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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.

Superheroes vs. Villians – OGB Gets Set for 5K/10K Walk Run and Stroll and 1 Mile Kids Event

#AITC is proud to announce that we will participating as the Gold Sponsor of the 7th Annual Operation Giveback(OGB) 5K/10K Run.Walk.Roll Superheroes vs. Villains event, and the Warriors Kids 1 Mile Race. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 13th at #UCF from 6am – 10:30am.   This year we are honoring seven World War II heroes whom are members of the elite 65th Infantry Division, The Borinqueneers!

18158020_1649385991745811_2373641469099142694_nOGB is a non-profit org. created by Veterans of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, committed to helping the men and women of the U.S. military who have been wounded in action, recognizing that they have served our country with pride, distinction, and honor. With everyone’s help, needs will be met, homes will be built, jobs will be created and essential rehabilitative medical care will be provided to our service members through contributions and donations. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be used to help our wounded warriors, their families, and children of Fallen Heroes.

The Orlando, FL OGB event features AMAZING, FAST RACE ROUTES!

In Adddition to the always popular 5K & 10K races, the event includes:

  • Superheros vs Villains Costume Contest – $100 prizes for the best adult and child costumes
  • “Superhero vs Villains” Kids Race – 1 mile / .5 mile / 400m (see below for details)
  • A Kids Zone full of activities for kids of all ages
  • Salute to Veterans – This year we are honoring 7 World War II Heroes whom are members of the elite 65th Infantry Division aka: The Borinqueneers
  • The Annauncement of the Inaugural OGB High School Junior ROTC Drill and Ceremony Competition 2017 Champions – the winner of the competition receives a $500.00 prize!
  • Vendor/Sponsor Displays
  • A Silent Auction
  • Food and Drinks for all registrered participants
  • Awards for the fastest race finishers (individual and team), biggest fundraisers (individual and team), and largest group of registrants (Boots on the Ground)

Please support this effort as a runner or walker. Gather a team or do it as an individual – but sign up today! https://www.classy.org/events/-/e114814
#OGB #WoundedWarriors #FallenHeroes #Military #UCF #5KRun #10KRun

AITC Brings Gifts on Three Kings Day

Donation Supports Operation Giveback’s (OGB) Christmas Project in
Support of Military Orphans

As part of its philanthropy outreach, AITC supports the mission of Operation Giveback (OGB), whose mission is to raise awareness and resources for America’s wounded warriors, their families and children of our fallen heroes.

In an effort to provide support for this mission, OGB facilitates events and special opportunities across the country to generate needed funding to help these members and their families, as an opportunity to “give back” from the community.

OGB trio photo 1On January 5th in Puerto Rico at Fort Buchanan, AITC President & CEO, Gabe Ruiz and his wife Sandra, CFO, presented a check to help provide Christmas gifts for military orphans identified in OGB’s program as part of the Three Kings Day annual celebration on the island.

“AITC is proud to support Operation Giveback’s efforts to help the children of our fallen heroes.  We recognize that our heroes have served our country with pride, distinction, and honor and in some cases paid the ultimate price.   It is our pleasure to present a financial donation to help purchase the gifts on the wish lists of these children.  While we cannot replace the ultimate sacrifice of losing their parent, we can in some small way, bring joy and hope to help make their holiday special this year,” says Ruiz, AITC’S President & CEO.

 The link for YouTube shows the excitement of the children whose lives are forever touched by the generosity of individuals and companies like AITC.

OGB kids photo 2
Sandra Ruiz adds, “It is because of the legacy and heritage of the U.S. military, and the service of these outstanding men and women in uniform that allows us to enjoy the freedom and quality of life we have today. We are truly grateful and it brings us great joy to support these children.”

 For more information and to help the OGB cause, please contact Jose Garcia Aponte via email at info@ogb1.org or visit the OGB website.