In 2004, Systems Made Simple (Fast Growth 150 Rank: 4) became certified as a "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business." President and Chairman Al Nardslico began his career in the Navy, where he served as a data systems technician before co-founding Systems Made Simple in 1991. Based in Syracuse, N.Y., the company now focuses on healthcare IT and has a long-standing history of serving federal government agencies. Its first contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs was signed for $80,000 in 2005 and the company has maintained a close business relationship with the department in the years following. Employees of the company recently participated in a volunteer event with "Homes for our Troops," a nonprofit organization serving disabled veterans.