Director, Engineer and Applied Technology

Company Overview

The company is focused on: Telecommunications Systems / VoIP / IP Telephony; Data Networking; Information Security; Data Centers / Cloud Computing / Virtualization / Storage; IP Video / Video Teleconferencing; Wireless and Mobility; Computing / Servers / Workstations / PC’s / Tablets, etc.

AITC has an opening for a Director, Engineering and Applied Technology position in support of our Global mission but with primary duty station at our Winter Springs, FL. Headquarters.

Position Overview

This is a senior-level executive position that will report to the CEO. The director manages relationships with clients, stakeholders and corporate board members.  Will oversee the engineering team and provides technical status of projects to the CEO / President.  The Director will analyze systems and delegate tasks to team members.  Provide detailed analysis, reports, advice, and designs on all related new systems or system upgrades to existing system components. Provides expertise in requirements analysis, component selection, risk assessment, design, implementation, integration, test, post-delivery support. Must be willing to travel to meet clients, attend conferences and support the CEO as needed for business development.

Primary Responsibilities/Tasks

  • Lead and monitor the progress of engineering teams
  • Design department wide processes and procedures to optimize the use of resources and increase profit
  • Make and approve financial decisions as they relate to the Engineering Department.
  • Communicate the strategic vision to managers and ensure that work aligns with the company’s broader goals.
  • Oversee the execution of a project from initial brainstorming session to finished product
  • Manage teams, assigning roles and establishing work schedules, to include hiring
  • Train new team members and provide technical expertise to teams in crisis
  • Create and monitor budgets for the engineering group
  • Oversees and participates in requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis, system design, detail trade studies, systems integration and test (verification), validation and interface definition studies of system, subsystem or system elements
  • Performs technical planning, cost and risk analyses, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for subsystems and system elements
  • Performs detailed technical analyses for a system, subsystem or system elements
  • Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Researches, designs, and develops systems, in conjunction with software and hardware product development, applying principles and techniques of systems engineering, modeling and simulation and analysis
  • Provides engineering support for proposals
  • Participates in or leads Statement of Work (SOW) generation for subcontracts
  • Guides the successful completion of major programs and projects
  • Plans and executes significant project tasks for activities described above
  • Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses
  • Keeps abreast of technology trends
  • Contributes to the achievement of business objectives
  • Travel required (Up to 40%) to both State side and Overseas locations

Qualifications

  • 15 + years of experience in Systems Engineering
  • 5+ years of Personnel management
  • Degree in an Information Systems or Engineering discipline
  • Experience mentoring and training junior and senior Systems Engineering in the tenants of Systems Engineering
  • Use and understanding of systems engineering concepts, principles, and theories
  • Experience with project leadership principles
  • Strong troubleshooting skills 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working at all levels of the test and integration process,
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to thrive in multi-disciplinary environment 
  • Department of Defense Secret Clearance

Compensation

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience, expertise, education, and potential. We offer our employees competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

AITC Named to Fast 50 2020 List by Washington Technology

List Represents the Most Successful Small Businesses in the Government Market

AITC was named by Washington Technology as a Fast 50 Award winner for 2020.  The outlet lists 50 of the nation’s fastest growing small businesses representing a full spectrum of capabilities, technologies and customers that make up the government contracting (GovCon) market. 

AITC has shown sustained growth and is ranked at number 34 based on its four-year compound growth rate of 36.5 percent which, is reflective of its substantial revenue increase over the last three years. 

“Through the collaboration, innovation, focus and dedication of our employees, our team has worked hard to serve our government customers and deliver impactful results which, is demonstrated by our proven performance and growth. We are honored to be recognized by Washington Technology as one of this year’s fast 50 companies,” says David E. Gardner, CEO of AITC.

To be eligible for the list, a company must be considered a fast-growing small business in the government market with at least $50,000 in government revenue in 2015.   It ranks small businesses according to their compound annual growth rate over the last five years.  Government revenue includes prime contract subcontract work in the federal, state and local markets.

Washington Technology, a web-based specialty publication, is considered the foremost authoritative source of competitive intelligence for executives of small businesses in the federal contracting market.

For more information, view the entire list here.

