- Leadership Team
- Advisory Board
Greg Taylor brought together the founding team that has served as the nucleus for developing and commercializing self-governing data. Sertainty is a pivot from SertintyONE Corporation, the Company name while in stealth mode. Greg early in his entrepreneurial career founded Taylor Associates, a professional search and recruiting company solely focused on what was then referred to as data processing. Born out of that company was Dataman Services, a data processing systems analysis, software development and consulting services organization. In the early eighties, Greg was one of the original founders of the IBM Marketing Assistance Program (MAP). He parlayed success of both firms, added an IT employee/executive outplacement and career counseling service, and created The Taylor Group, Inc. He divested himself of that business and co-founded a boutique private equity merchant banking group focused on telecom and e-commerce funding and consultation services.
Mr. Eric Rickard serves as President of Sertainty Federal Systems. As a veteran Defense and Federal systems executive, and having served two US Government appointments at the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, he has an enormous wealth of military and intelligence expertise. He has held numerous technical program leadership positions while on assignments to the Department of Homeland Security and Middle East nations. His most enduring value proposition to customers is the ability to apply disruptive technologies with cost and performance efficiencies that ensure the supremacy of national defense and resiliency of national economies.
Even as a corporate executive, Mr. Rickard is a career technologist and innovator with extensive relationships across academia, the Silicon Valley and Washington DC. He has a history of distilling complex problems, matching solutions to emerging technology, communicating a vision that ultimately transitions the solutions into high impact results. His areas of applied technology expertise span artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomy, data science and cybersecurity.
Since 2008 he has served as Vice President of Strategic Cyber Innovations at Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing primarily on resiliency of cyber-physical systems and Internet-scale cyber simulation. He also served in two roles as Director of R&D and Director of International Cyber Customer Innovations at Raytheon. In those roles he was instrumental in leading the growth of both company’s cybersecurity businesses.
In 2016, while at Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Rickard began tracking Sertainty Corp as an emerging cybersecurity solution for the US Government’s most compelling challenge – absolutely and permanently protecting their most sensitive data. In 2019 he concluded that only Sertainty had a proven capability to absolutely and permanently protect data and subsequently accepted the role of CEO and President of Sertainty Federal Systems.
Mr. Rickard is a graduate of Syracuse University, with a BS Physics degree. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.
Dan is the architect and pilot of the Sertainty brand and the Data: Empowered initiative. Previously, Dan held senior leadership positions at DuPont building and mentoring global technology and business development teams focused on commercializing breakthrough technologies. He has a strong science and technology background with three decades of experience in Military, Automotive and Critical Infrastructure. Dan has eight issued patents to his name and is one co-inventor of the Sertainty Intelligent Cipher Transfer Object technologies.
Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant with 25+ years leadership experience with companies ranging from early stage startups to well established billion dollar companies. Kelly has held positions as a Board of Director, Chief Financial Officer, VP of Finance, VP of IT, Corporate Controller and General Manager. Kelly leverages his varied roles to lead financial and operational changes resulting in increased income, cost savings and efficiencies. Kelly’s varied experiences include leading due diligence efforts, accounting and medical billing software conversions and leading a focus group to develop policies and procedures for a home health line of business. He has a proven background of providing financial information and a strategic perspective needed to meet the goals of management and the company.
Scott is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in enterprise software and information technology. He has achieved outstanding success in a variety of leading roles with early-stage technology companies as well as publicly traded companies. His professional accomplishments include leading an internet-based financial services company, as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, to the top-end of INC. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies three years in a row, developing the US business unit of a German enterprise software company and overseeing its IPO that resulted in an eventual market capitalization in excess of $4 billion. He has also been successful in raising capital and in selling companies. In one venture he raised over $40 million. He also turned a company with less than $450K in annual sales into an $80 million exit for the company’s investors in four years.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from Southern Illinois University. He has also completed the Wharton School Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania and Sales and Management Training Program from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Amir provides strategic direction and execution capacities to set Data: Empowered as a new global standard in the data protection space. He has twenty-five years of experience in the IT and Corporate Learning industries, including two-decades at the largest IT company in Latin America, where he was Head of a Business Intelligence Unit representing Microstrategy, and, a Chief Learning Officer, representing Harvard Business Publishing.
