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Our Team

Focal Point employs more than 400 technology, cyber security, and audit professionals. We pride ourselves on our team's expertise, professionalism and dedication to client satisfaction.

We are led by some of the most recognized and influential thought leaders and subject matter experts in the industry, coming from backgrounds in the U.S. military, Big 4 accounting firms, and Fortune 100 companies.

Our team currently includes:



Cyber Security Experts


Data Privacy Experts


Data Analytics Experts


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andrew cannata

Andrew leads Focal Point's national Cyber Security practice, and serves as the company's CISO. Andrew manages all client relationships and coordinates business development initiatives for the Cyber Security practice.

He is a founding member of Focal Point with over 25 years of industry experience in cyber security in information technology.

Prior to starting Focal Point, Andrew was a Senior Manager at KPMG, and also led one of the largest Department of Defense Information Assurance Programs as a part of USSOCOM. He is a CISSP, CISM and PCI QSA.

Andrew Cannata

Cyber Security Practice Leader & CISO

angela goldman

Angela is a PMO Manager for Focal Point Force, directing IT and implementation teams and coordinating simultaneous, high-profile projects. Angela supports Focal Point's delivery of enterprise applications on a global scale, from inception though go-live support. 

Her expertise lies in managing and supporting project teams, standardizing project management processes and best practices, developing client and stakeholder relationships, and maximizing productivity and value on technical projects.

Angela Goldman

PMO Manager

bill solomon

Bill manages Focal Point's Charlotte office, coordinating client engagement teams and leading business development initiatives.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Bill led the internal audit function at a $20 billion healthcare provider and also held leadership roles within the Big Four. Bill has more than 19 years of experience of accounting, auditing, and consulting work experience.

At Focal Point, Bill leads SOX compliance and internal and IT audit engagements for clients across a range of industries.

Bill Solomon

Charlotte Director

brett phillips

Brett is a Director with Focal Point, focusing on PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley/IT audit, SAP security, business continuity/disaster recovery, business process redesign, and IT risk assessments.

Brett has extensive experience with PCI validation testing and PCI gap assessments across all twelve PCI DSS requirements.

Brett’s industry experience includes the retail/food service, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, education, energy, and manufacturing industries. He is a CISSP, CISA, and QSA.

Brett Phillips


Brian Marlier - CEO of Focal Point

Brian Marlier retired from Cisco in August 2017, after 21 years with the company. He most recently served as Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Global Architectures and Global Enterprise Sales, responsible for services and product bookings of $26 billion annually, and a global team of 3,000.

During the more than two decades of enterprise technology sales at Cisco, Brian led the teams responsible for providing top global customers with holistic architectural strategies connecting business imperatives with the necessary technology and IT requirements. As a member of Cisco’s Sales Executive Leadership team, Brian had an unbeatable track-record evolving sales to meet changing market dynamics and customers’ business needs. By working cross-functionally to design and implement innovative go-to-market models for customers’ multiyear digital transformations, Brian and his team helped customers consume Cisco’s portfolio of services and solutions in the different ways required to drive their business outcomes.

Brian took an inclusive approach to bringing value to enterprise customers, emphasizing collaboration with the entire ecosystem of technology partners inside and outside of Cisco. He worked cross-functionally within Cisco to prioritize and implement digitization initiatives to support Cisco's sales, go-to-market, and new monetization strategies. Through these efforts, Brian prioritized Cisco’s efforts to digitize customer- and partner-facing business processes, while also playing a lead role in defining the standard offer for selling software and services across Cisco.

Previously, Brian served as the Area Vice President for Cisco’s Central Enterprise Area, which encompassed Cisco’s largest enterprise customers in the Midwestern United States. During his tenure, he segmented Cisco’s coverage model to improve customer satisfaction. He was also a Service Provider Area Vice President, leading a team responsible for customer relationships within Cisco’s service provider account base.

Prior to joining Cisco, Brian served as Vice President of Sales for Nortel Public Data Networks, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMASS. He was also a Vice President of Sales for Hitachi Data Systems and a District Manager for EMC. His experience includes international sales and marketing, acquisitions, and channel development.

Brian holds a bachelor of arts degree in business from the University of Illinois.

Brian Marlier

Chief Executive Officer

bruce bird

Bruce works closely with Focal Point's South Florida and Atlanta practices to manage complex engagements for global corporations. 

