Louis Parks – Chairman and CEO
Mr. Parks is a co-founder of Veridify, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors and is its Chairman. Prior to joining Veridify, Mr. Parks was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Global Logistics Technology, Inc. (“G-Log”), an innovative Internet logistics company that was acquired by Oracle Corporation. For 10 years preceding G-Log, he was CEO/President of Client Technologies, Inc., a New York-based provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications for the financial sector that was acquired by a Canadian company. Mr. Parks also served as President of RKO/Warner Video, where he was responsible for technology, operations, and acquisitions throughout North America. Early in his career, he held both sales and engineering positions with IBM.
Mr. Parks has consulted to Homeland Security on US electronic border initiatives and has served as a resource to the White House on security issues related to electronic passports and passport cards. He was on the North American Board of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) and is the former chairman of its RFID Experts Group (REG). He was on the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Aerospace Leadership (NCAL), a partnership between US industry, academia, and government teams, and is currently an active member on the GS1/EPCglobal and US TAG ISO standards committees. Mr. Parks holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with Honors) in Finance and Marketing from the University of Manitoba.
Derek Atkins – Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Atkins, Chief Technology Officer, specializes in architecting, designing, developing, and deploying network and systems security applications. He was formerly a senior member of the technical staff at Mocana Corporation, Senior Principal Software Engineer at Symantec (formally PGP Corporation), Senior Research Scientist at Telcordia Technologies (Bellcore), Chief Technology Officer at Arepa, Inc. (Into Networks), and a member of the technical staff at Sun Microsystems. Mr. Atkins also served as President of IHTFP Consulting, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting firm he founded in 2001, which provided Internet and computer system security services.
Mr. Atkins is the Vice-Chair of the RISC-V Crypto Extensions Work Group. He also serves on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet standardization body. As a member of the IETF, he was instrumental in the design and standardization of several major Internet protocols, including the OpenPGP and Instant Messaging protocols. He currently serves on the IETF’s Security Directorate. Mr. Atkins formerly served as chairman of the Open Web Authorization (Oauth), Kerberized Internet Negotiation of Keys, and the Instant Messaging and Presence Protocol Working Groups, and as a security guru on the IETF’s Domain Name System Directorate.
Mr. Atkins holds several patents in the area of secure content delivery. Publications authored by Mr. Atkins include “The Magic Words are Squeamish Ossifrage” in AsiaCrypt ’94, “Scaling the Web of Trust: Combining Kerberos and PGP to Provide Large Scale Authentication” published at Usenix 1995, and “Media Bank: Access and Access Control” published in 1995 by the MIT Media Lab. Mr. Atkins earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Master's degree in Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Iris Anshel – Chief Scientist
Dr. Anshel is an accomplished mathematician and cryptographer who invented and developed the foundational group theoretic methods that underlie all Veridify protocols along with Dr. Dorian Goldfeld and Dr. Michael Anshel. In addition to extensive research and publishing, she has experience in the commercialization of security technology. As a co-founder of Arithmetica, she was responsible for documenting methods for commercial deployment of new cryptography protocols, including the AAG Braid Group Cryptosystem, and she supported sales and business development activity. She is the co-inventor of the core Group Theoretic Cryptography methods used and developed by Veridify and is a co-author of the patents on these cryptographically secure methods.
Dr. Anshel earned a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Philosophy from Columbia University. She received a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from City College of New York. Dr. Anshel also served as a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Drake Smith – Vice President of Development
Mr. Smith, Vice President of Development, is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience designing, manufacturing and marketing technology products and services. He also served as Chief Technology Officer for the National Captioning Institute and as President and Chief Operating Officer for ULTECH Corporation, a broadcast technology company he founded in 1991, which was acquired by NCI in 2002.
Previously, Mr. Smith was an Applications Engineer and Technical Services Manager for ITT Semiconductors, where he was responsible for the design and development of integrated circuits. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Master's degree in Software Engineering from Brandeis University.
Michael E. Sharpless – Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Sharpless is a semiconductor industry veteran with more than 30 years of partner program leadership, business development, strategic sales and ASIC design engineering experience. Prior to joining Veridify, Mr. Sharpless was responsible for driving more than $100 million of partner sell-with and sell-through revenues at Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group, Altera and Texas Instruments. In these roles, Mr. Sharpless was responsible for leading the program strategy and development for three premier global partner programs and cultivating trusted partner relationships. Previously at Texas Instruments, he led a technical strategic sales team that collaborated with Hewlett Packard to define a custom DSP-based architecture to win HP’s first digital still camera platform.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Sharpless held ASIC/Gate Array design engineering and sales management positions with Texas Instruments, Arrow Electronics and VLSI Technology. Mr. Sharpless earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University of Sacramento and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
Brian A. Marks (JD/PhD) – Administration, Compliance, and Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Marks focuses on compliance and regulatory affairs, and administrative matters. He has over 25 years of professional operational experience managing administration, finance, human resources, information technology, and legal and regulatory affairs with start-up and emerging US and international growth companies. He formerly held senior executive positions at various technology companies. Mr. Marks worked with PrismTech Group Limited, Edinburgh, Scotland, where he served as a Commercial Director and Counsel, and orchestrated that company’s ability to work on classified US Department of Defense projects through its US subsidiary. Prior to PrismTech, he served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and General Counsel at Global Logistics Technologies, Inc., a global logistics software company, where he negotiated with the Chief Executive Officer its sale to Oracle Corporation in 2005. He also has advised and performed consulting and policy analysis related to information security and privacy, along with associated policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines for firms within the entertainment, financial services, health care, insurance, logistics, real estate, technology, and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Marks also served as an attorney in private practice, and held the position of Special Assistant, Legal and Economic Advisor, to the Honorable Robert R. Davis, Commissioner, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Mr. Marks is also on staff at the University of New Haven where he is the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence for the Department of Economics & Business Analytics in the College of Business where he teaches economics and strategy, and advises undergraduate and graduate students in business. He has held academic positions at the John F. Welch College of Business and the Department of Government and Politics at Sacred Heart University, the Economic Division at the Babson College, the Graduate School of Business at the University of Bridgeport, Graduate School of Economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institution & State University, the Center for Political Economy at Washington University, and the Domestic Studies Program at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Mr. Marks earned his Doctorate of Law, Doctorate in Philosophy, and Master of Arts in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Union College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon. Mr. Marks is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and previously held a clearance with the US government. He has published and presented research related to corporate governance and political economy.
Joanne C. Kelleher – Vice President of Operations
Ms. Kelleher, Vice President of Operations, focuses on operations and administration, including partners programs, recruiting, grant writing, grant administration, and logistics. She was formerly the Director of Marketing and continues to assist in company marketing operations. She has broad range of experience working with technology companies in the B2B space. Ms. Kelleher previously served as Director of Marketing at Imaging Solutions, Inc. and as Director of Marketing and Human Resources at Pinnacle Decision Systems, Inc., which was acquired by Tallan. She has experience as a project manager, systems trainer, and user systems analyst at a large property-casualty insurance company. She also serves as the director of a non-profit and is active on several boards and committees within her community.
Ms. Kelleher earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance and her Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut.