Location: Columbia, MD
Industry: Media/PR, professional services
SEASONED IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE
The founders of A-G Associates, Inc. have brought together a team of seasoned professionals who have successful track records working with the federal government. “Collectively, we have served more than 40 federal agencies and have also worked with foreign governments in Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan,” says president Chris Gonzalez. Gonzalez is a reservist for the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2011, he had the opportunity to serve as a management consultant for the Afghan government. This overseas work helped A-G form its approach to providing consulting services for the government as well as the private sector.
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In 2013, A-G won its first prime contract, which grew the company from three to seven people. The new staff was located in Manassas, VA — almost two hours away from A-G’s offices. This presented issues related to communication, IT, human resources and many other areas. To address these issues, A-G formed partnerships with other small businesses that helped grow its capacity to provide for its employees. For example, A-G formalized a relationship with ECC IT Solutions, which still functions as the company’s CIO and IT help desk. Within the next five years, A-G wants to grow to a staff of 30 to 40 people who have varied areas of expertise within the management consulting field. Gonzalez predicts the company will get there with the help of several strategic acquisitions.