Forsythe History

1971

With $200 in capital and a telephone on a dining room table as an office, founder Rick Forsythe and partner Jim McArthur start brokering used IBM mainframes in late 1970. They begin 1971 with four customers,... Read More »

1976

A director of operations and a director of finance are hired, beginning an expansion to 20 employees. Forsythe launches a joint venture with Comdisco, Terminal Leasing Company, to purchase and lease computer... Read More »

1977

Forsythe moves to the 34th floor of the former Playboy Building, using nearly an entire floor.

1980

Jim McArthur sells his half of the company to Rick Forsythe.

1982

Forsythe opens its first two offices outside of Illinois—in Georgia and Wisconsin.

1984

Forsythe embarks upon an ambitious five-year growth plan to triple earnings by 1990, and expands its management team to accomplish this goal. The company moves to its headquarters in Skokie, Illinois;... Read More »

1985

Forsythe nearly doubles its workforce to 50; Forsythe employees now have personal computers.

1987

Forsythe enters into a joint venture with four regional competitors to form The Principal Group, a buying club designed to secure lower equipment costs and better operating efficiencies. Forsythe also... Read More »

1988

Forsythe’s Employees’ Stock Ownership Plan is established, making all Forsythe employees shareholders in the company. Forsythe makes its first acquisition: Great Lakes Communications Company, a remarketer... Read More »

1989

Forsythe earns the #1 overall rating out of 46 leasing companies mentioned in Gartner Group's IBM Large Computer Market service survey. In response to a changing marketplace, Forsythe increases its focus... Read More »

1990

Forsythe is once again rated #1 in Gartner Group's service survey. The company also wins the "Spirit of Excellence" Award from the Computer Dealers and Lessors Association (CDLA). The workforce grows to... Read More »

1991

Forsythe celebrates its 20th anniversary and establishes a reseller partnership agreement with IBM Corporation.

1992

Forsythe’s networking and telecom business, handled by separate subsidiary Forsythe Telecommunications since 1988, is absorbed into the company as a whole. Forsythe establishes a reseller partnership agreement... Read More »

1994

Forsythe’s Western region is formally established, headquartered in Northern California.

1995

Forsythe adds technology implementation services to its offerings. The sales, distribution, and consulting organization is incorporated as "The Solutions Group." Forsythe is ranked among the top 100 North... Read More »

1996

The Solutions Group is renamed "Forsythe Solutions Group." Forsythe Technology is established as the parent company to Forsythe Solutions Group and Forsythe McArthur Associates. Forsythe McArthur continues... Read More »

1997

Forsythe Solutions Group expands its offerings to include remote enterprise management services (EMS), enabling customers to outsource their network, systems, and desktop management. Employment at Forsythe... Read More »

2000

After several years of research and development, Forsythe Technology launches its enterprise management services provider as a wholly-owned subsidiary, Nuclio Corporation. Forsythe launches the first release... Read More »

2001

In contrast to the dot-com “bubble” collapse, Forsythe closes a strong year of growth and celebrates its 30th anniversary, with more than 500 employees. Forbes magazine names Forsythe one of the top 500... Read More »

2002

Forsythe’s Nuclio subsidiary merges with leading enterprise management service provider SevenSpace. Forsythe acquires Telenisus Corp’s security integration and consulting business, which results in the... Read More »

2003

Forsythe moves into its new headquarters down the street, at 7770 Frontage Road, Skokie, Illinois. The building sits on 12 acres and was originally built for Allstate Insurance Company, which occupied... Read More »

2004

Forsythe acquires Atlanta-based National Business Group, Inc. (NBG), an established security solutions company. Computerworld newspaper names Forsythe to its annual "100 Best Places to Work in IT" list... Read More »

2005

Sun Microsystems acquires SevenSpace, Inc. William P. Brennan is named president of Forsythe Technology and Forsythe Solutions Group, coinciding with Richard Forsythe's announcement to retire and sell... Read More »

2006

Forsythe Technology becomes one of the largest privately-held, 100-percent ESOP-owned companies in the United States. Founder Richard A. Forsythe retires, but remains on its board of directors as non-executive... Read More »

2007

Forsythe enters the Canadian market with its third security services company acquisition in five years, Information Security Technology, Inc. (IST). The company completes its first full year of 100-percent... Read More »

