Executive Management

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Born, raised and residing in Pasadena, Maryland, Martin Bentz began his career with the Department of Defense as an intern in the late 80’s.  During his years as a Computer Scientist for the DoD, he held a variety of technical positions centered on multi-platform systems architecture and integration efforts. While working full-time, he attended evening and weekend courses at the University of Maryland, University College where he received his Computer Science degree.

 

After leaving the DoD, Martin joined the Maryland-based consulting firm – RABA Technologies – to serve as a subject matter expert for enterprise systems / storage architecture and engineering at DoD installations nationwide.

 

In 2001, Martin established ClearShark with the vision of delivering top-notch IT services to DoD customers located at Fort Meade.  He furthered ClearShark’s presence in the DoD by creating a Value Added Reseller business unit – partnering with very select IT manufacturers. This focused approach propelled ClearShark as an award winning IT solution provider in the DoD and Federal markets.  Today, Martin remains dedicated to expanding ClearShark further in the Federal and Commercial markets.

 

Outside of his passion for ensuring ClearShark’s continued success, Martin enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid power boater and enjoys surfing, skeet shooting and snow skiing. He’s also an accomplished drummer/percussionist, having played professionally at various venues over the last twenty years. He and his wife are very involved in the community, taking active roles in several non-profit organizations.

jasonJason was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Glen Burnie. He was trained as a 6154 – Helicopter Airframe Mechanic, UH/AH-1 by the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a   non- commissioned officer in the 3rd MAW (Marine Aircraft Wing), MAG 39 (Marine Aircraft Group 39), HMT-303. Here, Mr. Miller held several technical/leadership positions and was selected by senior leadership to participate in numerous meritorious promotion boards where he was successfully promoted ahead of schedule above his peers.

 

Throughout his career in the Marine Corps, Mr. Miller was accepted into several Marine Corps sponsored leadership development programs, including the Marine Corps Sergeants Course where Sergeants and Sergeant selectees gain the knowledge and skills necessary to assume leadership roles of greater responsibility. In this course, they emphasize leadership development and warfighting skills necessary to lead Marines into combat.

 

In addition, Mr. Miller served as an M-16 and 9MM instructor at the Edson Range aboard Camp Pendleton. Later, he was hand-selected by the Sergeant Major of MAG 39 to be Col. Rogers’ (Commanding Officer of MAG 39) personal driver. Once he served his term as Col. Rogers driver, he returned to the fleet where, during a routine military exercise, Mr. Miller sustained a critical injury that would prove to end his military career.

 

After being honorably discharged due to medical conditions, Mr. Miller applied and was chosen to participate in a program through the VA called vocational rehabilitation. It was here that he became fascinated with computers and began to cross-train professionally for a life-changing career in Information Technologies (IT). For the next 14 years, Jason held several consulting and civilian positions within the intelligence community (IC) and commercial sector. Mr. Miller worked for several firms such as ComPro Systems, Fiber Plus, Essex Corporation and ProSync Technologies. Eventually, he left the consulting role for a position as a DoD civilian where he would lead a team of both civilian and contractors in the build-out of a major infrastructure that supports one of DoD’s most important cyber-missions. This infrastructure still stands today. Because of his work in this capacity, he and several other co-workers received recognition by General Keith B. Alexander for their work supporting and building mission elements.

 

In 2009, Jason left the DoD to establish Critical Resources Group, LLC (CRG) to provide top-notch engineering and support services to the IC. Jason transformed CRG from a team of just two people to just under 30 full-time engineers and seven cleared long-term service contracts.

 

A year after CRG’s inception, Jason established a Federal Sales Division within CRG to cover the IC and fill the void of true solutions provider. In just over three years, Jason led CRG from zero to over $25 million in annual revenue. He and his team negotiated strategic VAR (value added reseller) partnerships with industry-leading vendors such as FireEye, Arista Networks, Palo Alto Networks, Splunk, Gigamon, and A10 Networks. CRG, in very short order, forged its way in a very competitive market to becoming one the top federal solutions providers within the IC and exemplified the term “VAR.”

 

As of Jan 1st 2014, Jason became the Executive Vice President of ClearShark after successfully navigating a merger of CRG and ClearShark sales units to combine two super awesome sales organizations together to tackle the federal sales market. He brings with him a great deal of knowledge of the IC and hopes to help lead the continued growth that has become status quo here at ClearShark.

