X3M Systems Names Bob Smith as COO

X3M Systems reported the appointment of Bob Smith as its chief operating officer (COO).

According to a media release, Smith brings nearly 40 years' experience in technical, mission-focused service delivery to the federal government. He will be responsible for establishing and managing an operational environment for an emerging 8(a) organization.

"We are extremely excited and honored to welcome Bob as X3M Systems new COO," said Ehsan Bozorgi, X3M's CEO. "His extraordinary success in assisting young companies like ours to rapidly realize their potential with innovation, honesty, and hard work perfectly fits our culture and our vision."

Prior to joining X3M, Smith was chief operating officer of the Information and Technical Solutions operating group at ASRC Federal where he was responsible for multiple subsidiaries supporting both civil and DoD agencies. Previously, he oversaw rapid growth as president of InuTeq, a subsidiary in the ASRC Federal family, from its inception in the 8(a) program. Overall, Smith was instrumental in capturing and executing a portfolio of more than $1B in contract value during his tenure with ASRC Federal.

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    Papyrus Joins Forces with Designer Lela Rose

    Papyrus is looking to bring the “elegance and style” of fashion to its greeting cards via a new designer collaboration series.

    According to a release, the collaboration marks the first time a fashion design house and greeting card brand have joined forces to develop a custom greeting card collection.

    Papyrus said it is partnering with American fashion designer Lela Rose to introduce the series. Rose will feature her "sophisticated yet modern style" in the debut card and gift collection, slated to launch during New York Fashion Week. The collection will be available in New York City Papyrus stores and select retailers in September, with availability expanding to all Papyrus locations and retailers in October.

    "The fashion designer collaboration series is a celebration of the commitment Papyrus has to the arts, including a focus on the fashion industry, quality craftsmanship and trend-forward design," said Christy Kaprosy, President of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings. "We are delighted to have Lela Rose's elegant line lead the first Papyrus fashion designer collaboration program, and we are excited to bring more fashion designers to our loyal customers in the future."

    The company noted the collection, which draws inspiration from some of Rose's recent runway designs, consists of 16 cards and five gift accessories, including gift bags, gift tissue, roll wrap and a gift tag set. It also will be available online at

    "I'm thrilled to be the first designer to collaborate with Papyrus on their exclusive new fashion series," said Lela Rose. "This is a unique way to showcase our designs, silhouettes and prints, and extend the brand into a new category."





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