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Posted on June 13, 2014 with No Comments
By Robert Norris | email@example.com | Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 12:00 am
Read article at TheDailyTimes.com
Vanquish Worldwide. The name evokes power and distance with a sense of precision and vagueness all at once. Sort of like the military. That’s no coincidence.
Consider the founder, president and CEO. Eric Barton spent 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He intended to make a career of the corps. Stuff happened.
Stuff happening today includes a ribbon-cutting at Vanquish Worldwide’s new headquarters, 235 S. Old Glory Road, Maryville. The event will last 3 p.m.-6 p.m. with the ribbon sliced at 4 p.m. There will be refreshments, music, door prizes, even exotic horses.
Vanquish Worldwide describes itself as “an asset-based premier transportation provider that delivers a wide variety and the highest level of transportation and logistic solutions for government and commercial clients.”
Here’s what Barton calls his elevator speech: “We’re a supply team management government contracting firm. What we do is deliver excellence to our clients.” The stuff they deliver includes fuel, food, ammunition, armored vehicles — all sorts of materiel the U.S. government moves around Afghanistan.
“Our mantra in our years overseas has been: Support the war fighter forward in developing nations in hostile environments. That means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But we support the war fighter in the mission they have, which means beans, bullets, Band-aids, transportation, helicopter support,” Barton said. “That’s been something we’re very proud of. To do something you really love to do that’s challenging, diverse, means something.”
It started when Barton joined the Marines at age 17. He was a “satellite technician for five years, got a meritorious commission, spent the last six years as an intelligence officer, had a sniper platoon for a couple of years, did a few pumps (deployments). Spent my last two years in Horn of Africa traveling around gathering intelligence for war.
“Which helped me out tremendously as I got out later on and went to seminary and transitioned to government contracting. It wasn’t planned.”
So naturally, Barton ended in seminary school in Atlanta and worked as a youth pastor in Conyers, Ga. His career path is anything but boring.
“Writing his bio can be challenging at times,” said Dawn White, sales and marketing manager for Vanquish Worldwide.
White outlined what’s happening now at the company. Vanquish has just been awarded a National Afghan Trucking contract (NAT 1.5) in Afghanistan — one of seven contractors selected for the more than $200 million deal. Vanquish’s cut will be $37 million. The company also just landed a Corps of Engineers HVAC contract in Loudon.
As U.S. involvement in Afghanistan winds down, the company is expanding into commercial trucking. It has contracted with FedEx and has trucks at the delivery firm’s Nashville terminal. It’s on schedule to add 11 FedEx trucks with drivers at the Knoxville terminal by the end of June. The company plans to acquire another trucking company and its 23 trucks in August.
As part of its diversification, Vanquish Worldwide has a couple of subsidiaries, Front Range Training & Consulting LLC. That sister firm recently completed a class training U.S. Air Force airmen to be aides for three- and four-star generals. New law enforcement training classes are filling up now in the Western U.S., and the company is looking into SWAT training for East Tennessee law enforcement, White said.
Peak Technical Institute provides condensed vocational training programs. It currently provides Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) classes, and a BETA equine leadership class is scheduled to begin in early August.
Equine leadership? It doesn’t seem so outside the box considering Barton also has LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Rockwood. Barton said it is the largest Gypsy Vanner horse farm in the U.S. The breed of draft horses (think of small Clydesdales) comes from England, Ireland and Wales.
LexLin Ranch recently sold more than $75,000 worth of horses in one month. The ranch plans to make 30 horse donations over the next two years to therapy centers. The gentle nature of the breed makes Gypsy Vanners well-suited for equine therapy for recovering military as well as autistic and special needs children. A horse auction is planned for July 26, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Smoky Mountain Service Dogs.
White cited a number of other community involvement and charitable contributions, ranging from United Way of Blount County, to Foothills Land Conservancy, to Keep Blount Beautiful, to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, where Barton established an endowment of $100,000 and matches other donations that come in dollar for dollar.
On the job in Iraq
It’s a lack of dollars that eventually turned Barton into a businessman. He had planned to rejoin the Marines after seminary school, but while in Atlanta he and his wife, Mechelle, found themselves in a 900-square-foot apartment with five kids and in debt. Two of the children had been adopted from Ethiopia, where Barton met the founder of Americans for African Adoptions.
“So I started going to job fairs, and I found a guy that had a contract in Iraq making decent money — more than I’d ever made before, that’s for sure. So I said, I’ll take it.”
