These are just a few of the words that describe the dedicated DefenseStorm leadership team. With expansive backgrounds in the financial services, security, and fintech markets, our leadership team is uniquely qualified to define and drive the strategic direction of our high growth company.
Take a few minutes to meet the leaders behind the only co-managed, cloud-based and compliance-automated solution designed specifically for the unique cyber threat and compliance demands facing the financial services industry.
Chief Executive Officer
Steve Soukup has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2020 and in that role is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s business. He is passionate about building a community of trust among our teams and with our customers while also enabling our customers to do the same with their accountholders. Steve joined us as Chief Revenue Officer in May 2017 with a charge to drive growth for the business while leveraging his extensive experience serving the banking vertical. He was promoted to President in October 2019 and then to CEO in April of 2020. Under his leadership, DefenseStorm has set the standard for enabling banks and credit unions to achieve cyber risk readiness.
Steve has built world class customer-focused sales teams that have delivered double-digit year-over-year profitable revenue growth in fast paced and competitive environments. His background includes shaping a 100+ sales organization at e-banking leader Q2 to deliver 30% year-over-year revenue growth, as well as leadership positions at Intuit, S1 Corporation and KPN. Steve also has direct banking experience through management positions at Key Bank, BankBoston and State Street Bank. Steve is a graduate of Boston College and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Steve and his family have called the Atlanta area home for over 10 years.
Vice President, Customer Solutions
Paige joined DefenseStorm in 2019 as Vice President of Customer Solutions, with more than 20 years of consistent success serving the technology needs of financial institutions. Prior to joining DefenseStorm, she held executive positions at S1 Corporation and Fiserv. Paige has held leadership roles in Operations, Client Services, and Product Management, with a background in setting service and delivery strategies, implementing customer satisfaction and retention programs, and establishing performance metrics to improve productivity. She currently leads all post-sales, client-facing teams for DefenseStorm with a specialized focus on Onboarding, Platform Support, Cybersecurity Operations, and Threat Intelligence teams. Named by Cyber Magazine as one of the Top 10 Female Leaders in Cybersecurity, Paige consistently demonstrates a powerful commitment to the clients she serves and the employees she leads. She enjoys a passion for the mentoring and development of young adults, technology and security training for seniors, and investment in emerging leaders at DefenseStorm.
Vice President, Marketing
David is responsible for crafting and telling the DefenseStorm story. He’s on a mission to ensure that banks, credit unions and fintechs understand the full extent of the cyber risk they face and how DefenseStorm’s Built for Banking solutions uniquely address these challenges. As “glue” across the organization, he’ll help unite Product, Customer Solutions and Sales to ensure clients get the full value of DefenseStorm.
David’s experience ranges from start-ups to the Fortune 100, with his marketing knowhow built at The Coca-Cola Company and The Procter & Gamble Company. Most recently, he has lead marketing for several high-growth B2B technology companies. David earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has called Atlanta home for more than 25 years.
Chief Customer Officer
Matt has more than 15 years of Customer Success leadership experience. Over this time Matt has led the rapid development and growth of several customer success, support, services, and other operational groups spanning industries including security, big data, telecom, and HR technology. As a leader he is known for his passion for people and talent development. This passion results in teams that work with customers to provide a trusted, value rich partnership. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Maine.
Vice President, Emerging Technology
Alex has more than 20 years of experience providing security solutions and expertise to some of the largest companies in the world. He regularly speaks at regional and national IT and security conferences, and frequently is a featured expert at cybersecurity association meetings around the country. Alex has worked with several leading security solutions providers, including Barracuda Networks, Purewire, Secure Computing, CipherTrust, S1 and SecureWare. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.
Senior Vice President, Sales
Keith joined DefenseStorm in April of 2023 and is responsible for the company’s new acquisition revenue. He brings 25 years of extensive industry and sales leadership experience, where he has built several successful sales teams ranging in size from $50M to $700M in revenue. He prides himself on building highly energized and efficient sales teams who deliver an exceptional customer experience and outcome. In addition to leading direct sales teams, Keith has deep experience running Partner/Channels GTM, sales enablement, and sales operations. He has a passion for SaaS and cybersecurity and enjoys working side-by-side with his team to solve critical cyber risks for their clients across the vast and ever-changing threat landscape. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Keith holds a B.A. degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, and lives in Austin, TX, with his family.
