FTI is proud to introduce our newest Board of Directors member, General (Retired) Lester Lyles.

General Lyles is a distinguished retired military officer with 36 years of service in the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of four-star general. In his last position, he served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command in the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio. There, General Lyles was responsible for an 82,000-person organization implementing all U.S. Air Force research, development, acquisition and logistics/sustainment.
From 1999 to 2000, General Lyles was Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force for the Pentagon in Washington DC. As Chief Operating Officer and the second highest-ranking officer for the U.S. Air Force, he was responsible for helping the Chief of Staff manage 750,000 Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve personnel in executing global Air Force missions.

General Lyles’ awards and honors include the 2003 Black Engineer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, the General Bernard A. Schriever Award, the Hiram Hadley’s Founder’s Award of Excellence, and the NAACP’s 1994 Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award. Additionally, General Lyles was named “Astronautics Engineer of the Year” in 1999 by the National Space Club and is regularly named among Ebony Magazine’s “100 Most Influential African-Americans in the U.S”. General Lyles has previously served on the Defense Science Board in the Pentagon, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in the White House, and the International Security Advisory Board in the State Department . He is currently a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. General Lyles Is a member of the National Academy of Engineering where he has chaired the Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. He is the Chairman of NASA’s Advisory Council and he serves on the White House National Space Council’s User Advisory Group under the Office of the Vice President. He has served on the Boards of USAA, General Dynamics, and Battelle. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of KBR.”

We are honored to have him as a part of FTI, welcome to the team Gen.(Ret.) Lyles!

Frontier Technology Inc. has been awarded an $18,838,565 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to the life cycle decision support contract for support and analysis. Prior to it’s transition to the U.S. Space Force, the U.S. Air Force described “enterprise ground services” as services that are necessary to command and control satellites “while maximizing the implementation of automation, cyber resiliency, and a common user experience.” Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. The contract originated with the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, Calif. Prior to the transition to the U.S. Space Force, that center was called the “U.S. Air Force’s center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.” FTI is proud of our team for this exceptional win and is honored to continue to expand our support to the EGS program.

To read more from Dayton Business Journal click here.

This year FTI’s Mike Akhbari was honored at that the Dayton Business Journal, 40 Under 40 event.  We are so honored and pleased to have Mike on our leadership at FTI.

Beginning even before the official start of Mike’s career in the defense industry, he has been a student of business and organizational management philosophy. This began with his first economics course at Archbishop Alter High School and continued with his coursework in Economics and participation in the Organizational Studies program at Denison University, which lead to his internship at Dayton based MTC Technologies prior to graduation. After signing on with MTC full time following graduation, Mike worked his way from an analyst to a supervisory role where he has always maintained a humble employee-focused approach to servant leadership. Mike views it as his role, regardless of level within the organization, to remove obstacles to innovation and project success for his teams, which are typically spread across numerous geographic, demographic, and skill mixes. Mike leads by example, not only when times are good but mainly when challenges occur. He takes on a teacher/mentoring role in the performance of his day to day interaction to the benefit of his diverse team of federal contracting professionals.

Throughout his roles of increased responsibility, Mike has always found ways to boost employee morale and effectiveness from the increased focus on employee health and welfare events, standardizing plans for employee professional development, seeking out means to improve benefits and compensation offerings contractually, to simply being there in the hardest of times for his teams. Since joining FTI, Mike has focused on improving the culture of the Dayton and other offices within his area of responsibility. He has coordinated monthly social events to promote positive coworker relationships and increase communication and collaboration between the diverse departments at FTI’s Dayton Headquarters to the benefit of the staff.

Click here to see all the nominees and read the DBJ article.


Early this year, FTI received the exciting news that we have been nominated and qualified to be a part of the 2020 Dayton Business Journals Best Place to Work.  This year’s event was held virtually on Thursday, August 6th at 12:00 PM EST.  FTI had several individuals attend this event in support of the DBJ and for the representation of FTI.  Last year, FTI was nominated in the BPTW work awards and won in the category of being a Community Supporter.   This was such an honor for FTI to receive this award last year.  Our values as a company are Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity; and last year’s awards showed our values are in action.

This year it was a double honor to be nominated for the event again. We want to say congrats to all the nominees and winners who were a part of the awards show yesterday!  FTI’s success and nomination are directly related to our great employees who truly make FTI one of the Best Places to Work.

To watch the recording of this virtual event please click here.



