Vall Iliev, PhD, PE

Founder and President

Since 1984, Vall has offered experience in developing innovative solutions from cradle to grave, including various global advanced armor projects. His roles at ShotStop® include guiding the overall strategy and vision, driving the Company’s engineering, research and product development, as well as managing the manufacturing process. Vall is also the Founder of Vallmar, which provides lead and support product development and engineering consulting for custom product lines and technical programs for Fortune 500 corporate clients and small businesses.

Pepa Iliev

Accounts Receivable (AR) and Accounts Payable (AP) Manager

Pepa brings ShotStop® and its customers a range of skills from operations to project management and customer relations. She has three years’ experience as manager of an electrical contracting business and has directed operations at Vallmar since 1995. Pepa is known for her excellent customer service, skilled project support, and a deep knowledge of the product development process.

Jason Henkel, MBA

Director of Operations

Jason provides extensive strategic and operational business infrastructure support to ShotStop®, including developing the Company’s channel of independent reps, setting up and managing its business systems and managing relationships with investors. He spent more than 10 years at AkzoNobel, a publicly traded, multinational manufacturing corporation. Jason delivered full-cycle implementation of global and multi-channel CRM programs at 82% global adoption rate in Deployed CRM platforms (compared to global adoption rate averages of under 50%).


Lead Engineer

Mike brings many years of engineering experience to ShotStop. Mike attended Columbus Technical Institute and the Ohio State University. His experience includes general manufacturing and plastic injection and blow molds. Mike is a Certified SolidWorks Professional and has worked closely with Vallmar Engineering to develop the ShotStop product line.

Matt White

Director of Sales & Marketing

With more than 25 years of advertising, marketing, sales, and digital experience, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge to ShotStop®. He has worked in both advertising agency account management as well as owning several businesses, where he has helped his clients experience double- and triple-digit growth in online exposure. His involvement with the Company began at its inception, and he has provided marketing and sales consulting to ShotStop® and Vallmar since 2007.

Tanya Henkel, MBA

Business and Security Manager

Tanya provides business processes and security support to ShotStop®, including creating and maintaining security processes and procedures, onboarding dealers and independent reps, inventory tracking and control, and invoicing. Tanya spent 14 years prior to ShotStop® at American Greetings Corporation holding various positions within Finance and Marketing teams, including Contract Analysis, Financial Planning and Pricing.

Brian Willse

Creative Director

Brian is responsible for the ShotStop visual brand direction and leadership. He guides all visual touchpoints including the logo identity, website and sales collateral materials to marketing communication initiatives support. Brian brings more that 25 years experience in creative brand design and conceptual thinking to the team. Brian currently also owns Lookout Brand Co., a brand design company in downtown Cleveland.

Rich Bewley

Business Development

Rich provides extensive strategic business development support to ShotStop, including developing ShotStop’s dealer network, and relationships with agencies. Rich has spent 9 years helping clients understand their customers, and translate that data into a sales system focused on serving clients. In this capacity, Rich is focused on best identifying the needs of LE, and Swat agencies, and aligning ShotStop’s resources to become the most preferred rifle plate manufacturer in the industry.

Skip Gavorski

Business Development

Skip provides an extensive background of networking, business development and management. His specialty is creating customized solutions to enable opportunities and partnerships in the business with focus on new and existing dealers, investors, and clients in the US and Canada. He has been with two Fortune 500 companies in many roles from sales to sales management. He is a serial entrepreneur who brings the TEAM mindset that creates a “partnership” mentality to build long lasting business relationships.

Martin Iliev

Engineering Assistant

Martin is responsible for assisting in various daily operations at ShotStop, including the development of products, testing of materials, final production of product, managing and shipping of inventory, material security, as well as aiding in many core business decisions. Martin is currently enrolled at Kent State University with a vision to become a coordinated and robust leader at ShotStop Ballistics.

Sam Johnson

  • West Point Graduate, Army Colonel – 30 years President & CEO, Climb2Glory

  • CEO, American Plasma Energy Group COO, Oil Service VP Energy Marketing, CONSOL Energy

  • Brigade Commander – US Army

  • Director Strategic Communications – Afghanistan

  • BS, West Point

  • MA, National Security and Strategic Studies

  • MS, Indiana University

Pat Mangin

  • West Point Graduate, Army Officer 22 years

  • SVP & COO, Climb2Glory

  • SVP & COO, American Plasma Energy Group Director, CNX Marine Terminals, Inc

  • Commandant, Philadelphia Military Academy Operations Manager

  • Princeton University Leadership Command Leadership Positions

  • US Army Professor, Geography, United States Military Academy

  • BS, West Point

  • MA, University of Minnesota

Ted Reich

  • West Point Graduate, Army Officer 22 years

  • SVP & CMO, Climb2Glory

  • SVP & CMO, American Plasma Energy Group Senior Regulatory Analyst

  • Encana Oil & Gas Community Relations Manager, Encana Oil & Gas Senior Project Manager, Encana Oil & Gas Senior Executive Operations Staff

  • US Army Professor, English, United States Military Academy

  • BS, West Point

  • MA, Texas A&M

Liz Powell, Esq., MPH

Liz has nearly two decades of experience from working on health, defense and economic development policy in Congress and as an attorney and lobbyist. She started G2G in 2007 and manages government relationships and operations in our Washington, D.C. office with regular travel to our Cleveland office and satellite offices in Columbus, Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh and Boston. G2G has raised $187 million in non-dilutive government funding since 2007.  Liz loves government affairs and brings enthusiasm, connections and significant legal, policy and grassroots know-how to all clients.