MARYVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Peak Technical Institute (PTI), providing industry-leading vocational courses and professional development programs, announces a new partnership and consulting agreement with legendary football coach Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer will join the PTI team as a consultant on the unique leadership program, Leading By The Reins™, an all-inclusive three-day executive outdoor leadership retreat. Additionally, Coach Fulmer will serve as ambassador for the PTI brand, providing consultation to each PTI program.

fulmer“I am excited to work as a consultant and ambassador for Peak as they grow and build their brand and business. They are a very hard working and talented group of people with outstanding leadership,” said Fulmer.

By joining PTI’s Leading By The Reins roster, Fulmer will work alongside program director and lead instructor, Mike Branch, an internationally known horse trainer who has spent decades training wild mustangs and observing the social character of horses. Branch understands what qualities and character must reside within a human for a horse to willingly follow, and through his Leading By The Reins program, participants work on winning the trust and assurance of their designated horse whose nature is to be fearful. By applying the same principles and learnings in the workplace, course participants advance their leadership skills and Become Someone Worth Following™.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with Coach Fulmer,” said Mike Branch. “He is known as the man who led Tennessee football to the national championship, and he has remained a respected leader not only in East Tennessee but throughout the nation. I am thrilled that our Leading By The Reins program will be enhanced by such a renowned leader.”

Fulmer is a founding partner of BPV Capital Management and currently serves on their Business Development Team. Prior to joining BPV, he served as the Head Football Coach for the University of Tennessee. During his tenure, he coached and mentored countless All-Americans and NFL draft picks. A Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion player himself, Coach Fulmer’s football team was consistently top-notch, winning numerous SEC titles and the school’s first BCS national championship.

Fulmer’s ability to motivate his players and superior recruiting approach earned him unprecedented recognition from his peers with numerous awards, accolades and honors. Fulmer continues to be a sought after event speaker on topics of leadership styles, organizational skills and communication methods.

“We feel Coach Fulmer’s ongoing leadership in the community and skillset are a natural fit for our Leading By The Reins program and the entire institute,” said PTI President Eric W. Barton. “With Fulmer working alongside our expert instructors, we will build on our unrivaled training programs and further benefit our students.”

To find out more about Leading By The Reins, visit or call 865-238-4004. Follow Leading By The Reins on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Peak Technical Institute

Since 2009, PTI has been approved and regulated by the State of Colorado, Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Division as well as the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. PTI currently has four comprehensive Certificate granting programs, with plans to continue to grow and expand. PTI is headquartered just outside of Greater Knoxville, Tenn. Website:

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Peak Technical Institute Announces Legendary Football Coach Phillip Fulmer as a Consultant & Brand Ambassador

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