Ben Edson is the Founder and CEO of VariQ, a company with 200+ employees which has evolved from a single-employee start-up into a mid-tier government services provider. As an industry innovator and results-driven entrepreneur, Ben has built an award-winning business that engineers and delivers complex, problem solving solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, software development and cloud services, while fostering lasting partnerships with industry leaders.
Ben Edson has served on the board of directors for the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) since 2015. He was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2019 and was awarded the Washington GovCon Executive of the Year award in 2015. Other noteworthy awards include: the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Leader of the Year award and the Washington SmartCEO's Family Business Legacy award in 2016. VariQ was the recipient of the 2018 Metro DC Moxie Award for Government Contractors (200-300 employees).
Ben holds an MBA and Master of Science in Information Telecommunications Systems from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University.
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As Director of Operations and Communications, Joy Cox provides executive oversight of VariQ’s operations and public relations, and the implementation of strategic communications to advance VariQ’s business plan. She oversees the company’s day-to-day activities and marketing and branding efforts, and is passionate about growing VariQ’s values-based culture, fostering employee engagement, and supporting a climate for expansion and world class service delivery.
Prior to joining VariQ, Ms. Cox worked for over 15 years in executive management in the non-profit sector, providing oversight to geographically dispersed projects and teams in over 20 countries. She also served as a communications consultant on messaging strategies, crisis management, and multilingual website and publication creation.
Joy holds an MA degree in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University in Canada. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundation certified.
Director, Operations & Communications
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.
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Engagement Directorhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/neilharris/ View his profile on LinkedIn
Brendan Coleman is a Practice Director for Client Services at Rivet Logic and is responsible for client relationships and success. Brendan brings a successful background of working with new and emerging technologies. Prior to Rivet Logic, Brendan was with MongoDB, a leading NoSQL database. While at MongoDB Brendan worked on a variety of product integrations and strategic partnerships to help educate and accelerate user adoption. Prior to MongoDB, Brendan was with Alfresco Software where he helped launch and grow the partner ecosystem.
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Head of Marketinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsaenzcastillo/ View his profile on LinkedIn