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The HAVEN Story

Invented & Built in Tennessee by U.S. Special Operations Veterans

Idea Created from Combat Experiences

Alex invented the concept while flying Special Operations Forces on direct action raids in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He noticed that insurgents were fortifying their homes and compounds by welding steel bars at the bottom, middle, and top of their doors.
HAVEN all started with a home break-in

Neighborhood Break-ins Started it All

Alex and Clay both had break-ins in their neighborhoods and decided to solve the problem.

The wedge concept for HAVEN was created from the floor based bar concept Alex witnessed overseas and was incorporated into the very first prototype the team made.
HAVEN team at manufacturing plant

Made in America & Veteran Owned

HAVEN supports local craftsmen and makes all HAVEN products in Tennessee.

HAVEN is veteran owned and operated. A number of veterans work on our team and we are proud to support returning Special Operations personnel in finding their next objective.

Proudly made in the USA

HAVEN is designed, tested, and manufactured in Tennessee. We are proud to employ veterans and have skilled TN craftsmen build our products.

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Alex Bertelli

CEO & Co-Founder

Alex created the idea for this product when he was overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served as an Army Special Operations Helicopter Pilot for 8 years in the 160th SOAR (A) and deployed 9 times.

After leaving the Army, he met Clay, and together they built a team around this idea and have been working on it ever since.

He has his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill and currently lives in Nashville TN.

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Air Medal with Valor, and the Boeing Rescue Award.

Our Team

Clay Banks Photo

Clay Banks

Co-Founder and COO

Ranked as top 40 under 40 internationally for business and economic development. 4 time entrepreneur and graduate of The University of Tennessee.

Rick Kuhlman

Rick Kuhlman


Experienced in hardware, firmware, and start-ups. MBA and MS in Engineering from UT.

Aaron Irons

Aaron Irons

Web Solutions Manager

Full stack developer, Shopify expert, designer and IT administrator.

Stef Howerton

Stef Howerton

Social Media Manager

Social marketing guru, email marketer, and designer.

Alison Bossert

Alison Bossert


Marketing maven with over 17 years experience with Sony Pictures Entertainment in publicity, promotions and special events.

David Petsolt Photo

David Petsolt

Strategic Partnership Executive

David has built multi-channel marketing organizations and overseen strategic partnerships both domestically and internationally with some of the world’s most trusted brands.

Strength Testing

We put our products through extreme testing. Former Special Operations personnel test each product line ensuring it stands up to the highest quality under the worst conditions.

Manufacturing Process

HAVEN sources 90% of the components for its products right here in the USA. Our company philosophy focuses on creating jobs for Americans and utilizing their skills and trade to make high quality, reliable products.

Made by Americans

HAVEN employs skilled Tennesseans to build all of our products. Skilled craftswomen assemble your HAVEN and sew it together as the final step on our assembly line. We take pride in providing jobs in rural TN to hard working Americans.

We support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

HAVEN is a proud supporter of the SOWF. 1% of profits go back to the organization to provide scholarships and support for fallen operator's children and families.


Smithville, TN

HAVEN is made in Smithville, Tennessee, USA

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