MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Vanquish Worldwide was recently honored with the 2015 “Veterans Innovator Award” at the Fifth Annual Business and Education Showcase sponsored by the Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA). This award recognizes a company that is an innovator in its field. Vanquish, along with owner Eric W. Barton, have pioneered a new road for small businesses in the transportation industry so it is an extremely appropriate award.
Vanquish, a verified service disabled veteran owned small business, strives to hire veterans, in particular those who have transport, logistics, and/or security experience during their military service. Close to 90 percent of all Vanquish’s project management staff are veterans and/or retired from the U.S. military.
A former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Barton is a savvy business owner and entrepreneur who seeks to find new and exciting ventures to utilize his military training and security background. In a short amount of time, he has taken Vanquish from a transportation, security, facility support, and maintenance government services provider to a premier U.S. commercial carrier.
More specifically, Vanquish is one of the first companies to take its government contracting transportation services and transform into a FedEx Ground transportation provider administering both pickup and delivery and over the road line haul services. Applying the experiences obtained from its complex and successful National Afghan Trucking contracts, Vanquish provides the same secure and superior level of transportation service to FedEx and other commercial clients, as well as government agencies across the U.S.
As an independent contractor for FedEx Ground, Vanquish handles 18,000 packages and makes 4,500 stops weekly, handling close to 30 percent of all packages that go through the FedEx Ground Nashville terminal. Vanquish now has a growing FedEx Ground pickup and delivery operation in Knoxville, Tenn., as well as line haul operations across the nation.
Vanquish Worldwide is incredibly grateful for the recognition as “Veterans Innovator” and is a large supporter of TVBA which is a non-profit membership trade association dedicated exclusively to the interests of veterans in business. The foundation of the organization is built on four cornerstones: marketing, government advocacy, education and training, and veteran employment issues. As a diamond member of this dynamic organization we rely on TVBA as one of our pipelines to hiring veteran drivers. In addition to hiring veterans, Vanquish and many other of Barton’s companies regularly give to veteran nonprofits centered on education and wounded warrior therapy programs.
Vanquish’s sister and subsidiary companies – Peak Technical Institute, Front Range Training and LexLin Gypsy Ranch – are TVBA members as well and like Vanquish, they look to hire and/or train veterans across the country.