Sales Team

BROOKS THOMAS

Program Manager for Federal Agencies, Airports & Nuclear

Brooks Thomas joined Defenshield in October 2012, bringing with him a wealth of his industry knowledge and an extensive understanding of NIJ Standards, ballistic material make-ups, and knowledge of ballistic and blast testing learned over his 10+ years in the ballistic protection industry.

Prior to joining Defenshield, Brooks was employed within the defense industry as a Ballistic Products Division Sales Manager where he spent time working with various aspects of Federal Government Agencies, Police Department and Military, both domestically and internationally. During that period, he gained valuable experience in Sales, Business Development, Product Development (both new and existing), Government Contracting, along with marketing material development focused on ballistic protection equipment.

Brooks began working directly out of high school for the local newspaper in Fredericksburg, VA, while going to College and receiving his Associates Degree in Business Administration. Prior to entering into the Defense Industry, in the early part of his career, Brooks spent time in the building industry and assisted in running a family business, managing 15 rental properties.

Brooks is a graduate of Bluefield College with his BA in Business Management & Leadership and a minor in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Brooks spends his free time with his son, honing his shooting skills, running, snowboarding, fishing, traveling, and feeding an interest in cars and motorcycles.

TROY HARDING

Program Manager for Law Enforcement and Corrections

Troy joined Defenshield in March of 2019 and supports our Law Enforcement and Corrections customers.

Prior to joining Defenshield, Troy worked his way through the ranks with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and retired as a Captain after 26 years of service. During his career, Troy served as an adjunct instructor at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Training Academy in both basic and advanced defensive tactics and was a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team as well as CERT. Troy’s active duty military service in the United States Navy include two deployments to the Middle East where his ship was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for Convoy escort operations through the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf War Zone during Operation Earnest Will.

During his free time Troy enjoys community service, boating and restoring and driving classic British vehicles and most importantly spending time with his wife Sue and 2 daughters.

CHRIS PECHTOLD

Program Manager

Chris joined Defenshield in June of 2021 and supports our Department of Defense customers.

Chris’s diverse career includes serving in the US Navy as a cryptologist for 11 years with duty assignments around the world from the Pentagon to Guam and the Gulf.  Additionally he served in roles beyond cryptology including VBSS team member in the Gulf, Combat Systems Training Team Leader, Security Force and Patrolman.

His long career path after service includes, High School Teacher, IT Director, Software Product Manager, international Project Manager, and service at the National Drug Intelligence Agency.

Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Liberty University in Business and Computational Sciences.

In his free time, Chris enjoys fishing, shooting and spending time outdoors with his seven children and ten grandchildren.

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