AITC Ushers in New Era of Growth with Mary Robinson as Vice President of Business Development

AITC Ushers in New Era of Growth with Mary Robinson as
Vice President of Business Development

AITC LLC, a leader in providing innovative technology solutions to defense and federal agencies, is excited to welcome Mary Robinson as the new Vice President of Business Development (BD), joining the team at the company’s headquarters in Winter Springs, Florida.

Mary Robinson’s career is marked by a series of strategic achievements, notably her impactful role as Senior Director of Business Development at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC).  She brings to the table a storied career with critical positions at Navistar Defense and Technology Service Corporation, which has honed her acumen in market analysis and strategic planning. As the former President and CEO of Mar Consulting, her prowess in competitive strategies and operational leadership has established her as a distinguished leader in driving business growth and organizational excellence.

Her commitment to excellence is equally evident from her more than twenty-year stretch at BAE Systems, where she distinguished herself in several strategic capacities, including the role of Vice President of BD for the Global Mission Solutions and Systems Engineering Solutions divisions. Robinson’s diverse and robust experience is lauded by AITC’s top management as a critical asset, poised to strengthen the company’s trajectory in business development and secure a competitive edge in the industry.

“Mary Robinson’s track record of leadership and strategic development is unparalleled, and we’re thrilled to bring her expertise into the fold at AITC,” says Juan Navarro, AITC’s CEO and President.  “With Mary on board, we’re set to elevate our business development strategies and reinforce our market position. Her insight is expected to be a cornerstone of our path to new and exciting opportunities in the industry.”

AITC, founded in 2006, has consistently expanded its services, providing state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, Cyber Security, Live Training, Medical Simulation, Military Intelligence, and more.

AITC Announces Juan Navarro as New CEO

Seasoned Technology Strategist to Lead Company in Next Growth Phase

AITC Announces Juan Navarro as New CEO

AITC, a leading provider of IT solutions and services to government and industry clients, is proud to announce Juan Navarro as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Navarro, an accomplished leader in the technology sector, brings to AITC a rich background with a proven track record of steering technology turnarounds in diverse market segments. His expertise in Enterprise Software, Strategic Partnerships, Systems Engineering, Team Building, and Management is set to align AITC’s operations with the emerging needs of the IT landscape.

“I am thrilled to join the dynamic team at AITC, a company renowned for its innovative IT solutions and dedication to client success. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage my experience in strategic partnerships and enterprise software to contribute to AITC’s mission of delivering advanced IT capabilities. I look forward to leading AITC into its next chapter of growth and technological excellence,” says Juan Navarro, President/CEO of AITC.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park, Navarro’s strong business development acumen has been pivotal in crafting cutting-edge strategies that drive organizational growth and innovation.

As AITC continues to expand its reach in providing state-of-the-art IT solutions, Navarro’s vision is anticipated to fortify the company’s commitment to delivering excellence and value to its customers.

AITC Ranks No. 97 in the 2024 Inc. Southeast Regionals List

AITC Ranks No. 97 in the 2024 Inc. Southeast Regionals List

Inc. magazine revealed that AITC LLC, a leading systems integration firm providing Information Technology (IT), training, simulation and professional services, and solutions to defense and federal agencies, is No. 97 with a 185 percent growth over two years, on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 Regionals Southeast list.  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.

“Securing a spot on the Inc Southeast Regional list is a testament to AITC’s exceptional trajectory and the extraordinary efforts of our team. This accolade reflects our commitment to innovation and excellence. We’re deeply honored by this recognition, and it fuels our drive to continue our expansive growth,” says Juan Navarro, CEO and President of AITC.

The companies on this list show a remarkable rate of growth across all industries in the Southeast region.  These 223 private companies based in nine southern states and in Puerto Rico, had an average growth rate of 166.43 percent; by 2023, they also added 20,496 jobs and $8.8 billion to the region’s economy.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals Southeast, including company profiles and an interactive database with sorting capabilities, can be found at

“The honorees in our Inc. 5000 network are the Who’s Who of private companies. They’re energizing regional economies as they engineer the future of their industries. Learn who they are and what they do — they’ll be impacting things for a while,” said Eric Hagerman, Special Projects Editor at Inc. Media.

