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Arria Hines

Arria Hines

Alumni Spotlight: Arria Hines

June 28, 2011

Allegheny Science & Technology Corp. of Weston, W.Va., has joined forces with a KeyLogic of Morgantown under a special mentor/protégé agreement sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program.

Arria Hines, who received an EMBA degree from the College of Business and Economics in 2010, is Allegheny's president and CEO. She said the agreement will allow her firm to tap into resources of a more established firm.

"This is a win-win situation where a larger, older, established company will help provide resources we don't have," Hines said. "For example, KeyLogic will help us with business proposals to the government. This agreement will provide Allegheny with an outstanding opportunity to enhance and expand our capabilities, and we believe it will be valuable for all parties, including our valued customers and clients."

Jon Hammock is president and CEO of KeyLogic, which has a staff of nearly 140 with offices also in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. He said he is happy to be working with Allegheny.

"KeyLogic is excited to be in a mentor-protégé relationship with a company such as Allegheny that brings exceptional capabilities and skills to the partnership," he said. "The combined experience and resources of the two companies brings large business capabilities with small business values to our clients."

In March, Allegheny signed a $10 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. In May, the company announced a $4 million Army Research Laboratory contract.

Hines, who graduated from Lewis County High School and earned a degree in accounting from West Virginia Wesleyan College, said her company has grown to a staff of 15 and now has an office in Idaho and one in Florida. The company's first contracts were with the NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont, W.Va., which tests software for mission safety assurance. Her company focuses on program management, software engineering, engineering services, e-learning and business intelligence.

She said the economic crisis of the past two years has delayed government contracts but that the future looks brighter. "Contracts had been pushed back from three to six months, but things are coming on line now, and it's looking more positive."

The Small Business Administration's 8(a) program helps socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain a foothold in government contracting. Divided into two phases over nine years, certified companies advance from a four-year development stage to a five-year transitional stage. The program provides access to sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling $3.5 million for goods and services and $5.5 million for manufacturing.