Bruce has more than 15 years of internal audit and regulatory compliance experience and is a CMA and CFM. While with Focal Point, he has managed notable client accounts and coordinated large SOX and internal audit project teams.  

Prior to Focal Point, he was a Senior Manager at KPMG and was responsible for leading various audit projects. 

Bruce Bird

Audit Subject Matter Expert

Buffy Ellis - Focal Point

Buffy brings 25+ years of experience in Network Design, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, and Network Monitoring and Analysis to lead a team of phenomenal technical experts in delivering hands-on cyber training courses.

Buffy has trained over 4,000 students in the networking, firewall policy, intrusion detection and malware analysis fields. As the Vice President of Training, she oversees Focal Point’s evolving Cyber Security Training portfolio, keeping our courses up to date and relevant to the cyber challenges our customers are facing every day.

Buffy Ellis

Vice President of Training

chris lane

Chris oversees Focal Point's Denver office, leading SAP Security and GRC implementations and role-design engagements for the firm.

Chris is a CISA with over 17 years of experience assisting diverse clients in implementing and improving controls surrounding their ERP systems. Prior to joining Focal Point, Chris was the Global IT Director at Newmont Mining Corporation and was responsible for the rollout of their SAP implementation and system support.

Chris Lane

ERP Advisory Practice Leader

Chris Sullo

Chris manages vulnerability assessment and penetration testing engagements for some of Focal Point's largest clients.

Chris has more than 22 years of cyber security experience. He is the author of the Nikto web server security assessment tool, a top-rated security tool since 2003, and he was a key part of the Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB) project. Chris is also a CISSP, RHCE, and RHCT.

At Focal Point, Chris leads project teams on internal and external penetration testing engagements, vulnerability assessments, web application assessments and other security projects.

Chris Sullo

Penetration Testing Practice Leader

christie verscharen

Christie oversees Focal Point's PCI and IT Risk Services team as part of its Cyber Security practice.

She directs the firm's PCI trusted advisory and compliance engagements, and leads its IT assessments and business continuity planning engagements. Christie is a CISSP, CISA, and PCI QSA.

Christie is also a founding member of Focal Point, providing over 15 years of industry experience. Prior to starting Focal Point, she was part of KPMG's Information Risk Management practice.

Christie Verscharen

PCI and IT Risk Services Practice Leader

corey sherman

Corey is President of Focal Point Advisors, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the firm's consulting and risk advisory division. Additionally, Corey leads SAP audit and advisory projects and directs many security and GRC consulting engagements.

Corey has more than 20 years of experience in IT audit and ERP system security. Prior to Focal Point, Corey was a Senior Manager of Risk Advisory at KPMG, and also directed Intel’s SOX IT compliance activities worldwide.

Corey Sherman

President, Focal Point Advisors

corey wells

Corey manages the Data Analytics team and leads Focal Point's Southwest Internal Audit practice, which includes offices in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Corey has over 15 years of experience in internal audit, data analytics, enterprise risk management and regulatory compliance.

With Focal Point, Corey works extensively with executive-level clients on compliance issues, and also performs CAE responsibilities for many of the firm's clients. Prior to joining Focal Point, Corey was the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) of WestJet Airlines.

Corey Wells

Data Analytics and Southwest Practice Leader

Damon Levine

Damon is a Director with Focal Point's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practice. He has over 20 years of experience in ERM and asset management, including risk-reward optimization, risk appetite and limit systems, and modeling, and ERM-company alignment.

Damon emphasizes a business-enabling approach to risk management that reflects a company’s culture, business goals, and resources. Prior to joining Focal Point, Damon served as VP of ERM for Assurant Inc.

Damon Levine

Director of Enterprise Risk Consulting

david hollis

David oversees IT security architecture engagements for our Cyber Security practice.

David is a founding member of Focal Point and has more than 17 years of experience in information technology and security. Prior to Focal Point, he was the lead security architect in KPMG's Information Risk Management practice.

At Focal Point, David has led enterprise-wide security architecture assessments and redesign projects for a number of notable clients. He is a CISSP and maintains his PCI ASV Employee Certification.

David Hollis

IT Infrastructure Advisory Practice Leader

derek parks

Derek leads IT risk and PCI compliance engagements for Focal Point's Cyber Security practice.

