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About Ten Forward

Ten Forward is a custom software and mobile app development company based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Origin story

Founded by Brian Samson in 2011 and named after the bar from "Star Trek," Ten Forward Consulting crafts custom software for a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to local businesses to startups nationwide.

We focus on good architecture, maintainability, quality, and timeliness, and work to create environments where success is inevitable for our employees, clients, and communities.

Our culture

Our culture is built on eight core principles: trust, positivity, teamwork, excellence, diversity, flexibility, education and balance. "Forward" is Wisconsin's motto, and it's the direction we're always trying to move as a company.

Mission & Vision | Community Partners


Brian Samson

Brett Samson
VP Engineering

Fred Turkington
Director Of Operations

Hilary Stohs-Krause
Crew + Culture Champion, Software Developer


Charielle McMullan
Software Developer

Kate Powers
Support Specialist

Kyla Harper
Full Stack Developer

Nicole Cummings

In Memoriam: Julie Wickland
Office Manager

Past Interns & Apprentices

Kevin Fahy

Jenn Gurske

Victoria Guerrero

Elayne Juten

Nicole Cummings

Kate Powers

Charielle McMullan

Hilary Stohs-Krause

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Volunteer and Community Partners

Ten Forward is an active member of the Madison, WI community. We partner with organizations in a variety of ways, including providing volunteer hours, technical support and/or financial sponsorship.

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