Founder of Hopecam
Mr. Forkas has 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur in both the real estate and wireless industries. He has raised over $100 million in equity capital to fund Milestone’s growth since its formation in 2001 leading to the development of over 100 towers in six states. Prior to forming Milestone Communications, Forkas formed a residential and commercial real estate development company with projects in the US and Canada totaling over $200 million. Mr. Forkas held senior management positions at Bank of America, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company and Oxford Development Corp.
Mr. Forkas is active in both Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) & the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he serves as the co-leader of the IDF, a peer group for entrepreneurs in the wireless tower industry, and as a former Trustee and Board Member of ULI. Mr. Forkas has served on the Boards of the YMCA of Metro Washington, and was awarded the School Partner of the Year in both Fairfax, VA & Montgomery County, MD. He is the founder of Hopecam, a Reston, VA based charity that connects homebound children, undergoing treatment for cancer to their friends at school using webcam technology. Since 2002, Hopecam as connected over 1,000 children to 25,000 classmates in 44 states.
Mr. Forkas is a published author and leadership speaker. In 2012, he competed in one of the world’s toughest endurance events: Race Across America, a 3,000 mile, coast-to-coast solo bicycle race that participants must finish in 12 days. Forkas finished in 11 and raised over $350,00 for Hopecam. In his book “What Spins the Wheel,” Forkas describes the leadership challenges of assembling and motivating an 11 person, all-volunteer team that supported him around the clock. Forkas has appeared on CNN Anderson Cooper 360, Fox & Friends, Wharton/Sirius XM Radio and Washington DC affiliates ABC & Fox. To request Len to speak at your event visit LenForkas.com.
He received his MBA in finance from The American University and BA & BS degrees from the College of Architecture at Ball State University.