On a Friday in August, Germantown software firm VBA’s leadership team learned the company secured a $156 million private-equity investment. The following day, a Saturday, chief technology officer Rich Pierce worked 20 hours.

He was busy with technology projects the company calls Project Argonaut. Meanwhile, chief client officer Rachel Lanser and president and CEO Mike Clayton were preparing to travel out of state for an onsite finalist presentation.

“I didn’t even get to celebrate until the week after,” Pierce said during a joint interview. “I sent these guys a picture when my wife and I went out.”

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