LEADERSHIP

Frank Vitale

Frank Vitale

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.  

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 Sergeant 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 is a Registered Lobbyist in West Virginia. He is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia’s Class of 2021 and serves as a member of the board of directors. Additionally, he serves as the founder and president of vetconnection.org, a veteran resource network, a member of the board of directors of TechConnect WV, a member of the board of directors of the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, a past chairman and current member of the visiting committee of the WVU School of Public Health, a former member of the West Virginia Board of Education, a former treasurer and board member of the Milan Puskar Health Right, past campaign-chair and board member of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, past campaign-chair for the Bartlett House, and a past chairman of the board of the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce.

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. 

 

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Corine Alexander

Corine Alexander

COO & Senior Strategist

Corine 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 seven years, she has worked as a Proposal Strategy Consultant for government contractors.

At Forge, 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.

Corine also serves as Chief Operating Officer at Forge, overseeing various corporate functions such as Business Operations, Finance, Contracts, and Human Resources.

  “I enjoy the people and the atmosphere at Forge. I wanted to be part of this team because I believe in the projects we support, and I’m excited about our ongoing 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.

Glenn Copen

Glenn Copen

Executive Vice President & Senior Strategist

A West Virginia native and 2004 graduate of Leadership West Virginia, Glenn Copen brings more than 35 years of experience in federal contracting, project management, strategic planning, and executive management to Forge Business Solutions.

In his early career, Glenn was involved in software development in banking, insurance, and telephone industries. This experience allowed him to bridge the gap between technical and management functions to develop efficient solutions for complex problems.

Glenn is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has led projects for commercial clients such as Nationwide Insurance, AT&T, and Sterling Software. Over the past 20 years, he has managed programs and projects for more than 15 government clients including NASA, FBI, Department of Labor, Department of Energy, Defense Information Systems Agency, and NAVAIR.

Formerly, Glenn Copen was Vice President of KeyLogic Systems’ National Security Division. His focus on enterprise strategic planning and project performance resulted in successful outcomes for his clients.

At Forge, Glenn specializes in strategic planning, balanced scorecard application, business development, capture coaching, and professional development. Applying his extensive knowledge and technical capabilities, Glenn serves as a force multiplier for clients, producing greater output and increased mission success.

Glenn resides with his wife, Debra, in Kingwood, WV. Glenn and Debra have three children and eleven grandchildren.

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Richard A. Robison

Richard A. Robison

Senior Strategist

Richard (Rich) Robison serves as a Senior Strategist at Forge, bringing over 30 years of experience in program, personnel, and financial management. He has an extensive background in requirements analysis, operational and end-user support, contract and resource management, process improvement, business development, employee/user training, acquisition, and planning, programming, budgeting, and execution.

Prior to joining Forge, Rich served as a Senior Systems Engineering Manager and Acting Director for Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he managed a team responsible for providing 24/7 on-site operations support to a classified Department of Defense program in north-central West Virginia. Formerly, he was the Senior Program Manager of the NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program, where he led a team of over 160 personnel responsible for IV&V of high-risk, mission-critical software for NASA human-rated and science missions. 

Rich previously managed teams of personnel providing on-site programmatic support within the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N6), the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and various other Navy and joint commands in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.

Following a 24-year career in the United States Navy, Rich retired as a naval aviator specializing in antisubmarine warfare (ASW), maritime surveillance operations, and joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), where he served in numerous operational, staff, and project management assignments. As Project Manager of the ASW Operations Center Program within the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, he was responsible for acquisition, development, and engineering life cycle support for a $99 million command and control system for maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations at 21 sites worldwide. Previously, he was Head, Air ASW and Maritime Surveillance Operations on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet during the height of the Cold War, where he was responsible for real-time employment of forces to track, monitor and, if directed, engage high threat units. Rich was designated a mission commander and patrol plane tactical coordinator in the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, accumulating over 2,400 flight hours directing the efforts of 12-person combat aircrews conducting Cold War ASW and maritime surveillance operations in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters.

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Joint Command, Control and Communications) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University.

He serves on the Board of Directors for Christian Help, Inc., a non-profit organization in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he has held the positions of President and Treasurer and currently serves as their Financial Administrator. For over 35 years, he has been the Secretary of his Naval Academy class. Rich and his wife, Christine, reside in Morgantown and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. 

Kirk Judd

Kirk Judd

Senior Technical Writer

Kirk Judd brings more than 30 years of experience in business communications, quality management and process improvement disciplines to the company. Kirk is a professional editor, writer, and a qualified instructor for Lean Six Sigma methodology and ITIL v.3/2011 classes. Previously, he spent eight years teaching Leadership, Green Belt and Black Belt classes for the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Recognized as a catalyst for change and an expert facilitator, Kirk Judd supports Forge’s team and clients with his knowledge in proposal writing, consultation and communication expertise for development, service and system activities, and growth, implementation and reporting status structures.

Notably, he has an extensive record of community and non-profit experience in West Virginia. He is a charter member, former President and Executive Board member, and lifetime advisor for West Virginia Writers, Inc., a founding member and Director of Creative Writing Programs for Allegheny Echoes, Inc., a member of the executive and advisory boards of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, the West Virginia University Pearl S. Buck Advisory Committee, and was a board member and editor for Publisher’s Place, Inc.

Mr. Judd graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, with a degree in Business Communication. He and his wife Janet live in Stewartstown, WV, on a ridge between Cheat Lake and the Monongahela River.

Lyndsey Quinlan

Lyndsey Quinlan

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Lyndsey Quinlan grew up in Grafton, WV, and moved to Morgantown to attend West Virginia University, where she studied Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.

As the Manager of Marketing & Communications at Forge, Lyndsey’s responsibilities include managing and creating content for Forge’s digital platforms, external communications, writing and editing corporate documents and reports, and supporting Forge’s clients in the areas of marketing and communications. Additionally, Lyndsey is the producer of the Forge Ahead Podcast.

Outside of the office, Lyndsey enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and traveling around the Mountain State.

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