Amir was the founder of the first Non-Profit Organization that assisted Israel’s Incubator System, in which he hand-held over 100 high-tech companies. He was the Vice Chairman of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, overseeing its initiatives, and a Recipient of its Business Leadership Award.
Amir Served in the Directorate of Military Intelligence for the Israel Defense Forces, and was awarded the Most Outstanding Soldier of the Corp. in 1981. He holds an AB in Political Science and Psychology from Tel Aviv University ’86; an MIA in International Economics from Columbia University ’90; and, an MBA from the ‘Grand Ecole’ EDHEC ’92 specializing in IT and Management where he graduated first in his class.
Melani Smith-Weed, VP Customer Engagement, has over 25 years of international business and technology experience. Ms. Smith-Weed is a co-inventor of the Sertainty Intelligent Cipher Transfer Object technologies. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Smith-Weed served the Financial Products division of Caterpillar, Inc. holding positions in both business and technology management. At “Cat Financial,” her primary area of expertise was business and process analysis relating to the technological needs of the international offices for Caterpillar Financial. Having developed fluency in both French and Spanish, she directed various international locales in understanding the requirements, ensuring compliance with and the clean integration of highly regulated process flows. Ms. Weed’s extensive international exposure included representation of Caterpillar at both their “internal dealer networks” as well as the “external” customer/end user and set up new subsidiaries in Sweden, Thailand, Korea and Peru. She is a graduate of Franklin College of Indiana with a degree in Computer Information Science and a minor in Business. She also attended Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, where she studied international business and economics.
Tim Chalk, VP Solutions Engineering, entered the workforce, some 20 years ago, as a software engineer and has spent the last decade of his career dedicated to payment technologies. Prior to joining Sertainty, Mr. Chalk led engineering teams at ConnexPay, NCR, Vanco Payment Solutions, and Firethorn (acquired by Qualcomm), where he helped pioneer mobile banking and mobile payment technologies nationwide. He is a hands-on technology executive with extensive experience in mobile and enterprise software architecture, team leadership, and project management in both start-up and large business environments.
Stan has directed activities related to the Company’s growing investor base since he joined the Company in 2009. His extensive experience in managing and cultivating investor relationships, gained through his thirteen-year career in wealth management with companies such as Merrill Lynch, Paine Webber, Wachovia Securities and Wells Fargo Advisors, has enabled him to help Sertainty to attract friendly capital. Over the previous seventeen years, he worked in corporate financial management in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry. He held management positions, at Baxter, responsible for budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis in support of sales and marketing activities at the divisional level. Later, Stan went on to hold management positions responsible for general accounting, financial reporting and internal audit at the corporate level during his years at Boots Pharmaceuticals and Knoll Pharmaceuticals. His financial career began in public accounting with Price Waterhouse in Chicago where he earned his CPA.
Kevin, in 2005, co-founded Get The Net, LLC (“GTN”), a compliance and operational risk consulting firm servicing the Alternative Investment and Investment Banking Communities which provide customized solutions to the complex issues while considering a client’s strategy, size, and in-house expertise.
From 1998 through 2005, Kevin, a Founding Member and Managing Director of Bank of America’s Equity Financial Products Unit, was responsible for building the team’s infrastructure which enabled the business to grow its revenues to $700M+ by its third year of trading. Global Business Management responsibilities for Cash Equities, Prime Brokerage and Equity Capital Markets were added in 2002. In the ten years prior, Kevin held various Business Management positions at Salomon Brothers supporting Equity Derivative, Interest Rate Swaps, Risk Arbitrage, Government Trading, Firm Finance and Foreign Exchange strategies.
Adrian Cunningham has been in the cyber security space for over 20 years. He built his knowledge in networking and the security space by starting out as desktop support and working his way up to security administrator for a major corporation. His experience moved him into the sales engineering role selling McAfee, Fortinet & Symantec technology supporting commercial and enterprise accounts. He held dual roles as a sales engineer and account representative, rounding out his over-all sales capability. With his vast technical knowledge and sales experience, Adrian has taken the role of SVP Enterprise Sales for the west region supporting Sertainty’s data-centric technology.
Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree from North Texas University and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Adrian is a musician at heart, an undercover technology geek and continually redefines himself in pursuance of his goals.
