Our Team

Dr. Bill Anderson is Chief Executive Officer at Optio Labs. Dr. Anderson joined Optio Labs in 2015 when Optio Labs purchased Oculis Labs, the data-in-use security company he founded to protect information on computer screens against eavesdroppers.

Dr. Anderson is a security products innovator with extensive experience in developing and marketing security hardware, software and intellectual property. He has previously served as Vice President, Encryption Products for SafeNet Inc., where he drove OEM networking and mobile product strategy and managed SafeNet’s line of encryption products. He also directed product management and marketing at Aether Systems and Certicom, where he managed highly successful cryptography and communications product lines.

Dr. Anderson has Bachelors and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in cryptography, from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Anderson is a sought-out expert on encryption and mobile security and has been recognized by numerous industry organizations including Innovator of the Year, Maryland Daily Record, 2008; Emerging Companies to Watch, Connecticut Technology Council, 2009; Hottest Tech in Town, Greater Baltimore Technology Council, 2010; American Security Challenge Winner, American Security Challenge, 2010; SINET 16 Innovator, Security Innovation Network, 2012; and HP – IAPP Privacy Innovation Award, International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2012.

Dr. Anderson holds multiple patents in the field of information security.

Andy Meister is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Optio Labs, Inc. Mr. Meister brings over 30 years of software development, mobile, entrepreneurial and management experience building technology products and organizations.

Before joining Optio Labs, Mr. Meister worked with early stage companies at AM Consulting where he provided strategy and technology leadership. He also served as Chief Operating Officer at Sonum Technologies where he provided strategic direction for the commercialization of the company’s technology and general management of day-to-day operations.

Mr. Meister also served as co-Founder and Vice President of Aether Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETH), the wireless and mobile data solutions provider. At Aether Systems, Mr. Meister helped grow the company from a small technology consulting firm to a publicly-traded leader in mobile data technology and applications, with over $200 million in annual revenue and more than 1,000 employees in global offices. Mr. Meister also held technology positions with United Parcel Service and the National Security Agency.

Mr. Meister holds a M.S. degree in Computer Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professions (CISSP).

Patrick Geritz is Vice President of North America Sales at Optio Labs, Inc. Mr. Geritz has over 20 years of successful software, hardware, and professional services sales experience concentrating on building, developing and growing sales teams for long term growth and repeatable performance metrics.

Mr. Geritz specializes in new to market technologies in Big Data, Cloud Computing and Personalized Medicine markets with a focus on U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities, U.S. Federal Civilian Agencies, and commercial industries including financial, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Prior to joining Optio Labs, Mr. Geritz was Vice President of Sales at Appistry Inc., a software company in the Personalized Medicine and Genomics markets. Mr. Geritz was responsible for successfully driving new customers, new products in new markets. In prior roles, Mr. Geritz was Director of Federal at Entrieva, a software and product development firm in Reston, VA: Senior Sale Executive at Savi Technologies a Lockheed Martin company Alexandria, VA, a software and solutions company where he managed DOD and Homeland Security Accounts and implemented its first CONUS tracking system with the Guard component of DHS for Disaster recovery post 911.

Mr. Geritz is a graduate of Towson University.

Dr. Hamilton Turner is the Chief Technology Officer at Optio Labs, Inc. Dr. Turner has over 10 years of mobile security, software engineering, and software management experience.

Dr. Turner specializes in leading the creation of new products, including pre-investment evaluation of existing technologies, in-house or cross-company product development, and post-acquisition product incubation.

Prior to joining Optio Labs, Dr. Turner earned his Ph.D in Mobile Cloud Optimization and Security and his M.E. in Distributed Systems Optimization from Virginia Tech University. Dr. Turner is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications.

Board of Advisors

Tom Ridge is Chairman of Ridge Global. He provides clients with solutions to cyber security, international security and risk management issues. Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania. During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Tom Ridge served as Secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005. Before the events of September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Governor Ridge’s aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment. He serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities. He is currently chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force. He graduated from Harvard with honors. After his first year at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms.

