Kathy Boe, Boecore

Boecore, the defense contractor founded by Kathy Boe, employs 150 and has a wholly-owned subsidiary. Boe herself has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and now a “Woman of Influence,” and it all started in Southern California with a job tip.

At age 20, Boe, who grew up in Simi Valley, Calif., had just received her associate’s degree and was working in a bank. A friend of her father mentioned an engineering-assistant position at Hughes Aircraft. Boe applied, got it, and immediately enrolled in computer classes to augment her skills.

Believing in her ability, Boe’s new boss directed her to write missile programs. With mentoring from senior programmers, Boe wrote a telemetry interface test in both Fortran and assembly language. On completing her project, the team took Boe to lunch and awarded her with a plaque for all her hard work. Her career was beginning to take off.

Hughes offered to pay for Boe to further her education, and she entered a management degree program at Pepperdine University. She worked days for Hughes and attended management classes at night, got her degree, and accepted a transfer with Hughes to Colorado.

Fast forward to 2000. Boe, married with three children, started Boecore, Inc. in her basement. Boecore didn’t stay in the basement for long. Thanks to some strategic partnerships with major aerospace players like Northrop, Boecore expanded rapidly.

Today it provides national defense and commercial clients with a critical array of technical disciplines. Those clients include Air Force Space Command, Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army INSCOM, Defense Intelligence Agency and NASA, to name just a few. Boecore now has a 50-employee subsidiary, BPS, that provides staffing services to the aerospace sector.

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Community outreach is important to Boe. She is a founding board member of the Rocky Mountain Women in Defense organization, a member of the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator Board of Directors, a member of Mayor Steve Bach’s Middle Market CEO Initiative Team, as well as an active supporter of the United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, and Habitat for Humanity.

Boe believes in the importance of having a vision.