Fred has an extensive and proven success record within the national and international healthcare markets. He has held broad leadership positions as a CEO, COO and Vice President for world class organizations such as The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, GE, Siemens, Lifewatch AG, Linde Gas and British Oxygen Corporation. Fred’s achievements include managing complex multi-site operations across broad geographical arenas, overseeing the development of clinical operational excellence, and achieving superior financial results with the resources available, while effectively managing for profit and loss.
Fred holds an exemplary track record of guiding large teams of clinical staff members, engineers, information technology specialists, and regulatory experts in optimizing projects for effectiveness, efficiency, and safety in therapeutic care for various healthcare environments.
Fred holds international patents in cloud-based telemedicine solutions and is a member of the American Telemedicine Association as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University and a BSBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Fred has also attended the NASDAQ IPO Boot Camp for CEO’s and ISO Certification Management Training.
Rich Streeter joined Sertainty in 2013 as a New Business Development Manager responsible primarily for developing and aligning its relationships with government and infrastructure market sectors. Rich joined the Navy in 1988 and has over 26 years within the government sector specializing in intelligence, communications and cryptology. He served for few years as a Cryptologic Officer primarily in Rota, Spain. And likewise, on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Staff where he learned the Navy and defense establishment requirements for networks, communications and intelligence. The majority of his technical time involved creating database applications, administering databases and leading teams resolving database integration issues. Later, as a commander in the Naval Reserves, he assisted West African navies in modernization and training to combat piracy in the region.
More recently Rich was the Director of Information Systems for an intelligence community contractor in the Baltimore area, leading teams involved with database development, administration and security.
Rich holds a Masters in Management Information Systems as well as a BA in History from Hillsdale College.
Jim Minie, Senior Solutions Engineer, is a 30+ year veteran in the Information Technology and Information Security industries. He has extensive knowledge of cybersecurity technology companies and their solutions, with direct experience as both customer/user and vendor.
Prior to Sertainty, Jim specialized in network design and implementation of security technologies including authentication/authorization, data encryption and key management, SIEM and Managed Security Services, User and Entity Behavior Analysis (UEBA), and others. His portfolio includes working for companies including Q1 Labs which was acquired by IBM, RSA Security, Symantec, a Fortune 50 financial company, and in the aerospace and brewing industries.
Jim’s accomplishments over his career include selling some of the largest IBM QRadar SIEM sales to a Who’s Who list of Fortune 1000 companies at the time, becoming IBM’s #1 Global Systems Engineer. This resulted in Jim personally achieving 700% of his On-Target-Earnings during a single year while at IBM.
Jim holds degrees in Management Information Systems/Management and Computer Science.
Dr. Ed Amoroso is currently Chief Executive Officer of TAG Cyber LLC, a global cyber security advisory, training, consulting, and media services company supporting hundreds of companies across the world. Ed recently retired from AT&T after thirty-one years of service, beginning in Unix security R&D at Bell Labs and culminating as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T from 2004 to 2016.
Ed has been Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology for the past twenty-seven years, where he has introduced nearly two thousand graduate students to the topic of information security. He is also affiliated with the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU as a Research Professor, and the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University as a senior advisor. He is author of six books on cyber security and dozens of major research and technical papers and articles in peer-reviewed and major publications.
Ed holds the BS degree in physics from Dickinson College, the MS/PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Columbia Business School. He holds ten patents in the area of cyber security and media technology and he has served as a Member of the Board of Directors for M&T Bank, as well as on the NSA Advisory Board (NSAAB). Ed’s work has been highlighted on CNN, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has worked directly with four Presidential administrations on issues related to national security, critical infrastructure protection, and cyber policy.
Robin is a global senior executive and board member with 30 years of leadership experience in enterprise technology, mobility, and security while leveraging her C-level success driving transformation for AT&T, BlackBerry and Samsung. Robin is presently the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Emnovate, Chairman of Global Aviation and Partner with Valor Ventures. Emnovate is an advisory firm that delivers enterprise class services to help businesses embrace innovation. Robin has been selected to multiple public and private boards due to her collaborative, entrepreneurial approach to strategy creation, consensus building, corporate governance, and shareholder relations. Robin is a past member of the Hewlett Packard Advisory Board and the Cisco Strategic Advisory Board. Robin is also a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Advisory Board and a Tiffany Circle Member of the American Red Cross.
