Leadership

  • Team
  • Board
  • Advisors

Steven Chen

Founder and CEO

Serial entrepreneur
Board, ThreatQuotient
Mentor, Mach37 and AlphaTech
Principal, Blu Venture Investors
Founder/CEO, 3eTI
CTO, Corp Dev, EFJ

 

Carlos Aguayo Gonzalez

Founder and CTO

PhD degree on PFP, 2005-2010
PI for NSF, DoD, DHS and DARPA
Industrial experience with Texas Instruments Wireless Infrastructure Group

Jeffrey Reed

Founder and CSO

Informal advisor to the White House and Congress
Founding Director of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology
Founder of Wireless @ Virginia Tech
IEEE Fellow
Entrepreneur (Third startup)

Honorable Gordon England

Chairman

Gordon England is Chairman of the Board of Directors of V1 Analytical Solutions Inc., Chairman of the Board of Directors for PFP Cybersecurity Inc., a consultant for Fujitsu Defense Systems, and is a General and limited Partner of GLILOT Capital Partners.

England served as Deputy Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and President of General Dynamics Fort Worth Division, President of Engineering at General Dynamics Land Systems, and as corporate Executive Vice President of General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology Sector, Ground Combat Systems Sector and the International Sector.

England graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Maryland and a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University.

John Czupak

Board Member

John Czupak serves on the Advisory Board at Sonatype, PFP Cybersecurity and Cybrary as well as on the Board of Directors at ThreatQuotient.

Czupak was General Manager of the FireAMP business in Sourcefire (then Cisco) and led corp dev activities involved with Cisco’s $2.7B acquisition of Sourcefire (3rd largest cyber M&A deal historically). He was also Senior Vice President, Corporate & Business Development and International & Business Development at Sourcefire.

Before joining Sourcefire, Mr. Czupak was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Mountain Wave, Inc., the Vice President of Worldwide Channels for Riverbed Technologies, and the General Manager, EMEA for Aether Systems, Inc. Mr. Czupak was an original member of the management team and Vice President of Asia Pacific and Latin America at Axent Technologies, Inc.

Czupak holds a B.S. in Marketing from Towson State University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Hal Shelton

Board Member

Hal Shelton is a Principal at Blu Venture Investors and member of Executive Committee. Board member for two portfolio companies. Former CFO and SVP for USEC Inc. a NYSE listed alternative energy company — quarterbacked its privatization via a $1.5B IPO and $.5B debut debt offering. Former VP Finance for Sun Oil Company’s major subsidiaries (R&M, E&P, Ship building) located in US and UK. Former Board member of NASDAQ listed IT learning company and managed its going private transaction. Former Board member and CFO for several non-profits. Certified SCORE small business mentor and author of book on writing a successful business plan.

Shelton received his BS from Carnegie Mellon University and his MBA from University of Chicago.

Steve Chen

Founder and CEO

Steven Chen is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He has founded 4 companies. He was the founder and CEO of Totus Solution, Inc. which is a 40-person, growth company with $15M raised capital and a management team which has built multiple companies with $500M+ exits. He was the Founder & Former CEO of 3eTI, a secure wireless company and an Intel Capital portfolio company with favorable exit. He is also a member of the Blu Venture Investors, an angel investment group with 20 active members.  Chen was the CTO and VP of Corporate Development of EFJohnson, a $200M public company. He belongs to multiple entrepreneur networks: the Mindshare Alumni (700+ CEO), the FounderCorps (100+ serial entrepreneurs), MissionLink (100+ CXO in national security) and MJDC (400+ professionals).

Chen has built teams and companies, and has taken multiple cyber security products to market successfully. At 3eTI, he enhanced the Intel Centrino, received the necessary certifications, and added Cisco as a reseller. Honeywell OEM’s the 3eTI secure wireless products and resells globally. 3eTI has a Navy contract and is deployed with the smart meters. At EF Johnson, he formed a partnership with Cisco. At Totus, the team has attracted partnership with global channel partners such as Johnson Controls.

Chen received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Tamking University in Taipei, Taiwan and his MS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo.

