President, Venturi, LLC
Tell us about your business.
Venturi is a home-grown Huntsville company founded in 2006 by Mike Alvarez to provide engineering, logistics and test support for the US Government. The team has grown to 200 employees, and I was honored to follow Mike as President in 2020. Today, you can find Venturi employees across the country and around the world providing skilled services and expertise for our nation’s defense. The company owes its success to the team of professionals who call it home, and we continue our tradition of a strong people-focused culture as we integrate into Chenega Corporation, an Alaska Native Owned company, which acquired Venturi in 2019. We remain deeply committed to our customers’ missions. We are also committed to our community through the Venturi Brighter Day Employee Fund that should surpass a cumulative total of $1M in local grants sometime this year as well as our enthusiastic employees who take on volunteer projects throughout the region.
Many companies had challenges through the pandemic, for different reasons. Did your company face any issues, or, opportunities you didn’t expect?
What a year! 2020, continuing into 2021, has been a challenging time for everyone and tragic for too many of us. From the start of the pandemic, Venturi worked with our Government customers and industry partners to implement flexible working arrangements. The Government’s ability and willingness to embrace telework as well as staggered in-office shifts and distanced work accommodations enabled Venturi to continue without a gap in service. Many employees who must travel and perform hands-on missions adapted to long required-isolations both departing and returning which extended already demanding trips. All in all, we worked through every challenge with no gaps in service.
What has our community’s growth meant for you?
We are fortunate to be headquartered in one of the most vibrant and upbeat areas of the country. Huntsville and its regional growth – through careful planning with a lot of input from the Chamber — has generated steadily improving living standards, expanding education and entertainment options, and produced an increasingly diversified workforce. These building blocks are essential for Venturi to attract, develop and retain a successful team.
What would you say to other businesses considering an investment in the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber?
Do it! Our Chamber is world class, and being a part of it not only provides a solid business connection to customers and industry partners, it also gives members a strong voice in the ongoing development of our community. Venturi’s HREGI investment and engagement with the Chamber have helped us grow and achieve our goals – we are proud to be a Chamber supporter!
This article appears in the April 2021 issue of Initiatives magazine, a publication of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.