Our Story

ProtectED Solutions LLC began while one of the company’s co-founders and CEO, Master Sergeant (Ret.) Pete Facchini served as a member of the U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment. On April 16th, 2007, Pete was notified of the ongoing Virginia Tech shooting massacre. Over the next several days, Pete learned that many of the victims were trapped in dorms and classrooms with no way to safely barricade themselves. As an expert Special Operations breacher, Pete knew he could develop a product that was capable of protecting lives and preventing even the most experienced active shooter from taking innocent lives. Thus, the idea of "Protecting Education" (ProtectED) was born.

 

Five more deployments to the Middle East and family life forced Pete to delay the production of his idea. However, on December 14th, 2012, while serving on an exchange program with one of Great Britain’s Elite Special Operation Units, Pete learned of the Sandy Hook Massacre. As a husband of a teacher and father of three, Pete began to view the problem through a personal lens. He had the knowledge and idea to help prevent or mitigate these tragedies. Upon returning home from his assignment, Pete teamed up with his childhood friend, Tim Cahalin, who was running a successful custom design architecture firm (Official LLC) in Brooklyn, New York. Together, they immediately began work on creating bullet-resistant classroom products that would prevent school shootings of that magnitude from happening again. Understanding the implications of militarizing a classroom, Pete and Tim developed products that had practical applications, were simple to use, and blended into the classroom environment so that students would not be reminded of the potential danger of an active shooter. Their hard work paid off and they developed what is now the ProtectED ballistic bookcase. 

 

In late 2019, Jake Ahle and Tom Ankenbauer, former U.S. Army Infantry Captains and Rangers who met Pete while they were assigned to the Asymmetric Warfare Group, joined the team. ProtectED Solutions was finally incorporated in Georgia in early 2020 as a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

The                     Team

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Over 50 years of combined experience in crisis management and product design

Pete Facchini

Chief Executive Officer

Pete is a 20 year U.S. Army Special Operations Veteran. Pete has 20 combat deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism, making him one of the most experienced members of the Special Operations Community. He is the recipient of three Bronze Stars with “V” device for Valor, the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device for Valor as well as multiple other personal and unit awards. Being a subject matter expert in all aspects of Marksmanship, Breaching, Close Quarters Battle (CQB), Small Unit Tactics and numerous other disciplines. Pete’s knowledge and expertise has been sought out by numerous agencies and military units.

Tom Ankenbauer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Tom Ankenbauer grew up in Michigan and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After graduating in 2013, he served as an Airborne Ranger and Infantry Captain in the Army. Tom’s assignments include the 173rd Airborne based out of Vicenza, Italy and the Asymmetric Warfare Group based out of Ft. Meade, Maryland. He has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and numerous countries across Europe. Tom currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he is attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

Tim Cahalin

Chief of Product

Tim grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He studied Environment Design at University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, Tim practiced fine art for several years in the Bay Area, making a living as a successful artist. In 2000, Tim moved to New York City in 2000 to pursue new ventures. After working on several high-profile hotel and development projects throughout the city, he launched an architectural design firm specializing in furniture design, art fabrication, and architectural engineering. Tim now lives in New Jersey and continues his architectural and design work across the country.

Jake Ahle

Chief Operating Officer

​Director of Client Relations

Jake is a native of Marlton, New Jersey and attended the Pennsylvania State University on an Army ROTC scholarship where he studied economics. After commissioning in May 2013, Jake went on to graduate US Army Ranger School before becoming an Airborne Infantry Officer. Jake spent seven years on active duty deploying all over Europe and the Middle East. Currently living in Boston, Massachusetts, Jake is completing his first year at Harvard Business School.