Meet the Rajant Team:
Leading Our Organizational & Technological Innovation
Rajant’s recognition as a market leader in wireless broadband mesh has been made possible by its forward-thinking team. Meet the management leaders that continue to pioneer Rajant’s pervasive, multi-frequency wireless solutions to meet evolving customer requirements.
Robert J. Schena – Chairman, CEO & Cofounder
In 2002, Robert Schena co-founded Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh Networks and a Finalist for PACT’s Emerging Technology Company of the Year.
In 1999, Robert Schena co-founded Airclic, Inc., a wireless application and scanning company and raised $15 million from a group led by Goldman Sachs and Blue Capital Management. Motorola and Symbol Technologies forged a partnership to acquire Airclic and closed a $287 million financial round as well as the contribution of intellectual property in excess of $162 million. Also in 1999, Mr. Schena participated in the founding of World Wide Packets, a Gigabit Ethernet company.
In 1996, Mr. Schena successfully obtained for his company an FCC license to provide an Open Video System, becoming the first one to do so. In 2004, he was successful in changing U.S. telecommunications regulations, resulting in obtaining the first FCC license for broadband services delivered in the U.S. from a Canadian satellite.
In 1992, Schena founded FutureVision of America (FVA), forging a partnership with Bell Atlantic to commercially launch the first video dial tone and digital TV over television. FVA was successfully sold to Bell Atlantic.
Prior to founding FVA, Schena served as the CFO, Treasurer, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Marketing for Harron Communications. Mr. Schena was appointed to the State of Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Board by Governor Ridge in 2001 and reappointed by Governor Rendell in 2004 and 2008. He serves on the Board of the Methodist Home for Children. In late 2010, Mr. Schena was named to Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Transition Team.
Mr. Schena earned a BA in Business Administration from Temple University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured extensively on broadband communications to professional and corporate organizations.
Paul Hellhake – Chief Technology Officer & Cofounder
In 1984, Paul Hellhake founded ROI Computer Services, Inc., a technology integration firm which has worked for a prestigious list of clients. Next, he co-founded and was Managing Director of FutureVision of America Corp., which developed and deployed the nation’s first commercial ATM, switched-digital, fiber-to-the-curb network and was sold to Bell Atlantic, Corp. in 1996. Mr. Hellhake also served as Chief Technology Officer of TelQuest Satellite Systems, LLC, a satellite uplink communications company, which was sold to MCI in 1999.
Mr. Hellhake holds a U.S.A patent for his invention of an Interactive Broadband Multimedia System. He has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications including Interactive Week, Discover, Science and he has been interviewed on TV programs such as Nightline, CNN, Walter Cronkite’s Universe and a PBS technology special.
Mr. Hellhake holds a B.S. degree and an M.B.A. degree in Technology Management.
Kirk Byles – Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing
A seasoned channel veteran, Kirk Byles brings two plus decades of wireless broadband expertise and focused sales leadership to Rajant’s most senior executive sales position. Having held various positions with technology start-ups and organizations seeking to commercialize their solutions reach, Mr. Byles has successfully grown company revenues and profits, diversified market opportunities and developed critical strategic partnerships which have contributed to rapid company growth and market acceleration.
At Rajant, Mr. Byles is strengthening the sales organization, building a new reseller channel and expanding the number of vertical markets that Rajant will sell into across the globe.
Mr. Byles’ career history has included Vice President and senior level positions at a number of well-known networking and wireless communications companies to include Motorola, E-Band, Proxim and Comstor. His most notable accomplishments include consistently achieving double-digit revenue growth, forging alliances with key partners who are able to transform and standardize technology usage and effectively launching channel programs that have moved companies from ‘start-up” mode to viable companies positioned for acquisition and market prominence.
Noted as one of VAR Business Magazine’s Top 25 Channel Executives in 2004, Mr. Byles holds a BFA from Johnson State College and a MFA from Norwich University.
Gary Anderson – Senior Vice President, Business Development, Oil & Gas
Gary Anderson’s background includes several high-tech business startups, including the founding of AEI, where he served as President and CEO, and the Director of Sales at Vivato. Selling AEI in 2001, he was subsequently nominated by the Bush Administration to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. However, after September 11, 2001, he withdrew his nomination and volunteered to assist the Administration in establishing the Transportation Security Administration and the Department for Homeland Security.
Mr. Anderson directed a large international organization while serving as the U.S. Representative to Australia in support of its Bicentennial, where he acted as the only foreign representative on the Australian Bicentennial Committee. He has been featured on regional television and radio programs, and has published articles on Disaster Recovery Planning, Year 2000 mitigation, Computer Security, VIRUS prevention, detection and elimination, in various business and financial management newspapers, magazines and publications.
