What can Forward Progress do for you?

influencer marketing
digital marketing
social media marketing
websites and landing pages
coaching and training

Employee Advocacy &
Influencer Marketing

Grow Thought Leadership, Increase Sales, Attract Top Talent, Build Community

In the last year, with the explosion of User Generated Content, Employee Advocacy and Influencer Marketing has become a necessity for any brand. Most brands have used business influencers in one way or another. Now leverage your current amazing content and the very employees you have and build your influencers from the inside out. Increase Digital Thought Leadership to Grow Market Share, Build Brand Loyalty, Enhance Customer Retention, Improve Social Recruiting and ultimately Increase Sales Conversions.

We have a unique program that can take any internal or external influencers that you have now and blend them with influencers you need to humanize your brand.  We can also bridge your conferences, expos, online events in concert with influencer marketing to create an everlasting effect on your events.

Access our slide presentation for this program or contact us to book your free strategy call.

Digital Marketing Campaigns

Generate Leads, Grow Social Network, Build Community

The “Rapid Launch Plan” will define goals and objectives, identify Trusted Agents, confirm the target audience, define the content and data inventory along with available resources available. Once the plan is complete, we will then build your Social Media sites, landing pages, content calendar and then you are ready for your digital launch. We will even help optimize your current website or help with the development of a new one.

This plan can be used to launch a new product, new service, new organization, or revitalize and re-launch an existing organization. Once the plan is in place, we have the team to assist you with execution. Whether it’s consulting, coaching, or training, we can support you to get it done.

Our proven methodology will identify the key components needed to capitalize on business opportunities previously reserved for big business with big budgets.

Social Media and Content Marketing

Generate Leads, Grow Social Network, Build Community

Leverage the vast power and reach of online social networking to get your message out and help build your business.

We offer professional profile builds for Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, and others!

Once we’ve crafted the perfect profile for you, take advantage of our monthly social media services so you can focus on what you do best: growing your business.

Websites and Landing Pages

Convert Visitors Into Sales, eCommerce, Increase Brand Visibility

Rely on our professional design team to craft the perfect Website or Landing Page to promote your brand. All of our websites are built on a solid CMS (content management system) that not only are built to impress the end users but are also pleasantly easy to manage once handed over to you.

We include many features which our competitors charge as upgrades. Specifically, our standard features include sophisticated contact/lead forms, integration with popular list building systems such as Mail Chimp, SEO-optimized for Google, a powerful suite of plugins, and even integration with major CRM systems such as Salesforce.

Whether you are looking for a simple blog site or an enterprise level ecommerce site, Forward Progress has the package to fit your budget.

Coaching and Training

Increase Sales, Generate Referrals, Build Culture, Increase Community

Forward Progress coaching uses a proven methodology and platform called Social Jack™ to guide busy leaders in applying their skills to achieve pre-defined business and personal results. Our micro-learning platform has live instruction, over 200 recorded classes, courses and live online coaching support. This proven system uses a unique Social Teaming methodology where the power comes from the students connections within their Social Network, the power of social reach and relationships. Our programs are results driven and the individual produces all of their objectives set at the beginning of each program.

Who We Are

deandelisleOur Commitment
To provide you and your organization with the best opportunity to be known, be found and be first as a Thought Leader in your network and industry using the most relevant Digital Tools, Social Media and Human Relationships available.

– Dean DeLisle, Founder and CEO

The Forward Progress Team has a proven track record in helping new or existing businesses use their best content and people to achieve the next level of online business success. For many, success comes in the way of using a campaign to launch a new product or service into their existing market place, and for others it’s penetrating a new market place. When you are ready to take your business online, we are your ideal partner.

Our goal is to help our clients gain greater visibility and credibility in a noisy digital world to get found first, then be known first in their industry.

