On March 12, 2011, Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) will celebrate its twentieth year providing science, engineering, and information technology support to government and commercial customers around the world.
The company, which today has revenue of $71.2 million, has grown from having a single employee when it opened in 1991 to 181 working out of offices in Greenbelt, MD; Arlington, VA; Fairmont, WV; Asheville, NC; and Boulder, CO.
“I wanted an honest, open environment with strong integrity,” said GST co-founder and current President Chieh-san Cheng. “Our idea was to create an employee-friendly company for scientists and engineers.” Cheng, at the time was working at Computer Technology Associates (CTA) had amassed experiences working for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt and understood the needs of technical employees and customers well.
Back in 1991, Cheng consulted with two close friends, Larry Roelofs, and Paul Clemens, who also worked at CTA. Together they ultimately decided they wanted to create a company that would provide government solutions better than any other provider they saw. The three would-be business owners crafted their shared dream on one basic concept: Not be a typical beltway-bandit.
“If you hire smart people you land good business. We weren’t just bringing in general IT business,” commented GST co-founder and current Vice President of Technology Larry Roelofs. “We quickly got a reputation for being a company with a lot of smart people who can solve complex problems.”
Over time, the company quickly grew by winning several small and large contracts supporting the GSFC. Most notably, GST was awarded a $40 million contract to provide computer, scientific, and research and development support for GSFC. In later years, GST was the major subcontractor on the premier space and Earth science contract at GSFC and the prime for the NASA Peer Review Service at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
In 2005, GST acquired TMC Technologies, Inc., a Fairmont, WV based information technology services company. The merger enabled GST to pursue work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of West Virginia, and the Department of Defense (DoD). As one company, the pooled experiences and resources enabled GST to win as prime contractor on NOAA’s $200 million CLASS (Comprehensive Large data-Array Stewardship System) program.
Recently, GST was awarded several high-profile contracts from NOAA. Two of the most notable are the support for the Climate Data Records program at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, NC, and the Scientific and Technical Support Services Next Generation Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (Sci-Tech NG IDIQ) contract whereby GST was chosen by NOAA as one of three prime small businesses.
“2010 was hugely successful for GST,” said Cheng. “We won 10 contracts, making 2010 our most successful year in company history. With this recent success, I’ve been rejuvenated. We will continue to do well with our solid culture and exceptional staff.”
“At the end of the day, GST will be successful as long as it continues to hire smart people,” said Roelofs. “It’s that core principal that has led GST to its every success. Our future is bright.”
Present and former employees from Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina will attend the company’s annual gala on Saturday, March 12 being held at the Newton White Mansion located in Mitchellville, MD.
For more information about GST, please contact Chris.Moren: e-mail: Chris.Moren@gst.com.