David E. Gardner Selected as CEO to Lead AITC Into Next Phase of Growth

David E. Gardner
David E. Gardner

AITC has announced the appointment of David E. Gardner to the position of CEO effective March 2, 2020, succeeding Gabriel Ruiz, who will serve as President.  Gardner is the first CEO to join the team, bringing more than three decades of leadership experience and success transforming several businesses from small, mid-tier and large companies.  Through his management expertise and organizational development skills Gardner has enacted executive management whose accomplishments resulted in >$25B in total contract growth for Inc. 5000, Fed 100, and Fortune 100 Information Technology (IT) and Engineering firms in the Department of Defense, federal and health sectors as well as international markets.

“We’re moving from a position of strength to high growth for the future. David is the right CEO to lead AITC to continue our global transformation.  I am confident he will move the company forward with the agility required to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead by utilizing industry best practices,” says Gabriel Ruiz, AITC Owner & President.

Gardner’s success is driven by his diverse experience in building strong executive management teams and developing mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.  His exceptional ability to manage resources ensures each project operates at peak performance yielding optimal results in an efficient and effective manner.

“I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to lead AITC at such an important time in its development. AITC has an incredible brand and market strength that has generated solid growth in recent years. I am looking forward to building a performance-based business yielding optimal results, while simultaneously ensuring we remain focused on delivering the very best quality service to our customers,” says David E. Gardner, AITC CEO. 

Headquartered in Winter Springs, Florida, AITC is a leading SDVOSB and SBA 8(a) certified Systems Integration firm providing IT and Professional Services and Solutions to the Department of Defense, Federal Government and Public Sector agencies. 

Prior to joining AITC, Gardner was CEO/president of his own executive consulting business.   He has also held management positions for private companies including Northrop Grumman/PRC, CACI, General Electric Company, RS Information Systems, Inc., STG Inc. and NCI Information Systems, Inc., among others.

Gardner has an MBA in Finance/MIS from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering/Computer Technology from the University of Rhode Island.

When not working, Gardner is an avid boater – but most importantly, loving husband to his wife Susan and dad to their 20-year old son and University of Virginia student Devin. The Gardners live in Oak Hill, Virginia and Orlando, FL.

IITSEC 2018 Photo Gallery

Innovations Improving Human Performance and Training

Innovations Improving Human Performance and Training

AITC partners with leading-edge innovators.  At I/ITSEC 2018, the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference held annually in Orlando, AITC invited SIMETRI, an 8(a) woman-owned, minority-owned, small business located in Winter Park, FL, to present their latest training innovations.  SIMETRI has been providing end-to-end solutions for critical training support and works with AITC to provide network engineering and architecture design support.

One of SIMETRI’s medical research assistants, Jordan Coulter, explained how SIMETRI’s technologies integrated with others, such as Laerdal manikins, for specific medical procedures and for more inclusive medical training.

SIMETRI’s Manikin Innovations

One of SIMETRI’s anatomical innovations is a leg which can be screwed into a manikin for an amputation procedure.

“It has the tubing where you can connect it into their blood system so that it actively bleeds and you can practice for the applications of tourniquet and other clinical procedures,” Coulter explained.

With more women joining the military, there’s a growing need to train for casualties which affect women, and that means having an anatomically correct manikin to train on. Usually, most manikins are male by default, but it can be expensive to buy a separate manikin for that purpose. So SIMETRI has a more cost-effective solution – a manikin retrofit kit which can be placed on a manikin, without voiding warranties or limiting the manikin’s capabilities.

“You can still do all the procedures, that includes the mask, the vest with the correct female anatomical parts. You can [perform] urinary catherization, needle chest decompressions, etc.” Coulter said.

A part of the kit’s innovation is the silicon skin which allows students to perform venipuncture and phlebotomy procedures. It’s quite resilient to puncture wounds, but they aren’t visible.

Part Task Trainers

Part task trainers allow medical students to perform specific procedures on various parts of the body. At I/ITSEC, SIMETRI showcased some of these devices.

One-part task trainer is for a fasciotomy in a lower leg. This is a surgical procedure where the fascia (connective tissue which covers muscles or internal organs) is cut to alleviate the pressure of a swollen injured muscle or tissue. The common ailment treated by a fasciotomy is called compartment syndrome. By performing a fasciotomy, this can help increase blood flow to the injured muscle and prevent the loss of a limb. SIMETRI’s part task trainer allows a medical student to train on all four compartments of a lower leg.

