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June 17, 2016

GESS-3 Contract - NASA Silver Snoopy Award Winners

Vantage Partners, LLC (Vantage) congratulates GESS-3 and Vantage employees Liz Gray and Ross Miller for receiving the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award. In recognition of their outstanding contributions to NASA’s mission success they were presented with the Silver Snoopy Award by Astronaut Doug Wheelock at a ceremony at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) on May 16th.

Pictured: Left to Right – Dr. Lynn A. Capadona (nominator), Chief, GRC Science and Space Technology Systems Branch; Liz Gray; and Ross Miller.

Liz received the award for continued and sustained integration efforts on the Spacecraft Fire Safety (SFS) Demonstration Project and its three payloads with the International Space Station (ISS) Program.  For constant innovation in working with the ISS Program to streamline processes for payload requirements and verifications that minimized project complexity and risk, and for redefining the common launch Interface Requirements Document approach for launch vehicle specific ISS payloads.

Ross received the award for continued and sustained integration efforts on the Spacecraft Fire Safety (SFS) Demonstration Project and its three payloads with Orbital ATK and the Cygnus vehicle.  For innovative excellence in defining custom interfaces, creating new integration processes for International Space Station (ISS) payloads into Cygnus, and developing a one-of-a-kind ground test demonstration to reduce project and program risk.

We also acknowledge prior GESS-3 Silver Snoopy award winners Shane Showers (Vantage, 2013), Dwayne Kiefer (Vantage, 2013), Chris Fulton (ZIN, 2014), and Eric Baker (Connecticut Reserve Technologies, 2013).

The Silver Snoopy award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. Fewer than one percent of the aerospace program workforce receive it annually, making it a special honor to receive this award.

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February 1, 2016

Vantage Spreads Post-Holiday Cheer and Goodwill

Vantage Partners (VPL) held its post-holiday party on Saturday evening, January 30th in the ballroom at the Springvale Golf Course in North Olmsted, OH.  GESS-3 employees and their guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and a casino-themed evening with play money used to gamble at blackjack tables, craps tables and roulette wheels.  Attendees had the opportunity to win numerous gift baskets including a super-bowl party kit. There was also a caricature artist drawing portraits of the employees/guests throughout the evening. A great time was had by all.

In addition to the party festivities, non-perishable food items were collected to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.  GESS-3 employees generously donated over 617 pounds of items which Beth Arent (and her husband Tim) personally delivered to the Food Bank!  A 50/50 raffle was also held with proceeds going to the Cleveland Food Bank in the form of a monetary donation.

In December GESS-3 employees also participated in a Clothing Drive (organized by GESS-3 employee Alan Richard of ZIN Technologies) to benefit the Cleveland City Mission.  Donations completely filled the back of Mike Senchak’s truck with clothing donated from our employees.  VPL also contacted the Toys For Tots donation coordinator at NASA GRC and had a Toys-for-Tots donation box placed in our facility.  Once again, GESS-3 employees were extremely generous with their donations and we delivered an overflowing box of toys to NASA which was then given to Toys-for-Tots.

September 10, 2015

VPL receives SB Prime Contractor of the Year Award


The Glenn Research Center’s (GRC) 2015 Agency Honor and Center Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, August 14, 2015. During the ceremony Vantage Partners, LLC (VPL) was presented its award for GRC 2014 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year. The award was accepted by VPL President and CEO Joe Polk, and was presented by GRC Center Director Jim Free and Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, of the United States Coast Guard. Rear Admiral Midgette was this year’s guest speaker for the event.

September 4, 2015

NASA/GSFC Awards TIDES Contract

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has awarded the Technology and Integrated Discipline Engineering Services (TIDES) contract to Trident Vantage Systems, LLC (TVS). TVS is a joint venture between Vantage Systems and Trident, Inc. The 5 Year, $114M contract will provide engineering and related services to the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division at NASA Goddard for the formulation, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification and operations of guidance, navigation and control space flight and ground system hardware and software. For further information on the award click here to see the official NASA announcement:

TVS will start execution of the TIDES contract following a 45-day phase-in period.  Further information regarding phase-in and contract startup activities will be posted soon to the TVS website. Please look for updates at the TVS website:

August 30, 2015

Vantage Partners (VPL) gives back to Cleveland Community

Since starting execution of the GESS-3 contract in 2012 VPL has sought out ways to partner with the Glenn Research Center (GRC) and the Cleveland community to show our appreciation for NASA/GRC entrusting us with the execution of the Center’s premier engineering services contract. Some of the most recent activities VPL has supported are:

1.       Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation

VPL was an associate sponsor of the 4th Annual Northeast Ohio Sjogren’s Walkabout on May 30, 2015 at the Oak Grove Picnic Area in the Brecksville Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. The Sjogren’s Walkabout is a national event focused on increasing awareness about Sjogren’s while helping to raise money to support Sjogren’s research and education. The goal this year was to exceed the amount of $10,000 that was raised last year.

