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Robert L. Wallace, President and CEO of BITHGROUP Technologies, was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame

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On April 25, 2017, Robert L. Wallace, President and CEO of BITHGROUP Technologies, was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame. This accomplishment recognizes the pioneering individuals that have overcome adversity and led successful ventures, paving the way for the next generation of minority business leaders. The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., The University of Washington Foster School of Business, and other corporate sponsors, honored Dr. Wallace at an awards dinner held on April 25th at the Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center in the Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

"One of the goals of the MBHF&M has been to hold an induction ceremony at one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities," said John F. Robinson, president & CEO of the MBHF&M. "The Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center (EDAC) at Morgan State University is such a venue for us to realize this ambition. We are indebted to Omar Muhammad for being our host to honor these outstanding trailblazers and pioneers."

Robert L. Wallace graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.  He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  He has founded three companies: BITHGROUP Technologies, Bithenergy, and EntreTeach Learning Systems. Robert L. Wallace is an accomplished engineer, entrepreneur, author, business consultant, and internationally known keynote speaker. He also serves on numerous boards and commissions.

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BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy host Advance Placement Environmental Science Students on a Renewable Energy Field Trip to Chimes International of Baltimore and Nixon’s Farms in Howard County

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. and Bithenergy, Inc. hosted thirty-five students and two teachers from the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science on a full day field trip to learn more about Maryland’s robust solar industry. 

Starting out in West Baltimore at Chimes International, an organization that supports people with disabilities and special needs, the students had the opportunity to tour a completed solar panel installation.  This installation consists of three roof-mount solar installations (225KW), an onsite solar ground array (700 KW), as well as an energy monitoring system that tracks energy usage, visible in the Chimes lobby.  At Chimes, the students also had the opportunity to meet with the President of Chimes, Mr. Terence Blackwell, and they learned more about Chimes and the impact of this renewable energy project. 

Later the students visited the Nixon’s Farm installation in Howard County, where they observed and discussed larger solar installations and their impact on the community and environment.  This installation includes a 1.5 MW Ground Mount Solar array that provides energy to Chimes and a 2 MW Ground Mount array that provides power to the Columbia Association of Howard County. 

The field trip concluded with an industry overview and company specific presentation in an office environment which exposed the students to the many career opportunities and other facets in the industry.  The students learned about Energy Audits, Commissioning, LEED Certifications, Power Purchase Agreements, Solar Renewable Energy Projects and Renewable Energy Project Financing.  The students also engaged in discussion with Bithenergy staff about how we can all change our behaviors at home to be more environmentally responsible. 

Finally, the students learned about how various engineering disciplines, such as chemical, electrical, civil, mechanical, environmental, mathematical and business areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, can all be utilized to work in an industry in which they can build a strong career while also engaging in improving the environment.  The students asked insightful questions and demonstrated a strong foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math. 

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BITHGROUP Technologies Employees Work Diligently to Assist the Maryland State Department of Education’s to Reach a Major Milestone

A major milestone was reached within the Maryland State Department of Education.  The Child Care Public portal was opened for the first time to Parents and Providers.  This portal allows Parents to apply and submit child care applications online and upload various documentation as needed.  The portal also allows for those Providers that watch the children to apply for and update licenses and submit child care invoice amid a whole host of other options.  This major task was completed with the assistance of BITHGROUP staff that performed Quality Assurance and User Acceptance Testing. 

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Bithenergy and BITHGROUP team give back to the community

On October 27th members of the BITH team volunteered at Moveable Feast, an organization that provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions.

Our team happily stepped forward and will definately do it again. BITHGROUP Technologies VP, Harry Holt commented, "It was a blast, a lot of fun. It really felt great to give back to the community - especially an organization as well respected and known for their charity."

Moveable Feast is always seeking new volunteers and donations, feel free to view their website below for more information!

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BITHGROUP's Executive Vice President of Operations wins top 100 MBE Award

Harry Holt, surrounded by members of the BITHGROUP team

Harry Holt, surrounded by members of the BITHGROUP team

Harry Holt, BITHGROUP's VP of Operations was presented the MBE Top 100 award on Saturday, September 30th.  