Dr. Jeffrey Reed

Founder and CSO

Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed is one of the founders of PFP Cybersecurity and the Willis G. Worcester Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He currently serves as Director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, one of the largest and most comprehensive university wireless research groups in the US.

Reed’s area of expertise is in software radios, smart antennas, wireless networks and communications signal processing. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited numerous books, textbooks, articles and conference papers. In 2010, he founded the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology and served as its interim director. Reed also cofounded Cognitive Radio Technologies and Federated Wireless and served on the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST) Working Group.

Reed received his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Davis. He also received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Davis.

Jim Cheng

Board Member

Jim Cheng is Of Counsel to the Lee and Hayes Law Firm, teaches Entrepreneurial Finance at the UVA Engineering School, and serves on numerous boards of non-profit organizations and for-profit startups and mid-sized companies. Cheng is also the former Commerce Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Before his role in state government, Cheng was an active angel and private equity investor specializing in technology companies as well as the President of Totus Lighting Solutions.

From 1994-2005, Cheng was the founder and CEO of CHM.

Cheng holds a BS Degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, a MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business (UVA) and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Honorable Heidi Shyu

Advisor

Heidi Shyu is a former Assistant Secretary of ARMY (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) to the PFP Advisory Board. Shyu is also the Chairman of Roboteam, former VP of Raytheon, and former Chairman of Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Rick Gordon

Advisor

Rick Gordon is an expert on security technology, business strategy and early-stage venture development. Mr. Gordon serves on the advisory board of the United States Naval Academy Center for Cyber Security Studies, and the AlphaTech group in addition to PFP Cybersecurity. He also serves on the board of directors for Atomicorp.

Gordon served as Managing Partner of Mach37 TM, the premier accelerator for cybersecurity entrepreneurs and startups. Prior to this role, Gordon served as Vice President of Product Management at KEYW Corporation, COO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, Managing Director at the Civitas Group and CEO of Tovaris. He also served on the founding Board of Directors of Invincea. Gordon has been a frequent contributor and speaker on such issues as security innovation and investing, cloud security, and Internet threat intelligence.

Gordon served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his MBA from the University of Virginia and his B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Bob Flores

Advisor

Bob Flores is a co-Founder of Cognitio Corp, an independent consulting firm specializing in mergers & acquisitions due diligence, cyber security assessments, and advisory services. Flores also serves on the Board of Directors or Advisory Boards of several companies. Prior to Cognitio, Flores spent 31 years in the US Intelligence Community where he held various technology positions, including that of Enterprise Chief Technology Officer at CIA.

Flores holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Statistics from Virginia Tech.

Todd Headley

Advisor

Todd Headley was the Chief Financial Officer of Sourcefire, a Columbia, Maryland based cyber security firm from 2003 until it’s acquisition by Cisco in October of 2013. Headley joined Sourcefire in 2003 when it had 35 employees and about $2M in annual revenue. Over the course of the next 10 years, Headley was instrumental in helping grow the business to over 700 people with nearly $300M in annual revenues. Sourcefire raised a total of $55M in venture financing, completed a $94M IPO in 2007, made two technology acquisitions and was ultimately sold to Cisco for $2.7B. 

From 1992-2003, Headley held key financial management positions in 4 local area venture-backed technology start-ups, each of which was acquired – Riverbed Technologies, Roadshow, BioNetrix and POMS. Headley has helped build and guide companies from their early stages through significant growth periods, and he has handled several M&A transactions, negotiated significant technology partnership arrangements and spear-headed international expansion. Headley began his career in 1985 as a public accounting with Arthur Andersen. 

Headley is a CPA and holds a BS degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Sassan Kimiav

Advisor

Dr. Sassan Kimiavi is an experienced serial entrepreneur and technical/business Professional. As the Founder/CEO of Paragon Technology Group, Kimiavi grew a reputable Federal Contracting Company with core capabilities in Program and Project Management, IT Professional Services, and Software and Systems Development to its clientele. With a focus on quality solutions and services, compliance and client satisfaction, Kimiavi grew Paragon to 225 Employees and an annual revenue of $42 Million before selling the company in January, 2012. 

