Rockville, MD— Heinan Landa, CEO of Optimal Networks, Inc., has been selected as one of four outstanding Wharton alums by the Wharton Club of DC for his business accomplishments, service to the Wharton community, and contributions to the IT industry. Landa and his fellow three honorees will be recognized on Tuesday, April 23 at the 43rd annual Joseph Wharton Awards dinner held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in DC.

Honorees will attend a private and public reception, followed by dinner featuring the award-winning cuisine of Blue Duck Tavern. Adam Landa, Landa’s son, will be providing musical entertainment during the reception. Dinner will be followed by a brief report about the Club and the school, and the presentation of the awards.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized in this way from a group I admire and respect so much,” said Landa. “I feel a strong allegiance to Wharton and our Club, and am proud to be counted among its alumni.”

After graduating from the Wharton Business School in 1991, Landa founded Optimal Networks, Inc. to deliver unparalleled business and technical expertise to law firms, associations, and small and mid-sized businesses and organizations in the Washington, D.C. community.

He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was at Wharton that he developed the idea for Optimal Networks and the business plan that helped guide the company through its formative years.

Landa is actively involved with the Washington metro business community. He is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Wharton Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., one of the largest and most active Wharton Clubs in the world, and is a charter member of the Technology Section of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In addition, he serves as a regular contributor to The Washington Business Journal’s technology e-newsletter, TechFlash, has been featured as a columnist in Washington SmartCEO Magazine, and has written and contributed to articles about critical technology and business issues that have been published in other prominent national and local media.

“Our group is pleased to honor Heinan with this well-deserved award,” said Alan Schlaifer, President, Wharton Club of Washington, DC and Principal, Law Offices of Alan N. Schlaifer, PC. “His commitment to growing Optimal, an organization that operates on the basis of three core values [tell the truth, do the right thing, everyone benefits], and the time and energy he devotes to our Club are admirable.”

Optimal Networks has been named twice by The Gazette of Politics and Business as one of the 53 top businesses and organizations in the State of Maryland and recognized five times by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence for its outstanding culture and work environment. The company received the National Capital Business Ethics Award (NCBEA) recognizing integrity and ethics in the business world in 2009.

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About Optimal Networks
Founded in 1991, Optimal Networks, Inc. provides comprehensive computer and network support and technology consulting services to law firms, associations, and small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). For more than two decades, Optimal has helped approximately 500 clients navigate the ever-increasing changes in technology to make sure their technology is “spotON” and supports their organization’s success.

About The Wharton Club of DC
Founded in 1968, the Wharton Club of Washington, D.C., provides a forum in the Nation’s Capital area for alumni and alumnae of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  They provide members with the best resources available for networking, professional growth, and enjoyable social and cultural events. For more, click here.

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