In 2003, Dan Fillenwarth and good friend, Mike Martin, started Validated Custom Solutions, which would later evolve into Indianapolis-based Envelop Facility Technologies. When the venture was first born, the duo kept expenses low, using the same business card with both of their names on it. They took free rent from one of Mike’s friends and free office furniture from parents.
From these small beginnings, the two grew a well-respected company where people “never grew too busy to spend time with one another and put work in its place.”
Fourteen years later, Dan Fillenwarth has decided to embrace an entirely new challenge – retirement. He explains, “All the parts of my life and the state of the company are at a point where I’m pulling the trigger on an early retirement. I’ve always sought new challenges. This new challenge, the challenge of being unemployed, seems particularly daunting, yet exciting, too.”
Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, Fillenwarth knows that whatever comes next will also allow him and his wife the flexibility to spend time with family and friends across the country.
Fillenwarth praised and thanked many who helped pave the way for his professional success, including his family, plus all of the customers that gave the company an opportunity; and the companies that allowed them to represent their products.
He also shared thanks with all new Envelop team members along the way. He says, “With each new superstar that joined and succeeded, the attraction grew stronger for others to come on board. Each person brought a new skill and enthusiasm that broadened our offering, eventually requiring us to put an all-encompassing name around VCS, OCS and PSG – Envelop Facility Technologies. “
He also pointed to successful expansions for Envelop – Ohio in 2005 and Central Florida in 2009.
Looking at what he’s accomplished, Fillenwarth feels confident about the future for VCS, OCS, PSG and Envelop. He knows that the environment at Envelop is one of “healthy competition, where people lead by example, lift each other up when they need it, and share in each other’s success.”
Fillenwarth will remain with Envelop through the end of 2017.