significance president and ceo, mary ahern-snyder named 2018 fedfem awards winner

Annapolis, MD

october 23, 2018


Significance President and CEO, Mary Ahern-Snyder has been named a winner of the FedFem Awards by LeadersNest The FedFem awards salute high-impact women-owned businesses (WOBs) and executives of the government contracting (govcon) industry; which is one of the most complex and competitive business sectors in the world. This is the first awards program that recognizes WOBs and female government contracting executives, that are divided in their specific set-asides or sectors that they work in, within the government contracting industry. These winners blend their entrepreneurial courage and federal government support that positively impact the industry, national economy, and the local marketplace. This list is comprised of women whose titles that range from founders, executives, and CEOs of government contracting companies. They collectively generate more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 12,000 individuals.

“They are mission focused and ready,” says Heather Louise Finch, LeadersNest President. “They positively impact their local communities through philanthropic initiatives, all while building wonderful businesses, serving their country, protecting U.S. citizens, and driving innovation in healthcare, technology, cybersecurity, construction, and communications. They are inspirational trailblazers that are driven to succeed. We are honored to recognize them for their achievements.”

Significance Inc. is an Economically Disabled Woman Owned Small Business. “We are honored to receive this award”, said Mary Ahern-Snyder, President and CEO. “Our business was founded in 2014 to make a difference. What matters most is not the success of our company but the significance that our work provides to our client.”

The complete list of winners can be found here



JULY 18, 2018

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Significance, Inc. participated in the 2018 ASMC/AGA Golf Tournament Wednesday, July 18th at Ft. Belvoir’s Woodlawn & Gunston Golf Courses. The annual event provides an opportunity for government, military, and corporate financial management professionals to enjoy a sun-filled, relaxed day out on the golf course. This year, Significance sponsored one of the drink carts that provided a steady stream of refreshments to all the participants! Thank you ASMC, AGA, and all other sponsors that helped make this year’s event a success!



MAY 21, 2018


Significance, Inc. has been awarded a prime contract from the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s requirement for Financial Systems Transition Support for $2.5 million. NAVFAC is a worldwide organization providing facilities engineering, design, construction, consultation, test and evaluation, technology demonstration/implementation, public works, environmental, and acquisition for the Navy and Marine Corps, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.

The team will directly support NAVFAC on IT systems-related issues and will focus on financial systems implementations. The team will also provide recommendations on courses of action and potential resolution. Mary Ahern-Snyder, the company president, noted “We are thrilled to support NAVFAC as they transition financial systems. We are aware that focusing on the mission is paramount, while still maintaining responsibility for the integrity of the financial data.”

Significance, Inc. is an Economically-Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Annapolis, MD. Significance, Inc. is a professional services firm providing innovative solutions and best practices to government and commercial organizations.



mARCH 8, 2018

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Significance, Inc. is a corporate sponsor in support of the 2018 American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) Regional Professional Development Institute (PDI) conducted at the Ronald Reagan Center, Washington, DC, on 8 March. A record 1500 + DoD FM professionals from the National Capital Region attended this important professional development event


Annapolis, MD - For Immediate Release

January 17, 2017

Significance, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Melaine Amendola as Director of Business Development for the firm.  Ms. Amendola has a successful track record in supporting federal agencies in the areas of financial management, financial reporting, budget formulation and execution, and general accounting activities.  She also has experience leading teams responsible for sales, strategic program capture, and proposal management operations across the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

In her new role at Significance, Ms. Amendola will work with existing customers to help identify future requirements and provide her expertise in designing solutions that address those needs. She will also help to expand the company’s client base to other agencies and departments that can benefit from the management, strategy, financial and business system consulting expertise that Significance provides.

Prior to joining Significance, Ms. Amendola, a Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers, served as Customer Relationship Executive for the Department of the Navy, helping to identify new and emerging trends impacting the Navy mission, and develop strategies to address them.  Over her career with them she supported the Defense Security Service in Audit Readiness, supported program management for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, and provided subject matter expertise in budget and finance for Realignment and Closure (BRAC) within the DOD.  She has also served in leadership roles for MorganFranklin Consulting and Booz Allen Hamilton.

In 2015, Ms. Amendola won consulting Magazine’s “Rising Stars of the Profession” Award for excellence in client service In providing federal financial management services to numerous departments within the DOD.  She holds a degree in Financial Management from Virginia Tech University and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager.

“With her breadth of experience in supporting DOD within our core business areas, Melaine will deliver her expertise and value to our key clients” said Mary Ahern, President of Significance Inc. “We are thrilled to have Melaine join the firm. She has enhanced our corporate culture and is a great addition to our growing team.”


two Significant Additions FORMING A Business Systems Practice

Annapolis, MD - For Immediate Release

December 7, 2015

Significance, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of strategic new hires who will lead the new Business Systems division, Mr. Michael Cianciolo and Mr. Brian Opperman.

With many years of experience, both have extensive backgrounds in the management and implementation of financial management systems across the federal government with an emphasis on portfolio management and shared services. Their presence at Significance will facilitate growth in this new division of the company.

As Mr. Cianciolo runs the Business Systems consulting practice within Significance, he will have the ability to penetrate a larger cross-section of needed services in Shared Services than he did within the government. In his most recent position at Department of Treasury, Mike served as the Program Manager for the Financial Management Line of Business for Shared Services. Mike was an integral part of the US Federal government’s first real initiative to move to a shared services platform for financial systems.

“Mike’s insight will be invaluable as Significance creates a methodology for Government Clients that need a flawlessly executed plan to migrate to shared services. We are fortunate that Mike has decided to help us build. Mike and Brian are the first of many investments the company plans to make in this market space.” Significance’s President, Mary Ahern-Snyder, noted of Mike’s joining the Significance team.

Prior to his position at Department of Treasury, Mr. Cianciolo was in a key position as the financial management systems director for the Office of Financial Operations (FMO) within the Department of the Navy.

Along with Mr. Cianciolo, Mr. Brian Opperman has become part of the Significance team. The two have worked together for almost a decade. They started as colleagues but over the years they have evolved into a cohesive team with synergy and drive. Mr. Opperman also has both private and public sector experience. Brian began his professional career at General Dynamics. Later he joined Department of the Navy (FMO).  Mr. Opperman most recently had worked for the Financial Innovation and Transformation office with the Department of Treasury. Together, Mike and Brian will have the opportunity to create a foothold in the market place, especially within the Shared Service space as known innovators and leaders.

“I am excited about joining a wonderful team at Significance, Inc. and look forward to bringing value to the Business Systems Division.  We share a common vision that government’s business operations need to be provided in a central, efficient, and transparent manner.” Mr. Opperman stated.

Mr. Cianciolo and Mr. Opperman will provide strategic planning and management that Business Systems requires to meet client’s needs. Their knowledge of the market place and their key relationships are going to be additional factors in the road to success.  

In a Business Systems division, an understanding that the federal government has to do more with less is key.  Significance has the expertise to assist the government with shrinking the IT footprint and budget while achieving greater efficiencies.  Whether through an increased focus on IT portfolio management or through the implementation of shared services, we possess the skills and experience to help the government rethink the way it does business in the 21st century.

Welcome aboard!

Federal Government Recognizes the Importance oF Planning for Shared Services Implementation

November 9, 2015

It's no surprise, the federal government recognizes a need for clearer road maps when it comes to Shared Services implementation. Read the full article here.

If your organization needs assistance with the implementation of Shared Services, Significance Inc. has the expertise to help your project succeed.  See our "Services" section for an overview of the services we provide, or contact us for a more detailed discussion of how we can help your organization efficiently implement new programs.