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Press Release September 06, 2011
City Beat Magazine

Glacier Technologies, Team Work

Bobby Trumbla learned from an early age that life is ‘an uphill path’ that must be traveled with diligence and determination.   Sometimes it takes an extraordinary effort to find them.  Bobby was born in Grant, Michigan 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 sixteen he started working in a commercial laundry and at seventeen he volunteered for the U.S. Army.  He went to serve for 20 years as an enlisted soldier in U.S. Air Defense Artillery.

Following his retirement from the Army, Bobby embarked on a new career as a government contractor.  This endeavor has spanned over 19 years and continues today as he serves as the President/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 served as a Program Manager (fifteen years) for several multi-million dollar contracts while providing oversight to a staff of over 100 personnel.  Bobby’s many successes as a contractor were the result of his dedication to customer satisfaction and loyalty to his employer.  These same values 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 (ANC) and a dynamic Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Since its inception in 2005, the company has grown remarkably in both size and revenue.  Over the last six years, the number of Glacier employees has risen from two to over 400, 100+ being located in the El Paso area.  Similarly, Glacier has experienced an incredible 50% increase in its annual gross revenue to include $15 million in FY 2009 and $27.9 million in FY 2010.  The company’s projected revenue for FY 2011 (based on existing contracts) is anticipated to be $54 million. This achievement was made possible by Glacier’s unwavering dedication to professionalism, product excellence, and commitment to customer satisfaction as well as the exceptional support and assistance it received from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

The success of Glacier Technologies in the market place has resulted in the company receiving recognition for the excellence of the technical services it provides.  Glacier Technologies specializes in providing a broad range of support services that fall within five broad functional areas: Information Technology, Communications and Electronics, Test and Evaluation, Range Support, and Call Centers Operations.  Specific services it currently provides include information technology, cyber security, defense system studies/analysis, advanced weapons development, patient appointment support, operational testing/evaluation, and call center activities.

Since 2005 Glacier Technologies has proudly served numerous government and industrial organizations.  However, the company’s customer base continues to reside primarily in the government sector.  Presently, 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 USDA Forest Service.  Such a diverse customer base ensures that the company is not dependent on a single contract to maintain its viability.  Thus far in its brief history, Glacier has never lost an existing contract.  Once awarded, contracts have consistently been expanded and renewed.

Glacier Technologies utilizes a flat organizational/management structure in order to provide it with the flexibility required to immediately respond to its clients’ needs.  In this manner, Program Managers (PM) report directly to the company President.  Each PM is empowered to make and implement decisions to include change orders, hiring and firing of personnel, and financial decisions related to a contract.  For their part, the President empowers and encourages managers to implement “best practices” during all stages of a project and provides them with the tools and resources necessary to be successful without unduly burdening them with administrative requirements. 

In May of 2009, Glacier Technologies, through the local chapter of AUSA, signed a year commitment of official guardianship of the 1st Armored Division’s Special Troops Battalion newly arrived to Ft. Bliss, Texas.  The battalion soon was deployed to Iraq for a year and Glacier arranged to support the troops and their families who remained in El Paso.  Having served in the Army twenty-four years ago Mr. Trumbla was thrilled to once again be able to take care of soldiers and their families.  Glacier’s first commitment was to provide a new video conferencing unit to be used by soldiers down range for video calls with family members.   As a part of Glacier Technologies ”Year of Sponsorship” in commitment to the Special Troops Battalion at Fort Bliss, Glacier put on a Family Day Picnic for the troops and families, most of which are home alone as their spouses are deployed in Iraq.

Glacier had the privilege of sponsoring a Christmas party for the families of the deployed soldiers with the 4th STB, 4/1 AD on December 6th. President & CEO Bobby Trumbla was very generous in not only throwing a Christmas Party, he also allotted funds so that 10 Hot Air Popcorn poppers along with 100 lbs of popcorn were sent to deployed soldiers and 220 $5.00 AAFES gift cards were given to single soldiers. Three needy families were also given Wal-Mart gift cards just in time for the holidays. On May 20, 2010 all of the soldiers from the 4th STB, 4/1 AD returned home and in their honor the star on the mountain was lit up that evening, furthermore, a certificate was presented to them at the picnic. The Picnic was held in their honor and at Biggs Field. Glacier has committed a 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 coming back from IRAQ.

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