Anthony (Tony) Jimenez is living the “American Dream.” His personal story is as dynamic and inspiring as his achievements. Born in Virginia into a family of modest means, his incredible drive, work ethic, love of technology, and desire to contribute to society have led to his recognition as a top leader in technology, one of the most influential Hispanics in the Nation, and a respected Veteran.
Since founding MicroTech at his kitchen table 12 years ago (2004) he has grown MicroTech into a multimillion dollar company with more than 100 contracts supporting Federal, State and Local Government as well Fortune 500 companies. Several national organizations have paid tribute to MicroTech including Inc Magazine, Digital Software Magazine, Deloitte, Washington Technology, SmartCEO, Washington Business Journal, and National Veteran-Owned Business Association. Tony’s been named “Entrepreneur of the Year,” “Small Business Person of the Year,” “Executive of the Year,” and “CEO of the Year” by several national organizations. He’s also been named as “Most Influential Hispanics in the Nation” by the Hispanic Business Magazine, “50 Most Influential Virginians” by Virginia Business and “Veteran of the Year” by Veterepreneur Magazine. Tony has received numerous letters of appreciation & commendation from Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Government Officials and Community Leaders, as well as letters of gratitude from two sitting Presidents of the United States.
Tony spent 24 years on Active Duty, is a Retired Army Officer, Service-Disabled Veteran, Author and Philanthropist with experience in Data Center Services, Transformational Technology, and Cloud Computing. Tony’s a highly decorated veteran who has served in theaters of combat operations, including tours in the Middle East, Central America, & Africa.
MicroTech, a certified and verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and a Minority Business Enterprise certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, has had noteworthy success since its inception in 2004. The privately-owned company has been recognized as a small business success story and was ranked as the #1 Fastest Growing Hispanic Company in the Nation for three consecutive years by Hispanic Business Magazine.
At MicroTech, we believe in taking technology further! That’s actually our tagline at MicroTech and has been since I first founded the company at my kitchen table 12 years ago. Since our very first day in business we have believed it was our job to inspire people by showing them what we call “The art of the possible” and because MicroTech is a technology-based company, we have always been committed to inspiring and challenging the next generation of technologist.
As MicroTech has grown and achieved success, I consider it a fundamental responsibility to take the lead on our philanthropic efforts and give back to the community. Our efforts over the years have not only assisted those in need, but also provided us with a high-profile in the community. It is personally satisfying to know that MicroTech is routinely recognized as a technology leader and being a good steward in the community. For more than a decade we have supported dozens of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives including programs that emphasize technology and engineering, and especially initiatives and programs that diversify and strengthen the Information Technology (IT) profession. When donating money for scholarships or grants we look for programs, projects and initiatives aimed at underserved communities and programs that allow tutors and mentors to enrich the lives of young people.
When I look back at those early days the thing I remember most was the excited feeling I had knowing that I had actually stared my own company and I was now the CEO! Even better was the fact it was not just a company, it was a Technology company. After launching the company in the spring of 2004, we had grown to 40 employees by December. We have come a long way since those early days. Like any new venture, we were thrown some curves and hit a few potholes along the way. And, while I take some satisfaction seeing where we are today and knowing what we have achieved, I know that we would not be here today had it not been for STEM. So obviously STEM initiatives and STEM programs that emphasize technology and engineering and provide opportunities, much like the ones I was provided, are especially important to me.
Growing up, I enjoyed STEM courses although I didn’t really know or understand how significant they were or how much they would impact my life. I did however realize that there were very few women and minorities in my AP science and math classes and the more I successfully navigated my way up the education ladder the more obvious that became. In fact, from the time I earned my first Master’s degree and long after I decided to enhance that first Master’s degree with a Masters in Information System, I noticed that there were only a small number of Minorities in those courses and classes.
I was not until later in life, when I actually started putting my IT skills to use that the lack of minorities really became obvious.
As a result, I started to think that maybe minorities didn’t care about careers in science, technology, engineering or math, but the fact is I could not have been more wrong. I now know that there are a lot more challenges than I had originally thought for minorities and creating more inclusion in STEM required that minority students have access to educational support that would help them finish high school and eventually get their bachelor’s degree. Because minorities have significantly higher dropout rates in high school, creating mechanisms to support them through their high school years and into college will help balance the inequalities.
Helping to balance the inequalities and improve diversity in STEM fields isn’t just the right thing to do it’s the smart thing to do. In an economy where there are more jobs then qualified applicants, increasing the number of women and minorities in STEM would not only increase the size of the available talent pool it would bring a diverse set of minds and experiences to bear on our nation’s most challenging issues! Not only would it drive our nation’s ability to thrive in a competitive, knowledge-driven global economy, it would help us bring back some of those jobs we have lost to other countries.
Because STEM is so critical to our future and so important for our children, our region and our country, MicroTech works hard to encourage those students that are currently in school as well as future generations of would be students, to embrace technology that affects them every day of their lives and help them to understand that technology is not as intimidating as some would have them believe.
One way MicroTech does that is through our support of a new coed pilot program, called STEM Scouts which gives young men and women a new, fun way to discover science, technology, engineering, and math.
By increasing STEM learning opportunities and establishing partnerships with businesses and universities, STEM Scouts, through a hands-on learning environment, gives young people real experience in these fields and the opportunity to work closely with STEM educators and experts.
The program serves more than 400 students and has an attendance rate of more than 90 percent. Schools reported that STEM Scouts helped students who had previously struggled in these areas improve their understanding of the subjects and become more interested in science, math, and technology. The rousing success of and interest in the pilot program enabled the BSA to extend the program to 12 additional councils and reach more youth.
STEM Scouts will work closely with STEM professionals and conduct experiments that could lead to new inventions, technologies, machines, and medicines, and develop ideas that change lives. Through weekly meetings and four- to six-week modules that cover a variety of disciplines, STEM Scouts is designed to be fast paced, thought provoking, and fun.
What’s more, STEM Scouts at the high school level have the opportunity to have their work peer-reviewed by scientists and engineers and then published, helping to increase their chances for college scholarships and program admissions. Additionally, each council will be encouraged to partner with a local university to aid in the execution of the program and provide resources and counsel to make sure the program is giving youth the latest in STEM education.
MicroTech provides Cloud Computing, Technology Services, Cyber Security Solutions, Products & Managed Service Solutions, Network Systems Integration, Big Data Management, Telecom Solutions & Integration and Financial Services to the public sector, as well as commercial enterprises — managing more than a quarter of a million technology users daily. A prime contractor of over 500 Federal projects and more-than-25 procurement vehicles, MicroTech offers access to 2500 vendors and a million technology products and services across the government.