Vice President, Sales Enablement
Robin joined DefenseStorm in July 2019 and currently oversees the Sales Enablement function. In this role, she leverages more than 25 years of transition leadership in the financial services/financial technology industry to drive initiatives that enable the company’s customer-facing teams to execute the core aspects of their jobs more effectively, especially as it relates to selling and revenue performance. Robin is a strategic thinker and proven innovator with a disciplined approach to leveraging new and emerging technologies. Prior to joining DefenseStorm, she held various leadership roles in Marketing, Learning & Development, Sales, Customer Experience, and Operations at Q2, Intuit, Digital Insight, and Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo). An avid traveler, she has visited all 50 United States, all 7 continents, and more than 150 countries. Robin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University.
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder
Edgardo is a 25-year technology industry veteran, executive and product innovator. He previously co-founded Delve Networks, a cloud-based online video platform that was purchased by Limelight Networks. While at Limelight, he served as General Manager of the company’s Video Platform business unit, and later as Senior Vice President of Product. Edgardo was also Group Program Manager for Isilon System, a company later purchased by EMC. In the past Edgardo has held Product Manager positions at Aventail Corporation, a pioneer in the SSL VPN market, and RealNetworks, an early Internet media company. He holds a degree in Biology from Yale University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Shah serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He has over 25 years of accounting and finance experience, with his last 10+ years primarily focused in the financial technology software arena.
Mike has a notable track record of performance leading early and mid-stage growth companies. Most recently, these include a payroll software company and a payments enablement and security technology company. Mike managed the financial operations of the companies and played a key role in the strategy and execution of operational and financial initiatives leading to value creation.
Mike began his career at Deloitte as a Certified Public Accountant, where he served in the Financial Services Audit group. He left public accounting to follow his passion for business and founded and managed a successful office products company for 16 years. During his tenure as CEO/CFO, Mike was responsible for its record growth and profitability.
Mike graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University, where he earned a BS degree with a concentration in accounting and finance.
Outgoing Chief Information Security Officer
Bob has more than 25 years of experience as a senior security expert and highly accomplished IT executive and engineer. Through leadership positions managing IT departments and programs, technology operations and data center operations, Bob has driven innovative process improvements, disaster recovery programs, information security strategies, and audit and compliance improvements. He has been responsible for incident response, risk management and penetration testing for community-focused banks, credit unions and high-tech companies across the United States. Bob is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Digital Forensics Examiner and GIAC Penetration Tester. Bob holds a degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland and is a retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant. Bob is retiring December 31st, 2023.
Incoming Chief Information Security Officer
William is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) with extensive training, background, and experience in various aspects of IT systems and applications. He has over 27 years of IT experience, almost a third of it directly in cybersecurity. William was previously the Director of Cybersecurity Operations and now is the Chief Information Security Officer at DefenseStorm. William was previously the Chief Information Security Officer at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington (UNCW) where he built and managed their Information Security Program.
Chairman of the Board & Co‑Founder
Jeff is a technology industry veteran who serves in a number of thought leadership positions throughout the industry, including CEO and board member of Tealium, a leader in enterprise tag management and digital data distribution platforms; chairman of nCino, a banking industry SaaS enabler; and board member of EngineYard, an innovative provider of cloud-based application management solutions. Jeff previously served in a variety of tech leadership roles, most recently as chairman and CEO of Limelight Networks, where he led the company through its 2007 IPO and six years of growth. He holds a B.S. in Information and Computer Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and served as a U.S. Naval Aviator between 1988 and 1994.
Harold Brewer (H.B.) is one of DefenseStorm’s founders and has served on its Board of Directors since the Company’s inception. For more than 40 years H.B. has been an entrepreneur driving banking technology innovation. He has shepher numerous banking technology advancements that have become best-in-class solutions, including having developed the first fully integrated, object-code-only community banking system, which proved to be a game-changing technology in bank data processing. As an expert advisor to the banking industry, H.B. helped banks of all sizes in markets across the country understand how to optimize their operations and profitability through high-quality technology and human resources. H.B. also was one of the founders of Brintech, a leading strategy, performance improvement and profit enhancement advisory services company focused on the community bank marketplace and its challenges, technology, and regulatory changes.