Not presented at I/ITSEC, but another part task trainer available from SIMETRI is the humeral head intraosseous (IO) trainer, which is a trainer for inserting a needle into the humerus bone for IO infusion into the bone marrow. This type of injection is performed on a patient when intravenous (IV) methods can’t be used. The humeral head is the more rounded part of the upper arm bone which inserts into the shoulder.

With this procedure, the patient’s arm is rotated so that the humerus is in the right position for the needle injection.  Most trainers have only a removable patch of skin to expose the humerus to see if the insertion was done correctly.

SIMETRI’s trainer also has that removable patch of skin, but it also allows surgical students to position a manikin torso with a rotatable arm, simulating how the injection would occur with an actual patient. Instructors can also use this trainer to demonstrate how to correctly position the arm for an IO insertion.

AITC and SIMETRI – Working Together

Innovations Improving Human Performance and TrainingAs a systems integrator, AITC can connect customers with SIMETRI’s medical training solutions such as the park task trainers.  Together we provide systems engineering and integration services and other professional services such as supply chain management, iterative prototyping and development, and systems engineering.

“It’s a win-win for both of us,” said Angela Albán, President and CEO of SIMETRI. “AITC helps us to expand our portfolio, and SIMETRI helps to expand AITC’s. Our partnership is based on a friendship, with a desire to collaborate and find work together.” “By teaming up together, AITC and SIMETRI can use their unique capabilities to bring tailored solutions for their customers,” says Dave Balleweg, AITC’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

To learn more about how AITC can create end-to-end IT solutions for your organization, please contact Lydia Perez in our sales department at sales@aitcinc.com.

AITC Showcases VR Technology at I/ITSEC 2018 Featuring DiSTI Training Platform, VE Studios

AITC Showcases VR Technology at I/ITSEC 2018
Siemens Director in VR new BG HP Backpack

In November last year, AITC Inc. was an exhibitor at I/ITSEC 2018—the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event hosted by the United States Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) —right here in Orlando, Florida.

One of the technology solutions we showcased was an innovative way that virtual reality (VR) has become more mobile—whether you’re inside or outside, but not lacking any power or capabilities.

VR: Beyond the World of Gaming and Into the Workplace and Classroom

VR technology has been linked with gaming for years, but what if you can take the fun of VR to empower people in the classroom or the workplace? Or, what if VR enabled you to take the classroom or workplace with you?

VR in the workplace and the classroom is becoming increasingly commonplace in several industries, helping users to become more engaged with their work. And let’s face it—trainings sometimes can be a little dull—or, at the very least, hard to take what’s written down on a page to incorporate it into the real world.

With traditional training methods, it can be challenging to engage new employees with pertinent information about their jobs and their companies. It can also be time-consuming to train someone on something that requires a lot of hands-on time and experience without possibly disrupting ongoing business operations.

HP’s VR Z Backpack

In 2017, HP introduced the Z Backpack—a more professional way to use VR. For training and simulation, this VR system can make work more alive and real in ways that traditional training programs cannot. What’s unique about this system is that it’s a sophisticated and powerful computer that you can take with you—but it’s not a laptop.

The Z Backpack is a wearable PC with hot swappable batteries—all without any cumbersome cords getting in your way. With a VR headset and two wireless controllers, you can immerse yourself in whatever simulation or training you desire.

When you’re inside, you can dock the system on your desk and wirelessly connect the PC to a desktop screen. If you need to move around or take it outside, you snap the PC to the backpack, put the backpack on, and you’re all set to go.

There are endless simulation and training possibilities with the HP VR Backpack, and that includes military capabilities.

DiSTI & HP – Creating Customized Virtual Training Solutions

In April 2018, Orlando-based software and training solutions firm, DiSTI, formed a partnership with HP as DiSTI’s hardware partner to develop more enterprise-level training solutions. At I/ITSEC, AITC showcased the power and freedom of HP’s Z Backpack along with DiSTI’s training platform, VE Studio. The virtual training showcased at I/ITSEC was created for the U.S. Army Air National Guard.

At I/ITSEC AITC showed how VE Studio created a training curriculum for a Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) to provide over 115 maintenance procedures used to maintain the EC-145 (commercial variant)/UH-172 (military variant) helicopter systems.

