Local Software Company Makes Global Impact with Department of Defense

Tkacz Engineering is a software services company that serves the Department of Defense in locations all over the world.  In the past 5 years, Tkacz Engineering ahs sent personnel to Afghanistan, Qatar, Japan and India to provide services to the Department of Defense. Its HQ however, is right here on the coast of South Carolina where Mr. Edward Tkacz calls home: Myrtle Beach.

Ed’s family moved to the Grand Strand of SC when he was 16 years old. He went to the Academy of Art, Science, and Technology as a pre-engineering major.  After high school graduation, Ed attended Coastal Carolina University where he studied Computer Science (Theoretical Track).

He earned his Bachelor of Science in 2001, after the tech bubble had burst in 1999 and just prior to 9/11. Needless to say, the job openings were few and far between for programmers.  Nevertheless, he landed a job on a Lockheed Martin contract with a company called Capstone Corporation, supporting the U.S. Navy at Pax River Naval Air Station in Maryland.  Roughly one year later, he would be working directly for Northrop Grumman, formerly PRB Systems, in Hollywood, Maryland, developing software for various classified programs in support of big DoD agencies such as Air Force Research Labs in Rome, NY.

Towards the end of 2004, he took on some international travels, supporting the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) G3 Exercise Division at Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany where he was tasked to help the Army replicate various fielded systems in Iraq and Afghanistan for the U.S. Army’s training missions at Grafenwoehr, Germany. From there, he started traveling the world. His travels would take him to the Middle East to include Israel, Iraq and Qatar with companies such as Raytheon, SAIC and General Dynamics and back to Europe to include England and Germany.

Tkacz Engineering LLC was established in 2009, when Ed started searching for government contracts to bid on independently.  In 2011, he won his first contract in Afghanistan offering Information Management and Database Design services to a newly formed organization named the Armed Contractor Oversight Directorate – a United States Forces-Afghanistan special staff directorate.  He developed a product which he called ACWARS:

The Armed Civilian Web-enabled Accountability & Reporting System (ACWARS) is a human resources information management system created specifically to track weapons authorizations for the 20,000+ armed contractors and civilians operating across the Afghanistan Area of Responsibility.

ACWARS is an automated information system (AIS) built completely on the Microsoft .NET Framework. ACWARS is DIACAP compliant and now a part of the DoD Information Technology Portfolio.  It increased the client’s reporting compliance rate from 20% to 99%.

Another big win for Tkacz Engineering LLC was obtaining their own contract vehicle through GSA IT Schedule 70 in 2015, which is the biggest contract procurement vehicle for Information Technology for the US Government. Within one year, Tkacz was able to secure two Task Order contracts off their GSA schedule – one with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC and another supporting the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka, Japan.

Looking forward, Tkacz Engineering plans to keep searching for ways to serve the DoD overseas, but is also hoping to collaborate much more with other local Grand Strand tech companies.  He is highly involved in the Grand Strand Technology Council’s efforts to connect the tech sector together.  He is also still connected with what is happening on CCU’s campus.  His vision for ideal direction of business on the Grand Strand would be for more technology firms to grow from here and more businesses embrace tech and new IT Solutions. As his business grows, he would also love to see more CCU students find jobs locally after graduation. Ed is also eager to help tech companies learn how to contract with government agencies.