Rich Kube Named as Vice President of Design Engineering Division

Effective today, Rich Kube is part of 8-koi’s leadership team serving as Vice President of the Design Engineering Division and will provide oversight for the programs of Cape Design Engineering Co. (CDE), a wholly-owned subsidiary.  

An Air Force Veteran and lifelong Florida resident, Kube brings decades of experience in complex engineering and compliant operations for the government contracting industry to include aviation and aerospace. He is the former Director of Engineering and Senior Program Manager at Craig Technologies, and he supported NASA Shuttle systems engineering and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) with United Space Alliance in Cape Canaveral for over a decade. 

“Rich Kube is an inspirational leader and strategic thinker who will help us to capture and fulfill advanced engineering contracts as 8-koi and CDE continue to mature in the marketplace,” says company President Inga Young. “We are looking forward to incorporating Rich’s knowledge of quality standards and his experience successfully leading multi-disciplinary project teams so we can further improve our processes and take on work with a larger scope.” 

As VP of Design Engineering, Kube will be supervising a team of eleven engineers, technicians, and administrative support personnel to meet customer requirements from design to delivery. The company’s project portfolio includes Space Launch Complex (SLC) systems and lab facilities for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, airfield and submarine facilities for the US Navy in Jacksonville and Port Canaveral, and high-tech learning environments for Florida’s public institutions of higher education. 

Kube earned a master’s degree in aeronautical science with specialization in aerospace/aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, graduated from the Boeing Leadership Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, is a recipient of numerous technical achievement awards, and volunteers his time to support missionary work building schools and hospitals with his church.  

Please join us in welcoming Rich to the team. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

8-koi Founder Inga Young: 13 Things I’ve Learned About Business

President Inga I. Young founded 8-koi on August 8, 2008. The number 8 represents the cyclic nature of systems. The koi fish represents embracing adversity through persistent focus on positive outcomes. Inga built the company to be different – to do better than others, and to offer an easier and more efficient option to the government. With her decades-long background in DCAA-compliant contract accounting, Inga’s astute knowledge of finance allows her to perform more cost-effectively across multiple disciplines with consistent quality-driven results. Since startup, 8-koi has increased its revenue every year and employs an effective team of highly qualified personnel around the globe.

This year, 8-koi celebrates its 13th Anniversary and Inga has learned some things along the way. Read on to find out more about her reflections on her entrepreneurial journey…

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8-koi Exhibits at Navy Contracting Summit June 24-25

8-koi is a virtual exhibitor at the Southwest Defense Contracting Summit June 24-25, 2021. We are joining hundreds of prime contractors, subcontractors, military officials, contracting officials, financing experts, and defense agencies from throughout the country at this year’s Navy Contracting Summit with Defense Leadership Forums.

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We stand ready to partner in capturing a portion of the new Pentagon and Navy contracts resulting from the $740 Billion 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. Our design engineering and construction capabilities include post-catastrophe response, BIM modeling, energy simulations, underground, infrastructure, safety planning, communications, and logistics.
Not limited to buildings and infrastructure, 8-koi contributes to developing public health resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic with healthcare-related capabilities to include direct care, medical supplies (PPE), logistics, training, administration, and contract support services.
Be sure to visit our virtual booth at the Summit and we look forward to connecting with you on LinkedIn!

8-koi Selected for Marine Corps Program Manager, Training Systems Contract

8-koi received a Single Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to provide acquisition related contracting support services to the US Marine Corps Program Manager, Training Systems (PM TRASYS, PMM-130) in Orlando, FL.

PM TRASYS is responsible for the total life cycle support of USMC ground training systems. This service contract will provide contracting support services to assist PM TRASYS in providing highly immersive training environments that hone Marines cognitive decision making while rehearsing critical technical and tactical skills.

“We are thrilled to provide support to the Marine Corps with Senior Acquisition Specialists who are Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified. Our contracting experts intend to jump right in and integrate seamlessly with the USMC team in Central Florida,” said 8-koi Chief Operating Officer Dean Rosenquist.

8-koi’s acquisition specialists will embed with the PM TRASYS office to support US Marine Corps training requirements that rely on a complex portfolio of training systems that support USMC ground synthetic and live training systems.

