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AVIAN marks 9-year Inc. 5000 ranking

Aug 16th, 2018

LEXINGTON PARK, Md., Aug. 16, 2018 – If AVIAN were the fastest spacecraft to ever leave earth we would reach the planet Pluto in nine years, but since AVIAN isn’t a spacecraft at all, we used the last nine years to consecutively rank on Inc. magazine’s list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

“We’re going for ten years, baby!” said Kevin Switick, president of AVIAN. “It has been an absolute honor to share the ranks of such wonderful fast-growing companies around the U.S. for the past nine years. Our goal is to celebrate this year, but we’ve got our eye on the prize -- 10-years of successful growth in 2019.”

AVIAN is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business devoted to the talent of its employees. AVIAN’s business model focuses on taking care of employees first, resulting in employees taking care of customers, with satisfied customers returning to continue seeking AVIAN’s business solutions.

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

In 2010, AVIAN debuted on the Inc. 500 list at No. 230, five years after Jeff Sherman founded what was then called AVIAN Engineering. The company was ranked 267 in 2011, No. 660 in 2012, No. 1675 in 2013, No. 2630 in 2014, No. 2417 in 2015, No. 3599 in 2016 and No. 3764 in 2017.

The entrepreneurial spirit at AVIAN continues as it strives to redefine what it means to be resourceful, responsive and reachable to customers in the defense industry as well as the commercial market. AVIAN has grown to more than 250 employees working around the country.

Recently, AVIAN made the decision to become 49 percent employee owned by adopting an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP.

Using the Congressionally authorized ESOP program, AVIAN created a plan to provide employees with a retirement incentive in addition to its AVIAN 401k.

“From the beginning, my business partner and I have always wanted to bestow a gift of our legacy to our AVIAN family,” Switick said. “We are truly excited to announce that the gift is now in place to give our team the opportunity to share in the future success of AVIAN as an individual stakeholder. I believe that our company continues to achieve success [recognizable by Inc.] by sticking to our corporate value – we take care of each other.”

In May, AVIAN was also recognized by Inc. as being one of its Best Places to Work for 2018.

Complete results of the Inc. 500|5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

About AVIAN, Inc.

AVIAN, Inc. is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. We believe talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit.

We are resourceful, responsive and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial systems; research and development; communication strategy and graphic design.

As a services company, AVIAN’s best attribute is its people. Its business model has a strong emphasis on creating memorable experiences and building relationships.

For additional information:

Tara N. Strickland

Director of Communications

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