Derek has significant experience delivering IT risk assessments, PCI audits and gap analyses, and disaster recovery and business continuity engagements, and he provides these services to clients across a number of industries, including retail, healthcare, government and financial services.

Derek is a CISSP, CISA, PCI QSA and CBCP.

Derek Parks

PCI and IT Risk Services Director

eric dieterich

Eric leads Focal Point's national Data Privacy practice and is an active member of the privacy community with 15 years of related experience.

Prior to joining Focal Point, he was part of the IT Audit team at Morgan Stanley and also held positions at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.

Eric works extensively with clients across all industries, including healthcare and financial services, and has developed privacy programs for multi-national organizations. He specializes in GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH, and SOX regulations and is a CIPP, CHA and CISA.

Eric Dieterich

Data Privacy Practice Leader

Eric Fisher

Eric Fisher is the Director of Architecture and CTO for Focal Point’s Force division. Eric manages the firm's solution architects to provide enterprise-class solutions to clients. He has over 20 years of software experience, deploying IAM and enterprise solutions and designing identity governance infrastructures.

Eric is an expert in the architecture, design, development, configuration and implementation of multiple enterprise, back-office and desktop applications delivering on-time and within budget. Eric works closely with Focal Point's IAM partners to maintain readiness on multiple platforms.

Eric Fisher

Force CTO and Director of Architecture

franchesca sanabria

Franchesca leads engagements and supports business development initiatives for Focal Point's Data Privacy practice.

Franchesca has more than 13 years of data privacy, regulatory compliance, and internal audit experience. She has expertise in a wide range of regulations, including HIPAA, GLBA and SOX.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Franchesca was part of the risk assurance practice of PWC. She is a CISA and a CIPP.

Franchesca Sanabria

Data Privacy Practice Leader

Jannie Wentzel

Jannie is a Principal in Focal Point’s Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Practice. He has vast experience in leading GRC program designs and implementations on diverse client projects. Jannie's expertise includes Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Operational Risk, Compliance Management, NERC, SOX, Internal Audit, Policy Management, IT Risk, and more.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Jannie was a National and Regional Practice Leader with PwC. Jannie is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Jannie Wentzel

GRC Technology Practice Leader

Jim Flannery

Jim leads PCI compliance engagements for Focal Point, working with clients in the retail, healthcare, and financial services industry.

Jim has been with Focal Point for over a decade, managing and delivering many PCI compliance engagements to merchant and service provider clients. He also has experience performing IT audits, privacy assessments, and application and access controls reviews.

Jim is a CISSP, CISA and PCI QSA.

Jim Flannery

PCI and IT Risk Services Director

jonathan dorsey

Jonathan leads Internal Audit and SOX compliance engagements for Focal Point's clients in Houston and Dallas.

Jonathan has over 12 years of industry experience, including 6 years with "Big 4" firms and audit initiatives with a wide range of clients.

With Focal Point, Jonathan provides clients with internal audit, finance and special accounting, regulatory compliance, and process improvement services. He is a CFE, CIA, CISA and CMA.

Jonathan Dorsey

Texas Director

Joyce Block - Focal Point Tampa

Joyce leads the Internal Audit practice based in Focal Point's headquarters in Tampa.

She is a founding member of Focal Point and has worked in internal audit for more than 15 years. Before Focal Point, she spent five years in IT Audit at KPMG.

Today, Joyce leads complex internal audit and SOX compliance engagements for some of our biggest clients. She also founded Focal Point's Remote Testing Center, which provides audit resources at reduced rates to minimize the cost of audit and compliance projects. Joyce is a CISA and CFE.

Joyce Block

Central Florida Practice Leader

Julian Smith

Julian is the Education Director of Focal Point’s cyber security training practice, Focal Point Academy.

Julian has over 12 years’ experience in cyber defense and cyber security training, originally specializing in network security and operating systems. He has worked with both the US and British governments in cyber defense.

At Focal Point, Julian leads the team of expert instructors, researchers and course developers in producing and delivering cutting edge, hands-on cyber skills training for both public and private sector clients.

Julian Smith

Education Director

kevin carey

Kevin leads Focal Point's Texas practice, which includes locations in Houston and Dallas. Kevin oversees the region's internal audit and risk assessment engagements, and manages IT audit, forensic audits, and SOX compliance projects for leading Texas companies.

