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 wine industry, in addition to solutions that help make shipping easier to manage for any company. The platform touches all key segments of the wine industry, including warehouses, couriers, wineries, wholesalers, retailers, marketers, and consumers. The FORT platform also helps streamline shipping and order management functions for manufacturers, loyalty companies, and other retailers and dropshippers. FORT System clients include small start-ups and family-owned businesses, mid-size companies as well as major corporations.
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.
Co-founder, Executive Vice President
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. Jim also performed market research and feasibility studies for other areas, including Europe, the Middle East, and South America. At Kao’s major US subsidiary (the Andrew Jergens Company) Jim served as Marketing Manager, rebranding and launching Kao products through major US trade channels. Jim received his BA from Haverford College, and he holds a master’s degree in international affairs and Japanese studies from Columbia University.
Neal has over 28 years experience in IT, electronic commerce, systems integration, and software development. Before founding his own company, Sign-On Systems, Inc., he worked as the IT Director for SSI Investment Management and as a Vice President for INSYNC Consulting Group. Neal received his BS from UC Berkeley, and has an MBA from the University of San Francisco.