The Top 100 MBE awards were created to recognize those enterprising minority entrepreneurs that fuel the region’s economy through their innovation, sacrifices and dedication. These business owners are living their dreams and making significant contributions to their clients, professions, industries and communities.

These incredible men and women achieved the American dream of business ownership despite the obstacles in their path. Their stories are real and their contributions are inspiring.

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WMATA Awards IDIQ Contract to BITHGROUP Technologies as part of a Team to provide Information Technology Support Services

July 2016- BITHGROUP Technologies is on a team that was awarded a contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA).  This contract provides the opportunity to bid on IT projects in the Network and Communications and Information Technology Security arena.  The contract begins this summer and has the potential for several optional years.


BITHGROUP Technologies will provide senior network engineering and information technology security personnel to work on the WMATA IT infrastructure.  In addition, there is the opportunity to provide senior helpdesk technicians and infrastructure project managers on this project.


“We are proud to be selected by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) to have the opportunity to assist WMATA with such important information technology services.  We are proud to be able to continue to provide services to WMATA as we recently also assisted with the implementation of their Oracle Service Cloud Social Media solution,” stated BITHGROUP’s CEO Robert Wallace.  “We look forward to working with the team to provide support to WMATA in the critical infrastructure throughout their system.” 

 

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Robert L. Wallace wins the "Unsung Hero Award" at the Small Business Association's Award Ceremony

On June 15, 2016 Dr. Robert L. Wallace was awarded the "Unsung Hero Award" at Small Business Association's Award Ceremony Luncheon. He received the award due to his unique approach to addressing economic hardships that loomed ahead of BITHGROUP Technologies during the crash of 2008. Wallace was able to shift focus to new ventures, rather than lay off employees. This dynamic idea gave birth to Bithenergy, now one of Baltimore's leading Renewable Energy Companies. Below is an excerpt from the letter to the Small Business Association, nominating Wallace for the award. 

Since I began my tenure in 2004 I have watched Mr. Wallace lead our company and other small business leaders through many storms. Wallace is consistently ahead of the curve.  In difficult times when other small businesses faith is failing he has a knack for knowing the precise moment to turn the corner and point our company into a new and exciting direction.  He calls it a “pivot point”. 

When the U.S. economy began to spiral fear struck a lot of small businesses. Our phones began to ring off the hook from small business owners seeking wisdom and guidance from Mr. Wallace.  Robert encouraged each and every business owner to ride out the storm.  He inspired them to find their niche, stay focused, and operate in excellence. Our company was not exempt.  We were faced with some of the same issues as the other small businesses, however, Robert pivoted and introduced new lines of business in the areas of energy and biometrics to our team.   Both areas of business proved to be very lucrative not only for our company but for the community in the area of job creation.  

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BITHGROUP Founder and CEO, Robert L. Wallace receives the Joseph S. Tyler, Jr. Award

On Friday, June 3, 2016, Founder and Chief Operating Officer Robert L. Wallace of BITHGROUP Technologies received the Joseph Tyler Award from the National Technical Association in recognition for his lifelong contributions to expanding the opportunities of minorities and minority youth in the technology arena. Dr. Wallace also delivered the key note speech entitle" Preparing our Youth for Technological Global Economy" which focused on informing youth how they can better prepare themselves to leverage technology and the entrepreneurial spirit to participate in the global economy.  BITHGROUP actively works with minority youth annually through sponsoring internships to high school and collegiate students. 

The National Technical Association, Inc. was established in 1926.  Its purpose was to create a medium for expressing minority professional concerns for the lack of minority participation in the mainstream of architectural and engineering activity in America.

Today this goal has not changed, but has expanded to include a major concern for the participation of minority youth in meeting the challenge of modern technology.  Also for youth who have dropped from the challenge, NTA encourages them to seek allied programs to suit their interest and needs.

NTA architectural, engineering and scientific membership volunteers its services nationally to assist public institutions in identifying potential minority technical talent.  Public Institutions where the service is encouraged includes high schools, colleges and in the recent past, penal institutions.  NTA has spent the ensuing years gaining nation attention through its programs of encouragement to students and professionals alike.  The organization has enlarged its goals beyond just gaining economic recognition to include making minority youth aware of the opportunities being made available to them.

