Blake Willson Group Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Re-Certification

ARLINGTON, VA, April 27, 2020 – Blake Willson Group, LLC, is proud to announce our annual ISO 9001:2015 certification renewal.

ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized quality management standard and helps businesses and organizations meet the expectations and needs of their customers. As part of the ISO 9001:2015 certification process, Blake Willson Group engaged in a rigorous audit of our business processes and quality management system. This annual audit is performed to ensure the system and processes in place at Blake Willson Group concerning quality management are operating to the highest degree in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 best practices and principles.

This certification further strengthens our commitment to provide top-tier services to our clients. Blake Willson Group will always strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and our team members. As our business continues to grow, our company remains committed to bringing high-quality services to clients in the months and years to come.

BWG is a Corporate Partner of AGA and ASMC

ARLINGTON, VA, March 17, 2020 – Blake Willson Group is a Corporate Partner with the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC).

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) is the premier association in advancing government accountability and serves government accountability professionals by providing quality education, fostering professional development and certification, and supporting standards and research to advance government accountability. As an AGA Corporate Partner, Blake Willson Group participates in research studies and publications which promote innovative government financial management practices.

American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) is the non-profit educational and professional organization for both military and civilian personnel involved in the overall field of military comptrollership. ASMC promotes the education and training of its members and supports the development and advancement of the profession of military comptrollership. As an ASMC Corporate Partner, Blake Willson Group participates in professional programs that keep members abreast of current issues and encourages the exchange of information, techniques, and approaches.

Thinking about joining the BWG Team? An Inside Look at Recruitment & Onboarding

An inside look at Blake Willson Group’s recruiting, onboarding, and overall experience to provide insight on joining the BWG team.

Dear Job Seeker:

Not too long ago, I was in your shoes. Sitting in front of a computer, researching various companies and assessing what my next career move would be.

 

I know what you are going through, you visit company websites, LinkedIn and Glassdoor profiles, and try to envision what it would be like to join their teams. For me, I wanted to join a company committed to excellence while operating with the highest level of ethical standards. Like many, I not only want to work a rewarding job, but I want to positively impact my community and others. I found exactly that with Blake Willson Group (BWG).

While you may have other reasons for looking into employment with BWG, personally, the company values drew me in, but my positive interactions with the team sealed the deal.

Across the board, Blake Willson Group leadership is an innovative force that consistently thinks outside of the box and puts employee satisfaction at the forefront. If your experience is anything like mine, you may have already noticed this with their recruitment efforts. Blake Willson Group’s efforts to reach out to top-tier talent is modern in its approach; this is a company that recognizes the digitally connected world we live in today and the value of the social network.

The level of efficiency at which the leadership team operated during my recruitment process left me impressed and simultaneously excited about joining a company with a strong team-based culture and a fast-paced atmosphere in which I already felt valued and encouraged to be successful.

From my first interaction with leadership, to my first day on the job and beyond, I have felt nothing but support and encouragement from all members of the team. Regardless of the role you may be considering with Blake Willson Group, you can be sure to expect an emphasis on collaboration, a high standard of respect, a safe communication environment focused on anyone providing the best idea(s), and empowerment to be successful.

 

At Blake Willson Group, you will feel valued, you will feel supported, and you will feel included.

 

For more information, go to www.blakewillsongroup.com or reach directly out to anyone below:

BWG Supports the American Heart Association at 2020 Heart Ball

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2020 – SERVANT LEADERSHIP: A value that Blake Willson Group (BWG) was founded on and one that is critically important now as the world faces the COVID-19 crisis. BWG has been focused on supporting its team members as we all navigate unchartered territory with COVID-19 but also know it’s important to continue serving the community as best we can. As supporters of the American Heart Association since 2014, the leadership of BWG is committed to serving an organization whose mission is to fight heart disease and stroke and save lives. Even now, a healthy heart is critical to avoid underlying health conditions in the face of COVID-19.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the American Heart Association hosted its annual Heart Ball at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This event celebrates efforts to build a foundation of health in our community and ensure everyone lives a longer, healthier life. Whitney Blake (pictured on the second row, third from the left) served as this year’s Auction Committee Co-Chair and worked tirelessly to secure live and silent auction items. These items were vital in helping to raise $1.4 million dollars that evening.

