As we celebrate ADS, Inc.’s 20th anniversary, we are reminded how serving the best customers in the world has been our purpose since day one.
Twenty years ago, when our founders learned that the Navy SEALs in our own community had equipment and logistics needs that weren’t being met, they knew we could help. Atlantic Diving Supply, or ADS, was born to serve the unique needs of government customers and that has fueled our drive ever since.
Seventeen years ago, ADS was awarded its first major contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as a prime vendor for the Marine, Lifesaving, Diving, and Search and Rescue equipment contract through Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. That contract, coupled with ADS’ commitment to those who serve our country, allowed us to deliver the products our customers needed more efficiently than ever before.
Twelve years ago, ADS was awarded the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Innovative Small Business Performer of the Year for innovations in logistics, including our support of the Battlefield Airmen Program.
Ten years ago, ADS was awarded DLA 5-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Tailored Logistics contracts for Fire & Emergency Services (FES). Eight years ago, ADS was awarded the same contract but this time for Special Operations Equipment (SOE). Under these TLS Program contracts, ADS continued to hold our team accountable to following through on our commitments and meeting or exceeding deadlines so we could provide legendary customer service, to every customer, on every order. We are still the prime vendor on these contracts today.
Four years ago, ADS’ initiative and hard work was recognized when we were awarded multiple nationally renowned awards and accolades. All in the same year, ADS ranked 8th overall for DLA contracts, ranked 57th on Top-100 U.S. Government Contractors list, was designated a Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer, and ranked the 35th Largest DoD Contractor in the United States by Bloomberg Government.
Today, we continue to focus on being a solutions-provider for our customers and approaching challenges with a positive attitude. For the last twenty years, our core values of drive, commitment, innovation, accountability, initiative, and attitude served, and will continue to serve, as the compass for the actions we take and decisions we make.
It is our privilege and honor to serve the best customers in the world. Thank you for a great twenty years, and here’s to twenty more!
Our all-in commitment to our customers means constructively questioning behaviors and activities that run counter to our mission and values. We are committed to keeping our eye on the goal and following through.
Digging beneath the obvious is the key to our success. We aren't afraid to go beyond expectations in order to uncover the real problems so that we can provide the best solution.
We believe in displaying an infectiously energizing spirit, approaching challenges and change with positivity, and being a battery charger for those around us.
CEO, ADS, Inc.
Giving up is not an option. Our indomitable will to win and 100% effort sets us apart and allows us to turn ideas into results.
The ADS Team is known for challenging the status quo and identifying new ways to solve problems. This applies to both customer's problems and getting work done.
We hold each other and ourselves accountable to follow through on commitments, own up to mistakes and meet or beat deadlines.
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS
From Local Virginia Beach Dive Shop to Leading U.S. Defense Contractor
Few would have expected a business that began in a small trailer behind the Lynnhaven Dive Center would one day emerge as a leading U.S. Defense contractor. But at ADS, some 400 employees are celebrating twenty years of providing the men and women of the armed forces with critical equipment to get their jobs done safely and effectively.
20th Anniversary Celebration
ADS, Inc. employees got together on June 29 in Virginia Beach to celebrate 20 years of success! No party is complete without a dunk tank, inflatables, music, field games, refreshments, a candy bar, and local food trucks.
We are proud to celebrate two decades of commitment to our customers. That commitment is the reason a small business grew into a major economic driver locally and a force on the global stage. But this isn’t the end of the story. In many ways, it’s just the beginning.”
-Jason Wallace, ADS CEO
We commemorated the event with 6-foot-tall 2-0 signs that everyone signed with their name and years at ADS. View photos from the event in the album to the right.
Celebrating 20 Years of Game-Changing Moments
Since 1997, ADS, Inc.'s experience in serving our nation's military, DoD, law enforcement, and first responders has vastly ranged from broad-reaching five-year IDIQ programs to unit-level mission requirements. Click on the timeline arrows to learn more.
With over 100+ trade shows on our calendar, including our bi-annual event Warrior Expo and several regional shows, ADS is always on the move. Stay tuned by following our hashtag, #WhereInTheWorldIsADS.
Your stories leave a lasting impression on ADS’ employees. Do you remember when we were located out of the Lynnhaven Dive Center? Did we help you meet a requirement? Do you love attending Warrior Expo? Share with us your experience and help us create the next 20 years!