One-on-One with Kim deCastro

“Kim deCastro does not back down.

The owner of Wildflower International Ltd. in Santa Fe developed her company from a one-woman operation out of her daughter’s bedroom into an 83-employee firm, and she did it in part by taking on one of the federal government’s biggest contractors.

It happened in 2008 when Wildflower was scrapping for work after the national laboratories changed how they awarded projects “and completely locked us out,” deCastro said. The largest order the 10-person company had received to that point was worth $8,000.”

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Wildflower Announces a New Partnership with the Pueblo of Pojoaque

Santa Fe, NM. (December 10, 2018) – Wildflower is pleased to announce a partnership between the Pojoaque Tribal Government and the newest division of Wildflower International: Unmanned Aircraft. The partnership aims to capitalize on the values each entity holds dear: stewardship of people and land, and a serious responsibility toward the resources that have been entrusted to each.

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Wildflower in the news: "Tapping the federal flow"

From the Albuquerque Journal:

Similarly, Wildflower International has been so successful that it has branched out from doing IT services and hardware for the federal government into the world of data and drones.

It has partnered with Albuquerque start-up Silent Falcon to provide customers with information collected from unmanned aerial vehicles.

Owner deCastro said the new venture will tap into government work, but she was surprised to discover that the growth opportunities are in the private sector. For example, ranchers might need aerial data to survey their cattle or land holdings and wind farms might be interested in data analytics, she said.

That means she will pivot her company in a way that was unexpected so she can continue to be profitable and take care of her employees. The journey couldn’t have happened without her federal government expertise.

“We are a true Cinderella story,” she said.

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Companies In NM Looking To The Sky For IT Opportunities

Via KRWG Public Media

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico companies are hoping to use solar-powered, fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles to create a service that gathers data from the sky.

Wildflower International's CEO Kimberly deCastro sees the future of information technology taking off to the skies, and the company has partnered with Silent Falcon, which monitors wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service with its solar-powered, fixed-wing UAV to get there, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported earlier this month.

"Data is the new oil. Period," she said.

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Santa Fe IT firm’s future is ‘in the air’

Via the Santa Fe New Mexican

From her spare office on the second floor of a former church and arts center on Pacheco Street in Santa Fe, Kimberly deCastro can see the world is changing.

She expects to change along with it.

The future is in data and unmanned aerial vehicles, said deCastro, president and CEO of Wildflower International, the information technology company she started in 1991.

“It reminds me of the transition I went through 25 years ago when I went from mechanical industrial to IT,” deCastro said last week. “This is still IT; it’s IT in the air. It’s the future and it’s not going away.”

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Santa Fe tech firm adds two military contracts

Wildflower International, a Santa Fe- based tech services firm, acquired two contracts with the U.S. military in August worth $3.6 million.

The firm, started in 1991 in Glorieta, was awarded a $197,363 contract with the Army on Aug. 21. Further information on that contract, for network security, was not available.

At the same time, Wildflower was awarded a $3.35 million contract to upgrade video teleconferencing and other technology at two military bases, Fort Hood in Texas and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

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