Mark Piccirilli founded the company in 2001 and over the past 20 years, he has led growth in the firm from $175,000 in sales and two employees to more than $7 million and nearly 40 employees all the while maintaining a reputation for quality work. In recognition of that excellence, FirstPic, Inc. received the 2014 American Express OPEN Small Business Government Contractor of the Year award and was selected for a Best of award in the Industrial & Labor Consulting Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). For over 25 years, Mr. Piccirilli has managed multiple projects under contracts with federal government agencies, but has also worked directly and extensively with tribes, state agencies, schools, youth service organizations, and tribal and other community-based organizations. As a result, he has developed substantial skills in the areas of youth development programming, public housing, crime and drug abuse prevention, project design and management, needs assessment, technical assistance and training, prevention programming, and meeting and conference management. Mr. Piccirilli has a master’s degree in criminal justice from The American University.