Saalex Corporation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Rockledge, FL and Camarillo, CA (Dec. 10, 2019) – Saalex Corporation, an engineering and information technology services company, is celebrating 20 years in business since Travis Mack, President and CEO, founded Saalex Solutions in 1999.

Over the past three years, Saalex Corporation has achieved a stunning revenue growth rate of 85%, and increased the number of its employees by more than 100%, to nearly 650.

“This is a year of celebration and appreciation for our valuable employees and customers,” said Mack. “I am filled with much pride to have spent the past 20 years with such an invaluable workforce. Saalex employees are the heartbeat of our business. I strongly believe that every single person in this organization is important to its success. Saalex has much to conquer in the years ahead. However, it is important we look back and celebrate our successes!”

Saalex Company History

Travis Mack founded Saalex Corp in Oxnard, CA, in 1999. He chose the company moniker by combining the first names of his two children, Sage and Alexcia. Mack, a U.S. Navy veteran, launched Saalex as an information technology (IT) consulting firm focused on software support for commercial businesses, and later focused on pursuing defense contracts.

In 2001, a single assignment with Northrop Grumman catapulted Saalex to a company of 55 employees within four years. Saalex was awarded its first significant Department of Defense contract to support Air Force electronic warfare program systems in 2004. Saalex established itself as an engineering and technical assistance company specializing in systems engineering, range operations and management, test and evaluation, and logistics for aerospace and combat weapons systems.

Over the next several years, Saalex developed an excellent reputation, primarily with U.S. Navy customers, and the contract awards grew larger and longer. In 2005, Saalex won a coveted Award for Excellence from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), a feat that the company would repeat multiple times.

In late 2010, Saalex bid on the Land and Sea Range Support Services (LSRS) contract, which was awarded in 2011. Due in part to that win, Saalex’s annual revenues multiplied from $5 million in 2010 to $30 million in 2012.

As Saalex continued to grow, so did its list of certifications and accolades. In 2014, Inc. 500/5000 recognized Saalex as one of the fastest-growing private companies at 816th place. In 2015, not only did Saalex cross an ocean to win the Pacific Missile Range Facility contract in Kekaha, HI, it traversed the country to open a new regional office in Rockledge, FL. By the end of 2016, Saalex increased its presence on Florida’s Space Coast with a subcontractor award to support NASA’s Launch Services Program over a nine-and-a-half-year period. In 2017, Saalex won NSWC Corona Division contract awards three times, followed by the Joint Range Technical Services contract as a major sub-contractor to the U.S. Air Force.

The year 2018 was a huge year for Saalex in terms of winning new contracts with NAVSEA SeaPort-NxG, the U.S. Navy SeaPort Ordnance Logistics Support Services at Seal Beach, CA, the U.S. Air Force Test Center Joint Technical Services II contract at China Lake and Point Mugu, and the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, FL.

Saalex Today and Looking Forward

After celebrating 20 years of business in 2019, the company won further recognition by making the Fortune Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the second time. Saalex was also presented with the Central Coast Best Places to Work award. The good news continued for all Saalex staff, with Saalex Corporation becoming an employee-owned business through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), as of July 2019.

Saalex’s management philosophy is that behind every successful person or company is a team. The success and growth of Saalex was created by building a cohesive, goal-oriented team with sound business practices. Over the last 20 years, Saalex has grown from a small to large business designation with nearly 650 employees by continuing to focus on strategic initiatives that serve commercial and defense industries while developing new government and municipal markets.

Editor’s Note: Photos of Travis Mack and various staff members are available at this link.

Saalex Corporation Announces Internship Program

Camarillo, CA (Oct. 15, 2019) – Saalex Corporation (Saalex) has launched internship program partnerships with Cerro Coso Community College, California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) and other regional universities and colleges to drive workforce development in our local communities.

Saalex plans to consider student applicants from the following subjects and/or majors and other disciplines as opportunity or availability for intern-related work arises: Computer Science, Cyber-related, Electronics, Electrical, Information Technology, Mechatronics, Math-related, Technical Writing and Digital Marketing. Current major recruitment areas includes data and systems-based roles, a variety of technicians, engineers and managers, primarily to work on three major programs with the Navy at Naval Base Ventura County and China Lake, in IT, weapons development and range test and support. Headquartered in Camarillo, CA, Saalex supports the Department of Defense and federal government, and services commercial and municipal clients in various U.S. markets.

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Saalex is a pillar of both Ventura and Kern counties, growing to be the largest defense contractor and third largest employer in the Ridgecrest, CA area. Pacific Coast Business Times (PCBT) recently featured Saalex on the 2019 Central Coast Best Places to Work List! Saalex is a 600+ employee-owned company with a 70 percent veteran workforce. Saalex has previously won the PCBT’s Spirit of Small Business Award, while CEO Travis Mack appeared on the PCBT’s 40 Under 40 list and was a recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year Award for 2015.

