Q&A with Rudy Alvarado
State-based Advancia marks 30 years of service to government
Q: Advancia is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Tell us a little bit about what the company does.
A: Advancia is a native Oklahoma company, started in Lawton. I relocated our headquarters to Oklahoma City in the late 1990s. Since our start, the company has provided professional technical services to the state of Oklahoma and our federal government clients. As an example of our work, we provide physicians in all specialties to work in Army medical treatment facilities throughout the United States. We also trained soldiers on cultural, language, religious and socio/political awareness before deploying into the theater of war. The more complex and challenging the work — the more we like it.
Q: How has Advancia changed since it was formed three decades ago?
A: We have seen considerable changes in the federal marketplace. Having said that, we have always provided high-end services such as IT, training, engineering, logistics, and research and systems analysis. However, when new markets like cybersecurity and health care staffing develop, we position ourselves to capture work in new lines of business — and we have. The dollar value of the contracts we look at are much larger now. And we are very fortunate to have competitively won large contracts. Executing these contracts has allowed us to build a deep corporate resume. All this knowledge and experience, in turn, helps us win new work. We also have adjusted to a deluge of rules, regulations, laws, and executive orders needed to be met and complied with. We will remain flexible and adjust to meet our client's new needs. This approach and our capabilities define our corporate DNA.