2008

Forsythe completes its sixth acquisition in eight years: Middleboro, Massachusetts-based storage integrator More Group Inc. Forsythe Technology Canada is launched, building in part upon the prior year's... Read More »

2009

Forsythe acquires Paragon Solutions Group, Inc., a provider of server and storage solutions, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Despite a challenging economic climate, the company celebrates its 39th consecutive... Read More »

2010

Forsythe breaks the billion dollar mark in gross revenues, and is recognized once again with multiple industry and partner awards. The company's Canadian subsidiary, Forsythe Technology Canada, founded... Read More »

2011

Forsythe is recognized once again with multiple industry and partner awards including the newly-introduced CRN Tech Elite 250.

2012

Forsythe acquires SOS Security, a provider of information security products and solutions based in Houston, Texas. The acquisition augments Forsythe’s capabilities in managing risk and expands its presence... Read More »

2013

Forsythe launches its proprietary software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool, KillerIT, which helps clients to value their application portfolio and reduce cost and risk through application and infrastructure rationalization... Read More »

2014

Forsythe announces groundbreaking on Forsythe Data Centers®, the first-of-its-kind “retail+®” enterprise colocation facility in the Chicago area, featuring private data center suites with individual, client-controllable... Read More »

2015

Forsythe announces its Forsythe Hosting Solutions division, combining the company’s managed security services practice, managed (infrastructure) services practice, private cloud practice, managed hosting... Read More »

2016

Forsythe is named one of the Best Consulting Firms in America for IT strategy by Forbes magazine, and also one of the Top 100 Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) by Talkin' Cloud. Forsythe earns ten partner-of-the-year... Read More »

2017

Forsythe is ranked the #5 managed service provider globally by MSP Mentor, and is again named one of America's Best Management Consulting Firms for IT strategy by Forbes. Forsythe introduces two more cloud-based... Read More »

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1971 – 

With $200 in capital and a telephone on a dining room table as an office, founder Rick Forsythe and partner Jim McArthur start brokering used IBM mainframes in late 1970. They begin 1971 with four customers, and incorporate as Forsythe McArthur Associates, Inc. The partners buy an IBM 360 Model 30 from Comdisco and sell it to a subsidiary of Champion International. Later, they buy an IBM 360 Model 50 and lease it to National Can. The Chicago-based company closes 1971 with a profit. Forsythe has continued to be profitable every year since. By late 1971, Forsythe has moved from the dining room to Michigan Avenue and has four employees: Rick, Jim, an administrative assistant, and an accountant/logistics manager. They use carbon paper and IBM Selectric typewriters.

1976 – 

A director of operations and a director of finance are hired, beginning an expansion to 20 employees. Forsythe launches a joint venture with Comdisco, Terminal Leasing Company, to purchase and lease computer terminals.

1977 – 

Forsythe moves to the 34th floor of the former Playboy Building, using nearly an entire floor.

1980 – 

Jim McArthur sells his half of the company to Rick Forsythe.

1982 – 

Forsythe opens its first two offices outside of Illinois—in Georgia and Wisconsin.

1984 – 

Forsythe embarks upon an ambitious five-year growth plan to triple earnings by 1990, and expands its management team to accomplish this goal. The company moves to its headquarters in Skokie, Illinois; opens four more offices—in Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, and Missouri; and establishes a Northeast region.

Forsythe embarks upon a five-year growth plan to triple earnings by 1990.

Forsythe embarks upon a five-year growth plan to triple earnings by 1990.

1985 – 

Forsythe nearly doubles its workforce to 50; Forsythe employees now have personal computers.

1987 – 

Forsythe enters into a joint venture with four regional competitors to form The Principal Group, a buying club designed to secure lower equipment costs and better operating efficiencies. Forsythe also launches Forsythe Micro, a PC wholesale supplier and lessor in which it owns an 80% share. Forsythe Micro incorporates trained personnel and technical facilities to configure, test, and install new IBM, Apple, and Compaq personal computers.

1988 – 

Forsythe’s Employees’ Stock Ownership Plan is established, making all Forsythe employees shareholders in the company. Forsythe makes its first acquisition: Great Lakes Communications Company, a remarketer of used AT&T, Rolm, and Northern Telecom telecommunications equipment. The acquisition is renamed Forsythe Telecommunications. Forsythe remains profitable through a difficult year in which many of its competitors face bankruptcy.

