Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the Third Time, Saalex Solutions Appears on the 2020 Inc. 5000,
Ranking No. 3,870 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 92 Percent

New York, NY, Camarillo, CA and Rockledge, FL (August 12, 2020) – Inc. magazine today revealed that Saalex Solutions, a division of Saalex Corporation, is No. 3,870 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are thrilled for Saalex to be recognized on the Inc. 5000 listing yet again,” said Travis Mack, President and CEO, Saalex Corporation. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of the entire Saalex team, which has been integral to the company’s success and continued growth over the past 20 years.”

Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held virtually from October 23 to 27, 2020. As always, speakers will include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

Valeo Networks Acquires Network Management Services, Further Expanding National MSSP Footprint in Western Region

Camarillo, CA, Rockledge, FL, and Eureka, CA (August 4, 2020) – Valeo Networks, a division of Saalex Corporation and an industry-leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), today announced the acquisition of Eureka, California-based managed service provider, Network Management Services (NMS). Financial terms are not being released.

The acquisition brings into the Valeo Networks team another recognized Managed Service Provider (MSP) in the Western U.S., further enabling Valeo Networks to scale by adding more than a dozen highly experienced, qualified technicians and system administrators to the national organization.
The NMS brand will continue to operate as a DBA Valeo Networks Company and maintain its Eureka, CA headquarters, becoming the largest MSP/MSSP in Humboldt County. NMS marks the third acquisition this year for Saalex Corp.’s IT division, launching Valeo Networks’ revenue volume into the top 5% of MSSPs nationwide.

“We continue to execute on our nationwide growth strategy and working with highly respected companies like NMS will help us achieve that goal,” said Travis Mack, President and CEO, Saalex Corporation. “This acquisition significantly enhances our capabilities in the areas of cybersecurity, cloud computing, and network security service offerings.”

“After 25 years in business, we are excited to expand our reach by joining Valeo Networks,” said Timothy Foster, CEO, Network Management Services. “With the tremendous financial and technical backing of Valeo Networks, NMS will become an even stronger IT service provider, offering a far broader range of advanced cybersecurity services to our clients.”

About Network Management Services

Network Management Services (NMS) has been serving the Eureka area since 1995, providing a full range of IT services such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses. The company delivers enterprise-level IT practices and solutions to the small business sector. Learn more at

A Mission of Firsts: Saalex Supports Successful Mars 2020 Launch

ELVIS 3 Team Supports Perseverance Rover in Search for Life on the Red Planet

Camarillo, CA and Rockledge, FL (July 30, 2020) – Saalex Solutions joins the search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system with today’s successful launch of the Mars 2020 spacecraft and its historic payload, the Perseverance Martian rover. Saalex’s Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 (ELVIS 3) team assisted the mission, providing engineering and technical integration as well as launch site and Perseverance rover preparation.

The Atlas V-541 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 4:50 a.m. PDT / 7:50 a.m. EDT. One of the largest rockets used for interplanetary spaceflight, the Atlas V propels Mars 2020 on a nearly seven-month-long journey to the red planet. The spacecraft is expected to reach Mars on February 18, 2021 where it will deploy the Perseverance Rover. Once it reaches the planet’s surface, the rover will begin its study of Martian geology, search for organic compounds, and explore the possibility of generating oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide, all critical pieces to the puzzle of whether the planet once supported life and if it could again.

“It’s humbling to be playing an active role in a mission that could answer one of science’s most enduring questions, whether there is other life on other planets,” said Saalex President and CEO Travis Mack. “I continue to be proud of the amazing work our ELVIS 3 team is doing to support these historic endeavors. Both Mars 2020 and the Crew Dragon Demo-2 launch in May demonstrate how Saalex is leading the way to support NASA’s most important and groundbreaking work. We’re honored to be part of the elite team of private and public entities that help make these incredibly complex undertakings a success.”

Saalex’s ELVIS 3 team joined the Mars 2020 mission in 2016 as part of NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) and the program’s contract with United Launch Alliance. In the lead-up to the launch, the ELVIS 3 team developed launch site support procession requirements and prepped the launch site for the arrival of Perseverance at the Kennedy Space Center.

“We’re providing engineering technical integration and mission integration coordination services as an integral part of the Mars 2020 Mission Integration Team and Atlas V launch vehicle team,” explained Kathleen Wilcox, ELVIS 3 Program Manager.

The ELVIS 3 team assisted the Mars 2020 spacecraft launch team by conducting simulations and dress rehearsals. Today, the Saalex team supported the LSP Launch Director, LSP Chief Engineer and engineering launch team on console from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The LSP team comprises 19 Saalex employees who take part in every LSP mission.

The Perseverance rover’s design is based on the earlier Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring the Martian surface. Perseverance is equipped with 23 cameras, two audio mics, and seven scientific instruments, many of which are specifically designed to detect faint traces of ancient life on the surface of Mars. The rover will also be testing new technologies that may be required for astronauts to someday explore Mars and return to Earth.

Nearly eight years and $2.5 billion in the making, the Mars 2020 mission represents several firsts for NASA, including being the first round-trip mission to the planet. Perseverance will be the heaviest vehicle to land on Mars, and for the first time the mission is looking for actual evidence of life rather than just the conditions needed to support it.

“This mission is very cool because it builds on other Mars Exploration Program missions the ELVIS 3 team has supported over the years, the most recent being Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) launched in November 2011,” Wilcox said. “The Mars 2020 spacecraft will also include a helicopter called Ingenuity as a technology demonstration as well as to be used to scout future driving routes. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of NASA's Launch Services Program.”

