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October 18, 2013

Joseph D. Polk Recognized As Top 100 MBE® Award Winner

Lanham, Maryland (18 October 2013)– Joseph D. Polk, President & CEO of Vantage Systems, Inc.,has been selected to receive the distinguished 2013 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award.  The Top 100 MBE® ceremony is designed to acknowledge and pay tribute to outstanding women and minority business owners in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.  The Top 100 MBE® Award is given to enterprising women and 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.  Mr. Polk currently resides in Bowie, MD and is a 35-year resident of Prince George’s County.

The awards ceremony is scheduled during Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Week, on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the War Memorial located at 101 Gay Street in downtown Baltimore. 

 “I am both humbled and excited to receive an award as one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s Top 100 MBEs,” said Mr. Polk. “My family, my colleagues at Vantage, our clients, and my counterparts within the community have been a tremendous influence and help throughout my career, but above all a strong belief in business integrity has been the cornerstone of my success.  I am grateful to Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and the selection committee for this great honor.”

Vantage Systems, Inc. (Vantage) is a 20-year veteran of the aerospace industry providing multi-disciplinary engineering services primarily to NASA. Its corporate headquarters are located in Lanham, Maryland. Vantage has progressively grown from an SBA 8(a) company to a formidable competitor in the small business market.  Vantage is an SBA-approved Small Disadvantaged Business with government- and NASA-compliant business, technical, contractual and programmatic systems. Vantage employs approximately 150 employees in support of NASA’s premier missions at Goddard Space flight Center (Greenbelt, Maryland), and at the Wallops Flight Facility (Wallops Island, Virginia). Vantage also has over 200 employees supporting NASA’s Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio) through a joint venture company of which Vantage is the managing partner.

This year’s ceremony host organizations are the City of Baltimore; Caesars Entertainment and Horseshow Casino-Baltimore; BGE; Southwest Airlines; University of Maryland University College;  and greiBO media.     

“The winners of this year’s Top 100 MBE Award exemplify excellence and stability,” said Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore.  “Joseph Polk represents the goals and aspirations of many entrepreneurs across the mid-Atlantic region.”

For more information about Vantage Systems, Inc., please visit or call 301-459-6007