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Vanquish Worldwide President/CEO Eric Barton wins Knoxville Young Entrepreneur Award

Posted on June 23, 2015 with No Comments

Vanquish Worldwide is pleased to announce that President and CEO Eric W. Barton was awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award during the Knoxville Chamber’s 2015 Pinnacle Business Awards Friday evening, May 8, 2015 at the Knoxville Convention Center in recognition of outstanding business practices and community support.

Barton was among three finalists up for selection for the Young Entrepreneur Award, which honors a professional age 40 or younger who is on track to be a top business and community leader. The Young Entrepreneur Award was sponsored by FSGBank.

“A Pinnacle Business award is one of the most prestigious honors a local business, entrepreneur, or organization can receive,” Mike Edwards, Chamber president and CEO, said. “We are proud to recognize businesses and businesspeople that are positively impacting our region by contributing to the economic prosperity of the community and making it a better place to live.”

Barton started Vanquish Worldwide in 2007 as a government contracting provider, and today the company, headquartered in Maryville, Tenn., is a booming U.S. transportation and logistics business that also contracts transportation, security services, facility support, vehicle maintenance and provides operational support in the Middle East for Department of Defense and other government agencies. Besides Vanquish, Barton is President and CEO of 22 other companies, everything from a top quality technical institute, Peak, to LexLin Gypsy Ranch, a state of the art horse ranch in Rockwood, Tenn.

“Eric’s success has allowed him to not only focus on his companies and employees but also has given him the means to look outward into the community and contribute to many essential non-profit organizations,” Jon Helpingstine, FedExTransportation Manager with Vanquish Worldwide, said.

“I have known Eric Barton since grade school and have been alongside him through his many degrees, his time serving in the U.S. military, the many successful company ventures both overseas and in the U.S., and I have seen him grow into the finest entrepreneur that I know, and at the young age of 39,” Helpingstine added.

At the age of 17, Barton enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was quickly recognized for his outstanding leadership and devotion to the Corps, which is a characteristic he has taken forward in his companies. As a Mustang officer, Barton was meritoriously promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. As a captain, he served as the National Intelligence Center Senior Analyst for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa National Intelligence Cell.

Barton received numerous awards and commendations for professionalism, leadership and service above and beyond the call of duty during his time as a military professional. He also has a decade of international business experience in overseeing complex programs specializing in intelligence, security services, staffing, training, K-9, life support and operational requirements in the Middle East and Africa. Barton has managed over $400 millionin contracts, successfully mobilized over 6,000 personnel around the world and has established several companies throughout the U.S., Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In 2013, Barton purchased and became President and CEO of Front Range Training and Consulting, LLC, which specializes in security, firearms, tactical, instructor and medical training for government and law enforcement personnel and for enlisted aides assigned to service in a general officer’s residence. Barton also formed Peak Technical Institute, which includes former Colorado-based private occupational school UXO Global. PTI’s Unexploded Ordnance Technician 1 School has graduated 446 students in 32 classes since September 2009.

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Under Barton’s leadership, Vanquish has proven to be a successful business. In August 2011, Vanquish was awarded the National Afghan Trucking contract, the largest DoD transportation in Afghanistan. The company is now one of only nine, and the only U.S. small business, still working on the current contract. Vanquish has also won an ongoing contract providing vehicle maintenance for the Marine Corps and broke into the commercial sector in March 2013 as an independent service provider for FedEx Ground’s delivery routes across Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.Vanquish currently handles over 30 percent of all FedEx packages that come in and out of the Nashville terminal.

In October 2013, Vanquish Worldwide moved from a small government contractingoffice in Friendsville to a 17,000 square-foot secure building in Maryville and paved six acres of the 7.7-acre facility, allowing Vanquish to accommodate its expanding logistics and transportation business. In late 2013, Vanquish purchased a fleet of trucks and trailers, hired drivers and used its proven operating procedures from years of transport and logistics experience overseas to further invest in the commercial sector. Since branching out, Vanquish has uniquely positioned itself to be a transportation carrier of choice and now supports over 50 commercial customers across the U.S. and Canada.

Beyond his commitment as a leader, entrepreneur and visionary, Barton continues to further his education and professional certificates, giving him hands-on, practical knowledge while striving to provide comprehensive and high quality services to government agencies throughout the world through Vanquish.

“My research is hands on and I enjoy immersing myself in the training so I understand how the business will work from the inside out,” Barton said. “This also allows me to relate better to those I employ and work alongside daily.”

He holds several degrees, including a master’s degree in business administration, public administration and divinity and a bachelor’s degree in electronics management. He is currently working towards completing his Ph.D. in public policy, concentrating on international business and trade relations.

“As a 39 year old who has been through and seen a lot, I am aware I still have much to learn and hope to fill my next 39 years continuing to learn and leading from the front,” Barton said.

Barton and other 2015 Pinnacle Awards winners were honored during the black tie-optional gala Friday evening with a dinner and awards program emceed by WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit. The evening, which has become one of Knoxville’s premier social events with nearly 600 business and community leaders in attendance, culminated in a champagne toast to the winners.

“Going forward I plan to continue to show others the importance of being a good steward and strive for positive change and improvements in our local community and worldwide,” Barton said. “As I did for my country, I still seek first to serve and lead others to serve, whether it be my family, colleagues or employees.”

The Chamber received more than 180 nominations and was tasked with reviewing and scoring nearly 100 applications for this year’s 11th annual Pinnacle Awards, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding local businesses and business people.



Vanquish Worldwide Announces Its Acquisition of Front Range Training and Consulting LLC

Posted on January 11, 2014 with No Comments

Vanquish Worldwide, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) dedicated to providing Government and commercial contractor services since 2007 has acquired Front Range Training and Consulting, LLC, a SDVOSB specialized in training and program support for Government and commercial clients.