1989 – 

Forsythe earns the #1 overall rating out of 46 leasing companies mentioned in Gartner Group's IBM Large Computer Market service survey. In response to a changing marketplace, Forsythe increases its focus on remarketing, in addition to technology leasing.

1990 – 

Forsythe is once again rated #1 in Gartner Group's service survey. The company also wins the "Spirit of Excellence" Award from the Computer Dealers and Lessors Association (CDLA). The workforce grows to 120 employees, and the San Francisco office opens. Forsythe establishes its first reseller partnership agreement, with EMC Corporation.

1991 – 

Forsythe celebrates its 20th anniversary and establishes a reseller partnership agreement with IBM Corporation.

1992 – 

Forsythe’s networking and telecom business, handled by separate subsidiary Forsythe Telecommunications since 1988, is absorbed into the company as a whole. Forsythe establishes a reseller partnership agreement with HP and redefines itself as a value-added reseller, building partnerships with leading network, server, and storage manufacturers.

1994 – 

Forsythe’s Western region is formally established, headquartered in Northern California.

1995 – 

Forsythe adds technology implementation services to its offerings. The sales, distribution, and consulting organization is incorporated as "The Solutions Group." Forsythe is ranked among the top 100 North American solution providers on the newly-introduced VARBusiness 500 (later renamed the CRN Solution Provider 500).

1996 – 

The Solutions Group is renamed "Forsythe Solutions Group." Forsythe Technology is established as the parent company to Forsythe Solutions Group and Forsythe McArthur Associates. Forsythe McArthur continues to be one of the nation’s leading independent technology lessors. Forsythe launches its independent, multi-vendor benchmark lab, (later renamed technology evaluation center or "TEC") which provides an array of testing and migration services.

1997 – 

Forsythe Solutions Group expands its offerings to include remote enterprise management services (EMS), enabling customers to outsource their network, systems, and desktop management. Employment at Forsythe surpasses 300 and a Southeast region is formally established, headquartered in Atlanta.

2000 – 

After several years of research and development, Forsythe Technology launches its enterprise management services provider as a wholly-owned subsidiary, Nuclio Corporation. Forsythe launches the first release of its proprietary, award-winning e-procurement system, Go!Forsythe, which helps customers manage the IT acquisition process.

2001 – 

In contrast to the dot-com “bubble” collapse, Forsythe closes a strong year of growth and celebrates its 30th anniversary, with more than 500 employees. Forbes magazine names Forsythe one of the top 500 private companies in the U.S. Forsythe acquires Denver-based Enterprise Computing, Inc. (ECI) and establishes its Mountain, Ohio Valley, and Southwest regions.

2002 – 

Forsythe’s Nuclio subsidiary merges with leading enterprise management service provider SevenSpace. Forsythe acquires Telenisus Corp’s security integration and consulting business, which results in the launch of the company’s IT risk management practice. The company also acquires the operating assets of Charlotte, N.C. based Piedmont Technology Group.

2003 – 

Forsythe moves into its new headquarters down the street, at 7770 Frontage Road, Skokie, Illinois. The building sits on 12 acres and was originally built for Allstate Insurance Company, which occupied it beginning in 1958. From 1995–2003, the building was occupied by U.S. Robotics, then 3Com (which purchased U.S. Robotics), and then by EGS Electrical Group, a maker of electrical products for the construction industry.

Forsythe moves into its new headquarters at 7770 Frontage Road, Skokie, Illinois.

Forsythe moves into its new headquarters at 7770 Frontage Road, Skokie, Illinois.

2004 – 

Forsythe acquires Atlanta-based National Business Group, Inc. (NBG), an established security solutions company. Computerworld newspaper names Forsythe to its annual "100 Best Places to Work in IT" list for the third time.

2005 – 

Sun Microsystems acquires SevenSpace, Inc. William P. Brennan is named president of Forsythe Technology and Forsythe Solutions Group, coinciding with Richard Forsythe's announcement to retire and sell his ownership stake in the company. Forsythe is ranked among the top 100 of the VARBusiness 500 (later renamed the CRN Solution Provider 500) for the 11th consecutive year.

