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 customer’s mission 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.

CEO: Don Palen USAF (R)

Don Palen spent 23 years in the US Air Force, retiring in 1995 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Service Corps (Health Care Administration). Since Don has held positions in Managed Care, Business Development, Public Relations, Sales, Marketing and Consulting. He has worked for a large Fortune 100 company and helped grow a small start-up company, as well as owning his own consulting business. Don has a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Utica/Rome and a Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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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 15 years of experience in working with military transition and corporate America.

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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.

Vice President Business Development - Indiana / Transportation and Logistics Director - Steve Perry

Steve has over 30 years working in the transportation industry and will be leading the FMI Transportation and Logistics Program.  Steve grew up in Avon, Indiana which at the time was a small farming community just west of Indianapolis. He spent all 13 years of school in Avon.  Steve then joined the Army on the 14th of August 1986 and went on to Fort Dix, NJ for Army basic training. After completing basic Steve went to Aberdeen Proving Grounds MD for 63W school. He left APG in April 1987.  Steve was top 5 in his class with a 94% overall grade.  Steve's first duty station was Fort Bliss TX as part of the 3/43 ADA Patriot Battery. Steve then went to Schofield Barracks for a 4-year tour and was part of 3/16th Maintenance 45 Support Group. Steve's son was born August of 1991 while in Hawaii.  In July 1993, Steve was transferred to Fort Polk LA. At Fort Polk, 3/32nd Maintenance 3rd Cav. Steve then ETS'd in May of 1994 and then moved to Kentucky.

After acquiring his CDL Steve went to work for Cartage Manufacturers out of Indianapolis. Steve then joined the Indiana Nation Guard and went to work for Fishburn Trucking till October of 1996. In May of 1997 Steve left the National Guard and went to work for Klondike Express running refrigerated cargo coast to coast.

Steve went back in the guard as a 91B and was driving for a rail container company and in February 1998 moved to El Paso TX after 8 mths Steve moved the family back to Indianapolis went to work for Multi Foods and joined the Army Reserve.  Steve was deployed to active duty as part of the 2/233rd Infantry Training Support Battalion until February of 2008 and retired from the Army in November of 2009.  Steve drove for JLB trucking for 18 months and then began his career with FMI.  Steve is married to his wife Rita and has 3 kids.

Director of Elite Leader Training - Southern Region Dan L. Duncan Jr.


Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Daniel L. Duncan Jr distinguished himself through 28 years of exceptionally meritorious service to the United States Army while serving in various positions of increasing responsibility culminating as the Assistant Chief of Staff G3/5/7, Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Ft Polk.
Throughout his career, Dan had led and served in every leadership position from platoon leader to Battalion Commander and served at every level from platoon to General staff His unparalleled expertise, professionalism, and dedication to tough, realistic training resulted in thousands of expertly trained Soldiers capable of deploying, fighting, and winning on the demanding battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.


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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

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.

Our Values







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 15 years helping 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: