Timothy Bean | CEO
Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of Fortem Technologies, bringing more than 25 years of technical and business experience leading innovative technology start-ups in Silicon Valley. Tim currently oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Fortem Technologies, responsible for all aspects of sales, product and service creation, delivery and customer support.
Before founding Fortem Technologies Inc., Tim worked many years in engineering and most recently in sales, with a focus on cyber-defense and very large scale deployments of mission-critical infrastructure applications for governments and globally dispersed enterprises. As the executive technical leader at Shomiti, Tim was the essential catalyst in growing a small team of founding engineers to more than 110 employees leading to a successful sale to Finisar.
Tim earned his B.S. in Design Engineering, a combination of mechanical engineering and computer science, from BYU. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Tim is married with kids and is a passionate Cleveland sports fan, where he’s been trying unsuccessfully to convert his family to root for his hometown Cavs vs their favorite mighty Warriors.
Adam Robertson | CTO
Adam is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Fortem Technologies, joining from IMSAR LLC, where he played an integral technical role in growing the company from humble beginnings to more than 100 employees. One of IMSAR’s first full-time employees, Adam also led point on securing more than $100M in contracts during the company’s first three years of business.
Most recently, Adam served as vice president of Engineering at IMSAR, driving the innovation of a 60-person engineering team focused on building the world’s smallest, highest resolution and most robust radar solutions in the world for many drone programs with the United States Department of Defense. Prior to IMSAR, Adam worked as a researcher at HP where he implemented innovative ideas for designing and manufacturing high-performance RF products.
Adam has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the engineering program at BYU, where he holds an M.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA from the university. He is a renowned expert on electromagnetics and signal processing, with a predominant focus on radar. Adam resides in Provo, Utah, and likes to spend time at his cabin in the mountains where he, his wife and eight children enjoy riding their dirt bikes.
Most recently, Adam served as vice president of Engineering at IMSAR, driving the innovation of a 60-person engineering team focused on building the world’s smallest, highest resolution and most robust radar solutions in the world for drone programs with the United States Department of Defense. Prior to IMSAR, Adam worked as a researcher at HP where he implemented innovative ideas for designing and manufacturing high performance RF products.
David Preece | CDO and VP of Product & Marketing
Dave is the Chief Data Officer and Vice President of Product Management & Marketing at Fortem Technologies, a role to which he brings 25 years of experience in leading product strategy, innovation and development in start-ups and Fortune 5000 companies.
Dave has developed and led several teams in the innovation of numerous multi-million-dollar product lines in the transportation, government, real estate and services industries. These products leveraged big data using AI, machine learning, predictive analytics and business intelligence—all keys to enauring a safe and secure airspace.
Most recently, Dave was a key contributor in the development and growth of SRS Inc.—and its associated data-rich products and services—which sold for nearly $750 million.
As an integral member of senior leadership, Dave has experience leading complex engineering, product development and production teams and has served on the boards of several start-up companies. His passion lies in leading collaborative efforts to solve problems in ways never thought possible.
Dave enjoys writing, biking, hiking and spending time with his adorable family, and he is an avid hacker on the golf course—but don’t give him any strokes!
Glen Hilton | CFO
Glen Hilton is the Chief Financial Officer at Fortem Technologies, bringing over 25 years of executive and professional experience working across a broad range of disciplines, from strategic and tactical financial & operational problems to legal and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Fortem, Glen worked as the Imaging Components Business Unit CFO at publicly-traded Varian Medical Systems. As the Business Unit CFO, Glen had full strategic and operational financial responsibilities for the Business Unit which grew to over $800M in annual revenues and over 1700 employees worldwide spread across 13 manufacturing sites and over 3 dozen support offices in about 20 countries.
Glen also helped execute on various acquisitions for his Business Unit with a combined acquisition value of over $400M. Glen concluded his years at Varian with the spin-off of his Business Unit to be a new publicly-traded company on the Nasdaq called Varex Imaging Corporation. Prior to working at Varian, Glen held various Executive and Finance Managerial roles, such as CFO, VP Finance, Corporate Controller, Divisional Controller and Finance Manager for privately-held AccessData Corporation (a cyber-security software company), and Unicity International Inc. (a nutritional-supplement company) and at publicly-traded Agilent Technologies. Glen also spent a couple of years as Senior Financial Analyst at Hewlett Packard where he assisted with the IPO spin-off of Agilent Technologies. Glen started his career working for several years as a Project Manager and Process Engineer in the Oil and Gas Industry with Exxon Company USA at their west-coast refinery in Benicia, California.
Glen earned his MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Glen is also a graduate of Brigham Young University having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, Glen is a credentialed Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Glen resides in Alpine Utah with his wonderful wife of nearly 30 years and their children. He enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and family road trips with his 8 kids.
Mikko Valimaki | VP Engineering
Mikko has a long history of bringing scalable and reliable computer systems to market. Prior to joining Fortem Technologies Mikko was the CTO and co-founder at Journeyfront and before that the CTO and co-founder at Needle, Inc. Mikko was Chief Scientist at Blue Coat Systems (now part of Symantec) following their acquisition of Cerberian, where Mikko served as the CTO. Prior to switching gears to start-ups, Mikko held a variety of engineering roles at Novell, most notably VP of Engineering for all Directory Services and security products. Before his time in Utah Mikko built electronic commerce solutions for Telecom Finland.
R. Dixon 'Dirk' Speas, Jr. | VP Operations
Dirk is the Vice President of Operations at Fortem Technologies, is an experienced high-tech executive bringing more than 30 years of executive staff and management experience in public and private companies. As a seasoned professional in technology, Dirk has led a variety of functions including manufacturing, services and support, product development and international sales.
Previously in his career before joining Fortem Technologies, Dirk grew Aspect Telecommunications 15x during his 10-year stint as an officer, driving a world-class customer support culture while reducing customer downtime by 90%. Earlier in his career at ROLM, Dirk was responsible for the development of the ROLMPhone factory, recipient of America’s first Deming Prize visit. Dirk has a B.S. in industrial engineering, an M.S. in operations research and an MBA from Stanford University.
Dirk joined Fortem Technologies, Inc. for many reasons, but one was a desire to add to his father’s esteemed legacy of aircraft safety in the 20th century.
It was the Speas family that endowed the annual ‘Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award’ to honor those individuals and organizations whose leadership and achievements have contributed tremendously towards the development of airport environmental compatibility with the surrounding community. The esteemed award is sponsored jointly by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and Airport Consultants Council (ACC).
When not saving the world, Dirk and his wife Debbie enjoy supporting their grandchildren’s sports and school activities.
Bruce Carpenter | VP Business Development
Bruce is the Vice President of Business Development at Fortem Technologies, bringing more than 20 years of global sales and business development experience with technology startups in Silicon Valley.
Bruce has led all aspects of the sales organizations globally for wireless technology companies, including Terabit Radios, AOptix Technologies, Sophia Wireless and Signal Technology. As Vice President of Sales at Terabit Radios, he generated $100+ million sales pipeline and established channel partners globally. At AOptix he pioneered the business group that offered 2 Gbps wireless backhaul equipment and led direct sales to major Tier 1 Carriers while setting up channel partners globally.
Bruce has also held several executive sales positions responsible for selling military sat-com and radar equipment to prime contractors and government agencies from RFI's through multi-year production contracts.
Bruce is an avid golfer and enjoys spending Saturday mornings trying to hit a 300 yard drive; ask him how many lost balls are attributed to this effort.