Promotion Adds Diversity to Executive Management Team
AITC announced the promotion of Anne-Marie Negrón to the company’s Executive Team. She now serves as Chief of Human Resources and Employee Benefits/Recruitment, a leadership position which plays a significant role in shaping the company’s direction and furthering AITC’s mission to deliver cost-effective, innovative solutions designed to keep the company’s clients on the forefront of emerging technology and trends.
Negrón says she also plans to focus on employee engagement and automating many of the company’s human resources processes.
“I enjoy the team environment and I’m energized by AITC’s ongoing success,” explains Negrón. “I sincerely appreciate this opportunity and I’m thankful that my contributions have been recognized. I look forward to working with the recruiting department and HR to establish a high functioning team and assisting our Program Managers with all their hiring needs and taking care of our employees.”
Negrón previously served as AITC’s Sr. Human Resources Manager where she excelled in the areas of management, recruiting, benefits, payroll, and training. She also has a demonstrated history of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Compliance. As Chief of Human Resources and Employee Benefits/Recruitment efforts, Negrón will merge AITC’s human resources and recruitment efforts, spearhead future business development plans and objectives, corporate benefits and oversee budget management.
“Anne-Marie has been a long-time great contributor to AITC’s success with her many innovations within AITC’s HR and Employee Benefits organization,” says David E. Gardner, CEO of AITC. “It gives me great pleasure to promote Anne-Marie Negrón, thus consolidating HR and Recruitment functions and responsibilities.”
Advanced IT Concepts (AITC), Inc., a leading systems integration firm providing Information Technology (IT), training, simulation and professional services and solutions to defense and federal agencies, announced that Larry Singer has been promoted to Chief of Business Development effective February 1, 2022.
In his new role, Singer now reports to the CEO, is a member of Executive Management and manages current and future business development staff and support. He is responsible for future business development plans and objectives, including budget management. Singer will work across AITC organizational and geographical boundaries to leverage the strengths and assets of AITC and its partners to future bid success and business growth.
“We are excited about Larry’s well-deserved promotion to Chief of Business Development,” says David E. Gardner, Chief Executive Officer AITC. “Larry is a capable leader and recognized for his invaluable business development expertise. His extensive defense contracting experience and comprehensive grasp of our services is vital to our company’s future growth success. I look forward to working closely with Larry as we execute our strategy to achieve our next phase of growth.”
Singer is a former Army Acquisition Corps field grade officer, Program Manager and retired as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Network Enterprise Center (NEC) Director at Fort Huachuca, AZ. He is an accomplished Service-Disabled Veteran with more than 30 years of experience in senior IT operational and business development roles. Prior to joining AITC in 2020, Singer ran his own consulting company for nearly nine years serving as a management, defense contracting consultant to a myriad of small and large business industry partners. Singer held executive positions at STG, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin in NetOps, Infrastructure, Business Development and Program Management. Singer has a B.S. from Excelsior College with a pending master’s degree in Cybersecurity.
Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 Regionals Southeast ListHad An Average Growth Rate of 147 Percent
Inc. magazine today revealed that Advanced IT Concepts, a leading systems integration firm providing Information Technology (IT), training, simulation and professional services and solutions to defense and federal agencies, is No. 66 on its third annual Inc. 5000 Regionals Southeast list with a 194 percent growth rate over two years. This list is the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies based in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Southeast region economy’s most dynamic segment–its independent small businesses.
“Being included on the Inc Southeast Regional list is a great honor for AITC. We are thrilled to have this recognition as it just adds to the tremendous growth we are experiencing and attribute to our incredible team,” says David E. Gardner, CEO of AITC.
The companies on this list show a remarkable rate of growth across all industries in the Southeast region. Between 2018 and 2020, these 173 private companies had an average growth rate of 147% percent and, in 2020 alone, they added 27,794 jobs and nearly $4.9 billion to the Southeast region’s economy. Companies based in the Miami, Florida, Fairhope, Alabama, and Covington, Louisiana, areas had the highest growth rate overall.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals Southeast, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/southeast starting March 15, 2022.
“This year’s Inc. 5000 Regional winners represent one of the most exceptional and exciting lists of America’s off-the-charts growth companies. They’re disrupters and job creators, and all delivered an outsize impact on the economy. Remember their names and follow their lead. These are the companies you’ll be hearing about for years to come,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chiefof Inc.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals Methodology The 2022 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2018 and 2020. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2018. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2020 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.
