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.

AITC Announces Key Employee Promotions

Expands Leadership Team for Performance Based Growth

AITC, 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 announced three recent promotions.

Dave Balleweg, a 30+ year professional with executive level leadership and independent consulting experience, has a successful track record across the full program lifecycle. Balleweg has expertly developed and executed capture plans, teaming strategy and marketing campaigns, established winning Capture, Business and Proposal Development organizations and implemented effective PMO and back office structures.  He consistently exceeds performance goals and identifies value added resources to meet administrative objectives through efficient execution and utilization of personnel.  Balleweg was promoted to Chief Growth Officer, which encompasses all AITC’s infrastructure that impacts operational growth and new business development activity.

COL (Ret.) Wells Barlow is a career Army officer with nearly 30 years of communications, command and control, IT and training systems experience and more than ten years in industry as a senior executive and business development manager with a variety of high tech companies such as SAIC, Carley Corporation, PAE and IDSI.  He has nearly two decades of Department of Defense acquisition and program management experience involving complex IT programs.  Barlow is results-oriented providing solutions on time and within budget.  He is successful in working with any organizational level at any size with divergent interests; coordinating complex issues; setting requirements; establishing goals; achieving desired outcomes and determining customer priorities.  As Chief Programs Officer, Barlow will continue to oversee AITC’s programs especially with the U.S. Army.

Humberto Ravelo, is a veteran with more than 30 years experience in the government and civilian sectors.  Ravelo has diverse leadership skills, including extensive operations expertise, program management, and has worked as a design/systems engineer.  He has more than 15 years of experience in Army-specific mission support, with an emphasis in training and simulation.  Ravelo was promoted to Chief of Corporate Development.

“These promotions reflect our company’s commitment to excellence,” said David E. Gardner, CEO, AITC. “We have built a high performing team that requires we recruit, retain and recognize individuals for their leadership and contributions.  Dave, Wells and Bert exemplify our company’s highest standards of integrity and success. They’re passionate team players that consistently develop new strategies that exceed clients’ expectations while advancing our business.  As we continue to evolve to a performance-based business model, they are aligned to propel the company forward to achieve its next phase of growth.”

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#FreedomFriday is a virtual place for connection on LinkedIn for small businesses and government contractors to meet mentors, peers, subject matter experts and advocates.  Each week, there is a featured speaker that addresses the interests and concerns of the government contracting community.

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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.

USAISEC expertise powers cutting-edge 2nd Infantry Division cyber operations center

Reposted from US Army 

Jacob Kriss, March 25, 2020

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — For many Americans, the Korean War may seem like distant history, as the armistice that ended hostilities was signed in 1953. However, for the Soldiers of the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division, or 2ID, the potential for large-scale conflict on the Korean peninsula is far from a schoolroom memory — it’s a reality they live and breathe every day.

The 2ID, based in South Korea, is tasked to defend our allies, deter North Korean aggression and, if necessary, be ready to “fight tonight.” To accomplish its mission, 2ID relies on the U.S. Army Information System Engineering Command, which designed and managed the command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence, or C5I, fielding within the state-of-the-art secure operations center where those capabilities come together.

End-to-end management

Part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, USAISEC has extensive experience providing engineering support to enable mission command of the Army and joint warfighters. However, the operations center was the first time the command created a project management office from the ground up, overseeing the C5I design, implementation, integration and sustainment process from beginning to end, according to Project Manager Rob Wellborn.

“You’re taking a bunch of infantrymen and telling them, ‘Here’s what you have to do for project management oversight,’” he said. “To ensure project success, the USAISEC team worked hand in hand with the 2ID transition cell and deputy chief of staff to involve them throughout the entire project.”

Camp Humphreys rises

The project’s origins date to 2004, when the United States agreed to relocate the bulk of its forces in South Korea from the Yongsan Garrison in Seoul to Camp Humphreys, 40 miles south. Over the next decade, Camp Humphreys expanded to more than 34,000 personnel and added 680 buildings, including a new 2ID headquarters, Freeman Hall, in which the operations center is located.

In 2014, the U.S.-Republic of Korea C5I Joint Working Group asked USAISEC to deliver the C5I infrastructure needed for 1,425 U.S. and Korean intelligence, operations and cyber warfighters. The total project called for five secure compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs, on Camp Humphreys. Two have been completed, including the Freeman Hall operations center, while the remaining three are scheduled for completion in 2021-2022.

