Timothy Bean | CEO
Timothy Bean is chief executive officer of Fortem Technologies, bringing more than 25 years of global executive experience fighting cybercrime, building software systems to stop suicide bombers and terrorists, and creating disruptive AI technology to protect critical venues, campuses and cities from autonomous robotic attacks. In the process he has successfully built businesses to forward the nation’s progress for a safer and more secure world.
Before founding Fortem Technologies Inc., in April 2016, Tim was a VP of Engineering and later Chief Revenue Officer providing strategic oversight for all programs and services with global partners to deliver signal intelligence solutions to find and stop terrorists. Tim’s acute awareness of Chinese markets and their rapid technological advancements drove his focus on developing solutions for America and Middle East allies to maintain leadership over the rapid advancements coming from the far east. Prior to that, Tim served as VP/General Manager at NextHop, a proprietary technology licensing company from academia that expedited the communications industry transition from circuit to secure internet communications at about the same time Google was formed. Before NextHop, Tim served as Executive Vice President of Engineering and CTO at Shomiti Systems, where he spearheaded the development of award-winning products for the largest enterprises in the world to curtail cyber threats. Tim was an essential catalyst in growing the team from five founding engineers to more than 110 employees in the fields of engineering, marketing, services and manufacturing.
Tim began his career as an engineer at Aspect Communications, where he was responsible for all software development for their flagship telecommunication products, before becoming the Director of Software and generating over $500M in annual revenue for the product line.
Tim earned his B.S. in Design Engineering, a combination of mechanical engineering and computer science, from BYU. A frequent speaker at international counter terror and airspace security events, Tim is an active member of AUVSI, The Security Industry Association, Airforce Association, and is a member of key airspace industry organizations including ACI. He serves on the Board of PJFL and Zapmoto. He has been widely quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, CNN and The Atlantic. Born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio, Tim is married with kids and remains a passionate Cleveland sports fan, where he’s been trying to convert his family to root for his hometown teams for more years than he’s willing to admit.
Adam Robertson | CTO
Adam Robertson, Fortem Technologies cofounder and CTO, began developing miniature radar technology in graduate school over 24 years ago. At Intel, Hewlett Packard, Agilent, and Honeywell he gained experience with semi-conductors, microwave electronics, aerospace instrumentation, and project/program management. Adam was an instrumental leader in growing a small business from a handful of people to over 100 employees. Developing drone based miniature radar for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and leading the business development team, Adam was key in securing more than $100M in contracts in the company’s first few years.
Most recently, Adam co-founded Fortem Technologies in 2016, raising investor capital to produce the world’s most advanced miniature radar for drone detection, a highly autonomous flying drone hunter system. Adam guides the corporate technology roadmap, oversees regulatory compliance, and works closely with defense customers to solve their toughest problems.
Adam has also served as a Representative at Utah’s House of Representatives since 2018.
Spencer Prows | VP Engineering & Products
Spencer Prows is the Vice President of Product and Engineering, leading customer support, professional services, product engineering and management, and live demonstrations. Spencer has been with Fortem since the companies first year, bringing with him 15 years of experience leading global cross functional teams, managing large technical projects, and serving as the COO of another startup in the Financial Tech industry. He is passionate about learning, solving problems and building great relationships, especially with customers.
Spencer holds Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and Business (MBA) from Brigham Young University. He currently lives in Pleasant Grove with his wife and four children. He loves the outdoors, hiking, camping, riding dirt bikes, and is a lead singer and guitarist for a local rock band (with his son as the drummer).
Gary Watson | VP of Solutions
Gary is responsible for architecting innovative security solutions for Fortem's customers. An experienced speaker, Gary runs the Fortem webinar series, providing thought leadership and bringing in expert viewpoints from across the industry. Prior to Fortem, Gary spent over 30 years as a computer hardware and software engineer in the secure data storage industry, including 20 years as co-founder and CTO of Nexsan Technologies, which he lead to a $120M sale.
R. Dixon 'Dirk' Speas, Jr. | VP of Operations
Dirk is the Vice President of Operations at Fortem Technologies. He is an experienced high-tech executive bringing more than 30 years of executive staff and management experience in public and private companies. Dirk has led a variety of functions including manufacturing, services and support, product development and international sales.
Before joining Fortem Technologies Dirk grew Aspect Telecommunications by 15x. In his 10-years as an officer, he drove 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, which was the 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 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 of 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.