Thank you for your work to change the lives of those affected by heart disease, Whitney!

During the coronavirus pandemic, we encourage you to stay informed, especially those who have heart disease or have survived a stroke. Please visit the American Heart Association’s website for more information and resources.

https://www.heart.org/en/about-us/coronavirus-covid-19-resources

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the Inc. 5000

Blake Willson Group, LLC Ranks No. 793 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 542 Percent

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Blake Willson Group, LLC is No. 793 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“Blake Willson Group is honored to be named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list. Being ranked on the same list as some of the country’s most successful and innovative companies, is a testament to how great of a team we have at Blake Willson Group. We share this achievement with all those who have helped us reach this important milestone,” said RJ Blake, the founder and President & CEO.

Drew Griffin, Sr. Vice President added, “Despite inherent challenges faced by all start-up small businesses, we are proud to see substantial revenue growth year over year since 2014. We believe this is attributed to our steadfast commitment to the firm’s core values and our team members that share in those values, most importantly servant leadership. “

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

Blake Willson Group, LLC Granted ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Arlington, VA., May 7 , 2019– Blake Willson Group, LLC (BWG) is pleased to announce it has been granted International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification by QAS International, Certificate No. US4416.

ISO 9001:2015 is an international quality management standard that requires a company to a) demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

RJ Blake, President & CEO of BWG, said “We have always placed an emphasis on quality in all things we do; from internal business processes, to the quality of work we provide our clients, we have and will always commit to exercising quality management practices in our business. This certification demonstrates that commitment to our clients and a willingness to continually improve in our efforts to provide top-tier professional services support.”

Drew Griffin, the company’s Sr. Vice President echoed Mr. Blake stating, “BWG is pleased we can now officially showcase that our claims about the quality of our business processes and client service delivery have passed ISO scrutiny. This reaffirms BWG’s commitment to constantly search for and adopt best practices in delivering top quality services to our clients.”

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with a company representative, please call 703-552-4541 or email admin@blakewillsongroup.com.

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Blake Willson Group Receives 8(a) certification from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Arlington, VA., December 1, 2018– Blake Willson Group, LLC (BWG), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), has received 8(a) certification from the Small Business Administration (SBA) which it will hold until November 29, 2027. BWG expects participation in the 8(a) Business Development Program will expand its ability to provide outstanding professional services solutions to federal and state customers alike.

8(a) Program eligibility is limited to small businesses “unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of and residing in the United States” that demonstrate “potential for success.” The 8(a) Business Development program assists small, disadvantaged businesses in gaining access to government contracting. The program consists of a 4-year developmental stage, and a 5-year transition stage. Companies are subject to annual reviews and systematic evaluation from the SBA district office throughout the program.

The SBA 8(a) Business Development program will allow BWG to pursue sole source federal and state government projects (up to $4 million per contract) and compete for set aside contracts open only to those with these small business certifications. According the Congressional Research Service, in FY2017, 3,421 8(a) firms were awarded more than $27.1 billion in federal contracts, including $8.0 billion in 8(a) set- aside awards and $8.4 billion in 8(a) sole-source awards.

RJ Blake, President & CEO of BWG, was pleased to announce the new designation to the BWG team, stating: “We are excited about the future and how this opportunity will help us grow our business. Our team of talented professionals have worked tirelessly over the years developing a positive reputation for excellence within the federal government. Inclusion in the 8(a) Business Development program is the next step in our journey to providing best value to our government customers and providing career growth opportunities for our team members.”

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with RJ Blake, please call 703-552-4541 or email admin@blakewillsongroup.com.

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Blake Willson Group, LLC Awarded GSA Professional Services Schedule

Arlington, VA., April 1, 2018– Blake Willson Group, LLC (BWG), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Certified Public Accounting (CPA) is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded the U.S. General Service Administration’s (GSA) Professional Services Schedule contract for government services. This five-year contract allows BWG to provide products and services to local, state and federal buyers.

BWG will work directly with government agencies to provide services and solutions under this schedule, which includes the 520-11 and 520-13 Special Item Numbers (SINs) for accounting and financial management.

RJ Blake, President & CEO of BWG, said “This award is a testament to our experience and the level of trust developed as a service provider. We are excited about the new ways we will be able to provide excellent service and value to federal, state, and local buyers.”

