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David McKannan Memorial Run 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—15 May, 2018

The David McKannan Memorial Run was held Saturday, May 12th.  This annual run is held in memory of David, an avid runner, loving father, husband, brother, and deciBel employee who lost his battle with ALS in 2012. deciBel was the presenting sponsor for this event.

Walk to End Lupus Sponsor

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—5 May, 2018

dBGives was a purple sponsor in this 2018 Walk to End Lupus. The walk was held on Saturday, May 5th at Columbia High School in Huntsville.

2018 Best Places to Work Finalist

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—18 April, 2018

deciBel Research was named as a contender for the Huntsville Madison County Chamber Best Places to Work in the Medium Employees category for 2018. This program celebrates businesses that create an excellent workplace culture through employee engagement, strong leadership and excellent communication.

deciBel has Talent!

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—18 April, 2018

Our employees showed off their individual talents during deciBel’s annual talent show to raise money for the American Hear Association’s Heart Walk. Our amazing acts raised over $5,000 for this event! We would also like to thank our employees who teamed together to represent deciBel in the April Heart Walk!

dBGives Volunteers to Help Local Homeless

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—1 March, 2018

dBGives provided a hot breakfast for First Stop in March. This organization provides services to homeless or re-establishing citizens of our community. Thanks to all of our employees who donated their time for this worthy cause.

Jeff Gronberg CVO for Huntsville Heart of the Valley YMCA

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—15 February, 2018

deciBel President, Jeff Gronberg, has assumed the role of Chief Volunteer Officer (CVO) for the Huntsville Heart of the Valley YMCA for the 2018 year. The Heart of the Valley YMCA, comprised of three branches, three early childhood education centers, and a camp, is proud to serve the North Alabama area. Since 1910, the YMCA has continued to support the needs of our growing and diverse communities through quality programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Congratulations to Jeff as he shares his leadership skills with this fine organization.

dBGives Supports Local Vetran Home

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—21 December, 2017

In December 2017, dBGives supported Tutt Fan State Veteran’s Home in Huntsville by donating new, white undershirts in various sizes to local veterans. Our employees generously provided hundreds of T-Shirts for our veterans!

15th Year Anniversary

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—15 November, 2017

2017 marked deciBel’s 15th year as a company. We are so proud of the work we do to support our customers and the outstanding employees we have in Huntsville, Dayton and Colorado Springs!


Fifteenth Annual Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Tour

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—14 August, 2017

deciBel Research was once again a proud sponsor for the 15th Annual Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Tour held July 15th-16th in Dayton, OH. This annual fund raiser supports United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton, the Alzheimer’s Association, South Community, and JDRF.


Fifth Annual David McKannan Memorial Run

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—12 June, 2017

deciBel Research’s charitable organization, dBGives, was once again a presenting sponsor for the fifth annual David McKannan Memorial Run on May 13, 2017. This run is held in memory of David, a deciBel employee, avid runner, loving father, husband, and brother who lost his battle with ALS in 2012. On behalf of dBGives, deciBel is grateful to all of the employees who volunteered their time and energy to support this event and impact their community.


deciBel’s Got Heart!

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—14 April, 2017

deciBel Research was a corporate sponsor of the 2017 American Heart Society’s Heart Walk in Huntsville, AL, on 8 April 2017.  Additionally, our charitable giving group, dBGives, formed a “ deciBel’s Got Talent “ show to raise money for this event.  Employees and their family members showed off their talents, raised the roof, and raised over $6,000 for the Heart Walk.  Our Team deciBel group was recognized at the Heart Walk as the number one fundraising group!!  We are proud of our folks who shared their talents and came out to support the walk. We also appreciate the generosity our employees exhibited for this very worthy cause! 

2017 Best Places to Work Finalist

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—13 April, 2017

deciBel Research, Inc. recently participated in the 2017 Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County’s Best Places to Work competition.  The Best Places to Work program recognizes local employers with an outstanding workplace culture.

deciBel made the finalist list (medium category) for the 2017 Best Places to Work based on employee survey results. Finalists were recognized by the Huntsville Chamber during a luncheon on Tuesday, March 21st.