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.

About Inc. Media
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AITC Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer, Ivette DeJesus

 Ivette DeJesus

AITC is proud to announce the appointment of Ivette DeJesus as the new Chief Financial Officer, based in our headquarters office located in Winter Springs, Florida.

With an impressive background in finance and accounting, DeJesus brings over six years of experience from her tenure at C4 Advanced Tactical Systems.  She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Accounting from the Florida Institute of Technology, further solidifying her expertise in the field.

In her new role at AITC, DeJesus will oversee the finance unit, playing a crucial role in budget management, cost-benefit analysis, forecasting needs, and securing new funding. Her responsibilities are pivotal in driving strategic and tactical financial decisions that align with AITC’s growth and innovation objectives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ivette DeJesus to the AITC family. Her extensive experience and strategic approach to financial management make her an invaluable addition to our team,” says David E. Gardner, AITC’s CEO and President. “We are confident that Ivette will be instrumental in our continued success and help steer AITC towards new horizons.”

AITC to Showcase Advanced Technology Solutions at I/ITSEC, the World’s Largest Modeling, Simulation, and Training Conference

AITC LLC, a leading provider of cutting-edge technology solutions to defense and federal agencies, is proud to announce its participation in the upcoming I/ITSEC conference, the world’s largest event dedicated to modeling, simulation, and training, taking place in Orlando, FL. Following a strategic partnership with FVLCRUM, a private equity firm focused on growth and impact, AITC (located at booth #2370)  is poised to showcase its expanded capabilities across various sectors, including Cybersecurity, IT Systems Integration, Logistics, Live Training, and Medical Simulation (MedSim).

Cybersecurity: AITC will display its comprehensive cybersecurity solutions, emphasizing proactive threat prevention, advanced technology, and compliance with industry standards. Demonstrating a commitment to secure and resilient digital infrastructures, AITC’s cybersecurity expertise is crucial for national safety.

IT Systems Integration: Attendees will witness AITC’s full spectrum of system lifecycle support, showcasing innovative solutions in program and project management, systems and network engineering, and more. AITC’s IT services are geared towards ensuring efficiency and adaptability in the digital landscape.

Logistics: Highlighting its role in streamlining logistics operations, AITC’s comprehensive approach guarantees precision and timely delivery, ensuring the success of mission-critical operations in an interconnected world.

Live Training: AITC’s robust Live Training program bridges theoretical knowledge with real-world application. The immersive, interactive training experiences are designed for industries ranging from military to healthcare, enhancing skills and decision-making abilities.

MedSim: Revolutionizing healthcare training, AITC’s MedSim capabilities utilize cutting-edge technology to create hyper-realistic training environments. These scenarios prepare medical professionals for real-world challenges, elevating the standards of healthcare education.

David E. Gardner, CEO & President of AITC, and Gabriel Ruiz, LTC, USA (Ret), Managing Principal, express their excitement for AITC’s future growth and opportunities to showcase their innovative solutions at I/ITSEC. “Our presence at I/ITSEC is a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation. We look forward to demonstrating how our solutions can empower and transform the capabilities of our clients,” says Gardner.

[About AITC] Advanced IT Concepts (AITC) LLC, a global IT and Training Solutions Systems Integrator, focuses on providing end-to-end solutions to federal government and DoD agencies. With operations across multiple countries and states, AITC offers a truly global reach.

[About FVLCRUM Funds] FVLCRUM is a private equity firm investing in diverse-owned companies, aiming to create sustainable opportunities and foster social change, aligning impact with investment returns.

[Call to Action] Join AITC at I/ITSEC to experience our state-of-the-art solutions and discuss how we can support your mission. Visit Booth #2370 for a closer look at our innovative offerings.

AITC Receives Prestigious HIRE Vets Gold Medallion for Exemplary Commitment to Veteran Employment

AITC is thrilled to share that it has been recognized with the HIRE Vets Gold Medallion by the U.S. Department of Labor, marking the company’s inaugural achievement of this distinguished award. The HIRE Vets Medallion is the premier federal accolade for employers who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to recruiting, employing, and retaining veterans.

Elevating Veterans to New Heights in the Civilian Sector

The HIRE Vets Medallion Program celebrates the immense contributions that veterans make in the civilian labor market and honors those employers who actively ensure veterans are a key component of their workforce.