MARYVILLE, Tenn.–()–Vanquish Worldwide is pleased to announce their recent acquisition of Front Range Training and Consulting LLC (FRTC). FRTC is a Colorado-based Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that was founded by Kevin Cooper, a retired U.S. Marine with considerable experience in the Force Reconnaissance and Diplomatic Security/Marine Security Guard (MSG) community. FRTC has been in business since October 2003, and has quickly and effectively demonstrated that it is a leader in the training industry. An example of FRTC’s dedication to supporting the security of this country is through the development and delivery of Programs of Instruction (POI) for the Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) program.

Ongoing training initiatives include Unexploded Ordnance Technician 1 Certification, Tactical Life Saver Training, Law Enforcement Explosive Entry Technician (EET) Training, Advanced Armorer’s Training, and several Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) and Tactical Team Leader Development courses being delivered to numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement officers throughout the country. FRTC’s S.W.A.T. school has been used to stand up entire teams in New Mexico, South Dakota, and Nebraska, and is considered the preferred sustainment training vehicle for agencies in those and other states.

Additionally FRTC was selected as a sole source to Securitas USA, one of the world’s largest security providers, as the recipient of a long term contract providing high end weapons and tactical training to operators providing security to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) critical assets throughout the nation.

Cindy Cooper has assumed the position of Corporate Manager of Training and Educational Services for Vanquish Worldwide. Cindy has been the Vice President of Operations for FRTC for 10 years and has been instrumental in the growth of the company. She has been the Instructional System Design Team Lead which has produced thousands of hours of FRTC programs and coursework.

“I have been very impressed with Vanquish and quickly understood how Front Range would complement and support their customer strategy and direction. In today’s market, the opportunity to bring our teams together creates a tremendous advantage for both organizations,” Kevin Cooper, Vice President of Operations for Vanquish Worldwide, “I am confident that our customers will benefit from services offered by the expanded Vanquish Team.”

Both companies have a long history of growth and profitability, share similar philosophies, and a strong vision for future growth and diversity.

About Vanquish Worldwide

Vanquish offers significant experience working for the US Government and commercial sector from coast to coast in the US, in combat theaters, developing nations and austere environments. Vanquish is headquartered just outside of Greater Knoxville, TN, with offices in Seattle, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina; as well as international offices in Afghanistan, Uganda, and Iraq. Training programs and courses offered by FRTC can be found at

Vanquish/Front Range Training Company on the front page of Knoxville News Sentinel’s business section.

Posted on January 11, 2014 with No Comments


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Walden University’s 2013 Social Change Impact Report

Posted on January 4, 2014 with No Comments

Take a look at the link below for Walden University’s 2013 Social Change Impact Report which identifies social change agents around the world and their key motivations, interests and levels of involvement.

Eric W. Barton’s positive works in Uganda are highlighted in this report; all of us at Vanquish are very proud and encouraged by his humanitarian efforts and the continual good will he bestows upon others.









Also be sure to check out “Humanitarian on a Mission” written about Eric, his background and his mission to get a good education and help others along the way.

Personal Commitment to Humanitarian Work

Posted on August 27, 2013 with No Comments

16291_10151628831151317_201693882_nI have a personal commitment to doing humanitarian work in helping make the world a better place. My story was highlighted on Walden University’s facebook page and blog on World Humanitarian Day (Aug 19, 2013): Click to read my story.

Eric W. Barton’s Profile for 40 under 40 Award

Posted on January 21, 2011 with No Comments

40 under 40 Award Banquet


Eric Barton, 35

President of Vanquish Worldwide

By Laura Ayo

Knoxville News Sentinel

 Eric Barton likes to talk and move fast.

“I love to be doing 40 things at once,” he says.

One of the reasons he stepped aside in November as president and CEO of Relyant is so he has more time to dedicate to other ventures, including a $6 million horse farm he operates in Lenoir City with his family, as well as an overseas training and manpower organization.

“I’ve got Relyant healthy and now I need to get these other companies built up,” he says.

As chairman of Relyant, a company that provides construction, spray foam insulation, life support, vehicle maintenance and a variety of other services to government and commercial clients in the Middle East and elsewhere, Barton will facilitate the board of directors’ long-range strategic planning.

“This is a way for me to not have to report every day to an office and be free to go wherever I’m needed most,” he says. “Our goal now is to diversify and work with other large businesses.”

He credits the leadership skills he developed while in the U.S. Marine Corps with helping him make Relyant a success.

In 2002, Barton traveled to Africa as a senior analyst for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa National Intelligence Cell.

“I was able to go into that part of the world and learn about it because it was my job, but I also learned about the people and the opportunities there for business and about a different way of life,” he says.

The experience, he says, changed his perspective and solidified his faith.

He learned of Americans for African Adoptions Inc. and later adopted two sons from Ethiopia through the organization, which he supports today as a board member.

He has returned several times, scouting out business opportunities and helping to remove more than 100 children and women from dangerous working conditions in a rock quarry last fall.

Barton, who holds four advanced degrees and several professional certifications, felt called to be a chaplain after his military tour. He moved his family to Atlanta to pursue a master’s of divinity from Columbia Seminary.

But with mounting bills to pay, he signed with a recruiting agency and went to Iraq in 2005. By 2007, he had teamed with colleagues to form Relyant and the company landed a $17 million vehicle maintenance contract. Contracts for relocatable buildings, spray foam insulation and demining services soon followed.

“Now it’s my turn to step away and start looking at it from a corporate health perspective,” Barton says of his new role. “The real test is long-term sustainability.”