C-Forward announces new President, Sr. Vice President & COO, & Vice President



C-Forward, an Information Technology (IT) Services firm headquartered in Covington, KY is announcing a new President, following the departure of Brent Cooper, C-Forward’s former President and newly inducted President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Ruschman, former Vice President and 11 year veteran with C-Forward, is being promoted to President.Brian Ruschman

Said Brent Cooper, “Brian is well respected, both within the organization, and throughout the community.  He has consistently demonstrated that he has the right mix of vision, integrity, and passion for our company, our customers and our community.  He is going to do a wonderful job as President.”

“I am excited about this new opportunity at C-Forward.” said Ruschman.  “It is my honor to be named the second President of this terrific company. Our great group of employees, along with the cutting-edge solutions that we deploy, has C-Forward poised to make a large impact on our community and client base.”

C-Forward has also promoted Mike Grout to Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Said Cooper, “As Vice President, Mike has led our organization towards more operational efficiencies and improved service delivery. Continuing as C-Forward’s COO, he will provide his expertise in sustaining C-Forward’s growth and providing future direction.”Mike Grout

Grout has served the community on the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, the Leadership Northern Kentucky Advisory Council, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

“I’m proud that we’ve grown C-Forward to a place where Brent can step away and take on this new endeavor.” Said Grout.  We’re thankful for his leadership over the years and we’re excited to support him as he takes this next step forward in serving our region and using his experience to help other local businesses.”

“I’m grateful for the promotion to Chief Operating Officer (COO) so that I can continue growing our team and improving our business.  I’m passionate about people, process, and culture and am very optimistic about our future.  C-Forward is poised for continued growth and success.  We plan to stay true to our values being personal, proactive and reliable for our clients.  We’ll also continue to regularly give back and be involved in the community.  We plan to continue to invest in this great region where we work and play.”

C-Forward’s Management Team will continue to include Dale Silver, V.P. of Customer Service, and Kevin Stiverson, who is being promoted to Vice President of Projects.

Kevin Stiverson“Kevin and I have worked together for over a decade, and he shows his dedication to the organization and our customers every day.” said Cooper.   “Since Kevin took over Projects, our business has seen a dramatic rise in customer satisfaction.  I am thrilled that he will continue to serve on the management team as Vice President.”

Said Stiverson, “C-Forward’s revenues and consulting dollars are both up over 20% again this year.  I’m very happy to continue to be a part of such a successful company that cares about it’s employees, customers and the community.  I don’t know where we’re headed, but I know we’ll continue to work towards our mission and ‘Make IT all work together!”

While Brent Cooper is stepping away from day-to-day operations, he will remain owner of C-Forward, and Chairman of the Board.  

About C-Forward, Inc.

C-Forward, Inc. is an IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) / computer network consulting firm headquartered at the corner of 5th & Madison in Covington, KY, and a new office in Lexington, KY on Main Street.  C-Forward provides IT services throughout the Greater Cincinnati/NKY region, as well as Lexington, Louisville, Dayton & Columbus.  The company was founded in 1999 by Brent Cooper, who no longer is involved in day to day management, but remains the owner and Chairman of the Board.  C-Forward’s certified technicians are both friendly and knowledgeable.  Their slogan is, “We make IT all work together”. In addition to computer network services, C-Forward also provides voice and data cabling, security, wireless, and disaster recovery solutions.  Their website is www.cforward.com.

C-Forward is an active member of the Northern Kentucky, Northeast Cincinnati, Kentucky State Chamber, and Greater Cincinnati Chambers of Commerce, the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, Newport Business Association, and the Covington Business Council.