Entrepreneur Provides Real-world Insight to Rawls Students
Kathryn Freeland, Chief Executive Officer of A-Tek, spoke to students in both the Perspectives on Entrepreneurship (BA2190) and Marketing Strategy class on October 8 about her experiences as a serial entrepreneur.
While in Lubbock, she participated in a Women in Business and Entrepreneurship Luncheon where 12 women (including students and faculty) discussed gender in the business environment.
About Kathryn Freeland
Kathryn B. Freeland is Chief Executive Officer of A-TEK, Inc., a Maryland based company that provides enterprise solutions, services and staffing across multiple lines of business in the areas of Information Technology, Homeland Security, Healthcare, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and Life Sciences.
A serial entrepreneur, she is also the Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer of RGII Technologies, Inc., an Information Technology, Systems Integration and Engineering Solutions Company whose myriad of customers included nine presidential cabinet agencies of the federal government. Mrs. Freeland successfully built and sold RGII to Computer Horizons Corp in 2003.
As the CEO of RGII, Mrs. Freeland was directly responsible for developing goals, operating plans and policies for the corporation and implementing board approved plans. She directed the company with a highly strategic business plan in order to optimize profits and return on invested capital. During her tenure as CEO, Mrs. Freeland played a vital role in business development, customer satisfaction, financial stability, and employee relations. Under Mrs. Freeland's leadership, RGII more than tripled in size with revenue growing 4800% over an 11 year period. After fulfilling a three year transition period with Computer Horizons, she retired in 2006 from the brain child she started in a basement office in search of her next entrepreneurial venture, A-TEK, Inc.
Prior to founding RGII, Mrs. Freeland spent over seven years supporting various Federal Government agencies in the areas of Financial, Information and Program Management Support. Mrs. Freeland is a visionary leader who has made her mark in the business community.
Mrs. Freeland holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mrs. Freeland resides in Pasadena, Maryland with her husband of 28 years, R. Gregory Freeland, President of FI Holdings, Inc., and their 20 year old twin daughters: Brya Simone and Brynn Nicole. They are also the proud parents of one deceased son, Richard Gregory II, for whom RGII Technologies, Inc. was named.
Mrs. Freeland's current and previous board appointments include:
- Board of Directors, Notre Dame of Maryland University
- Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
- Board of Directors, Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC)
- Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
- Council of Directors, School of Business, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Board of Directors, Archbishop Spalding High School
- Board of Directors, University Maryland Medical Systems (UMMS)
- Board of Trustees, Anne Arundel County Retirement & Pension System
- Board of Directors, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC)
- Board of Directors, Black Women In Sisterhood for Action (BISA
Among her notable achievements are the following:
- 2011 SmartCEO Magazine – Industry Star Recipient
- 2010 Maryland's Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence – Maryland Daily Record
- 2009 Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year College of Business The University of Southern Mississippi
- 2007 TWIN Awardee – YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel Council
- 2006 Top Technology Entrepreneur by Black Engineers of America
- 2006 & 2003 Maryland's Top 100 Women – Maryland Daily Record
- 2003 - Selected as one of six successful business owners to be honored during SBA's 50th anniversary celebration
- Leadership Maryland Class of 2003
- Outstanding Alum by her alma mater, the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she has established the Kathryn B. Freeland Endowment for minority and underprivileged students pursuing degrees in the field of finance at UAB
- Established the R. Gregory & Kathryn B. Freeland Scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County supporting students majoring in the areas of information technology or computer engineering within the Meyerhoff Scholars Program
- 2002 Baltimore Business Journal Forty under Forty Award given to 40 successful entrepreneurs under the age of 40
- 2001 Techno Rising Star Award for Woman Owned Business by Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development
- 2001 Industry Information Technology Award for Top Minority Owned Firms by PostNewsweek Technology Group.
- 2000 Black Woman of Courage – Emerging Business Award by the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners (NFBWO)
- Black Enterprise Magazine 1999 Emerging Company of the Year
- The Network Journal 1999 Forty and Under 40 Award for excellence in business achievement - one of forty recipients
- Finalist in the highly coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award competition
- Named the Minority Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1995