Secure Channels Leadership
Expertise in a wide array of fields including cyber security, insurance, healthcare and more
Chief Executive Officer Richard Blech is an entrepreneur, investor and innovator. His primary business focus is on data security, technology and strategic alliances. As managing member of Imperium Management LLC, Richard actively invests in technologically advanced ventures. He has a discerning ability to determine market trends that are not only lucrative, but also pave the way to technological advancement across the globe.
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Background – Born in 1963 in Los Angeles, California, Richard Blech achieved his formal education in Switzerland when he completed a BA degree in Business Administration at the Business School Lausanne in 1994. Before launching his first entrepreneurial venture, Richard gained invaluable experience in business administration and management in the United States and Europe. Richard settled on the European mainland where he lived for 20 years before returning to California near his offices in Irvine. Current Ventures – As a resolute advocate of disruptive technology, Richard Blech holds vested interests in cyber-defense and digital content. With cyber-crime breaches now reaching epidemic proportions, Richard’s objective is to turn the ever evolving digital world into a risk adverse space that allows everyone to function securely within their ecosystems. As CEO of Secure Channels, Inc., Richard is leading the the company to be a leader in enterprise data protection through the development of innovative encryption and authentication based technology solutions.
Michael R. Feinberg
Chief Information Officer Michael Feinberg, with over 18 years of Executive IT Management, Systems, and Architecture experience, serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Secure Channels, Inc. As a certified expert in Enterprise Architecture on Oracle, IBM, and other leading technology platforms, Mr. Feinberg is driving Secure Channels’ high-tech cryptography and security vision and ensuring the company’s ability to scale upward at the speed of innovation.
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Previously, he served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Strategic Global Advisors, a $4.2 Billion AUM institutional funds manager. Mr. Feinberg was responsible for designing the data model, big data, flow and accuracy for worldwide stock portfolios driving a quantitative portfolio model. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of American Tours International, the largest inbound hotel travel receptive in the United States where he was responsible for the development of high-volume data systems, architecting sophisticated connections to Fortune 100 hotel chains, and implementing a network capable of executing tens of thousands of daily financial transactions. With a broad background of information systems design, Mr. Feinberg also has experience in the aerospace industry where he created strike fighter jet software for Raytheon, lead tech teams and created ultra-high performance networks for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Certified and currently fluent in multiple major programming languages; Mr. Feinberg demonstrates his passion for technology as a keynote speaker and visionary IT expert for the IAOP and other televised panels internationally. In 2014 Mr. Feinberg shared a stage with the CTO of IBM China in Beijing for the Devott Global IT Leadership Conference. In 2013 Michael was nominated for CIO magazine’s CIO of the Year as well as the CIO Top 100 Award. Michael Feinberg holds a BS in Computer Science from Michigan State University.
Chief Financial Officer Michael Rash is a trusted advisor to CEO and Board of Directors in strategic planning, forecasting, financing, contract negotiation, employee development and key performance indicators across a vast range of industries. He has developed deep working relationships with banks, factors, and venture capital groups resulting in both private and public investments of over $150M. He was previously the General Manager and CFO for Superior Machining and Manufacturing before their acquisition. He was previously Director of Operations for Senior Aerospace PLC serving major customers such as Boeing, Honeywell, General Electric, Raytheon, ATK, and Rolls Royce. He served as a finance consultant responsible for asset management, inventory control and budget deployment for Hines Nursery during their acquisition of Bordier’s Nursery.
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Before starting his journey in business Michael played baseball within the Chicago Cubs organization. He serves as Vice President for the Orange County Colts Baseball/Softball program and volunteers as a youth baseball coach. He holds a BS from Concordia University, Irvine and his MBA from University of California, Irvine -The Paul Merage School of Business.
Chief Brand Officer for Secure Channels Director of Operations for ESOC, a subsidiary of Secure Channels Deirdre Murphy is a seasoned professional with diverse strategic marketing, sales, and social media expertise leading world class entertainment, technology and other innovative brands. Key areas of leadership within the startup culture include sales, guerilla and niche marketing, multi-platform social media and partnership development. Her strong reputation within the entertainment industry has roots in her screen writing, journalism, campaign marketing, program development and speech writing.
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Murphy founded Short Mondays, a monthly short film festival that successfully showcased new film makers with seasoned industry professionals, creating a rich environment that was admired for 5 years with 50 unique festivals. Short Mondays validated Murphy as a guerilla marketing expert, keeping the marketing simple with a point of view and allowing the industry to stay relevant and competitive in the ever changing world of digital media.
Chief of Engineering Adam leverages more than 20 years of experience in the security, defense, intelligence and government contracting industries. During this time, Mr. Firestone has provided executive leadership and routinely conceived and led security, Cloud, service oriented architecture (SOA) and other complex system and system of systems engineering and design efforts.
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He has led a cybersecurity organization, designing and marketing solutions specifically for United States government (USG) customers. He led the defense and federal subsidiary of a global Cloud-native middleware company where he designed advanced technology solutions for the challenges faced by the military, intelligence and government organizations. Adam has a patented invention for ensuring multilevel data security. Additionally, Mr. Firestone is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches graduate courses in systems engineering and technology management. He graduated from Yale University, is a former United States Army officer, and also possesses a legal background, holding a Juris Doctorate, and having practiced law in New York.
