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Vanquish Worldwide Announces President and CEO Eric W. Barton Receives Doctorate Degree

Posted on December 1, 2016 with No Comments

eb-walden-graduation-20Vanquish Worldwide, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, is pleased to announce Founder, President and CEO Eric W. Barton received his doctorate degree in business administration with a specialization in leadership from Walden University on July 16, 2016, building upon his dream of becoming a well-rounded entrepreneur and offering practical experience to other growing small businesses around the country.eb-walden-graduation-13

Dr. Barton’s dissertation, “Perceived Best Practices of Small Business Executives in War Zones,” builds upon Barton’s practical experience overseas single-handedly helping his small businesses and startups, including Vanquish Worldwide, become and maintain profitability for over a decade.

“A goal of mine since childhood was to earn the title Dr., the highest form of scholarship. Over the past 7+ years, my family and friends patiently supported my aspirations,” Barton said. “Thank you for your support and friendship over the years.”

Degree commencement was held at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Md.

In July and August, Dr. Eric W. Barton co-authored several articles to be published in peer-reviewed journals. He is also up for Walden University’s doctoral study research award for the year.


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.

Vanquish Worldwide Awarded Second Option Year for US Central Command $983 Million Multiple Award IDIQ Contract

Posted on September 12, 2013 with No Comments

“I could not be more pleased with the job our employees have done to make the execution of this challenging contract successful. It is a true example of team work and the desire to successfully execute the US Government’s mission,” said Eric W. Barton, president and CEO of Vanquish Worldwide. Read full press release.

Vanquish Awarded Contract for EPA Region 10

Posted on May 21, 2013 with No Comments

5/15/2013 press release from the Blount Partnership Chamber of Commerce

Maryville, Tenn. – Maryville-based Vanquish Worldwide, a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing global support services to the U.S. Government and the commercial market sector, announced today its award of a new, multi-million dollar federal contract to provide equipment management and warehouse services to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 for emergency and counter-terrorism response vehicles and equipment. Vanquish provides Warehouse Managers and Equipment Technicians across three EPA warehouse facilities located in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Anchorage, AK. The EPA Region 10 boundary includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Vanquish will provide a host of on-site services as part of the contract, including warehouse facilities operation and management, 24/7 emergency response equipment management, inventory control and asset tracking system management, and equipment maintenance. In addition, the contract involves a reporting component for supplying property reports, equipment readiness status, and equipment utilization reports for all stored vehicles and equipment.

“Our team looks forward to expanding Vanquish’s footprint of support for U.S. Government operations to the Pacific Northwest,” said Vanquish President and CEO Eric W. Barton. ”As a former US Marine Intelligence Officer I understand the critical nature and importance of emergency response programs.  Vanquish is excited to be part of the EPA’s rapid response mission.”  Barton and his team have successfully managed and overseen complex, multifaceted programs specializing in intelligence, security services, staffing, training, life support, and operational requirements in Hawaii, the Middle East and Africa.

The EPA’s rapid response contracting network was established to provide emergency capabilities to deal primarily with threats caused by oil and hazardous substance incidents. The network has evolved over the past few years to address the threat from terrorist attacks or incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. Vanquish supports the EPA’s 24/7 response capabilities by maintaining equipment and supplies in a continuous state of readiness so personnel can immediately respond to emergency or terrorism events and mitigate threats posed by the presence of hazardous materials that present imminent or substantial endangerment to human health or to the environment.

About Vanquish Worldwide
In addition to its U.S. contract work, Vanquish offers significant experience working in combat theaters and developing nations as well as austere environments. Services include construction, life support, manpower, security, logistics/transportation, vehicle maintenance and facility operations and maintenance.  Vanquish is headquartered just outside of Greater Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in Afghanistan, Uganda, Iraq and the United States.

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.”

Knoxville 40 Under 40

Posted on December 26, 2010 with No Comments


Their professions include artist and inventor, bankers and lawyers, fundraiser and restaurateur. Their fields include advertising, information technology, real estate and television.