At deciBel Research, the continuous growth and happiness of our employees are top priorities. Employee perks, rich benefits, and cool company events help us maintain a family-focused environment, ensuring all employees feel valued and motivated.  More information about this event can be found here:


Jeff Gronberg Receives National Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—3 October, 2016

On September 29, 2016 Jeff Gronberg, President/CEO of deciBel Research, Inc. headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded the Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).  Gen Craig R. McKinley, USAF (Ret), the President and CEO of NDIA attended the local NDIA Tennessee Valley Chapter Awards Dinner to present the award to Mr. Gronberg.  Gen McKinley, in reading a portion of the award commented that “Following a pattern of success and accomplishment, Mr. Gronberg’s effort at deciBel Research has contributed to making the company one of the most successful and highly regarded defense contractors in the small business area.” Mr. Gronberg was selected from candidates nominated by NDIA Chapters across the United States. He serves on the Boards of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100 BizPac, American Red Cross North Alabama Chapter, Heart of the Valley YMCA, and NDIA-TVC.  Jeff is active in Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, ALS Association, American Heart Association, MS Society and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Development Council. 


About Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award
The Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award is a national award named in honor of Dr. Kathleen P. Sridhar, who was a small business CEO of uncommon ability and accomplishment. She was very active in NDIA conferences, seminars, and events, and eventually served as President of the San Diego Chapter of NDIA. She was known as an inspirational leader who mentored others to successful leadership positions in the small business sector of the defense industrial base. The Sridhar Award and medal recognize leadership and strategic impact in the defense small business sector. It is bestowed annually on a defense industry small business executive who best reflects Dr. Sridhar’s leadership excellence and support for a robust small business sector in the defense industrial base.

deciBel Celebrates 14th Birthday!

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—6 September, 2016

On September 6, 2016, deciBel Research celebrated 14 years since the company was founded by Bassem Mahafza. We appreciate all of our employees and look forward to sharing many more anniversaries with them.


Jeff Gronberg Hosts Chamber of Commerce SBA

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—30 August, 2016

Jeff Gronberg, President of deciBel Research, hosted the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce 31st Small Business Awards on August 30, 2016 at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.  Jeff currently serves as the Chamber Small Business Vice Chair and was the recipient of the Russel G. Brown Executive at the Small Business Banquet in 2015. 


UAH Alabama Science and Engineering Fair

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—2 April, 2016

Each year, our Chief Scientist Enrico Poggio is asked to be a VIP judge for the Alabama Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF), hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

This year, he joined judges representing several large defense contractors and Government agencies to review 25 middle and high school finalists in the categories of Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Physics and Astronomy.

The ASEF is just one part of a much bigger framework of the science and engineering fairs that take place around the world every year. In the U.S., students first compete at the regional level. Alabama, for example, has five regional science and engineering fairs. The winners at that level go on to compete at the state level, which had 250 entries this year. Each state fair can then provide funding to send up to four overall finalists to the International Science and Engineering Fair, which this year was held in Phoenix, Arizona.


Sally Colocho Dances for HEALS

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—3 November, 2015

Sally Colocho, deciBel’s Chief Analyst, was a celebrity dancer for the Stars Dancing for HEALS on November 2, 2015.  The HEALS organization is a local group that provides access to health and dental care to many children in our area.  Sally was recruited to participate in their major fundraiser, and has spent the past several months learning to salsa and fundraising.  She and her instructor Chris Dawson performed in the televised competition along with 7 other couples.  deciBel was also a corporate sponsor for this event. 
This one night broke all previous records for HEALS for fundraising by 94,000, raising well over 300,000.  Sally won 3rd place for the total amount raised and gave an amazing performance. We are very proud of Sally’s accomplishments to raise money for such a worthy cause!

More information about this event can be found here:


LRDR News Release

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—26 October, 2015

Lockheed Martin Awarded $784 Million Contract to Build Ballistic Missile Defense Radar
MDA Long Range Discrimination Radar Program Designed to
Protect U.S. from Ballistic Missile Threats

MOORESTOWN, N.J., Oct. 26, 2015 The U.S Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded a team led by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract to develop, build and test the first Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR). The radar system will form the backbone of a layered ballistic missile defense strategy to protect the U.S. homeland from ballistic missile attacks.

The nine-year contract will, with options, have the potential to be worth about $784 million. Work will primarily be performed in New Jersey, Alaska, Alabama, Florida and New York.

