ARLINGTON, Va. – April 1, 2016 – ASI Government (ASI) is saddened to share that former executive Bob Welch passed away Thursday, March 31. Mr. Welch served as Partner, having joined what was then known as Acquisition Solutions, Inc., after a distinguished federal career.
During Mr. Welch’s tenure, the company grew from five people to approximately 200 employees. Post Newsweek named it one of the “Top Fast Growth Firms” in 2001, Washington Technology named it a “Fast 50 Growing Technology Company,” and Federal Computer Week named it one of “10 Hot Companies to Watch.” Mr. Welch’s visionary leadership was instrumental in this success.
Dr. Timothy W. Cooke, ASI’s President and CEO, said, “Bob’s boldness and creativity brought him to join ASI’s fearless founders all those years ago. Together, they helped shape a generation of acquisition visionaries, and their legacy is our future. Bob will be missed terribly.”
Prior to joining ASI, Mr. Welch served as Senior Procurement Executive for the Departments of Commerce and the Treasury; Chief of the Procurement Policy Division at the Department of Agriculture; and Contracting Officer at the Department of the Navy.
Throughout his career, Mr. Welch sought innovative ways to improve federal acquisition, earning a well-deserved reputation as a change agent. Before leaving federal service, he conceived, designed, and executed the highly innovative Commerce Information Technology Solutions (COMMITS) Program — the first solutions-based government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) limited to small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, and 8(a) businesses. Mr. Welch led the Procurement Measurement Action Team (PMAT), which was the first application of The Balanced Scorecard in federal procurement. Additionally, he introduced the concept of using a credit card for federal buying and developed a pilot test which became an approved government-wide program.
Ann Costello, ASI Co-Founder and former Chairman of the company’s Board, said, “Bob was a wonderful friend, and one of the most beloved members of the federal acquisition community. He truly was a joy to be around and learn from. He was a consummate professional and a cheerleader for procurement talent who helped many careers.” Ms. Costello added, “When you see procurement professionals challenging tradition to craft better ways to bring capability to their agencies, it’s a good bet they are channeling a bit of Bob.”
Chip Mather, ASI Co-Founder, said, “Bob Welch was a visionary leader, acquisition innovator, remarkable businessman and business matchmaker of the best kind. He loved to introduce people whom he felt should, as he said, know each other over a baloney sandwich. It seemed that almost all civilian agency acquisition managers and executives had him to thank for their last job, or their next job. That is one indicator of the scores of friends he made and kept over the years, and the esteem and trust he quietly commanded.”
Anne Reed, ASI’s former President and CEO and current Chairman of the Board, said, “Bob was an innovator who loved to push acquisition and procurement professionals to find new and better ways to buy and to achieve greater mission value from contracts. The well-known COMMITS contract at the Commerce Department was one of his best known envelope-pushing achievements.” Ms. Reed added, “Bob was a tremendous person, and our hearts ache today.”
Mr. Welch served on the National Contract Management Association’s Board of Advisors and on the Procurement Roundtable, a volunteer organization of former senior federal acquisition officials. He was a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and founded the Procurement Executives Association, a close-knit group of senior procurement executives.
Mr. Welch earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce and finance from Wilkes University, and a master’s degree in administration (procurement and contracting) from George Washington University.
He received Vice President Gore’s Hammer Award for reinventing procurement at the Department of the Treasury, the Presidential Rank Award, the Secretary of the Treasury Award, the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards, and the Federal 100 Award.
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