Thoughts from Excel

No-Handshake “Hello’s!”

Mar 8,2020

With the threat of COVID 19 and coronavirus, please consider skipping the traditional handshake, to help curb the spread of disease.


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


It’s a Points Party!

Apr 17,2018

Two years ago, I stepped up to the leadership plate at Excel Technologies.  I think I was holding my breath.  I know for sure I did some of the things I promised (moved) and not such a great job at others (blogging). And here I am, reflecting.  I am surprised


Leading Forward

Aug 16,2017

Leading a company forward is tricky business.  You make what seems like hundreds of decisions a day, sometimes without realizing it, and with every decision there is the question “is this what is best for the company?”  Sometimes you feel like you are at the bow of the boat, hands


Casey and the Constitution

Feb 1,2017

I was a young woman in 1987 when the United States observed the bi-centennial of the signing of The Constitution of the United States of America. Four years earlier I had taken the oath to protect and defend it against “all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I’ll confess, I didn’t fully


Dec 22,2016

I will be taking a short trip to Scotland soon. There I will spend the holidays with my youngest daughter. My bags will include warm clothes and space for presents I hope to bring back for family and close friends. As I pack, it’s nearly impossible not to think about


Spock and the Furniture Catalog

Jul 8,2016

I’m nearly 3 months into my position as the Excel Technologies CEO and my desk is unexpectedly covered with floor plans and furniture catalogs.  Our lease is up in about six months or so and it turns out that the still healthy economy of Northern Virginia means that we aren’t


A Woman-Owned Small Business