Richard Hollis Helms
Founder and Chief Executive
"In my career, I was never satisfied that those responsible for delivering technology to me really understood my need, for surely if they had, they would have worked harder to deliver what seemed to me to be the obvious. I remember being told, 'If you don’t see it on the shelf, don’t ask for it.'
That guidance resulted in an erroneous assessment that all needs were being met because no one was asking for anything other than what was on the shelf. Soon, nothing worthwhile was on the shelf. But while the first principal of technology development must be that it is essential to have the right people, the second is insuring institutional things do not prevent the right technologists from achieving their goals. I am fortunate in that many of those things that prevented technology from reaching me no longer apply. Ntrepid benefits from over $36 million in investments in new technology, people and insights. No one is telling us to live with what is on the shelf. Unfortunately, now I have few excuses for not delivering technology that can make a difference."
Richard Helms is the founder and Chief Executive of Ntrepid Corporation. After a nearly 30-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency, he founded Abraxas Corporation. It was sold 10 years later but retained 145 engineers and product development lines going back years. Ntrepid Corporation was then formed to solve extremely difficult product challenges. Those product lines are now known as ION, Nfusion, Passages, Timestream, Tartan, Virtus and ELUSIV... and MetalGear. Just kidding. We have never had a MetalGear product, and suggestions that we have are the result of a misreading and an inaccurate description of contracted work.
In Nov. 2006, Richard won Ernst & Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year award in Emerging Technology. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he holds a master’s degree in national security policy and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and economic development policy. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Dean of the School of International Service. An avid aviator, Richard has built two experimental aircraft.
"I have the privilege of working with some of the most talented individuals and unique customers one could experience professionally. The Internet has never had more relevance to our customers or provided them with such opportunity in the marketplace. We are presented with new challenges daily. That is what attracts the people that are here and makes this the most distinct company with which I have ever worked."
Charlie Englehart is President of Ntrepid. Charlie leads a team of dynamic people dedicated to providing the best products possible at the highest standards of quality for Ntrepid customers. Charlie joined Ntrepid (then Abraxas) in 2005 and was promoted to Vice President in 2009. He has played a significant role in Ntrepid’s expansion into Internet operations.
Prior to joining Ntrepid, Charlie worked in support of the Department of Defense and other clients in the national security community. Charlie brings 16 years of experience managing complex technical projects within federal and commercial spaces. Charlie holds a master’s degree with distinction from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA.
VP of Engineering Ops
"Designing and building computer systems that solve the most difficult problems facing our customers is a constant passion.
Throughout my career, I have led organizations that developed innovative solutions to complex missions. These systems have successfully functioned in some of the most stringent and high threat environments. Enabling our customers to succeed where others fear to go is its own reward."
An accomplished designer, developer, and systems engineer/architect, Mike Martinka understands fully the entire software development lifecycle. His technical skill set encompasses multiple platforms, languages, tools and operating systems. Mike founded and led Dauntless Incorporated, a software development firm specializing in trusted software and engineering solutions for the National Security communities. Ntrepid (then Abraxas) acquired Dauntless in 2006. Mike holds a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in computer science from George Washington University.
"Early in my work career I had been exposed to numbers and the importance of how they are all interrelated, how to interpret them and how to get the correct financial picture. I found the possibilities of a career in finance and accounting limitless and sought to help others with the confusing world of 'bean counting.'
As the Corporate Controller, I not only report on the financial health of Ntrepid, but also have an active role as part of the Senior Management Team in the forecast of where Ntrepid is headed and what the finance/accounting team can do to support the Ntrepid business initiatives. Together as a team, we can accomplish great things! I am very fortunate to be part of such an outstanding leadership group."
Sharon Shepherd joined Abraxas in 2005 as the Corporate Controller and was an integral part of the sale of Abraxas and the start-up of Ntrepid. Sharon has over 15 years of experience in corporate accounting and finance. Her vast experience and skills serve as a basis to oversee the critical interface of finance and the financial implications of business decisions through her detailed budgets, forecasts and other financial tools available to her.
Sharon has put together an excellent support team to get more done with less. The accounting team is small in number, but large in accomplishments and efficiency.