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with RJ Blake, please call 703-552-4541 or email admin@blakewillsongroup.com.

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Blake Willson Group Proud to Announce President & CEO, RJ Blake, as 40 under 40 Honoree

Arlington, Virginia – Blake Willson Group is proud to announce that RJ Blake is a recipient of the 2017 40 Under 40 award, presented by Leadership Center for Excellence. RJ Blake and other honorees, will be recognized for the positive leadership impact they make personally and/or professionally at a luncheon on Friday, November 30, 2017 from 11:30am until 1:30pm at Army Navy Country Club.

The 40 Under 40 event honors forty trailblazers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the personal or professional spheres and who are devoted to making positive change within our community. This event was an opportunity to support and recognize these leaders, and the Leadership Center for Excellence hopes that they will further create valuable social capital for this region. Click here to view the list of honorees.

RJ Blake was chosen because of his personal and professional success story; rising from a disadvantaged childhood to becoming the first in his family to graduate college, serve in leadership capacities in the U.S. Army, including deployment to Afghanistan, and start and run a successful CPA firm in the Washington DC area. Mr. Blake serves as a volunteer with American Corporate Partnership (ACP) to mentor transitioning veterans in their pursuit of education, employment, and entrepreneurship. In addition, Mr. Blake and leadership at Blake Willson Group, heavily support the American Heart Association in their efforts to fight heart disease and stroke.

“We are so proud of RJ Blake on this wonderful honor,” said Drew Griffin, Vice President of Blake Willson Group. “His tireless work ethic and servant-leader qualities better our company, the employees, and the community.”

Drew Griffin, Vice President of BWG Shared His Personal Story at the 2017 East Carolina University Business Leadership Conference

April 11, 2017 – Hendrix Theatre (Greenville, NC)

East Carolina University (ECU) hosted their annual Business Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 where over thirty (30) business leaders from across the United States [some ECU graduates] volunteered to help students understand the realities of the business world in a professional conference environment.

Dr. Stan Eakins, Dean of the ECU College of Business, said, “The conference is a tremendous event that inspires and informs our students, and the presenters touch lives in ways they can’t imagine. ECU is known as the Leadership University, and this event shows how the College of Business is determined to lead in the development of tomorrow’s business leaders.”

 Drew Griffin, Vice President of BWG asked students to think back to middle school geography class and visualize where Washington, DC is located on the U.S. map. He stated, “just like there are countless paths to Washington, DC via car, plane, train, bus or even boat; there are equally that many paths to personal success. So, do not let someone else’s version of success or their risk factors solely determine your path in life. Consider other’s advice but remember, regret feels way worse than failure.”

Mr. Griffin then shifted to describing the two most formative moments in his adult life; inflection points as he described them: 1) his father passing away and 2) being dismissed from ECU’s Graduate School for poor grades, on top of losing his job. Like most people who undergo traumatic situations, those days were stressful and especially difficult to handle. Mr. Griffin explained these events forced him to decide between using those unfortunate events as a crutch for not reaching his full potential or motivators to drive him. He chose the latter and encouraged attendees to do the same for any traumatic situations in their own lives.

Drew emphasized worrying only about our own effort and spending dedicated time reflecting on our actions for improvement. Nothing else matters. He encouraged attendees to act now, be patient and stay optimistic. Success will come! Mr. Griffin closed with the following:

  1. Maintain a High, Consistent Failure Rate. If you are not failing on a consistent basis, be it personally or professionally, you are not putting yourself out there enough to experience the unique success you desire. Persistence is the key!
  2. Commit to Uncommon Actions. Look for ways to stand out above the crowd – show people they are worth your inconvenience. Look for opportunities to go the extra mile, it will serve you well because the extra mile is not well traveled.
  3. Listen to Understand, Not Just to Respond. When people talk, actively listen for cues to show you are listening; rephrase their statements to show you understand their point and do not interrupt. Do not participate in verbal boxing where each person essentially bobs and weaves during the conversation to get a word in.
  4. Be a Servant-Leader. Take ECU’s motto “servire” seriously. Help others before yourself. Identify and meet the needs of colleagues, customers, and communities.

For more information on the ECU Business Leadership Conference, please contact: Steve Myzsak at myszaks@ecu.edu.

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