FTI’s culture is led by the 4 Cs: Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity.  Charity is the FTI 4th C, loving your neighbor in times of need, supporting our veterans, and helping children.  During these uncertain times of great need, FTI has made a couple of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have supported local food banks in our office locations, and we have given support to the First Responders through the Troopster organization in Virginia.

Military nonprofit, Troopster, is poised to help America’s COVID-19 front line heroes by sending PPE medical essential kits.
The outreach plans to raise enough contributions to send 50,000 medical kits containing PPE equipment, protein bars, snacks, and other items to Covid-19 caretakers across the country.

For more on how you too can be a part of this effort, click here.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month. During this time, Virginia Beach CASA sponsors the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign, partnering with local businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Hampton Roads to bring community awareness to the needs of abused and neglected children. https://www.virginiabeachcasa.org/pinwheel

The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel’s whimsical and carefree attributes serve as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children. By planting pinwheels on the lawns of local businesses and residences, we rally together to show solidarity in our commitment to keeping children safe and free from abuse and neglect.

How is FTI involved?

For the second year in a row, FTI is supporting VB CASA across Hampton Roads as a Presenting Sponsor for the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. FTI’s sponsorship helps VB CASA to continue to spread awareness, train, and support VB CASA in their mission to recruit, train, and supervise competent volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children currently in court proceedings. VB CASA’s work promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.

FTI continues to grow and expand its footprint across the United States with various defense customers.  Frontier Technology was recently awarded a $12M contract with the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific.  This contract is a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for the procurement of airborne systems decision life cycle planning and analysis methods and tools. (FTI’s San Diego’s office pictured above)

This is a great opportunity to expand upon our partnership within the Navy sector while providing new job opportunities in our growing San Diego market.   The services under this contract support wide-ranging initiatives, including information technology capabilities, communications, engineering, analysis, planning, assessment, design, hardware and software, operations, and administration of network and communications systems for NIWCP.

To read more in the Dayton Business Journal click here: http://bizj.us/1q2g3e

Last night, November 7, 2019, FTI was honored to be named as the Dayton Business Journal’s 2019 Community Supporter Business of the Year.   The Dayton Business Journal hosts the award event every year in Dayton’s Schuster Center.  This black-tie gala brings the local business community together for a night of fellowship in order to honor the achievements of local businesses in the Dayton community.

FTI’s company culture is governed by our beliefs: Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity (the 4 Cs).  FTI focuses its corporate culture and passion on the motto of the 4th C, “Love Thy Neighbor.”  The company and its employees are committed to caring for and supporting the communities in which they live and work and where our offices exist.  (Pictured to the left is CEO Ron Shroder with fellow employees who participate in the 4th C representing the many others who serve at FTI.)

FTI’s 4th C efforts in the local Dayton area were catalysts for the nomination of Community Supporter Business of the Year.  Through FTI’s 4th C Committee, which governs the charity aspects of FTI, the company supported numerous efforts intended to positively affect the Dayton community.  The 4th C supported a Dayton Strong T-shirt Campaign from which all the proceeds went to help those affected by the Memorial Day Tornadoes and Oregon District Shooting.  One of the most exciting 4th C efforts in the Dayton area is the participation and funding of the Dayton Honor Flight.  Employees volunteered to support Dayton Honor Flight with more than 40 Guardians and by funding an entire flight of over 110 veterans this year.  This event has become a highlight and pinnacle for the activities of the 4th C, as it brings together employees from across the country.

It was an honor for FTI to be one of the three nominees for this award, and a wonderful surprise to be named the Community Supporter Business of the Year.  FTI is honored by this award.  Click here to see CEO Ron Shroder’s acceptance speech on behalf of the FTI employees who volunteer their time and resources for the 4th C.

Thank you Dayton Business Journal for this great award, which truly honors the 4th C.  The honor and credit go to the great employees who freely give of their time and resources to support the 4th C and local charitable efforts.

Ron Shroder, FTI’s CEO, was invited to testify on September 19, 2019, at a Congressional hearing titled, “SBA Programs Spurring Innovation.” This was Mr. Schroder’s second testimony before Congress on the SBIR and STTR programs.

FTI is heavily involved with the SBIR Program, helping shape the program to benefit Government customers and to grow businesses with the overall goal of supporting the Warfighter. FTI has more than 150 Phase I and Phase II SBIR awards, along with several Phase III contracts. To learn more about the SBIR program click here.

Watch Mr. Schroder’s Congressional testimony here on the FTI YouTube Channel.