Joe Graf is new to Catapult, but not to the work he does at the National Science Foundation (NSF). As a financial analyst working out of NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA, Joe is continuing the work he’s done for years: Focusing on budget planning, budget formation, performance measurement, and obligations and expenditures. It’s what keeps that contract, like all the contracts he’s worked on over the years, humming along.
Catapult was able to snatch up Joe because he’s the victim of that Washington-specific employment problem: sequestration.
Coupled with a contract that was about to come to an end, Joe was furloughed from his last position at a management consulting firm in Washington, DC. But the good news for Joe is that, as he says, “Catapult has a similar corporate culture.” So a sudden job change to a welcoming Catapult wasn’t jarring.
Joe was with his last firm for eight years, and spent 10 years at Raytheon before that. While working full time he also found time to receive his MBA in Finance from George Mason University, which took about four years of school at night.
Joe’s wife Margaret also has a relatively new position: she retired last year after a career in the Air Force Reserves, and now is an intelligence analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton. They’ve been married since 1996, and Margaret often refers to herself as a “winter widow” while Joe and their 15 year-old daughter, Katia, head out skiing.
Those ski trips, generally December through March every year, have taken Joe and Katia to Ski Liberty in Pennsylvania, as well as Vail, CO and Breckenridge, CO. Joe is itching for a trip out west this year. “Utah or Colorado might be in the mix,” he says.
Joe’s big on sportsmanship, and tries not to be a “soccer parent” at Katia’s soccer games, or her swim meets. “There are always one or two people who act out,” he says. “It’s not about a win-loss record, it’s about giving your best.”
That attitude must be why Joe appreciates Catapult’s corporate culture—it’s about giving your best.