Leadership Team

CEO – Robert Akin, MBA, PMP

Robert Akin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CRC. He directs CRC’s strategic vision and high-level operations to align with our motto, “Implement. Empower. Sustain.” Robert believes that CRC’s clients deserve a reliable and nimble partner who can implement a unique blend of services to mitigate the challenges our U.S. Government and commercial clients face in some of the toughest locations around the globe. CRC’s specialized services include professional advisory, contingency logistics, specialized military training, and the construction of unique and purpose-built structures. It’s in these pillars where he empowers clients, while solving operational challenges to sustain business activities no matter the location.

Robert’s executive and operational leadership styles rely heavily on skills obtained throughout his 25 years of service in the United States Marine Corps infantry/reconnaissance communities as well as his positions with private sector companies including DynCorp International, AECOM Government Services, and Global Integrated Security.

Robert has a significant amount of business experience working on the African continent as well as the middle east. He was a key planner in the U.S. Department of State’s contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia. He also led contracts supporting security sector reform, peacekeeping support, and training missions to various African partner nations including South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also managed substantial programs in both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of US Government tasks.

His in-depth understanding of working in sub-Saharan Africa and the business acumen gained working in the global marketplace are responsible for CRC’s growth and success. In under 10 years, CRC has grown into a global company with operations spanning across 50+ countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Italy, Philippines, Afghanistan, Taiwan, India, and Saudi Arabia—all while maintaining a robust presence throughout the continent of Africa. His tenacious pursuit of CRC’s strategic goals continues to generate fiscal and geographic growth for the company and value for our clients including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, Special Operations community, and now multiple commercial clients.

COO – Russell Armstrong

Russell “Rusty” Armstrong, is the CRC Chief Operations Officer (COO), responsible for the smooth running of all CRC operational pillars. In addition to operational excellence and efficient executive client communication, he focuses on staff communication, synchronization and alignment. Rusty is an expert in CRC’s security cooperation programs in Africa, ensuring partnership objectives are achieved by aligning resources to contractual requirements, and assists clients with identifying and shaping future strategic partnership opportunities. Rusty combines his understanding of the challenges of defense institution building and transformation around the globe with a breadth and depth of civilian and military international-relations experience to maximize the benefits of partnership programs for each host nation. He draws upon his operational, planning, and leadership experiences from his 30-year United States Air Force career in Europe, Asia, and Africa to identify and implement solutions to emerging partnership challenges while balancing the interests of a diverse group of program stakeholders. Rusty is a team builder who is committed to empowering our partners by providing timely and tailored support to CRC’s global operational support teams. He maintains a broad network of security cooperation professional contacts and routinely travels to stay well informed of relevant issues and sustain partnership success. Rusty holds a Bachelor of Science from the US Air Force Academy, and Master of Arts from Liberty University, and is a graduate of the Air War College and the NATO Defense College.

CFO – Elleni Raney

Elleni Raney, our Chief Financial Officer, oversees all of CRC’s financial obligations and accounting processes to ensure contract compliance, adherence to quality management standards, and fiscal alignment with our strategic growth goals. Her financial guidance is the driving force behind much of the investment success and growth at CRC, using her experience gained as a former holder of Series 7 and 63 licenses to provide the vision for investment opportunities that benefit CRC. Elleni and her finance team ensure that all financial activities comply with independent auditor requirements and that our DCAA- and DCMA-approved accounting systems maintain their integrity. Elleni’s experiences at JP Morgan Chase allow her to focus her skills on financial oversight of our complex, multi-year contracts and retaining customer-centric processes throughout a contract’s fiscal life cycle. She relies on her experience as a former small business entrepreneur to manage the broad-spectrum financial expectations of our employees, customers, and vendors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with triple majors in Entrepreneurship, Financial Planning, and Finance from Baylor University. Elleni’s passion for strategic financial investments and compliance is equally matched by her passion for wildlife conservation, most notably in her native country of South Africa.

EVP – Tad Eckerle

Tad Eckerle plays an essential role within the CRC brand. A master at problem solving across multiple fields, he is the brilliance behind designs of the unique and purpose build construction concepts; he personally led the initiatives surrounding soundstages, hangers, bitcoin facilities, and other miscellaneous facilities using SPRUNG Technology. As an Executive within CRC, Tad applies the full scope of his corporate knowledge, US Government contracting experience, and customer portfolio management to bring continuity of operations, solve complex problems, and achieve corporate growth through deliberate and sustainable actions. He drives market development for CRC by assessing different growth opportunities. Tad is CRC’s cultural expert, and his unique global perspective and cross-cultural understanding is gleaned from more than 25 years of experience working in the Pacific, Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition, Tad’s experiences as a United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Team Leader and Master Training Specialist provide a solid foundation for his operational training and advisory insights as he continues to expand CRC’s contract diversity and global footprint. Tad’s passion for international culture, music, photography, and outdoor survival keeps him busy volunteering and teaching when he’s not spending time with his family or at a community church.

VP, Business Development – Kevin Daly

Kevin Daly, our Business Development Manager, oversees CRC’s business development efforts to identify, align, and track potential opportunities that support our strategic growth goals. He plays a pivotal role in steering our capture management efforts toward opportunities that support CRC’s strong corporate past performance, current capabilities, and targeted growth plan. His efforts are directly responsible for the recent growth of CRC’s CONUS-based portfolio. While most of his efforts center around capture management, Kevin also acts as Manager of Special Programs, where his expert knowledge of the complexities of client management, government contracting, The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) allows him to provide maximum benefit to both the customer and CRC. Kevin’s management style is based on his 23 years of service in United States Marine Corps reconnaissance communities, Marine Corps Systems Command, and post-retirement positions at Lockheed Martin, where he acted as an acquisitions analyst for the PM Infantry Weapons, PM Optics and Non-Lethal, and as the Program Manager for PM Fires and PM Reconnaissance and Amphibious Raids. Kevin continues to leverage his professional network, contracting expertise, and streamlined management style to guide our focused and efficient capture, proposal, and client engagement teams.