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AVIAN awarded NAVAIR PMA-262 contract

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC was awarded a $34.3M contract to provide engineering and technical services to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262).

The AVIAN team will provide PMA-262 with services in support of the design, development, test, production, logistic support, operations, field and sustainment of High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to meet Naval Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) requirements.

AVIAN’s team is comprised of American Systems Corp. (ASC), AT&T, Global Technology and Management Resources (GTMR), Integrated Program Solutions, Inc. (IPS), Sabre and Tekla.

This contract win is AVIAN’s tenth prime contract and is part of an ever-growing portfolio of support services for NAVAIR, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Office of Naval Research.


For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications


AVIAN awarded AIR 5.1 T&E contract

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC was awarded a five-year, $63.8M cost-plus fixed-fee, level of effort contract to provide test and evaluation support services to the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD) Integrated Systems Evaluation, Experimentation and Test (ISEET) Department (AIR 5.1).

NAWCAD’s AIR 5.1 competency provides the resources for full life-cycle program T&E support from requirements review to the design, planning, execution, evaluation, & reporting of experiments and tests of aircraft, unmanned air vehicles, weapons, weapons systems & integrated warfare systems.

As the returning provider of Contract Support Services for AIR 5.1, the AVIAN team will continue to provide T&E expertise and risk mitigation activities.

“Our team features responsive ‘reach-back’ capabilities and a proven record of direct T&E support across AIR-5.1,” said Greg Griffitt, AVIAN’s AIR 5.1 program manager.

AVIAN’s team is comprised of subcontractors Aviation Systems Engineering Company, Inc. (ASEC); Jahn Corporation; J. F. Taylor, Inc.; KBRwyle; ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc.; Precise Systems, Inc.; RCW LLC; Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); and Tekla Research, Inc.

The contracted support for AIR 5.1 includes test program management; Assistant Program Manager for Test and Evaluation, and Lead Test Engineer support; Test Resource Management and Test Information Management support; Flight Test Engineering and Technology Development support; Platform Coordination; and Test Project Management support.

“Our T&E professionals are directly responsible for oversight, direction, and analysis to ensure safe and effective ground and flight test of aviation-related U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard acquisition efforts,” Griffitt said.

Moving forward, the AVIAN team seeks to continuously improve its partnership and support of ISEET – expanding participation in the development of test strategies, test methods, and test plans; enhancing test execution and reporting of test results; and innovating with training to sustain the expertise of the AIR-5.1 workforce – all while assisting ISEET as it evolves its T&E processes to meet future requirements.


For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications



AVIAN wins logistics IDIQ contract

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC was awarded a position on a five-year, $249.8M multiple award contract to provide logistics and program management support services to the Naval Air Systems Command’s logistics integration department (AIR 6.6).

NAVAIR’s logistics competency provides the resources to develop, plan, and integrate logistics support considerations into weapon system designs; and establishes and maintains integrated logistics support capable of sustaining fleet operations and maintenance throughout the full life-cycle of aviation weapon systems and related equipment integrating new capabilities and transitioning systems into the existing Navy.

This cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, was a small business set-aside awarded to a total of nine companies. AVIAN’s team is comprised of subcontractors ASI, Eagle, SAIC and Zenetex. Award of individual task orders are forthcoming.


For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications


AVIAN awarded PMA-209 contract

AVIAN LLC was awarded a five-year, $31M contract to provide acquisition support to the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209). PMA-209 champions development, integration and cradle-to-grave support for common avionics solutions in safety, connectivity, mission computing and interoperability. AVIAN’s team is comprised of subcontractors J. F. Taylor, Zenetex and CRL Technologies Inc.   AVIAN is the incumbent for this program support and will continue to provide support for all Air Combat Electronics (ACE) Aviation Capabilities Integration Systems Team (ACIST) systems integrator efforts required to lead, manage, integrate, develop, modify, and support capability definition through integration and support for multiple platform integration projects. The new contract includes four additional positions in support of PMA-209.


AVIAN ranks #3599 on 2016 Inc. 5000 list

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC  celebrates their seventh consecutive appearance on the Inc. magazine 500|5000 exclusive list of the fastest-growing, privately-owned companies in the United States. This year, Inc. ranks AVIAN at 3599, highlighting a three-year growth rate of 87 percent.

“We are proud of what we do as a company,” said Kevin Switick, president and an owner of AVIAN. “The way we provide creative solutions to our customer, the relationships we have within the community and ultimately, the dedication we have to our family of talented employees. These essential components of AVIAN’s business philosophies are what continue to fuel our growth and enable our success.”

AVIAN is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business devoted to the talent of its employees. AVIAN’s business model focuses on taking care of employees first, resulting in employees taking care of customers, with satisfied customers returning to continue seeking AVIAN’s business solutions.

