The Rigid Tactical Team

Leon Ellul CEO of Rigid Tactical

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 at Rigid Tactical

Rei Baert

Director of Operations, JET Program Manager

Rei is a decorated US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal veteran 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.

Rusty Strickland Business Development Lead at Rigid Tactical

Rusty Strickland

Business Development Lead

Rusty has 30 years combined Active duty and Reserve experience supporting Naval Special Warfare as a U.S. Navy SEAL SOCM.

Rusty also holds 15 years experience as a Full Performance Level, F.A.A. Air Traffic Controller certified in both Towers and Level V Radar facilities, and 10 years experience providing direct contracted support to SOF Globally.

Jennifer Bollinger Business Development & Recruiting Manager at Rigid Tactical

Jennifer Bollinger

Human Resources, Recruiting Consultant

A 20-year Army Veteran, Jen has worked in Army, Joint military, government, and corporate environments, specializing in workforce management, recruiting.

Jennifer Bollinger oversees all aspects of Human Resources, while also providing expert recruiting and marketing consultancy to our team at Rigid Tactical.

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.”

Brian Hoffman

Business Development, Program Management

Brian is a decorated US Marine Corps veteran with 15 years of intelligence experience.

He earned a MBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He provides Business Development and Program Management services, as well as Capture and Proposal Management, for Rigid Tactical.

He brings experience with the Department of Defense and the Real Estate industry to support our growth and development operations.

Grant Vaughn - Rigid Tactical Business Development

Grant Vaughan

Business Development

Grant is a retired Army Officer with over 25 years serving in various Command and Staff positions, predominantly in Special Operations (21 years).

He brings extensive knowledge in Leadership Development, building highly effective cross-functional Teams and solving complex problems from serving at the tactical, operational and strategic levels in the Special Operations Community.