About Us

We are a team of compliance experts who provide third party risk management (TPRM) solutions to small, medium, and large financial institutions.


Compliance Experts

We are a team of compliance experts who provide third party risk management (TPRM) solutions to small, medium, and large financial institutions. With our customized services, affordable pricing, and high-level expertise, we can help your institution get and stay compliant with regulatory guidelines—so that you can focus on your customers.

Founded in 1997, Fortrex Technologies, Inc. began as a market leader in providing IT Governance and Risk services and solutions. Today, our focus is building partnerships with you, whether you need an end-to-end TPRM solution, a la carte compliance services, or an advisor to weigh in on decisions.

Meet Our Team

Our values of Integrity, Excellence, Empowerment, Teamwork, and Thankfulness are reflected in all of our relationships—with our employees, customers and partners. We look forward to working with you.

J. Michael Edison


Mike Edison founded Fortrex Technologies in 1997. He designed, prototyped, and patented Fortrex’s signature vendor risk management solution, VendorPoint.

Prior to forming Fortrex, Mr. Edison held several positions during his tenure with Pioneer Technologies. He served as Corporate Director of Value Added Services, where he was responsible for Pioneer’s entire systems integration and component kitting operations, which combined, represented over $50 Million in revenue.

Before his time at Pioneer, Mr. Edison was Sr. Scientific Programmer for Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center, where he designed, managed, implemented, and maintained several systems within the EPCOT complex.

As a key figure in vendor risk management to the financial services community, Mr. Edison speaks frequently at financial institution seminars, ABA conferences, and during phone briefings. He also publishes whitepapers on the subject of vendor risk management.

Bill Schneider

EVP, Operations and Risk Management

Bill Schneider has run Fortrex Technologies’ VendSure program for over five years. With this experience, he helps clients find effective ways to manage and execute their third party risk management (TPRM) programs.

Mr. Schneider has successfully managed $1MM+ IT agile custom software development and integration projects for the finance and healthcare industries, Fortune 500 companies, and Federal government. These projects include data-driven donation web sites, claim servicing and payment web applications, expense and reimbursement web applications, energy futures trading applications, and Energy Star decision support applications. He has managed project execution using Agile (XP), iterative, and full software development lifecycle (SDLC) methodologies for over 20 years, with over 26 years of IT software development and delivery experience. Bill maintains his PMP certification from PMI.

Carole Thomas, CRVPM III

Vice President, Client Advocate, Risk Management Analyst Team Manager

Carole Thomas has spent 30+ years leading successful results in financial services product research, development, implementation, training, and regulatory third party risk management (TPRM). In the eight years prior to joining Fortrex, Ms. Thomas held a Vice President position in the vendor management group of a large financial institution where she co-developed an enterprise-wide, TPRM program that was recognized by the institution’s regulatory examiners as a best practice model. She joined Fortrex in 2015 and manages the VendSure® analyst team and workflow. In her Client Advocate role, Ms. Thomas provides clients with real-world, proven roadmaps for constructing and re-tooling vendor management programs to meet regulatory requirements and ease business pain.

Ms. Thomas maintains a Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager - CRVPM III Advanced Designation and is a Lean / Six Sigma Yellow Belt (BMGI). She also holds Army Community Service (ACS) certifications including Army Family Team Building (AFTB); Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS); and Mentor Training.

Overwhelmed by TPRM responsibilities?

Our team of experts can take them off of your hands.



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