Rick GordonManaging Director, MACH37

In the process of legally changing his name to Mr. Cybersecurity.

Rick Gordon currently serves a the Managing Partner of Mach37, a vertically-oriented venture accelerator focused on launching cybersecurity product companies. Prior to his appointment at MACH37, Rick served as Vice President of product management at KEYW Corporation (now Hexis) and COO of Lookingglass Cyber solutions. Rick has also held numerous positions in cybersecurity-related fields, including Managing Director of the Civitas Group and CEO of Tovaris, Inc. He has also served as an investment banker at Bear, Stearns and as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Diana BurleyProfessor, George Washington University

Cybersecurity education and workforce development guru. Homework assigner.

Diana L. Burley is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. She is a nationally recognized cybersecurity workforce expert and also has published extensively on public sector IT use, knowledge management and information sharing.

Bryan WareCTO, Haystax Technology

Proficient at finding needles in Haystax. Black belt in company building.

When his company, Digital Sandbox, was acquired in 2013, Bryan became the CTO of Haystax Technology. He is responsible for overall technology strategy for the company and supporting our acquisition and technology investment plans. He also leads the Haystax Accelerator, a research and development lab comprised of software developers, data scientists, and system architects.

Steven ChenExecutive Chairman, PFP Cybersecurity

Founder, investor, board member…we’re not convinced he sleeps.

Steven Chen is a Principal of Blu Venture Investors, cofounder and Executive Chairman of Power Fingerprinting (aka Power Fingerprinting), Chairman of Totus Strategic Partners, and Chairman of IEEE 1451.5 Wireless Smart Sensor Networks. He is committed to assist and collaborate with the entrepreneur community, he is a member of Mindshare Alumni, MissionLink, FounderCorp, Chairman of Monte Jade DC, and also a mentor of MACH37 and DC I-Corp. Formerly founder and CEO of Totus Solutions, CTO and Corporate Development of EFJohnson, founder and CEO of 3eTI (acquired by EFJohnson in 2006), and VP of PCB Piezotronics. Steven is a former DoD SBIR Success Story with $300M SBIR Phase III contracts and two White House Tibetts’ Awards for successes in SBIR.

Atif Ghauri CTO, Herjavec Group

Information Security Expert. Recently beat IBM’s Watson in an arm-wrestling match.

Atif Ghauri is a business-oriented technology executive with 15 years of experience in technology strategy and implementation, business unit lead and business development with domain expertise in information security.

Ghauri currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Herjavec Group, heading up the technical team driving US business expansion. Prior to THG, he spent 4 years at Comcast serving as the CISO for the advanced engineering group. He led all product and operational security work streams to launch next generation X1 Platform and Xfinity Home Security product and services. He formed a SOC from ground up using Splunk technology as well as managing a DEV/OPS virtualized environment serving over 1M customers. Ghauri invented and deployed a patent pending fraud detection technology operational on over 1M customer devices.

Tim KeenanCEO, Keenan & Associates

A CEO’s CEO. Experienced company and team-builder.

Tim is an entrepreneur who co-founded and operated HPTi until its’ successful sale to DRC in June of 2011. He believes in leadership principles and good people allowed to reach their full potential. He founded HPTi with Don Fitzpatrick to enable talented people to grow and explore the furthest reaches of the talent they were given. His commitment to his people extends to education, training, environment and full respect for the wholeness of the individual. Tim continue this commitment to good people in a good environment through his new firm Keenan & Associates, where he helps other firms build and develop their people, cultures and strategic plans in the federal marketplace.

Dr. Mark MykityshynExecutive Chairman, Tangible Security

Full spectrum investing, entrepreneurship and governance.

In his various roles, Dr. Mykityshyn has served as CEO, Chairman, and Executive Chairman for a number of public and private companies, bringing a combination of technical, business strategy, and investment finance experience to his professional endeavors. Such pursuits include the creation and management of both venture capital and private equity investment firms, respectively. Prior to becoming the Executive Chairman of Tangible Security, his business activities have largely focused on the development and implementation of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and network-related technologies well suited for the aerospace and defense industry. Prior to co-founding his investment firms, he co-founded Backwire, Inc., which was sold to Leap Wireless International (NASDAQ:LWIN). In addition to his private sector activities, Dr. Mykityshyn is a Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University. His interests include business/public policy, systems science, and innovation.

Jason RigoliPartner, Enlightenment Capital

Carries blank checks. Companies swarm him in public.

Jason is a private equity professional with a track record of over 20 transactions and more than $1B in enterprise value. He is responsible for directing investment activities in the Security and Government industry verticals with a focus on companies that support Homeland Security, Defense, Intelligence, HealthIT, and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Mark MaloneyManaging Director, Paladin Capital

A knight renowned for heroism and chivalry? Perhaps. Renowned for his counsel? Certainly.

Mr. Maloney is Co-Founder and Managing Director at Paladin. He is an active member of the Investment Committee for all Paladin Funds. He is also the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. His responsibilities include new business development, client servicing, fundraising and compliance related activities. Mr. Maloney works closely with Paladin’s portfolio companies with particular emphasis on providing strategic direction and assisting in identification of new business opportunities. In addition to his operational oversight, he serves on the Boards Adapx, Inc., and FPMI Solutions, Inc.

Greg GiammittorioPartner, Morrison & Foerster

Business attorney and friend to startups. Builder of legal foundations.

Gregory Giammittorio represents private and publicly held companies in all stages of growth on a range of issues involving mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, venture capital, and public and private securities offerings. Mr. Giammittorio has recently worked on mergers and acquisitions for government services, cybersecurity, telecommunications, energy, software, semiconductor, information technology, medical device, media, and life science companies.

Doree KeatingPartner, EY

Facilitates transactions in her sleep. Counts successes instead of sheep.

Doree is a Partner at EY in the transaction advisory services practice and has more than 17 years of experience in public accounting and the private sector. For the past 11 years, she has focused on transactions in the aerospace and defense, and government contracting services industries.

Gretchen Frary SeayCo-Founder and Managing Director, Clearsight Advisors

M&A and capital raising advisor to data analytics and tech companies

Gretchen’s experience includes nearly 20 years of sell-side, buy-side, divestiture, recapitalization and growth equity transactions for private and public companies.  She possesses deep investment banking experience across business services and technology sectors.

Kelly A. McBrideManaging Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Manages Northern Virginia tenant representation group

Kelly focuses exclusively in tenant representation, and assists her clients in data center and office strategic planning, portfolio management and optimization, and financial analysis both nationally and across the globe.

Philo TranDirector, Clearsight Advisors

Executes M&A and debt and equity financing transactions

Philo has over thirteen years of experience in investment banking and private equity investing.  He has a focus on companies in technology and business services industries. His deal experience includes executing sell-side, buy-side and private placement transactions and has raised over $1 billion of capital.

Sandy SaggarManaging Shareholder & CEO of Saggar & Rosenberg, PC

Spectacular CEO and CPA guiding organizations on accounting and finance.

Sandy Saggar is Managing Shareholder & CEO of Saggar & Rosenberg, PC where he is experienced in all aspects of contracting with the U.S. Government. His firm provides a vast array of specialized tax, accounting and business advisory services.