by encouraging local philanthropy, mentoring fellow CEOs and setting their companies on the path to tremendous growth.

Over 250 nominations were submitted throughout the Mid-Atlantic. A selection committee of area business leaders was tasked with choosing the top 25.

Each 2011 Brava! Award honoree will be profiled in the July 2011 issue of Washington SmartCEO magazine. Annually, SmartCEO shares their inspirational stories with over 15,000 local Washington CEO readers in the July issue and celebrates the group with a cocktail reception. Over 400 local CEOs and business leaders will join SmartCEO to recognize and applaud the 2011 Washington Brava! winners at the National Museum of Women in the Arts the evening of Wednesday, July 27.

“We are honored to recognize such dynamic, passionate community leaders. The Brava! Award winners never cease to impress and inspire us,” says Jaime Nespor, Group Publisher of SmartCEO magazine.

In an effort to continue to enhance the Brava! program’s mission of building a strong community of women leaders through mentorship and business development, SmartCEO is also recognizing past honorees with the Brava! Hall of Fame. One woman from each previous class of Brava! Award recipients (2007-2010) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and announced during the Brava! Awards presentation July 27.

For a complete list of winners, see below or visit To nominate for the 2012 Washington Brava! Awards contact Georgia Thomas at or Makenna Henry at

About SmartCEO magazine

Washington SmartCEO magazine is a regional business publication for growing companies, aimed at providing features, analysis and case studies each month to educate and inspire Greater Washington’s thought leaders. Our readers range from young, dynamic companies to established multi-generational family owned firms. 

Interview with Hispanic Executive Magazine

Posted on February 9, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

Click on image to read the full story,  page 70-71. 

SmartCEO Magazine Profiles MSA CEO, Lilly Harris as a Top Ten Tech CEO

Posted on February 20, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

Click on the image to enlarge, article on page 53.

SmartCEO magazine recognizes Lilly Harris as one of the Smart100 CEO's in the Greater Washington area.

Posted on April 4, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

Lanham, MD, April 1, 2011– Washington SmartCEO magazine released today the highly anticipated roster of its 2011 Smart100 CEOs. Smart100 is an exclusive, elite group of 100 CEOs chosen for their leadership, strategic vision and character.

As selected members of the Smart100, these CEOs will share the stories of their successes, leadership philosophies and character with thousands of readers in the Greater Washington region. The Smart100 serves as a source of education and inspiration for Washington SmartCEO’s 16,000 readers month after month, year after year.

The Smart100 CEOs will be profiled in the 13th issue of Washington SmartCEO, the Smart100 book. The Smart100 book is a timeless resource for business leaders seeking inspiration from successful local CEOs.

The Smart100 companies represent a range of industries, including catering services, information technology consulting, travel services, transportation, personal care, government contracting and software development. Each company boasts revenues of at least $5 million.

“SmartCEO is proud to be the only company producing a publication of this magnitude that features such a high-caliber and charismatic group of CEOs. The 2011 Smart100 showcases the best of the best: 100 CEOs with incredible business minds who have grown their companies to unrivaled levels of success in Greater Washington,” says Jaime Nespor-Park, group publisher of SmartCEO.

Washington SmartCEO magazine is a regional publication for growing companies. SmartCEO believes that a “growing company” is really determined by the spirit, drive and dynamics of a company’s owners and managers, rather than by the size of its building, the number of its employees, or its sales volume. Each month, C-level readers across the Mid-Atlantic turn to the pages of SmartCEO magazine for features, case-study advice and trend analysis, all with a uniquely local flavor. SmartCEO magazine is read by more than 45,000 business owners in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington.

Interview with CEO on Executive Leaders Radio

Posted on February 12, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

MSA's Lilly Harris was interviewed in January for Executive Leaders Radio. The conversation was focused on MSA and Lilly’s experience working with her parents. The program will air Saturday, January 22 at 10 a.m. on WHFS 1580 and simultaneously stream at,  AOL Radio and Yahoo Radio. Click here to listen to the podcast. 

MSA Sweeps 2011 Awards

Posted on April 1, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

Diversity Business to honor MSA at April's ceremony at the Gaylord National Harbor in April 2011. MSA will receive the following 2011 awards.

  • Top 3 Women Owned Businesses in District of Columbia 
  • Top 10 Diversity Owned Businesses in District of Columbia 
  • Top 50 Privately - held Businesses in District of Columbia 
  • Top 100 8(a) Businesses in the U.S
  • Top 500 Hispanic American Owned Businesses in the U.S 
  • Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the US

We are honored to receive these awards, and will work hard to continue to bring diversity to the government contracting world.  Thank you, Diversity Business Magazine. 


