Chief Translator

Glenn S. Phillips

Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within.

Organizations seek Glenn and his firm, Forte’ Incorporated, to support growth, increase profits, and address dangerous risks lurking in their business and technology.

The author of the book Nerd-to-English: Your Everyday Guide to Translating Your Business, Your Messages, and Yourself, Glenn is President and chief “Nerd to English” translator for Forte’ Incorporated.

He writes about compliance issues for Information Week and Security Dark Reading.

Glenn periodically plays his really ugly tuba (complete with a bullet hole in the bell), enjoys a good pun, and is a big fan of dark chocolate. He participates in entrepreneurial activities, including those through his own ventures, the Birmingham Angel Network and the Birmingham Venture Club.

He and Forté have been nationally recognized for excellence in sales, marketing and technical innovation through awards and case studies, including those from Harvard University, Auburn University, Dell, and Microsoft. Glenn is a graduate of the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, which he now serves as an industrial advisor.

Glenn is a regular speaker and presenter to association, business, civic, and educational groups.


Media that has quoted Glenn, or had Glenn as a guest, recently…

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • ABC News Now
  • Fortune Small Business
  • Entrepreneur
  • Reuters
  • Information Week
  • My Business Magazine
  • Psychology Today
  • Fox Business – Small Business Center
  • It’s Your Biz with Susan Solovic
  • D&B Small Business Solution
  • MSN
  • Birmingham Business Journal
  • B-Metro
  • ComputerWeekly.com
  • Data Center Management
  • ComputerWorld.com
  • InfoWorld.com
  • ITWorld.com
  • MacWorld.com
  • ARN
  • Reseller News
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Green Bay Press Gazette
  • Honolulu Advertiser
  • News-Press (Southwest Florida)
  • Ragan.com
  • Techmania.com
  • YourSecurityResource.com

Nerd (Technical) Recognition

Individual recognition…

  • 2010 Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • 2006 & 2004 Birmingham Business Journal “Health Care Hero Innovator” Award Winner
  • 2005 Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council’s “Outstanding Young Auburn Engineer”

Lead Firm to…

  • 2007 Microsoft Healthcare User Group (MS-HUG) “Healthcare Innovation Award” Winner for Interoperability
  • 2006 Microsoft “Partner of the Year” Finalist for Data Management Solutions Technology Innovation
  • 2006 “Mitretek Innovations Award in Homeland Security” Winner (as the technology partner with recipient Birmingham Regional EMS System and other project partners)

Business Recognition

Individual Recognition…

  • 2007 Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce “Small Business Person of the Year” Winner
  • 2007 & 2006 Alabama Information Technology Association “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist
  • 2002 Birmingham Business Journal “Who’s Who in Healthcare”
  • 2001 Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce “Businessperson of the Year”
  • 1998 Birmingham Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40″

Lead Firm to…

  • 2006 Microsoft “Partner of the Year” for Data Management Solutions Sales and Marketing
  • 2006 & 2005 Alabama Information Technology Association “Small Technology Company of the Year” nominee
  • 2004 Birmingham Business Journal “Best in Business” Award Winner
  • 2003 & 2002 Birmingham Business Journal “Best in Business” Award Finalist
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