Our Take

Fashion Forward and the Heels that Bit Me

Feb 12,2024

In our post-pandemic world, companies continue to wrestle with whether or not to bring employees back into the office. There are great arguments for and against, and many of us have settled on a hybrid approach as sort of the best of both worlds – or at least a way to manage a lot of real employee issues we don’t really want to talk about.


Fearlessness as an Act of Defiance (the Eagle/Mouse poster)

Jan 28,2024

Sometimes choosing to defy expectations is the most authentic and fearless thing a person can do.


Eighty-Five Pounds of Honesty
(A Demanding Reason to Keep Breathing)

Jan 9,2024

I have two dogs. One has been my nearly constant companion for nine and a half years. In the early days he forced me up and out of my chair of busy and demanded that I, at a bare minimum, take him outside for a break. Thanks to early neutering (now not recommended for male dogs but back then he came that way), he topped out at 60 lbs. On a good day.


He Dreamed It, So He Built It

Jan 2,2024

I recently attended a conference aimed at leaders in both the government and GovCon (government contracting) sectors. It was held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey PA. A lot of good things happened at that conference. But those are stories for another day. Back in my room I had the


Dreaming in Future – What Star Trek Warned Us About Artificial Intelligence

Dec 1,2023

In listening to a number of Star Trek actors talk about the importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) limits as they picketed on the SAG-AFTRA strike lines, I was struck by the connection to a series that was tackling AI issues long before humanity had anything closely resembling V-Ger, the post-accident


What Drives This CEO

Aug 3,2021

Recently an employee, offered the option to continue supporting a project he loved but doing so with another company or staying with us and tackling the unknown, sat down to talk to me about his decision to stay with us. I don’t think I’ll ever forget his words – at


Katherine Johnson

Feb 12,2020

Excel Technologies is proud to honor Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician whose calculations were critical to the success of crewed space flight.


Deb Yamanaka Couch Talk – 2

Jan 30,2020

Excel’s CEO continues her Couch Talk series about being CEO of a Woman-owned Small Business.


Bourbon and Swords

Jan 3,2020

As we enter into an exciting new year, Excel Technologies CEO Deb Yamanaka shares her thoughts about bourbon and swords.


Work from Home

Nov 8,2019

As we roll out this section of Excel’s newly revamped web presence, I wanted to talk with you about a trending work circumstance in the Federal support contractor community.  When I first got in this business in 1991 as a proposal coordinator, big, impressive office buildings were commonplace.  You know