MSA CEO, Lilly Harris to be Honored as Finalist in Heroines in Technology Awards

Posted on August 16, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

Washington, DC – March of Dimes announced today that Lilly Harris has been named as a finalist in the eleventh annual Heroines in Technology® Awards. The Heroines in Technology® Awards, presented by The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA NOVA) and the March of Dimes, recognizes women in the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia technology industries who demonstrate community leadership.
“We’re thrilled to have seen so much interest in this year’s Heroines in Technology Awards call for nominations,” said Bridget Bean, Event Co-Chair and District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration. “Women in our area are doing extraordinary things within the community, and our intent is that these awards recognize finalists for their passion and dedication to the technology industry. We congratulate everyone for their hard work and wish the finalists luck in the competition.”

Heroines in Technology award winners will be announced on October 21, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, VA., at a black-tie gala to include dinner, music and auctions. Proceeds from the event will support local March of Dimes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Reflecting on her nomination, Harris says, "I am extremely honored to be recognized along side such extraordinary women. We all share a common belief to 'leave the world a better place.' Giving back to the community is part of my responsibility as a citizen, a leader and CEO. Adopting philanthropy as a way of life has been so fulfilling, the more I do, the more I want to give back.”

The 2011 Heroines in Technology finalists include: 

  •     Narjis Ali, Sure Secure Solutions
  •     Manju Bewtra, CCSi
  •     Claire Billings, Lockheed Martin
  •     Michele Bolos, Next Tier Concepts, Inc.
  •     Teresa Bozzelli, Sapient
  •     Athena Caul, Progeny Systems, Inc.
  •     Regina Cotton, Lockheed Martin
  •     Gail Drake, Prince William County Schools
  •     Lilly Harris, Man-Machine Systems Assessment
  •     Katherine Hollis, Defense Logistics Agency
  •     Jeri Kirschner, Vangent, Inc.
  •     Catherine Kuenzel, Northrop Grumman
  •     Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department
  •     Nicole Larese, Planet Nanny, LLC
  •     Beth Maloney, Palladian Partners, Inc.
  •     Tiffany Mensah, CCSi
  •     Lisa Tompkins, The MITRE Corporation
  •     Cheryl Waldrup, Govplace
  •     Kimberliey Wasko, The Moore Group
  •     Marta Wilson, Transformation Systems, Inc.
About MSA
Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. (MSA) is a Minority, Women-Owned, government Services firm providing professional, technical and analytical solutions to Federal, State, Local, and Commercial clients. With over 20 years of experience, they are committed to providing clients with the absolute best solutions to their biggest challenges. They offer subject matter experts, strong program management methodologies, and multiple locations throughout the United States to best serve their clients needs. For more information visit,

AFCEA International is a worldwide nonprofit professional association founded as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association; but it encompasses more than just the military. AFCEA represents the top government, industry, and military professionals in the fields of communications, electronics, intelligence, software, information systems, imaging, and multi-media. AFCEA's purpose is to support global security by providing an ethical environment that encourages a close cooperative relationship among the military, civilian government agencies, and private industry. Details about AFCEA International and its background are available at

AFCEA NOVA is the largest chapter in the AFCEA International family, with approximately 6,000 members, and an equal number of associates and friends in industry, government, and academia.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or

MSA to be Recognized by El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce MBDA Business Center and SBA El Paso District Office during annual MED Week Breakfast!

Posted on October 25, 2012 in Awards and Recognition
El Paso, TX - The MBDA Business Center-El Paso, operated by your El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the SBA-El Paso District Office will celebrate the many contributions made by minority businesses in the borderland community during the annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week breakfast and awards ceremony.
The MED Week event will take place on Thursday, October 25, at the El Paso Club, located at 201 E. Main, in the Chase Bank Building-downtown.
This year’s theme is “Job Creation in America – Build it Here, Sell it Everywhere!” During the event the MBDA and the SBA will recognize seven local businesses and individuals for their contributions to the El Paso community.
The MBDA Business Center-El Paso, a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, honors minority small business owners for their diversity and success in the El Paso business community. Anyone who owns a minority owned business, or does business with any of the honorees, is encouraged to attend and support or local business community.
This year’s honorees include Structural Steel Services, Minority Construction Firm of the Year; Cecilia Levine, MFI International, Minority Export Firm of the Year; WestStar Bank, Access to Capital Award; Martha Harris, Man-Machine Systems Assessments, Inc., 8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year-SBA El Paso District Office;Margarita Licon, LEC Group, Minority Small Business Person of the Year-SBA El Paso District Office; Dr. Diana Natalicio, President, University of Texas at El Paso, MBDA Business Center-El Paso Leadership Award; and the Honorable Congressman Silvestre Reyes, MBDA El Paso - Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
In addition to the celebration of these outstanding El Pasoans, the event will feature the special keynote presentation by the Honorable Esperanza “Hope” Andrade, Secretary of State. Hope Andrade is Texas’ 107thSecretary of State and one of six state officials to form the Executive Department of the State of Texas. Governor Rick Perry appointed Secretary Andrade as the first Latina Secretary of State, swearing her into office on July 23, 2008. She is the fourth longest serving secretary in state history.
The 2012 MED Week Breakfast and Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the El Paso Club, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a keynote address and culminate with the awards recognition ceremony. 
For more information about the MED Week Breakfast & Awards Ceremony or to purchase your tickets, please contact Terri Reed, Director, MBDA Business Center, at 915-351-6232, or via email,
Since 1990 Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. has supported over 30 federal and commercial clients in the areas of Professional Services, Emergency Management and Defense Systems Test Evaluation Support. With a passion for engineering solutions and emergency management, this Minority, Women-Owned, government services firm has been recognized by Inc Magazine, Hispanic Business, Smart CEO and the Washington Business Journal for growth, excellence in service and service to the community. 

