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.

  • Rebecca Beam

    — Principal

    Rebecca has more than 20 years of experience in Technology Staffing and Consulting Services. Her success is a result of her true dedication to building strong, honest and meaningful relationships with companies and employees, alike. She truly believes there is an opportunity for everyone who has the drive, skills and talent for technology. Rebecca is also passionate about the healthy development of children through Martial Arts and is the joint owner of a Mixed Martial Arts Studio in Calabasas, California. She has two beautiful children and three dogs that make her life full and complete. She was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to California in 1990, but is still a true “Southern Belle” at heart.