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Press Release May 08, 2011

Successful Glacier Pays it Forward

Small-business corner: Successful Glacier pays it forward
by Adrian Madrigal \ Special to the Times
Posted: May 08/2011 12:00:00 AM MDT

Bobby Trumbla learned from an early age that life is "an uphill path" that must be traveled with diligence and determination.

Bobby was born in Grant, Mich., into a family of humble circumstances. As a young child, he had to cope with the tragic death of his mother. At the age of 16, he started working in a commercial laundry, and at 17 he volunteered for the U.S. Army.  He served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Defense Artillery. After his retirement from the Army, Bobby embarked on a new career as a government contractor. This endeavor has spanned more than 19 years and continues today as he serves as the president and CEO of Glacier Technologies.

Bobby began this phase of his life as a systems analyst for a small SBA 8(a) defense contractor. During the years that followed, he was a program manager (15 years) for several multimillion-dollar contracts while providing oversight to a staff of more than 100 personnel.

Bobby's dedication to customer satisfaction and loyalty to his employer serve as the foundation for the corporate practices that are the hallmark of Glacier Technologies today.

Bobby Trumbla is the founder, president and CEO of Glacier Technologies LLC, an SBA 8(a) certified Alaska Native Corporation and a dynamic Small Disadvantaged Business. Since its inception in 2005, the company has grown remarkably in both size and revenue.

During the past six years, the number of Glacier employees has risen from two to more than 400, including about 100 in the El Paso area.  Similarly, Glacier has experienced an incredible 50 percent increase in its annual gross revenue to include $15 million in fiscal year 2009 and $27.9 million in fiscal year 2010. The company's projected revenue for fiscal year 2011 (based on existing contracts) is $54 million.

Since 2005, Glacier Technologies has proudly served many government and industrial organizations. However, the company's customer base continues to reside primarily in the government sector.

Glacier provides support services to such government agencies as the Air Force Special Operations Command, Army Strategic Command, Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Army Information Systems Engineering Command, Air Force Academy, Air Force Medical Command, U.S. Department of Energy, the SBA, and the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service.

In May 2009, Glacier Technologies signed a year commitment of official guardianship of the 1st Armored Division's Special Troops Battalion, new to Fort Bliss. Glacier's first commitment was to provide a new videoconferencing unit to be used by soldiers for video calls with family members. Also, Glacier put on a Family Day Picnic for troops and families.

Glacier has committed to a second year of sponsorship for the 1st Armored Division's Special Troops Battalion with an additional focus of supporting the single soldiers' transition when coming back from Iraq.

Adrian Madrigal is the SBA El Paso public information officer.


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