Sharon is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia and a graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in decision sciences. She also has an extensive background in accounting information systems to include Deltek Costpoint, Cognos, T&E, B&P and Equity Edge.
Sharon is the mother to three amazing young ladies whose individual activities in athletics, scholastics and volunteer work have honed Sharon's coordination and logistic skills.
Executive VP, Timestream
"Before you can solve a problem, simply understanding the technical challenges is not enough. You need to be able to see through the status quo and identify the true challenges, which may not always be technological in nature.
My philosophy around building products is that simplicity, elegance and design are just as important as functionality. No matter how powerful your solution is, if it's too complex for your user, it's essentially useless. What you leave out of a product can be just as important as what you put in and great discretion must be used to keep a product focused and streamlined."
A respected and accomplished software engineer, architect and designer, Teddy Lindsey is charged with expanding Ntrepid's product portfolio. He leads the development of the Timestream product line and continues to identify and develop new features across all product offerings. Teddy has created a multitude of products across a variety of disciplines, ranging from incident response and forensic tools to investigative analysis and tactical command systems. Prior to joining Ntrepid Corporation, Teddy was Director of Research for the Microsoft/Qualcomm joint venture Wireless Knowledge Inc. and served as the Chief Architect and Lead Engineer on several commercial software products. Finally, Teddy joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 9/11, where he distinguished himself and was recognized with a number of commendations, including the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence and the DEA Administrator’s Award. Teddy holds a B.S. in computer information systems from San Diego State University.
Chief Scientist, Passages
"Satisfaction is the path to stagnation. While working on open source anonymity tools in the early 1990s, it became obvious that the existing tools had clear and well-understood vulnerabilities, yet they were going unaddressed.
I took it upon myself to architect and implement an entirely new class of email anonymity tools called Mixmaster. By 1995, Mixmaster and other tools were highly effective and widely deployed but actively user hostile to any but the most technical person. I started Anonymizer to provide high-end security, which would be easily accessible to the least technical user.
I relish working closely with customers. Understanding their needs drives the direction of our innovation. Invention should not be about navel gazing, but addressing real needs.
I am constantly driven to solve the next problem, address the next threat, enable the next capability."
Lance Cottrell founded Anonymizer in 1995, which was acquired by Ntrepid (then Abraxas) in 2008. Anonymizer’s technologies form the core of Ntrepid’s Internet misattribution and security products. As Chief Scientist, Lance continues to push the envelope with the new technologies and capabilities required to stay ahead of rapidly evolving threats.
Lance is a well-known expert on security, privacy, anonymity, misattribution and cryptography. He speaks frequently at conferences and in interviews. Lance is the principle author on multiple Internet anonymity and security technology patents. He started developing Internet anonymity tools in 1992 while pursuing a PhD. in physics, eventually leaving to work on those technologies full time.
Lance holds an M.S. in physics from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served on the advisory board of the UCSD Libraries and the American Public University IT Industry Advisory Council.
In his spare time Lance grows high-end pinot noir grapes in the Russian River Valley AVA.
VP of Information Security Strategy
“I have always had a passion for technology and problem solving. While companies solve many problems with technology, it is only one factor in the success equation. People and process are just as vital. The convergence of people, process, and technology is essential to getting anything done. I continuously strive to improve in these areas, independently and simultaneously, understanding how each one influences the other to generate results.”
As VP of Information Security Strategy, Steve is responsible for leading Ntrepid’s cybersecurity business strategy. Prior to joining Ntrepid, Steve led transformational initiatives across three Fortune 250 organizations, leveraging a diverse portfolio of experiences. He designed a more efficient application delivery and computing model and led a global strategic effort to improve product quality at Trane / American Standard. Later, he developed the Cyber Risk Assessment Framework utilized at Alltel Communications and Verizon Wireless, to better quantify cybersecurity risk associated with strategic initiatives.
