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Vanquish Worldwide, LLC team wins performance excellence award for educating, empowering teamwork at Fort Rucker, AL

Posted on March 13, 2018 with No Comments

Vanquish Worldwide, LLC will be recognized and honored with the 2017 Alabama Performance Excellence Award Team Showcase Silver Award at the Annual Alabama Performance Excellence Program Conference and Banquet in May 2018.
The award recognizes Vanquish’s Transporters Kaizen Team located at Fort Rucker, AL for their outstanding performance and efforts in applying quality principles while educating employees within the business unit. This Silver Award exemplifies the benefits Quality leadership and empowered teams can bring to an organization. Vanquish’s Management fosters continuous improvements as a matter of procedure and is aggressively implementing ISO 9001:2015.
The Quality first approach synchronized with Quality tools such as process maps, flow charts and the application of lean tools, including fish bone diagrams, to deliver excellence to the customer. The Vanquish team worked to resolve a legacy challenge hindering maximum transportation service performance. During the course of the Kaizen event, the team efficiently capitalized on additional opportunities to improve multiple processes which significantly increased not only bus readiness but also data collection and reporting for the Vanquish Fort Rucker team and their customer as well.
Upon the start of the contract in November 2016, Vanquish Worldwide quickly identified challenges in maintaining the required number of buses to transport soldiers daily on and around the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. The Vanquish Transporters Kaizen Team analyzed the problem, determined a feasible solution and implemented a plan to improve bus availability. Transportation support is a key contract performance metric and a key indicator of business performance.
In addressing the challenge, the team spread the much-needed bus repairs over five vendors instead of two established local vendors. In three months’ time, the change improved bus availability by 21 percent while reducing maintenance costs. The increase in bus availability ensured the required support for Flight School Students without straining resources. As a result, bus readiness is now meeting 100 percent of the customer’s schedule with, on average, just one or two buses out of service or in shop for repairs versus the previous average of five buses.
Vanquish Worldwide, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business based in Maryville, TN, provides prime contractor support in material and facility maintenance and transportation at Fort Rucker, AL in addition to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The work at Fort Rucker and Eglin AFB is among five locations where Vanquish provides U.S. Army Logistics Readiness Center Support.

Peak Technical Institute educates 1,590 students, contributes $1 million-plus to community since 2009

Posted on March 6, 2018 with No Comments

MARYVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maryville, Tennessee-based Peak Technical Institute would like to congratulate its 1,590-plus graduates over its eight years of operation. We are proud to have helped propel these students into the careers of their dreams. As of January 2018, Peak is no longer enrolling new students.

Operating as a comprehensive state-of-the-art training institute since 2009, Peak provided an unparalleled commitment to its students, using a blend of classroom and hands-on training in a simulated or real-life environment and supplying the tools needed to make the most out of its students’ chosen career paths. Peak Technical Institute held certificate-granting programs in commercial driver training (Class A CDL), unexploded ordnance, professional household management, enlisted aide training and equine-assisted leadership training.

Commercial Driver Training (Class A CDL)

Peak’s CDL training quickly became the school’s flagship program, growing its student base seven-fold since the program’s inception. In addition to training new truck drivers, the CDL program worked in conjunction with sister company, Vanquish Logistics, to provide solid in-house CDL training for its over the road line haul asset-based transportation and logistics operation.

In recent years, the family of companies owned by Dr. Eric Barton has tailored its conglomerate business focus and sold several sister companies as growing, profitable entities, including several businesses in the transportation industry. These booming asset-based transportation providers support FedEx Ground as a subcontractor for pickup and delivery and over the road line haul services in both the Nashville and Knoxville markets. In addition, the entities held large contracts with Nissan, C.H. Robinson, Lamtech and other clients.

Professional Household Management Training

Throughout its years of educating the next generation, Peak has been fully committed to nurturing students’ education and future careers. Peak Technical Institute has awarded scholarships or forgiven student debt totaling $895,550.31, influencing not only the lives of the students, but also their families and their livelihoods. Peak is proud to announce that 85 percent of its graduates were placed in lifelong careers, many of whom earn $50,000 a year plus benefits in their new careers.

Peak also secured partnerships with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) and G.I. Bill® (Veterans Training) to secure education funding for students in need. Dozens of students attended Peak Technical Institute utilizing WIOA or Veterans Training funding benefits.

Unexploded Ordnance Training

Additionally, Peak donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to its beloved community, including monetary and labor donations to Blount County Habitat for Humanity, charity golf tournaments, United Way of Blount County and other local charitable organizations over the years. Peak was even a major sponsor of the Kentucky Derby in 2015.

Peak has now sold its educational training programs. Graduates of Peak Technical Institute are encouraged to reach out directly to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission should they need assistance in the future with their certificates earned at Peak. We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.


Equine-assisted Leadership Training 

Enlisted Aide Training