Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, Chairman of the Board:
Ambassador Bremer was named Chairman of the Board of Defentect in 2008. Recognized as one of the world's leading experts on crisis management, counterterrorism and homeland security, Ambassador Bremer has had a unique blend of experience in government and the private sector. His service as an American diplomat spanned eight Presidents. During that time, he was Special Assistant or Executive Assistant to six Secretaries of State. His overseas assignments included service at the Embassies in Afghanistan, Malawi and Norway. President Reagan named him as Ambassador to the Netherlands in 1983 where he served for three years. In May 2003, President Bush appointed Bremer Presidential Envoy to Iraq where he remained until June 2004. Ambassador Bremer's mission to Iraq marked his return to government after a 14 year career in business. Prior to his assignment to Iraq, Ambassador Bremer had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company. From 1989 to 2000, he was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. During this period, Ambassador Bremer served as a director of a number of American and international corporations and on the board of several not-for-profit organizations. In September 1999, the Speaker of the House of Representatives appointed him Chairman of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorism. In June 2002, President Bush appointed Ambassador Bremer to the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council.
James C. Ackerly, Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Ackerly has been President and CEO of Defentect’s parent company since January, 2000. Since 1995, Mr. Ackerly has provided technology consulting and design services to AMR Corp., The Sabre Group, AT&T and others while working as an independent consultant. He currently serves on the boards of Spectrum DNA, S.A.R.L, ATL Communications and Cronus Technologies, Inc. Mr. Ackerly earned an A.B. in Physics from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Jeffrey W. Knapp, President and Chief Operating Officer:
Mr. Knapp has served in executive management positions for companies in all stages of business growth and owned a firm that provided strategic consulting and business development services to early stage high technology organizations. As Executive Vice President of Stores Automated Systems, Inc., he was responsible for sales, marketing, planning, strategic partnering, field support, sales operations, and was the General Manager of the Customer Relationship Management Division of the corporation. Immediately prior to joining Defentect, Mr. Knapp served as the Vice President of Marketing for On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI), a market leader in open-architecture, intelligent IP-based video surveillance software. While at OnSSI, he successfully developed strategies for branding, launch and positioning of new products, implemented consultant marketing and partner development programs, and was responsible for overseeing all product marketing, industry event, website management, partner marketing, sales and distribution channel support, and marketing communications. OnSSI received significant industry recognition during his tenure. Mr. Knapp holds degrees from Yale University and the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Joey Dusina, VP Sales:
Joey Dusina has more than 20 years experience in selling to the Aerospace and Defense sectors. Mr. Dusina is a former player in the National Football League (NFL). Mr. Dusina serves as a board member of Duke University's Spenser Foundation for Spine and Neck Injuries and on the National Hospital Association's Stuffed Heroes Foundation, for handicapped children.
Seth Block, VP Sales:
Mr. Block comes to Defentect with a 25 year track record of success in business. Seth has founded and led two successful companies and brings an entrepreneurial get it done attitude to the Defentect team. Seth has significant experience as a senior operations, business development and sales executive and has had a substantial role in the development of DefentCall’s launch strategy and initial sales success.
A recognized firearms and safety instructor, Seth co-developed and is lead instructor for a series of courses “Defensive Awareness and Tactical Behavior” and brings a wealth of knowledge from the security sector to Defentect. Seth has been a technical advisor to the History Channel on the ‘Save our History’ series, “Written in Bone”. Seth is also a military veteran having served honorably in the United States Navy. Mr. Block currently serves on three not-for -profit Boards in his community.