James Holt, CEO
James serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in M&A and Private Equity, and through this has worked across multiple sectors including real estate, software, healthcare and defense. His operational experience in scaling up organizations include leadership positions in finance, technology, HR, business development and M&A.
He is passionate about finding disruptive business models and technologies, and bringing them to market for the benefit of the company’s end-users.
James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science from Colorado College, where he played NCAA football, serving as team captain. He and his wife live in Florida with their three sons.
Sally Hayes, Co-Founder / Chief Sales & Customer Service Officer
Sally is a co-founder of Federal Eastern International (FEI) and serves as the company’s Chief Customer Officer. Since its founding in 2010, the company has expanded across the United States with FEI now supporting over 1,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 22 US States.
She has been instrumental in establishing the company’s service model to ensure effective end-user delivery to all levels within a law enforcement agency. She works to develop and deliver custom ballistic protection and other technology solutions to law enforcement, federal agencies, and private security. Sally is active in supporting the broader law enforcement community, serving on the associations of the Miami-Dade County Chiefs of Police Association, Broward County Chiefs of Police, Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police, and Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police.
Sally studied Psychology at Eckerd College and has a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida. She is passionate about leadership, training, group dynamics, and helping others to achieve great success. She is an Adjunct Professor at Eckerd College where she teaches a Leadership and Self Discovery Practicum to first year students.
Dan Hayes, Co-Founder / Chief Sales & Product Officer
Dan is a co-founder of Federal Eastern International (FEI) and serves as the company’s Chief Product Officer. Since its founding in 2010, the company has expanded across the United States with FEI now supporting over 1,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 22 US States.
He has an expert understanding of ballistic protection, and its application which he is able to apply for the benefit of the company’s end-users. He is passionate about product innovation in the tactical industry, specifically in finding new applications that can save lives in the law enforcement community.
Dan attended Marion Military Institute, and has completed numerous advanced tactical training courses. He brings extensive innovation and training expertise to the business, and has a proven track record in building global relationships. Dan and his wife live in Florida with their two sons.
Adam Chalker, Director of Business Development
Adam serves as the Director of Business Development. In his current role, he is responsible for domestic and international law enforcement sales. He works with the executive team to foster growth and develop strategic partnerships with manufactures and customers. Adam supports and leads a regional sales team.
Adam has over 15 years of industry experience ranging from distribution, manufacturer’s representative as well as an independent representative for multiple lines. He has experience ranging from business development and customer service to oversight and implementation
His father is a Marine and many members of his family serve as law enforcement professionals. He and his wife live in FL and have two daughters.
Pat Wood, Director of Hardgoods & Compliance
Pat is the Director of Hardgoods and Compliance, responsible for the company’s operational compliance through ATF licensing and all general industry regulations. He works multi-functionally with external suppliers to design safety and quality in product development and sourcing processes. He communicates quality direction, policy, and procedure with suppliers, merchants and manufacturers.
Pat brings over 30 years of experience managing personnel, business operations, inventory, finances and business development.
Pat’s extensive military service includes: Bravo Company 3rd BN 20th Special Forces Group, Heavy Weapons and Communications Specialist (1986 - 1988), Combat Support Company 2nd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Mortar Platoon Squad Leader (1985 - 1986), Alpha Company 4th Battalion 325th Airborne Combat Team, Fire Direction Center Chief (1983 - 1985), Charlie Company 2nd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and Radio Communication Specialist (1982 - 1983). He and his wife live in Florida and have children and grandchildren.
John DuPuy “JD”, GSA Contract Manager
JD is the GSA Contract Manager. He reviews proposals, evaluates compliance with requirements and regulations, maintains communication to ensure timely execution, and analyzes contract documents. In addition to the GSA, he works to procure other Federal, State and Local Contracts.
He served in The United States Marine Corps for 9 years. He has worked in the IT field for 17 years, 4 years with the Florida Department of Children and Families and 13 years with SRT Supply LLC. He has significant experience in the technical, financial and marketing sides of the tactical industry.
JD attended West Virginia University where he studied Business Marketing. He also graduated from The Navy Air Traffic Control School in Millington, TN. He and his wife live in FL and have three sons.