Timothy J. Adams
Leadership that Counts
By PGS Media
Timothy J. Adams is President and CEO of Systems Application & Technologies, Inc. (SA-TECH), a company he founded in 1989. SA-TECH is a progressive and steadily growing professional services firm with origins in the high technology and technical support areas of the defense industry. SA-TECH's business lines include technical services (engineering, logistics and information technology) and facilities management.
Mr. Adams holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. He has also attended the Minority Business Executive Program at Tuck College of Business at Dartmouth College and the Business Innovation Management Program at the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
An energetic, creative and engaging individual, Mr. Adams started SA-TECH with only a few small defense contracts. Since its founding, SA-TECH has grown into a multi-million dollar diversified company with employees around the country. His exceptional leadership skills have guided the company to success, growth and prominence. Mr. Adams has been recognized as one of the Top 100 African American Leaders in America by the United States Black Chamber of Commerce, one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs by the Daily Record, and one of Maryland’s 25 CEOs You Need To Know. In addition, Mr. Adams is a Maryland’s Democratic Party Distinguished Leadership Award recipient. He was inducted into the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Hall of Fame for the Mid-Atlantic Region and was selected as one of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame inductees for 2013. Mr. Adams also received Bowie State University’s 2010 Founders Promise Award as well as numerous other awards and distinctions for his business acumen.
SA-TECH has won honors as one of the Top 100 Privately Held Companies in US as Ranked by Washington Business Journal, one of the Top 500 Diversity Owned and Privately-held Businesses in the US as ranked by Diversity Business.com, one of Black Enterprise’s Top 100 Industrial/Services Black Businesses in the Nation, one of Maryland’s Top 50 Diversity Owned Businesses, and one of The Gazette’s Politics and Business Exceptional 53 Companies in the State of Maryland. The company was named the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber’s Large Business of the Year for 2010 and received the Prince George’s Black Chamber of Commerce Exemplary Business Recognition Award.
Thankful for the advisors and mentors from whom he has benefited throughout his career, Mr. Adams has generously returned that assistance by giving his time, talents and financial support to a variety of business and community organizations that touch the lives of people in his community and around the country. His board service includes: chairman, Privatization and Procurement Council for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; member, Corporate Leaderships Advisory Council; one of the commissioners, Maryland Economic Development Council; honorary vice commander, 11th Wing, and ambassador, Joint Base Andrews; President, Maryland State Black Chamber of Commerce; board member, Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable; board member, University System of Maryland Foundation; board member, Doctor’s Community Hospital and Doctor’s Community Hospital Foundation; board member, Maryland Chamber of Commerce; board member, National Black Chamber of Commerce; lifetime member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and many others.
Mr. Adams has been extremely active in keeping the issues of small business in front of national leaders. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship with recommendations to the federal government on how it can improve its contracting and procurement procedures as they relate to small businesses.
As a strong proponent of issues affecting persons with disabilities, Mr. Adams has given his time, attention and service on the Committee for Review for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, Mr. Adams has volunteered his time and made a strong commitment to the Patriots Technology Training Center (PTTC) located in Seat Pleasant, MD. The PTTC is a non-profit organization that, since its conception in 1997, has provided information and created technology opportunities for minority students. Its mission is to help students bridge the “digital divide” while pursuing college degrees and professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Mr. Adams is a mentor to the community and has especially assisted students in finding resources to attend college.
As former chair and member of the Bowie State University Foundation (BSUF) that provides student scholarships, Mr. Adams’ leadership has seen BSUF increase the value of its endowment to more than $5,000,000. These scholarships have directly impacted Bowie State's status of having the highest retention rate among all of Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. With this retention success the university has succeeded in winning a designation as a growth institution within the University System of Maryland.
Other community service has been dedicated to the armed forces and is illustrated in Mr. Adams’ support of the Maryland Room, a venture designed to renovate an out-of-date reception and relaxation area at Joint Base Andrews, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, for wounded servicemen and women returning from deployment. He also supported the addition of the Family Room at Joint Base Andrews’ passenger terminal and provides scholarships to the top graduates of the Airmen Leadership School.
Mr. Adams resides in Bowie, MD, with his wife, The Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, and twins, Timothy, Jr. and Kayla. His daughter, Tiara, is a junior at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD.