Executive Team

Larry Jones, CEO

Mr. Jones has served as Chairman of the Board of Coalfire since 2012 and became CEO in 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience building, operating and growing public and private companies in the business process outsourcing, marketing services, enterprise software, smart-grid, information and IT services industries.  He has a proven track record as the CEO of six companies and has served as director of 13 private equity, public and VC-backed companies and executive chairman of two others. Prior to his leadership role with Coalfire, from 2007 to 2011, Mr. Jones was CEO of Denver-based StarTek, Inc. (NYSE: SRT), a provider of global outsourced call center and customer support services. He has also served as CEO of Activant Solutions, an enterprise software company; chairman of WebClients, an internet affiliate marketing firm; CEO of Interelate, Inc., a marketing services firm; CEO of MessageMedia (NASD: MESG), an email marketing services company; CEO of Neodata Services, Inc. a direct marketing services firm; and was founding CEO of GovPX, a provider of government securities data. Mr. Jones also was a senior vice president at Automatic Data Processing and held various positions at Wang Laboratories between 1977 and 1987.

Mr. Jones currently also serves as a director of Xyleme Corporation. He is also active member and Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Over the past 10 years, Mr. Jones has served as director of numerous public and private companies including Work Options Group, StarTek, Exabyte, Activant Solutions, Realm Solutions, SARCOM, WebClients, DIMAC and Fulcrum Analytics. Mr. Jones graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in computer sciences in 1975 and earned his MBA from Boston University in 1980.

Michael Chao, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Chao is chief financial officer for Coalfire, responsible for overseeing all corporate finance, accounting, legal and IT operations. Mike brings over 20 years of experience in both public and private companies leading financial management, strategic growth planning and all aspects of organizational financial operations.

Prior to joining Coalfire, Mike was chief financial officer at KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining KeyPoint, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Famous Brands International. He also served in key financial management positions with Vail Resorts Inc., eBay Inc., InterTrust Technologies and KPMG. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

John M. Epperly, Executive Vice President, Coalfire Federal

John Epperly is the executive vice president leading Coalfire Federal. He is responsible for all federal business development and client service delivery into the federal trade space. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in IT security, mobile communications systems, hardware and software development, as well as domestic and international business experience in the IT, aerospace, defense and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. Epperly served as the executive vice president of operations at Veris Group. He also held leadership positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, DMI, Elbit Systems of America and MCI Telecommunications.

In addition to his duties at Coalfire, Mr. Epperly continues his military career in the Virginia Army National Guard. He is a Brigadier General and serves as the Deputy Commanding General – Operations for the 29th Infantry Division based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and was recently selected to join the Chief of the National Guard Bureau’s Board on Innovation and Technology.

Mr. Epperly holds a BS Degree in General Engineering and International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA in Finance from Drexel University and an MS in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Alan Ferguson, Executive Vice President, Sales and Co-Founder

Mr. Ferguson guides Coalfire's sales team and account management practices. Prior to co-founding Coalfire, he served as Vice President of Centera Information Systems, a leading eCommerce and systems integration firm. Under his leadership, Centera was repeatedly recognized by Deloitte as a Fast 50 Award winner for companies with superior revenue growth. Mr. Ferguson began his career with IBM, and has more than 25 years of experience in delivering information technology solutions to enterprise and government clients. Under his sales and marketing leadership, Coalfire has grown rapidly and has successfully delivered thousands of IT audit and information security engagements to public- and private-sector clients.

Douglas Greise, Executive Vice President, Technology Services

Mr. Greise leads the Technology Services Business Unit, where he oversees strategic planning, partnership, outreach, and client delivery. Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. Greise served as the managing principal and cofounder of Veris Group. Previously, he was a cybersecurity/information assurance manager for Booz Allen Hamilton and a senior manager at Reliacom, where he was heavily involved in the IT integration and consulting firm’s growth.

In addition to having more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, IT consulting, sales, and management, he holds multiple industry certifications – including the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Product Specialist (MCPS) – and was a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Mr. Greise earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics with a focus in international relations and telecommunications from the University of Maryland.

Leslie Jones, Chief Human Resources Officer

Leslie Jones is a seasoned HR executive with over 20 years’ experience as a strategic and operational leader with global experience in all aspects of human resources. Her focus throughout her career has been in creating organizations, cultures, programs and processes that drive business performance. Jones and her team place their focus on making Coalfire a Great Place to Work, through effective HR and recruiting programs, training and development, compensation and benefits, talent management, and an engaging and vibrant culture.

Most recently, Jones was the Vice President, Head of HR, at Benefitfocus, a public cloud-based benefits management company, where she led the people strategy through a successful IPO and high growth. Prior to that, she was the HR Director with Blackbaud, a software company, where she was the global HR Partner and instrumental in transforming HR into a strategic, business focused organization. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jones held leadership positions with prominent technology organizations, Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and StorageTek (now Oracle).

Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and a Masters in Organizations & Leadership from the University of Denver. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and certified Executive Coach. She also currently sits on the advisory board at the University of South Carolina and at JMM-Engage, an HR software company.

Patrick Kehoe, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Mr. Kehoe has over twenty-five years of experience working with software, hardware, and service providers in High Tech and cybersecurity markets, where he has successfully built and deployed growth strategies and innovative marketing approaches. Prior to joining Coalfire, Mr. Kehoe served as Chief Marketing Officer for Arxan, where he and the team analyzed application security vulnerabilities and deployed solutions to protect applications. Previously, he held leadership positions at Siemens Enterprise Communications (now Unify), a global provider of communications software and services, where he was responsible for North American marketing and partner business, and he oversaw the development of the strategic plan and drove market awareness and pipeline generation. Prior to his work at Siemens, Mr. Kehoe spent nearly 20 years with Booz Allen Hamilton and MarketBridge, a sales and marketing professional services firm, providing business and IT strategy consulting services.

Mr. Kehoe has a track record of success in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and has spoken at conferences and corporate events on a variety of sales and marketing topics. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Tom McAndrew, COO

Mr. McAndrew is an experienced leader with IT assessment and audit expertise in financial services, healthcare, government, and retail. He leads Coalfire's professional services practice and provides oversight for practice development and service delivery across several regional offices. He is a nationally recognized speaker and has presented on information security topics for state agencies, the FDIC, the FTC, and other information security organizations. He is the current president of the Seattle chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Controls Association (ISACA), and holds numerous certifications in audit, compliance, and information security. Mr. McAndrew worked with information security and weapons systems for the Space and Naval Warfare Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland.

Kennet Westby, President and Co-Founder

Mr. Westby is a founding partner of Coalfire and serves as its president and chief security strategist. Mr. Westby has over 20 years of leadership experience in IT security, IT controls design and implementations. Mr. Westby provides cyber risk advisory to some of the world’s largest organizations and is a regular participant in programs advancing cyber risk management. Mr. Westby’s broad industry experience also includes application development, e-business and business process integration. He has served as COO for a global managed service provider where he provided both technical and operations leadership. Mr. Westby has also served as the COO and CIO for a major online healthcare network and telecommunications provider. He was selected as one of the nation's top 100 CIOs by CIO Magazine, is considered an industry leader in IT risk advisory and has presented as a keynote speaker at some of the largest industry forums.

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