Executive Management

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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.

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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.

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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 ensuring 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!

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Gregg Pugmire | VP of Worldwide Sales

Gregg brings 25 years of sales and marketing experience in high tech companies. He joined the team from Nexsan, where he led the development of channel and OEM business in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has also led the product introduction and world-wide channel and OEM business development of several of Nexsan’s products. Prior to Nexsan, Gregg held various executive roles in LightSand Communications, SS8 Networks and TRW. Gregg holds a BSEE and an MSEE from Brigham Young University.

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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 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.

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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.

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Spencer Prows | VP of Customer Success

Spencer Prows is the Vice President of Customer Success at Fortem Technologies leading customer support, professional services, product shipping and fulfillment, and product 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 of 20 years and his 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).

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Jennifer Colton | VP of 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 public 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 her agency, 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.

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Jeff VanShaar | VP of Engineering

As VP of Engineering, Jeff leads product software, algorithms, QA, hardware and mechanical engineering groups. Jeff joined Fortem after founding to build the engineering and lead development efforts. He's responsible for growing the startup from 5 to over 60 engineers.  He’s managed Fortem TrueViewTM, Fortem DroneHunterTM, and Fortem SkyDomeTM software development and established best practices for high-output internal working groups.

 

Before coming to Fortem, Jeff was the Director of Engineering at Workfront,  a global enterprise SaaS company, managing product development and architecture teams with an emphasis on security and scaling big data systems.  He worked with customers such as Disney, Tommy Hilfiger, ATB Financial and Nike. Previous to Workfront, he had over 10 years’ QA, development and leadership experience at an industry leading public safety software company that was successfully purchased by Motorola.

Jeff graduated from Utah State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science with an Information Systems and has held numerous certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He’s an avid Formula One fan and enjoys Spartan OCR racing.