Meet Our Leadership Team
Ben Edson founded VariQ in 2003 as a single employee start-up with the vision of providing professional cybersecurity, software development, and IT infrastructure services to federal and state government. As an industry innovator and results-driven entrepreneur, Ben has built an award-winning business that engineers and delivers technical, problem solving solutions while fostering lasting partnerships with industry leaders.
Ben Edson has served on the board of directors for both the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) and WorkSource Montgomery since 2015. He was awarded the Washington GovCon Executive of the Year award in 2015. In 2016, he received the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Leader of the Year award and the Washington SmartCEO's Family Business Legacy award. VariQ was named Cybersecurity Company of the Year by Montgomery County in 2015, and received the ACG Capital’s Growth Company of the Year award in 2017.
Ben earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA and Master of Science in Information Telecommunications Systems from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University.
As CFO for VariQ, Tom Edson is 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.
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 relocated to Washington DC to join the VariQ team.
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. He was the recipient of the Washington DC Executive Management Award in 2016 and the Trending 40 award in 2017 for Rising Stars in Federal Technology.
As Director of Operations and Communications, Joy Cox is responsible for the oversight of VariQ’s daily operations and the implementation of strategic communications to advance VariQ’s business plan. She oversees the company’s day-to-day activities, including human resources, IT support, personnel security, quality assurance, facilities and purchasing, as well as VariQ’s marketing and branding efforts and public relations.
Prior to joining VariQ, Ms. Cox worked for over 15 years in the field of international project management in the non-profit sector, providing oversight to geographically dispersed teams in over 20 countries. She also served as a consultant on messaging strategies, crisis management, and multilingual website and publication creation.
Joy is passionate about growing VariQ’s values-based culture, fostering employee engagement, and supporting a climate for expansion and world class service delivery. She holds Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundation certifications.
Brian Edwards serves as VariQ’s Vice President for the Civilian Sector. In this capacity, Mr. Edwards is responsible for business development and capture, and is tasked to lead and improve company growth by leveraging VariQ’s core capabilities and exceptional past performance across a diverse customer base.
Mr. Edwards has been working in the field of security since 2001, 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 successful record of accomplishments in developing, managing, and delivering solutions that generate revenue, meet customer requirements, and expand market share. Mr. Edwards was instrumental in VariQ receiving numerous industry-recognized awards and commendations.
Olin Green is VariQ’s Vice President for Cyber Programs. He is a seasoned business leader, with 18+ years of experience in various areas of Information Technology (IT), and has provided executive oversight and program management to numerous IT and Cyber Security programs throughout his career. Presently, he manages a portfolio of 18 security risk management and cyber operations and engineering programs.
Before joining VariQ, Olin worked 12 years with Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., serving as Senior Director of Enterprise Services and Director of Business Development. Olin also served as Chief Enterprise Architect for acquisition, systems engineering, and enterprise solutions developments and implementations and managed enterprise network situational awareness solution deployments for federal entities.
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).
Meryllee Edson is VariQ’s Director of Finance. In this capacity, she is responsible for the financial management of an IT portfolio consisting of over 30 programs within the federal civilian space, as well as corporate financial operations and enhancement. She serves in a parallel role as Pricing Lead for business development efforts.
Meryllee has headed multiple financial augmentation and modernization efforts since entering the industry in 2011, including with the U.S. Capitol Police, where she revamped the budgetary processes of its Office of Information Technology. Since joining VariQ, she has focused on financial software implementation and integration, streamlining accounting practices, optimization efforts, and price modeling.
Meryllee holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and an ITIL V3 Foundation Certification.
Matt Bringman serves as VariQ’s Vice President for the National Security Sector, representing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice and Department of Defense (DoD). His focus is the development of strategic partnerships, opportunity capture, and increasing the company’s footprint, while providing the leadership team at VariQ with strategic and innovative thought, creative approaches and proven processes.
