LST was founded in December 2000 by Tom Loftus, a former FAA employee, with the goal of providing the government a trusted partner for affordable and reliable telecomm services.
LST initially offered cost-effective on-site telecommunications field infrastructure support services to the FAA. One of Tom’s earliest employees, Dale Olpin, remains with the company today as the VP, Operational Services. In 2001, Tom brought Derek Bigelow on board as a business partner and financial manager; today Derek is LST’s CFO.
In 2003, LST received its 8(a) certification from the SBA and won its first Prime 8(a) contract shortly thereafter. With the 8(a) certification, LST grew, providing support to the government while maintaining the goal of offering customers affordable and reliable services. The mid-2000s saw LST make significant growth in terms of personnel and capabilities with major awards for the FAA’s Command and Control Communications (C3) program, providing emergency communications and operations support, and the Service Area Telecommunications Services (STS) program, providing telecommunications and engineering support for the FAA’s Technical Operations organization.
With continued growth, LST sought to improve the corporate infrastructure to continue providing high quality services to customers.
In 2011 former FAA employee Keith Wallace joined LST as the new CEO, with the goal of expanding LST’s capabilities beyond telecommunications. LST made key investments to bolster its infrastructure, processes, and capabilities, earning an ISO Quality Management certification and becoming part of the winning Enterprise Communications Support Services (ECSS) contract to support the FAA’s Communications programs. Since that time LST has had many other wins, including the FAA Systems Engineering 2025 (SE2025) contract and the FAA Enterprise Programs, Infrastructure, and Communications Services (EPICS) contract.
LST continues to grow and bring on talented key individuals to lead new capability portfolios, including Steve Dash (Enterprise Communications and Critical Infrastructure Support), Sue Handy (Business Services), Rich Jehlen (Air Traffic Management), and Jim Little (Systems Engineering and Program Management). Additionally, Allison Poltorak was hired and promoted to Chief Operating Officer to oversee all of LST’s programs and operations.
LST successfully graduated from both the 8(a) program and the small business size threshold, now employing over 300 people across the United States. The company’s long-held values of integrity, excellence, and commitment have translated to business success.
LST strives to continue the tradition of providing customers with a trusted partner for affordable and reliable services.