RFK Solutionz marks one year

Published 10:14 pm Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mayor Linda T. Johnson helps Ricardo and Kimberly Johnson cut the ribbon at the new location of RFK Solutionz as employees and city officials look on. The information-technology company provides training, network security and other services.

Mayor Linda T. Johnson helps Ricardo and Kimberly Johnson cut the ribbon at the new location of RFK Solutionz as employees and city officials look on. The information-technology company provides training, network security and other services.

A Suffolk information technology solutions business recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and held a ribbon cutting for its new building.

RFK Solutionz, located at 2480 Pruden Blvd. Suite B, is named after owners Kimberly Frost, the president and CEO, and her husband Ricardo Frost, the vice president. Both retired from the U.S. Navy with more than 40 combined years of information technology experience in the service.

Starting their own business was a dream both of them had for many years, Kimberly Frost said. The couple — she’s from Florida; he’s from South Carolina — had settled in Suffolk to allow their two children to graduate from school. She retired from the military in 2007 and fought ovarian cancer. He then retired in 2011.

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“After I healed up, we decided we would start our own business, because life is short,” she said.

The company offers services including network upgrades and engineering, information security, data processing and archiving and network security training. It also hopes to offer cloud-computing services in the near future.

The company already has several contracts and hopes to take advantage of the four Navy cyber commands set to move into North Suffolk this year, Kimberly Frost said.

The Frosts hope the company’s position of being a woman-owned, minority-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned local, small business will help them win contracts, particularly with the government.

“They have to utilize certified companies,” Kimberly Frost said. “That’s one of the things we are hoping will benefit us.”

They’re also counting on support pledged by Mayor Linda T. Johnson at last week’s ribbon-cutting to pursue opportunities.

“I’m happy that we’re in Suffolk,” Ricardo Frost said. “We like the fact that we feel like we can get support from the mayor. We feel very confident we’ll be able to get the support we need from her with growing our business.”

In addition to the for-profit company, the Frosts also have started a nonprofit veteran outreach ministry, “Called to Action.” The goal of the ministry is to assist veterans and their families who are suffering from homelessness, substance and drug abuse problems, as well as those who need help filing claims for disability and other services to which they are entitled.

“We just help point them in the right direction,” Kimberly Frost said. “The government has done great things for my husband and I, being veterans. We gave to them, then they gave to us and we’re giving back to them.”

For more information on the company, call 809-5033.