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BENS Member, Paul Madera

November 20, 2023

BENS member Paul Madera will be a guest speaker at the Military Veteran Startup Conference (MVS). This premier event brings together military veteran founders, VCs, institutional LPs, and operators. MVS24 will be held…

BENS Member, John Hurley

November 20, 2023

The Middle East Institute (MEI) has announced that BENS Board member John Hurley has been appointed to its Board of Governors.

Event Recaps – November 13, 2023

November 13, 2023

In their third executive leadership meeting, the Chicago NextGen BENS cohort convened to deliberate on the challenge of maintaining security in an ever-evolving world. General Tim Ray, USAF (Ret.), President and…

BENS Member, Adam Leslie

November 13, 2023

Adam Leslie, a member of BENS, has been named as the Director at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in Washington, D.C., where his focus will be on the vital…

BENS Member, PJ Bain

November 13, 2023

PJ Bain, CEO of PrimeRevenue and member of BENS, has been recognized in the 2023 Georgia 500. This list highlights individuals contributing to economic development and local investments throughout the…

BENS Member, Michael Masters

November 13, 2023

BENS member Michael Masters, National Director & CEO of Secure Community Network (SCN) interviewed with NBC Chicago to discuss how SCN is addressing increasing threats targeting Jewish communities.

Event Recaps – October 30, 2023

October 30, 2023

BENS CEO General Tim Ray, USAF (Ret.), convened with Boston members to meet with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command team at the Soldier Center in Natick. The conversation centered…

BENS Member, George Knost

October 30, 2023

Arkel International, where BENS member George Knost is Owner and President, oversaw the acquisition of San Juan Construction’s business line in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

BENS Member, Jim Gurr

October 30, 2023

BENS member Jim Gurr, Chairman and CEO of American Battery Factory (ABF), broke ground on the largest US lithium iron phosphate cell gigafactory in Tucson, Arizona.