DevOps design

Inside the operations center, 175 2ID Soldiers operate complex, multi-level audio-visual systems that transport data around the facility and provide a common operating picture of 2ID and enemy activities. For the design process, USAISEC borrowed a concept from software development known as DevOps, which focuses on close collaboration with actual users.

“We were involved with the users from the beginning, interviewing them on how they needed to use visual information systems to accomplish their wartime mission,” Wellborn said. “It was an iterative process to ensure the center was exactly what they were looking for, and it hit the mark right in the bullseye.”

Complex coordination

The project required intense cooperation among numerous parties. For example, the Army Corps of Engineers coordinated construction by both Korean and U.S. contractors. After construction, bringing the facility online in 2018 required input from the Camp Humphreys Network Enterprise Center, the Defense Information Systems Agency, various civilian and military intelligence agencies, and more.

Despite these challenges, the project came in on time and budget at $9.6 million thanks to careful management, said Deputy Project Manager Ricardo Alonzo. “As the project evolved we got greater cost fidelity on efforts and materials,” he said. “That enabled us to refine the cost and reinvest the savings into the project.”

Today, USAISEC continues to provide on-site technical sustainment for the center, one of 18 mission command center modernization projects USAISEC is supporting worldwide. The center has become the central hub for 2ID cyber and intelligence operations and a showcase tour stop for visits from dignitaries and VIPs. In the future, the USAISEC team will continue to capitalize on its successes with 2ID to ensure the cyber warriors in the remaining SCIFs are equally satisfied with their C5I capabilities.

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Article Source: https://www.army.mil/article/233977

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AITC Recruits Top Talent for QA Specialist

Paula Sylva

AITC has recently recruited Paula Silvia to the team as a Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist.

Ms. Silvia brings more than 30 years of quality assurance and process improvement expertise to AITC.

She has contributed to seven successful CMMI SCAMPI-A appraisals, including AITC’s recent achievement of being appraised at CMMI-SVC Maturity Level 3, where Ms. Silvia served as an appraisal team member.

Prior to joining AITC, Ms. Silvia held positions supporting both private companies and government agencies, ranging from small software start-ups to large well-established organizations, such as Banyan Systems, Motorola, EMC Corporation, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In these positions, she has received several awards and recognitions for her outstanding achievements in process improvement.

When asked about joining the team at AITC, Ms. Silvia says, “I look forward to contributing to AITC’s successes. I am honored to work alongside so many veterans and I’m inspired by their dedication to such a meaningful mission.”

Ms. Silvia continually utilizes the training and certifications she has received in problem-solving, quality assurance, ISO 9001, and CMMI-DEV, CMMI-SVC, and CMMI-ACQ.

“She has a long track record of successfully guiding teams through improvement efforts and AITC is fortunate to have her lead the activity,” says Gabriel Ruiz, AITC’s President & CEO.

AITC Achieves CMMI for Services Maturity Level 3

Appraisal Reflects Company’s Commitment to Quality and Continuous Improvement of Service Delivery Processes and Customer Satisfaction

CMMI

AITC, Inc., a leading SDVOSB and 8a certified small business Systems Integration firm providing Information Technology (IT) and Professional Services and Solutions to the United States Federal Government and Public Sector agencies, announced today it has been independently appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration for Services (CMMI®-SVC).

CMMI models are collections of industry best practices that help organizations to improve their processes.  The primary purpose of the CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC) model is to guide service providers as they continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the way they do their work.

 “This demonstrates our commitment to consistently deliver quality services, products, and results to our clients as we assist them in achieving their performance goals and mission objectives. It is a testament to our people and processes to ensure the highest level of repeatability”.

Gabe Ruiz AITC President and CEO

AITC’s appraisal conducted by Alluvionic, a certified CMMI appraiser, included organizational process management, program and work management, service establishment and delivery, as well as supplier management for services customers across the Federal Government and Public Sector.

About the CMMI® Institute

CMMI Institute (CMMIinstitute.com) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process and technology.  CMMI Institute’s promise is to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create sustainable competitive advantage. 

AITC Awarded U.S. Army Contract for Medical Simulation and Training Support at NATO Allied Centre for Medical Excellence (ACME) HQ Facility

AITC Awarded U.S. Army Contract
Demonstration during the opening ceremony of the NATO Special Operations Forces Allied Centre for Medical Education (ACME) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium, on Oct 17, 2013. The centre is equipped with the most advanced medical simulators and enables personnel to train in realistic combat conditions and provide vital care for the wounded. (NATO photo/SSgt Ian Houlding GBR Army – THIS IMAGE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY REAL CASUALITES, THE INJURIES ARE SIMULATED).