Kimiavi currently serves as the Founder and CEO of ALTA companies and S&G Group, LLC. In addition, he is an affiliate member of Blu Ventures, LLC. (a PFP Cybersecurity investor), a member of George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science’s National Advisory Council and also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Holton Arms School in Bethesda, MD.
 

Kimiavi earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science and PhD in Computer Science from The George Washington University. 

Dave Merkel

Advisor

Dave Merkel was the Chief Technology Officer at FireEye, Inc., with more than 15 years of experience in the Information Security and Incident Response fields. In previous roles, he served as CTO and Vice President of Products at Mandiant; as Senior Technical Director of Operations Security at America Online; as a Special Agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. 

Merkel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Robert D. Rodriguez

Advisor

Robert D. Rodriguez is the Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network whose focus is on the advancement of IT security innovation into the industry and government markets. Previously, he spent over twenty-two years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During this tenure he held a number of leadership roles within Executive Protection, Protective Intelligence and Criminal Investigations. 
 
Rodriguez served as a supervisor on the Presidential Protective Detail, Counter Assault Team, Protective Intelligence and Criminal Investigation operations. His executive protection experience spanned 11 years at the White House serving Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle and numerous Heads of State.

George Schu

Advisor

George Schu is active as a member of the Imagination Stage, Board of Trustees, a member of the Washington Board of Trade, Cyber Task Force, and an advisor to the MACH-37 Cyber Accelerator.

Schu created Avanti Solutions in 2013. Prior to Avanti Solutions, he was a Booz Allen Hamilton Partner and Senior Vice President, was Vice President of the Public Sector at VeriSign, led a team at Oracle Corporation focused on growing the Oracle Information Security solutions. Before joining the commercial workforce, Schu was a Captain in the US Navy.

Schu has a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Alan Wade

Advisor

Alan Wade serves on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, Professional Project Services in Oak Ridge, TN, Assyst Inc in Herndon VA, and on public sector advisory boards of several technology companies.

Wade has held a series of senior positions at CIA, including the Director of Communications, Director of Security, and Chief Information Officer. Since retirement from the CIA, Wade has served on the boards of Safeboot N.V. (acquired by McAfee in 2007), Detica DFI (acquired by BAE Systems in 2008), Composite Software (acquired by Cisco in 2013) and Applied Communications Sciences (acquired by The SI Organization in 2013).

Wade graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and received his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University.

Scott Sanders

Advisor

Scott Sanders is the CEO of 5Nine Software (www.5nine.com), the leading virtualization security and management solution for the Microsoft Cloud. Sanders is also President of Prosim Advisory, a boutique consulting firm that provides strategic advice to private equity, venture capital firms, and CEOs of early-stage companies. Prior to that, he was SVP/GM of Verisign’s security business, as well as head of strategy for the company.

Sanders is a venture partner with Blu Venture Investors, and he serves on a number of advisory boards for early-stage companies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cybersecurity Society, a D.C. based non-profit dedicated to keeping small businesses safe online.

Sanders is a proud two-time graduate of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, as well as his M.B.A. in Marketing.

Jason Syversen

Advisor

Jason Syversen is an entrepreneur and investor with experience in technology innovation, program development and execution gathered in industry and government roles.

Syversen founded Siege Technologies in 2009. Apart from Siege Technologies, he has been a Partner at 10X Ventures, and has served as a board member at several companies, including Minim and 418 Intelligence Corp..

Syversen has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is a graduate of the University of Maine, with a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering.

Tom Weithman

Advisor

Tom Weithman has established and grown CIT GAP Funds. Weithman formed GAP Fund I and, building on its success, launched the GAP BioLife Fund and the GAP Tech Fund in 2007. Weithman maintains leadership for all day-to-day fund operations, investment strategy, and portfolio management activity for CIT GAP Funds.

Weithman also serves on the board of the Virginia Tech Intellectual Property Foundation and enjoys affiliations with Irish Angels and Catholic Charities of Northern Virginia. He is active in numerous angel investment, venture capital, and entrepreneurial support organizations.

Weithman holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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