Tom is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of analytic and risk management experience as a co-founder and CEO of ClearForce, a cyber and employee risk management company based in Vienna, VA. Prior to ClearForce, Tom was the CEO of ALI Solutions (aka, Austin Logistics). During his tenure at ALI, Tom served as the CFO and headed the Marketing, Product and Business Development functions at ALI, where he established global distribution channels and co-invented several patented systems including priority queuing algorithms. Prior to ALI Solutions, Tom was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase’s card risk management division where he developed and managed the credit risk policy for the card and unsecured credit portfolios. Tom also served as the Vice President of Analytics for Noble Systems Corporation. Tom co-founded and served as a board member of Advanced Call Center Technologies, a contact center service business started in 1997 and sold in 2003. As an entrepreneur, Tom has raised over $35M in seed and venture capital. He has consulted for many of the top U.S. banks, published numerous articles and presented topics at industry events and conferences related to risk management, insider threats and the application of analytic technology and policy. In 2018, he won the AFCEA Small Business Innovation Shark Tank competition. Tom has an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Our team brings decades of domain expertise in the areas of cyber security, secure infrastructure, risk management, and predictive analytics. Our experience spans government and commercial industry applications, including United States Armed Forces, Department of Defense, Homeland Security, US Intelligence Agencies, as well as leading US and global financial services, energy, and healthcare companies.
Our team brings decades of subject matter expertise from the public and private sectors in the areas of cyber security, secure infrastructure, risk management, predictive analytics, personnel management, human resources, and mental health and wellness.
Dan is a serial entrepreneur and business leader in the data analytics and risk management industry, with 30+ years of experience in financial services and related fields. He has founded several successful businesses in consumer and commercial lending, data analytics, machine learning technology and related service operations. He is the founder and CEO of Concerto Card, an Austin-based credit card and loyalty platform. He is the founder and former CEO of Mercury Financial (aka, Credit Shop), a financial services startup he grew to become a top-25 credit card issuer in 3 years. Dan has started and led several businesses focused on serving financial institutions, including Optimal Risk (risk analytics), Austin Logistics (machine learning, risk analytics and optimization), and Advanced Call Center Technologies (receivables management). Prior to these entrepreneurial endeavors, Dan ran credit risk management for JPMorgan Chase’s credit card portfolio and served as the Chief Risk Officer at Household Card Services.
General Craig R. McKinley, USAF (Ret.) was elected Chairman of the ANSER Board of Directors in November 2020. He completed his tenure as National Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on November 14, 2019. General McKinley retired as the President and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on June 30, 2017. McKinley came to NDIA from the Air Force Association (AFA) where he had served as President since October 1, 2012. After 38 years in the Air Force, McKinley retired as a four-star general in November 2012. His last assignment was as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, where he also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he was a military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and was the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and to State Adjutants General on all matters pe11aining to the National Guard. McKinley received his commission in 19 7 4 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Southern Methodist University. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions at group, wing, sector and field operating agency levels. His assignments include Commander, 1st Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. He has served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Director, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. McKinley is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours, primarily in the T-38, F-106, F-16 and F-15. Additionally, he has been pilot in command in the C-131 and C-130 operational support airlift aircraft. Among his military decorations are the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Combat Readiness Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters; and National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star. McKinley received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 197 4 and a Master of Arts degree in Management and Economics from Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1979. He received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 1995
Jody Weis served in the FBI for 23-years, holding every position from Special Agent to Deputy Assistant Director. As a member of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service, Weis served as the Special Agent in Charge of both the Los Angeles and Philadelphia field offices, as well as working as Deputy Assistant Director in both the Human Resources Division and the Office of Professional Responsibility. During his investigative years, Weis focused on fugitives, violent crimes, gangs, and terrorism matters. He also performed the ancillary duties of SWAT, Special Agent Bomb Technician, and Firearms Instructor. Following a rash of controversial incidents, Mayor Daley appointed Weis as the 54th Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. In 3-years, he drove cultural change and implemented policies that resulted in the lowest homicide totals in 45-years, reduced lawsuits against police officers by nearly 50%, and formed scores of new relationships with both community and law enforcement partners. The Chicago Police Department is the second largest police department in the US, with more than 13,000 sworn officers and with an operating budget in excess of $1B. In 2014, Accenture made the decision to pursue public safety opportunities in North America and brought Weis, and his 26-years of law enforcement experience, on board to serve as its North American public safety expert. For the past 7-years, Weis was a pioneer of Accenture’s US public safety practice. He has proven to Accenture leadership that its public safety industry can pursue and win work in North America. Weis was also a key member of Accenture’s global public safety team, bringing his experience, knowledge, and insight to Accenture to offer the expertise of an actual police practice that complemented this global firm’s immense consulting, technical, and strategic capabilities. This unique combination separated Accenture from many, if not all, of its competitors Weis is a graduate of the University of Tampa, and served 5+ years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Commander, earning the rank of Captain in the US Army. He and his wife Janice live in Scottsdale, AZ
