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Letter from the CEO

I could not be more pleased with the success of Fors Marsh Group (FMG) this past year. Originally founded in 2002 as a research company, FMG saw the addition and expansion of several organic capabilities in 2019. FMG is now a research-first consultancy, with as many management, marketing, digital, and data engagements as we have qualitative and quantitative research efforts. Our experts now include ethnographers, content managers, solution architects, digital developers, business analysts, and graphic designers. These talents work within seven core U.S. markets to create innovative solutions that positively impact the nation by improving federal and state government program outcomes.

Our partnership with the Federal Government is ensuring that it is more inclusive, nimble, and efficient in serving the American public. In 2019, our client portfolio expanded vertically and horizontally as we added new partnerships with the Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Army. Additionally, we increased our capabilities into the areas of human capital strategy, public policy evaluation, digital development, and program management. FMG is proud to employ leading experts in their fields and to partner with the most citizen-facing government agencies.

In the past year, FMG was again recognized as a national business leader. Apart from influential speaking engagements and panel contributions, authoring peer-based journal articles, and acting as academic and professional mentors, FMG was selected by The Washington Post as one of the area’s 2019 Top Workplaces. FMG was also recognized as a CARE awardee by the Northern Virginia Family Service, made the Inc. 5000 list, and earned the 33rd spot in the industry-leading GreenBook’s Top 50 Research Firms. These are well-earned and important validations that our corporate culture is moving in the right direction and continuing to attract the best and brightest minds...

Despite these momentous achievements, I will remember 2019 most as the year FMG became a leader of “conscious capitalism.” As a Certified B Corporation, we made a deliberate decision to roll our 2019 business tax savings into a new line of business—one focused exclusively on supporting and improving our policies and practices to use our business as a force for good. We leveraged our extensive organic capabilities for pro bono opportunities to improve society. We have created a business model in which working or partnering with FMG means not only accessing uniquely experienced and talented professionals, but also supporting a business that works for the benefit of our employees, their families, our community, our world, and our clients.

And it is with this commitment that we will only grow more successful in the coming years.

Ben Garthwaite, CEO
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