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Columbus Founder and CEO honored by Ernst & Young
Oct 19, 2011 (03:10 PM EDT)


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc., announced that Ajay Handa, the Founder and the CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Greater Los Angeles Award in the services category. This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Ajay was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 21st.  The article was featured in Los Angeles Business Journal.

Ajay has been nominated for the 2011 National Award, the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.  Past award winners include Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., and Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc. 

Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc., is a 8(a), SBA certified Small Disadvantaged Business, headquartered in El Segundo, California with locations throughout the country.  Columbus is ranked 20 in 2011 Top 25 8(a) Prime Contractors by Washingtonian Technology.  Columbus is also featured in the SBA 100 that features one hundred businesses that have created at least 100 jobs since receiving SBA assistance.

Columbus is a premier Information Technology, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Scientific solutions company addressing critical research and technology issues for NASA, FAA, HHS, DoD, and commercial customers.  Columbus staff scientists, engineers, and IT professionals support NASA's mission-critical systems including engineering, implementation and operation of both software and hardware systems, mission planning and logistics, instrument design and science data analysis.  Columbus was recently awarded the $250M Software Engineering Support contract for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  Software engineering is increasingly critical to the success of NASA's exploration vision.  Columbus employees work closely with AETD's Software Engineering Division staff to design and implement state-of-the-art software and IT solutions for flight and ground systems in the development and test labs, simulation facilities, and integration centers.  Columbus opened the Greenbelt, MD office to support NASA Goddard and the Atlantic City, NJ office to support FAA Hughes Technical Center. 


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