Our Team

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keagan smith
Dean DeLisle – Founder / CEO
Andy Angelos
Joe Karns – Director of Technology and Product Innovation
Monica Hacker – Influencer Department Marketing Manager
Jackson DeLisle – Production Manager & Coach
Holly DeLisle – Senior Manager in Accounting and HR
Paul J. Engelbrecht – Lead Application Developer, Systems Architect
Brett Balicki – Social Media and Production
Anne Kroemer
Parker Danner – Production Team
Alex Vrbanoff – Social Media Scout
Justice Martin – Social Media Scout
Sam McDaris – Social Media and PR Writer
Morgan Fentress – Customer Service Representative
Emily Dybowski – Social Media & Marketing Coordinator
Kyle Drobnik – Social Media Content Writer
Keagan Smith – PR & Engagement
Frances Huang – Social Media Content Writer
As Founder and CEO of Forward Progress, Dean leads his core team to provide digital influencer marketing solutions, serving over 2,000 corporate clients for the past 15 years. In 2015 Dean created and released a Social “Team Based” Education platform known as Social Jack™, and they have successfully trained over 100,000 professionals on Social Selling and B2B Influencer Marketing. Their curriculum is used globally by Fortune 500 companies, Associations, Conferences and Universities to instill best practices related to the effective use of social networks. Dean enjoys time with his family, and yes, some of that family time is spent in the dōjō: Dean and his son are both 3rd degree black belts in Tae Kwon Do. He and his family also enjoy supporting community. "It's Kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney
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Joe is a serial entrepreneur leveraging over 12 years of web development and business experience to help clients achieve their goals and build their business.  In joining the Forward Progress team of professional visionaries Joe specializes in web development, online advertising, and search engine marketing.  Joe takes great pride in being a part of an exceptional team helping clients reach their sales and marketing goals.  In his free time Joe enjoys being outdoors, boating, and traveling.  Joe is an avid consumer of technology news and loves the newest gadgets. "Where there's a will, there's a way."
Monica came to us from New York, has a demonstrated history in fashion, branding, marketing management, event planning, creating pop-up shop experiences, and working on a handful of different campaigns. She is a passionate person who loves bringing an idea to life and helping your brand grow! Monica is a snowboarder AND a world traveler who has been to 16 countries. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and entertaining, spending time with family & friends, collaborating idea, fitness, & her favorite take out is Chinese on Sundays. As she starts a new chapter in Chicago, she’s excited to continue to grow and develop knowledge in this industry. "You have to be fearless to have success." - Serena Williams
Jackson has been using social media marketing in business for over 6 years. He is a College student who shows great dedication to everything he does. As a third degree black belt and instructor in martial arts, he applies disciplinary skills in all of the work that he does. He has experience with marketing, social media, business development, coaching, teaching as well as speaking in front of audiences.
Holly A. DeLisle is the Senior Manager at Forward Progress in charge of all financial aspects of the company. Holly has been involved in accounting and customer service with two key companies over the last 20 years. She first started her role at Delcom Systems Group Inc. as an owner involved in accounting and customer service, and she managed 22 employees. In 2005 Holly made the move to Forward Progress to head up the accounting and human resource functions. She currently has set up the systems for the company that involves the following: Accounting, Invoicing, Accounts Payable, Benefit Analysis, Recruiting, Human Resoources, and Customer Service. She also coordinates all the key events for the company. She currently is also the PTA President for her sons Middle School in Indiana.
Paul has over 15 years of experience in providing design, development, and implementation of customized CRM applications, integrated web applications, and online marketing systems to medium and enterprise level businesses. He has been involved in managing all aspects of various projects from concept to delivery as well as hands on application development on a wide variety of platforms, mainly involving client/server architecture. He has managed specialties including systems/data integration, workflow automation, reporting services via extensive experience in database server administration, third party API utilization, and various reporting platforms. He is the lead developer on several multi-million dollar custom online payment web applications, requiring in-depth understanding of online data validation, integrity, and security. Other duties include end user technical support and training on all custom solutions.
Brett has used social media throughout his life and is excited take it to the next step by using it for business. He studies at DePaul University as a hard-working and determined student. He also loves working with people and learning new things every day. On his free time, Brett can be found at a movie theater, playing tennis, or relaxing at the local coffee shop. “Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.”
