- Executive 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 CEO and 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.
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.
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.
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.
DeWayne D. Addington is a top-ranking sales and management professional with over 25 years of high-tech software industry experience and a record for consistently delivering peak revenue and high-volume sales.
A focused leader with expertise in global sales strategy/tactics and a demonstrated aptitude for developing and leading world-class sales teams via a hands-on, “in the field” management/coaching style, DeWayne has a history of transforming corporate sales objectives into significant bottom-line results.
In the midst of a career in the music industry as a lead singer for a nationally touring band DeWayne discovered a passion for High Technology Sales. His penchant for performing and connecting with his audience was the perfect segue to a successful tour throughout the US and Europe as a company spokesperson for the then “Start-Up” KnowledgeWare, building momentum up to their IPO. Subsequently DeWayne has served in award-winning sales leadership and direct contributor roles for other start-up organizations such as Seagull Software and MapR, as well as premier software companies including Synon, Information Builders and Oracle. His portfolio of technology includes Big Data and Data Management/Analytics and security platforms/tools, Development Tools, Integration Technologies, automated marketing and social media management platforms among others.
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.
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.
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.
Major General (ret) Wayne Brock III retired from the US Army in August of 2016 after 36 years of military service. His most recent assignment was Commanding General of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) from 2014—2016. His command covered all facets of Army communications within the Pacific Region, comprised of the 1st and 516th Signal Brigades, while also serving as the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6.
In addition to his Pacific Command, much of MG(R) Brock’s career was spent serving in command billets to include Commanding General of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, GA, responsible for executing the command’s dual mission: providing critical chemical, communications and information services in support of forces in Southwest Asia, as well as Homeland Defense operations as directed by the U.S. Army Reserve Command. He was Commanding General of the 335th Signal Forward (Kuwait), supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn while dual hatted as the US Army Central Command (ARCENT) G6. Additional General Officer level commands were the 359th Signal Command at Ft Gordon GA. MG(R) Brock also served overseas as Director of Communications CJ6, Headquarters, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom and Di-rector of Signal Integration, ACSE-A, Operation Enduring Freedom and ARCENT Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6.
Major General (ret) Brock is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration. He holds a Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a fellow at the National Defense University and completion of the US Army Command and General Staff College.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters).
Major General (ret) Brock is married to the former Melinda Jackson and has two children, Lance and Katherine, plus three granddaughters.