Like so many, September 11, 2001, had a profound impact on my life — an impact I have carried with me through the years. After many years of building companies that served the federal government, particularly the Department of Defense, I wondered if it was time to start and build a company that worked with federal agencies to protect our homeland from outside threats.
On April 12, 2010, with a team and infrastructure in place, I opened Aveshka for business. The name Aveshka is derived from a Hindi word meaning “discovery” or “innovation,” the core of everything we do. Over the last twelve years, Aveshka has worked in emergency management, public health, passenger safety/tracking, law enforcement, application development, cybersecurity, and more. Thanks to our employees and subject matter experts, Aveshka has contributed to the safety and security of our country. We have done this even as unexpected events developed, such as the onset of the pandemic in 2019. Our ability to pivot and dive into new challenges allowed us to develop programs for government agencies and commercial businesses needing guidance and the development of internal programs to deal with COVID-19 infections, safety guidance, and management.
Outside threats come in many forms, and Aveshka works to address them as they arise. Our ESF 13 Team has responded to natural disasters in the form of hurricanes, tornados, floods, and fires. They have also responded to the aftermath of terrorist events, such as the Boston Marathon bombing. This group of professionals is well respected by our customer and continue to do extraordinary work to keep us safe.
In working with CBP PSPD, Aveshka worked on updating and maintaining the systems that screen passengers across the country. This work is still critical to this day.
Over the last two years, the ASPR team has had their hands full, to say the least, as they have worked to assist the nation deal with the unknown — the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had teams on the ground and others working with BARDA on the former Operation Warp Speed. The program eventually (in conjunction with private industry) developed the vaccines now available worldwide.
We have employees involved in many areas who do fantastic work but remain unsung heroes due to the type of work they do. Thanks to each of them, the work to keep this country safe continues unabated.
With all of this said, I look back over the last twelve years with a lot of pride and hope for the future. Thanks to many, Aveshka has become a homeland security, defense, and emergency management industry leader. We are working to develop our technology capabilities and continue to grow our CANDOR platform to bring it to federal agencies and commercial entities. We have developed a culture that encourages our employees to grow, have a work-life balance, and feel a part of something bigger. Aveshka has participated in community programs such as the annual Toy Drive for INOVA Children’s Hospital. We have participated in and supported the COVID Quilt Project, now displayed in museums and airports across the country. We recognize our employees for work anniversaries – celebrating them in monthly anniversary luncheons. Even with the change to remote work, virtual events are designed to bring employees and families together.
I am excited for all that Aveshka has become in these twelve years and want to thank you for your contributions to the company and our country.
– Girish K. Jindia, Aveshka President & CEO