About BarnAllen - ZAI Joint Venture

BA-ZAI brings together the expertise, capabilities, resources, and qualifications of two companies, BarnAllen and ZAI, that specialize in Records and Information Management (RIM) services for Government and commercial clients. Founded in 2009, BarnAllen is a minority-owned small business certified for participation in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. ZAI is mid-tier company that has been serving Government and commercial customers for more than three decades.  

The executive leaders of our two companies have long-term working relationships that span more than 25 years. They each bring comprehensive experience managing records centers and libraries, implementing IT solutions, and managing Government programs. They understand the challenges of organizing, processing, and managing large data stores for operational efficiency and delivering useful information to stakeholders in a multi-media, platform independent environment that complies with all prevailing regulations. More importantly, they bring a shared commitment to delivering exceptional customer service built on a solid platform that combines technical expertise, sound management practices, and corporate resources to support every conceivable requirement. 


Our leaders bring extensive domain experience in records, libraries, information, and technology management. In addition, they infuse a commitment to customer service and performance quality across all of our projects. Our companies’ ISO 9001:2015 certifications are just one example of our drive for excellence. We have also implemented management tools and methodologies that allow us to deliver high-quality, consistent performance every day for our clients.

Gordon Barnaby – BA-ZAI Managing Partner (also CEO of BarnAllen)

A professional with 35 years of experience in the records, library, and information management fields, Mr. Barnaby provides overall leadership, customer relationship management, and JV strategy and relationship oversight. He also oversees corporate functions concerned with financial and contract management, budgeting, and resource management. Mr. Barnaby’s extensive experience, gained at levels ranging from project-level to executive corporate management, allows him to quickly grasp evolving program needs and opportunities, understand client requirements, and devise solutions for strategic evolution.

Mr. Barnaby has hands on leadership experience supporting a wide range of Federal organizations, including the Food and Drug Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Health Resources and Services Administration; U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Geological Survey; and U.S. Coast Guard; as well as companies in the private sector. Mr. Barnaby holds a BA in Business Management.

Mary Blevins – BA-ZAI Member Partner (also CEO of ZAI)

Ms. Blevins has more than 40 years of Government contracting experience, including more than 30 years filling senior and executive management positions. Over her career she has filled executive leadership roles directly managing nearly every corporate function, to include accounting, contracts, human resources, facilities, and marketing and operations. She has hands-on experience managing mission-critical information management contracts and developing the strategic vision and technology solutions to transform the way clients do business, introducing cost efficiencies and improving customer service. She is experienced providing executive contract management for a number of civilian agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Labor, Justice, Treasury, and Defense, as well as local governments and commercial clients. Ms. Blevins holds a BS in Business Administration. She is a member of ARMA International (the records management association), AIIM (the Association of Information and Image Management), and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).