After graduating college, Alex started working for a manufacturers rep firm in the telecommunications industry learning all the parts & pieces that encompasses a complete network system. He performed training classes throughout the mid-Atlantic area on product and system design, new product reviews and supported certified installers. In 2001, Alex took a position with a local contractor selling the systems that he once designed. This company was a large mechanical & electrical shop, so he was encouraged to sell not just network cabling solutions, but the full breath of systems they offered. Alex learned how all the different layers of construction come together as a project is developed with a heavy focus on the data center market. In 2008, Alex decided to start his own business. With a solid client base and the support of his family, Alex started Marathon. Through the years, Marathon has changed management and focus to better align with the core direction he had originally envisioned. Now, 13 years later, Marathon has established itself as a leader in the DMV with multiple multi-year service contracts, regular clients, and solid manufacturer partnerships. Alex has earned many certifications over the years such as Axis, Genetec, Belden, and Bicsi. He also maintains his Maryland Security and DCJS licenses.
As the President of Marathon Technology Solutions, Alex oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, supports sales and marketing efforts, and provide guidance and inspiration to the team. He supports the technology growth with guidance from my peers as they teach me about me and emerging products. Alex works hand-in-hand with the accounting group to ensure our financial growth and stability. He supports our Operations Team on project engineering, planning and execution to establish a streamlined transition. Recently, the marketing decision was made to start attending tradeshows and become more involved in the industry from a promotional standpoint. Alex attends tradeshows, manufacturer conferences, and industry exhibitions to broaden our visibility throughout the industry.
Alex enjoys spending time with his family and playing with my kids. He loves spending time in his garage working on his car.
Danny has many years in the industry, starting out as an entry field technician, and quickly climbing his way up to his current Project Engineer position. Through the years, Danny has focused on gaining as much industry knowledge as he can through hands on and training experiences.
As a Project Engineer at Marathon, Danny assists the sales team with site surveys, proposal development, and estimates. Additionally, he supports project implementation, progress, close-out documentation and deliverables as needed. Danny collaborates with management in developing procedures, growth, and organization of the back-office and field staff. He oversees and implements coordinating labor requirements for projects, material processing/ordering, scheduling and site coordination with clients, project documentation, daily/weekly reporting, closeout deliverables, and completing internal project summaries. To support all of his duties, Danny has earned many certifications such as, Axis, Genetec, Salto, Hanwha (Wisenet), Feenics, Quintron, Identicard, Red Cloud, Galaxy, Honeywell, S2, Brivo, Exacq, ONSSI, Milestone, Samsung, Onix, as well as maintains his Maryland Security and DCJS licenses.
Danny is happily married to his wife, Christina, and enjoys time with her and their 2 dogs and 2 cats.
After 14 years in the automotive industry, Darby decided to take a leap of faith and venture down a new path. He started in the security industry in 2014, running cable and devising for small camera jobs in public schools. Once he was competent enough with those basic skills, Darby was put on large-scale projects. These larger projects helped provide him with much knowledge and insight into the Security Industry such as, drilling through poured concrete walls to install cameras and card readers, installing card readers on chain link poles, cutting in electric strikes on aluminum store front frames, and an overall understanding of how an access control panel is prepped and wired up. Darby excelled at complex projects and was eventually regularly pulled in on some of the most unique and challenging ones. Holding Genetec and Axis industry certifications, as well as maintaining his Maryland Security and DCJS licenses, have greatly helped Darby continue to excel in this industry.
As a Marathon Superintendent Darby makes sure our technicians are always prepared with anything they need to help make them successful on the jobsite and beyond. He also monitors timesheets and time spent on projects. He is responsible for conducting performance reviews for field technicians. Darby has created an impressive internal training platform for our technicians, so that they can further their knowledge base.
Darby notes that, “being married to my beautiful wife Brandy of 14 years, and our 2 amazing children: Skylar and Deegan”, are the most important things in his life. He loves taking his kids to their sporting events. If the Aker’s family isn’t at sporting event, you can find them outside fishing, hiking, riding bicycles, ATVs, and dirt bikes around their property, or hosting fun events at their house for family and friends. Darby also enjoys hunting and working on anything with an engine.
With over 30 years of Industry experience, Dave Helmick joined the Marathon team in 2018 as a Project Engineer. Having performed Telecom work in 47 states, as well as Puerto Rico, he has acquired knowledge in many verticals such as, Commercial, Corporate, Military, and Government sectors. Dave is Axis, OSHA 30 General, Confined Space certified, as well as maintains a Maryland Security Technician License, and DCJS license.
Dave oversees a variety of tasks here at Marathon. Some of those tasks include providing project pricing including but not limited to, small business, commercial, government, military, and medical clientele; quoting that ranges from a few outlets, to complete telecom and security build outs; interfacing with the customers, collecting information pertaining to the project, acquiring materials, and directly supporting the labor force throughout the entirety of a project.
While not working at Marathon, you can find Dave spending quality time with his wife, Tammie, and St. Bernard, Otis. Dave also enjoys working with anything mechanical, such as restoring tractors and historic cars.
John has been in the Electronic Security industry since 2005, making him a valuable member of the Project Engineer team at Marathon. Coming onboard in 2021, John brings with him extensive knowledge of the industry gained by starting as a helper and working his way up to Project Foreman. Now at, Marathon as one of our Project Engineer’s. In addition to his extensive prior field knowledge, John holds many industry certifications such as AMAG, Gallagher, Avigilon (Access & Video), S2, Honeywell (Vista, Pro-Watch, Max-Pro), Exacq Vision, Cody Blue, Hanwha Wisenet, American Dynamics Video Edge, Eagle Eye, Brivo, Pelco, Senstar. He also maintains a Maryland Security Technician and DCJS licenses. His education includes a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Associates in General Studies.
As a Project Engineer John performs site surveys for existing and potential clients, system design, and full project quoting. He also manages projects start to finish. John states that his goal is, “To meet, if not exceed, all of the customer’s needs to help keep them, their coworkers, and their families safe.”
Personally, you can find John spending time with his wife, Rosemarie and their 2 children. They enjoy spending their free time on their boat, camping, and visiting parks. John’s family is huge Oriole’s fans even when they are having a bad season, you will still find them cheering them on at the Yard!
Truc started in the telecommunications industry when he first came to the United States in 2002. He loves the industry and has been learning and growing so much over these last twenty years. Truc started as a technician and has recently moved into his much deserved role as a Superintendent at Marathon. Truc maintains his Maryland Security and DCJS licenses, as well as OSHA, Lift, and various other certifications.
As a Marathon Superintendent Truc makes it his mission to help the field technicians be successful, and prides himself in forming outstanding relationships with our clients. Truc is often praised by clients for his high quality of work, reliability, and overall professionalism. Marathon recently awarded Truc with a Perseverance award, that he was very honored to have received.
Truc is currently residing in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children, 2 girls and 1 boy. In his spare time, he enjoys watching food channels and working on projects around the house. He loves traveling and enjoys taking his family to the beach or camping in the woods. His dream is to take his family on a road trip across America from East coast to West coast, making stops to enjoy the beautiful sceneries and eating local foods on the way.