Mr. Buseck has 30 years of experience investing into and building private companies. Beginning in 2003 he has led investor groups into seven technology based companies, from medical device manufacturers to engineering software companies. He has been Chairman at most of these companies and has been responsible for financial strategy and oversight of corporate strategic development. Mr. Buseck was the founder of Full Circle Investments, a private equity firm which actively acquired small to mid-size companies between 1993 and 1998. The portfolio of 14 companies was repositioned, expanded and sold by 2003. Mr. Buseck had previously been the managing director of the U.S. operations of Onex Corporation, the largest private equity firm based in Canada. He received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from Boston College. He resides in Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Mr. Hartz is recognized as a pioneer in leading transformational business solutions for Fortune 500 global enterprises. His career in management consulting and systems integration at Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers brings experience with managing an enterprise serving more than half of the companies in the Fortune 500 as well as numerous smaller business organizations and governmental units throughout the world. From 1995 to 2002, while Global CEO of PwC Consulting, Hartz led the company’s growth to a $6.0 billion enterprise with a global leadership position serving multi-national companies in corporate transformation, e-business and e-markets, supply chain services, CRM, and enterprise resource planning. He serves on the Boards of the Erie Insurance Group, Satmetrix, and Alien Technology. Hartz also served on The Wharton School Graduate Board and Lehigh University Business School Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of Siebel Systems until its acquisition by Oracle in 2006.
He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Mehalso has over 35 years of experience in managing research, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing organizations. His work has emphasized process development, commercialization and business development, particularly related to micro-, nano-, and bio-systems-based products and businesses. In addition to serving on the board of TaaSERA, the leader in real-time malware behavior detection, Mehalso is currently Executive Chairman of TeraView, Ltd. He has previously been Executive Chairman of Oxford Biosensors; Vice President of Business Development at Kionix; Vice President of Technology and Business Development and Chief Technical Officer for DT Industries; Executive Vice President and General Manager for AMTX; General Manager of Advanced Microtechnology for Xerox; and Engineering Manager at RCA Sarnoff Research Center.
Mehalso has founded several companies, including AMTX and Microtec Associates. He also co-founded Ardesta, LLC, a $100 million venture fund focused on the micro- and nano-systems industry. He has been an advisor to over 100 companies on commercialization and growth of new technologies and related product development.
Mehalso is internationally recognized for his expertise on the topic of commercialization of intellectual property. He has been a lead advisor on this subject to numerous national and regional governments as it relates to their long-term technology, and related economic development, strategies. These include the federal governments of Australia, Germany, England and Canada. He has led technology commercialization projects at Oxford University, the University of Michigan, and Louisiana Tech University.
He has served on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Louisiana Tech University. He is an active participant in academic planning and industrial support activities at the Pennsylvania State University and has been a member of the staff at the Center for Automation Technologies at Rensselaer. Mehalso holds a B.S. in Ceramic Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Fellow of Pennsylvania State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Kumar has over 23 years of Engineering and Management experience in computer networking and information security. Most recently, he was the founder of Taasware, which was acquired by TaaSera. During his time at Taasware he was retained as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SRI International in the field of trustworthy data centers. Prior to that, Mr. Kumar was the Solutions Architect in the Networking & Security business unit at VMware, where he was responsible for identity aware firewalls. He was previously the VP of Engineering and Principal Architect at Applied Identity, until it was acquired by Citrix. Earlier in his career Mr. Kumar served in senior project and architect roles at Nortel, Lucent and TranSwitch. Prior to joining TaaSera, he authored 9 patents in the user and application identity space and has since authored 2 issued patents with TaaSera, with 5 additional patents pending. He has led engineering efforts to certify products for Common Criteria, FIPS, US DoD and NATO MIL-STD standards. Mr. Kumar has a BE in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University. He resides in California.
Since 1988, Mr. Stanton has owned the law and lobbying firm, Stanton & Associates, in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Mountaineer Gaming, and Try It Distributing Co. From 1971 to 1978, Mr. Stanton represented the 20th Congressional District of Ohio in the United States House of Representatives. While in Congress Mr. Stanton served on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Government Operations Committee, and the Public Works and Transportation Committee.
Mr. Stanton has held a wide variety of public service positions, including service as the youngest City Council President in the history of Cleveland, Ohio (1963-1970) and membership on the Board of Regents of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Stanton is also a former Senior Executive Vice President of Delaware North Companies, Inc. (1980-1990), a privately held international hospitality management company which, during Mr. Stanton's tenure, had annual sales of over $1 billion. From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Stanton was a principal and co-founder of Western Entertainment Corporation, one of the first Native American gaming operations in the United States, which grew to $100 million in revenue prior to Mr. Stanton selling his interest.