Prior to Focal Point, Kevin was the Director of Internal Audit for KPMG’s Dallas practice, and was also the Director of Internal Audit for the Belo Corporation. He has over 15 years of audit and accounting experience and is a CPA, CISA and CFE.

Kevin Carey

Texas Practice Leader

larry burke

Larry manages Focal Point's South Florida practice, based in Miami, and leads some of Focal Point's largest SOX compliance and internal audit engagements for global clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

He is a founding member of Focal Point, and has more than 24 years of internal audit and accounting experience. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida. Prior to joining Focal Point, Larry held a number of accounting positions at various companies and was the CFO of a national healthcare services firm.

Larry Burke

South Florida Practice Leader

Lee Cook

Lee Cook is Vice President of Sales at Focal Point. Lee has over 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, sales, and recruitment, and business risk management consulting.

Prior to Focal Point, Lee was a partner with an international firm that provided risk management services. Prior to his sales career, Lee served 11 years with the British Army's Royal Artillery on worldwide operations. He is also an active community leader and recognized philanthropist, involved in founding the Florida Institute of Chief Financial Officers and the Florida Executive Audit Roundtable.

Lee Cook

VP of Business Development

Lee Simmons

Lee is a Director in Focal Point’s Force division, where he is responsible for client and delivery management. He has over 17 years experience in full life cycle project delivery in Identity and Access Management, Directory Infrastructure, and reengineering legacy systems and business processes.

Lee has extensive experience with managing multiple complex projects and interfacing with business users at every level, including the C-suite executives.

Lee Simmons


Matt Cheek

Matt is the Vice President of Business Development, brining an extensive background in client relations' experience and relevant marketplace expertise to Focal Point's operations.

Matt has worked with a number of business and industry leaders, including C-level executives, to coordinate many innovative and successful recruitment initiatives and engagement aimed at enhancing and streamlining operations. He has a record of leading organizations to achieving year-over-year success.

Matt Cheek

VP of Business Development

matt gantner

Matt leads Focal Point's Project Advisory team on SAP GRC and security engagements for notable national clients.

Matt has over ten years of experience helping clients manage and optimize their ERP systems. He has robust expertise in SAP security and access management solutions and has delivered dozens of SAP GRC solution implementations, optimizations and redesigns.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Matt was the global lead for PWC's SAP GRC solutions.

Matthew Gantner

Project Advisory Practice Leader

matt osbeck

Matt manages data analytics engagements for some of Focal Point's most notable clients. Matt has more than 9 years of experience leading data analytics projects. His experience includes all major ERP systems as well as clients’ internally developed systems.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Matt held internal audit roles at Walmart and Informa. He is a CPA, CIA and ACDA.

Matthew Osbeck

Data Analytics Director

natalie little

Natalie leads Focal Point's Financial Advisory Services (FAS) Practice, and oversees the firm's FAS team. Natalie has extensive experience leading the financial initiatives for market-leading companies, ranging in size from $10 million to $35 billion in revenues across a wide variety of industries.

Natalie has over 23 years of accounting experience, and brings recognized industry and thought leadership to the firm. Natalie co-founded Advanced Financial Solutions (AFS), which Focal Point acquired in 2010 to expand its FAS capabilities.

Natalie Little

Financial Advisory Services Practice Leader

nick priselac

Nick oversees Focal Point's Boston practice, and brings over 13 years of audit experience to the firm.

Nick worked within the Big Four for over a decade, and was a Senior Manager at EY before joining Focal Point. He has led numerous SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 and SOC 2 engagements, as well as various information security projects.

At Focal Point, Nick specializes in IT audit and consulting projects while also managing a number of internal audit and SOX compliance engagements for notable companies in New England. He is a CISA and CIPP.

Nick Priselac

Boston Practice Leader

parm lalli

Parm is a Director with Focal Point, and leads data analytics engagements and business development initiatives. Parm specializes in developing continuous controls monitoring programs for business leaders across many industries.

Parm brings over 15 years of industry experience in internal audit and data analytics. Prior to joining Focal Point, he collaborated with a leading the data analytics team at the company that developed ACL Software, one of the most recognized data analytics tools on the market.

 He is a ACDA and a CISA.

Parm Lalli

Data Analytics Director

Philip Casesa

Philip is a Director at Focal Point with years of experience in cyber security, software development, and consulting.

