September 02, 2020

Supporting Our Communities and Keeping Southwest Virginia Safe – NRV Mask Makers, NRV Public Health Task Force, Virginia Tech

“Be Committed. Be Well”, an initiative to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people in Virginia

Digital Transformation10,000+ masks – that’s how many have been made since one woman started an NRV Mask Makers Facebook Group in mid-March. NRV Mask Makers have been committed to creating and delivering fabric and 3D printed masks to local community needs, local volunteers, first responders, and the patients in the New River Valley as part of the bigger picture – keeping the community safe.

Southwest Virginia has taken proactive steps to mitigate COVID-19. On August 17th, The New River Valley Task Force launched a Community Wellness Commitment (Be Committed. Be Well.) to collaboratively provide residents with effective guidance about COVID-19 and encourage community members to care for the health and well-being of others. The tasks force members include the New River Health District (Virginia Department of Health), area hospitals, the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Montgomery County, local law enforcement and first responder agencies, New River Valley Community Services, Virginia Tech, New River Community College, Radford University, and the Lewis Gale and Carilion health care systems.

As part of the effort, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) started the #CoverYourBeak campaign, supported by Virginia Tech’s commitment, as an initiative to remind students to mask up and care for each other’s well-being as schools start to reopen. The NRV Mask Makers, including Richard Hammer of 1901 Group, was asked to prototype, tie dye, and install face masks for 44+ Hokie Birds which can be found on the Virginia Tech campus, and around the town of #Blacksburg, #Christiansburg, and #Roanoke.

“Knowing the community can come together and solve a problem, that’s what Blacksburg and Christiansburg and the New River Valley has always done, we’re really good at finding that and articulating that, and knowing we can do that in this vein is spectacular,” Richard Hammer said in an interview with WDBJ.

Sonu Singh

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.

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George Batsakis
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer

George leads the company’s overall corporate development and strategy planning process and provides expertise in executive management, operations, new business development, emerging technology and technology partnership.

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Paul Wilkinson
EVP, Business Development

Paul leads Business Development, Capture Management, Marketing, and Channel Partners. Paul provides leadership for 1901 Group’s growth initiatives by supporting the development of new markets and services.

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James Christopher
EVP, Operations and Engineering

James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

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Dana Pittman
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

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Brendan Walsh
SVP, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

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Brian Lubin
SVP, Service Management

Brian leads the development and management of our service offerings and brings great value in aligning our growth and delivery activities while ensuring profitability.

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