Their work takes them into the classroom, the examining room and on the golf course.

Eric Barton Selected to 40 under 40

Many draw their paychecks from Knoxville’s leading employers, although several have set up shop on their own.  They care about our children, the food we eat, the energy we expend and those who are less fortunate.  They’re the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” – 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are making their mark in business and the community.  For the second year, the Business Journal introduces young leaders who are doing well, and doing good by giving back to the region that’s helped them achieve their success.

Nearly 150 nominations were received this year, and roughly 80 nominations from last year were updated. The list was winnowed with the aim of creating a diverse group reflective of the range of opportunities available in East Tennessee. No repeats exist from last year’s list, and we’ve included a list of alumni.

View the names and profiles.


Posted on September 17, 2010 with No Comments

MARYVILLE, TN (September 16, 2010) – RELYANT, LLC, a Maryville-based company providing worldwide strategic support services, has hired Jack M. MacRae as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Risk & Administrative Services.

Mr. Macrae joins RELYANT from Safety and Ecology Corporation where he participated as a member of the company’s executive team since 1996.  His diverse and increasing responsibilities within the company paralleled the organization’s rapid growth, domestically and internationally.  His roles ranged from general counsel, management of corporate operations, and an assignment abroad as the managing director of the company’s UK subsidiary.  His tenure concluded with responsibilities as chief financial officer and management of international operations.

Prior to SEC, MacRae was a practicing attorney with nationally and regionally recognized law firms.  He started his career as a field artillery officer with the US Army.  Mr. MacRae holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio), and a MBA and JD from the University of Tennessee.

At RELYANT, MacRae’s responsibilities will include development of capitalization strategies to support the company’s accelerating growth, as well as refinement of financial systems and operational controls. He will report to CEO and President Eric W. Barton.

“Jack gives us more than 20 years of practical experience designing financial and overall business strategies that produce results,” said Eric W. Barton, CEO and President of RELYANT. “His U.S. Army background and deep knowledge of the government contracting landscape will be valuable to RELYANT as we grow our overseas business units and continue our introduction to the domestic market.”

Since June, RELYANT has won several major contracts and contract extensions, including a $49 million demining and UXO contract, a $7 million expansion to its spray foam insulation task order for forward operating bases in Afghanistan, and an expansion to its vehicle maintenance contract in Iraq. In late August, the company announced award of a task order for the movement and transportation of equipment in Afghanistan.

RELYANT is a global provider of solutions to complex projects. The company offers services including construction, life support, demining, logistics/procurement, security, and IT communications. RELYANT is headquartered in Maryville with offices in San Antonio, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Uganda. Photos and more info at


Posted on September 1, 2010 with No Comments

MARYVILLE, TN – RELYANT, LLC, a Maryville-based company providing worldwide strategic support services, has been awarded a task order for movement and transportation of equipment throughout Afghanistan.  This allows RELYANT to move their own goods and equipment to locations where they operate.

RELYANT currently moves construction materials, spray foam, and de-mining equipment around Afghanistan with our local national transportation and security partner. RELYANT has demonstrated success in moving equipment in a low profile manner when feasible to mitigate the risk of terrorist attack on our supply chain. This has greatly reduced the losses to our materials and supplies. RELYANT can also perform standard convoy operations which can move any product around country with minimal losses. Losses sustained by other companies are much higher than RELYANT’s with our current partners. The company uses a tiered approach to movements, based on daily threat analysis done by our security management staff that has more than 20 years of combined experience in high-threat environments.

Our local partners are vetted and experienced in movement of materials around Afghanistan.  They currently conduct more than 200 convoys per month to all parts of the country.  They have experienced, well trained, and well equipped convoy teams with knowledge of the terrain and roads for which they travel on a daily basis.  Our partners have been used by the Department of Defense and other Government agencies to conduct missions in very short time frames when needed by the client.

RELYANT is a global provider of solutions to complex projects. The company offers services including construction, life support, demining, logistics/procurement, security, and IT communications. RELYANT is headquartered in Maryville with offices in San Antonio, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Uganda.