David Svec

Founder & Co-Owner

Dave’s curiosity of and passion for shellfish reaches back to high school when he managed operations and sourced products for a small and thriving seafood business in PA. He later earned college money by cutting fish and selling seafood at a market in MD. Dave co-founded War Shore Oyster Company to grow and deliver a premium oyster with a balanced profile to the finest chefs in Washington, DC. That early success was the foundation for creating a rapidly growing seafood sourcing and distribution business whose mission it is to source and distribute the most exceptional and freshest shellfish products in the industry and get them into the hands of our customers as quickly and economically as possible.

Before joining War Shore full-time and after selling his cybersecurity firm, Veris Group, Dave led Coalfire’s Systems’s federal business unit. Prior to its acquisition, he served as co-founder of Veris Group, a 220-person cybersecurity services firm. He also spent several years as a cybersecurity subject matter expert with Booz Allen Hamilton and served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked in the National Security Division. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, he held positions at Reliacom, LLC; Accu-Tech Corporation; and the Ridgway Center for International Security.

Dave has more than 20 years of proven sales, marketing, and management experience. He holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public and International Affairs/International Security (MPIA) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science from Towson University. He is a member of the Coalfire Board of Directors. Dave enjoys kayaking the waters of the mid-Atlantic where many of their oysters grow. He met his wife Becca while enjoying oysters and beer in Washington, D.C. and together they have a young son, Max, who loves to visit the warehouse and pretend to drive the forklift.

Brad Blymier

Founder & Co-Owner

Brad’s interest in shellfish is a direct result of growing up in the Mid-Atlantic region. Raised just a few miles from the Mason-Dixon line in Hanover, PA, Brad was heavily influenced by the Maryland seafood culture and developed an early appreciation for the mighty Chesapeake Bay. When approached with the idea from his childhood friend – and now business partner Dave – of starting a small oyster farm, the answer was an easy one. Since inception, War Shore has always been committed to ethically growing and now sourcing the freshest, highest quality shellfish in the United States. Brad takes pride in working with some of the most talented chefs in the area and forging strong relationships with the farmers that provide us a highly specialized and unique portfolio of products. He is convinced these are contributing factors to War Shore’s growth into a multi-million dollar company.

Prior to co-founding War Shore Oyster Co in 2010, Brad spent his entire career as a sales professional. Primarily working in software sales, Brad has consistently been a top performer for several industry leading companies with a focus and specialty in new territory expansion and new product growth both domestically and internationally. He has managed territories in several major economic hubs including Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Francisco, CA.

Brad has more than twenty years of proven sales and new business development experience. He holds a BA in English from Liberty University. Brad enjoys swimming, running, and splitting his time between the Baltimore-Washington area and Portland Maine, where he lives with his wife, Hannah, and their two young boys, Jett and Jack.