About 9th Way

9th Way Solutions is an emerging Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) committed to working with our clients to provide next-generation, results-oriented technology—on time and under budget—in health IT, infrastructure design and build, cybersecurity, cloud solutions, and data analytics.

Leadership Team

Melissa Chapman

Melissa Chapman, President, has led a number of successful Government and private-sector projects, many of
which have had lasting impact on the evolution of health information technology. Throughout her
career, she has demonstrated a significant capacity to understand complex problems; deconstruct those
problems into their technology, process, and staffing components; and develop feasible, reliable
solutions that address those problems in a sustainable way. Melissa’s career highlights include Vice
President at Salient CRGT, Vice President at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Principal
at Booz Allen Hamilton, and Chief Information Officer for both the Food and Drug Administration and
the Department of Health and Human Services.


Willard Williams, Chief Operating Officer, has provided operational leadership on critical Federal enterprise IT programs for more
than 25 years for companies that include HP Enterprise Services, AECOM, and Unisys. He served as Vice
President at both Triple-i and Salient CRGT, where he led a team of 330 professionals at the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) providing End User Services support for 25,000 Federal
employees. As Director of Operations for the ESA III program, he led more than 200 personnel at HP
Enterprise Services in providing Enterprise IT services for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives. Will brings not only proven operational prowess, but also a razor-sharp mission focus on
customer problems.


Steve Ikirt, Chief Executive Officer,   for 9th Way Solutions and Insignia Technology Services. Both are Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned small businesses (SDVOs).  His 35 years of experience serving government customers has led him to this fundamental position:

“Our People are our product, they are everything. Without high-quality, ethical and talented individuals our company’s future is at stake. Our government customers demand talent and performance. With the right team members this company can achieve anything our customers require.”

Steve is a retired Army LTC, with over 21 years of service to our nation.
He is the Co-founder and CEO of Information Innovators Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Mr. Ikirt along with Co-founder Debbie Ikirt, grew Information Innovators Inc. from 4 employees to over 950 full-time employees, prior to selling the company in 2017.  His duties included managing company officers, multiple acquisitions and charting the course for the company-all the while successfully consulting for a dozen government agencies on more than 80 government contracts over a 16-year period.

Steve has amassed over thirty-five years of military and civilian experience in the fields of Information Systems Acquisition, Health Information Technology, Information/Cyber Security and Telecommunications.  His management experience includes over 1.5 billion dollars of DOD programs to include: $650 million in Defense Information Systems Network deployments and acquisition support; $150 million in U.S. Army communications deployments, including command and acquisition program management during Desert Storm; over $200 million in Defense Contract Management Agency requirements.  He has also supported our nation’s most critical agencies.

Classification: Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business
DUNS: 081237685
CAGE Code: 83YG6
NAICS: 541199, 541512, 541513, 541519, 541611, 541620, 541715
GSA Schedule 70 Contract Number: 47QTCA19D003H: SIN 132-51 Information Technology (IT) and Professional Services

Established: 2018
Headquarters: Ashburn, Virginia