Ben Edson: President and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Edson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Edson: President and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Edson founded VariQ in 2003, and has applied his business and cyber security leadership into growing a professional services business which focuses on State and Federal customers. As a positive-minded and results-driven manager, his background uniquely complements his drive to deliver technical, problem solving solutions while fostering lasting, trusted partnerships with industry leaders. His specialties are in the areas of Cyber and Information Security, Systems Design and Integration, and Program Management.

Prior to VariQ he held the position of Security Architect at MSD and Security Consultant at Symantec where he performed numerous technical implementations throughout the United States and Mexico for Fortune 100 and commercial clients. Additionally he was the Business Manager for The Family Missions, an international non-profit organization.

Ben holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Information Telecommunications Systems from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he holds numerous current and expired certifications including CISSP, SCSP, CISM, MCSE, CCNA, MSITS, ACIA, and GCIH.

Tom Edson: Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Tom Edson, Chief Financial Officer

Tom Edson: Chief Financial and Operations Officer

As CFO for VariQ, Tom Edson has been responsible for the overall financial governance and management of VariQ's operations. He directs, monitors, and administers activities and policies related to the company’s financial position.

Tom Edson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Texas, San Antonio. He received his CPA certification from the State of Texas, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Prior to joining VariQ, Tom worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving for five years as a senior associate, where he specialized in financial statement audits of numerous financial companies such as hedge funds and banking clients. In 2010 he accepted VariQ’s invitation, and moved to Washington DC to join the VariQ team.

Asya Smith

Asya Smith, Chief Operating Officer

Asya Smith

Asya Smith joined VariQ in 2015 as the organization’s chief operating officer (COO). She brings a wealth of relevant education and experience to her challenging role as one of VariQ’s corporate executives. When she’s not creating a budget management strategy or cost-benefit analysis, Asya is forecasting VariQ’s future resource needs to fuel even more rapid growth and expansion. She has expertise directing 100+ teams with budgets in excess of $90 million, plus more than 15 years of diverse project management experience in the design, development, and implementation of integrated technology solutions.

Before joining VariQ, Asya served as Vice President of IT Application Services and Operations Support for Zenith American Solutions, the largest third-party benefit plan administrator in the U.S. She also served as PMO Director in support of various government clients, including the CIO of DOE and FSA, and was responsible for large Fannie Mae software development and compliance teams. Asya holds a Master of Science in Information Technology from Sofia Technical University and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Marcie L. Nagel: Director of Cyber Security

Marcie L. Nagel, MSIA, CISSP, PMP

Vice President of Cyber Programs

Marcie L. Nagel: Director of Cyber Security

Ms. Marcie Nagel has 14 years of vast experience across the Information Assurance and Cyber Security fields, leading Enterprise Continuous Monitoring, Compliance, Security Operations, Incident Response, and Vulnerability Management activities. She has specialized in achieving a risk appropriate security posture for operational environments within the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Prior to joining VariQ, Marcie served as the IT Security Program Manager for the FBI’s Office of Special Technologies, where she successfully overhauled the certification and accreditation methodology by developing continuous monitoring strategies, in line with the NIST Risk Management Framework, to ensure appropriate risk levels were maintained through security operations oversight. Marcie also served active duty in the United States Air Force where she led Information Assurance Programs within the Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency and overseas.

Marcie holds an Associate of Science degree in Information Technology Management from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor’s Of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University. In addition, Marcie is a Certified Information System Security Professional and a certified Project Management Professional.

Bradley K. Stegman: Vice President of Strategic Markets

Bradley K. Stegman

Vice President of Strategic Markets

Bradley K. Stegman: Vice President of Strategic Markets

Mr. Stegman has more than 25 years of experience successfully managing diverse, complex software development, IT solutions, enterprise systems, shipbuilding, and aircraft development high-value government contracts.

Brian Edwards: Director of Business Development

Brian Edwards

Director of Business Development

Brian Edwards: Director of Business Development

Since 2001 Brian Edwards has worked in the field of security, managing and supporting the development and implementation of security initiatives across a wide spectrum of customers including the Executive Offices of the White House, the Department of Defense, Petro-Chemical Companies and U.S. Embassies.

He has managed hundreds of facility protection projects around the globe. He specializes in working with clients to identify their needs and provide effective solutions.

Prior to joining VariQ, Brian Edwards held the position of Director of Business Development for Mitigation Technologies. In this capacity he worked to grow Mitigation Technologies into a multi-million dollar corporation. One key achievement was securing the only Department of Homeland Security, SAFETY Act coverage for a blast mitigation product.

George Brown

George Brown, Director of DHS Programs Operations

George Brown

George B. Brown joined VariQ in October 2014 where he currently manages all Operations for DHS Programs. In this capacity, he is responsible to deliver corporate continuous excellence in program management and systems engineering life-cycle support services for the DHS customer sector. Mr. Brown has more than 35 years’ experience managing and overseeing technical services.

Part of this experience springs from a military career, during which Mr. Brown oversaw various management/leadership roles in avionics/aircraft maintenance, air combat operations support, and systems acquisition (Naval Air Systems Command). In the private industry area, he has spent more than 16 years managing the delivery of technical services to various federal customers (U.S. Navy, USAF, NGA, TSA, and DHS). His education combines a BS in Business Administration with various military, technical, and management training including Advanced Program Management from Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), and PMP and CSM Certifications.

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Joy Cox

Joy Cox

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