Managing Director at Dunrath Capital, Ret. Army Lt. Col. (Special Forces)
Stephen Beitler is the cofounder and CEO of Dunrath Capital, a venture capital firm focused on protecting critical infrastructure. Portfolio companies include Critical Signal Technologies, which provides telemedicine and personal emergency response systems; and Keri Systems, the largest independent integrated access control provider. Dunrath’s exits include: Gichner Systems Group (acquired by Kratos); Initiate (acquired by IBM); and Arxan Technologies (acquired by Microsemi and TA Associates). Over his career, Stephen has been tasked with finding solutions to massive problems, such as merging a Fortune 10’s sprawling patchwork of information technology systems into one or reducing the weight and cost of the V-22 Tiltrotor by more than $1 billion. He took a leave of absence from Dunrath to accept an appointment as the founding CEO of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, which identified over $6 billion of innovative financing solutions for massive infrastructure upgrades. Prior to founding Dunrath, Stephen was managing director of Trident Capital, where he founded the firm’s cybersecurity practice prior to 9/11 and served on the firm’s investment committee. He joined Trident after a decade at Sears and Helene Curtis, where he streamlined chaotic financial management and information systems, vaulting both companies into the digital era. Stephen also has served as military assistant (chief of staff) to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Production and Logistics. As an intelligence officer and Green Beret, he commanded up to 1,000 soldiers in combat and managed budget and assets of more than $100 million. He also ran operational and research activities on weapon, radar, and satellite and airborne imaging systems, which were delivered on time and on budget. His counter-terrorism work principally focused on Iran. Stephen also has served on countless volunteer boards, ranging from the Lyric Opera of Chicago to the Illinois Venture Capital Association, where he was chairman. He currently is the scholarship chairman for the Vigilant Torch Foundation, which supports the needs of special operators in Tier 1 JSOC units.