Board of Advisors
Tom Ridge is the CEO of Ridge Global, LLC. He is also co-founder of the strategic advisory firm, Ridge Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He is a founding partner of the Ridge Policy Group, a full service government affairs firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, PA.
Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As Secretary, Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees from a combined 22 agencies. Ridge served as Secretary until February 1, 2005.
Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Ridge was initially elected to Congress in 1982. He was overwhelmingly re-elected five times.
He serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities. He serves as Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force and the National Organization on Disability. Ridge is on the Board of The Hershey Company and had previously been on the Board of Exelon Corporation and The Home Depot.
Tom Ridge received his B.A. from Harvard University and law degree from Dickinson University.
Howard serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).
Howard A. Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years.
He served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.
Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Schmidt also brings to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.
Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute.
Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is married to Raemarie J. Schmidt, a forensic scientist and researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics. Together, they are proud parents, and happy grandparents.
Radha is currently on the Board of Digital Intelligence Systems Corporation (DISYS), a privately held IT Solutions and Staffing Company based in Washington D.C. Prior to retiring from The Boeing Company after almost 25 years of service, Radha served as the Vice President of IT Operations in Boeing Information Technology Group. In this capacity, Radha was responsible for developing & deploying industry best practices across Boeing IT. In addition, Radhakrishnan was responsible for managing Enterprise Help Desk, Database Management and Business intelligence Systems and technology. He was also responsible for developing and implementing systems and process for IT leadership development.
Prior to that, Radha held many management roles within the Boeing Information Technology group including VP of Computing & Network Operations and VP of Systems Engineering, Integration & Architecture. Preceding that, Radha held the position of Director of Information Technology for Boeing’s Launch & Satellite System business unit formerly known as Hughes Space and Communications Company (HSC). Radha was the Corporate VP & CIO for Hughes Electronics Corporation from 1998 thru 2000.
Mr. Radhakrishnan won the Enterprise Value Award from CIO magazine in 1995 for spearheading the design and development of a state-of-the-art electronic document storage retrieval system, which was the standard for NASA's space shuttle program. He is a member of the Southern California chapter of the Society of Information Management. He has published papers on consolidated financial reporting. He received a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madurai (India) and Master's in Management Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Sue has more than 25 years of information technology experience in healthcare, insurance, financial services and the energy industries, with 15+ years spent as a CIO. Sue is currently the EVP and CIO for Group Health Cooperative, a nonprofit integrated health care system based in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the Tech Impact Board of Directors and the Bates College Board of Trustees.
Prior to Group Health, Sue was the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Office at Independence Blue Cross where she lead the transformation of the IT department & prepared the company for Healthcare Transformation and the Affordable Care Act. Sue has also held Senior IT leadership roles at companies such as Direct Energy, OGE, TIAA-CREF, Lucent Technologies, Penn Mutual and CIGNA. Sue was honored as the “Top IT Pro” by Philadelphia Business Journal in 2013 and “Advocate of the Year” in 2012 by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council. She received a B.A. from Bates College.
Phillip Porras is Program Director and leader of SRI's Internet Security Group in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International. He is also an SRI Fellow.
Phil’s team is an established leader in live Internet malware binary harvesting, malware binary static and dynamic analyses, and network-based malware infection analysis. Porras’ group has strong alliances with the white hat community, and maintains ongoing collaborations with the top INFOSEC researchers in academia and the private sector. He has been a Principal Investigator for many research projects sponsored by DARPA, DoD, DHS, NSF, NSA, commercial customers, and others. Phil is an active researcher, publishing and conducting technology development in intrusion detection, alarm correlation, malware analysis, active networks, and wireless security. Previously, he was a manager in the Trusted Computer Systems Department of the Aerospace Corporation, where he was also an experienced trusted product evaluator for NSA (which includes security testing, risk assessment and penetration testing of systems and networks). He has participated on numerous program committees, and editorial boards, and on multiple commercial company technical advisory boards. Porras holds 12 U.S. patents, and has been awarded Best Paper honors in 1995, 1999, and 2008. Mr. Porras received a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Irvine and an M.S. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara.
Cathy brings a wealth of consulting and acquisition experience to the Advisory Board. She launched her career as a consultant at Price Waterhouse where she went on to manage teams, projects and eventually large systems integration programs as a Partner in the firm. Cathy later assumed responsibility for the firm’s strategic alliances with key technology partners before the acquisition of PwC’s consulting business by IBM. For IBM's Global Consulting Services (GBS), Cathy worked with key third parties, emerging businesses and acquisitions and eventually joined the Americas Deal Team, where she developed and closed large projects and programs for GBS' most strategic clients. Cathy is currently an independent consultant and investor.
