Initially conceived by the founders in 1999 as an efficient delivery network for wine gifts, the FORT System has evolved organically, and offers solutions for the real problems that plague key components of the industry. The platform now touches all key segments of the industry, including warehouses, couriers, wineries, wholesalers, retailers, marketers, and consumers. FORT System clients include small start-ups and family-owned businesses, mid-size companies as well as major corporations.
Scott Liebman, Co-Founder, President
Scott has over 25 years of experience with international business development, start-up companies, and international product sourcing, distribution, and logistics. He has worked in a wide range of industries including computer software and hardware, specialty foods, and beverages, notably having established and managed the international headquarters of a $25 million US-based importer, developing and managing supply channels of thousands of products supplied by over 100 factories in over 15 countries, and has extensive experience working in highly regulated industries. Scott earned an MIA from Columbia University in international political economy and East Asian studies (Dean's Fellow 1988-1989) and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Jim McClellan, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President
A veteran in classical brand management and business development, Jim has over 25 years of experience building brands. Jim began his career at Kao Corporation, a Tokyo-based $14 billion multinational consumer products company. As the first American ever hired for Kao's management training program, he focused on brand management and business development throughout Japan and Asia, with an emphasis on implementing multinational ECR-based initiatives with major retailers. He also served as Marketing Manager at a US subsidiary (Andrew Jergens Company), rebranding and launching Kao products through major US trade channels, including a revolutionary liquid body cleanser based on Kao surfactant technology. Jim received his BA from Haverford College, and he holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.