In 2010, AVIAN debuted on the Inc. 500|5000 list at No. 230, five years after Jeff Sherman founded what was then called AVIAN Engineering. The company was ranked 267 in 2011, No. 660 in 2012, No. 1675 in 2013, No. 2630 in 2014 and No. 2417 in 2015.

Past alumni of the Inc. 5000 include notable companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Yelp, Timberland and Zillow. Companies on the 2016 list are responsible for creating 640,000 jobs in the past three years and have a combined revenue of $200 billion.

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” said Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch . That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The entrepreneurial spirit at AVIAN continues as it strives to redefine what it means to be resourceful, responsive and reachable to customers in the defense industry as well as the commercial market.

Additional information about the 2016 Inc. 500|5000 list, including company profiles and an interactive database sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000..

For additional information:

Sarah Aaron





Kelly Perry selected as finalist in HR of the year award

At a very young age, AVIAN’s Director of Human Resources, Kelly Perry, knew that her purpose in life was to help others, so she naturally migrated to a career where she could do just that.

“I was lucky enough to be introduced to the human resources profession while in college and it has taken me on a fantastic journey,” Perry said. “As Maya Angelou once said, I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Recently, Perry’s commitment to helping others led her to becoming HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington’s finalist for the Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year Award – Small Business.

From day one of the company’s inception, AVIAN owners Kevin Switick and Jeff Sherman agreed that taking care of their employees and encouraging a fun, Disney-like atmosphere were of utmost importance.  They believe that, “If we take care of the employees, the employees will take care of the customer.” Perry was brought into the organization four years ago to be their unofficial Manager of Lasting Impressions to guard this coveted corporate value.

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AVIAN named on Washingtonian’s 50 Great Places to Work list

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – Nowadays the average American works over 50 hours a week. If we’re spending more time at work than at home, it should be worth the sacrifice.

Today, during a breakfast reception at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC, AVIAN was recognized by Washingtonian as one of the region’s 50 Great Places to Work.

“Whether it’s through unlimited vacation, or ice cream sandwiches this year’s 50 Great Places to Work really appreciate their employees and they show it every day,” said Sherri Dalphonse, Executive Editor, Washingtonian.

The 50 winning workplaces were chosen on the basis of such measures as: generous pay and benefits; challenging and interesting work; great work/life balance; opportunities to learn and grow; commitment to charity and community; and the recognition and respect given to employees.

“As our company continues to grow, we remain committed to our employees and keeping a “family-feel”, said Kevin Switick, president and co-owner of AVIAN LLC. “We’ve created a culture, by design, which focuses on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. We truly appreciate each person’s unique ideas, perspective and talents and do things along the way to show our gratitude.”

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AVIAN ranks #2417 on 2015 Inc. 5000 list

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. Inc. magazine ranked AVIAN No. 2417 on its Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

This ranking marks AVIAN’s sixth consecutive appearance on the list.

“When I started this company ten years ago, I could not have imagined the growth we are celebrating today,” said Jeff Sherman, founder and an owner of AVIAN. “Our incredibly talented employees are what make this milestone possible. At the end of the day, if AVIAN takes care of its employees, the employees take care of their customers and everything else falls into place.”

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AVIAN selected as The Patuxent Partnership 2014 Member of the Year

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC is celebrating its selection as the 2014 Member of the Year following the award announcement at The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) annual dinner, May 12.

“Every year it is a great pleasure to select one member company who has exemplified commitment to the community and support for Pax River,” said Bonnie Green, executive director of TPP. “AVIAN has demonstrated excellence and we are proud to name them Member of the Year.”

An active member of TPP for seven years, AVIAN was nominated for the 2014 Member of the Year award based upon the company’s performance, its support of the TPP mission, its internal and employee culture, and the company’s and employees’ involvement in community affairs and volunteer activities.

“The Southern Maryland region has something unique,” said Kevin Switick, an owner and president of AVIAN. “My competitors are also my friends. We are friends who share a common goal — advancing our community. I am honored to receive this award among friends that I respect.”

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Budding AVIAN talent recognized as PR Rising Star ‘honoree’

With attributes like leadership, ingenuity and passion, AVIAN LLC’s Liz Mildenstein is leading the field for millennial public relations professionals.

This month, Mildenstein became an honoree of the 2014 Public Relations Rising Star Awards.

Rising Star Awards recognize accomplished PR up-and-comers aged 30 and under who are practicing communications professionals in a corporation, PR firm, nonprofit/association, educational institution, government organization or industry supplier.

Mildenstein serves as part of AVIAN’s Information and Multimedia Services (AIMS) division that provides communications support to Navy and Marine Corps customers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. She is currently supporting the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 and EA/18G Program Office as their lead communications/multimedia specialist.

“Liz is pro-active, detail-oriented and dedicated to delivering top notch products and services to her customer,” said Julie Lemmon, AIMS lead communications/multimedia specialist for the U.S. Navy’s Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office and Mildenstein’s former teammate. “I can’t think of an individual more deserving of a Rising Star Award.”

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