Leadership Team

CEO – Robert Akin, MBA, PMP

Robert Akin is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for CRC overseeing all activities within the company since he founded CRC in September 2009. Leveraging his successful military and civilian career, CRC grew into a prosperous and quality risk management support contractor and has doubled in annual revenue each year since 2011 through the creation of multiple service offerings such as professional advisory services, contingency logistics, and global security. He is a former US Marine Corps (USMC) Officer with over 30 years of CONUS and international experience providing leadership, operational guidance, and support for multiple government agencies including the Department of State (DOS), Department of Defense (DOD), and peacekeeping organizations.

An accomplished executive, Robert pursued, captured, and managed multiple programs working with DOS in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as related projects with multiple government agencies including the DOD and the United Nations. He has captured over $1.5B total contract value and personally managed tasks valued at over $600M for DOS and DOD, including reconstruction security support services (RSSS) for USACE in Afghanistan; Worldwide Protective Services [Task Order 6] for DOS in Iraq; Deployment of Peacekeepers to Somalia and the Darfur (Sudan); security sector reform in Monrovia, Liberia; security sector transformation in South Sudan; and construction and training in the Congo.

Prior to joining the private sector, Robert served 25 years in the US Marines as an enlisted Infantry and Reconnaissance Marine, later on commissioning as an Infantry Officer. His career took him through many diverse command and staff assignments. Some of which include combat operations in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, humanitarian operations in Operation Sea Angel (Bangladesh), command of a nuclear command and control facility (Patuxent River Maryland), special operations training support in Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines), and combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, he retired from Marine Corps Training Branch, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California.

COO – Tad Eckerle, PMP

Tad Eckerle is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for the planning and oversight of CRC’s operations as well as business development, marketing, and mergers and acquisition. He implements strategies and initiatives to meet short-and long-term financial and functional goals. Tad leads the CRC to achieve corporate growth and excellence. He enacts the company vision and determines the business culture, focus and direction. Since the company’s founding in 2009, he has provided operational and administrative continuity. Tad has been a highly effective portfolio manager, supporting attainment of the CEO’s vision and growing the company’s revenue by nearly 300% over the past 3 years.

Starting as a Program Manager in Africa, Tad rapidly assumed the role of Director of African Operations. This position was followed by his assignment as the new Director of New Business and Transitions. Tad’s efforts to increase business resulted in nearly 90% annual revenue increases. The increased business prompted Tad’s return to the US in 2014 to support headquarter operations as the company’s Chief of Operations and Director of Technical Services. He captured, mobilized, transitioned, and implemented all programs valued at more than $11M annually. As CRC’s Chief Growth Officer, he continues to oversee CRC’s evolution through business development and operations advancements by leveraging his African cultural and global operations expertise.

His experiences prior to CRC include assignments as a former Force Reconnaissance Team Leader (with global combat experience) and a qualified Master Training Specialist supporting global doctrine and curriculum development for SERE in North Island. Tad thrives in high-risk environments as demonstrated in by his role as the Operations Manager and Technical Advisor—and sole US presence in Mogadishu—for 17 months during the initial African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) deployment.

CFO – Elleni Raney

Elleni Raney is CRC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) overseeing all financial, accounting, and payroll matters within CRC and for certain Department of State (DOS) contracts.

Prior to joining CRC in 2015, Elleni worked at JP Morgan Chase as a Bank Manager for nearly 10 years. After leaving JP Morgan Chase, she began her own small business, which she grew and eventually sold. She has risen through the ranks of CRC, where she was initially hired as an Accounting Manager. She attended Baylor University where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a degree in Finance, Financial Planning with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Studies. Elleni’s years of financial and customer contract experience (DOS, DOD, etc.), combined with her educational background, are assets to CRC’s leadership team.

A native of South Africa and a resident of Keller, Texas, her passion is strategic financial advice in investments and compliance. She is equally passionate about wildlife conservation having grown up in the wildlife conservation community of South Africa.

SVP, Global Security Division – Jay Tabb

Jay Tabb is the Senior Vice President (SVP) of CRC’s Global Security Division where he provides domestic and international security solutions for government and commercial clients. With over three decades of national security and law enforcement experience, Jay has extensive real-world expertise managing risk and defending the U.S. and its allies from a myriad of threats, including both physical and cyber national security vectors. Jay recently retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Senior Executive and Special Agent with a proven history of leading strategic programs, overseeing large budgets, and managing global security solutions. Prior to Jay’s FBI service, he served 7 years as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps, with assignments that included command and staff billets and command during combat operations in the Middle East.

Prior to his current role with CRC, Jay served nearly 23 years in the FBI, culminating as the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch where he led a global workforce of over 8,000 personnel with an annual operating budget of $330M. Since joining the FBI in 1997, he held a variety of positions, including service as an operator on the FBI’s elite counter terrorism unit, the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), and leadership of several special purpose counterterrorism units. Other key assignments included leadership of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Washington DC, Commander of the HRT, Deputy Assistant Director in charge of counterterrorism operations for the FBI, and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for the FBI in Washington State. As the SAC, Jay managed the investigation and apprehension of members of an international hacking group, as well as a sensitive counterintelligence operation of the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle. As an operator with HRT, he received the FBI Medal of Valor, as well as two FBI Stars for heroism and critical injuries received while operating in sensitive counterterrorism missions abroad. Other awards include the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his leadership during a prominent global counterterrorism investigation, and the Exceptional Service Medal from the Director of National Intelligence for leadership in a sensitive counterterrorism matter.