2.       Lewis Little Folks Golf Outing

On June 19, 2015 VPL participated in the NASA Glenn Research Center’s (GRC) Lewis Little Folks (LLF) 15th Annual Benefit Golf Outing.  LLF was organized in 1985 and is located on the grounds of GRC. It includes not only a daycare center, but also a comprehensive , full-day kindergarten, which is open to all GRC employees and support service contractors. Proceeds from this year’s event went toward replacement of aging toddler playground equipment which is expected to cost $15,000.  VPL has supported this event for the past 3 years. VPL employees supporting the event were Scott Lawyer, Barbara Wamsley, and Ray Kaliszewski.

Pictured (from left to right): Scott Lawyer, Barbara Wamsely, and Ray Kaliszewski

3.       INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference 2015

This year VPL is a sponsor of the INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC) 2015. The conference will be held October 23rd, 24th, and 25th at the Crowne Plaza South in Independence, Ohio.  This year’s conference is hosted by the local INCOSE group, the Cleveland-Northern Ohio chapter with participation from other Great Lakes chapters. Attendance at this event will include NASA GRC engineers and management as well as representatives from other industries and government agencies. VPL is a silver sponsor of this event. Click on the following link for more information on this event:

July 15, 2015

VPL Employee Organizes Charitable Bicycle Donation Effort at NASA GRC

On Wednesday, July 15, at the Hope Center in West Park, 40 bicycles previously and privately owned by NASA Glenn employees and contractors were distributed by Marilyn Groff (pictured far right) to Cleveland-area refugee families from Senegal, Bhutan, and Nepal. In addition to being fun for the children, these donated bikes are much appreciated and needed by the adults, as it provides them with a means of transportation to and from work. This is the third summer Glenn employees and contractors have donatedbicycles to this cause. Over 180 privately-owned bikes have been collected by Marilyn and given away so far.

May 27, 2015

Vantage Employee - Keynote speaker at GRC’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Event

Picture (left to right): Ben Ebihara, GRC Center Director Jim Free.

Vantage Partners (VPL) employee Ben Ebihara was the keynote speaker at the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance Event held on May 27, 2015 at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). The event was open to all GRC employees.  Mr. Ebihara gave a very educational, inspiring, and moving presentation to the attendees which included many of GRC’s top management, among them Center Director Jim Free.  Linda Glover, Director of GRC’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, presented Mr. Ebihara with a plaque in appreciation of his participation and outstanding support.

Ben is a NASA retiree and is currently employed by VPL as a Mechanical Engineer where he is providing support to the Superconducting Motor Components and Test Devices Project. Ben was born into a family of Japanese Americans in 1928 in the small town of Clovis, New Mexico. Ben’s journey is one from humble beginnings, through internment, military service, and finally an outstanding career at NASA GRC. Among his major contributions, Ben worked on the Apollo program and has received some of NASA’s most prestigious awards and honors. Ben’s inspiring speech reminded the audience of the issues that divided us during World War II and why they are relevant today.

May 13, 2015

GESS-3 Program Director to Receive NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

Eric Clemons, Vantage Partners (VPL) employee and Program Director of VPL’s GESS-3 contract at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) has been selected to receive the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal.  The NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal is one of the highest awards in the Agency and represents acknowledgement of significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose. This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to non-Government individuals for sustained performance that embodies multiple contributions on NASA projects, programs, or initiatives.

Official presentation of the award will be at a GRC awards presentation scheduled for August 14, 2015. Congratulations to Eric on achieving this great honor!


May 12, 2015

GRC Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

Vanatage Partners is pleased to announce its selection as the Glenn Research Center's Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year for FY 2014.  

When asked why Vantage Partners won this award, President and CEO Joe Polk replied,

"VPL is honored to win this award. We attribute our success to the following:

  • Effective leadership and employee commitment to customer and corporate goals.
  • Outstanding schedule and cost performance:
    • Technical work is always on schedule, ensuring that program milestones are met.
    • We achieved significant cost savings; we realized $2 million for the fiscal year.
    • Our documented contract underrun was 1 to 2 percent.
  • Effective reporting and communications: contract 533s and supplemental reports are always complete and on time (often early).
  • Responsiveness and cooperation.
  • Innovative solutions:
    • VPL’s culture drives us to work continuously to implement efficient and innovative solutions.
    • We coauthored Ohio’s first-ever space plan."


For more information, click on this link to the Small Business Office Program's website:

March 12, 2015

Vantage President & CEO Participates in NASA Industry Forum

Picture (from left to right): Glenn Delgado, John Mather, Joe Polk, and Administrator Charlie Bolden.

Vantage Systems President and CEO, Joe Polk participated as an invited guest in the third NASA Industry Forum (NIF) held on March 10-11 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The NIF is the brainchild of Glenn Delgado, NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Programs. It is an agency-wide endeavor to share center-level information that is of concern to NASA and its contractors. The NIF is comprised of contractor representatives from all NASA centers, and includes representatives from both small and other than small businesses.

Notable speakers at the Spring-2015 NIF included NASA Administrator Charles Bolden who presented the 2014 NASA Small Business Industry Awards, and Dr. John Mather, 2006 Noble Prize winner and Sr. Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope.