The ‘loudest group in a crowd’
Firm looks to the future with emerging technologies
Owner Devin Henderson urges DH Tech employees to be “strategically rowdy.” That’s the phrase he coined to describe the Leesburg-based company’s culture.
“We try to think big picture and always look to the future,” he says. “This allows us to focus on emerging technologies and evangelize the ones we believe in. We are often called the loudest group in a crowd. I don’t mind being with the loud group. In fact, I encourage it.”
Henderson founded the company in 2011 at age 28. He previously worked as a consultant for the Pentagon and a government contractor in Germany for the U.S. Army.
“I wanted to focus on emerging technologies such as virtualization, virtual desktops, artificial intelligence and deep learning,” he says, explaining that deep learning involves computer-learned behaviors. “It is training the computer to recognize certain algorithms and to recognize objects or words.”
From 2013 to 2016, DH Tech saw 1,269.2 percent growth in revenue, making it the technology Vanguard winner in the Fantastic 50.
The company offers turnkey solutions in system integrations and virtualization services that include assessments as well as planning, setting up and building a network and installing software. Ninety percent of its customer base is related to the federal government. The remaining 10 percent is commercial.
The company works with the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army along with civilian agencies such as the Justice, Energy and Commerce departments.
Henderson credits much of the company’s growth to having the right culture in place. “People are excited to come to work,” he says. “We want to make sure they actually enjoy what they are doing and are passionate about it. We want them to know how they fit into our machine.”