Federal News Radio: Agencies Review Continuity Plans as Hurricane Nears

Posted on August 27, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

By Jack Moore and Jolie Lee
Federal News Radio

Come rain, snow — or hurricane — the federal government has to keep operating. Today is the day for federal employees to view their continuity of operations (COOP) plans as Hurricane Irene heads toward the East Coast.

With the threat of power going out this weekend, federal employees need to have a clear idea on how to communicate with managers and coworkers.  "This is where creativity comes into play," said Ray Thomas, a senior manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, who oversees the firm's Business Assurance Office.

Feds should make sure they have their government emergency telecommunications services cards ready and wireless priority service available, said Justin Pierce, the director for Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness at Man-Machine Systems Assessment — a government services firm.

In communicating with colleagues, information must flow in both directions, from managers to staff and vice-versa, Thomas said. Social media might be a way to stay in touch, although its role in emergency management is still emerging, he said. "It has tremendous potential, but right now I don't think it's fully integrated into agencies' continuity of operations plans, so it gives, at best, an incomplete picture," Thomas said.

Also, before feds leave for work today, they should plan on taking home some work they can do from outside of the office, "things that don't require access to the intranet," Thomas said. Tuesday's earthquake offered a dress rehearsal for the continuity plans this weekend. Thomas warned of "disaster fatigue," acknowledging that agencies and employers were thrown for a loop by the quake, which "had not been at the top of our disaster matrix," he said.

Pierce said the number one priority for federal employees is also advice that applies to many others in the D.C. region: Prepare a plan for your family. offers tips for creating an emergency plan.
To see more of the Federal News Radio interview or to listen to Justin Pierce's radio interview, click here

MSA awarded MWCOG Technical Support Services Contract

Posted on April 19, 2012 in Awards and Recognition

Washington, DC  – Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) Inc., a leading small business provider of scientific and technical services for Federal, state, local, and higher education institutions, announced that that is has been awarded a emergency management technical support services contract from the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (MWCOG). 

The purpose of this contract is to design and develop an incident command system (ICS) Practicum course to train incident managementpersonnel within the National Capital Region (NCR) how to conduct ICS-compliant operations for incidents and events involving multiple agencies and/or multiple jurisdictional commands and resources.


“MSA has a strong performance history in curriculum development leveraging adult education techniques with emergency managementprinciples,” said Justin Pierce, MSA’s Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Services. “We are honored to partner with MWCOG and its National Incident Management System (NIMS) Officers in creating this very important course to enhance our region’s capability to respond to a catastrophic incident.”



Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. (MSA) is a Minority, Women-Owned, government Services firm providing professional, technical and analytical solutions to Federal, State, Local, and Commercial clients. With over 20 years of experience, they are committed to providing clients with the absolute best solutions to their biggest challenges. They offer subject matter experts, strong program management methodologies, and multiple locations throughout the United States to best serve their clients needs. For more information visit,

Washington Business Journal Announces MSA CEO, Lilly Harris as the 2011 Readers Choice Award winner for the Second Annual 40 Under 40 Awards

Posted on October 28, 2011 in Awards and Recognition

For Immediate Release Contact: Whitney Suntum  September 16, 2011 703-258-0854

The Washington Business Journal Announces MSA CEO, Lilly Harris as the 2011 Readers Choice Award winner for the Second Annual 40 Under 40 Awards


The 40 Under 40 Awards honor the Washington area’s top business leaders and owners under 40 years of age who exhibited outstanding performance for their companies within the last 12-18 months. The finalists were profiled in a special supplement of the Oct. 28th edition of the Washington Business Journal. 


The Washington Business Journal is owned and operated by American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers. American City Business Journals also includes Bizjournals, the new media division, which operates the Web sites for each of the company’s 41 print business journals. The Washington Business Journal has been Greater Washington’s leading source of business news and information for more than 20 years, providing over 150,000 business executives with comprehensive news on local people and their companies, as well as industry trends, tips and strategies and award-winning critical analysis. For more information, please visit

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