BEYA 2019 honoree spotlight: George Boone
The 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 7-9. The conference is an annual opportunity for professional training and networking with some of the top engineering employers, as well as a career fair for students seeking professions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). At this year's conference, 10 distinguished Leidos employees will be recognized for their career achievements. Each week leading up to BEYA, we'll profile two of our honorees here on Insights.
George Boone began his career serving as a Signal Support System Specialist/Information Services Technician in the United States Army. Following eight years of dedicated service he transitioned to the private sector, ultimately landing on his current contract in 2013 serving the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as a global video services technician. George worked his way up the ladder to become the Unified Communications (UC) Engineering Manager in 2016, where he provides exceptional guidance and leadership to a team of more than 90 employees, located globally across three theaters and seven primary locations, providing operations engineering, integration, implementation, maintenance and sustainment support for a wide range of highly technical Department of Defense DISA enterprise voice, video, data, and mobile collaboration services.
George’s superb UC technical knowledge and management skills are key to supporting DISA and shaping the future of engineering and the UC technology area within critical warfighter environments. His unmatched work ethic, drive for efficiency and effectiveness, and implementation of proactive performance management ensure the best possible application performance and an excellent user experience are achieved for the customer. George is dedicated to broadening his foundational technical knowledge while exploring emerging technologies. He has overseen a considerable growth in the size, complexity, and capability scope of each service his team supports, while also identifying and capitalizing on substantial growth opportunities. His work and leadership have yielded significant on-contract growth via the addition of four new enterprise service capabilities to the task order.
One of George’s most valuable assets is his ability to mentor employees and guide their careers. His daily activities include working with his junior team leads on customer issues, how to respond to difficult situations, customer engagement, technical write-ups for after-action reports, and how to work through employee issues. He is a technically savvy and caring manager who knows what the customer’s mission is and how to achieve exceptional performance, all while shaping the future for engineering and technology.
In recognition of his exceptional professional accomplishments, George will be honored with a Modern-Day Technology Leaders award at the 33rd annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference.