Hardwire, LLC Executive Leadership
George C. Tunis III
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
George Tunis is a composites industry visionary, an entrepreneur, and a passionate team leader.
In 1998, Tunis formed Hardwire LLC. At Hardwire, Tunis has led his team to become a world-class designer and producer of composite-based armor systems for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, the U.S. State Department, U.S. law enforcement officers, and for critical domestic infrastructure protection.
Tunis’ company has supplied more than 100 acres of overhead protection for military and homeland security applications for protection against mortar and rocket fragments, as well as more than 5,000 armor kits for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.
In 2012, Tunis was named an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the State of Maryland. In 2013, he created, with the Hardwire team, the Bulletproof Whiteboard, the world’s first armor solution for school and retail applications. For this work, he has been featured on NBC’s Today show, CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, and by numerous publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Baltimore Sun.
Well-known to composites industry veterans, George Tunis has been creating novel products, processes, and applications in the composites industry since he started his professional career with DuPont Composites in 1984.
During his six years with DuPont Composites, Tunis was the program manager for the U.S. Navy, designing and producing composites for naval ships and submarines, and won DuPont’s Corporate Marketing Excellence award in 1989.
He then formed Hardcore DuPont Composites and led the development of numerous patented large-scale composite structures for the marine, infrastructure, rail, and shipping industries.
In 1990, Tunis won Sailing World Sailboat of the Year. For his integrated composite railcar, Tunis was awarded the Owings Corning Grand Design Award in 1996.
Tunis also founded SCRIMP Systems LLC in 1993 and scaled that technology globally along with partners DuPont and Toray.
Tunis holds 24 patents and multiple trademarks for his composite technologies and innovations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Emily Tunis has worked with Hardwire since 2005, and officially joined the team full-time in January 2012. At Hardwire, she oversees business development, operations, and manages Government programs.
Previously, she worked as a technical support contractor to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in both the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) and Strategic Technology Office (STO) in the areas of applied physics, materials science, and systems engineering. During this time, Emily supported the development of all DARPA’s lightweight armor systems, overseeing the development of new technologies and production methods and transitioning new technologies to users in the military and other government organizations. She also worked on Special Access Programs to help facilitate technology development and transition new capabilities. She coordinated and executed the Congressional and Pentagon briefings for the Director.
For the Department of Homeland Security, Emily has performed research on cargo inspection systems to determine the feasibility of remote fissile material detection. She used and managed execution of Department of Energy nuclear physics models, and assisted in materials experiments at international particle accelerator facilities.
She holds a M.S. Degree in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. Degree in Physics and Mathematics from Washington and Lee University.
Additionally, Emily serves as the Chair of the Science Advisory Board for Washington & Lee University, Vice Chair of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, and is on the Board of Worcester Preparatory School.
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Wendell joined Hardwire in 2005 and is responsible for all finance and accounting and human resources for the company.
Starting as an intern from Salisbury University, Ryan has worked his way up the ranks at Hardwire, taking over multiple roles over the last two decades.
Wendell is responsible for all of Hardwire's financial accounts, accounting systems, employee benefit programs, hiring duties, and government contract administration. Ryan, with the Hardwire management team, administers and oversees development and execution of Hardwire policies and procedures. Wendell also provides manufacturing, supplier and inventory management, and customer support for military, law enforcement, and retail customers.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Salisbury University.
Matthew Kraeuter joined Hardwire in 2015 and is responsible for legal and compliance matters for the company. In addition, Matt regularly assists with business development and overall corporate strategy for Hardwire.
Matthew began his relationship with Hardwire by acting as outside counsel at a Baltimore-based law firm. From there, he joined the Hardwire team to assist with contract drafting, negotiation and management, corporate compliance, litigation avoidance and management, strategic relationships, and corporate governance. Matt works with all segments of the company to ensure an intimate knowledge of each business unit so that he can deliver effective advice to the management team.
Prior to joining Hardwire, Matt was a partner for an Annapolis-based law firm and, prior to that, worked for a large law firm focused on litigation and regulatory issues. Following law school, Matt clerked for the Honorable Paul W. Grimm of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Matthew received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Baltimore. He studied physics and business while attending the University of Delaware and earned a Bachelor of Science degree.
Scott L. Kendall
Vice President, Engineering
Scott Kendall joined Hardwire in 2004 and is responsible for Hardwire’s manufacturing, process engineering, design and development, equipment fabrication, engineering in support of service contracts, and process development for Hardwire customers.
Kendall has been responsible for conception, testing, and implementation of many armor solutions for U.S. Army and Marine Corps, U.S. State Department, and critical domestic infrastructure protection applications. His expertise in explosives and blast phenomena was instrumental in the development of Hardwire’s Structural Blast Chimney, a technology which has been shown to improve vehicle and occupant survivability from underbody mine threats. Scott’s unique ability to design and implement new manufacturing techniques for composite materials has revolutionized armor manufacturing. His implementation of automated, high-precision production fabrication processes has allowed Hardwire to rapidly produce armor and survivability systems at an advantageous cost comparable to traditional systems.
Kendall is a former Air Force F-16 pilot and Wing “Top Gun” instructor who flew more than 42 combat sorties, was awarded two air medals and was selected as the winner of the Orville Wright Daedalian Achievement Award as the top graduate from U.S. Air Force pilot training school in 1990.
Kendall was the former engineering manager for Astropower in Newark, Del., a provider of materials for the solar power industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
Director of Manufacturing
Jeremy Balliet joined Hardwire in 2004 and is responsible for researching and developing new armor solutions and systems for vehicle, infrastructure, and personal protection as well as operation of Hardwire’s 100,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities.
Jeremy has led a ballistic testing team that includes both in-house and external testing partners. Over the past eight years, Jeremy has participated in and led armor development efforts on over ten government-funded contracts. Balliet is responsible for ensuring proper test methodologies, procedures, and safety protocols are implemented at Hardwire. His background in physics and materials science has been an instrumental tool for the team in executing material investigations and transitioning them into full production with highly-efficient processes.
Balliet was the former Research Engineer for Astropower in Newark, Delaware, a provider of materials for the solar industry.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Millersville University, and a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware. At Delaware, he was awarded the Bill Baron Fellowship for excellence in the field of photovoltaic research.