GREGORY V. BILLUPS
Mr. Billups is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and has lived in the Washington Metropolitan area for approximately 40 years. He attended Norfolk City public schools and received his business education from Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities. He has received executive education from North Carolina State University, the University of Virginia, and Dartmouth College. He also served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy. He began his management career as a production supervisor with Corning Inc. where he supervised the manufacture of electronic resistors. He later became a product manager with Frito-Lay Inc. where he supervised the production of various snack foods. Mr. Billups also worked in the Federal Government where he held various systems, management and logistics staff positions. In 1985, he founded an Information Technology and Integrated Logistics Support firm, Systems, Maintenance & Technology, Inc. (SM&T). The firm grew from one employee to more than 160 by creating successful development partnerships, capitalizing on new market opportunities and successfully establishing and maintaining relationships with financial institutions.
SM&T also maintained a reputation for excellent customer and community service while achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within a start-up and rapid-change environment, as illustrated by the receipt of several awards:
- Administrator’s Award for Excellence, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 1990
- Minority Small Business Person of the Year, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 1991
- Ranked 20 out of 50 fastest growing high-technology companies in the Washington, D.C. area, Washington Technology, 1992
- Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Maryland, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 1993
- Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Quality in Southern Maryland Award in association with the Partnership at Work in Southern Maryland Program, 1993.
- Named 1996 “Bright Star” for SM&T’s participation in the Maryland’s Tomorrow Program; personally mentored ten high school students as a component of work-based learning to provide students with workplace readiness skills.
- Unsung Hero Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1997
- CEO of the Year, Southern Maryland Leading Edge Awards, 2004.
His community service activities include:
- Board Member - Community Development Ventures
- Board Member – Maryland Casino Business Investment Fund
- Commissioner-Maryland Aviation Commission
- Former Board Member - CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
- Former Board Member and Chairman - Civista Health Systems
- Former Board Member - Maryland Technology Development Corporation
- Former Board Member and Vice-Chairman - College of Southern Maryland
- Former Board Member - Charles County Chamber of Commerce
- Former Board Member - Small Business Development Center
- Former Mentor - Charles County Public Schools
- Former Advisory Board Member – Norfolk State University, School of Business.