In the past, 8-koi has performed on similar contracts with the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) by providing Tactical Combat Casualty Care training programs, and has also provided administrative and acquisition related support services to help improve readiness with the US Navy Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240). See more about 8-koi Technical and Administrative capabilities.

8-koi Supports STEM Scholarships and Women in Defense on the Space Coast

With help from dedicated volunteers like 8-koi’s Project Coordinator Sheena Heitzman, Space Coast Women In Defense (SCWID) raised $8,500 in STEM scholarships at the 4th Annual Space Coast STEM Sandbagger Invitational Golf Tournament on May 7th. The sold-out event was held at the beautiful Baytree National Golf Course in Melbourne and the 8-koi ‘A-Team’ foursome joined Sheena on the greens for some good-hearted fun in the sun.

(L to R): Michael White, Les Daniels, Sami Mized and Trevor Baumann.

Putting on a golf tournament is no easy task. Sheena, who is also the treasurer of SCWID’s board, arrived in the early morning hours with other volunteers to setup and greet golfers coming out to support STEM scholarships for local students.

SCWID volunteers and golfers greet the day to raise money for STEM scholarships.

The Women in Defense Space Coast Chapter is one of 8-koi’s sponsored community organizations. Giving back to support education and women pursuing careers in national defense is very important to our company. 8-koi President Inga Young serves as vice president of the SCWID board and 8-koi was named the 2019 SCWID STEM Business Innovator of the Year.

Eyes on target
Teamwork

With our team working together and keeping their eyes on the target, twelve deserving Space Coast women will be presented with scholarships at the STEM Scholarship and Innovator Awards Presentation on Wednesday, June 23rd at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach with featured speaker Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports.

8-koi Wins Army Corps Three-Year Renovation, Repair Contract

8-koi is one of six competitively selected Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) to win the Army Corps of Engineers’ Horizontal Construction, Renovation, Repair, and Incidental Design Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for a three-year period of performance with work taking place in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia.

The general construction contract requires 8-koi to provide supervisory, technical, and administrative staff to include field superintendents, quality control managers, architects, engineers, interior designers, clerks, and project managers, among others. 8-koi maintains a General Contractors license in the state of Florida and has provided design-build services to government clients since 2016.

Task orders for engineering-design and construction projects may include new construction and/or rehabilitation of facilities and structures such as project management offices or shop buildings, storage facilities, campsites, bath houses, picnic sites, playgrounds, picnic shelters, courtesy docks, boat storage, etc. to include power, paving, and roofing in the Army Corps’ Mobile District.

“This is our first contract with the Army Corps and our team is looking forward to supporting this agency with improvements to public use areas in the Southeast region,” said 8-koi President Inga Young.

8-koi Construction Division Vice President Otto Herrera says, “It’s always exciting to start work with a new customer to learn their preferences, adopt their standards, and develop the relationship over time to meet their needs.”

In March 2019, 8-koi acquired Cape Design Engineering Co. (CDE) to expand its WOSB design engineering and mil-spec construction capabilities. The company is headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida and has completed projects for the US Navy in Jacksonville and in Kings Bay, Georgia, among others. 8-koi currently employs 130 people to support its construction and design engineering divisions.

8-koi Exhibits at Southwest Defense Contracting Summit April 6-7

8-koi is a virtual exhibitor at the Southwest Defense Contracting Summit April 6-7, 2021. We are joining hundreds of prime contractors, subcontractors, military officials, contracting officials, financing experts, and defense agencies from throughout the country at this year’s Southwest Defense Contracting Summit with Defense Leadership Forums.

All new followers between March 30th and April 16th will be entered in a random drawing for a $100 cash card. Follow 8-koi on LinkedIn!

Because so many installations were affected by extreme weather events earlier this year, a major general session on energy resiliency will be included in this year’s summit program. Our design engineering and construction capabilities include post-catastrophe response, BIM modeling, energy simulations, underground, infrastructure, safety planning, communications, and logistics.
Not limited to buildings and infrastructure, 8-koi contributes to developing public health resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic with healthcare-related capabilities to include direct care, medical supplies (PPE), logistics, training, administration, and contract support services.
Be sure to visit our virtual booth at the Summit and we look forward to connecting with you on LinkedIn!