Enlightened Appoints Marie C. Johns To Advisory Board

Former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will enhance firm's foothold in the education and economic development areas

Dec 19, 2013, 09:15 ET from Enlightened, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enlightened, Inc., a leading Information Technology (IT) consulting firm delivering Cyber Security, Systems Integration, and Management Consulting solutions, announced today its appointment of Marie C. Johns to the firm's Advisory Board.  Ms. Johns has been a respected and devoted leader in business, civic and government services for more than 30 years, holding senior positions in the telecommunications industry, including serving as President of Verizon Washington.

Prior to her current position as founder and President of L&L Consulting, LLC, Ms. Johns served as the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. SBA.  She was responsible for management of the nearly $1 billion agency, and the development of many SBA programs and policies, including driving the effort to implement more than 60 provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.  Altogether, her legacy resulted in lending more than $30 billion to more than 60,000 small businesses – setting a record for the Administration. 

In addition to being founding Chair of the Washington, D.C. Technology Council, Johns has proudly served on the boards of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal City Council, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Economic Club of Washington, Leadership Greater Washington, and the International Women's Forum of Washington, D.C.

"I am delighted to join Enlightened's Board of Advisors," said Ms. Johns.  "I have known Antwanye Ford and Andre Rogers for nearly 10 years, and I have been consistently impressed by their vision, business acumen and community service.  I look forward to lending my expertise to the team as the company continues to build on its record of financial growth, job creation and outstanding customer service."

"Enlightened is thrilled and humbled to welcome Ms. Johns to our Advisory Board," said Antwanye Ford, President &CEO of Enlightened.  "Marie is a problem solver who is full of solutions.  Marie understands that relationships with small businesses are the engine for Enlightened.  She has the experience, knowledge and the skill needed to connect the dots and start that engine.  Ultimately, she will help Enlightened optimize our performance level, enhance our relationships and increase our ability to provide our clients with quality solutions to the challenges they face."

About Enlightened
Enlightened is an award winning company that provides Cyber Security, IT and management solutions to resolve complex business matters for federal, state, and local government agencies. Enlightened holds GSA IT-70 and MOBIS schedule contracts, and is certified as a HUBZone and Small Business by the Small Business Administration. For more information please visit www.enlightened.com

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