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Criterion Systems, Inc. Opens Doors in Albuquerque

New Mexico, long time home of government agencies, military bases, laboratories, and research facilities, welcomes the newest company becoming “local.”

Criterion Systems, Inc. officially opened doors to their Albuquerque facility on September 20. The Virginia-based company specializes in cyber security, cloud computing, infrastructure operations, system engineering, and identity management. Criterion’s clients include the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD), the Intelligence Community, and other federal civilian agencies. The Albuquerque office will primarily serve the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Secure Transportation (OST).

Criterion has a significant DOE footprint with 60 employees across eight locations nationally, approximately half of whom are located in Albuquerque. “We are honored to provide the IT support NNSA OST requires to ensure the safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons,” said Promod Sharma, Criterion’s President and CEO. “As our team continues to grow, it becomes important that we establish a local office— we look forward to contributing to the Albuquerque community.”

The lease of 5,282 square feet at 1120 Pennsylvania NE was brokered by Shelly Branscom of NAI Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate. Branscom’s understanding of client needs and local resources helped her place Criterion Systems, Inc. in a space which met their location, budgetary, and industry specific constraints. Branscom joined NAI Maestas & Ward in 2008 and specializes in office property sales and leasing.

“It was a pleasure to work with NAI Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate — Shelly’s unique knowledge of the local market combined with her understanding of Criterion’s requirements helped ensure we found the right location,” said Michael Sanders, Criterion’s NNSA Program Manager. “On behalf of Criterion, we plan to be active members of the local business community — we like the unique Albuquerque culture that combines a thriving business community with a close-knit city.”

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