QED Systems and Mills Marine & Ship Repair win 2017 DoD Nunn-Perry Award

ORLANDO – The Department of Defense (DoD) awarded the 2017 Nunn-Perry Award to QED Systems, Inc.  (QED) – Mentor and Mills Marine & Ship Repair, LLC (MMSR) – Protégé, in a ceremony on August 16. 2008.  MMSR is a 8(a), HUBZone, Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) specializing in naval engineering and technical services, manufacturing of shipboard components and advanced shipboard installations.

The award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first awarded in 1995 and recognizes mentor-protégé teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost effectiveness and increased business opportunities for small disadvantaged firms.


The Nunn-Perry Awards Dinner is held at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, FL., Aug. 16, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Joseph B. Lawson). Pictured left to right: Lauren Troyan (Mentor-Protégé Project Manager, Q.E.D.); Judy Romano (Mentor-Protégé Program Analyst, Q.E.D.); Mark Jones (President, Q.E.D.); Emily Harman (Director, DON OSBP); William “Bill” Earnest (Director of Strategic Development and Special Assistant to the President for Q.E.D.); Kurt Nelson (Director, Proposals and Development Services for Q.E.D.); Carlton Hagans ( Mentor-Protégé Program Manager, DON OSBP); Donald “Donnie” Mills (President & General Manager of MMSR); Earnestine Mills (Vice President/Financial Manager of MMSR); Jerome Nixon (VP of Development/Strategic Planning for MMSR).

The above Mentor-Protégé Agreement has been recognized by DoD to have substantial gains to the protégé company and significant Returns on Investment to the Department of the Navy (DON) and DoD.

This agreement has resulted in 300% protégé personnel growth, increased annual gross revenues of 118%, $1.4M in subcontracting opportunities in FY17 alone which was 128% over the annual goal of $100,000, and considerable achievements in business development and technical expertise such as the development of the welder development program and implementation of the DCAA approved Job Cost Accounting System.

MMSR has supported the DoD warfighter in such areas as providing improved production capabilities which support a full spectrum of repair, overhaul, alteration and maintenance for shipboard Hull, Machinery & Electrical (HM&E) systems for the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Army Watercraft as well as providing highly experienced advanced Planners and Planning Support personnel to develop Navy ship work specification packages; which help to ensure timely and cost effective equipment repairs and alteration installations.

MMSR has greatly improved its position to respond quickly to customer requirements and provide their services with the low overhead structure which reduces costs to the customer.

The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering them with large companies under individual, project-based agreements. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor, and the DoD by building the business capabilities of the protégés.







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