Anne loves to write. She really, really does; born and raised in Germany, she began learning English in third grade, and she appreciated the grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and colloquialisms from the get-go. After earning her BA in marketing and French from Virginia Tech and MBA from the University of Virginia, Anne launched her career at Leo Burnett and, later, J Walter Thompson. She worked in client service at those large advertising agencies for over six years. After four subsequent years as the Marketing and Development Director at a non-profit social service agency, she started her family and free-lanced as a writer for three years, and then returned to full-time work. Still not convinced that she loves to write? She recently published a textbook in Ergonomics, is working on another textbook, and is hoping to publish a just-finished children’s book. In her free time, she spends time with her family, jogs with her dogs, and – no surprise – reads.
Parker is a hardworking individual and plays a big part in the Scouting ad drafting process as well as the Influence Factory.  He is attending Purdue University Northwest and majoring in Computer Information Systems.  Parker is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done right.  When not at school or in the office, Parker likes to go see local theater groups perform.
Alex is enthusiastic to be apart of the Social Jack team as an intern.  He is a dedicated student and employee who plays an active role in his high school’s theater program.  Alex displays leadership through his acting and directing experience.  He also enjoys helping the community by volunteering as a member of The National Honor Society.  In the future Alex hopes to attend Purdue University and earn a degree in Education, but for now he spends his free time writing stories and hanging out with friends. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take -Wayne Gretzky”   -Michael Scott
Justice is a dedicated and team oriented individual who loves to help others. He is a Hudson and Holland scholar at Indiana University Bloomington studying Sport Marketing and Management. He is on the executive board of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, and is a member of the club: Oasis for Orphans, where he founded his passion of helping others. He has grown up with social media and has used it for the better part of his life. He is very excited to be apart of the Social Jack Team. When he’s not in school or working, he enjoys watching hockey and enjoys television shows like Billions, Big Brother, and Suits. "I'd rather regret the things I did, than the things I never tried" -Ryan Serhant
Sam is a sophomore at Iowa State University studying public relations. On campus, she is involved with the Student Union Board, Rotaract Club, Revival Magazine, and is a proud member of Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity. She is a firm supporter of authenticity, boldness and paying attention to detail. Sam is also an avid dog lover, candy aficionado, and believer that Ikea is the greatest store on earth. "I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are--or, at all events, that I must try and become one." -Henrik Ibsen  
Morgan Fentress is a Customer Service Representative for Forward Progress & Social Jack. She developed her stellar communication and interpersonal skills from her 7 years within the hotel industry. Combined with her communication and interpersonal skills, her 10 years of social media expertise made her well-versed in professional and personal dialogue. These skills have lead to her plunging into the ultimate social experience by providing support to inbound influencers within Social Jack. Aside from work, she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her loved ones, and is a huge animal lover that enjoys making yummy vegetarian meals. Morgan has a passion for assisting others and is driven to continually learn new skills. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius - a Chinese philosopher
Emily is a social media content writer for Social Jack and a senior at Iowa State University majoring in marketing and minoring in event management. At Iowa State, she is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity, a writer for Trend Magazine, and an avid Cyclones athletics supporter. She has a love for travel, Chicago sports teams, photography, and overpriced iced coffee. She is passionate about using creativity to connect and communicate with people and views social media as a creative and fun, yet essential way. to stay connected to the fast-paced, digital world. “Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless”. –Jamie Paolinetti
Kyle is a Sophomore at the University of Kentucky studying Marketing and Management and a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. In his free time, Kyle exemplifies his passion for sports by coaching youth basketball and football in his hometown of Wauconda, Illinois. When he is not in school or coaching, he likes watching football, basketball, baseball and The Office. “If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing” -John Wooden
Keagan is a Junior at DePaul University studying advertising and public relations. She is a proud member of her business fraternity, Pi Gamma Epsilon, where she serves as the VP of public relations. Keagan thrives in work environment filled will goal-oriented, compassionate, and intentional people. Positivity is key in Keagan’s eyes. In her free time, she loves to go home to Michigan and camp. You can always on the hunt for sour candy in any shape or form. “My head is my home.” -Bob Marley
Frances is born and raised in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago. She is currently a Senior at DePaul University studying for her bachelor’s degree of science in Marketing. While studying at DePaul she also holds an executive board position at Pi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity where she can continue to grow in her professional career. She loves to travel and recently came back from study abroad in Australia where she learned that she enjoys meeting new people. Another hobby of hers is to explore different kinds of cuisines and her love of food has inspired her to create a food Instagram account, which has led her to pursue her future career into social media/ digital marketing. “There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.” ― Sophia Amoruso

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