Dr. Franklin is an accomplished senior executive who is credited with revolutionizing several large scale, national public health systems. She has focused her expertise in key wellness areas to include suicide prevention, mental health, and substance abuse. A transformational leader, Dr. Franklin has spent her 25-year career driving complex organizational and policy change in the federal sector before recently transitioning to the private sector. She has served as a senior executive in both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), where she served as the principle advisor on all matters related to suicide prevention. As a national leader in the suicide prevention, Dr. Franklin was responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary team of experts in the advancement of evidence-based prevention practices for over three million active duty members, 20 million veterans, and their families. Dr. Franklin has represented DoD and the VA during testimony in front of both chambers of Congress and she has advised the Office of the President, the Domestic Policy Council, and the National Security Council. An innovative leader, she spearheaded a national effort to close the gaps between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs by leading cross agency efforts tied to a White House Executive Order addressing critical periods of risk for servicemen, women and veterans. In addition, Dr. Franklin has led numerous caucus roundtable discussions with members of Congress and she has presented or served on multiple task-force groups, panels for national-level committees such as the National Academies of Sciences, the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Fort Hood Task Force, and she was recently elected to serve on the American Association of Suicidology board. Dr. Franklin has authored multiple chapters in the Military Social Work textbooks and she has published in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to suicide prevention and substance abuse. Since transitioning to the private sector, Dr. Franklin has been instrumental in the advancement of mental health literacy across the nation and she has championed the development of training on evidence-based practices with the goal of obtaining more efficacious mental health care outcomes for at-risk population groups. Dr. Franklin has a PhD in social work from Virginia Commonweal University and an advanced certificate from the Center for Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA). Dr. Franklin holds certificates from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education on Leading Large Organizational Change and Women in Leadership as well as the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School course on Executive Leadership.
Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and her work is saving lives all over the globe across 6 continents. The President of the American Psychiatric Association noted her work with the Columbia Protocol could be “like the introduction of antibiotics.” The U.S. Department of Defense said that her work is “nothing short of a miracle” and stated “her effective model of improving the world will help propel us closer to a world without suicide.” The Center for Disease Control noted that her work is “changing the paradigm in suicide risk assessment in the US and worldwide.” Dr. Posner has been awarded The Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for this work saving lives across the nation. Dr. Posner’s work has been noted in a keynote speech at the White House and in Congressional hearings, and she made the lead presentation in a forum on school safety at the U.S. Senate in her partnership with the Parkland community. Jim Shelton, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, says her work “has the potential to keep the 64 million children in our schools safe physically and mentally by helping prevent school violence.” In Israel, where the protocol is in every school teacher’s hands, officials said her work “is not only saving millions of lives but in Israel it is literally changing the way we live our lives.” Through her advocacy, she has helped change local, national and international policy, which in turn has helped achieve reductions in suicide across all sectors of society. Dr. Posner gave the invited presentation on tackling depression and suicide at the first European Union high level conference on mental health. She was recognized as the Most Distinguished Alumna of her graduate school at Yeshiva University in the past 50 years and was named one of New York magazine’s “Most Influential.” In 2016 she was honored with the Angel Award for New York City & State’s Responsible 100, and the Ann Vanderbilt Award for Achievement Partnership with Children. In 2014 she received The Spero Award for Excellence and Profound Commitment to Community Psychiatry, and in 2013, she was awarded with the New York State Suicide Prevention Award. The Columbia Protocol is policy across all 50 states, many national agencies, and most countries. Dr. Posner was commissioned by the FDA to develop a scientific approach to suicide risk assessment that has become the gold standard for suicide monitoring and is ubiquitous across the U.S and worldwide. The FDA has characterized her work as “setting a standard in the field” and a lead article in The New York Times called it “one of the most profound changes of the past sixteen years to regulations governing drug development.” Her scholarly work has been included in the compendium of the most important research in the history of the study of suicide. Dr. Posner has also been a long-standing advocate of education reform. She is the Founding Chairman of the Board of Turnaround for Children, a groundbreaking model that is the first to fix failing schools in high-poverty communities. She founded a New York City Independent School with a public mission. The Speyer Legacy School is the first school for accelerated learners, with a particular focus on the low-income high-achieving student, often called the most underserved student in the nation. For her work in both of these innovative educational initiatives, Avenue and New York Family magazines named her “Education Philanthropist of the Year.” She was also granted The Turnaround Impact Award, along with Joel Klein, Merryl Tisch and John Legend. Dr. Posner has been honored by Save a Child’s Heart and by The Lincoln Center/Kaufman Music Center with their annual Educational Leadership Award. She also serves on the Boards of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and has served as a Member of both the Caring Commission and the Trauma Task Force of the United Jewish Appeal.
