The Photo From Left to right: Mr. Andre Gudger (DOD OSBP Director), Wayne Evans (GMU- PTAC), Turner Jones (Q.E.D/Program Analyst), Mark Jones (Q.E.D President), Carl Spraberry (AIT President), Judy Romano (Q.E.D/ Program Analyst), Kurt Nelson (Q.E.D/MP Program Manager), Tiffany Gonzales (AIT/Comptroller), Cheryl Boyd (AIT/Exec. Admin. Assistant), Bill Earnest (Q.E.D/Director Strategic Development), Brad Taylor (DoN OSBP Mentor-Protégé Program Manager), Greg Blewett, (PTAC, GMU)
On May 15, 2014, Q.E.D Systems, Inc. (Q.E.D) and Advanced Integrated Technologies, LLC (AIT) were awarded the 2013 Department of Defense (DOD) Nunn-Perry Award for outstanding and successful Mentor- Protégé relationship facilitated by the Department of the Navy (DoN).
AIT is a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that specializes in shipboard and submarine maintenance and modernizations. AIT began the program with only 39 employees and about $2.5M in annual revenue. After three years of participation in the Mentor-Protégé Program and with the expert help from its mentor Q.E.D, it had a 56% percent employee growth and an annual revenue increase of 149%. AIT received assistance in business development, infrastructure, engineering and technical development some of which was provided by George Mason University's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (GMU-PTAC). AIT's ability to meet client expectations, increase agility and provide higher quality products and services to Q.E.D, the DoN, and ultimately to our nation's warfighter, has significantly improved since the inception of the agreement.
The Department of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs joins DOD Office of Small Business Programs in congratulating the outstanding achievement of AIT and the steadfast support of its mentor, Q.E.D Systems, Inc. Their agreement was very beneficial for both companies as well to the DoN and its warfighters.
The Department of the Navy is proud of the success, quality growth and longevity of its Mentor-Protégé relationships.