Recognizing the need for businesses and institutions to communicate, Thomas Hewitt, a pioneer in the government market, died at the age of 83 after a long battle against cancer.
Hewitt realized that both sides needed to interact in an era when the government did not trust industry, and as a result, built a reputation for not allowing industry to talk to the government. ..
They broke that barrier by working with partner Bob Dornan to set up a federal source to leverage government data on contracts and procurement. Then present that information to companies considering doing business with federal agencies.
Dornan was the data officer and Hewitt provided the context and connection. He was able to talk to a government that industry executives couldn’t. He organized an event to attract government speakers at a time when it was unusual.
Hewitt liked to share, as his many friends and colleagues prove.
“He knew almost everyone, always spent time with me, advised who to meet, who to invite to my dinner, and was simply warm and open,” said Marketing. Networking expert Mark Amtower said. “Tom Hewitt will never be again.”
Scott Lewis was the leader of Input, a direct competitor to Hewitt’s Fed Sources (both later acquired by Deltek).
Lewis called Hewitt an icon.
“When I was the (Vice President) of Input, we had a strong yet friendly competition,” Lewis said. “He was always friendly when he bumped into each other at the event, even if he faced each other directly to win the client.”
Hewitt has been recognized for his work in the market many times, including four selections for the FCW Federal 100 Awards in the 1990s.
Friendly, unity, and all that is transmitted is an adjective used to describe Hewitt. Few people, like Dan Young, former CEO of Federal Data Corporation, had the opportunity to experience it up close.
Young, Hewitt and his wives traveled together each year for decades, traveling around the world. They both left the area of Washington, DC and headed for Florida. They also lived close to each other on Long Boat Quay and moved to Jupiter within a week of each other.
Their homes are about 300 yards apart, or as Young explained, they are separated by three trees and a wedge.
“It gives you some thoughts on how we stuck together,” Young said.
Young said he was as friendly and outgoing as Hewitt, but what really made him stand out was his ability to listen.
“He was a very good listener and knew when to ask questions and when to shut up,” Young said.
His listening ability harmonizes well with his desire to help people.
“When people talked to him, and when they had a problem, he felt he should solve it. He was a great problem solver,” Young said.
From the 1970s to the 1980s, Hewitt saw the biggest problem in the market as the lack of communication between government and industry.
“That’s what we were missing and Tom intervened,” Young said. “He ate those crazy little breakfasts.”
Young once complained to Tom about not being able to contact a particular member of the Diet.
“I couldn’t get through his guards,” he said.
Hewitt told him to come to the next breakfast.
“I noticed I was sitting next to him and we became fast friends,” he said. “That was one of the ways Tom solved the problem. He gathered people.”
Young said he would be one of the speakers at Hewitt’s memorial service on July 7, and it would be difficult to condense everything that was Tom Hewitt into minutes.
“He had a surprisingly diverse career,” Young said. “He liked to abandon himself as a rural boy from Newton, North Carolina, but in reality he was incredibly accomplished and smart.”
Prior to FedSources, Hewitt worked as an aeronautical engineer and was able to execute mathematical formulas in his head.
“He had all these abilities. He did research on space programs and designed planes. He was a pilot, a sailor, and a wine lover,” Young said. .. “He was a very diverse man … I miss him.”
Hewitt was born on September 6, 1938. His memorial service will take place on July 7th at 11:00 am at the Icock Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center in Jupiter, Florida.
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