Donald A. Opperman
Chief Product Officer Don Opperman is an entrepreneur, innovator and leads products from ideation to successful market launch, growth and profitability. Don leads Secure Channels, Inc. ( SCI ) product- vision, strategy, roadmap, development and release to marketing, sales, channel and strategic SCI partners. Don brings to SCI over 20 years of product innovation; two global patents for network / security policy and service management; and, a successful track-record of over 30 products to market, channel- and strategic partners. Don’s expertise is in securely developing and migrating Enterprise and Cloud products, including security products for Cryptography; Authentication & Identification; and, Security Policy Management.
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Don career experience comes from delivering Cloud, Data Center and Enterprise products to global 100 to 1,000 customers. Those customers are in Finance and Banking; Healthcare; Hospitality; Telecommunications, Cable and Wireless Providers; Utilities; and, Cloud provider segments.
Don has worked for, or delivered Cyber-Security, Networking and Cloud products and product-solutions to AT&T, Brazil-Tel, Charter Cable, China Unicom, Comcast, Dell Technology Cloud Services, Deutsche Telekom, Orange ( France ) Telecomm., Sprint Wireless, and Time Warner Cable.
Don has provided security products to Boeing, Northrup Grumman and NASA. Don’s Cyber Security and Cloud product innovation skills were honed by time with Darden Restaurants, Disney Resorts, Experian, Floor & Décor, Gap, Home Depot, Lulu Lemon, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and WorldPay.
Don’s product development and technical service teams quality and innovation were recognized by J.D. Powers & Associates for best Consumer Internet and Phone products / services for three, and five consecutive years, respectively.
Don was raised in New Zealand and sought further work experience and graduate studies in the USA. He met his Florida wife-to-be in Canada and has remained in the United States. He contributes products and technology solving real-world security, availability, scalability and, business continuity challenges.
VP, Sales & Data Services Ian is a passionate and driven sales leader who brings over 20 years sales experience partnering with enterpise clients and global organizations on both large project-based engagements as well as long-term consulting, integration, and managed service contracts. Ian will be leading the company’s sales efforts around OEM integrations, data services and engineering, and well as SaaS offerings. Ian’s past positions include senior sales positions with Fortune 1000 companies such as Kellogg’s, EMC, and Dimension Data.
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Ian sales skills, technical acumen, and project management methodology help him to play a strategic role in his client’s business. His ability to understanding the regulatory and data compliance forces surrounding his clients’ industries make him a valued consultant. Ian has successfully developed and managed partner relationships with IT Distributors, VAR/Integrators, and ecosystem partners to propose and deliver packaged solutions to his clients. Ian holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing and served as President of the American Marketing Association CSUF Chapter.
VP, Cryptography Engineering Jonathan Katz serves as Secure Channels VP of Cryptography Engineering. Jonathan is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, and Director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. His research interests lie broadly in the fields of cryptography, privacy, and the science of cybersecurity. He is a co-author of the widely used textbook “Introduction to Modern Cryptography,” now in its second edition, as well as a monograph on digital signature schemes.
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He has served as the program chair for the annual Crypto conference and as an editor for the Journal of Cryptology, and is a member of the steering committee for the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative and the State of Maryland Cybersecurity Council. Katz received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from MIT, and a PhD in computer science from Columbia University. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2005, was a member of the DARPA Computer Science Study Group from 2009-2010, and received a Humboldt Research Award in 2015. He has held visiting appointments at UCLA, the École Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), and the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
VP, Solutions Architecture Hilary has spent over 15 years working in the defense, intelligence and cybersecurity industries. She spent the majority of her career with a large defense contractor in the D.C. area, providing technical leadership and project management to a number of programs across the Department of Defense including the CVN 21 Future Aircraft Carriers Program and U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command’s Next Generation Remotely Piloted Aircraft Command and Control Operations Center.
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Her work focused on requirements engineering; modeling and simulation; enterprise and system architecture development and analysis; and system of systems design, integration and test. Most recently, Hilary served in an executive role at US-based subsidiary of a global anti-malware provider. In this role, she guided and executed efforts to engineer and deliver unique and otherwise unobtainable cyber threat information to customers within the US government and US national critical infrastructure sectors. Hilary holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
Consulting Engineer, Data Services Practice
Our Data Services practice is led by one of the most sought-after Consulting Engineers in the Big Data and Analytics industry with a seven-year track record of success with some of the largest domestic and global clients across multiple industries. His reference implementations for Linux server Encryption at Rest and High-Velocity Machine Learning serve as reliable guides to entities desiring to derive astute observations from their data as it streams into the organization, achieving superior outcomes and maximizing return on investment on technological assets and the data they store and protect.
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- His passion and for Big Data and his work on Machine Learning are why John’s utilization as a premium billable resource has been nearly 100% for the past 6yrs
- John’s insights and experience on Big Data cluster tuning often cause customers to retain him for 2x – 6x time beyond the original engagement
- Feedback on John’s documentation and training consistently receive the highest marks