He’d never seen a government contract, but Barton ended up being the first contract manager for the company.
“We were very successful. In fact they went from a $40 million company to $285 million in a year-and-a-half,” Barton said.
Barton quit that job, deciding to start a business of his own. He was familiar with East Tennessee because he, an Illinois native, and his wife, from North Carolina, had often driven through Knoxville. They moved to Friendsville, where he founded his first company in 2006, Relyant, “a global provider of solutions to complex projects.”
Over the years Barton founded, closed, bought and sold several companies. Now, with Vanquish Worldwide at the core and Front Range Training and Peak Technical Institute as wing firms, Baron is adjusting to a business environment less reliant on government contracts.
“All three companies share the same thought process of delivery excellence to the client. It’s important for us, how we do business and how we treat our customers — make sure we’re asked to come back again. It’s a long-term vision not a short-term profit,” Barton said.
It’s almost like playing a pinball machine with three balls bouncing down the table at once.
“It’s the symphony in the chaos, that’s for sure,” Barton said.
Posted on February 13, 2014 with No Comments
Gypsy Gift™ has been in the planning phase for quite some time. We’re excited to roll out a new program on Valentine’s Day 2014 to match LexLin Gypsy Horses with sponsors to raise and train them for future career placement with non-profit organizations as equine assisted therapy and activity horses. There are 850+ Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Centers across the US and around the world. Horses impact and enrich the lives of the developmentally disabled, sick, injured, troubled and developing lives on a daily basis through these programs. We believe Gypsy Horses are ideally suited to this type of work. Can Praxis, an equine therapy program in Canada, has had amazing results in working with post traumatic stress disorder in veterans and these results are similar to what happens on a daily basis in equine assisted therapy programs all around the country.
Eric and Mechelle Barton of LexLin Gypsy Ranch have enjoyed amazing success with their businesses over the past few years and are constantly looking for ways to pay it forward and give back to communities around the world. Their family and businesses have donated in excess of $6.8 million to charitable organizations, including land conservancy, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others in 2013 and now feel that it is time to reach out and touch the lives of others by giving some of their much loved Gypsy Horses via Gypsy Gift™ to centers across the United States. LexLin Gypsy Ranch has donated several Gypsy Horses over the past few years to PATH accredited programs. We have received many thanks and glowing reports of the work our horses are doing and requests to expand our program.
Over the next two years LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s mission is to donate 30 registered Gypsy Horses (total donation valued in excess of $500,000) to the Gypsy Gift™ program while simultaneously finding eligible sponsors who will train them for approved PATH accredited centers. If one center on average, reaches 25 people on a weekly basis, that gives 30 Gypsy Horses a chance to impact lives 39,000 times in one year alone! Imagine how many lives can be touched over 20+ years with 30 horses! LexLin Gypsy Ranch will donate Gypsy horses to centers after 2-3 years of a sponsor leasing and raising/training them through Gypsy Gift™ . The sponsor will give the horse daily handling in preparation to start their official training to become a therapy horse once they’re 3-4 years of age. This also allows the center time to decide if the horse will be suited to their particular program. By donating young horses they will have many years to impact lives in the programs and can be trained exactly as needed for their job as a therapy horse. Ideally we’re looking for nominated centers who find a sponsor that will raise and train the horse for them for 2-3 years. The horse may be housed at the center or at the sponsor’s chosen facility. Sponsors may be Center board members, staff or others that want to participate in Gypsy Gift™. In some situations sponsors may opt to arrange to pay the center for the care of the horse which would enable the horse to be cared for directly by the center. This may qualify as a charitable donation if made directly to the center. This would enable the center to become directly involved with the care of the horse and give the horse the opportunity to interact with center members from the beginning of their 2-3 year lease period before donation.
We need your help to make this program a success!
Beginning on Friday, February 14, 2014, and continuing through July 3rd 2014, we will begin taking nominations for PATH accredited centers interested in receiving a Gypsy Horse through Gypsy Gift™. As nominations come in we will post them on LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s fan page on Facebook for you to “like” and share to spread the word in support of your chosen center. There will be five centers selected on July 4th to receive horses. The top 4 nominated centers with the most fan “likes” and 1 center chosen by LexLin staff will be entered into a lottery drawing on July 4, 2014 to select a horse for their program. The 5 horses drawn on July 4th will then be ready to immediately enter into a lease agreement with the nominated center’s sponsor for 2-3 years before being donated to the center for their program. Most of the horses in Gypsy Gift™ will be geldings, though all horses in the program will be DNA verified Gypsy Horses registered with the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society.
