Now serving as the CEO of All Points Logistics, Inc., Phil Monkress draws on his extensive experience to help the firm complete its duties as a subcontractor for major organizations, including Lockheed Martin and NASA. In 2011, Phil Monkress’ company received a NASA Small Business of the Year award.
NASA oversees multiple annual awards for small business contractors and subcontractors, including its NASA Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award. To achieve eligibility for the award, a subcontractor must perform to a high standard on all NASA contracts during the awards’ review cycle. NASA takes additional factors, such as the scope of the contract, into account.
Beyond this, subcontractors must display the ability to coordinate and collaborate with NASA and key contract personnel, in addition to offering additional value and support within the time and cost frameworks of their contracts. Finally, innovation comes to the fore, with subcontractors expected to create novel solutions to complex problems to attain award eligibility.
The CEO of All Points Logistics, LLC, an award-winning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Phil Monkress is responsible for organizing and coordinating contractors’ support activities and reviewing project plans. With more than two decades of supervisory experience, Phil Monkress has a proven track record of success and helped the company earn a NASA Small Business Award in the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year category in 2011.
The NASA Small Business Awards are given in recognition of industry representatives and NASA employees who have made outstanding contributions to the organization’s small business program. Managed by the NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), which is dedicated to promoting and integrating small businesses into the organization’s base of contractors, the awards are given out annually in three main categories: Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA), Small Business Administrator’s Cup, and Small Business Advocates Awards.
The SBIA includes two awards in addition to the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award won by All Points Logistics in 2011: Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year and Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year. Each award has different requirements established by the OSBP and requires that winners perform well on all NASA contracts.
All kinds of strange and delightful innovations have come out of NASA, or out of partnerships with NASA, as the agency balances its work of trying to understand the universe with its mission to enrich the lives of Americans through that work. Here are some of the more surprising and unusual consumer products that NASA has had a hand in:
The “zit zapper:” Pimples are normally caused by small infestations of P. Acne bacteria – hence the term acne. A scientist named Robert Conrad realized that a device that could deliver the right amount of shock and heat to a zit could kill the bacteria causing the problem without harming the person at all. A NASA program helped him to reduce the expense of the heating unit alone from $80 to ten cents, and a range of products based on this technology are now available.
Microalgae: One of the most efficient and effective nutritional supplements the modern world has to offer is microalgae. A specific strain of red algae in particular can be grown easily and quickly, and provides a remarkable amount of DHA, an essential fatty acid that aids in development and maintenance of the heart, eyes, and brain. This algae was discovered by NASA scientists looking for an effective way to grow food in space. A private company combines it with a nutritional fungus to create a supplement that is now used in almost every baby formula on the market.
Nanomaterial hair care: Hair care company Farouk Systems has used NASA research into nanomaterials (materials with tiny, microscopic structures that often have surprising properties) to produce a number of hair care products that purportedly work better than the competition. The company’s nanoceramic alloy flat irons make hair smoother and more manageable. In addition, their nanosilver-coated styling products are automatically antimicrobial.
Representative of America’s drive towards exploration and technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created in response to Russia’s successful launch of the satellite Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. This Russian accomplishment brought the Space Race to a new level and spurred the American government to pay more attention to the space program at home. While organizations such as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics previously had focused on rocketry and interstellar flight, their efforts lacked consistency, a decent infrastructure, and a proper budget.
When creating NASA, the government had to define the organization’s mission. Initially, the government needed to decide what NASA’s parameters would be, whether it would be a civilian or military body, and whether NASA would function as a division within a current entity. Congress spent nearly a year resolving these issues. On October 1, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower enacted the National Aeronautics and Space Act; this event constitutes the birth of NASA.
About the Author
For over a decade, Phil Monkress has performed as Chief Executive Officer at All Points Logistics, Inc., a Florida-based firm that functions as a federal contractor. In 2011, the company won the NASA Small Business of the Year Award.