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Dr. Robert Wallace is inducted into BWCC's Business Hall of Fame

Dr. Robert Wallace is inducted into Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame. His induction, celebrated  during the BWCC’s Annual Meeting in Linthicum, Maryland May 11, 2016,  received a standing ovation. 

The keynote speaker,  Christopher Crane, President and CEO of the Exelon Corporation provided an outlook on the market sector and Exelon’s initiatives.   Additional speakers include Freeman Hrabowski and Ronald R. Peterson.  Other award recipients are Major F. Riddick, Jr.  and The Berman Family.

The meeting also featured a short video of CEO, Dr. Robert Wallace

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32nd Annual MD Small Business Week Awards

                                                                               32nd Annual MD Small Business Week Awards                                                                                                    Wednesday, June 15, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                               Martin's West                                                                                                       Woodlawn, Maryland   

                                                                               32nd Annual MD Small Business Week Awards

                                                                                                   Wednesday, June 15, 2016                                                                                                                      

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BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. Selected as one of The Top Technology Companies in Baltimore Business Journal’s Tech 10

April 21, 2016- BITHGROUP Technologies, a top IT services company, was selected as one of Baltimore Business Journal’s Tech 10 representing the top 10 leaders in the technology community of Baltimore.  BITHGROUP Technologies was chosen as one of the top technology companies in Baltimore due to the reason that they are the ones helping the city “move forward”. 

BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. is assisting Baltimore to stride toward the future with their broad range of IT services ranging from enterprise services, health information systems, energy management information systems identity services, and hardware/software sales.

Below is the link to the top 10 honorees for Baltimore Business Journal’s Tech 10.

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2016/04/18/here-are-the-honorees-for-the-bbjs-tech-10.html

About BITHGROUP Technologies
BITHGROUP Technologies is a leading IT services company with more than 24 years of experience working with local, state and federal government clients in developing IT solutions.  The company’s expertise includes enterprise services, health information systems, energy management information systems identity services and hardware/software sales. Please visit www.bithgroup.com for more information.

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Robert Wallace, Renowned Author and President of Bithgroup Technologies, presents at the Maryland-D.C. Economic Summit, an event organized by The President’s Roundtable

March 31, 2016- Robert Wallace served as a presenter at the Maryland-D.C. Economic Summit hosted by the President’s Roundtable.  The session took place on Thursday, March 31st from 11:00 to 2:00 pm at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in downtown Baltimore.  Mr. Wallace presented his formula for wealth creation, particularly as it relates to the African-American community, and how the achievement of many individuals drives the economic power of communities.  Mr. Wallace went on to say that wealth creation is no mystery, it comes from personal achievement.  He states: “To be a successful entrepreneur you must harness material resources, adopt technology, apply your intelligence and control resistance.   Resistance is both external and internal….External resistance is marketplace competition. Internal resistance is the siren of self-doubt that can keep African Americans from closing the yawning wealth gap between blacks and whites.” 

Robert Wallace is a renowned author and speaker who has written published five books all focused on wealth creation and wealth building.  Several of his book specifically focus on how blacks can build and sustain wealth. Black Wealth through Black Entrepreneurship, Black Wealth Your Road to Small Business Success, Soul Food 52 Principles for Black Entrepreneurial Success, Strategic Partnerships an Entrepreneur’s Guide to Joint ventures and Alliances and The Ssese principles Guidelines for Creating Wealth through Faith. 

About Bithgroup
Bithgroup Technologies is a leading IT services company with more than 24 years of experience working with local, state and federal government clients in developing IT solutions.  The company’s expertise includes enterprise services, health information systems, energy management information systems identity services and hardware/software sales. Please visit www. bithgroup.com for more information.

 

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Bithgroup Technologies Attends the 30th BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in Philadelphia, PA

February 18, 2016- Bithgroup Technologies, a top IT services company, attends the 30th Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYE) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in Philadelphia, PA.  The company’s President and CEO, Mr. Robert L. Wallace was a panelist in a seminar entitled “A True Commitment to Sustainability: The Relevance of Green Business Initiatives.”   Vice President of Operations, Harry Holt, also attended and brought two high school-aged STEM students to participate in their first BEYA Conference. 

