FTI, a leading provider of technology enabled services supporting the Department of Defense (DoD), announced the addition of two key hires, Victor Spahic as Chief Operations Officer and Kurt Harendza as Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth and Marketing, both newly created roles within the company.

“This is an exciting time for FTI as we enter our 37th year in business.  FTI has over $139 Million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Investments in our technology.  We continue to invest in developing new technologies, tools and techniques that are enabling more sophisticated capabilities around augmenting data analysis and the exploration of data for our government customers, which has blessed us with steady growth.  With the addition of Victor and Kurt, I am more bullish now than I have ever been with respect to the talent of our executive team .  We are well positioned for even greater growth in the future, and with our proprietary technology enabled solutions, we are delivering mission critical support for our customers, while maintaining a focus on our culture and the 4C’s,” said Ron Shroder, Chairman and CEO.

Click to learn more about the FTI CEO and Management team.

This past week was an exciting time for FTI as we opened our newest office location in Huntsville, Alabama.  We are privileged to be a part of the Huntsville community as we continue to grow our business

On Wednesday 2/23/2022, FTI held a Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the newly completed office located at 8000 Rideout Road SW, Huntsville, AL 35808 facility.

Ceremony speakers included:

  • Ron Shroder, FTI Chairman/CEO
  • Dr. Jody Avooske, Deputy Director, Cyber Warfare, OUSD(A&S)
  • Mayor Tommy Battle
  • Dale Strong, Chairman Madison County Commission
  • Greg Brown, Huntsville / Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Rogers, Lockheed Martin, and FTI Board member

The ceremony highlighted FTI’s investment in the Huntsville market, our customer’s cyber mission, and our mutual proud service of keeping the warfighter safe.

FTI’s journey began in Huntsville where our founder Lavon F. Jordan was raised and eventually inducted into Alabama’s Engineering Hall of Fame. The innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of FTI is clearly present in our Huntsville employees which was celebrated last week in Huntsville. As FTI’s CEO Ron Shroder highlighted: “Today is about Huntsville and the future for FTI will continue to be deeply involved with Huntsville.”

Following the Ceremony and the Ribbon Cutting supported by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, over 100 attendees enjoyed a reception highlighting food from the various states where FTI has offices including Alabama, California, Colorado, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Ohio.  (see our locations here)

We are very excited to announce:

Frontier Technology Inc. has been awarded a $553M contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across various Department of Defense (DoD) and government platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in support of Office of the Secretary Defense (OSD) and US Services under DoD. This contract leverages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technologies and capabilities that provide development and operation of systems across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in a family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.”

 

FTI is very proud to report that 2020 was another outstanding year for the company. Our passion for creating and developing incredible technologies that deliver informed, productive and secure solutions, has enabled us to reach levels of growth way beyond the industry norm. A recent survey showed that the majority of companies in our industry had revenue growth of around 8% this past year.  FTI successfully has seen an average growth rate yearly of 28% since our opening in 1985.

Our staff expanded by over 73% during that same period. Another notable achievement is that FTI crossed over the $1 billion mark since its opening in 1985.

These accomplishments are all due to an incredible legacy left by our Founder and previous employees as well as a visionary Executive Team supported by which we believe to be one of the most talented employee groups in the industry.

FTI is guided by the 4 Cs: Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity. These values are really critical to our business. The 4 Cs define our culture. Core Values, in a brief deeper definition, are Ethics, Morals, Integrity, Honesty, and Sincerity. These core values drive our culture and our business.  We believe they are more important to FTI than how much the revenue grows in any one year. These bond us together to work as a team, and they help employees make a decision when others are not there to guide them.

Our values and culture drive the employee passion that brings a continued entrepreneurial passion for our customers and for each other, and their constant hard work is the foundation for why it is has taken FTI 30 years to become an overnight success.

FTI was featured in the top ten positions of the Dayton Business Journal’s list of U.S. Department of Defense Contractors ranked by 2020 prime awards which FTI is honored to be listed on.  FTI made a large successful move up in the list this year and we count it as an achievement being rated in the top ten. Click here to view the DBJ list.

To learn more about FTI, our capabilities, and our products click here.

It’s no surprise the economic impact the last year has had on individuals and businesses. But the surprising number that many aren’t aware of is the financial impact on our schools and teachers. Did you know our teachers spend out-of-pocket money on school supplies every year?

A recent study during the 2019/2020 school year showed that teachers spent an average of $745 on school supplies. 45% of teachers surveyed said their spending has increased since distance learning began. School supplies such as home printing items (printer, ink, paper), software for distance learning, new technology for their own homes so they could teach remotely, and classroom consumables (pens, pencils, markers, folders, etc.). In addition to school supplies, 70% of teachers said they have dropped off or mailed items to their students’ homes to keep them engaged during distance learning.

The FTI School Drive ran till Monday, August 23rd.  Each FTI office has identified an underprivileged school or school supporting charity that they would like to support.  The FTI through its charity outreach The 4th C Committee has partnered with each local school and charity to set up an Amazon Wish List  so that you can support the event from the comfort of your home.  It’s as simple as picking items for your cart from the Amazon Wish List, which have been curated based on each of the local charity’s input, and then clicking buy.  We’ve set up the Wish lists so that the items you purchase will ship directly to the charity you selected.  FTI’s goal is to make an impact and difference in these cities by supporting this critical effort which will make a massive difference to those students and teachers in need.  JOIN US.

  1. Participate with a local FTI office by using the Amazon Wish list to purchase items needed at our sponsored school supplies charities.  (see the POC and school charity list below)
  2. Spread the word by sharing this FTI webpage URL on your social media networks, which has all the information on our School Drive campaign.  TBD
  3. Follow FTI on your social media network and share the FTI School Drive updates.

Local Office School Drives

Office School Supplies List?
San Diego Berean Academy https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1ZPMK9H18U7H5?ref_=wl_share
Chesapeake James Monroe https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2S2C1EG5LEKT3?ref_=wl_share
Dayton Crayons to Classroom https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/QSHZWG88628K/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_4?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist .
Los Angeles  Johnnie L. Cochran https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1MNEI6IBUB9BA?ref_=wl_share
Beverly LEAP Amazon.com
Huntsville  Lacey’s Springs School  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1SRTY2CZBJYJN?
Goleta  Joe Nightingale  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/4BXJEGFMVPWE?ref_=wl_share

Frontier Technology Inc. has been awarded a $950,000,000 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). This contract is part of a multiple award multi-level security effort to provide development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.  To view the DBJ press release click here.

We are excited to highlight our 14 talented summer interns with personal spotlights that document each of their backgrounds, journeys, and internship experiences thus far.

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.

 

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.

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