Prior to starting Forte Enterprises, Michael worked as the Director of Construction and Maintenance for the Melville Divisions of Thom McAn, BOQ, and the Smart Step. Prior to being promoted to the Director of Construction and Maintenance he held various positions relating to the construction field and operational aspects of the retail industry.
At the launch of Forte Enterprises in June, 1996 the client list was primarily made up of 4 major clients which included FootAction, Thom McAn, Rave and G&G.
Over a decade later the client list has grown to include a diverse group of significant National Brands such as Ann Taylor, Avenue, Bose, Bulgari, Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Brown Shoe Closet, Footlocker, FootAction, Champs, Lady and Kids Footlocker, Swarovski, Tumi, Nine West, Jones Apparel and many others.
Michael's outside interests are hiking, scuba diving, reading, traveling and relaxing with his family in Sturbridge, MA
Von came to Forte Enterprises in 2005 and currently works as the Director of Construction. As the Director of Construction, Von oversees the Project Managers in the field and directs the field operations staff. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Science from Bridgewater State College and additionally Von holds a Commercial Instrument Pilots License. Von's passion for the construction field started early in his life, he grew up working after school and on weekends in his fathers cabinet shop / lumberyard in Westminster, MA. After college, Von worked as a general manager and lead cabinet maker for a small millwork shop for 5 years. He left in 2004 to pursue an opportunity with a startup company producing solid surface materials for residential and commercial applications before joining the Forte Enterprises Team.
Von served 7 years in the USAF Air National Guard 102nd Fighter Interceptor Wing as a fuel systems / propulsion technician, serving on several overseas deployments. Von is married and has Identical twin boys. He enjoys several relaxing pastimes such as flying, motorcycling, scuba and sky diving, paintball, and Boy Scout adventures with his boys.
Prior to joining as a member of Forte Enterprises, Gus worked as Manager of Field Construction for the Melville Divisions of Thom McAn, BOQ, and Smart Step. Reporting to Mike Forte he was instrumental in the expansion of the “in house construction program” developed within the retail corporation.
Prior to this Gus was a licensed contractor in the state of Massachusetts where he had a successful private business.
Gus has many outside interests including hunting, fishing, and gun collecting, traveling and relaxing with his family in Hanover, MA. He also enjoys his lovely summer home on the Cape in Falmouth, MA
Prior to joining as a partner of Forte Enterprises, Scott worked as an independent contractor in the Miami/Ft Lauderdale and lorida arkets. He has many years of construction experience in all aspects of retail, commercial, luxury home building and even fine motor yacht renovations.
He also was pivotal in the in house development and expansion of the internal building at the Melville Divisions of Thom McAn, BOQ, and Smart Step.
Scott also worked over 10 years with John Dec Construction in the mid 70's to the mid 80's where he performed many functions banging from field superintendent, construction coordinator, and lead estimator .
Scott continues to maintain a reputation as one of the best "Retail Project Turn Over Specialists" in the business. Scott lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl with his wife and has many outside interests including collecting vintage farm equipment from the early to mid 1900's. He also has several collectible cars including Porsche 911's, Smokey & the Bandit Firebird and others.