The horses available in the program will be announced on Friday, February, 21st. We will need your help to select the first 5 Gypsy Horses via Facebook likes between February 21, 2014 – July 3, 2014. Those 5 Gypsy Horses will then be selected by the 5 nominated centers from the lottery in the order their numbers are drawn.
Gypsy Gift™ is our primary focus for 2014 and will be the focus of our 5th Annual LexLin Gives Back: Honoring our Heroes. Honoring our Heroes will resume as traditionally run in 2015. We will share more Gypsy Gift™ program details and officially start on Valentine’s Day!
Questions? Watch for full program details to come on Valentine’s Day, and feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865.816.2761.
Posted on April 24, 2013 with No Comments
My recent radio interview with Julie Harker from Brownfield Ag News for America about the Gypsy Horse breed. The interview includes our introduction to the breed and beginnings in the breed as well as our programs to help spread awareness for the breed and put these wonderful horses in good homes with clients and partners now and in the future.
By July Harker – April 20, 2013
The Gypsy Vanner horse breed continues to grow. Eric Barton and his wife Mechelle own the LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Knoxville, Tennesee. They fell in love with the gentle breed and are helping others enjoy them. Many things make them special, says Eric Barton, including their looks and their temperament.
AUDIO: Eric Barton on the Gypsy Vanner (3:00 mp3)
AUDIO: Full interview with Eric Barton (19:00 mp3)
View on Brownfield AgNews for America’s website
Posted on April 24, 2013 with No Comments
Help A Hero Win a Gypsy Horse! Nominate a disabled/injured veteran or supporting organization via http://www.gogypsy.com/honoringourheroes anytime through midnight EST on May 15th. Open to entrants from the US, Canada and Mexico!
Essays will be posted on LexLin’s facebook page at 3pm EST on May 16th and voting will commence through midnight EST on July 3rd. The winner with the most votes (must be approved by LexLin and be able to adequately care for horse) will be announced on July 4th as the new owner of Stormy! Stormy is a black and white Gypsy Vanner gelding who posses the excellent temperament Gypsy Horses are widely known for.
Posted on April 18, 2013 with No Comments
Rockwood, Tenn. – LexLin Gypsy Ranch, the largest breeding farm for Gypsy Vanner horses in North America, announced today a new broodmare partnership program to introduce prospective owners to the Gypsy Vanner breed.
The LexLin Gypsy Breeder’s Partnership Program™ offers a care lease–foal partnership program for this distinctive horse breed, which is indigenous to the United Kingdom. LexLin is the only Gypsy Vanner horse breeding ranch offering this kind of program.
LexLin Gypsy Ranch matches approved applicants to the most appropriate Gypsy broodmare[s] to help partners meet their goals of owning and caring for a Gypsy horse. As part of this partnership package, LexLin Gypsy Ranch provides its active guidance and expertise to partners in the breeding and care of a Gypsy Vanner – prized for its ideal temperament along with great athleticism and presence.
The program allows partners an opportunity to become involved with this unique breed of horse, with a low-risk, minimal investment, which can lead to ownership of a Gypsy Vanner horse. No purchase of the broodmare is necessary, although many of the mares in the program are available for purchase.
A partner leasing mares through the program pays for all expenses related to the health and well-being of the Gypsy mares/foals in the partner’s care. In turn, the partner receives a 50 percent interest in the foal through six months of age, with the opportunity to purchase the foal for a predetermined price.
If the partner is not interested in purchasing LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s share in the foal born through the partnership, they may assist in the sale of the horse and share in the proceeds.
LexLin Gypsy Ranch staff will support the program’s partners through personal advice, educational programs and stallion services. Unlike other farms and ranches that just sell the horse, LexLin Gypsy Ranch seeks to build a true partnership to support the new owner / partner’s investment in the breed.
“Partnering with LexLin has been an incredible experience,” said Oregon partner Suzy Brown. “Eric and Mechelle Barton along with their breeding manager, Lisa Holdman, have been extremely helpful with the many questions I have asked when raising and training my first Gypsy Vanner foal through the program. They really put an effort into making the program a win-win for their horses and partners.”
Since a pilot program for this endeavor launched in March 2012, more than 40 LexLin Gypsy Vanner mares have been leased by program partners throughout the United States.
