TAKING THE REINS: Mike Wells

TAKING THE REINS: Mike Wells

Mike Wells

Position:

Vice president of government markets, Riptech Inc., Alexandria, Va.

First Day on the Job:

Nov. 20

Age: 47

Hometown: Flint, Mich.

Home Now: Herndon, Va.

Family: Wife Julie; daughters Stacy, Heather, Stephanie

Most Recently Read Book: "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster" by Jon Krakauer

Favorites:

Artist: Howard Berens

Singer: George Benson

Author: John Grisham

Actor: Samuel L. Jackson

Hobby: Boating, boat building, water skiing, jet skiing, long-distance running

Music: Piano, Keith Jarrett

Quote: "Where there is a Wells, there is a way."

TV Show: Anything on the Discovery Channel

Vacation Spot: Clarksville, Va.

Best Career Advice You Ever Received:
"Hire only first-class engineers. If you hire second class, they hire third class, and your business suffers." ? Tom Eger

Education:
Executive master's degree, George Washington University, Washington

Master's degrees in computer science and computer engineering, bachelor's degree in computer science, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Associate degree in telecommunications, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Career Background:

? Worked as an Air Force engineer, building secure architectures for the National Reconnaissance Office.

? Director of telecommunications for Litton-TASC. Built secure architectures for the intelligence community.

? Information assurance director for Microsoft Federal. Assisted customers building secure architectures using Microsoft technology.

Regarding Riptech's service to the federal government, what do you see as your first order of business?
"My first job will be to position Riptech as the 24x7 managed security services provider of choice for federal, state and local government. That is, based on the technical and business backgrounds of senior management at Riptech, we understand government business and government security requirements, and will work closely with the government to ensure they have the very best security offering."

What is the biggest change for you in taking this new role?

"The opportunity at Riptech enables me to leverage my government expertise (government employee and contractor) to solve security problems for both civilian and federal government security customers. The biggest change is doing this at Internet speed."

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