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Charlie McCarty AT&T Operation Hand Salute

Charlie McCarty in AT&T Operation Hand Salute Mentorship Program.



Our Goals

• Provide you with the quality of service you deserve at a value you demand.
• Continue training and hiring as many qualified veterans as possible.

We are a certified 8(a), DBE, SDB and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Our owner is a combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. He is committed to assisting veterans make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce by encouraging their training and providing a veteran-friendly place to work.

Innovet’s Predecessors

Innovet is a new venture between the principals of two established companies with decades of contracting experience, Mac Power and Extel Communications. Innovet’s owners decided to combine forces to make something better, a Midwest based SDVOSB with a broad range of experience.

Mac Power was founded in 1997 by Charles McCarty. Mac Power installed high, medium, and low voltage distribution, power, and lighting in commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential facilities. Mac Power’s area of expertise is repair, remodeling, and new construction. In addition to years of commercial, residential, and industrial electrical expertise, Mac Power also has detailed experience in reserve power (battery) systems for the telecom industry.

Extel Communications was founded in 1991 and operated since 1997 by Scott Keifer and John Howard. Over the years, Extel Communications grew into a full service company, providing warehousing, distribution, telecom engineering, materials and installation (EF&I). From 2001 to 2009, Extel completed over 3500 jobs for customers without missing a single deadline or causing a service outage. Projects included engineering and installation of equipment from manufacturers such as: ADC, Adtran, Alcatel, Cisco, Fujitsu, Nortel, Symmetricom, Telect, Tellabs, Westel.

Innovet is Formed

In 2009, the owners of Mac Power and Extel Communications combined their years of experience and knowledge to form Innovet. Innovet quickly began taking on residential, commercial and governmental electrical projects, and became a prime-contractor for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Department of the Interior. In addition, Innovet drew upon Extel's experience in warehousing, distribution and supply chain management to assist customers with their service-disabled veteran business spend goals.

Selection into AT&T Operation Hand Salute

In 2012, AT&T selected Innovet as one of 14 companies in the United States to participate in their business mentorship program, Operation Hand Salute.  This program provided Service-Disabled Veteran businesses the opportunity to grow their business with direction and opportunities provided by AT&T’s highest leadership team. 

Innovet proudly has the following certifications:
• SBA 8(a)

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Innovet has the ability to complete projects throughout Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin and West Virginia. If requested, Innovet can complete projects throughout the United States.


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