Oklahoma's Most-Admired CEOs Profile: Rudy J. Alvarado, Advancia CorpPotawatomi Training LLC, Advancia Aeronautics LLC, Advancia Technologies LLC and Securio Group LLC

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Rudy J. Alvarado is the CEO of Advancia Corp. and four other Oklahoma-based companies - Potawatomi Training LLC, Advancia Aeronautics LLC, Advancia Technologies LLC and Securio Group LLC. These technical support services companies excel at managing large, complex, high-technology projects, primarily for the federal government.

When Alvarado bought Advancia in 1990, the company had 17 employees. Today, these companies employ more than 240 people in 34 offices nationwide, from Washington, D.C., to Anchorage, Alaska.

During his more than 40-year career in high-technology industries, Alvarado has founded several successful high-tech companies. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked for two Fortune 500 corporations - General Electric and the Square D Company, now owned by Schneider Electric.

"A visionary thinker and natural leader, Rudy has dedicated his life to his passions - education, technology and economic development," said Richard P. Rush, former president and CEO of The State Chamber. Today, Rush is chairman of Grassroots Consulting, which he runs with his wife, Kris.

"Rudy is determined to work for the improvement of Oklahoma. Not only is he willing to share his vast knowledge and experiences, but is also willing to teach and offer them to others, so they may live in posterity. As he continues with his life mission, he is determined to pass the baton to the next generation of leaders through his mentoring," Rush said.

And who better to pass the baton to than Renee Porter, his daughter and president of Advancia.

"He is a true mentor who freely shares with our employees and other entrepreneurs his decades of business knowledge, insight and experience and life lessons," she said. …