The Rigid Tactical Team

Leon Ellul

Owner & CEO

Leon has 30 years of rigorous active duty Military experience as a member of the elite forces of the Naval EOD/NSW (Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Naval Special Warfare) groups, and more than 10 years of experience directly supporting the Joint Improvised Defeat Organization.

Throughout his career, he was deeply involved in WMD and CBRNE programs conducted within the EOD/NSW communities. As a member of the JIEDDO JET (Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Joint Expeditionary Team), he further refined his operational and tactical expertise, was embedded with hundreds of combat patrols in Afghanistan and Iraq, and developed a deep understanding of training shortfalls and requirements within the larger DOD community.

Leon is a decorated Navy Veteran having been honored with numerous awards throughout his career, including the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM), as well as various Navy Achievement awards.

Leon retired from Service as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.

Rei Baert

Director of Operations, JET Program Manager

Rei is a decorated US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal veteran and former Command Master Chief with more than 28 years of experience.

He brings Rigid Tactical a unique perspective to understanding customer requirements and addresses customer’s most difficult missions with innovative solutions.

Jennifer Bollinger Business Development & Recruiting Manager at Rigid Tactical

Jennifer Bollinger

Human Resources, Recruiting Consultant, SHRM-SCP

Jen has worked in Army, Joint military, government, and corporate environments, specializing in Human Resources, organizational development, and recruiting.

She directs all aspects of HR, including compliance, workforce development, and compensation.  Jen is a proud U.S. Army Veteran.  

Bill Bouyoucas

Lead Recruiter

William “Bill” Bouyoucas retired as a Command Sergeant Major, with over 26 years of leadership and management experience.

He held various senior positions within the United States Army, the United States Special Operations Command, and the private sector prior to joining the Rigid Tactical Team.

Bill has an extensive background in strategic and organizational planning, management, recruiting and customer service.

Kisha Hodges

Financial Analyst

Kisha is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Accounting and Business Analytics. She has over 5 years of experience with small business 8(a) set aside government contracts, as well as with federal and defense accounting systems.

Serving as financial analyst, she is responsible for accounting and financial matters of the company.

Kisha is a native of Hampton Roads and lives by the motto: “serve those who serve.”

Ronald E. Mahrs

Director, Maritime Division

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Ronald Mahrs is a twenty-seven year veteran of the U.S. Navy, with twenty-two years of service as a Navy SEAL.  Ron’s career also spans fifteen post-9/11 combat deployments performed over his ten years of combat service.  His decorations include the Silver Star, six Bronze Stars, and many other personal awards.  He earned his BS from Norwich University, MBA from George Mason University, and his MS is from New York University’s Stern School of Business.