Brian Bender is Vice President Sales at Thales. Based in Minnesota, he manages a team focused on biometric and document readers as well as secure identification credentials and components.
Brian has over 25 years of experience in strategic business leadership and sales. He began his career in the medical device industry as an electronics technician with Telex and was appointed Sales manager in 1994 and Director of Sales operations in 2000. He joined Interton in 2001 as the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing and spent the next several years building a successful sales and marketing team leading to the sale of the company to a large competitor.
In 2005 Brian joined HEI as Sales Director. The company was acquired by Smartrac in 2006 to support its business objective to establish a North American manufacturing location for the growing US Government RFID market. In 2017 Linxens purchased Smartrac’s SIT group which included the US government business where he remained as Director of Sales North America Government ID for Linxens Group and President/CEO of Smartrac Technology US. Gemalto/Thales purchased Smartrac in April 2019.
Brian holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Sales and Marketing from the Minnesota School of Business.