Our Company

The Fornetix Team is mission driven.

We are a rare combination of cyber-security enthusiasts and former military operators that have protected some of the world’s most sensitive and valuable government, military, and commercial enterprises.

Our knowledge of available cybersecurity tools and methods made us painfully aware of the need for automated encryption key management.

Key Orchestration is the solution.

Jack Wright

Chief Operating Officer (COO) - acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Jack is an accomplished executive leader and team builder in information technology, cybersecurity, and national security focused companies. His senior executive operating experience spans several decades and includes Ultrasystems, Hercules Engines, InfoAssure, Quantum Batteries and Cape Fox Professional Services. Jack is a national security subject matter expert and has supported numerous Department of Defense classified projects. Jack began his career as a United States Marine infantry officer for 14 years with multiple combat tours.

Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in education and history from University of Florida.

Chuck White

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Chuck is a highly accomplished technologist, inventor, and a principal founder and creator at Fornetix, LLC and its Key Orchestration™ products. He has unparalleled knowledge in cybersecurity, collaboration solutions, big data analytics and security software development. Chuck’s previous roles include serving as Director of Delivery Engineering at Anakam where he led the development of a revolutionary two-factor authentication software product, resulting in a multi-million dollar acquisition by Equifax. Chuck is a former United States Army officer, combat veteran and recognized thought leader in the security software community. He also sits on the OASIS KMIP Technical Committee for Fornetix.

Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical computer engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Steve Philson

Vice President, Operations

Steve is an experienced business leader and information technology professional who has worked in a wide range of technical and executive positions for small and medium-sized companies focused on product development. Steve’s previous positions include leading development efforts at several companies, including iMapData and Novetta Solutions. Steve began his career serving his country as an infantryman in the United States Army.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix.

Neal Taylor

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Neal has a broad background in developing high-technology businesses, primarily in utility automation and multi-family billing and utility management. He has helped lead and grow businesses across a wide range of sizes, ages, and industries – always applying the most advanced technologies to build business value by providing increased customer benefits at lower costs. Prior to joining Fornetix, Neal has served as CFO, in-house counsel, venture capitalist, board member, and various sales and marketing executive leadership roles.

Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Washington and a juris doctor degree from University of Washington School of Law.

Jeff Bartell

Vice President, Customer Service

A dedicated problem solver with a deep background in encryption management, identity and access management, authentication, collaboration, and enterprise business solutions. A career spanning 18 years of supporting Government, Financial, Healthcare, and Pharmaceutical industries representing 10’s of millions of dollars in investment in technical solutions. A trusted advocate for customers providing expertise in the architecture, delivery, integration, and support of enterprise solutions.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology.

Denice Thornton

Director, Quality Assurance

Denice brings over 19 years experience in commercial software development where she has led teams located across the U.S., India, and China as quality assurance manager, scrum master, project manager, and beta manager. She has extensive knowledge and experience in Agile/Scrum development methodologies and has implemented quality assurance processes for numerous products, ranging from startup efforts to applications with users in excess of 20 million.

Denice received her bachelor’s degree in computer science programming from Strayer University and ScrumMaster certification from Scrum Alliance.

Jon Mentzell

Director, Engineering

Jon is an industry veteran with 20 years of leadership and management experience in the areas of operations security and information technology for private, public, startup, and government organizations. He has spent the last two decades innovating on systems security and researching, implementing and enforcing technological strategic solutions. Jon has defined, delivered, and supported projects for everything from large-scale web hosting environments to investigations into high-profile cyber-attacks on cabinet-level federal agencies.

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in cyber/computer forensics and counterterrorism from University of Maryland University College.

Gary Shepard

Director, Human Resources

Gary is a human resources professional with 25 years of business leadership experience in the areas of Management, Leadership, Staffing, Training, and Development in the corporate and private sector. His expertise is in organizational leadership and planning through projects involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate training plans, strategic operating procedures, staff development, customer service and sales. Gary’s service to the community has been through volunteer work with the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life) and the Donor Family Council of the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Gary began his career serving his country in the United States Air Force.

Gary received his master's degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University, his bachelor's degree in management from Shepherd University, and is currently certified in Targeted Selection Recruiting.

Steve Martinez

Director, Project Management

Steve is a project management professional with 20 years of business leadership experience in the areas of operations, supply chain and logistics, and information technology for private, public, and governmental organizations. Steve has worked on projects ranging from enterprise-wide application integrations and digital design that impact millions of monthly users, to multi-million dollar US Embassy builds in Riga, Latvia, and Valleta, Malta. Steve is also very active in his support for professional communities by dedicating time to board and volunteer positions within organizations such as NSHMBA, PMI, and Wounded Warrior Project, to name a few. Steve proudly and honorably served his country as a United States Marine.

Steve received both his bachelor’s and master's degree of business administration from Florida International University, and is currently certified with PMI’s Project Manager Professional and Agile Certified Professional, as well as the Certified Scrum Master certification from Scrum Alliance.