The genesis of Tac-Alert began with Roland Benke and David Hamby, two accomplished professionals with doctorates in nuclear engineering at the pinnacle of their careers possessing a combined 57 years of experience in radiological science and engineering including 6 years in law enforcement and 7 years in entrepreneurial activities. As lead inventors on multiple U.S. patents, they have secured domestic research funding for technology development as well as international funding for technology demonstrations under previous affiliations. This duo conceived Tac-Alert and proceeded to spearhead initial developments including corporate governance, intellectual property protection, prototype design and fabrication, and business planning. Mr. Earnshaw has succeeded Dr. Hamby on the Tac-Alert Board of Managers in the role of Vice President.
Dr. Roland Benke is an entrepreneur, technology pioneer, and subject matter expert. He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and a partner of a successful software development company. From a nationwide call, Dr. Benke was selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Nuclear Security Administration to receive specialized FEMA training for responding to major radiological incidents, such as dirty bomb attacks and nuclear weapon strikes.
Dr. Benke’s advanced detection technologies and measurement techniques have been featured in R&D Magazine, customized by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency to detect radioactive hot spots from aerial drone surveys, selected by the U.S. Department of Defense for on-site demonstrations and interactions with NYPD Counterterrorism and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, showcased during a startup spotlight at the SXSW regional technology festival under sponsorship by the Austin Technology Incubator, and invited by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for emerging technology briefings to the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office in Washington, DC.
As principal investigator, Roland led a month-long fieldwork campaign at the Sunset Crater volcanic site involving more than six geologists and engineers collecting airborne particle measurements. He has facilitated irradiation experiments at domestic and international particle accelerators for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and delivered international seminars in the Republic of Korea. Various federal, state, and local organizations have requested his service as a subject matter expert during emergency response exercises. Roland also enjoys lending his expertise as an associate editor of Health Physics, The Radiation Safety Journal.
Mr. Stan Earnshaw is an executive committed to the evaluation and success of commercially viable, new technologies. As the Vice President of Tac-Alert, Mr. Earnshaw directs corporate strategy with Dr. Benke. Most recently, Stan was the co-founder and VP Sales & Marketing for PointCentral, now a subsidiary of Alarm.com (ALRM). PointCentral provides short and long-term property managers with an enterprise-class, cloud-based Smart Home automation solution.
Previously, Stan led Supra Products, Inc., a $150 Million division of General Electric for providing information and showing services to over 900,000 real estate agents including 300+ real estate associations and multiple listing services. Before Supra, Stan was engaged in sales, program management, and client services for cloud and client-based technology organizations.
Stan holds a Bachelor degree in Business with a minor in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He resides in Wilsonville, Oregon with his wife and is the father to two successful, grown children.