Phil designs and develops new products for the firm, and leads its market analysis, product strategy, quality assessment, and client feedback programs across all of Focal Point's divisions. Additionally, he coordinates new partnerships to enhance the firm’s product lines.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Philip led the product management program for (ISC)2 and oversaw their IT operations for many years. He is a CISSP, CSSLP, PMP, ITIL, and SAFe Agilist.

Philip Casesa

Director of Product Development

raj sawhney

Raj Sawhney is a Director of IT Audit in Focal Point's Orange County and LA offices, bringing over a decade of experience in audit and advisory services. Raj has diverse expertise across many industries, and has led engagements in IT and Internal Audit, SOX 404 compliance and controls testing, SOC reporting, risk assessments and SDLC reviews.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Raj led internal audit teams for several recognizable companies, developing and executing audit plans and managing IT and business process controls. Raj holds CISA and CRISC certifications, as well as an M.B.A. in Finance and M.S. in Computer Science from UC Irvine. He is also a guest lecturer at UC Irvine for Digital Strategy and I.T. Audit.

Raj Sawhney


ray paolantonio

Ray leads Focal Point's New York practice, bringing over 20 years of industry experience to the firm.

Ray manages internal audit engagements for a number of notable Tri-State area clients, and specializes in developing enhanced GRC initiatives for market leaders of diverse industries.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Ray was a founding member and director of Ernst and Young’s Business Risk Services practice, where he managed EY's internal audit, SOX, and process improvement engagements.

Ray Paolantonio

New York Practice Leader

Sean Thompson

Sean leads Focal Point's IT risk engagements for leading clients in the healthcare, government, and retail industries.

Sean has been with Focal Point since the firm's founding in 2005, managing and performing its cyber security, privacy, and IT audit engagements for global and stateside clients. Sean has brought industry-leading expertise in a number of crucial compliance initiatives, including PCI, HIPAA and SOX.


Sean Thompson

PCI and IT Risk Services Director

shawn hendry

Shawn oversees Focal Point's Canadian practice, directing offices in Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Shawn and Focal Point Canada work with a number of Canadian clients, including government agencies and leaders in the oil and gas industry, providing Internal and IT Audits, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), and compliance services.

Prior to Focal Point, Shawn was a Senior Manager at KPMG, and held internal audit leadership positions with CanWest, MediaWorks, and UtiliCorp Networks Canada. Shawn is CIA, CISA and CRMA.

Shawn Hendry

Canada Practice Leader

Spring Phillips

Spring is a Director of Audit and Advisory in Focal Point’s Tampa headquarters. Spring has experience in internal audits, operational audits, Sarbanes Oxley 404 compliance, forensic investigations, and segregation of duties audits. She has worked within a variety of industries, including the restaurant, financial services and insurance, technology, and consumer/industrial products sectors. Through various engagements, she has performed testing using Oracle, PeopleSoft, Solomon, Lawson, MS Dynamics, JD Edwards, Xcelys, and Meditech. She is a CISA, a CFE and a licensed CPA in Florida.

Spring Phillips


Stephanie Hagopian

Stephanie is a Director with Focal Point’s Force practice. Stephanie oversees sales and business development initiatives and manages many of the practice's client relationships.

Stephanie provides clients with strategic Identity Governance and Access Management (IAM) solutions, including assessments, governance program development, and hands-on implementation work. She leverages her knowledge and experience to guide IAM clients in supporting both their technical requirements and business objectives.

Stephanie Hagopian

Director of Risk Force Sales

Taylor Lane Focal Point

Taylor leads client engagements and performance improvement initiatives for Focal Point's SAP practice.

Taylor has over 12 years of experience working with the industry's leading SAP Security and Data Mining tools. He currently manages SAP security redesigns, implementations, GRC installations, upgrades, and assessments for Focal Point. Taylor brings extensive knowledge of SAP security, segregation of duties, and continuous monitoring tools, such as SAP GRC, to Focal Point's SAP Advisory Services team.

Taylor Lane


Yvette Connor

Yvette is Focal Point's Chief Risk Officer. She oversees the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practice, focusing on C-level and Board-level client relations. Yvette also leads the initiatives for both the Cyber Balance Sheet Report and Executive Network.

Yvette brings over 20 years of experience and leadership to Focal Point, helping executive clients in making data-driven decisions on their organizational growth, technology-risk opportunities, and ERM assessments and measurements.

Yvette Connor

Chief Risk Officer

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