“The VE Studio tool/platform was used to develop the training program in its final rendered form and integrated with the HP backpack to provide an untethered training/demonstration experience at I/ITSEC.  VE Studio has been developing a host of training solutions for military and civilian programs around the world – such as helicopters, lawn equipment, tanks, aircraft, and gas turbines and AITC sees this technology as expanding training capabilities and efficiencies in many areas and markets,” says David Balleweg, AITC’s Director Sales and Marketing.

For the U.S. Army Air National Guard, DiSTI was able to quickly create and deliver a training program for half the cost of traditional VMT programs. They helped saved the government an estimated $4 million. In addition to saving time and money, DiSTI’s program helped to make soldiers ready to work on a helicopter without causing any disruptions that come with having to use an actual helicopter for training. DiSTI’s virtual training program also allows for multiple students to work simultaneously as a team in a VR vignette along with an instructor.

“VR and the Z Backpack are an environmental/experiential extension of the learning we create – allowing students freedom of movement within a virtual world so they can interact with the equipment much as they would in real life.  These training solutions can be created for enterprise-level customers with more intricate and complicated training needs or for smaller programs, it depends on the training need and the desired outcome,” says Kevin Mikalsen, DiSTI’s Director of Global Marketing.

As a systems integrator, AITC can leverage programs like VE Studio to help customers with their training needs—whether a customer would want to create their own training application or to create one for customers.  This is one way that AITC can create an end-to-end IT solution that best fits a customer’s needs.

For more information about this technology, please contact Lydia Perez in our sales department at sales@aitcinc.com.

Preparing America’s Warfighter for Success on the Battlefield

Preparing America’s Warfighter for Success on the Battlefield

The primary function of I/ITSEC 2018, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference held annually in Orlando, is to demonstrate a promising exchange of information among industry, the military, and the educational communities.  Ranging from the keynote addresses, to the exhibit hall and demonstrations, the conference was filled with discussions about preparing the warfighter to train as they fight on the battlefield.   Among many vendors present, were several showcasing target  capabilities.   AITC offered insight at our exhibit, to show and provide military training leaders and industry some of the latest technologies available – even if they’re still developing – as a way to know what is possible and how it can help the military meet its training goals.

As part of our interactive demonstrations, AITC showcased an end-to end solution for the military which involves target practice with a Stationary Infantry Target (SIT) or a SIT lifter. This lifter had a 3D Ivan silhouette that was about three feet tall, but there are larger lifters available for vehicle targets.

These digital targets are typically used in live fire ranges, where soldiers use lasers to shoot instead of live ammo. The SIT can also be outfitted with sensors that soldiers can aim and shoot at. There are other capabilities available which can show where the laser round hit the target.

The targets are controlled via laptop through a government-owned computer program called TRACR (Target Range Automated Control and Recording). This software allows the SIT to be fully controlled in any given scenario, and that can be through a direct cable connection, a Wi-Fi connection, or an LT connection.

The SIT is battery powered, but it can be operated on solar energy and electricity. With these features, live fire range trainings with this SIT and the TRACER can be more mobile and can be taken to more remote areas. Field cameras can also be used to show how trainees perform during target practice.

AITC helps as a system integrator and creates added benefits to military customers by taking all of these components – SIT lifters, computers, the software, the necessary internet connections and other equipment – to provide an end-to-end IT solution.   “In order to set up a live fire range, AITC can plan and set up the entire operation without the burden of dealing with hardware and software complexities,” says Steve North, AITC Senior Systems Engineer.

This is just one way that AITC provides tailored IT solutions for customers. To learn more about how AITC can leverage our partnerships and expertise to help your organization, please contact Lydia Perez in the sales department at sales@aitcinc.com.

AITC Showcases Team Collaboration in a Box – A Powerful Collaboration Solution Removing Barriers for Usage and Deployment

AITC Showcases Team Collaboration in a Box

At I/ITSEC 2018, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event hosted by the United States Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), AITC showcased audio-visual integration capabilities at their exhibit. Teaming with their technology partner, AVI-SPL, a Tampa, FL-based company that provides collaboration and audio-visual solutions for organizations worldwide, AITC wanted to demonstrate a new technology solution, offering more intelligence and usability for team collaborations.

