MEET THE TEAM
President & CEO
Frank Vitale is a resident of West Virginia with over 25 years of experience in business and community leadership. Frank currently serves as President and CEO of Forge Business Solutions – a veteran owned professional consulting firm headquartered in Morgantown, WV – with a focus on community and government relations, strategic planning, human capital development, veteran programs, and professional development. Mr. Vitale holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the WVU School of Medicine – Graduate Medical Education. In March of 2017, Governor Jim Justice appointed Frank to a seat on the West Virginia Board of Education.
Throughout his career, Frank has held senior leadership roles managing human relations and operations at financial and healthcare institutions and most recently, as Chief Human Resources Officer at KeyLogic Systems – a professional services, engineering and technology firm. He served as senior vice president of Clear Mountain Bank’s Private Banking Group, and head of Human Relations and the Executive Banking Group at a start-up bank in the north eastern United States.
Vitale is a graduate of Valley Forge Military College where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice and served as the Regimental Seargent Major of the Corps and Class President. Later, he attended West Virginia University where he earned a degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He currently serves as a member and immediate past-Chairman of the Visiting Committee for the WVU School of Public Health.
A graduate of the US Army’s Academy of Health Sciences, Vitale has more than 17 years of accumulated service to his country as a member of the U.S. Army and West Virginia National Guard, finishing his career with the rank of Captain. Vitale has been recognized on numerous accounts for his service, including through the United States of America – Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal with oak-leaf cluster.
Mr. Vitale was selected as a 2015 “Young Gun” by West Virginia Executive Magazine. He is the recipient of the 2014 WVU Alumni Association’s Community Service Award, and in 2011 the West Virginia State Journal chose Frank as a member of “Generation Next – 40 Under 40.”
Frank and his wife Ashley reside in Morgantown, West Virginia, with their son Maxwell and twin daughters Isabella and Cecelia.
Senior StrategistCorine Alexander grew up in Vienna, WV, and currently resides in Morgantown. She studied at West Virginia University earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
Following graduation, Corine spent twelve years in business management and financial analysis roles. For the past five years, she has worked as a Proposal Strategy Consultant for government contractors.
At Forge Business Solutions, Corine provides government and commercial contract development services. She helps clients create winning proposal strategies by assisting in the overall capture process and facilitating long term business development goals.
After reviewing RFPs, Corine will determine successful proposal and bid strategies, build automated pricing models, and author cost volume documents. Her vast professional experience in assisting clientele’s growth, development, and success makes Corine a vital asset to the company and the clients she serves.
“I enjoy the people and the atmosphere at Forge Business Solutions. I wanted to be part of this team because I believe in the projects we support and I’m excited about our on-going efforts to grow businesses, create opportunities, and improve the lives of people in the great state of West Virginia.” – Corine Alexander.
Outside of the office, Corine enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling.
Administrative AssociateJessica Haddix grew up in Moundsville, WV, and moved to Morgantown to attend college, where she continues to reside. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics with a focus in Human Resources from West Virginia University.
Jessica’s previous experience includes working in human resources and holding multiple manager positions, such as Manager of Finance.
Whether it is overseeing payroll, performing HR tasks, or other various administrative responsibilities, Jessica plays a vital role in ensuring Forge Business Solutions’s continued success. Additionally, Jessica utilizes her keen organizational and communication skills in assisting clients with event planning efforts.
“Personally, working at Forge is a great opportunity for myself to transition back into the business scene after taking some time off to be a stay at home Mom. I enjoy the flexible atmosphere, the team, and the work we do at Forge.” – Jessica Haddix.
Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys watching her daughters participate in dance and supporting her son at his sporting events; as well as reading, walking, and spending time with her friends.
Senior StrategistA West Virginia native, Amy was born and raised in Beckley, WV; she resided in the Charleston and Huntington areas before settling in Morgantown where she has lived and served professionally for the last 22 years.
Amy earned her B.A. degree in Broadcast Communications and M.A. in Media Studies from Marshall University, where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Her extensive background includes serving as the Campus Director for West Virginia University – Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Area Vice President for Amedisys Home Care & Hospice and Area Vice President of Sales for Tender Loving Care Home/Albert Gallatin Home Care & Hospice.
Amy also worked as a Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. She completed management roles for Shawnee Hills, Inc. and Visions, Inc. In addition, Amy has worked as Producer/Director for local community cable television programs, as a Senior Sales Consultant with Lemongrass Spa Products, LLC, and a Strategic Consultant for a variety of businesses throughout West Virginia and beyond.
Amy is the wife of John Wagner, mother of five children, and “Nana” to four precious little ones. They reside in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown, WV.
Administrative AssistantAmanda Summers grew up in a military family, residing in York, PA. In 2013, she moved to Morgantown, WV, to attend West Virginia University. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and is currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration at WVU.
In 2018, Amanda joined Forge Business Solutions as an Administrative Associate. Her job responsibilities include payroll, human resources, developing training presentations, and various administrative tasks. Amanda contributes significantly to Forge Business Solution’s success by conducting research for strategic charters, reports, and proposals for clients.
During the initial stages of the Career Readiness West Virginia initiative, she conducted regional and state-wide research, developed informative collateral, and aided the composition of the final reports.
“At Forge Business Solutions, I enjoy being involved in multiple facets of the business. I’ve had the opportunity to actively participate in daily operations and watch the company successfully develop. I chose to work at Forge because it was a great opportunity to receive exposure to both the small business world and a variety of industries.” – Amanda Summers.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys outdoor activities such as running, kayaking, biking, and plans to take a road trip across the country.
Strategic Specialist InternA first-generation college student, Autumn Elliot attends West Virginia University and is preparing for graduation this coming December. She studies Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Advertising, Business Administration, and Strategic Social Media.
Autumn contributes to the organization’s success by assisting in marketing, and research efforts. Her responsibilities include social media strategy and data analytics, creating website content, branding, exploring current marketing trend, and brainstorming fresh ideas for the company.
“As a new member of the team, everyone at Forge has been very welcoming and friendly. My experience as an intern at Forge has allowed me to gain professional experience in my field of study and develop a new set of skills.” – Autumn Elliot.
Autumn is from Riverton, New Jersey, and currently lives in Morgantown, WV. In her spare time, Autumn enjoys playing with her puppy, Trip, and spending time with her family.