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Advanced IT Concepts (AITC), Inc., a leading systems integration firm providing Information Technology (IT), Training and Simulation solutions and professional services to the Department of Defense (DoD), announced the completion of its multiyear, multi-million-dollar effort to implement a Medical Simulation facility for the NATO Special Operations Allied Center for Medical Education (ACME), Chièvres Air Base, Belgium.
The program, managed by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Program Manager Medical Simulation and Training (PM MST), required the upgrade of the NATO Medical Simulation Training facility, to include the modification and integration of a simulated C130 cargo plane, the Medical Training Command and Control (MT-C2) software and components.
To provide a realistic training environment with 100% accuracy, AITC secured a scrapped C130 cargo plane shell destined for the movie industry. The plane was transported from Tucson, AZ to AITC’s integration facilities in Longwood FL, where it underwent a massive transformation. The shell was cleaned, sand-blasted, disassembled rivet by rivet, modified to fit the reduced destination space, painted, bubble wrapped piece by piece and shipped to Belgium for installation. At the same time, AITC identified and hired two local contractors to complete the required facilities modifications including major walls, ceilings modifications and new HVAC systems. Then, the COVID pandemic hit.
During the following 18 months, AITC worked closely with PM MST and NATO to coordinate delivery, installation, configuration, testing, and acceptance of all system components and training of NATO personnel receiving the system. With multiple trips, AITC was able to successfully complete the deployment of a 100% accurate with a real C130 cargo plane and MT-C2 system that currently provides critical training to Special Forces Medics. Throughout the performance of this contract, AITC received above satisfactory ratings in all Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) areas.
“AITC is grateful for the opportunity, and proud of the continued professional relationship with PM MST and DHA,” says Gabriel Ruiz, AITC’s founder and president. “COVID presented an extraordinary challenge for all of us, but by working together and remaining flexible, we were able to complete this phenomenal task,” Ruiz continued.
10-Year Contract Supports the Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC) Global Mission
AITC a leading systems integration firm providing Information Technology (IT), Training, Simulation and professional services and solutions to the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government announced that it has received one of five prime contractor awards under the ten-year Multiple Award (MA) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), with a maximum ordering of $800M Total Engineering & Integration Services (TEIS) IV program.
The focus of the TEIS IV contract is to provide engineering and integration of Information Systems, Cyber Security, Classified Audio Visual Systems, Data Analytics, Cloud Solutions, Satellite Communications, and several other emerging technologies across the globe. Customers include PEO STRI, PEO Aviation, PEO EIS, DISA, AFRICOM, JCSE, NETCOM, JMRC, JRTC, USFK, AMC, DHA, Army CIO-G6, INSCOM G6/GISA, and countless others.
“AITC has been continuously supporting critical ISEC efforts for more than ten years. We are looking forward to ten more years of partnership and mission support,” says David Gardner, AITC’s CEO. “This award validates AITC’s exceptional past performance trajectory, unparalleled capabilities and innovation and keen customer focus” continues Gardner.
AITC has supported ISEC and their customers in Korea, Germany, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Uruguay, and numerous other CONUS locations with unclassified and classified efforts. With its Sierra Vista team, and in addition to ISEC, AITC also supports the United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (ICoE).
“To better support ISEC and other FT Huachuca customers, we established a complete Program Management Office (PMO) in Sierra Vista,” says Rob Kessler, AITC’s TEIS IV Program Manager. “In addition to Program Management and Proposal support, our PMO includes Contracts, HR, Recruiting, Engineering, and Finance personnel for a self-sustaining and independent organization,” continues Kessler.
AITC congratulates the other TEIS IV large business awardees General Dynamics IT, NCI Information Systems, M.C. Dean, Inc., and the only other small business awardee besides AITC, Teksynap Corp.
“We are grateful to God for the blessing and to ISEC for the opportunity,” says Gabriel Ruiz, AITC’s founder and President. “We are looking forward to continue working with ISEC and its customers to transform and protect mission critical systems to support our warfighters,” adds Ruiz.
Appraisal Reflects Company’s Commitment to Quality and Continuous Improvement of Service Delivery Processes and Customer Satisfaction
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 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 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.
Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Program Supports Building the Framework Required to Fulfill United Nations Peacekeeping Requirements
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.