Prior to VariQ, Matt held director level positions in operations and business development at small and medium sized companies. For over 17 years, Matt developed and executed programs of up to $200M across the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, FBI, NASA and the private sector. His experience in program management spans the development of acquisition plans and documentation for multi-year programs, to providing management and technical support for large and complex programs
Matt Bringman earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Pembroke Washington is VariQ’s Vice President for its Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sector, where he is responsible for business development, capture, strategic alliances, and growth. Mr. Washington brings more than 25 years of experience delivering mission support and information technology (IT) services focused on law enforcement, immigration, counterterrorism and communications.
Prior to joining VariQ, Pembroke served as VP of Business Development at eGlobalTech, responsible for their Public Safety portfolio, comprised primarily of Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of State. His career includes senior business development, capture, and program management responsibilities at SRA, QinetiQ, and Verizon. His leadership and/or support in several large contract bids resulted in awards of federal government contracts ranging from $10 million to $200+ million.
Mr. Washington has a Master’s degree from James Madison University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. He also holds several industry certifications, including PMP, CSM, SAFe, ICP-APM, ITIL, AWS, in addition to being active in several industry organizations.
Stacie Hylton serves as VariQ’s Director of Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) programs. In this capacity, she manages a portfolio of four SEC security risk management, infrastructure, and development programs. She is also a Program Manager for VariQ’s largest cyber program, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Enterprise FISMA Compliance.
Stacie has over 10 years of experience in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, managing and supporting the implementation of security programs across a wide spectrum of customers, with a focus on the financial sector. Stacie has extensive background in FISMA, Security Assessment and Authorization (SA&A), Continuous Monitoring, Performance Measurement and Metrics, and Policy Development. Prior to joining VariQ, Stacie worked for Booz Allen Hamilton serving as a Lead Associate.
Stacie Hylton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Tech University.
Romain Nowakowski serves as VariQ’s Vice President for the Alliant II (Small Business and Unrestricted) Project Management Office and Department of Defense Sector. In this capacity, he oversees VariQ’s go-to-market strategy and strategic alignment of internal and external resources. His current focus is to enable VariQ to continue to realize growth through the optimization of a centralized PMO, leveraging VariQ’s Alliant II GWAC prime contracts, and its engagement in the Department of Defense market sector.
Prior to VariQ, Mr. Nowakowski served in senior executive management roles for over 20 years in the commercial, construction, and Federal Government Information Technology market spaces, including Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of the Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command – Atlantic, and Department of the Army.
Mr. Nowakowski is currently pursuing his Computer Science degree at George Mason University through its Pathway program.
Chuck serves as VariQ’s Vice President of Enterprise Software Development. He has over 25 years’ experience in Information Technology/Information Systems Service Delivery and Operations to the Federal Government and commercial organizations. Starting from technical roots as a software developer, database engineer and systems integrator he progressively increased his level of responsibility to Director/VP of IT Operations.
Prior to joining VariQ, Chuck worked for 17 years at CRGT (now Salient CRGT) as Program Manager and Director of Operations. He also served as Senior Director of IT Solutions at eGlobalTech and VP of Operations at DMI, where he led a portfolio of programs that included systems modernizations for, mobility services, and cloud migration/engineering for a wide array of government agencies and customers.
Chuck Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park, with a concentration in Philosophy.
Roy Quill serves as VariQ’s Vice President of Strategic Programs. He leads VariQ’s small business incubation program with identification, formation, development, and growth of joint ventures and mentor protégés. Roy brings over 20 years of progressive experience with leadership roles in new business startup, business development, capture management and corporate mergers and acquisition in federal, state government and commercial organizations.
Roy has led efforts with a spectrum of US government agencies, including multiple components and sub agencies of DHS, State, US Courts and Commerce. Roy also led teams of up to 20 subject matter experts through all phases of business development, capture, proposal and transition.
Roy is a Certified Scrum Master and studied Economics at North London Polytechnic, and Advanced Level Mathematics and Economics at Hammersmith and West London College, UK.