Cask Ranked #5 Best Small Firm to Work For 2013

Cask is honored to be distinguished as a Top 5 Best Small Firm to Work For by Consulting Magazine for three consecutive years.

The sustained recognition provides awareness and reinforcement of the direction we have been heading as well as encouragement to continue what we are doing, not only internally, but externally with our clients as well. Our employees are the reason we achieve this award year after year. The passion they have for their job extends to the services provided to our clients to create a constant need for our expertise within their organizations.

Liz Guezzale, Founder and CEO of Cask, says “Cask strives to be a leading small business that provides our associates with the necessary resources and tools to be successful consultants. We push associates to adapt – to use the benefits and options they have to create a healthy work environment, to advance their knowledge in both their core disciplines and tangential bodies of knowledge, to expand their networks with clients, partners, competitors, and others not directly related to this business at all.  Enhancing one’s capabilities and environment not only increases the capabilities and satisfaction of our consultants, but it also allows Cask to offer a higher degree of expertise to our customers. The benefits Cask provides are critical to the success of our company as well as our associates and their families.” 

The award is given based on Client Engagement, Firm Culture, Firm Leadership, Career Development, Work/Life Balance and Compensation & Benefits. To learn more about these topics and the breakdowns, please visit Consulting Magazine.

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Cask Noticed by the Free Lance Star – “Stafford firm joins export push”

Cask is proud to announce that we have been selected for the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade Program by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.


A national company whose largest office is in North Stafford was recently accepted into a state program that will help it export its services.

Cask LLC is one of 47 firms participating in Virginia Leaders in Export Trade, or VALET. The two-year program is run by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization the General Assembly created to help the state’s economy by increasing exports.

Cask has an office in Europe and has been working on exporting its services for several years. It saw VALET as an opportunity to use state resources to accelerate those efforts, said Erin Coady, the company’s VALET project manager.

Cask helps officials in the public and private sectors decide on the best investments to make in such things as technology for their department or business.

“We help clients determine not only the costs, but also the benefits, which are hard to quantify, so they get a real sense of the return on their investment” Coady said.

Cask also helps clients implement whatever products or services they decide to buy—or had already purchased—from third-party vendors so that they get the best results.

While in the VALET program, the company would like to enter three new foreign markets and then build on that momentum after it graduates, Coady said.

Exporting is big business in Virginia. In 2010, Virginia’s service exports totaled $13.8 billion and supported 125,012 jobs, according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s website,

The next year, the most recent for which figures are available, the total value of Virginia exported of goods reached $18.1 billion. That’s a 5.5 percent increase from 2010.

VALET jump-starts companies’ export efforts by providing access to $15,000 in reimbursement funds from the state, and helping them target markets, develop marketing plans and do such things as update their websites.

To be eligible, a company must have at least 20 employees, $2 million in annual sales, a $20,000 annual commitment toward export trade and have completed international market research.

Cask is headquartered in San Diego, but its largest office in terms of business and revenues is in Aquia Towne Center in North Stafford. About 50 people work there.

“Cask is in the right place and the right size to be a good candidate for the [VALET] program,” Coady said.

To date, more than 200 Virginia companies have been accepted into the program. On average, they experience an 88 percent increase in international sales during and immediately after the program, according to

VitaTech Electromagnetics, a Stafford company accepted into the program last year, already has some prospective clients, said Christina Vitale, its business development manager. “It’s a wonderful program,” she said, “and we’re happy to be a part of it.”

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VEDP Announced Cask’s Acceptance into VALET Program

Four Northern Virginia Companies Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program 

Two-year program provides resources to support international business 

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of four Northern Virginia companies into its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. Launched in January 2002, the program assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to  as an expansion strategy.

The new companies accepted into the program include Cask, LLC of Stafford County; ENSCO, Inc., and Euclid Systems Corporation, both of Fairfax County; and Trinity Applied Strategies Corporation of the City of Alexandria.

Currently, the VALET program has 47 companies as participants. The program provides participating companies assistance from the Commonwealth and from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their international goals. These private sector service providers, such as attorneys, website designers, bankers, translators, accountants and freight forwarders contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing their export initiatives.

These Virginia companies join the program as part of the 24th class of the VALET program. To participate, each eligible business must meet several quantitative criteria and complete an application process. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export. Currently, more than 200 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

“The VALET program generates international sales for Virginia businesses,” said Paul Grossman, VEDP Vice President of International Trade. “Since its inception in

2002, the program has worked with more than 200 businesses to accelerate their international sales growth. Because of the program’s proven success and because jobs are created when Virginia companies sell more into global markets, it is important that we continue to assist Virginia companies through the program. We are happy to welcome

these companies to VALET and look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years.”

Cask, LLC

Cask provides technology, investment, acquisition/procurement and advisory services to both government and commercial clients. The company helps clients identify, aggregate and analyze the financial, technical, security and process-related information necessary to make and measure investment decisions. 


ENSCO provides unique solutions for challenges in national security, transportation, environmental science, machine vision, automated inspection and control, signal processing, range systems and managed engineering services, making travel safer.

Euclid Systems Corporation

Euclid Systems develops ophthalmic devices and therapies. The company designed the world’s first contact lenses that correct vision overnight while the patient is sleeping.

Trinity Applied Strategies Corporation (TAS-Corp)

TAS-Corp provides risk management services to private sector corporations and government agencies. They design and implement cost effective risk mitigation plans and strategies using their own unique software tools and management processes.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 25-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, China, Germany, Mexico, Japan, India and the United Kingdom.

To learn more about VALET program, visit or Contact: Suzanne West Clark, (804) 545-5806,     

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Cask Selected For The VALET Program

Cask is proud to announce that we have been selected for the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade Program by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Beginning in July 2013, Cask will participate in the award-winning business acceleration program to expand our international presence. Selection for the VALET Program is based upon a competitive process assisting exporters, such as Cask, who have firmly established domestic operations and who are committed to international export as an expansion strategy.

“VALET offers a powerful combination of capital resources provided by the state along with professional services from expert, private-sector partners. Each year, 25 qualifying companies ramp up their global marketing efforts through this program. Companies graduate from this comprehensive, two-year business acceleration program with greater focus on the potential of export trade profits. On average, companies experience an 88% increase in international sales during and immediately following the program.” 

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Cask Helping Move Cost Estimation Forward for the DoD

Released on March 25th by Kira N. Waxer, Naval Postgraduate School Public Affairs – The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) campus in Monterey, Calif., working jointly with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), will graduate its first group of 24 students March 29, with master’s degrees in cost estimating and analysis (MCEA). (more…)

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