Our founding members

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    Chad Hahn

    — Principal and Founder

    “Everyone deserves an opportunity to contribute in this world – the key is finding your niche.” Of the various endeavors Chad has embarked on over the 20 years he has been in IT, MindSpark gives him the biggest smile. In 2011, he founded the organization based on the simple idea that people with developmental disabilities could excel in technology. Chad oversees the strategic vision and business development for the company, working closely with the executive management team to drive the company forward. When not running MindSpark or his other company Optimity Advisors, Chad enjoys shuttling his kids to their school and sports activities.

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    Gray Benoist

    — Principal

    Gray is recently retired from his CFO position at Belden Inc. and is now focusing his energy on supporting the MindSpark mission that all individuals deserve the opportunity for gainful employment. Gray has an MBA from the University of Chicago, 33 years of finance and general business work experience and currently serves on the Boards of Olin Corp, a NYSE chemical company, and Exceptional Minds, a Sherman Oaks non-profit organization offering vocational training in the digital arts to young adults on the autism spectrum.

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    Wendy Benoist

    — Principal

    Wendy has an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and worked as a CPA, financial analyst and strategic planning consultant before becoming a full-time advocate for her two sons. Since relocating to California after 35 years in the Midwest, she has been an active volunteer grant writer and researcher at Exceptional Minds, a non-profit vocational training program and computer animation studio for young adults on the autism spectrum. Wendy also serves on the Board of Directors of Exceptional Minds.