2006 – 

Forsythe Technology becomes one of the largest privately-held, 100-percent ESOP-owned companies in the United States. Founder Richard A. Forsythe retires, but remains on its board of directors as non-executive chairman. Forsythe achieves a 17 percent increase in revenues and a 37 percent increase in profits.

2007 – 

Forsythe enters the Canadian market with its third security services company acquisition in five years, Information Security Technology, Inc. (IST). The company completes its first full year of 100-percent ESOP ownership with 808 employee-owners and coins the phrase "IT infrastructure integrator" to describe its unique position in the marketplace.

2008 – 

Forsythe completes its sixth acquisition in eight years: Middleboro, Massachusetts-based storage integrator More Group Inc. Forsythe Technology Canada is launched, building in part upon the prior year's IST acquisition. Soon after, Forsythe launches its managed security services business. The company is named one of the Best Small Firms to Work for by Consulting magazine.

2009 – 

Forsythe acquires Paragon Solutions Group, Inc., a provider of server and storage solutions, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Despite a challenging economic climate, the company celebrates its 39th consecutive profitable year.

2010 – 

Forsythe breaks the billion dollar mark in gross revenues, and is recognized once again with multiple industry and partner awards. The company's Canadian subsidiary, Forsythe Technology Canada, founded in 2008, is named one of the Top 5 (Canadian) Solution Providers to Watch by Computer Dealer News.

2011 – 

Forsythe is recognized once again with multiple industry and partner awards including the newly-introduced CRN Tech Elite 250.

2012 – 

Forsythe acquires SOS Security, a provider of information security products and solutions based in Houston, Texas. The acquisition augments Forsythe’s capabilities in managing risk and expands its presence in the Southwestern United States. The company also acquires Mentora Group, a provider of managed hosting, managed services and application performance testing with locations in Atlanta, Northern Virginia, Dallas and Boston. The acquisition helps Forsythe expand its managed and professional services business.

2013 – 

Forsythe launches its proprietary software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool, KillerIT, which helps clients to value their application portfolio and reduce cost and risk through application and infrastructure rationalization. The company completes its tenth acquisition since 2001: the virtualization business of Synnefo Technology Solutions, Inc., an IT virtualization and cloud services provider headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois. The acquisition expands Forsythe's capabilities and resources to help clients implement, deploy and manage hybrid data center infrastructures.

2014 – 

Forsythe announces groundbreaking on Forsythe Data Centers®, the first-of-its-kind “retail+®” enterprise colocation facility in the Chicago area, featuring private data center suites with individual, client-controllable suite infrastructure. Forsythe is named to CRN's Managed Service Provider Elite 150 (a subset of the newly-introduced MSP 500). The company is named a 2014 'Cool Vendor' in Program and Portfolio Management by Gartner and a “visionary” on Gartner’s newly created “Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications,” for its KillerIT offering.

2015 – 

Forsythe announces its Forsythe Hosting Solutions division, combining the company’s managed security services practice, managed (infrastructure) services practice, private cloud practice, managed hosting practice (formerly Mentora, a Forsythe company), and Forsythe Data Centers®—which opens its doors in May. Forsythe Data Centers is one of the only data centers in the U.S. to be LEED Gold certified by U.S. Green Building Council, as well as being Uptime Institute Tier III certified for design documents and constructed facility, and ISO 27001 and SSAE16 certified for data and physical security controls and processes.

2016 – 

Forsythe is named one of the Best Consulting Firms in America for IT strategy by Forbes magazine, and also one of the Top 100 Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) by Talkin' Cloud. Forsythe earns ten partner-of-the-year awards from leading IT vendors and manufacturers, in areas including IT security, cloud solutions, IT operations management, networking and collaboration, and first call support. The company introduces its first “as a service” hosted solution offering: “Backup and Recovery as-a-Service (BaaS).”

2017 – 

Forsythe is ranked the #5 managed service provider globally by MSP Mentor, and is again named one of America's Best Management Consulting Firms for IT strategy by Forbes. Forsythe introduces two more cloud-based offerings: "Security Information and Event Management as-a-Service (SIEMaaS)" and "Multi-Cloud Private Storage."