Tomi Bannister

Washington D.C. June 30, 2015 Brava! Award recipient Tomi Bannister is celebrating 25 years of successfully serving the IT and telecommunications needs
of federal and corporate sector clients in the Washington D.C. area as CEO of Automated Resource Management Associates Inc. (ARMA).

On July 15th, SmartCEO will be hosting Bannister among other distinguished CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high impact executives during the Brava! Awards
ceremony to honor achievements both in business and community activism. Bannister is being honored for her work within the telecommunications field
in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area as well as for being a pivotal mentor with The Global Protégé Group; a start-up/entrepreneurial group that
provides business tools via successful business owners as mentors. Bannister has built a reputation by being responsive to her clients and accessible
to the community when called upon.

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Long before the tech start-up boom, Bannister bravely started an IT consulting company, (ARMA) on her own in 1990 to help government and industry clients
meet their demanding program support requirements. At that time women, especially women of color, were a rare sight in the IT world. She had to battle
for the attention of the overlooking eyes that did not welcome a qualified woman into the then ‘boys club’ of technology, while also being a wife and
mother to her then eight-year-old son. Nevertheless, she circumvented the doubts and triumphed over the worries by hiring trustworthy committed professionals
that were looking to grow in their desired field. She strives to be an example of modern feminism where women can do and have it all. Her success speaks
for itself.

One lesson Bannister hopes to share with other aspiring women is that it takes time, patience, and enthusiasm to foster and maintain personal growth. Bannister’s
staff starts as employees, she nurtures them into peers through providing tools and resources to deliver high quality and innovative services for all
ARMA clients.

That’s why ARMA is a company you can trust to do the job right from the start.

“Cultivating success is an inevitable feat by focusing on uncompromising integrity, focus, and the willingness to grow others as you grow yourself. If
we are unwilling to nurture someone else how can we expect to continue to evolve? The next great thing that could change the course of our daily operation
could come from someone’s overlooked potential. That’s a risk that I have not been willing to gamble with and because of that we’ve been successful
for 25 years,” Bannister stated about her successful business model.

Over the years Bannister acquired IT related opportunities with government agencies, military, and private contracts with major communications companies.
The office is located in downtown Silver Spring, MD.