“This relationship is one that is good for our students, good for the University, and good for Saalex—a true win-win-win scenario. I am proud to offer local area students the opportunity to jump-start their careers with Saalex Corporation,” said Mr. Mack. “We all could benefit from their fresh perspectives and knowledge of the latest technology.”

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the second time, Saalex Corporation Appears on the 2019 Inc. 5000 Ranking with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 78 Percent

Rockledge, FL and Camarillo, CA (Aug. 20, 2019) – Inc. magazine today revealed that Saalex Corporation is No. 4191 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the U.S. economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“I’m so proud that Saalex has made the Inc. 5000 listing again,” said Travis Mack, Saalex President and CEO. “This is a true testament to the hard work and commitment that Saalex employees have made for the company’s success over the past 20 years.”

The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 are available at www.inc.com/inc5000. Readers can access company profiles and sort through an interactive database by industry, region and other criteria. The September issue of the print magazine will feature the top 500 companies, available on newsstands August 20.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

About Saalex Corporation

Saalex Corporation is an engineering and information technology (IT) services company with core competencies in the areas of test range operations and management, engineering and logistics services, data analytics/business intelligence services and IT services. Founded in 1999 by Travis Mack, Saalex Corporation is a service disabled veteran-owned and operated business headquartered in Camarillo, California. Learn more at www.Saalex.com.

Saalex Corporation Announces New COO and Promotions

Rockledge, FL and Camarillo, CA (Oct. 7, 2019) – Saalex Corporation has announced the promotion of Garrison Thompson to the new position of Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, as well as the promotion of Robert Bezduch to Director of Programs. These role refinements are part of an ongoing growth strategy as Saalex transitions from a small to large company.

Prior to this promotion, Mr. Thompson served as Saalex’s Director of Process Improvement and Integration and was responsible for enterprise transformation initiatives. Mr. Thompson has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace/defense, systems development and commercial technology industries. He has led and planned infrastructure upgrades, software and hardware product deployments and strategic operations as a leader in Fortune 100 companies. Before joining Saalex, Mr. Thompson served as a program manager, vice president and business development leader, engaging with senior executives and flag officers as well as defining strategic solutions for technical services efforts. He has also served as Chief Engineer for numerous Army range training and Air Force space lift range systems modernization and sustainment contracts. In 2002, NASA awarded Mr. Thompson the agency’s highest recognition, the Space Flight Awareness Launch Honoree Award for STS 111. Mr. Thompson is a Project Management Professional, a Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, ITILv3 Foundations Certified and a Cisco Certified Network Associate. He holds a B.S. (with Honors) in Aviation Management and an M.S. in Systems Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

“I am excited to have Garrison in this role and utilize his 30-plus years of large prime experience in corporate operations,” said Travis Mack, Saalex President and CEO. “I look forward to his vision, guidance and insight on developing a first-rate large prime operating environment.”

As newly appointed Director of Programs, Robert (Bobby) Bezduch will bring his business acumen and 15 years of program management experience to this new role.
“Bobby’s ability to tackle hard problems, support his team’s efforts, and keep our customers happy is a calling card of his abilities,” Mr. Mack said.

Saalex Corporation’s President/CEO Travis Mack to Speak at 2019 Navy Gold Coast Show Panel

Rockledge, FL and Camarillo, CA (July 15, 2019) – Travis Mack, President and CEO of Saalex Corporation, an engineering and information technology services company, will share his insights as an industry-leading contractor during the 2019 Navy Gold Coast Large and Small Business Practices Panel on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 10:00 to 10:45 A.M. at the San Diego Convention Center. The panel discussion will focus on best practices, subcontracting agreements, work share, contracts and success stories. Saalex Solutions, a division of Saalex Corporation, will also be exhibiting in booth #636 at the event along with more than 200 government agencies and industry organizations, including the 10 Navy Systems Commands.

About Navy Gold Coast

The San Diego Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) presents the NDIA 31st Annual Department of the Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event: Engaging with Small Business to Fortify National Defense. The NDIA Department of the Navy Gold Coast Event is the premier Navy procurement conference in the country. Gold Coast provides a forum to educate, guide and assist businesses, large and small, in support of the warfighter mission within Department of the Navy and throughout the DoD. For more information, visit: Navy Gold Coast here.

About Saalex Corporation

Saalex Corporation is an engineering and information technology (IT) services company with core competencies in the areas of test range operations and management, engineering and logistics services, data analytics/business intelligence services and IT services. Founded in 1999 by Travis Mack, Saalex Solutions is a service disabled veteran-owned and operated business headquartered in Camarillo, California. Learn more at www.Saalex.com.

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