AITC’s receipt of the Gold Medallion reflects its deep-seated dedication to facilitating a seamless transition for veterans into civilian roles where their exceptional leadership, discipline, and technical prowess can flourish.

Fostering Veteran Advancement and Integration

For AITC, veteran employment is a holistic endeavor encompassing more than just recruitment. It’s about effective integration into the corporate environment and ensuring success. AITC has implemented robust programs designed to offer mentorship and ongoing professional development, creating an ecosystem that acknowledges the unique talents and prospective contributions of our veteran staff.

Strategic Veteran Employment Initiatives

AITC’s systematic approach goes beyond mere placement; it strives to align veterans with positions that leverage their inherent abilities while promoting personal and professional advancement. Our dedicated efforts include specialized outreach, recruitment, and retention strategies that honor our commitment to veteran employment.

Impacting the Community and Beyond

Earning the Gold Medallion signifies AITC’s broader societal impact. By investing in veteran talent, we enhance a dynamic and diversified workforce while reinforcing our engagement with community endeavors and organizations that stand in solidarity with veteran causes.

Commitment to Ongoing Veteran Opportunities

This esteemed recognition amplifies our motivation to further refine our veteran-centric programs. We envision a corporate landscape where veterans are acknowledged as indispensable assets to innovation and success, consistently presented with prospects to excel in their post-military careers.

In essence, AITC’s acquisition of the HIRE Vets Gold Medallion is not merely a landmark achievement but a foundation for future aspirations in veteran employment. Our dedication to honoring the service and skills of veterans remains unwavering, as we pledge to continue pioneering in veteran integration and employment excellence.

AITC Announces Strategic Partnership with FVLCRUM to Fuel Growth and Innovation

AITC Announces Strategic Partnership

AITC LLC, a leading provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to defense and federal agencies, announces a strategic partnership with FVLCRUM, a private equity firm with a focus on impact and growth.  

Founded in 2006, AITC has expanded its services and footprint, providing IT infrastructure, Cyber Security, Live Training, Medical Simulation, Military Intelligence, and more to customers worldwide. Recent successes include securing contracts like ATMP, KSA, TEIS III, and IMCS IV.  

To propel the company’s growth, AITC has partnered with FVLCRUM, a private equity firm possessing significant experience working with government contracting companies. FVLCRUM’s investment aims to provide resources and expertise to support AITC’s continued growth, while aligning with their commitment to customers and employees.  

AITC Founder Gabriel Ruiz, LTC, USA (Ret) now the Company’s Managing Principal, shared, ” We are excited to partner with FVLCRUM and continue our story as a leading service provider to government agencies. “FVLCRUM’s investment will allow AITC to rapidly expand our growth efforts to digitally protect and transform the infrastructure of government agencies in the United States and around the world We are thrilled to expand opportunities for our customers.”  

David E. Gardner assumes the role of both CEO & President at AITC, ensuring the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality services and customer-focused solutions.  

Ruiz expressed gratitude to all who contributed to AITC’s success, saying, “I want to thank those who have made this great moment possible. Welcome to AITC’s future!”  

Align BA served as financial advisor to AITC on this transaction.  


FVLCRUM is a private equity firm that invests in diverse-owned companies, aiming to create sustainable opportunities for underserved communities. FVLCRUM aligns impact and alpha while delivering investment returns and fostering social change. 

SBA Director and Congressmen Visit AITC During Hispanic Heritage Month

AITC Welcomes Distinguished Guests Congressman Darren Soto, Congressman Maxwell Frost, and SBA Director Isabella Casillas Guzman for Special Visit Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Advanced IT Concepts (AITC) LLC, a leading provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to defense and federal agencies, proudly welcomed a distinguished ensemble of guests for a special occasion marking the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

On September 25, 2023, AITC had the distinct honor of hosting a visit by the Small Business Administration (SBA) Director Isabella Casillas Guzmán, Congressmen Darren Soto and Maxwell Frost, at its state-of-the-art Orlando facilities. This visit not only underscores AITC’s impact as a success story for Hispanic owned businesses, but also serves as a testament to the company’s pivotal role in advancing technology solutions for the nation’s defense and federal sectors.

