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.
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.
David Preece | CDO
Dave is the Chief Data Officer and Director of Product Management 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!
Bill Brady | VP Marketing
Bill Brady is the VP of Marketing at Fortem Technologies, where he owns the corporate brand, oversees marketing strategy, directs marketing communication and PR, and assists in the development of the company’s business model and go-to-market strategy.
Prior to joining Fortem, Brady spent nearly 20 years as a marketing agency executive. Most recently, he served as Partner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of EKR, an award-winning marketing firm serving clients across the United States with a particular focus on the Intermountain West and Silicon Valley. Anchored by its work with technology giants like Google, Netflix, Intel and MicroFocus, EKR has received more than 50 national and regional design and marketing awards, and was twice named to the Inc. 5000.
Previously, he served as Director of Global Public Relations for Dynix Corporation, a multinational software company that leads the library automation category. He also oversaw Wall Street communications for Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS), a $2B consumer products company. Brady has served on several advisory boards for start-up companies and non-profit organizations. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Med One Group, a national leader in medical equipment leasing, rental and sales.
Bill graduated with a degree in public relations from Brigham Young University, where he served as Student Body President, and is completing an MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He is married with five children and spends his free time camping, hiking and fishing in the mountains of Utah.
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.
Signia Venture Partners | Ed Cluss
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.
Signia Venture Partners is a unique early-stage venture fund dedicated to helping passionate entrepreneurs realize their vision and build impactful, high-growth ventures. Our team is made up of proven entrepreneurs with a track record of success and experience at every stage of growth and with a hands-on approach to technology investing. More at www.signiavc.com.
Data Collective Venture Capital | Matt Ocko
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.
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