Jennifer Colton | VP of Marketing & Communications
Jen is an executive-level communications strategist and adviser who has helped numerous companies and individuals elevate their story and amplify their brand. She has steered companies through crisis communications, framed compelling executive and entrepreneur leadership stories and distilled complex corporate business challenges for a broad spectrum of audiences. At Fortem Jen oversees marketing, public and government relations and executive communications.
With roots in publishing, Jen began her career in New York city at Addison-Wesley where she worked alongside best-selling authors, agents and editors to help promote books. She returned to San Francisco and WIRED magazine, where she was director of marketing for WIRED BOOKS. In an effort to ramp up their technology practice, Hill & Knowlton recruited Jen to expand the west coast agency's reputation in technology and entrepreneurship. During her tenure at H&K Jen honed her skills in crisis communications under the tutelage of some of the world's most sought-after communications strategists. She played a seminal role in the public rollout of the Lockheed Martin / Intersputnik (Russian Space Agency) partnership, where she served as the primary speech writer for Vice President, Al Gore.
Before founding Flashpoint PR with two partners in 2005, Jen worked as a senior communications strategist and VP at Switzer Communications where she oversaw the launch and IPO activity of nearly a dozen companies, including Palm and Handspring, during the dot com boom.
At Flashpoint PR, Jen focused on business development, crisis communications and disruptive startups. When she’s not spinning corporate narratives, Jen likes spending time in the saddle, or on the trail running with her dog Sydney. An ardent sports fan, Jen has a special love for her hometown Oakland Warriors, second only to her daughters’ lacrosse and volleyball teams.
Wayne Phelps | Director of Federal Business Development
Wayne Phelps is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel. During his military career he deployed five times, including two deployments to Afghanistan, two deployments to Iraq and one deployment aboard a U.S. Navy ship. He was amongst the first conventional troops on the ground in Pakistan after 9/11. He also participated in the initial invasion into Iraq in 2003 and the troop surge into Afghanistan in 2010.
He commanded units at every level from Platoon to Squadron, served as an instructor at the Marine Corps’ premier aviation training squadron, and served as a staff officer in the Pentagon. In 2014 he was selected to become a UAS (drone) pilot and he attended the Air Force’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Undergraduate training becoming the first Marine honor graduate.
His last assignment was as the Commanding Officer of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron Three (VMU-3) in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. As the Commanding Officer, he deployed four teams to conduct counter-terrorism operations against violent extremist organizations. He holds a master’s degree in military studies and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
His personal military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (x2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (x3) (one with combat “V” for valor), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Honorable Order of St Barbara, and 2012 Marine Corps Aviation Association Command and Control Officer of the Year. Mr. Phelps is also a published author, with his new book, On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones, available this June.
Exploring the ethics of remote military engagement, the misconceptions about PTSD among RPA operators, and the specter of military weaponry controlled by robots, this book is an urgent and compelling reminder that it should always be difficult to kill another human being lest we risk losing what makes us human.
Jim Housinger | Senior Program Manager
Jim Housinger is a former Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Air Defense Commander and NATO Chief Operations Planner. Jim’s career in the U.S. Navy spanned over 30 years, with specialties in the area of combat systems, air defense, and ballistic missile defense. He served as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, Professor of Naval Science, and Department Chair in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.
Jim then transitioned to civilian life as a process engineer at Amazon, running outbound, inbound, inventory control, and quality assurance operations at two North American fulfillment centers. He joined Fortem Technologies in 2019 as the Senior Program Manager over Fortem contracts with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and other DoD organizations.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety and Systems Management from USC and a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of St. Mary. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and was designated as a Joint Specialty Officer.
Jessica Hansen | Director of People Operations
Jessica began her career in education and made the transition from the classroom to corporate training in 2010. She has worked primarily with start-up firms building programs and teams from the ground up with a focus on talent development, EDI, employee engagement, leadership development, regulatory compliance, risk management, and employee safety.
She has worked with several high-growth companies helping them scale from 30 to 3000 employees through organic growth and M&A while maintaining corporate compliance, core values, and an employee-centered workplace.
Jessica has a Master of Education (M.Ed) from Utah State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Utah and is a Certified Director of Safety (CDS). She has two active boys, loves University of Utah football, and all things biking.