Meet techfrederick Task Force Member, Mike Battle
As techfrederick continues to honor Black History Month, we honor the contributions of African Americans throughout history, as well as, celebrate the hometown talent within our own community.
Each week of Black History month we have been highlighting the hard work and commitment to our techfrederick Task Force which formed in July of 2020. The Task Force is a group of passionate local tech leaders assembled to address the barriers to access and advancement that our underrepresented groups are facing here in Frederick’s local tech industry. The Task Force is creating programs which will engage underrepresented youth and connect Frederick technology organizations.
Take a moment this week to get to know Mike Battle…
What services does your organization offer?
BRMi is a privately held, minority-owned, award-winning information technology services firm supporting both government and commercial markets. “BRMi” is an initialism derived from the company’s first legal name: Battle Resource Management, Inc., which was incorporated in 2004. Mike Battle, the company’s founder and President, formed BRMi to affect implementation and bridge delivery gaps that prevent organizations from effectively executing change.
In 2019, BRMi acquired Data Management Services, Inc. (DMS), a Frederick, MD-based government contractor with expertise in the public health market. Founded in 1981, DMS is an information and management sciences company serving clients in the biomedical research, public health, and small business sectors. Its services include IT management, enterprise application management, data analytics, and bioinformatics and scientific programming. The acquisition gave BRMi critical qualifications and a strong base of business in the health and human services arena and provides an important platform to impact our presence in Frederick through success in the growing federal health IT market.
Today, BRMi, provides a wide range of information technology and advisory services. These services are supporting the mission needs of the Health, Homeland Security and Financial Service markets.
One of the core principles of BRMi is our commitment to making a difference in the communities we live and work in. Following the acquisition of DMS, I learned a great deal about the Frederick business community. I also learned about some of the real challenges facing the minority community in the region. The Task Force was a perfect opportunity to get involved in the community in a meaningful way. As a minority, I understand the issues facing our youth. Leveraging the Task Force to provide a path for the minority youth of the region to see the art of the possible, aligns with our corporate goals and my personal passion.
Name a person in history who has inspired you and why?
One of the most inspirational individuals in my life was my father, Dr. Huey J. Battle. He was an inspiration for his intelligence, perseverance and drive. During a time in the 1940s and 50s, when the notion of African American’s getting the opportunity for higher education, my father, upon completing his military service, pursued and achieved the distinction of becoming the first person of color to receive an advanced degree in the history of the State of Oklahoma. He dealt with unbelievable challenges of lack of inclusion and prejudice to become a role model for so many. His legacy is built on his work to help so many see the art of the possible an achieve their dreams of academic success.
Do you have a favorite book that has helped to develop your career mindset and/or leadership style?
My favorite book is “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. It has helped me develop situational awareness and emotional intelligence that has impacted the way I manage individuals and lead my organization.
Tell us about one of your favorite Quarantine pastimes or new hobbies.
Since COVID I have so missed my favorite past time, which is attending James Madison University football games. As a former player, I loved the comradery and passion of the events. So instead, I have taken to cooking. It gives me a creative outlet and a task that has a definitive result. But I can’t wait for the return of football!