A Collaboration Space with Total Flexibility

If you had walked into the booth, you would have been able to experience the cutting-edge technology in our huddle lounge, a collaboration space that can accommodate a workgroup of up to six people.

The lounge was outfitted with a Cisco room kit, which enabled the demonstration computer to beam his screen to a TV screen – so no cords necessary. The lounge showcased how collaboration could happen not only within the same space, but also remotely. Whether you have a desktop computer, a smartphone, or a laptop, you could be a part of a meeting seamlessly. And this sort of technology could make facilitating training a whole lot easier and accessible.

“It’s not just about the high-end simulation facility, it’s about everyday learning continuing,” explained Steve White, Federal Business Development Manager for AVI-SPL.

How AITC and AVI-SPL Work Together

Working together, AITC and AVI-SPL want to help the U.S. government achieve their identified top two priorities for the federal workforce—to enable collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

“What AITC is able to do is to bring people together to create solutions for the government,” says Lydia Perez, sales operations manager at AITC. AITC can create bundled services and solutions to make it easier for the government and other customers to purchase.

What’s even more helpful and cost-effective is that by creating these bundled solutions, upgrading and maintaining equipment can be a seamless, unified process instead of in a piecemeal way. Whatever kind of IT system you have, when you’re ready to upgrade, these IT solutions can be integrated into yours. Not only can you have the latest software and hardware, but you can have them at a competitive price—saving you overhead costs.

But what if you’re not interested in purchasing equipment and software? We can provide something akin to software as a service (SaaS). It’s what White calls “facilities as a service”, which allows you to save capital expenditures and use operational expenditures. You don’t have to be responsible for servicing or maintaining the software and equipment. But if you want to own it after the service contract is up, that’s also an option.

“We’re putting you on that path to consistency. It’s all about making it standardized, making it easy to acquire, easy to specify, and streamline the acquisition process,” says Perez.

Some of the Available Technologies for Collaboration and Training

AITC Showcases Team Collaboration in a Box
Steve White AVI

So what kind of technology could be available in a smart space? White used the example of a conference room being able to recognize employees by facial recognition, greeting them and asking if they’d like to use the audio conference or by starting the audio conference immediately.

The conference room could also be able to count how many participants are in a room and start suggesting optimized usage (e.g., if there are larger conference rooms being used only by a small number of people).

One concern about having more remote capabilities for training and collaboration could be about security and confidentiality.   Our team can design and configure to any specialized classification, whether it’s secret, top-secret, JWICS, NIPRNet, SIPRNet, etc.

You could have a monitor-controlled video wall with as many LED screens as you might need. At I/ITSEC, AITC showcased a 2’ x2’ knowledge wall, but our capabilities can go far beyond that number of screens.

Video Link Services

If you’re seeking video link services, we also offer two types. One is a ReadyCam studio, which is used by national cable channels such as MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and others for interviews. These transmissions don’t require satlink trucks—just an internet connection and a 10’ by 14’ sized room. This media room give a professional, polished look for one person and can be remotely operated.

And one way this technology can be used in the government is if a leader wants to professionally, effectively, and quickly communicate a message within an organization. This live video could be fed into anywhere there’s a screen—desktops, laptops, cellphones, breakrooms and conference rooms.

Another way to use video link services is to capture content. If your desire is to make a training more educational and engaging, or you simply want to capture what a subject matter expert has to say on a topic, we can help with the post-production facilities, as well as with editing and graphics.

As a systems integrator, AITC wants to bring end-to-end IT solutions to governmental agencies as well as commercial organizations. To learn more about how we can help your organization facilitate collaboration and training, please contact Lydia Perez in our sales department at sales@aitcinc.com.

Orlando Organizes Concert in Favor of Puerto Rican Entrepreneurs

“For love of Puerto Rico ” will be held on February 24th under the auspices of Hermes Croatto

(Translated from LaPrensa – February 12, 2019)
A non-profit organization Foster Advance Initiative (FAI) and Emmy-winning Puerto Rican singer Hermes Croatto have joined forces to carry out a special concert entitled ‘ For the love of Puerto Rico ‘. The concert revenue will be allocated to Puerto Rico Business Harbor, a social impact campaign aimed at helping Puerto Rican entrepreneurs displaced in Central Florida after Hurricane Maria.