Mr. Anderson retired from the United States Navy as a senior naval officer, and graduated with honors from Troy State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Mr. Anderson was a Distinguished Naval Graduate and Honor man of Officer’s Candidate School.
Peter Lenard – Senior Vice President, Business Development, Transportation & Rail
Peter Lenard is primarily responsible for business development and major federal programs management at Rajant. He also manages several key strategic partnerships and new product development in the underground mining industry. Mr. Lenard is the Corporate Secretary and Facility Security Officer for the company.
Prior to joining Rajant, Mr. Lenard was the Vice President, Technology Services and a member of the Senior Staff at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In this position, Mr. Lenard was responsible for field office management, deal acquisition, implementation of programs focused on product development, technology transfer and business development in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. He also managed all university-based technology transfer activities, federal laboratory relationships, and international partnerships. Ben Franklin has invested over $25 million in 200+ companies since 1990.
Mr. Lenard holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. In addition, he has a Masters in Business Management from Penn State University. He currently serves on the advisory boards of several companies and organizations in the Philadelphia region.
Dave Schena – Vice President, Finance
David Schena is responsible for corporate accounting and financial oversight. As member of the executive management team, Mr. Schena is responsible for the company’s finances, supervising audits, shareholder relations, human resources, implementing financial controls and advising the Board of Directors. As an officer, Mr. Schena is Treasurer and Assistant Secretary.
Previously, Mr. Schena was the VP of Finance for Digital Broadband Applications Corp and responsible for reviving its intellectual property which facilitated the formation of Rajant Corporation. Mr. Schena has extensive experience in network integration and previously specialized in CIO functions for small businesses. This expertise was utilized during Rajant’s startup phase.
Mr. Schena received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and a BA in Business Administration from Temple University.
Marty Lamb – Vice President, Software Engineering
Marty Lamb is primarily responsible for software and firmware development for all of Rajant’s products. He is also the designer and implementer of Rajant’s cryptographic architecture and leader of Rajant’s FIPS 140-2 and other cryptographic validation efforts. Mr. Lamb is the Facility Security Officer for the company’s Downingtown engineering factility.
Outside of Rajant, Mr. Lamb is the creator and maintainer of several open source software projects as owner of Martian Software, Inc. He was a presenter at the 2004 Spam Conference and his projects have been covered in Jonathan Zdiarski’s book “Ending Spam” and the developer journal JavaMagazin. His NailGun Java application server is included in the JRuby implementation of the Ruby programming language.
Highlights of Mr. Lamb’s work prior to Rajant include providing the full lifecycle of custom software solutions as a Software Architect at ROI Computer Services, Inc., providing network consulting services and developing network topology analysis software as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), and developing hardware and software for services on the nation’s first residential fiber-to-the-curb optic network as a Project Engineer at FutureVision of America.
Mr. Lamb holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. in New Ventures and Entrepreneurship from Penn State University.
Dava Baumann – Vice President, Global Marketing
Dava Baumann is responsible for Rajant’s global marketing vision and strategy. A brand-driven marketing professional with over 20+ years’ experience in wireless and networking technology, Ms. Baumann is a recognized expert in channel marketing and sales enablement having lead numerous initiatives for major market leaders in the wireless broadband industry.
Prior to Rajant, Ms. Baumann spent the past ten years in senior management roles where she led the development and successful implementation of numerous lead generation and product launch campaigns globally. As Director of Marketing at Orthogon Systems in the UK, Ms. Baumann was the marketing force behind this start-up’s eventual acquisition by Motorola, where she directed wireless backhaul initiatives with Motorola’s public safety, WiMAX and LTE business units. Post Motorola, Ms. Baumann managed the global integration of the Motorola wireless networks portfolio to its new-found brand Cambium Networks.
From 1994-2003, Ms. Baumann spent her early career years learning every aspect of the channel and distribution world. As the Director of Marketing of Marketing for Westcon Group, she directed worldwide marketing strategy, brand awareness and corporate communications for this $2 billion plus networking distributor, capturing significant new market share for vendor partners Cisco, Avaya, Nortel and RSA Security.
Charles ONeill – Special Counsel
Charles ONeill is responsible for the development and management of Rajant’s intellectual property portfolio, including patents, trademarks and licensing. Mr. ONeill also oversees the crafting and negotiation of worldwide distributor and reseller agreements, as well as other transactional matters. He is responsible for the institution of and management of Export Administration Regulations compliance programs, and upholding compliance for FCC, EAR, ITAR, CE, RoHS and other matters.
Prior to Rajant, Mr. ONeill was principal at Law Offices of Charles ONeill, where he ran a statewide litigation practice concentrating in professional liability, criminal defense and business litigation with emphasis on risk reduction, contract coordination/management and general counsel function for educational institution and corporate clients.
Mr. ONeill received a BS from Cornell University, and a Doctor of Law (JD) doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law. He also received a Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal Advocacy from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.