Member, Board of Directors
Jim has more than 30 years of information technology, strategic planning and business process management experience, much of it focused on banking. Jim served as DefenseStorm’s Chief Operating Officer throughout 2019. Prior to that Jim spent 15 years as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Washington Trust Bank, a full-service commercial bank with $10 billion in assets operating in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
Jim’s background includes serving as President and Chief Operating Officer at Brintech, a leading banking advisory services company, as well as 12 years as a consultant delivering strategy and technology advisory services to banks ranging from $500 million to $24 billion in assets.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Information Technology from Baylor University, has completed post-graduate work at the University of North Florida, and attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program.
Member, Board of Directors
Mark is a General Partner at TTV Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in fintech investments. Mark’s 15 years of venture capital experience is augmented by 30 years of operating experience growing one of the most successful bill payment systems, CheckFree. While there, he invented CheckFree’s consumer direct online bill payment solution, and developed and launched the company’s commercial and consumer electronic funds transfer services as well as the electronic bill payment and presentment businesses. Mark oversaw CheckFree’s growth from a pre-revenue start-up to a public corporation with over $1 billion in annual revenue, and spearheaded more than 20 acquisitions during his tenure. CheckFree executed an IPO in 1995 and was acquired in 2007 by Fiserv (NASDAQ:FISV) for $4.4 billion in cash. Mark’s experience also includes key positions at the Federal Reserve Bank and Bank One. Mark was one of the first to identify advances in B2B payments, card linked marketing, alternative loan origination, multi-channel digital banking and specialty payments. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors at Cardlytics, SmartAsset, Ensemble, FleetCor, Monit, and Springbot. Mark earned a B. S. degree in Business from Miami University and an MBA degree from the Ohio State University.
Member, Board of Directors
Justin LaFayette is a Lead Investor at Georgian, a fintech company that he co-founded in 2008. At Georgian, Justin oversees the firm’s investments in leading technology companies in the U.S. and Canada. Investments led by Justin have included 41st Parameter, Bluecore, IEX, Kinnser, PrecisionLender, Shopify, Tealium and Top Hat. Prior to founding Georgian, Justin led IBM’s analytics acquisition strategy, having joined IBM through the acquisition of DWL, a big data analytics firm he co-founded in 2005.Justin is also an active board member of Canada Learning Code, a non-for-profit organization with the mission to provide 10 million Canadians access to meaningful technology education experiences by 2027.
Member, Board of Directors
Doug serves as Chief Financial Officer for Tealium, a leader in enterprise tag management and digital data distribution platform. His more than 25 years of experience as a senior global financial executive in the technology industry includes eight years as a public company Chief Financial Officer and board member. Doug previously served as a Senior Vice President and CFO at Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW), where he completed several M&A transactions and raised capital in the public markets. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President, CFO, and board member at Bakbone Software, which was acquired by Quest Software. From 2003-2006, he was the CFO and a board member at Memec Group which was sold to Avnet, Inc. Doug is a CPA and received a B.A. in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Member, Board of Directors
Neil Underwood currently serves as Partner of Canapi Ventures, a strategic fintech venture fund, and as President of Live Oak Bancshares (LOB), the holding company of Live Oak Bank. While at the bank, he co-founded nCino (NCNO), a cloud-based bank operating system now serving over 1000 financial institutions globally.
Through the venture arm of Live Oak, Underwood helped incubate companies focused on digital bank transformation, including Finxact, Payrailz, DefenseStorm and Greenlight. In 2017, he co-founded Apiture, a joint venture between Live Oak and First Data, serving as a cloud-native omni-channel onboarding and servicing platform.
Prior to Live Oak, Underwood served as General Manager of S1 Corporation (SONE), where he was responsible for the S1 Enterprise Retail division. S1, since acquired by ACI (ACIW), built and deployed financial services systems such as online banking, payments and mobile solutions to over 3,000 financial institutions worldwide.
Underwood currently serves on the board of Live Oak Bank, Greenlight, Notarize, Defense Storm, Apiture, Payrailz, and is board observer at Blend and Finxact. A native of Miami, FL, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.