The charity event will take place on Sunday, February 24th at 5pm at the Orlando Art Museum, 2416 N. Mills Avenue.

Croatto is a new folklore-style artist. With his music he seeks to keep alive the culture and identity that celebrates the history of Puerto Rico. Son of the legendary Tony Croatto, Hermes inherited the love of music and composition, so on February 24th he will be delighted with the audience with familiar songs from his father and original compositions written by him.

On the other hand, Central Florida has become the second natural home for thousands of Puerto Rican families composed of professionals and entrepreneurs who work to recover, be self-sufficient and contribute to the economy of the state of the sun. There are also Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who are trying to expand their companies to the Orlando metropolitan area.

“In order to help these newcomer entrepreneurs, Puerto Rico Business Harbor was established, which aims to provide commercial guidance, access to tutoring, connections and access to seed capital for selected participants. For this reason, this concert is special because it will benefit this platform and allow to carry out tutorials, workshops and trainings specifically designed for Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who want to be part of the Florida business System, ” Gabriel Ruiz, founder of FAI, said.

Last year was difficult for many Puerto Ricans, especially for those entrepreneurs who have had to struggle with the recovery after the devastation that Hurricane Maria left. But the bright side was that the world discovered the beauties that the island of Enchantment has to offer its visitors. The Puerto Rican people inspired the world with its cheerful heart, courage and resistance from many heroes, innovative leaders and commercial propellants who acted quickly to help rebuild the beautiful paradise and now need support to grow and Expand your business opportunities here in Florida.

“We encourage the community, the government, the private sector and academia to join us in this special event and support the concert ‘ for the love of Puerto Rico ‘ that will open the door to great resources and growing opportunities that will help create a smooth landing, for Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who come to Central Florida, “Ruiz added.

Tickets for the concert are now on sale at Ticketerapr.com/hermes-croatto. For more information about the Puerto Rico Business Harbor Program and how to get involved, visit: www.fosteradvanceinitiative.org.

Orlando Tech Entrepreneur Creates Nonprofit

AITC Tech Exec Launches The Foster Advance Initiative

AITC CEO Gabe Ruiz Forms The Foster Advance Initiative™ to Support and Empower Entrepreneurs, Family and Business Leaders Displaced by Hurricane Maria

One year ago, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. In the effort to rebuild, many U.S. Citizens of the island migrated to the State of Florida.  With the influx of more than 500,000 people, many who are skilled workers, family leaders, dedicated professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs, the challenge exists to start over and rebuild a new life in Central Florida.

Concerned with the socioeconomic immersion of U.S. Citizens of Puerto Rico migrating to Florida, Gabe Ruiz, president and CEO of Advanced IT Concepts (AITC), is uniting leading members of the Central Florida business and the Puerto Rican community to aid those that want to achieve their goals and aspirations.

In July 2018, Ruiz created THE FOSTER ADVANCE INITIATIVE™ (FAI), a not-for-profit organization dedicating its efforts to “the empowerment and development of the population we are all part of in one way or another.”  By leveraging the skills and business strategies he’s developed as a successful entrepreneur, Ruiz is focused on giving back to the community.  Today, with the informed and generous collaboration of investors, donors, and participants from various industries, FAI’s first project, the PUERTO RICO BUSINESS HARBOR™ was launched on the heels of the anniversary of Hurricane Maria.

The PUERTO RICO BUSINESS HARBOR is a venue for structuring the thorough and effective advancement of assistance to the wave of newly displaced business entrepreneurs, workers and family leaders seeking to restart their lives.  The PUERTO RICO BUSINESS HARBOR objective provides wise economic integration to support entrepreneurs, business and family leaders obtain value added training, certifications, mentoring and partnerships with established businesses that will help our community prosper.

“We are proud to launch this exciting initiative.  Giving back is such an integral part of being successful and paying it forward can make such a positive impact.  By giving a hand up and not a hand out, we can empower, mentor and support these entrepreneurs, business and family leaders to make positive contributions in our communities.  Together we can rise and accomplish great things,” says Gabe Ruiz, President and CEO.

The PUERTO RICO BUSINESS HARBOR will have an advisory board consisting of members from the Central Florida business community.  Currently FAI is raising approximately $500K to fund the first project.  For more information and to be part of something great, visit fosteradvanceinitiative.org.