“This opportunity has helped me accomplish one of my biggest dreams when I turned 30 – to be able to ride, train and show what a Gypsy Horse is – and it’s been a special one at that,” said Jennifer Rose, a California partner
Interested partners can contact LexLin Gypsy Ranch for more information on how to participate. Visit www.gogypsy.com/gypsybreeders to view more program details and specific mares available for lease partnership.
Located in the foothills of East Tennessee, LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Gypsy Vanner horses – a majestic, athletic yet gentle breed – are bred from the most sought-after bloodlines from horses imported by LexLin from their native lands in the United Kingdom. Every LexLin Gypsy Vanner horse is registered immediately upon purchase or birth, with DNA and color testing conducted and documented.
Posted on February 9, 2013 with No Comments
Activity at LexLin Gypsy Ranch is often a bustling whirlwind of activity. Want to know what we’ve been up to with our Gypsy Horse farm? Click to view our Feburary 2013 E-news that includes:
- A limited time Gypsy In-Utero Foal Sale
- News about our Gypsy Geldings,
- Local show circuit that we’ll be showing our horses in
- New Gypsy Breeder’s Partnerships formed in January
- Last but not least – some great news from a client/friend who purchased one of our Gypsy Vanner fillies a few years ago.
If you want to keep up with ranch happenings on a daily basis please “Like” and follow us on the LexLin Gypsy Ranch Facebook fan page
Posted on September 13, 2012 with No Comments
Fall is a very exciting time at LexLin Gypsy Ranch with the weaning of our 2012 Gypsy foals, beginning of many new Gypsy Breeders Partnerships and the annual much anticipated Fall Gypsy Horse Open House on Saturday, October 13, 2012! If you are interested in meeting our horses, learning about the breed and or are interested in ways you can become involved as a partner with LexLin Gypsy Ranch in promoting and caring for this wonderful breed of horse don’t miss our Open House. Many people have already RSVP’d for this relaxed and fun filled day. If you would like to come to the Open House feel free to click here to RSVP.
Posted on July 5, 2012 with No Comments
We are incredibly honored to announce Jason Warrenfeltz as the winner of LexLin’s Swade (a Gypsy Vanner Horse) in our 2nd Annual LexLin Gives Back – Honoring Our Heroes Contest! Jason has dedicated his life to helping others via his countless volunteer hours and through risking life and limb as a firefighter in his service to others!
Jason served the Fayetteville Fire Department in many ways. He was a member of the fireman’s relief, fund raising committees and Engine Sergeant, and a forest fire liaison. After more than 10 years of faithful service as both a firefighter and husband Jason came to the end of his firefighting days when he became overheated battling a fire that sent him to the hospital. Jason spent 2 days in the hospital as a result of his extreme core temperature. That was the last fire that Jason was ever going to battle. Now he spends his days promoting horsemanship. He is a certified skills instructor for 4-H and has served as the president of the All State Miniature Horse Club. He has rescued several horses and recently saved a pregnant mare from slaughter. He now provides affordable boarding for local equestrian students attending college. Jason is a board member of the Chambersburg Saddle Club and also a committee member for the Silver Star Saddle Club. For the past 3 years he has taken 2-3 horses to the local learning centers farm fun days.
We spoke with Jason today and are excited to announce that he will be bringing his family to personally pick up Swade from LexLin! We’ll post photos of Swade’s introduction to his new family in the coming weeks.
Jason is truly a hero and we are honored to have his family be a part of our annual Honoring Our Heroes!
LexLin Gypsy Ranch is owned & operated by Eric & Mechelle Barton. Eric is a former Marine Corps Mustang Officer, who understands the sacrifice made by our brave men and women serving our country. Thanks so much for showing your support of firefighters who put their lives on the line on a daily basis!
Watch for an exciting announcement on the 3rd Annual LexLin Gives Back contest to come soon!
Posted on June 14, 2012 with No Comments
In our lives we come across HEROES everyday. Sometimes we unfortunately overlook them! Five incredibly dedicated firefighters need your help for a chance to win a Gypsy Horse named Swade! LexLin Gives Back – The 2nd Annual Honoring Our Heroes contest to Win a Gypsy Vanner is in full swing and these five honored Firefighters would love your help! Please watch the Honoring Our Heroes video, share it with your friends and vote (“Like” their image/essay) for the most deserving on LexLin’s facebook page .
Posted on September 22, 2011 with No Comments