Apr 2018
Inc. Magazine’s New Vet50 List Shines a Light on the 50 Fastest-Growing Veteran-Owned Businesses

MKS2 Technologies Ranks No. 9 on the inaugural Vet50 list of the fastest-growing Veteran-led companies in America

TEXAS, FEBRUARY 2018Inc. magazine and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University today ranked MKS2 Technologies NO. 9 on their inaugural Vet50 list, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing veteran-owned businesses in the country. The list represents a unique look at some of the most successful companies in the nation, highlighting their dynamism. It also serves a focal point to underscore veterans’ continued contribution to the American economy.

“We are thrilled and honored to be included in Inc. Magazine’s inaugural list of the fastest growing veteran businesses in America. Landing in the top ten at #9 is an amazing feat and one in which we will celebrate, but we all know there is still a lot of work to do and lot to for us to continue to learn. As a veteran-owned business and one in which employs nearly 25% of our workforce as military veterans, there’s a “can do” attitude where our teammates stare at a challenge, smirk, and then get the job done,” said MKS2’s CEO and Founder, Brendan Mullen.

Landing in the top ten at #9 is an amazing feat and one in which we will celebrate, but we all know there is still a lot of work to do and lot to for us to continue to learn.

The Vet50’s rankings were announced on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Vet50 Awards event by First Data, a longtime partner of the IVMF, during the first-ever Veteran EDGE national conference focused solely on developing veteran entrepreneurs no matter where they are in their business journey, and the companies who want to do business with them. The dinner featured keynote speaker NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Captain (USN Retired), and guest speaker Medal of Honor recipient Jack Jacobs, Colonel (US Army Retired).

The conference and awards ceremony brought together stakeholders, veteran business owners, regional and national veteran services organizations, as well as the corporate partners of the Coalition for Veteran-Owned Business (CVOB). EDGE is the first-of-its-kind coalition of large companies supporting the success of veteran-owned businesses, connecting them with entrepreneurial education, training, resources, and networking opportunities.

“Business growth is a real economic driver in this country and the fact is that most of the new jobs in the economy — over 87 percent—are created by private businesses,” says Eric Schurenberg, CEO of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. Magazine. “Veteran entrepreneurs contribute their share to the job story, employing over 5.5 million. They deserve to be recognized for their continued service to the country.”

“Veteran business owners bring unconventional leadership and grit to succeed. They have a history of entrepreneurship that goes back decades. This list will not only inform but it will inspire other entrepreneurs – veteran and civilian,” said Syracuse University Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and IVMF Founder, Executive Director Mike Haynie.

Founded in 2008, MKS2 Technologies is a technology business providing services to the Federal Government and commercial clients. At MKS2 Technologies, we help our clients define their Mission, we use existing and new domain Knowledge, we formulate new client Strategies, and then we implement Solutions.

CONTACT: Brendan Mullen, CEO – (703) 803-7240

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Now in its 38th year, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is the first interdisciplinary national institute of higher education focused on the social, economic, education, and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. The IVMF delivers leading programs all over the country and online in career, vocational, and entrepreneurship education and training, while also conducting actionable research, policy analysis, and program evaluations. The IVMF also supports communities through coordinated efforts that enhance delivery and access to services and care. The Institute, supported by a distinguished advisory board, along with public and private partners, is committed to advancing the lives of those who have served in America’s armed forces and their families. For more information, visit ivmf.syracuse.edu and follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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