Meeting with AITC provided a unique opportunity for these esteemed officials to witness firsthand the innovative work underway at AITC while acknowledging the exceptional achievements of Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Ruiz, Founder of AITC.

Mr. Ruiz is a renowned entrepreneur and military leader in the realm of Information Technologies, Cyber Security and Simulation Systems, . Hailing from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he earned his degree in Computer Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón campus. Furthermore, he is a source of great pride for Puerto Rico, and in August 2023, AITC received the prestigious honor of being named the SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year for 2023 in both the Region IV District and the North Florida Region.

During the visit, Mr. Ruiz presented AITC’s trajectory and success story, emphasizing that AITC’s achievements are both realistic and repeatable. He also recognized the key role the SBA, its team, and programs played in helping AITC reach its success. From the University of Central Florida (UCF) Incubator to the Orlando Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF and others, Mr. Ruiz outlined to Administrator Casillas Guzmán how these organizations positively impacted AITC over the years, making AITC what it is today. By addressing Congressmen Soto and Frost, Mr. Ruiz discussed AITC’s expansion to Puerto Rico and its focus on assisting the Puerto Rican government with the implementation of modern and smart technologies and cyber security solutions, while leveraging federal funds destined for the reconstruction and modernization of key systems and infrastructure. Mr. Ruiz invited both Congressmen and Administrator Casillas Guzmán to continue with their efforts of supporting the great people of Puerto Rico.

Gabe Ruiz, President/Founder of AITC Honored with Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Vanguard Award


Gabe Ruiz, LTR USA (R), President/Founder of AITC, a leading systems integration firm providing professional services/solutions to defense and federal agencies, is a distinguished veteran entrepreneur and advocate.  He has been named the recipient of the Vanguard Award by the Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative. This esteemed accolade recognizes Ruiz’s exceptional leadership, innovation, and commitment to empowering veteran-owned businesses and supporting the veteran community.

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative (VEI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering and promoting entrepreneurship among veterans. The VEI provides valuable resources, coaching, mentorship, and networking opportunities, enabling veterans to translate their military experience into successful entrepreneurial ventures and make significant contributions to the business world.

Ruiz’s entrepreneurial journey exemplifies the transformative impact of veteran entrepreneurship. As a veteran of the United States Army and the founder of AITC, Ruiz has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and resilience, both in his military service and his entrepreneurial pursuits. Through his exemplary achievements, he has become a role model for aspiring veteran entrepreneurs.

As the recipient of the Vanguard Award, Gabe Ruiz has been recognized for his outstanding contributions in several key areas, including:

  1. Business Success: Ruiz has led AITC to remarkable heights, achieving substantial growth, profitability, and market recognition. His strategic vision, dedication to excellence, and unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction have positioned his business as a trusted government contractor.
  2. Veteran Advocacy: Ruiz has been a vocal advocate for veteran entrepreneurs, leveraging his platform and expertise to raise awareness about the unique challenges they face. He has actively mentored and supported fellow veterans, empowering them to realize their entrepreneurial dreams and achieve sustainable success.
  3. Community Engagement: Ruiz’s commitment to community extends beyond his business endeavors. He has actively engaged with local organizations and initiatives, supporting veterans’ causes, promoting economic development, and contributing to the overall well-being of his community.

Upon receiving the Vanguard Award, Gabe Ruiz expressed his deep gratitude to the Veteran Entrepreneurship Initiative for their unwavering support and dedication to empowering veteran entrepreneurs. He highlighted the importance of fostering a thriving ecosystem that allows veterans to leverage their skills, experiences, and entrepreneurial spirit to create lasting impact to the business landscape.

About the Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative (VEI)


Founded in 2013, the VEI’s mission is to empower and support veteran entrepreneurs through business guidance, education, and mentorship.  VEI is more than ever now dedicated to helping empower veteran entrepreneurs explore, grow and succeed in business on a global scale.   The VEI team strongly believes that by accomplishing the mission of empowering veteran entrepreneurs and creating an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation, they will enable veteran led companies to grow sustainably. This will lead to sustainable job creation, revenue generation and a positive regional, and potentially global, economic output.  To learn more, visit