Robin is a global influencer with 15 patents and is routinely tapped to present at global enterprise conferences, including the CIO Forum, Gartner and Forrester. She has received extensive exposure in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal, and named one of the Top 100 CIOs in STEM. Inc. has identified her as one of the top 18 women to watch in 2018.
David Barton, Chief Information Security Officer, is responsible for the day-to-day security operations of Stellar Cyber in addition to product strategy and direction. Prior to Stellar Cyber, Barton was the COO for 5Iron, a MSSP based in Nashville, TN.
Barton brings to Stellar Cyber more than 20 years of experience in security leadership roles across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, healthcare, software development, finance and government. Prior to 5Iron, he spent three years as Chief Information Security Officer for Forcepoint, responsible for securing the information and physical assets of Forcepoint on a global scale.
Barton spent three years building and leading the international security team at Hireright protecting their customer data and intellectual property. Prior to that, he spent almost eight years as director of information security at AT&T/Cingular, based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he led efforts to protect over 80 million wireless subscribers. As group manager of security operations and engineering at Sprint/Nextel, he managed all security activities for application development, database architecture and enterprise policy and audit compliance, in addition to building a world-class white-hat security team.
Barton holds an executive MBA from University of Missouri, Kansas City, a B.S. in management information systems from Simpson College and a CISSP certification.
Jack retired from Grant Thornton LLP as of 7/31/16-after nearly 40 years. He currently serves on the board of directors of Jefferies Group LLC. Jack was the National Managing Partner and Global Leader of Financial Services at Grant Thornton LLP. Jack has governance and leadership experience. He was the Chairman of Grant Thornton’s partnership board in addition to being the New York Office and Northeast Region managing partner.
Jack’s experience includes banks, hedge funds, investment banks, private equity funds, regulated investment companies, insurance companies and trading companies. In addition, he has experience with industrial and technology companies. Jack led Grant Thornton’s financial services practice for approximately 20 years and built it into a national and global practice.
He served as the New York office managing partner from 2003-2013 and the Northeast region managing partner from 2010-2013. Jack served as a member of the firm’s partnership board for 13 years; holding the title of Chairman of the Board for much of that time, with his term concluding in 2012. Jack has extensive experience serving international organizations. Over the years he has been a speaker at professional forums, has been quoted in various publications and has authored a number of articles. He has served on various committees and boards in the financial services and not-for-profit industries. Jack served for a few years on the Global Public Policy Committee (GPPC) Bank Working Group.
Jack is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Jack has an MBA in taxation from City University of New York and a BA in accounting from Brooklyn College.
Jeff Snyder is the Founder of CyberStratos LLC, a firm that focuses on cyber strategy consulting, opportunity pipeline and business development, and cyber mergers and acquisitions.
During the past 20 years, Snyder has held increasingly responsible positions involving strategic planning, business development, operations and M&A activities with a variety of high-technology firms. Prior to founding CyberStratos, Snyder was Vice President of Cyber Programs at Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). During his 8 years at Raytheon, Snyder was instrumental in leading the firm’s cyber growth strategy and closed a $4B investment in building a portfolio of cyber capabilities, technologies and products.
Prior to Raytheon, he was vice president of Cyber Programs for CUBIC Corporation. There he formed Cubic Cyber Solutions, Inc., and led an initial cyber acquisition to launch the new subsidiary.
Previously Snyder was Business Development Vice President at SAIC Corporation. He oversaw marketing, business development and execution efforts for the firm’s large and diverse Information Assurance and Cyber Security business with 40 operating locations.
Snyder is active on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cyber Committee, the CANSO ATM Security Working Group, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Cyber Committee, the White Hat Gala Charity Planning Committee (which he chairs), and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Industrial Internet Subcommittee. He is also a member of the AFCEA Board of Directors, the AFCEA Mentoring Continuum, the Association of Old Crows Capitol Club Board, and Washington Children’s Hospital Industry Advisory Board. Snyder is also Chairman Emeritus of the Washington Exec Cyber organization.
From a University perspective, Snyder is active with the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the President’s Advisory Board at Cal Poly. He is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber.
Snyder received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently completed the Navy’s graduate-level nuclear engineering program and served with the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer.
Snyder earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida with a focus on strategic planning and growth strategies for technology firms. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at global conferences and industry events focused on Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Protection.