Steve served as the Cybersecurity Architect at the Central Intelligence Agency. Most recently, he was the SVP over Information Security Strategy at Fifth Third Bank. Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from Regis University. He attended the Advanced Security Training Program at Villanova University and holds many technology and business-related certifications. Steve is a member of the FBI’s InfraGard program and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
VP of Professional Services
"Professional Services has a broad mandate, so I have the luxury of recruiting from diverse backgrounds and skillsets, with only a few select qualifiers. If you’re smart, driven, creative, and have a great sense of humor, chances are you’re a candidate for the team. The team has thrived in a culture that values commitment, candor, respect for the mission and each other. These shared values have led to an uncommon degree of trust and collaborative potential, and have resulted in some exceptional accomplishments. It is incredibly rewarding watching team members succeed and take on greater responsibilities within the team and corporately."
Tasked with leading skilled, creative, and enthusiastic teams of analysts, engineers, and program managers in support of interesting customers and challenging requirements—Roger believes he may have the best job ever. Professional Services fields and manages custom solutions, provides unique consulting and analytic services, and performs related R&D.
With Ntrepid since it’s founding in 2010 and its predecessor Abraxas since 2006, Roger has held positions of increasing responsibility across the firm. Most recently, Roger led a team that managed large program deployments, conducted innovative R&D, and developed successful professional service offerings. At Abraxas, Roger managed projects for government customers and headed up Abraxas’ internal research and analytics shop in support of corporate interests. Prior to Abraxas, Roger was an analyst with Business Intelligence Advisors where he supported investment intelligence projects on behalf of large institutional investors. Previously, Roger worked for a D.C.-based public relations firm, and worked in media and communications roles at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Senate. Roger graduated from Bryan College in 2001 with a B.A. in communications.
An incurable hillbilly, Roger is an avid shooter and appreciates custom 1911s as well as modern platforms. At home, he is hopelessly outnumbered with three lovely daughters and an amazing wife; he rarely finishes a sentence.
VP of Business Development
“I feel very fortunate to be part of a team that defies the laws of networking and virtualization to deliver solutions that protect our customers from data breaches and cyber attacks. It is the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of a company that designs and implements some of the most advanced cyber security products available.“
Ramzi Asmar has been with Ntrepid since its very first year of inception and started out as an analyst on Roger Carroll's team. Ramzi has worked in support of Ntrepid's largest clients, implementing creative technologies on-site and ensuring they maintained a secure cyber security posture. In 2015, Ramzi was asked to lead the business development team; driving Ntrepid's growth in both the private and public sector.
Ramzi is trilingual, native in Arabic & French. He holds a master’s degree with honors from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public & International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University. Ramzi is a geek at heart, loves animals, and will happily talk to you about watches, cycling, and the latest technology trends.
VP of Engineering
"There is a way around everything. In my first Air Force assignment as intel and systems support for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), my unit’s motto was, 'He who has the most toys wins,' meaning that with the right technology and support, amazing things can be accomplished.
It was my job to figure out a way around very challenging situations, and I have been applying those early lessons ever since. While some may push through or opt out of a difficult problem, I look for the third option that leaps beyond simply fixing the issue.
Here at Ntrepid, our engineering group does not build to spec or to a set of requirements. First and foremost, our main goal is to understand what our customers are up to, not simply what their current problem is. Knowing what is possible with our skills, tools and technology, we create solutions beyond what our customers even know to ask for."
Ben Adams is the Vice President of Engineering for Ntrepid Corporation. In this role, he leads the core engineering effort for Ntrepid. An accomplished designer, developer and entrepreneur, Ben's technical skill set encompasses multiple platforms, languages, tools and operating systems with a focus on behavior-driven development. He attended the Defense Language Institute to study Arabic and served multiple international tours in support of worldwide operations. He conducted research and development at the University of Colorado, which inspired him to gather a team and engineer solar panel wireless communication technology. This was later awarded the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Engineering Expo Award. His previous career in the United States Air Force included positions in Special Operations Intelligence and Space Operations. He was also a founding member of the USAF 527th Space Aggressor Squadron. Prior to joining Ntrepid, he founded and worked in several high tech start-up companies and provided consultation and design services to larger Fortune 500 companies.
Director of Network Operations
"In my working career, I have modeled my leadership style towards the way I coach. I have been coaching baseball for over 30 years, and I find that treating your workers as your players on a team has been the most beneficial in getting who I lead ready to 'play.'
They call it coaching, but it is really teaching. You just don't tell them you show them the reasons. This provides a team atmosphere, and to have a good working NOC, you need to have a good team working together."
