Our Team

The Ardent team is comprised of a group of world-class experts with a proven track record of managing multi-billion-dollar projects in the global marketplace. Headquartered in Washington DC, Ardent personnel possess pivotal skill sets and contacts across the Defense Department, Homeland Security, and law enforcement communities, coupled with real estate and financial experts.

Noting the increasingly underserved needs within the region, Ardent began moving to invest in the region as early as 2005. Building recognition and relationships North and South of the border, Ardent has earned the trust and confidence of representatives at the city, county, state, and Federal levels, from City Hall to the halls of Congress. Throughout this time, Ardent experts have provided analysis and guidance to advance this project to its current state of success.

Paul R. Fiel
Managing Member
Strategy and Operations Expert

Change leader and entrepreneur with a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies and operating strategies to drive cost savings, process improvements and efficiencies. Sought after to lead complex multi-million-dollar projects for government, Fortune 500 companies and Big 4 consulting firms. Known for successful start-ups and turnarounds; identifying and capitalizing on emerging opportunities and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner.

Eric E. Fiel Lt. Gen., USAF (Ret.)
National Security Expert

U.S. Air Force Hall of Fame Inductee (2022); Commander, U.S. Special Operations (ret); Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command preparing Air Force Special Operations forces for worldwide deployment to Unified Combatant Commanders comprised of over 18,000 Active-Duty, Reserve, Air National Guard and Civilian Professionals. Secured and executed tens of billions in federal funding to build out U.S. airport operations and their supporting infrastructures in the US and abroad.

Michael Marks
National and Border Security Expert

Recognized subject matter expert and author with Department of Defense. Has accumulated experience in intelligence services in Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, and Central America. Received the Space Warfare Command’s highest recognition for achievement in a multi-billion-dollar modernization effort for the US Navy’s BUMED medical command. Books and training programs authored by Mr. Marks have become part of state-mandated emergency responder training in over 27 states, as well as adoptions by the FBI National Academy, the US Hazardous Devices School, the US Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, the State of New York, the International Fire Service Training Association, Oklahoma State University, George Washington University, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and the U.S. Army Hazardous Devices School.

Heather Gardner
Project and Operations Expert

Over twenty years experience in multi-million-dollar Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial real estate development, with extensive reputation in Arizona city, county, state as well as Federal government levels. Led transition of $1B DoD program spanning operational and workforce management. Responsible for over $32M in proposal development and $79M in aggregate contract awards. Provides invaluable leadership and relationships to the Douglas CLPOE effort from the concept to current day.

Alec Bierbauer
CEO Blackrock Strategy

“Arizona’s southeastern border represents one of the last remaining untapped pools of potential along a vital international trade route. Climate, terrain, and airspace considerations overlay favorably with environmental needs for unmanned aircraft RDT&E. This is greatly enhanced when you consider the operational overlap with Customs and Border Patrol and local law enforcement to enhance the safety and security of commercial and residential areas alike.”

Mr. Bierbauer is the recipient of the National Intelligence Medal for his role leading the development of the Predator drone as an armed platform, creating America’s premier counterterrorist platform, and launching the global drone revolution. Mr. Bierbauer’s career has spanned the globe, with notable work in Afghanistan, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America.

Blackrock Strategy acts as a bridge between defense, intelligence, and Fortune 500 commercial clients. Blackrock identifies and drives value through innovation and coordination. Mr. Bierbauer appears frequently on TV and web-based media, as well as a speaker at global symposia on threat, security, and drone-related topics.

Contact Us

Email us at pfiel@ardentaz.com