A message from CEO Ron Shroder

Ron Shroder

CEO/Chairman of the Board
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For nearly four decades, FTI has proudly served the United States Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and the Federal Government with mission-tailored, technology-enabled solutions to help them make the best decisions possible for their missions.

In an increasingly complex environment with more data, more sources and more disparate systems than ever, and the security of the cyber domain of the utmost importance, FTI solutions are more valuable than ever, and our team is continuously innovating to provide our partners with the best technology and services to help them stay on the leading edge.

Our founder Lavon F. Jordan started FTI in 1985 after spending his early career at Robbins Air Force Base working in missile and space intelligence in Huntsville, AL and General Research Corp in Santa Barbara, CA.

Lavon was not only an entrepreneur, but a inspirational leader who believed that we are able to create a rich working environment by how we value and treat one another. In addition to a lifetime of philanthropy outside of the office, Lavon modeled this belief through his leadership at FTI, creating a unique culture summarized in what we call our 4Cs: Core Values, Commitment, Compassion and Charity.

We rely on the 4Cs to guide us through how we support each other and our customers. We intentionally build our culture and day-to-day processes to make sure the way we work together is as innovative as the outcome of our work.

As we embark on our next four decades and beyond, we’re grateful to our incredible employees, customers and partners for the role they’ve all played in our journey. FTI’s future is bright!

Respectfully,

Ron

Mission & Vision

Mission

To provide mission-tailored, technology-enabled services and solutions that enhance the ability of the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and the Federal Government to make the best decisions possible in support of national interests.

Vision

To support those who safeguard our nation with advanced technology, services and expertise while building upon our values to make a positive impact on our customers, each other and our communities.

The 4Cs represent our values and act as the North Star for everything we do.

Core Values
Our core values — ethics, morals, integrity, honest and sincerity — are the foundation of our behaviors and decision making, ensuring we are always doing the right thing for ourselves, each other and our customers.
Commitment
We all rely on each other and put in the time, energy and work to make sure we are going above and beyond each and every day, while remaining committed to doing our best to meet the needs of our people, our customers and the communities we serve.
Compassion
We recognize the value of compassion to grow human connections and care deeply for each other, our customers and community by making sure everyone feels heard, appreciated and respected.
Charity
It’s not just about work; we take pride in giving back to the community through our individual passion, time and contributions to honoring children, veterans and underserved communities – amplified and resourced by our company.

Leadership Team

Ron Shroder

CEO/Chairman of the Board

Jose Hidalgo

President

Michael Ehrlich

Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Lincoln Hudson

Chief Operations Officer

Tim Hinds

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Connie Edwards

Senior Vice President of Contracts

Matt Kallmeyer

Vice President of Information Technology

Michael Scanlon

Vice President of Operations

Jennifer Nix

Vice President of Space Operations

Jorge Relea

Vice President of Engineering

Rudy Fernandez

Vice President of Navy Operations

Dr. Jonathan Avooske

Vice President of Information Advantage

Ron Shroder

CEO/Chairman of the Board

Jose Hidalgo

President

Michael Ehrlich

Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Lincoln Hudson

Chief Operations Officer

Tim Hinds

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Connie Edwards

Senior Vice President of Contracts

Matt Kallmeyer

Vice President of Information Technology

Michael Scanlon

Vice President of Operations

Jennifer Nix

Vice President of Space Operations

Jorge Relea

Vice President of Engineering

Rudy Fernandez

Vice President of Navy Operations

Dr. Jonathan Avooske

Vice President of Information Advantage

Board of Directors

Ron Shroder

Lester Lyles

Kay Kapoor

Jim Rogers

Bill Bowser

Mark Hughes

Thomas Batty

Ron Shroder

CEO and Chairman

Lester Lyles

Board Member

Kay Kapoor

Board Member

Jim Rogers

Board Member

Bill Bowser

Board Member

Mark Hughes

Board Member

Thomas Batty

Corporate Secretary

Our History

1985 - FTI IS FOUNDED

FTI was founded in Santa Barbara, CA by Lavon F. Jordan and Mr. Joseph S. Hashem. A second office in Dayton, OH served the Air Force aircraft community.

1990-1995 - FTI GROWS

FTI expands its offerings, increasing the win rate in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and establishes its space systems business.

1996 - MILITARY SPACE & ISR

FTI saw growth in its IT and Military Space and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) portfolios. FTI also develops automated decision-support tools.

2000-2005 - FTI DEVELOPS NEW PRODUCTS

Several companies join FTI through acquisition. FTI develops four new products in high growth markets. In 2004, FTI’s Commercial IT unit becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of FTI.

2005-2017 - FTI INVESTS IN ENHANCED DECISION-SUPPORT

FTI converts its original set of decision-support products to a more comprehensive support system. The broad applicability enables FTI to expand its customer base and bring in additional talent, kicking off a new period of growth within the company.

2015 – FTI WINS TIBBETTS AWARD

FTI is awarded the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Tibbetts Award at a White House Ceremony. The Tibbetts Award is awarded to the most innovative 23 businesses out of the 30,000 companies within the SBIR program.

2017 – FTI SPONSORS FIRST HONOR FLIGHT

FTI sponsors its first Honor Flight from Dayton, OH to Washington, DC, hosting veterans of World War II, Vietnam and Korea on a trip to see their national monuments.

2017 - CEO RON SHRODER TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS ON SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION

CEO Ron Shroder testifies at a Congressional Joint Hearing on current SBIR and STTR Programs.

2018 - FTI GROWS OVER 150%

FTI’s innovation and commitment to customers allow the company to grow over 150% in 24 months.

2019 – FTI IS NOMINATED AS BEST PLACES TO WORK

Frontier Technology Inc. was named an honoree of one of 2019’s Best Places to Work in California, Ohio, and Virginia.

2019 - CEO RON SHRODER RETURNS TO CONGRESS; FTI SPONSORS ITS SECOND HONOR FLIGHT

CEO Ron Shroder testifies before Congress on SBA programs spurring innovation. FTI wins Community Supporter Business of the Year award from the Dayton Business Journal. FTI sponsors its second Honor Flight.

2023 - FTI sponsors its third Honor Flight

FTI escorts 82 veterans of World World II, Vietnam and Korea from Dayton, OH to Washington, DC for a life-changing trip honoring their service to our country.

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