SVP, Operations – Craig Kozeniesky

Craig Kozeniesky is the Senior Vice President (VP) of Operations managing all of CRC’s contingency logistics and senior advisory services. Craig is a retired US Marine Corps (USMC) Colonel with over 30 years of combined experience in command, leadership, and operations. He concluded his military career in 2016, retiring as Deputy Commander of Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC). While on active duty, his assignments included managing operations for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC); Current Operations Branch Head at Marine Corps Headquarters (The Pentagon) managing daily USMC worldwide operations; Commanding Officer of the Combined Arms Training Center (Camp Fuji, Japan); Commander, 2nd Bn 5th Marines (Camp Pendleton, CA); Operations Officer at USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) (Bridgeport, CA); Amphibious Raid and Boathouse Officer-in-Charge (Okinawa, Japan); and 45 Commando Group Exchange Officer with the British Royal Marines (Scotland).  He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Skilled at managing budgets valued at over $300M,  Craig has extensive real-world experience with crisis action planning and execution, strategic and budgetary planning, and overseas contingency and combat operations gained through experiences at USMC operational and training commands, other Department of Defense (DOD) entities, and commercial clients.

Since retiring, Craig has served as the Deputy Secretary of State for Operations for the Nevada Secretary of State (SOS) managing daily operational requirements, fulfilled Chief of Staff duties for a private company, and was a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Command and Control (C2), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) advising Special Operations Forces (SOF) and mentoring commanders and staff at the MWTC.  He has extensive real-world experience in disaster relief operations and led ‘Task Force Fuji’ during Operation Tomodachi in response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster that stuck Japan in 2011, as well as through humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

Craig also attended the Norwegian Defense College and MIT Seminar XXI program and is the recipient multiple awards and decorations for valor and meritorious service.

Business Development Manager – Kevin Daly

Kevin Daly is the Business Development Manager at CRC leading the development of new business and capture opportunities in both commercial and government sectors. Kevin brings over 35 years of experience providing leadership and operational expertise throughout the United States, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East through his experiences as both a retired United States Marine Corps (USMC) Master Sergeant and contracting subject matter expert (SME).

Prior to becoming the Business Development Manager at CRC, Kevin led the Reconnaissance and Amphibious Raids Program and Program Manager Fires for Marine Corps Systems Command. He has also served as Acquisitions Analyst for Lockheed Martin Corporation and government defense contractors providing sound acquisition advice to active duty USMC Majors acquiring new equipment to for Marines. Kevin’s knowledge of defense acquisition, logistics, and contracting led to the successful fielding of multiple pieces of equipment that were combat multipliers on the battlefield. Upon retiring from the USMC in 2007, Kevin began his second career in Program Management, Acquisitions, and Business Development and continued his service to the Department of Defense (DOD) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He has a thorough understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).

Highlights of Kevin’s USMC and Reconnaissance career include assignments as Project Officer Marine Corps Systems Command (Quantico, VA), Operations Chief Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion (Billings, Montana), Platoon Sergeant Third Reconnaissance Battalion (Camp Schwab, Japan), Chief Instructor First Special Operations Training Group (Camp Pendleton), Team Leader First Force Reconnaissance Company (Camp Pendleton), and Team Leader Alpha Company Third Reconnaissance Battalion (Hawaii). His combat experience includes tours in support of Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Somalia, and Humanitarian Operations in East Timor.

DOS Program Manager – Russell Armstrong

Russell “Rusty” Armstrong is CRC’s Department of State (DOS) Program Manager overseeing company support to security cooperation activities and programs in Africa as a part of CRC’s Global Operations Division. Rusty is a retired United States Air Force (USAF) Colonel with over 30 years of leadership and operational expertise in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He leverages this expertise with real-world experience in remote and conflict zone leadership to manage advisors and support personnel and liaise with DOS program offices on contracting, operations, and future needs.

During his years in the USAF, he logged over 4,000 flight hours in various aircraft and earned his Command Pilot rating. He spent most of his military career in operations and supporting plans and programs for various USAF elements. Other command and staff assignments included supporting operations, training, intelligence, and security cooperation activities in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He retired from the USAF as Chief of Attaché Operations in Kenya where he expanded his knowledge of DOS activities on the continent and developed a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with defense institution building and transformation in Africa.

Prior to assuming his current duties, Rusty lived and worked in Kenya for 7 years. He most recently served as CRC’s Strategic Aviation Advisor in Kenya where he worked closely with host nation leaders, US Embassy personnel, industry representatives, and DOS and United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) security cooperation stakeholders. His efforts focused on developing and implementing comprehensive and cohesive transformation and modernization programs aimed at enhancing partner nation combat capabilities. He maintains a broad network of security cooperation professional contacts and routinely travels to the continent of Africa to stay well informed of relevant issues.