MajGen Wheeler retired from the Air Force in March of 2016 after 32 years of service. He served as DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications/Computers (C4) at the Office Secretary of Defense. He also led and executed the DoD’s largest spectrum auction in U.S. history with industry, White House and Congress. He served in multiple staff assignments including air campaign analyst for the Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency, and division chief for the Joint Chiefs of Staff for European security issues. Additionally, he was the senior military adviser to the U.S. Mission Vienna, Austria for the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe (OSCE). Wheeler earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1984. He went on to become a combat pilot in the B-52 and B-2 with more than 5,000 hours and seven operational commands including Wing Commands in the two largest bomber wings in the U.S. Air Force. General Wheeler advises various DoD senior advisory panels.
Mary Beth Borgwing serves as an advisor to several groups involved in security, early stage investment and cyber risk. An advisor to MACH 37, Center for Innovation ( CIT) and Bluewater International, Mary Beth serves her clients as a cybersecurity and board advisor, developing sales and investment strategy “go to market” for clients. She has served as executive leadership, CEO and board member of several technology and security companies: President, CEO and board member for LemonFish Technologies, a data breach monitoring company assets exposed on the open, deep and dark web, acquired in March 2017 and as President of Cyber Risk Practice, Advisen, Ltd, a cyber data analytics and technology company for the insurance industry and as Board Advisor, CFO at Vigilant (sold to Deloitte), a SEIM security company and as a Board member, CFO of Sentillion (sold to Microsoft), a single sign-on security technology company where she raised $50+M in a C round with Merrill Lynch Private Equity, Polaris Partners, InterSouth Partners, Dresdner Klein Worth. Mary Beth has extensive experience in equity funding, financing for technology companies, Enterprise Risk Management (GDPR & ERM) as well as leading teams and companies in the cybersecurity sector. She is the Co-Chair of Uniting Women in Cyber 2018, Co-Chair of Cyber Advisory Board, CompTIA, Advisor to ICMCP, International Minority Cyber Group and Eleven Canterbury, a technology international consultancy in NYC. Borgwing is a frequent speaker on cyber risk at global cyber conferences and contributing author to many national cyber publications.
Norm Nixon made NBA history as a two time all-star and a member of two NBA world championships as a Los Angeles Laker. As Vice President of the NBA Player Association, he developed expertise in the collective bargaining process. Upon retiring from the NBA in 1989, Mr. Nixon pursued several business ventures. As a sports and entertainment agent, he negotiated over $200 million in contracts, representing clients such as TLC, AI Wilson, Peter Warrick, LL Cool J, and Jalen Rose. He has secured and overseen nearly $10 million in grants during his time as Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, where he has produced more than 12 successful musicals. He was also the executive producer of the Emmy-nominated show The Debbie Allen Special for ABC. He produced A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which broke box office records, featured the first all African-American cast, and received an Olivier Award in London. He has worked with the Annenberg, Bloomberg, Thelma Pearl Howard and California Community Foundation.
Peter Metzger serves as vice chairman of DHR International and is based in the firm’s Washington DC office. Prior to joining DHR, Pete was vice chairman at CTPartners. Pete’s clients include large public companies and privately-held firms spanning a wide range of industries. His personal relationships with national business and political leaders and board chairs provide his clients with the best possible choices in forming their leadership teams. In addition to his private sector access, he maintains close ties to the leaders of the national intelligence/law enforcement/cyber agencies, as well as the military departments and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Earlier in his search career, Pete was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, where he led both the Government Relations/Association and Global Security Practices. He started his business career as president of the nation’s largest privately-held franchise home-building company. Pete’s market sectors include CEO/C-Level Recruitment, Board Services, Cyber/Information Security, Legal Services, Professional Services, Trade Associations, Global Security, Risk Management, Not-for-profit and Government Affairs. Prior to entering the private sector, Pete served as a U.S. Marine officer. His service included combat leadership roles from Vietnam to Somalia. He was personally decorated for valor in both theaters. He also served as a foreign intelligence officer in the CIA and as the Marine Military Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Pete has the distinction of being the only consultant in the search industry to have a current U.S. Government Top Secret (SSBI) clearance. He is on the boards of NTT Data Federal Services, ClearForce (a leading cyber surveillance company) as well as the Israeli Global Security Company, Asero Worldwide. He graduated from the University of Colorado and later completed graduate studies in national security policy and Latin American studies. He is a graduate of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and The Inter-American Defense College of the Organization of American States.