“We are proud to participate in the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference and to take this opportunity to expose two young technologists of tomorrow to BEYA.  We believe it is extremely important to keep the pipeline of scientist and engineers filled with young aspiring technologist of tomorrow.  Bithgroup Technologies has an annual summer internship program that exposes both high school and college aged students to our company.  The students learn about the products and the services we provide while also gaining some hands-on project-related experiences.  We also have the students participate in community service and some type of cultural enrichment experience during the tenure of their summer internship.

 

About Bithenergy Technologies
Bithgroup Technologies is a leading IT services company With more than 24 years of experience working with local, state and federal government clients in developing IT solutions.  The company’s expertise includes enterprise services, health information systems, energy management information systems identity services and hardware/software sales. Please visit www. Bithgroup.com for more information.

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How I Made the Pivot to Renewable Energy

Robert L. Wallace isn’t afraid of the pivot.

The founder and CEO of Bithgroup Technologies thought it was time to pivot into the renewable energy industry in 2009. Six years later, BITHENERGY is a fast-growing company involved in some high-profile solar energy projects in Maryland and across the country.

Wallace, 59, also does consulting and business education. He took some time at his company’s Mount Vernon headquarters to talk about his businesses, the rapid growth of solar energy, and the success of his pivot.

What can you tell us about your different companies? They’re separate companies. They’re all under the Bithgroup umbrella. You have BITHGROUP Technologies, which is IT, BITHENERGY which is renewable energy and energy management systems, and then you have consulting, the EntreTeach Learning Systems arm, which is more of an executive-coaching kind of company.

How did you build those different businesses? I’m an engineer by degree and background. I was with IBM for many years, Procter & Gamble, DuPont. Done the whole corporate thing. About 20 years ago, I started an IT company, Bithgroup Technologies.

What about the energy business? About six years ago I started another company called Bithenergy that does a lot of solar and wind work. What people don’t know is when I was studying engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, my area of research was solar energy. This is back in the 70s. The only problem was, when I got my degree, you couldn’t find a job in renewable energy. In 2007, 2008, we saw an opportunity now that the nation was ready to invest in new technology, particularly renewable energy technology. So right now we design and we build large-scale solar projects and do some smaller wind projects.

How did you get from an IT company to putting up solar panels? When we pivot, one thing we look at very closely is how risky or difficult will that pivot be? And one way to minimize risk or difficulty is to make it a shorter leap. Our first leap was into energy management information systems. Why? Because that’s what we do in the IT business. We manipulate data. A bit is a bit. A byte is a byte. Once we got that beachhead in the energy sector, we looked at where else we could penetrate that would be less risky. The next logical one was solar energy.

Will readers recognize any of your projects? In Howard County we have the largest solar array in the county. It’s a 10-megawatt plant. We said, versus doing one big 10-megawatt plant, let’s build five 2-megawatt plants. When we do it that way, I can bring in different customers.

What’s changed in solar energy over the past six years? The technology has accelerated. What used to cost me a dollar to build five years ago, six years ago, now costs me 20 cents to build. Efficiency has improved. What was maybe 40 percent efficiency, we’re now talking 60-70 percent.

Does that help you compete even as oil prices are low? We were concerned about fracking and the impact that would have [on energy prices]. But I can tell you, the hockey stick analogy — where you hit an inflection point and then growth becomes exponential — I believe in this industry we are either at that inflection point or close to it. And because of that, I believe even with fracking, even with the global price of oil being depressed, I believe we’re beyond the point of return.

What challenges did you have starting up in solar? When we started in this business, we spent a lot of effort and resources educating people, especially banks. We’d have a zillion meetings, no money. They were interested, but because it was new, they didn’t understand it. I began dealing with private equity investors. These were men and women who were quick, who could read the market pretty fast, and they got it. And I tell you who also got it: the utility companies. Utility companies have requirements to start producing more power from renewable energy sources.

What else are you doing that excites you? President Obama said, "I want my military bases around the world to diversify the sources of power generation they use to renewables." The government put out an RFP to do that. We bid on that contract. We won as a sub to a big company, and we won as a prime to a small busines. The other thing that’s significant is we’ve built a number of solar plants on landfills and brownfields. Right now we’ve estimated there’s about 5,000 or so landfills, brownfields in the U.S. What would happen if we put solar in all of those places Landfills have no other use b esides solar. It’s pretty exciting.

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