LRDR is a high-powered S-Band radar, incorporating solid-state gallium nitride (GaN) components, and capable of discriminating real threats from decoy targets at extreme distances. LRDR is a key component of the MDA’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) that will provide tracking data to enable separate defense systems to lock on and engage ballistic missile threats, a capability that stems from Lockheed Martin’s decades of experience in creating ballistic missile defense systems for the U.S. and allied governments.

“The U.S. has a limited number of ground-based interceptors to detect threats, yet the number of potential missile threats and decoys used to hide those threats is growing,” said Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors business. “Our offering meets the MDA’s vision for LRDR by pairing innovative radar discrimination capability with proven ballistic missile defense algorithms.”

This MDA selection builds upon the U.S. government’s long-term investment in S-Band radar, ground-based radar, and systems integration, as evident in such Lockheed Martin technologies as the Aegis Combat System, Space Fence and Aegis Ashore. Since 2012, Lockheed Martin has offered solid state ground-based S-Band radar utilizing an Open GaN Foundry model that leverages relationships with strategic GaN suppliers.

“Our mature, scalable, GaN-based S-Band technology was ideally suited for this high performance ballistic missile defense application,” Bannar said. “LRDR represents the latest evolution in ground-based radar and ballistic missile defense.”

When constructed, LRDR will consist of a solid-state, active electronically-scanned antenna and the facility to house and operate this radar antenna. Lockheed Martin’s proposed LRDR system will be built on an aggressive timeline, ready for operational testing in Clear, Alaska by 2020.

Lockheed Martin has developed a team of corporate partners to meet the challenges of the LRDR program, including deciBel research (Huntsville, Ala.), AMEC (Alpharetta, Ga.), ASRC Federal (Barrow, Alaska), IERUS Technologies (Huntsville, Ala.), PENTA Research (Huntsville, Ala.), and Davidson Technologies (Huntsville, Ala.).

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

Women Honoring Women

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—17 September, 2015

deciBel sponsored a table at the annual Women Honoring Women Reception for the WEDC Foundation at the VBC on September 17th, 2015.  The WEDC’s mission is to empower women in the community to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing mentors, development programs and financial assistance through grants and scholarship.  Every year the WEDC selects six women in Madison County who are recognized for their career success, their significant contributions to community and overcoming their own significant obstacles to achieve their dreams.  Several deciBellians were on hand with over 600 people to witness these women’s extraordinary and inspirational stories and help raise money for the foundation.


Jeff Gronberg Receives Leadership Award

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—11 September, 2015

Jeff Gronberg, President of deciBel Research, was presented with the Russel G. Brown Executive Leadership award at the Alabama Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Banquet on Friday, September 11, 2015. This prestigious award honors excellence in leadership and entrepreneurship among local business executives.



Happy 13th Birthday, deciBel!!

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—8 September, 2015

On September 8, 2015, deciBel Research celebrated 13th years since the company was founded by Bassem Mahafza.  A special birthday reception was hosted in Huntsville in recognition of this anniversary. We appreciate all of our employees and look forward to sharing many more anniversaries with them.


deciBel News dB Races In Memory of David McKannan

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—20 August, 2013

deciBel Research through its charitable arm, dBGives, was presenting sponsor for the McKannan Memorial Run for ALS Alabama on May 18, 2013. David McKannan, a former deciBel employee, lost his battle to ALS in 2012. To honor David’s spirit of tenacity and courage, deciBel supports this 5K to raise money for support and research for ALS Alabama. Jeff Gronberg, President of deciBel, kicked off the event with opening remarks, remembering David’s desire to find a cure for this cruel disease.  David was highly esteemed at deciBel, as is evidenced by the almost twenty deciBel employees/family members who registered as runners for this event, to include employees from its Dayton office, and many first-time 5Kers.  Many other employees came to the event to work as volunteers. On behalf of dBGives, deciBel is grateful to all of the employees who volunteered their time and energy to support this event and impact their community.

deciBel Honors David McKannan

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—4 August, 2011

In an on-location announcement June 21, 2011, with the McKannan family looking on, Dr. Bassem Mahafza, CEO and President of deciBel Research, dedicated and renamed its large conference room as the “David McKannan Conference Room.” David McKannan, a loved and respected deciBel employee, has been battling a form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In Dr. Mahafza’s remarks, he spoke of Mr. McKannan’s grace, intellect, and tenacity. Mr. McKannan accepted this honor in person. Maureen McKannan, David’s wife, spoke for David and thanked the dB family for their love and support.


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