How To Do Business With The Government

Fire When Ready

Marvin Carroll (Photo by Sheri O'Neal)

An early lesson was learned and Carroll went on to build a company that now boasts nearly 180 employees and such top-tier clients as NASA and the DOD, as well as industry giants Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. Despite that growth, Carroll looks to diversify his company as government spending patterns continue to change.

Founded in 1988 to provide technical support to the DOD as well as commercial customers, Tec-Masters is primarily involved in three areas of business:
– Scientific, Engineering, and Technical Services: This includes training and organizational development, experimentation, modeling, and simulations. The company also provides support services such as technical manual development, integrated logistics planning, and support for government agencies such as the Department of Defense.
– Information Technology: Tec-Masters Inc. provides worldwide information technology services that include designing new systems, maintenance, testing, training, network communications, and cyber security.
– Creative Multimedia: This includes video production from concept to creation, virtual and 3-D simulations, animation, digital media design, and website development.

Before launching the company, Carroll designed simulations for anti-tank missiles that often ended up as actual missile systems. His work on the TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) missile system helped him progress to the management of missile systems, which involved development, testing, manufacturing, and building. He served as the deputy project manager and chief engineer for the HELLFIRE/Ground Vehicle Laser Locator Designator project office of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Command.

Carroll’s background working with the military helped instill the value of a solid team and the understanding that no one man could do it all, a mindset he carried over to Tec-Masters. “At the end of the day, the business exists because we have people that possess these skill sets required by customers,” he asserts. “I try to support and encourage, of course, but with all of this high-tech stuff that we keep talking about, you’ll find it with other people. You have to take the steps to try to get the best people to do the job that’s required by your customer.”

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