Chief Executive Officer
David Chasteen brings direct leadership experience in the information security, military, and intelligence communities. Chasteen is also Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at GoFundMe. He was previously the Chief Information Security Officer for the San Francisco Police Department and the President of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission. His background includes serving as a Captain with the Third Infantry Division of the United States Army, working as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch and UBS, and as a Chief Technology Officer at L-3 MPRI. Additionally, he served on the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) board of advisors before joining the National Clandestine Service and serving as the Executive Officer of the CIA’s Covert Action Staff. He has also worked as the Threat Intelligence Officer for the City and County of San Francisco. David earned a BS in Political Science at Ball State University’s Honors College.
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Polk brings more than 25 years of experience in executive and financial roles at companies ranging from emerging growth to the Fortune 500. Mr. Polk has been the principal of Perissos Partners, an executive consulting firm, since June 2017. While at Perissos, Mr. Polk served in CFO roles at Generation Next and Cellpoint Corporation. From July 2011 to May 2017, Mr. Polk served in executive roles in the portfolio companies owned by Lacy Diversified, a family office based in Indianapolis, IN which actively managed investments in distribution, light manufacturing, and supply chain management with combined revenue approaching $2 billion. He also led the mergers and acquisition team for Lacy. From August 2008 to June 2011, Mr. Polk served as the Vice President for Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis for Brightpoint, a publicly traded, Fortune 500 mobile device logistics company, based in Indianapolis, IN prior to its sale to Ingram Micro. He began his career at Ernst & Young in the firm’s tax consulting group. Mr. Polk earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Industrial Management from Purdue University – Krannert School of Management in 1990. Mr. Polk is also a certified public accountant (inactive).
Vice President of Business Development
John Heltzel is an operating executive with a track record in developing people, new businesses, markets, and executing corporate development strategies to achieve revenue and cashflow targets. He currently advises early-stage startups on building and executing sales, business development and product strategies. He previously served as Vice President of Business Development at NearbyNow, Director of Business Development at security and encryption leaders Zix Corporation and Entrust, Inc., and served in sales and product management roles at SkyTel Communications, Qualix Group and Silicon Graphics.
Chief Technology Officer
Nicholas Hnatiw serves as the Company’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Hnatiw has more than 15 years of experience creating software technologies from network security to artificial intelligence. Mr. Hnatiw has led the design and development of a security risk assessment SaaS platform, run a security monitoring service with a custom-built next generation automation and SIEM system. Prior to the Company, Mr. Hnatiw served as the technical director for network operations supporting U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Intelligence Agencies, and other Department of Defense research organizations from October 2010 to October 2014. From June 2015 to September 2019, Mr. Hnatiw was the Chief Executive Officer of Loki Labs, a cyber security firm. Mr. Hnatiw is also currently a consultant with Cuesta Partners (since January 2020); a partner and Chief Technology Officer of Sidechannel Security (since February 2020), and the Chief Technology Officer of RealCISO.io (since October 2020). Mr. Hnatiw earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering and computer science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.