Our Team

Meet Our Leadership Team

Ben Edson: President and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Edson
Founder 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.

Joy Cox

Tom Edson
Chief Financial 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, Chief Operations Officer

Asya Smith
Chief Operations Officer

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.

Brian Edwards: Director of Business Development

Brian Edwards
VP, Civilian Sector

Brian Edwards

VP, Civilian Sector

Brian Edwards: Director of Business Development

Mr. Edwards joined VariQ Corporation in 2011 and is serving as VP for the Civilian Sector. Mr. Edwards is responsible for business development and capture. He is tasked to lead and improve company growth by leveraging VariQ’s core capabilities and exceptional past performance across a diverse customer base. The areas of service grown under Mr. Edwards’ leadership include cybersecurity, software development, and IT infrastructure.

Mr. Edwards was instrumental in VariQ receiving numerous industry-recognized awards and commendations. Some of these include:

  • 2014, INC 500 Honor Roll. This is a special recognition award for making the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies five times.
  • Washington Fast 50 list (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015).
  • 2015 SECAF Government Project of the Year Award.
  • 2015 Nominated as Treasury Small Business Prime Contractor of Year.
  • 2015 Montgomery County, Cybersecurity Company of the Year.
  • 2016 Tech Council of Maryland, Government Contracting Firm of the Year.

Since 2001 Mr. 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 Federal Financial Sector, Department of Defense, Petro-Chemical companies and U.S. Embassies. His career has encompassed roles in leadership, executive management, business development/capture, marketing, decision-making, and problem solving. Mr. Edwards has a proven record of accomplishment in developing, managing, and delivering solutions that generate revenue, meet customer requirements, and expand market share.

Bella Trankova

Bella Trenkova
Director of
Development Programs

Bella Trenkova

VP, Development Programs

Bella Trenkova joined the VariQ team in 2016 as Line of Business Director, Development Programs. She oversees all VariQ software development programs, ensuring high quality delivery and cross-program continuity and consistency of best practices for software engineering and program management. A key part of her role is to support the Business Development division in writing winning proposals, and expand the company’s software development core competency.

Bella brings to the leadership team more than 20 years of IT experience and expertise in standing up and managing large-scale transformation programs. Her most formative professional years were in the Financial Services sector where she worked as a Program Manager and an Agile Delivery Lead, leading major transformation efforts for a Fortune 500 company.

Bella holds a graduate degree in Computer Science from Sofia Technical University, Bulgaria. After a short meandering in the field of networking and system administration, Bella found her passion in software development and project management. She is a certified PMP, PgPM, PMP-ACP, CSM, and SA.

Joy Cox

Joy Cox
Director of
Communications

Joy Cox

Director of Communications

Joy Cox

As Director of Communications, Joy Cox is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic communications plan that advances VariQ’s strategy and goals. She oversees all aspects of the company’s marketing efforts, including branding, social media, advertising, and public relations. Ms. Cox focuses on conveying VariQ's message and ensuring that communications strategies are organizationally aligned. She works to ensure that employees understand the company’s vision, direction and goals.

Joy brings over 15 years of experience in international project management. Living outside the United States for most of her life has given her international fluency through working across a broad range of cultures and languages. Her oversight of geographically dispersed creative teams required frequent travel to over 20 countries. She has consulted international nonprofits and associations on messaging strategies, crisis management solutions, and the creation of multilingual websites and publications. She is also a published author.

Joy accepted VariQ’s invitation in early 2015, and moved to Washington D.C. to join the leadership team. She is passionate about growing VariQ’s values-based culture, fostering employee engagement, and supporting a climate for expansion and world class service delivery. Ms. Cox holds Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundation certifications.

Olin Green

Olin Green
Director of
Cyber Programs

Olin Green

Director of
Cyber Programs

Olin Green

Olin Green is a seasoned business leader, possessing 16+ years of experience in various areas of Information Technology (IT). He has provided executive oversight and/or program management to numerous IT and Cyber Security programs throughout his career. Olin joined VariQ in 2016 as Program Manager for the IRS Enterprise FISMA Compliance (EFC) and Enterprise Security Audit Trails (ESAT) programs, before transitioning to his current position as Director of VariQ’s Cyber Security Portfolio.

Before joining VariQ, Olin worked 12 years with Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., serving in several leadership roles, including Senior Director of Enterprise Services and Director of Business Development. In this capacity, he provided executive oversight of federal contracts and large IT programs such as the GSA Alliant $50 billion Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), as well as smaller IT implementations. Olin has also served as Chief Enterprise Architect in the development and implementation of enterprise solutions for multibillion-dollar organizations, and has managed enterprise network solution deployments for federal entities such as the US Special Operation Command (USSOCOM), US Army 7th Signal Command, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR).

Olin Green holds an associate degree in Computer Electronics Technology from ECPI College of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Strayer University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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