Martha Daniel, President, Information Management Resources, Inc., Selected as 2016 Small Business Person of the Year

Navy veteran builds successful business employing more than 155 worldwide, specializing in cybersecurity, engineering, technology & program management; grows profit despite decrease in revenue following federal government budget sequestration
Release Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
Release Number: 
16-15
Advisory Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
Advisory Number: 
16-15
Contact: 
Doug Dare, (714) 560-7467 or Christopher Lorenzana, (714) 560-7453

Santa Ana, CA - The U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office has selected Martha Daniel, President, Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI) as the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year.  IMRI was acquired by Daniel in 1992 and has since grown into a profitable business under her leadership and vision.  Daniel was nominated for the award by IMRI advisory board member Hoshi Printer. 

IMRI built its business around the vision of “translating business needs into technology solutions.”  Today, the company and its 155+ employees manage over $300 million in data center operations from 19 locations across the country, support Department of Defense and commercial cybersecurity, and are currently designing the public safety broadband first responder network, FirstNet.  Current and previous IMRI clients include the Office of the Secretary of Defense; U.S. Cyber Command; Department of the Navy, Army, and Air Force; Executive Office of the President of the United States; Defense Information Systems Agency; Department of Defense combatant commands including AFRICOM and EUCOM; and numerous public and private sector companies such as International Paper, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bank of America, City of Los Angeles, City of Memphis, and Memphis Light, Gas and Water.  IMRI is a service-disabled veteran-owned, economically-disadvantaged woman-owned small business, and maintains AS9100C/ISO 9001 certification.

In recent years, IMRI has steadily increased its profits, despite continuous change in the sectors the company operates in.  In 2012, IMRI saw an expansion into U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects and cybersecurity contracts.  In 2013, IMRI’s revenues decreased as the government experienced a reduction in defense spending and a reduction of contracts.  Moving into 2014, the firm increased its revenues and support in Defense cybersecurity and FirstNet projects.

One area of innovation for the company has been its cybersecurity solutions, which the company provides through its evolved cybersecurity practice, Cytellix, a cybersecurity analytics plug-in which the company began selling in the commercial marketplace following its successful implementation in large federal enterprises, targeting businesses, including banks and financial institutions, healthcare facilities, small and medium sized businesses, and finance and auditing firms, to assist them in providing enterprise network situational awareness and vulnerability assessment.

IMRI President Martha Daniel contributes her time, money and resources to various community organizations including the EmpowHer Institute, New Directions for Women, the Child Guidance Center, the Vicksburg Soccer Organization, and the women’s basketball team at her high school alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN.  She is an ordained minister with the African Methodist Episcopal 5th District, currently serving as Associate Pastor at Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Irvine, CA.  Ms. Daniel runs the weekly Women’s Bible Study and serves with the prison ministry, providing weekly Women’s Bible Study at the James A Musick facility in Irvine, CA.  She is a member of the Trusteeship - International Women’s Forum, the EmpowHer Advisory Committee, a Vice Chair of the Orange County Business Council – Cybersecurity Task Force, a board member at Christ Our Redeemer Community Development Center, and is a member of the Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Daniel will be recognized and receive her award at the 53rd Annual Small Business Week Awards program, hosted by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, May 3rd from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.

About Small Business Week

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the agency takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others at local events around the country.  Every day, these individuals are working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.  For more information, please visit www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw

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