We are proud to share the recognition we receive for our achievements and community service.

On December 13th, the AG Team held its 2018 holiday party.

It was the biggest turnout yet, the room was elegant, cozy and festive and everyone enjoyed the pasta station, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and selfie booth. Rebecca recapped 2018’s wins and challenges, and Greg expressing his deep appreciation of the staff’s efforts. Three AG employees were recognized for their significant contributions – Lev Tannen received The Melvin Blowe Memorial Award, and both Sandy Aycock and Kelley Junod received the AG Values Award for Innovation. A few team members read poems about AG 2018 happenings, and one creative team member regaled the crowd with a witty jingle about the 12 months of AG which was so funny others joined in to accompany her. By all accounts, it was the best holiday party yet!

May 2018 – AvantGarde wins Women Owned Small Business of the Year – SBA San Antonio Texas – MED week

AvantGarde was recently awarded the 2018 Women-Owned Small Business of the Year, for the San Antonio Texas Region of SBA during Small Business Week.   Our team is proud to be selected for this award!  Rebecca Contreras quote upon accepting the award “We are only able to achieve success through the hard work of each individual AG team member who serves our clients with excellence every day.   I am proud to accept the award on behalf of our team and know that behind any good business or leader stands a great team who fuel our success and overall growth!”

Anthony Ruiz SBA SA District Director presents Rebecca with the award

AG Team’s 2018 Annual Summer Outing

71 AG team/family came to Nationals Park to watch the Washington Nationals play the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, 6/23/18. With tickets in hand, loaded with $25 to spend on concessions or memorabilia, the AG team came from every corner of the DMV area – rookies and veterans alike – to watch the game, enjoy ballpark food, and meet each other’s families.  Leading up to the event rain was predicted, but the AG team’s dugout was strategically located under shaded cover, and the weather held up. AG’s all-star roster fared better than the Nationals, who lost 5-3 to the Phillies. We were thrilled that our team enjoyed a day at the ball park and all had a great time!

2017 Holiday Event

Rebecca Contreras, Karen Basehore, Sha’Ron Ambers-Blowe

Rebecca Contreras, Karen Rarick, Karen Basehore

Rebecca Contreras, AG CEO, presents the Melvin Blowe Memorial Award to AG Project Lead Karen Basehore for her tremendous work at the National Guard Bureau’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. The award honored dedicated AG employee Melvin Blowe, who passed away last Spring, and exemplified an unwavering commitment to excellence, work ethic and customer service. Melvin Blowe’s widow, Sha’Ron Ambers-Blowe, and her daughter were in attendance for the presentation.

Greg Portnoy, AG VP/CIO, at the 2017 AG holiday party, held a wine tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot to demonstrate how to purchase fine red wines without the breaking the bank. We LOVED his yummy selections – so fun!

Group photo from the 2017 AG holiday party…wow – has the team grown!

Other Events

Women Profiles In Power Awardee August 2017 – Central Texas

Austin Business Journal’s released their “Women Profiles in Power” Nominees for 2017, a list of 85 amazing business women and entrepreneurs in the Central Texas area. AG President & CEO, Ms. Rebecca Contreras was on the list nominated and selected as one of five award winners. To read more click here.

MED Week 2017 Minority Federal Contractor Award TX

AG CEO Rebecca Contreras with Anthony Ruiz, SBA Director and SBA Specialist Eric Spencer, Texas Regional Office  – Covering Austin, San Antonio and surrounding cities

Minority Contractor of the Year for 2017

AvantGarde received in September 2017 the “Minority Contractor of the Year for 2017 from the -Minority Enterprise Development Consortium, Department of Commerce, San Antonio Texas”

Latina Entrepreneurial Excellence Award 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in conjunction with the Texas Small Business Forum, honored AG President & CEO, Ms. Rebecca Contreras, with the Texas “Latina Entrepreneurial Excellence Award” for 2015.