Pete Markakos is the President and Founder of EDC Consulting and the President of McLane Advanced Technologies. Pete has served in senior executive positions in the defense and government services sector for close to 20 years and worked for such companies as SAP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM and KPMG. He founded EDC Consulting in 2005 and acquired many years of hands-on experience building start-up companies and transforming them into high-performing organizations that resulted in sale, acquisition and merger transactions. Pete has a strong track record of formulating and executing strategic and operational plans that uncover unique opportunities and grow market presence in public and private sector settings. He has a proven ability to apply non-traditional thinking to complex problems. His extensive business, defense and government experience allows him to speak at a detailed systems level while also communicating with non-technical personnel, investors and shareholders in a manner which can be easily understood. Pete retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 24 years of combined time on active duty and the Marine Corps reserve. He has a Master of Science degree in Economics from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Norwich University. He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Pete resides in McLean, Virginia.
Sonu Singh’s personal passion and professional goal is creating sustainable, high-quality technology jobs in rural America and, as a result, in 2009 he founded 1901 Group LLC – the leader in rural enterprise scale IT services. Sonu spent his formative years in Blacksburg, Virginia, earned an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Virginia Tech, and then worked for Ernst & Young and Oracle Corporation before starting two IT services business. The first one he sold in 2000 to Metamor Worldwide and he sold the second one in 2005 to SRA International. Sonu has three kids and a lovely wife; is a avid (rabid) VT Hokies fan; sits on the VT National Capital Region Presidents Advisory Board and the VT APEX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Board; and enjoys playing basketball, golf, and tennis in his spare time.
Steve is an accomplished senior human resources executive with a track record of successfully working with leadership teams to drive business results in diverse industries and global business environments – including highly regarded blue chip companies, startups, and a turnaround. He has held executive positions with some of the world’s most successful and iconic companies, including The Walt Disney Company, PepsiCo and Honeywell. Steve is currently President of Milovich Partners, a strategic human capital consulting, advisory and executive coaching company. Milovich Partners’ overarching focus is to build clients’ capability to navigate and lead in the VUCA world – a world increasingly characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Prior to establishing Milovich Partners in September 2017, Steve held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Talent and Workforce Diversity for The Walt Disney Company’s Disney | ABC Television Group. He began his career with The Walt Disney Company in 2002 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources, Organization and Leadership Development. Prior to The Walt Disney Company, Steve held executive human resources positions at PepsiCo, Walker Digital (which developed Priceline.com), Honeywell/AlliedSignal and Macy’s/Broadway Stores. He began his career at United States Steel Corporation, holding management positions in employee and labor relations. Steve is a member of the Board of Directors at the Institute of the Future in Palo Alto, California. He is also is a member of the advisory boards for two startup companies: Clear Force and Flerish. Steve sits on the Corporate Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and is an emeritus advisory board member of the USC Center for Effective Organizations. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Utah State University and an executive MBA from Pepperdine University. He also holds coaching certifications from both The Hudson Institute and The International Coaching Federation.
Solution Relationship Director, Advisory Services – KPMG LLP W. Ross Ashley, III recently joined KPMG as a Solutions Relationship Director. In this capacity Mr. Ashley supports a number of KPMG government initiatives spanning across all levels of government. Specific areas of focus include emergency management, preparedness, grants management and business case development for major government programs and procurements. Previously Mr. Ashley served as the Founding Executive Director of the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) where he represented the interests of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized fusion centers. Mr. Ashley also served on the Board of Advisors to numerous corporate clients advising in the areas of Emergency Management, Grants Administration, Homeland Security, Justice, Defense and Intelligence. Mr. Ashley was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2007 and was the Assistant Administrator of the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate (GPD). Assistant Administrator Ashley managed over $10.1B across 53 federal grant programs and was the only DHS Senate confirmed individual asked to remain in the President Obama Administration after the inauguration. Before assuming his position at DHS, Mr. Ashley served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Children’s Center (NCC). During his time with the NCC, Mr. Ashley led all aspects of the 1,100-employee agency including medical, residential and educational services for children and adults with special needs. In this capacity Mr. Ashley advised the mayor on preparedness planning for people with developmental disabilities within the greater Washington, DC metro area. In February 2000, Mr. Ashley founded The Templar Corporation. Working with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), The Templar Corporation began the development of sophisticated data integration solutions with a single purpose in mind: to improve public safety and security agency’s capabilities to share information. Under Mr. Ashley’s leadership, Templar products supported over 100 federal, state and local government agencies. Mr. Ashley and his team sold Templar to ChoicePoint in February 2004. Mr. Ashley retired after 20 years of service in the Virginia Air National Guard and the United States Air Force Reserves where he was activated on many occasions to support response activities within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Ashley is also a Red Cross volunteer and most recently performed disaster assessments on St Thomas and led the bulk food and water distribution on St John following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mr. Ashley is a distinguished graduate of the Academy of Military Science, holds a BA from George Mason University and a MS from the National Intelligence University. He and his wife Lauren, and their four children reside in Arlington, Virginia.
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