TReX Team

The Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) is managed and operated by the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL), a national non-profit technology organization. TReX is supported by a seasoned team of innovation and acquisition professionals offering a unique blend of public and private sector backgrounds. NSTXL brings decades of experience to provide TReX with dynamic capabilities in support of the Warfighter, including:

Non-Profit & Consortium Management

Public Affairs & Marketing

Technology Prospecting and Commercialization

Government Contracting and Acquisition

Program Management

Leadership Team


Teresa Speck

Training and Readiness Accelerator Director (TReX)

Teresa serves as the Training and Readiness Accelerator Director (TReX) and works as a resource for both government and industry.



Founder & CEO, NSTXL

Tim leads the overall strategy and directs the day-to-day operations of NSTXL. He has led NSTXL from original concept through incorporation to present-day scale. Tim brings over 20 years of experience building and managing non-profit technology consortia. NSTXL is the third national organization he has helped to launch and build, each of which focused on scaling and commercializing innovative technology through policy and public-private partnerships. Tim has spent his entire professional career operating at the intersection of business, policy and politics, including directing recording-breaking campaigns, convening and managing numerous coalitions, and leading successful policy efforts at the national, state and local levels. Tim holds a Master of Public Policy from the Sanford Institute at Duke University and a Bachelors Degree in Government from the University of Texas, Austin.



Senior Vice President for Acquisition and Technology

Larry oversees all active prototype programs and manages the contracting and acquisition programs for the consortium. Larry is a recognized subject matter expert in the identification, development, prototyping, assessment, and transition of innovative technologies to enhance current and future operational capabilities. His efforts have led to the rapid and deliberate identification, demonstration, assessment, transition or transfer, and sustainment of numerous innovative concepts and emerging and enabling technologies supporting urgent and recurring U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security operational needs and requirements. He has spent time in both the Federal service and private industry, and retired from the United States Air Force. During his 20 years in public civil service, he held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the United States Air Force, the General Services Administration, and the United States Navy as a Project Manager, Test Manager, Business Manager and Contracting Officer, and Program Manager respectively. He holds a Doctor of Management from Colorado Technical University as well as a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University.



Director, Strategic Contracting

In his role as the Director of Strategic Contracting, Iain leads our rapid contracting offerings to help government clients effectively and efficiently transition their project concepts to delivered results.  A recipient of multiple commendations for superior performance, Mr. Skeete is a nationally recognized expert and innovator in government contracting.  He joined NSTXL after a distinguished ten year career working at U.S. Army Contracting Command-Orlando, where he applied progressive concepts to minimize the obstacles typically experienced during the traditional Government contracting process.  Mr. Skeete most recently led critical acquisition pursuits in support of the Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team, one of the U.S. military’s top priorities, as the Contracting & Agreements Officer.   With NSTXL, his goal is to help our clients find contracting solutions that reduce contracting time, find innovative solutions, and deliver end products to the Warfighter.  He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing.


Teresa Speck

Training and Readiness Accelerator Director (TReX)

Teresa serves as the Training and Readiness Accelerator Director (TReX) and works as a resource for both government and industry. With over 15 years of Army Intelligence and Federal Government contracting service, Mrs. Speck has collaborated directly with large and small businesses throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) to serve the Warfighter from the perspective of a systems engineer, small business owner, and Program Manager (PM). Mrs. Speck is widely respected as an industry resource for insight, advice, and DoD guidance and is a well-known expert for Other Transaction Agreements (OTA’s) as well as FAR and other non-FAR based acquisitions. As a small business OTA recipient and PM, Mrs. Speck as first-hand knowledge and perspective from industry for the triumphs and growth areas. As the TReX Director, she will leverage her PM past performance to advocate for the Warfighter. Her goal is to be a bridge for the thought leaders and solution for the most responsible and innovative solutions possible.

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Chief Operating Officer

Erik Olbeter is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL).  In this capacity, he oversees the management of NSTXL’s consortia and OTA contracts, tech discovery, vetting, and prospecting, and new service offerings.  Prior to NSTXL, Erik has held leadership roles in the financial and tech industries, always at the intersection of government, finance, and technology.  He served as Senior Vice President in charge of ICF’s commercial Energy Advisory practice serving both commercial and government clients.  Prior to that, he spent 12 years on Wall Street as a technology analyst managing teams of researchers covering a wide range of emerging technologies such as cyber and advanced battery storage.  He has his master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and is a CFA charter holder.



Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships

Bernice leads outreach to the innovation community in both the public and private sectors, including U.S. Department of Defense innovation cells and local technology clusters across the country. She is point on the development of Warfighter Design Thinking and Ideation programs for the consortium. Her technology commercialization experience spans projects for the Office of Naval Research, US Army Medical and Materiel Command, Pacific Command, US Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research (TATRC), FEMA, and the Department of Homeland Security. Bernice is a graduate of Princeton University summa cum laude in East Asian Studies. She holds certificates in planning, government contracting, Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, and human resource management Project Management Institute (PMI), The National Charrette Institute, Stanford Design School, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.



Manager, Marketing and Communications

Kasia manages NSTXL's digital marketing strategy, business and brand development, and she has a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services, sports, nonprofit, and political industries. People describe Kasia as a strong, versatile, and 'full of life' professional with a Master of Science (MSc with honors) focused in International Development from the University of Manchester. Kasia is not only fluent in multiple languages, but she has gathered many stories and skills from traveling all over the world and approaches life and work with unparalleled commitment and energy.


The National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) accelerates the discovery, development and deployment of advanced technology solutions for operational missions and installations of the U.S. Department of Defense at home and abroad. NSTXL prospects and develops innovative technology from across the broad commercial and non-traditional defense marketplace, ensuring the development of better, cheaper, and faster defense capabilities that enhance mission and support the warfighter. The NSTXL platform provides the U.S. Government with the single largest open source global technology prospecting capability anywhere. By incorporating programs from Warfighter Design Thinking sessions to physical and virtual technology challenges, NSTXL serves as a one-stop shop to match U.S. Government requirements with innovative private-sector solutions to deliver Warfighter technology at the speed of mission. To learn more about NSTXL, visit

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