by Joan Tupponce
Tony Jimenez understands the intricacies of the government procurement process. That knowledge has helped make the Army veteran’s company, MicroTech, one of America’s fastest-growing businesses. Since the company’s founding in 2004, revenue has grown more than 4,000 percent.
“When he was in the Army, Tony was in the acquisition corps,” explains company COO Steve Truitt. “He handed out billions of dollars of contracts, and he saw which companies operated well.”
Jimenez is president and CEO of MicroTech, which provides information technology support, such as system administration and unified communications, including secure audio/video teleconferencing, instant messaging and other Internet-related capabilities. The Vienna-based company has 400 employees and branch offices in Greensboro, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; Oklahoma City and Richmond.
MicroTech is a prime contractor on more than 100 federal projects. The majority of its business comes from federal civilian agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This August, MicroTech was named the nation’s fastest-growing Hispanic-owned business for the second consecutive year by Hispanic Business magazine. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses totaled 2.3 million in 2007, up 43.6 percent from 2002.
MicroTech also made the Inc. 500 list for the third consecutive year, jumping from No. 176 in 2009 to No. 53 in 2010.
Truitt believes one reason for the company’s rapid growth is its investment in quality certifications overseen by the International Organization for Standardization. It uses the ISO designation as a global quality management standard for a variety of processes.
In 2006 MicroTech met requirements for ISO 9000 certification. “When we achieved that, we were demonstrating capabilities of a company that had been around much longer and was much larger,” says Truitt.
Now the company has ISO 20000 certification. “Only 519 companies in the world have that certification,” he says.
At a time when many companies are suffering in the weak national economy, MicroTech has a healthy backlog of business that will carry it through 2011. “We are continuing the maturation process,” Truitt says. “We are investing in and beefing up our capabilities in unified communications and special areas.”
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