Project will Enhance Headquarter Training Capabilities and Expand Physical Footprint to Replicate Battlefield Environments and Medical Evacuation Platforms for Medical Training

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), Joint Project Manager for Medical Modeling and Simulation (JPM MMS) has awarded Advanced IT Concepts (AITC) with a contract to support the relocation and outfitting of the ACME Training Facility at NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ), Mons, Belgium.

AITC is a certified 8(a) small business systems integration and information technology (IT) firm that provides solutions and services, such as training and simulation support to the federal government and public sector markets. The ACME Training Facility will be enhancing their training capability by expanding their physical footprint and providing simulation that tightly replicates the different battlefield environments and medical evacuation platforms, in which medical training could be performed. 

AITC will procure, install, integrate and operate the Medical Training Command and Control (MT-C2) system software, leveraged as Government Owned Training Software (GOTS), with Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) hardware, defined in the MT-C2 Technical Data Package (TDP) as designed for the Medical Simulation Training Centers (MSTCs).

AITC Awarded U.S. Army Contract
Demonstration during the opening ceremony of the NATO Special Operations Forces ACME at SHAPE, Mons, Belgium, on Oct 17, 2013. (NATO photo/SSgt Ian Houlding GBR Army – THIS IMAGE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY REAL CASUALITES, THE INJURIES ARE SIMULATED)

AITC teamed with Design Interactive (DI) to provide an optional C130 medical simulator at the ACME Training Facility.  DI specializes in building adaptive training systems and user interfaces.  Additionally, DI and AITC have an existing partnership at the Transport Medical Training Laboratory (TMTL) in San Antonio, Texas, where they developed the helicopter medical simulation and AITC is operating and maintaining the training systems.

“AITC’s experience at TMTL and delivery of IT solutions, system support and training operations provides the experience and collaboration capabilities necessary to deliver an innovative and adaptable solution to facilitate an effective medical training operations environment for the NATO Allied Center for Medical Excellence,” says Gabe Ruiz, CEO and President of AITC.  “We are pleased and humbled to have been selected by PEO STRI for this effort.

AITC will deliver a high level of infrastructure management, system test and implementation, logistics and instructor training support to enhance the ACME Training Facility at the NATO ACME Special Operations Headquarters, in Mons, Belgium,” says David Balleweg, AITC’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

AITC Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Provide Upgrades to Infrastructure and Solutions to Training Capability and Classrooms Worldwide

Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Program Supports Building the Framework Required to Fulfill United Nations Peacekeeping Requirements

Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise 2018 - Staff Training Exercise Training of Trainers
Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise 2018 – Staff Training Exercise Training of Trainers

AITC was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Florida to support the Global Peace Operations Initiatives (GPOI)/Building Partnership Capability (BPC) efforts.  The GPOI/BPC program supports building the framework to furnish international customers with a wide range of support to fulfill United Nations (UN) peacekeeping requirements.  With the rapid rise in the number and complexity of peace operations since the 1990s, this has increased the demand for well-trained and equipped peacekeepers.

The primary objective is to assist partner country efforts to build sustainable, indigenous peacekeeping training capacity.   The NAWCTSD International Programs Directorate has been chartered by the Naval International Programs Office (NIPO) to support the development and execution of GPOI/BPC requirements for benefiting nations.

As part of the requirements, AITC will provide upgrades to infrastructure and solutions to training capability and classrooms worldwide, but within United States Government (USG) partner country locations.  Delivery Orders have already begun being released for designated countries within the Geographical Combatant Commands: Africa Command (AFRICOM), Central Command (CENTCOM), European Command (EUCOM), Indo-Pacific Command (INDO-PACOM), and Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to perform delivery acceptance tasks, conduct inventory, and perform equipment procurement, configuration, integration and testing, as well as installation services.  Some of the solutions proposed can include, but are not limited to: Driving Simulators, Classroom Equipment, Multi-Media Language Labs, Language Software, Medical Training Environments and Equipment, Audio Visual and VTC Solutions, Field Radios and Antennas, Hand Held and Base Radio Upgrades, Smart Boards, Power solutions, Server and Desktop Computing and Communications Equipment.

“AITC is pleased to have been selected by NAWCTSD to support this important mission.  We are proficient at providing support worldwide in any type of environment and this continues to show our commitment to delivering solutions and services anytime and anywhere,” says Gabe Ruiz, CEO and President of AITC. 

Photo credit: GPOI – Global Peace Operations Initiative

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