Chris Bertolero is Director of Network Operations at Ntrepid. He makes sure that his team monitors, reports, troubleshoots, escalates and sends out notifications in a timely manner. He has been in the operations business for nearly 20 years and continues to ensure his team helps keep all of operations up and running for all internal and external customers.
Chris started out his operations career at San Diego Gas & Electric as a Tape Librarian for the mainframe side of the NOC. He quickly moved into the Sr. Tape Librarian role and was part of the SDGE Disaster Recovery Team. He later moved into the network side of the NOC as NETOPS analyst and then became the lead of the NOC for both Mainframe and NETOPS. He soon became ITIL certified and wrote many of the NOC Standard Operating Procedures. He came to Ntrepid in 2010. The NOC had a table and two chairs, and he was hired to get the NOC up and running from an operations perspective. He started as a NOC Tier 1 and moved his way up the ranks to where he is today, the NOC Manager.
Chris continues to make sure the NOC excels in every operational task it performs. In his spare time, he really enjoys writing about himself in third person.
Director of Human Resources
“I have a passion for developing leaders to attract and retain exceptional tech talent as they grow and ensure customer mission success. At Ntrepid, encouraging leaders to put issues on the table, have fun, and ensure win-win outcomes plays a major role in how we collaborate. I aim to listen first and treat people with respect.
Ntrepid is, without a doubt, the greatest organization I have been a part of. We have amazing people! The friendly yet professional atmosphere serves as the perfect setting for our employees to reach their full potential. I am very fortunate to serve on this leadership team, and I am eager to ensure your career success at Ntrepid.”
David Blasdell is the Director of Human Resources at Ntrepid. As Director, David’s main focus is to align human resources strategies and initiatives with the organization’s structure to drive values, mission, and bottom line. David also handles all employee legal issues, and serves as the Trustee of Ntrepid’s 401(k) retirement plan. David’s leadership has helped several organizations earn Great Place to Work status, and his teams have earned numerous professional awards. David holds a BA in Business from Houghton College, and has earned CCP, CEBS Fellow, and SPHR certifications. In his leisure time, David coaches debate, leads financial classes, enjoys kayaking, and resides in Leesburg, VA.
Director of Product Management and Quality Assurance
"Quality survives” — Leonard Maltin
"This simple statement epitomizes why I love the quality assurance field. In my varied career I’ve worked on multiple projects that produced a variety of software solutions, but only those where the entire team believed in producing the highest-quality product for our customers are still around and in use today. Ntrepid is such a great place to work because producing quality products is not just given lip service but how we do business."
As the Director of Product Management and Quality Assurance, Tamaika Menefee oversees the product management and quality assurance teams, represents the needs of Ntrepid’s customers, communicates product strategy to key stakeholders, certifies the overall quality and reliability of all software developed, and ensures that all product releases are successfully delivered to our customers. With over 20 years of professional experience in commercial and government industries, Tamaika’s previous experience includes working as a Consultant for Hewlett Packard, overseeing the verification of a large COTS integration effort as the Test Manager for SAIC, and overseeing the testing of an enterprise program management application at Robbins Gioia as Test Manager.
Tamaika holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer information systems from James Madison University.
Tamaika loves her dog Mia, traveling to fun places around the world, and making developers cry…..just kidding…..unless of course they don’t fix their bugs.
Director of Contracts
“In the contracting profession, it is often easy to become overwhelmed with paperwork, policies and rigid processes that ultimately do not serve the best interests of the company or its customers. At Ntrepid, I consider myself fortunate to work in an energetic and flexible environment where my colleagues challenge the way things have been done in favor of continuous improvement and where our customers’ unique requirements prevent complacency.”
Jordan Price is Ntrepid’s Director of Contracts. He is responsible for contract management and compliance, as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with the company’s customers, business partners and suppliers. Jordan joined Ntrepid (then Abraxas) in 2006 after serving as a contracting officer within the U.S. Intelligence Community and working in program management for a large federal government reseller. Jordan holds a B.S. in business management from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in Reston, VA. Jordan is currently a member of the National Contract Management Association and maintains a Certified Professional Contracts Manager designation. Jordan loves boxers and is an avid Chicago sports fan.