Forefront advances talent acquisition by connecting employers to qualified people and people to the careers they want. Its web-based app drives the right employer-talent connections and offers training opportunities that allow workers to increase their value, show proof of their skills and earn incentives. The result is a smoother staffing process and more reliable, valuable and lasting results. Founded by military veterans, doctors, nurses and management and IT professionals, Forefront combines technology, expertise and compassion to relieve the pain of the staffing process.
Bridge the skills gap with technology and training
Today’s employers face a shortage of skilled workers, and their attempts to find good workers often leave them frustrated, as staffing firms send them people who are not qualified, do not fit with the employer’s organization or do not stay.
Forefront will change this scenario with a web-based app that connects employers to the right people and people to the careers they want. It will allow employers to search for candidates based on criteria they choose, and its training module will allow employees to increase their value and map out career paths focused on growth and advancement.
Hiring people is an art, not a science. / Howard Schultz
The people leading Forefront provide a unique blend of experience and expertise from their backgrounds as entrepreneurs, military veterans, doctors, nurses and management and IT professionals.
Gary Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer
With more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership and business creation and development, Gary has led organizational growth, turnaround and international expansion efforts for national and global companies, and he helped to build three start-ups from concept and raising capital to expansion and acquisition. Gary holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and is earning an IU Kelley School master’s in strategic management. He also holds a bachelor’s in business administration and management from IU, as well as from the Western Governors University.
Kyle McDonald, Executive Vice President
and Divisional Chief Executive Officer
A veteran of the U.S Airforce and U.S. Army who has developed applications and websites for 20 years as a freelance IT consultant, project manager and developer, Kyle also helped to grow and manage the development arm of an IT firm specializing in medium-sized businesses. A graduate of the U.S. Army LPN program, Kyle served at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before returning home to Indiana, where he managed a 30-bed unit before moving into travel nursing. Kyle is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business management at Excelsior College plans to pursue an MBA.
Andy McMillan, Executive Vice President
and Divisional Chief Operating Officer
A disabled U.S. Army veteran and experienced operations manager, Andy is dedicated to helping fellow veterans find meaningful jobs in the civilian workforce. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2007 and entered active duty one year later. After serving as a safety and compliance manager at Fort Bragg, NC, he was medically retired in 2011 due to injuries sustained while serving. He then attended Devry University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in business administration and magna cum laude with an master’s in business administration.
Katie Kasper, Chief Quality Officer
A registered nurse who developed qualitative research into nursing shift reports, Katie most recently served as a staff nurse on an inpatient transplant unit and as a clinical nurse coordinator at an outpatient adult subspecialty clinic. Board certified through the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, she is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Nursing and a student and practitioner of Lean process improvement. For her work as founder of a nonprofit dance company, Katie received the Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders from Mitch Daniels and the WRTV6 Leadership Award.
Samith Musthyala, Technology Advisor
Samith Musthyala is a native of India and graduate of Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia (where he earned a master’s in computer science). Samith has served as an IT consultant for two decades, providing application and systems architecture design services to clients in industries including insurance, transportation and legal services. Samith guides technology usage, structure, planning and budgeting for Forefront and its subsidiaries.
Raj Vuppalanchi, Advisor and Lead Investor
Raj is a practicing physician with experience in medical content, clinical care, administration, personnel management and mentorship. He also leads a group of angel investors who invest in Indiana-based health care startups.
People are not your most important asset.
The right people are. / Jim Collins