Charles had a distinguished 35 year military career, with his final assignment as Chief of Logistics for the US Army. His previous assignments included commands as a Major General stationed in Germany; Brigadier General at Fort Hood, Texas; Colonel serving in Germany, Kuwait and Iraq during Desert Shield/Storm; and Lieutenant Colonel at Fort Hood. Since Mr. Mahan's retirement from the Army in 2003 he has held executive leadership positions with The Home Depot, SAP Americas, Horne International and DynCorp International. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Telos Corporation and is a member of the National Board of Trustees for the Fisher House Foundation. Mr. Mahan is also a Director of O'Neil & Associates, a privately held company specializing in technical documentation for the Department of Defense and their prime contractors, and is a Board Director of Mack Defense, a subsidiary company of Volvo. Mr. Mahan graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) with a BS in Engineering, and received an MBA from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
Stuart Blanchard is President of Old Town Cattle Company (OTC). OTC helps companies develop business with military special operations forces and government organizations. OTC provides consultation and assistance to build relationships, refine technologies and deliver training. OTC is a leader among the new generation of companies that – together with their special operations partners and customers – are changing the way Americans think about warfare and national security. Previously, Blanchard was with a U.S. government agency from 1983 to 2010, and served in the U.S. Army prior to that.
Marty is President of M. Martin & Associates. He has an accomplished career which includes service with the CIA, NSA, and the U.S. Army. He is also currently the CEO of Crane & Crane Consulting, LLC. He previously served as a Senior Executive for the International Oil Trading Company (IOTC), a multi-billion dollar enterprise with activities in Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Russia and the Caribbean.
Mr. Martin’s experience includes over 29 years of U.S. Government service including U.S. Special Forces, the National Security Agency, and the CIA, culminating in several years as a member of the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service. From 2004 through 2007 he served as Chief of Station in one of the most senior assignments in the Near East Division. He managed a multi-million dollar budget, strategic programs, personnel, and families in high threat environment. His experience includes representing the CIA at the highest levels in foreign countries, the U.S. Executive Branch, the U.S. Congress, U.S. Military, on all intelligence and policy matters concerning the agency’s operations.
In 2002 he was selected by the Director of Central Intelligence as the senior executive and operational manager to lead the Agency’s global effort to neutralize Al-Qaida. In that role, he interacted at the highest levels of the U.S Government, including the White House, FBI, Homeland Security, NSA, Congress, and various branches of the U.S. Military, on a daily basis. During this specific period the lion’s share of the perpetrators of 9/11 were nullified.
Martin is an advisor to ISR Strategies, LLC, the Federal Enforcement and Homeland Security Foundation, and Tactical Air Defense Services, Inc.
Howrard is President & CEO of Maryland-based TSCM Security Services, a leading provider of security solutions for critical information assets and intellectual property that specializes in comprehensive Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM). A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Johnson has a strong 25-year history in the U.S. Intelligence, law enforcement, military, and national security communities.
Mr. Brugos has 40 years of experience as a senior executive and management consultant. He recently retired from Oracle Corporation, but is still serving as a consultant to Oracle. As a VP of Business Development, Jeff worked with many of Oracle’s largest and most strategic customers, where he coordinated services, developed executive relationships, created strategic roadmaps and was a trusted advisor. He was also directly involved in many acquisition integrations while at Oracle. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Brugos was a SVP & GM of the High Tech & Telecom Business Unit at i2 Technologies, responsible for sales, marketing, customer services and P&L. Jeff also served as the Executive Sponsor for many of their High Tech customers. From 1980 to 2001, Mr. Brugos was a Partner with PwC, where he led numerous consulting Business units, including a 2000 person Global unit and a 1000 person Asia-Pacific unit. While at PwC, he was also a member of the Supply Chain Management Leadership Group. Prior to joining PwC, Jeff held industry management positions in Operations, Financial Planning and IT. Jeff has extensive experience in the High Tech Industry, including components, semiconductor and communications.
He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman and a M.S. in Industrial Administration from the Krannert School at Purdue University. Mr. Brugos also is a CPA.
Joseph has over thirty years of experience in the gaming industry. He recognizes that cyber security threats are ever present in the gaming industry, which operates at the digital intersection of customer activities, online financial transactions, and transfers to taxing authorities. Joe is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of MTR Gaming. Joe has also been Principal at Foundation Gaming Group, an advisory and management services firm for the gaming industry, and he was with several development stage companies focused on the gaming industry. Earlier in his career he was President and General Manager of properties for Caesars Entertainment.