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.
Chris Lundell | CMO
Chris Lundell has a 25-year career in developing strategic, high-impact sales and marketing and programs for some of the country's leading technology and enterprise businesses. Prior to joining Fortem Technologies, Lundell was CMO and VP of Business Development at leading renewable energy company Vivint Solar. Chris was President of North America operations for user IT analytics disruptor Nexthink Technology; forming strategic alliances and partnering agreements with top national system integrators while driving enterprise sales strategies and revenue growth.
Lundell also served as CEO of Corda Technology, where he led the company through the successful acquisition and rebranding resulting in Domo, Inc. Chris has also served as a director on various boards in a variety of industries.
A trusted advisor to businesses and industry leaders, Lundell has served as a senior sales and marketing executive or CMO for the past decade and is currently the acting Managing Board Member of computer software company, Deductr. He holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University.
Marty Smuin | CSO
Marty Smuin is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Development at Fortem Technologies. Smuin has nearly three decades of executive leadership in high impact technology enterprises. Smuin examines and develops domestic and global market opportunities for the company with a focus on balancing growth and execution.
Marty has an outstanding pedigree for managing complex, high-growth companies while maintaining the vision and discipline necessary to execute on critical deliverables for customers and partners. He is immensely well respected in a number of industries from wireless telecoms to supercomputing.
Prior to joining Fortem Technologies, Smuin served as CEO of Adaptive Computing, the world leader in dynamically optimizing large-scale computing environments. Adaptive was recently acquired by a private firm. Prior to joining Adaptive Computing, Marty served as President of Aircom International, Inc. Headquartered in the UK, Aircom is a leading independent mobile network planning and optimization company, providing software and services to more than half of the world's wireless carriers.
Before Aircom, Smuin served as GM and VP of Sales at Bytemobile, Inc. There he was a key member of the senior management team, leading strategy and execution across critical business initiatives.
Prior to joining Bytemobile, Smuin held the position of VP of Sales and Business Development for Openwave Systems, and before that was COO of ACCESS Global. Prior to being promoted to COO, Marty served as VP of Sales and Marketing at ACCESS Systems.
Before joining Tokyo based ACCESS Systems, Marty was Executive VP of Business Development and sales at i-drive, one of the fastest growing peer-to-peer sites in Internet history, where he led the development of the company's mobile strategy and international expansion. Prior to i-drive, Marty spent several years at USA, Inc. (now known as IACI) serving as VP of Strategic Alliances for USA Interactive and Director of Business and Corporate Development at HSN, Inc., a subsidiary of USA Networks. Earlier in his career, he gained extensive international business experience as Manager of New Markets at Comcast/QVC, Inc.
Marty is a graduate of University of Oklahoma. He has had numerous Board seats, with a focus on advising startups.
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.
Ed Cluss | Signia Venture Partners
Ed is an experienced executive, investor, and mentor. He has been the CEO of several Silicon Valley venture-backed companies and collaborated with NEA for over 15 years as a venture advisor. Ed was CEO of InfoGear Technologies, a company he sold to Cisco in 2000. InfoGear developed and launched the original “iPhone” in 1997. This internet appliance provided consumers with telephony, email, web browsing and e-commerce, along with localized news, sports, and weather.
Earlier in his career, Ed was at Aspect Telecommunications serving as the VP of Marketing and Corporate Development. He helped Aspect become the 2nd highest appreciating public stock company during his final 5 years at the company. Ed has built, acquired, and managed product development, sales, and operating organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.
Ed currently serves on the boards of Blue Talon, Kurbo Health, MomentFeed, Nativo, and Pepperdata. He received his B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees from MIT and graduated with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, where he also received the McKinsey award in Marketing. Ed serves as a trustee at Sacred Heart Schools Atherton. He is working on his golf game and enjoys beating his business partner Rick at tennis.
Matt Ocko | Data Collective Venture Capital
Matt Ocko has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. Matt’s current investments on behalf of DCVC span from computational drug discovery and synthetic biology to robotics, AI, and large-scale enterprise platforms including quantum computers. In addition to large IPO outcomes, many of Matt’s prior investments were acquired to become core capabilities of companies like Illumina, Cisco, Google, IBM, Amazon/AWS, VMware, Netapp, and Akamai.
His venture investments prior to DCVC include Couchbase, Ayasdi, D-Wave Systems, Uber, AngelList, Fortinet (FTNT), Xensource (CTRX), UltraDNS (NSR), Facebook (FB), and Zoom.us. Matt founded and was VP of R&D of Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users worldwide prior to its acquisition. Matt holds a degree in Physics from Yale University, and he is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as virtualization, fraud detection, and AR.
Matt has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. He still writes code and builds robots for fun with his kids, but admits to liking Erlang better than Clojure, and Fischertechnik better than Lego Mindstorms.