 

In addition to being an avid technologist, Jason likes to restore classic cars, work on projects around the house, go four-wheeling with the kids, and spend time with his three children!

rogerRoger was born in North Platte, Nebraska and raised in Rolla, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri – Rolla with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

 

After graduation, Roger initially worked as an Application Engineer for Hubbell Power Systems prior to making the move into Product Management supporting a $40M product portfolio in the Americas and EMEA. His affinity for products and sales took him to Raleigh, NC where he joined NetApp as an Inside Sales Representative. Roger supported Government customers from the Air Force, Navy, Joint Commands; Departments of the Interior, Health & Human Services, and Energy before moving into an Account Manager role in Maryland solely supporting the Intelligence Community.

 

During his tenure at NetApp, Roger achieved over 200% of his goals for three consecutive years and was responsible for over $100M in revenue. Roger’s accomplishments were recognized with 5 President Club awards, as well as being named 2007 Account Manager of the Year for the U.S. Public Sector.

 

Roger brought his experience and knowledge of the Civilian Agencies, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community to ClearShark in 2010 and created a business unit whose focus on inception was primarily reseller business, but has since evolved to include the creation & implementation of custom technical solutions. Partnering with industry leaders such as Splunk, FireEye, Palo Alto Networks, NetApp, and F5, ClearShark has recognized a 300% growth in the Sales Business Unit.

 

Roger’s enjoys golf, running, hunting, fishing, music, travel, spending time with his wife and two young children, and, always supporting his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

Benn is a native of Arlington, VA and spent his youth in a military family moving numerous times, but always ending up back in the DC area. After graduating high school in Vienna, VA, he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an infantry officer and served five years in the 82nd Airborne and 7th Special Forces Group at FT Bragg NC. While on active duty, Benn had several deployments to Central America and completed some of the US Army’s most arduous and demanding leadership training, including Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, Jungle Expert, and the Special Forces Officer Qualification Course. Benn entered the private sector in 1988 and immediately gravitated to the information technology sector serving the federal market.

 

Since then, Benn has 25+ years experience serving in all aspects of the technology sector: hardware, software, professional services, field support, sales, marketing, field operations, channels, compensation, security, contracts, and government affairs. Benn has worked in full range of business environments, from boot strap start-ups to multi-billion dollar global public companies, including Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, Cray Research, Sybase, and NetApp. He has combined his military experience, leadership abilities, business acumen, and deep understanding of the unique needs of the defense and intelligence community to consistently deliver innovative and cutting-edge solutions for some of our most demanding national security priorities. Benn completed his Executive MBA from Duke University in 1999. Throughout his career, Benn has been consistently recognized as a strong leader who builds and leads high performance teams to achieve breakthrough results, both for the customers he serves, and the companies he works for.

 

When he is not working, Benn is an avid adventure athlete, including rock climbing, trail running, hiking, ultra-marathons, and obstacle course racing. Over the past 4 years, he has completed over 20 “Tough Mudders”, hiked across the Grand Canyon, completed the JFK 50 Miler, and placed in the top 3 finishers in his age category in several 24 hour adventure races.

 

Al was born and raised in Sharpsville, PA. He graduated from nearby Westminster College with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. He quickly realized that a “steel town” was not the best place to further his career, so he joined many of his fellow Western PA peers and moved to the DC area.

 

Al has spent a number of years working for product-based companies including McCabe Software and Enermetrix. At those companies, Al led R&D teams and worked with sales teams to ensure delivery of solutions that meet the customers’ needs. During his tenure at these companies, Al worked technology vision, M&A, venture capital, 24×7 operations, and made more than a few sales calls.

 

In the services realm, Al joined RSSI (later to become Impact Innovations). He created a business unit focused on E-Commerce, Document Management and Energy Systems. His business unit quickly became the fastest growing, most profitable unit in the company.

 

Al returned to services and solutions after 9/11 as a Director of Strategic Markets for Praxis Engineering. In this capacity, Al expanded Praxis services into new customer bases both in the Intelligence Community and other Federal agencies such as the DEA, NOAA, and DISA. Al then founded Helm Point Solutions and pushed the company’s growth as the COO. During this time, Al worked closely with customers on a range of Cyber and Big Data, scalable analytic solutions.

 

Al was very excited to join ClearShark in early 2015 to focus on Special Research and Development activities. In this role, he is focused on promoting ClearShark intellectual property, such as the ClearTerra LocateXT products. Al is also able to leverage his considerable expertise in DoD cyber to work with our vendors and engineering staff to craft world-class solutions for our customers.

 

Outside of ClearShark, Al enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children. He also enjoys running, hiking, and backpacking. Al is a mentor for a local high school robotics team where he learns as much as he teaches!