Leadership Team

Chief Executive Oficer

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.

Ben Edson

CEO

President and COO

Alaaeldin is responsible for overseeing all of Rivet Logic's practices to ensure delivery of the highest level of professional services to our clients nationwide. Alaaeldin has more than 18 years of enterprise IT software design and development experience, including deep expertise in open source platforms from Liferay, Crafter CMS, MongoDB, and Alfresco, as well as running enterprise-grade Managed Services operations. At Rivet Logic, Alaaeldin has led the architecture, implementation, and deployment of numerous client projects ranging from enterprise-wide intranets to large-scale public websites, social communities, and native mobile applications.

Alaaeldin earned a BS in Computer Science from American University and an MS in Computer Science from George Mason University.

Al El-Nattar

President and COO

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EVP of Client Development and Success

Kevin is the EVP of Client Development and Success at Rivet Logic, responsible for overseeing the growth of the company through successful corporate strategies that deliver increased customer value. Kevin has over 20 years of sales, marketing, business consulting, and IT management experience across a variety of industry verticals, and a successful track record of helping companies achieve above average market growth.

Prior to Rivet Logic, Kevin served in a variety of leadership roles at Peak Technical Consulting, iGATE, and MASTECH. Kevin holds BS degrees in Finance and Accounting, and a MS in Leadership and Information Technology Management from Duquesne University.

Kevin Kutzavitch

EVP of Client Development and Success

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Director of Operations & Communications

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.

Joy Cox

Director, Operations & Communications

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Tom Edson

CFO

PMO Director

Karim oversees Rivet Logic's Project Management Organization whose mission it is to ensure the successful delivery of projects and meet and exceed client expectations by continuously improving Rivet Logic’s project delivery, methodology, and practices.

Karim brings more than 20 years of Project Management experience including Project Management, Program Management, Project Controls, and Claims Consulting across various industries including IT, Government, and Commercial. 

Karim earned a BS in Construction Engineering from American University in Cairo and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Karim Zaklama

PMO Director

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Engagement Director

Neil Harris is the Engagement Director at Rivet Logic and is responsible for client satisfaction through successful project implementations. Neil has an extensive technology background, most recently with EPAM Systems, a multinational software engineering firm, He has directed projects with accounts including government agencies and private sector clients including Stanley Black and Decker, GE, Bank of America, and EY, focusing on areas including modern video portals, digital enablement, commerce, and advanced data analytics as well as full-stack custom development. His background includes serving as President of IF Studios (makers of the HeroEngine platform), COO of Simutronics Corp., and management roles at GE, Atari, and Commodore. He earned his MBA at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Neil Harris

Engagement Director

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Practice Director

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.

 

Brendan Coleman

Practice Director

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Head of Marketing

David is the Marketing Manager at Rivet Logic and is responsible for overseeing corporate marketing related activities, partner relations, and sales operations. David is responsible for establishing & implementing strategic and tactical communication plans designed to capitalize on market opportunities and generate demand.

Prior to joining Rivet Logic, David has served a variety of management roles in the Marketing and IT industies, including Consulting, Salesforce.com Administration, Marketing Automation, Client Services Management, and Regional Email Marketing Managment.

David holds a BA degree in Advertising and Marketing.

David Saenz

Head of Marketing

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