Marquis Top Business Owners

Michael Islek

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Forward Technologies Inc.
: Great Falls, Virginia, United States

Michael Islek, president and chief executive officer at Forward Technologies Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in software research and development.

With 40 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Islek has excelled as founder, president, and chief executive officer of Forward Technologies Inc. since 1989. The company operates in the software development and research and development sector, providing turnkey solutions for IT-related projects as well as infrastructure building, security, maintenance, and operations. For the past 15 years, they have been a subcontractor in the federal services market, providing services for various government agencies.

Mr. Islek began his career as director of engineering at Protocom Devices Inc. from 1985 to 1989. He garnered a stellar reputation as director of architecture at from 2000 to 2005. He contributed at Sense as chief technology officer from 2007 to 2008. He worked as a principal consultant at Phacil, Inc. from 2009 to 2013.

Mr. Islek immigrated to the United States from Turkey at the age of 17. Before embarking on his professional path, he pursued an education at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering in 1984. He completed coursework towards a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering at the same in 1985.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Mr. Islek has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He served as an adviser to the Bishop/Archdiocese Council and held the role of deacon and board member at Syriac Orthodox Church for over 30 years. In addition to his primary vocation, he remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Eta Kappa Nu.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Mr. Islek has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He was presented with the Rising Star Award from and the Engineer of the Year Award from Protocom Devices Inc. He attributes his success to his immigrant mentality, perseverance, hard work, and dedication to his goal of providing a better future for his family. In the immediate future, he has set an ambitious goal of turning his company into a multi-billion-dollar entity. His aim is to make a significant contribution to society by collaborating with his son, who has expertise in medicine, to develop pioneering and advanced medical solutions and treatments.

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