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Highlight Named as a Finalist for SECAF’s Prestigious Mentor Protégé Program Award

  • Victoria Robinson
  • April 5, 2023

Fairfax, VA – Highlight announced that it was selected as a finalist for the 15th Annual Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Awards. Highlight has been selected as a finalist for the Mentor-Protégé Program Award for their partnership with RP Professional Services. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Thursday, May 4, 2023. The event honors small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on these businesses.

Highlight is a finalist for The Mentor-Protégé Program of the Year awards companies that have shown a clear and profound commitment to excellence through their collaboration efforts.

Ashley Nichols, Highlight VP for Corporate Strategy & Development, said, “Highlight is thrilled to be a finalist, alongside our protege company RP Professional Services, for the Mentor-Protégé Program award. Our partnership has enabled incredible growth for both organizations and laid the foundation for continued collaboration through our MP JV, Opus Federal. We’re just getting started, and I am incredibly excited about what comes next!”

“On behalf of the entire RP team, I am honored to be selected as a finalist for SECAF’s Mentor-Protégé Program award. It was through our Mentor-Protégé relationship with Highlight that RP has matured and grown at warp speed. I’ve always known we have the best Mentor-Protege relationship, and now I hope to prove it to our industry partners!” said Rish Patel, CEO of RP Professional Services.

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About Highlight 

Highlight Technologies (“Highlight”) is an award-winning, employee-owned, ISO® 9001, ISO® 20000, ISO® 27001, ISO® 44001, ISO® 56000 certified, CMMI-DEV Level 3, and CMMI-SVC Level 3 appraised federal contractor that provides Digital Government and Mission Support services across the federal government. Highlight delivers federal loan services, grants management, strategic communications, international development, conference and event support, program management, administrative support, agile systems development, DevSecOps, data management and analytics, cloud services, web services and automation services to National Security and Intelligence (DHS, DoD, State, DOJ, IC), Health IT (USAID, NIH, HRSA), and Citizen Services (FCC, EPA, GSA, HHS, SBA, Education) agencies. For more information, visit

About RP Professional Services

RP is a mission-driven services provider offering a wide array of Technology and Mission services to the federal government. Our IT suite includes Database Administration, Enterprise IT, and Software Development, while our mission support specialties encompass Administrative Support, Communications, Financial Management, Grants/Loans, Human Capital, Policy, and Program Management.  

“People, not just Resources” is the foundation on which we are built. By prioritizing our people, we advance the goals of our customers while fostering the growth of our employees.

About The 15th Annual SECAF Awards Gala

The 15th Annual SECAF Awards Gala is the premier commemorative event honoring the small and emerging government contractors and the players in the ecosystem that rely on small business. The event will be held at the Awards Gala on Thursday, May 4, 2023. To register or for more information, visit here.

About The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum

For more than 20 years, the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) has empowered government contractors to scale and succeed. SECAF is comprised of the senior leaders from active government contractors and established service providers. Members have access to the connections, events, education, tools and resources needed to stay on top of industry trends, win government contracts, and experience exponential growth. For more information, visit