Celebrating 15 Years of BLH
By: 
Benjamin L. Harris, CPA, CGMA

Celebrating 15 Years of BLHFifteen years ago, we got started.

I had a military background and corporate experience, both guided by my passion for health. I had achieved a measure of success in my personal and professional lives. But I was itching to try something new—to create and grow something that was uniquely my own. So, 15 years ago this month, I filed the paperwork to create BLH Technologies.

What a ride it’s been!

Our first iteration as a federal contractor was as a publications clearinghouse for the Environmental Protection Agency. From there we moved into communications and information dissemination—and from there, to expertise in research, public health, public safety, and technology.

From that relatively small beginning, BLH has held contracts with agencies with the Departments of State, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. We’ve provided countless services and measurable value to the federal government and to the United States taxpayers. (Take a look at this list of some of our federal clients.)

Today BLH is a family of more than 50 employees. They are smart, talented, committed people who are experts in their fields and focused on client service. Even more important, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them as people—and, in many instances, friends. In these past 15 years, BLH employees have gotten married, welcomed children into the world, confronted serious illnesses, grieved for the loss of a parent. It’s been a very human experience, and a humbling one.

But even as we’ve grown, we’ve stayed true to the roots that I established when we got started. The BLH core identity is composed of a series of values:

  • Quality—deliver or exceed client expectations on quality;
  • Integrity—provide the right services, at the right price;
  • People—create an environment of respect and dignity;
  • Clients—be a major contributor to our clients’ success;
  • Profits—expand productivity, creativity, and profitability; and
  • Community—be good corporate citizens.

I’m so proud of this group, of my team. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved. And I know that the best is yet to come.