Press Release / News

Katmai Professional Services and Highlight Form Alaskan Native 8a Joint Venture

  • Victoria Robinson
  • May 15, 2024

Katmai Professional Services (Katmai) and Highlight Technologies (“Highlight”) are proud to announce the creation of Katmai-Highlight Government Services JV (KHGS). This joint venture partnership directly connects to Katmai and Highlight’s SBA-approved Mentor-Protégé relationship. KHGS combines the strengths of both organizations, including subject matter expertise, customer relationships, core capabilities, and various delivery models to provide optimized, end-to-end digital, professional, and public health services. Together, KHGS has supported the federal government for over twenty years across the defense, national security, international development, and health sectors.

Managed under Katmai Government Services, an Alaskan Native Corporation (ANC) holding company, Katmai is a Small Business Administration (SBA)-certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). Katmai is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ouzinki Native Corporation (ONC), an organization that directly giving back to its Alutiiq Native shareholders. Katmai offers a range of professional support services, including public health services, records management, Information Technology (IT) solutions, recruiting and retention, research and development, network administration, and training and simulation lifecycle support.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Highlight into a formal joint venture, which will ultimately increase the capabilities and support that we can provide to our Government clients and their missions. Together, Katmai and Highlight create a formidable team with the right people, processes, and technologies that will provide high-quality, low-risk solutions to meet the needs of the federal government,” said Jerry Roach, General Manager and Vice President of Katmai Professional Services.  

Highlight is a 100% employee-owned federal contractor that has provided Agile Software Development, Business & Mission Support, and IT Services to over 20 federal government agencies for fifteen years. Highlight brings a mature management structure to support large-scale programs and expand digital services to Katmai’s portfolio of service offerings. 

“Given both companies’ commitment to stakeholder equity and client impact, our strategic partnership with Katmai Professional Services made perfect sense,” said Aarish Gokaldas, CEO of Highlight. “I look forward to bringing our joint capabilities together to serve our current and future government clients.”

Leveraging Katmai-Highlight Government Services will significantly broaden the offerings for both organizations to meet the unique needs of federal government agencies. This partnership enables us to provide tailored solutions and services that drive greater efficiency, effectiveness, and mission impact for agency clients.

About Katmai

Katmai, an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008, AS 9100, and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 certified ANC organization, provides significant breadth and depth in the Federal contracting arena. The Katmai family of small business enterprises has performed over $1B in prime contracts for the Federal Government since 2006, and currently boasts 1,127 mission support employees across 47 locations nationwide.  Katmai is backed by the strength of 11 subsidiaries that are active in the SBA 8(a) program. Katmai profits are distributed back to our shareholder community with emphasis given to educational programs and non-profit organizations that enhance and protect the culture of the Alutiiq people.

About Highlight

Highlight Technologies (“Highlight”) is an award-winning, 100% employee-owned, ISO® 9001, ISO 20000, ISO 27001, ISO 44001 certified, ISO 56000 certified, CMMI-DEV Level 3, and CMMI-SVC Level 3 appraised federal contractor that provides Application Development, Business & Mission Operations, Data and Analytics, Hybrid Cloud and Automation, Cybersecurity, and IT Services to more than 20 U.S. federal government customers. Our customers include National Security (DHS, Army, Air Force, Intel), Health (USAID, NIH, HHS) and Citizen Services (FCC, GSA, SBA). For more information, please visit