Forward March, Inc. (FMI) is a Service Disabled Veteran-owned small business based in San Antonio, Texas. FMI was formed in 2013 by highly successful retired US Military Members and business professionals. Together we are committed to providing companies with outstanding military talent solutions and military styled leadership training unique in the industry.
FMI specializes in bringing powerful military Elite Leader Training: Emerge – Evolve – Excel to businesses and organizations:
FMI Military Talent Pipeline and Transition Services – FMI has the experience and the materials to help your organization find, attract, hire, and retain high quality veteran employees. We can do everything from providing your organization with the resources to managing the entirety of your military talent pipeline.
FMI Strategic Business Solutions: We take proven military and commercial processes and merge them into highly successful business solutions to help your organization increase productivity, sales, and revenue.
At FMI we pride ourselves on a history of client-partner relationships offering second-to-none consultative expertise at an effective cost. Our unique approach to business means that we can provide our clients with outstanding results while being very cost competitive. We pride ourselves on providing the right solutions, training, and veteran talent at the right time and for the right price.
Forward March Inc. Today
Today FMI has grown and is working hard to bring success to our clients by providing the very best services in the industry. We are experiencing phenomenal growth and are now poised to release our custom solutions set to help the military reduce the number of transitioning military men and women who will go on unemployment. We are veterans committed to our fellow veterans and have developed a solution for helping the military bring companies and veterans together in a way that gives veterans something more than just a job. We stand ready to give them a career. Today companies are eager to hire the highest caliber military workforce in the history of the country. FMI is making that future happen today.
Forward March Inc. Leadership
The senior leadership of FMI is unique, diverse, and we bring to bear solutions that are highly successful for our customers and partners. Each of us has a different background and story.
PRESIDENT & CEO: Paul C. Volpe II USA (R)
Paul spent 28 years in the US Army and Army Reserve, retiring in September, 2012. Paul began his career as an Armor crewman, served as a Drill Sergeant and completed the Army Sergeants Major Academy in 2006. Paul spent 12 years working with the Army PaYS (Partnership for Youth Success) program as the Army Recruiting Command – Commanding General’s subject matter expert on corporate partnerships. Paul has developed military hiring programs and partnerships with hundreds fortune 500 companies like Accenture, Harley-Davidson, USAA and Union Pacific Railroad and developed the first of its kind partnership with the State of Wisconsin.
In 2013, Paul along with Don Palen and Pahjmon Lipsey formed Forward March Inc. FMI delivers Business Consulting with a Military Flair, Leadership Development, Strategic Business Solutions, and Military Talent Pipeline Management. In 2014, FMI will launched its “Camouflage to Corporate” conference series and Military Connect. Paul is currently serving on the City of San Antonio’s Military Advisory Committee and Subcommittee on Veteran Employment. He is the VP of Business Development for the Alamo AUSA Chapter. Paul has over 19 years of experience in working with military transition and corporate America.
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Chief Operating Officer: Mr. Brian Drew
Brian is Forward March Inc.’s new Chief Operating Officer, bringing 15+ years of experience as the President and CEO of a company called Simplex Technologies, Inc., where he has expertise in project management, network operating systems, and IT security. Brian also holds multiple Microsoft Certifications, as well as a running knowledge of several software languages, including C++, Java, and Python. This ambitious, ‘bulldog,’ who won’t quit until the job’s done, has more recently become a partner and CIO of Trident Secure, Inc, a multinational company that is bringing secure alternative energy here and abroad, with the focus being African Nations. Here he has taken on a leadership role to build the business in new areas and bring new services to the forefront as the company looks to grow exponentially over the next few years. Brian will bring his skills and experience of running an IT company along with helping to build another, as well as his essential contacts and resources that he has developed along the way. Brian’s leadership experience and vast knowledge will position FMI as a successful brand for years to come.
Vice President of Business Development: Pahjmon Lipsey
Pahjmon is currently the Regional Director of Fred Astaire Dance Studios for the State of Texas. He also serves as VP of Business Development for Forward March Inc. and formed FMI along with Paul Volpe and Don Palen as they all shared the same vision of helping Veterans and Military members find careers after their call of duty. Pahjmon has been hiring and training military personnel for years to become instructors and franchise owners for Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
Pahjmon brings over 20 years of experience in developing companies and new products. In 1992 in Charlotte, NC his first business venture created an injection molding called (Stuffit) and then partnered with Slade,Inc to manufacture this product worldwide. In 1998 Pahjmon entered a franchise business with Fred Astaire Dance Studios International. In 2004, he became the Area Director for Texas and while in Houston, developed 11 franchises making Texas the fastest growing and highest revenue producing region in the industry.
In 2011 Pahjmon developed a manufacturing business for high end custom clothing (House of Hyka) and most recently created a new high end line of home décor franchise retail stores.
We provide industry leading solutions to create a more productive, motivated, and focused staff through military leadership styled training, Military Talent Acquisition & Transition, as well as strategic business solutions.
Our vision is to be the most sought after company for our services helping companies hire veterans and employ military style solutions for leadership and corporate success.
These are our values, they are our characteristics, and they guide our mission. They are the very reason that FMI continually sets the very highest standards in the industry. We are highly dedicated to our fellow veterans, their families, and to our civilian partners.
Forward March, Inc. History
Paul C. Volpe II USA (R) - Founder / President FMI started Forward March, Inc. in 2013 to bring the very best of the military practices that he learned and employed throughout his 28 year career in the US Army to businesses while working the US Army PaYS Program. The idea was to bring military style leadership training, and the very best veteran talent to companies to help them to perform better across the board in their day to day operations.
Paul brings to bear a unique experience spanning over 19 years helping America's top companies learn how to Attract, Hire, and Retain the very best military talent. The companies Paul has worked with have experienced all of the value of hiring veterans to include:
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