Board of Directors

Board Chairman – Lieutenant General Ronald L. Watts, U.S. Army (Ret.), Watts Leadership Development Services, President

Lieutenant General Ron Watts served over 33 years on active duty with the U.S. Army in airborne, infantry, and armored forces as an infantry officer. General Watts commanded at every level in combat units from company to corps level. He completed two tours in Vietnam. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, General Watts created Watts Leadership Development Services.


Dr. Marc J. Bendickson, Dynetics, Inc., Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Bendickson has over 40 years of experience in missile weapon systems, seekers, radar systems, and related technology, as well as more than 35 years in supervisory and management positions. As Dynetics’ Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for the performance of over 1300 employees in 7 locations across the U.S. who generate sales of approximately $270M.


Mr. Tim Paulson, Independent Consultant

Mr. Paulson has extensive financial management experience, including 6 years of P&L responsibility as Chief Financial Officer of a business operating unit and 7 years as Corporate Treasurer of a $5B Fortune 500 Company providing aerospace, defense, and electronics technology to government and commercial customers.


Mr. Charles L. Beames, York Space Systems, Executive Chairman

Mr. Beames is currently the Executive Chairman of York Space Systems, a leader in commercial satellite design and manufacturing.  Previously, he served as President, Vulcan Aerospace and Executive Director, Stratolaunch Systems. Beames brings to the Areté Board broad executive experience across the space and military industry, including legislative affairs and private equity investment.


Mr. Jeffrey Mercer, Areté Associates, Director of Mine Counter-Measures

Joining Areté Associates in 2001, Mr. Mercer has over 25 years of experience serving numerous Department of Defense and commercial customers. His background is in the development of electro-optical sensor systems and programs including satellites, missiles, commercial and MCM related efforts.