Jenkins Ravenel is a published mobility industry subject matter expert with extensive experience in corporate governance and control as a consultant to C-level executives. He is currently president of Ravenel Consulting, Inc., an IT consulting company specializing in mobile technologies; a partner in JAST Advisors, a consulting practice in Business Process Engineering; and owner of Matthews Millwork, Inc., a manufacturing company in Charlotte, NC.

Mr. Ravenel’s experience includes more than 23 years managing technology within a major global financial services company and is experienced in several Business Process Management methodologies. He is a Certified Green Belt – Six Sigma Methodology, “Design for Six Sigma” designation. He has served on the advisory councils of Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Boxtone, Good Technology, Powermat, Koolspan, Mocana, Bluefire Technologies, and Research in Motion (RIM). He also served on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in Washington DC, the Presidential committee responsible for advising on national policy for the wireless industry.

Jenkins earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and an MBA from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business. He also graduated from the North Carolina School of Banking, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

John Stewart provides leadership and direction to multiple corporate security teams throughout Cisco Systems Inc., strategically aligning with business units and the IT organization to generate leading corporate security practices, policies, and processes. The Corporate Security Programs Organization focuses on global information security consulting and services, security evaluation, critical infrastructure assurance, eDiscovery, source code security, identification management, as well as special programs that promote Cisco, Internet, and national security. Additionally, he is responsible for overseeing the security for Cisco Connection Online, the infrastructure supporting Cisco’s $28.5 billion business.

Mr. Stewart has also served as the Chief Security Officer responsible for operational and strategic direction for corporate and customer security at Digital Island, and as a research scientist responsible for investigating emerging technologies in the Office of the CTO at Cable & Wireless America. He has professional experience in software development and systems and network administration, and is a software specialist, author, and instructor.

Mr. Stewart has given numerous tutorials and presentations at various security forums, including SANS, USENIX, RSA, and Cisco Networkers. He has served on advisory boards for Akonix, Finjan, Cloudshield, Riverhead, and TripWire, Inc. Currently, Mr. Stewart sits on technical advisory boards for Ingrian Networks, Panorama Venture Capital (formerly JPMorganPartners Venture), RedSeal, and Signacert, Inc. Mr. Stewart holds a M.S. in Computer and Information Science from Syracuse University.

Dr. Charles Clancy is a Founder and Advisor at Optio Labs, Inc. Dr. Clancy is an Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is Director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. In this role, Dr. Clancy is responsible for leading Virginia Tech’s collaboration with national security organizations within the federal government and industry. Additionally, he is involved in developing and expanding the university’s role in cyber-security research and education. His current research interests include wireless security and electronic warfare.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2010, Dr. Clancy spent seven years working for the U.S. Department of Defense in a variety of research, engineering, and operations roles. The majority of his time was spent as a researcher with the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, a federal research laboratory at the University of Maryland. There he led government research programs in wireless communications, with an emphasis on software-defined and cognitive radio. During this time, Dr. Clancy was also heavily involved in wireless authentication and authorization protocol standardization, and held leadership positions within the Internet Engineering Task Force.

Dr. Clancy is co-founder of a number of companies, including Optio Labs, Federated Wireless, and Stochastic Research. He is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and is published in over 80 technical publications. Dr. Clancy received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. White is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. He was previously a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and won the Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award while at Virginia Tech. His research has won four Best Paper Awards and he has published more than 100 papers.

Dr. White’s research focuses on securing, optimizing, and leveraging data from mobile cyber-physical systems. His mobile cyber-physical systems research spans four key focus areas: (1) mobile security and data collection, (2) high-precision mobile augmented reality, (3) mobile device and supporting cloud infrastructure power and configuration optimization, and (4) applications of mobile cyber-physical systems in multi-disciplinary domains, including energy-optimized cloud computing, smart grid systems, healthcare/manufacturing security, next-generation construction technologies, and citizen science. His research has been licensed and transitioned to industry, where it won an Innovation Award at CES 2013, was a finalist for the Technical Achievement at Award at SXSW Interactive, and was a top 3 for mobile in the Accelerator Awards at SXSW 2013. His research is conducted through the Mobile Application computinG, optimizatoN, and secUrity Methods (MAGNUM) Group at Vanderbilt University, which he directs.

Dr. White has a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.