SaalexIT is Changing its Name to Valeo Networks

New Name Better Reflects National Scope of Service Offerings
Camarillo, CA, Rockledge, FL and Phoenix, AZ (August 3, 2020) – Saalex Information Technology (SaalexIT), a division of Saalex Corporation, today announced it is changing its name to Valeo Networks, which it acquired in April 2020.
The rebranding to Valeo Networks establishes a more distinct and recognizable national brand in the Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) space. It reflects a nationwide team to better support its customers, and provide expanded services, resources, and national capabilities.
When SaalexIT acquired Valeo Networks, it substantially increased its depth and breadth of resources, services, and support. The adoption of the company’s name leverages Valeo Networks’ national reputation and customer base.
“The rebranding of the IT division marks an exciting strategy shift towards becoming a national Managed Security Service Provider,” said Travis Mack, President and CEO of Saalex Corp. “Our new branding reflects our increased commitment to our customers and our continuous pursuit to grow our services and expertise.”
The brand change also includes the launch of a new website, offering a clean look and intuitive navigation, along with a host of information and resources.
The new name is also part of an initiative to distinguish the division from Saalex Solutions, the federal services division of Saalex Corp., which focuses on our federal customer base. Valeo Networks remains a division under the parent company, Saalex Corp.
Valeo Networks is now in the top 10% of revenue-generating MSSPs nationwide, providing solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, compliance, cloud, network infrastructure, and managed IT services. It serves State, County, Municipal (SCM) markets, along with commercial/small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and non-profit organizations.

Saalex’s ELVIS 3 Team Supports Historic Crew Dragon Demo-2 Launch

First Commercial Mission to Carry Humans into Orbit Returns Crewed Launches to U.S.

Camarillo, CA and Rockledge, FL (June 3, 2020) — Saalex Corp. played a key role supporting the historic launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2, helping to usher in a new era of commercial space flight. Saalex’s Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 (ELVIS 3) team provided programmatic, engineering and technical support leading up to and during the launch on May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The Crew Dragon is the first commercially built and operated U.S. spacecraft to take humans into orbit.

The Crew Dragon Demo-2 module Endeavor carried NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station, successfully docking with the station’s Harmony module on Sunday, May 31. The mission not only represents a watershed moment for commercial space flight, it is the first crewed orbital launch from the U.S. since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011.

Originally slated for May 27, the launch had to be delayed due to weather concerns related to Tropical Storm Bertha. More than 150,000 gathered on Florida’s Space Coast Saturday to watch the lift off, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In the run-up to the launch, NASA touted the mission’s significance: “NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) will return human spaceflight launches to U.S. soil, providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit and the space station on systems that meet safety and performance requirements.”

Following the launch, Saalex President and CEO Travis Mack thanked the ELVIS 3 team for their hard work and dedication in support of the CCP mission. “First and foremost, I have to express my sincere gratitude to our Saalex ELVIS 3 team,” Mr. Mack said. “They have been and continue to be extremely important to our growth within NASA-supported missions and they are an extremely important part of Saalex as a whole. As we continue to grow our brand with NASA, we are establishing our credentials as a viable industry player for upcoming NASA support. It’s a select group of organizations that have the honor of supporting NASA and we are fortunate enough as a company to be part of that.”

“I’m extremely proud and honored to be supporting an event that is historic both from a national perspective and from what it will represent to larger history of our exploration of space,” Mr. Mack continued. “This moment will never happen again. There will never be another first commercial space launch to put astronauts into orbit. I feel an extreme sense of honor and pride be here at this moment and that we get to play some role in it. It’s almost overwhelming.”

Saalex’s ELVIS 3 team provided critical program and technical integration services to CCP in support of certification of flight readiness. In prepping for the launch, the ELVIS 3 team also supported the CCP Chief Engineer and the engineering launch team. Saalex personnel provided critical engineering technical integration support to the CCP Chief Engineer and the launch team on console the day of the launch from KSC.

“We’re honored to support NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,” said Saalex ELVIS 3 Program Manager Kathleen Wilcox. “The work they’re doing to get our nation back to launching American astronauts from American soil on American rockets is nothing short of incredible. Our ELVIS 3 CCP team continues to amaze me!”

“I think it is a tremendous accomplishment for SpaceX, the space program, NASA and the country,” said Saalex Corp. Director of Program Operations, Robert Bezduch. “I am just happy that Saalex was part of this effort.”

The successful Crew Dragon launch validates several new technologies for human spaceflight, illustrated by the autonomous return of the Falcon 9’s first-stage booster, which landed on the drone barge Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after launch. Bezduch said the excitement generated by the launch and these new technologies harkens back to a time before space missions seemed routine.

“I remember when I was a kid, when something like this happened everything would stop,” Bezduch said. “We were all in awe. At school, we would have the TV on in classrooms to watch the launch. We’ve gotten away from that.”

“This kind of mission shows what we are capable of as a country,” Bezduch continued. “Having Saalex be a part of ELVIS 3 at this time in the history of the space program is a tremendous honor and opportunity. Any time an organization is involved in a historic event such as this, it can catapult them into the future to do this on an even larger scale. It’s an amazing field to be in and Saalex is ready for the next challenge, whether supporting another contract or as a prime contractor.”

Saalex is currently teaming with a.i. solutions on the ELVIS 3 contract, providing integrated services in preparation and launch of NASA's next generation of scientific and exploration spacecraft for the agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP) and Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The ELVIS 3 team supports launches at KSC in Florida, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and other NASA launch sites.