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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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Aaron Perry

Aaron leads Focal Point's Identity Governance and Access Management practice, Focal Point Force.

Aaron has more than 15 years of experience in identity governance and access management as well as other areas of cyber security, including network infrastructure, application development and cloud and mobile security.

He founded APTEC, a leading technical information security services firm specializing in identity governance and access management, in 2007. Aaron grew APTEC through a number of successful projects, providing the highest possible return on investment for APTEC clients.

Aaron Perry

President, Focal Point Force

andrew cannata

Andrew leads Focal Point's national Cyber Security practice and serves as the company's CISO.

He is a founding member of Focal Point and has more than 25 years of experience in cyber security and information technology. Andrew is a CISSP, CISM and PCI QSA. 

Andrew manages all client relationships and coordinates business development initiatives for the Cyber Security practice.  

Prior to Focal Point, Andrew was a Senior Manager at KPMG and led one of the largest Department of Defense Information Assurance Programs as a part of USSOCOM. 

Andrew Cannata

Cyber Security Practice Leader & CISO

angela goldman

Angela is a PMO Manager for Focal Point Force with a proven record of directing Global IT teams and concurrent high-profile projects. She has demonstrated success in the management and delivery of enterprise applications on a global scale for all phases of the SDLC from inception though support. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Angela served as an Associate Director of IT Service Delivery for a Big 4 firm. 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 several service offerings including PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley/IT audit, SAP security, business continuity/disaster recovery, business process redesign, and IT risk assessments. Specifically, he has extensive experience managing and performing PCI validation testing and PCI gap assessments across all twelve PCI data security standard (DSS) requirements.

Brett’s industry experience includes the retail/food service, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, education, energy, and manufacturing industries. Brett is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Qualified Security Assessor (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

When computer network breaches occur, companies, their customers, media and the world quickly demand to know two things: how did this happen and who is to blame?  Buffy Ellis is seasoned trainer, speaker, author, and packet enthusiast with one focus; equipping cyber analysts with the skills they need to provide the answers. 

With a hands-on approach to leadership, Buffy brings to bear her 25+ years of experience in Network Design, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, and Network Monitoring and Analysis to head a team of phenomenal technical experts in the delivery of hundreds of courses worldwide each year.   A former instructor herself, Buffy has personally trained over 4000 students in the areas of networking, firewall policy, intrusion detection and malware analysis over the course of her career.  As the Vice President of Training, Buffy oversees Focal Point’s continually evolving Cyber Security Training portfolio leading the charge to keep 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 is based in Denver and leads pre- and post-implementation and role design engagements for Focal Point's SAP Security and GRC practice.  

Chris has over 17 years of experience assisting clients across all industries in implementing and improving controls around their ERP systems, and he is a CISA.   

Before joining Focal Point in 2012, Chris was the Global IT Director at Newmont Mining Corporation and was responsible for the rollout of the company’s 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 19 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 manages Focal Point's PCI and IT Risk Services team, a part of our national Cyber Security practice.

She is a founding member of Focal Point and has more than 14 years of experience in IT risk management. Prior to joining Sunera, she worked in the Information Risk Management practice of KPMG.

Christie manages all PCI trusted advisory and compliance engagements for some of Focal Point's most notable clients. In addition, she leads all strategic IT assessments and business continuity planning engagements.

She is a CISSP, CISA and PCI QSA.

Christie Verscharen

PCI and IT Risk Services Practice Leader

corey sherman

Corey leads the national SAP Security and GRC practice and manages Focal Point's Atlanta and Charlotte offices.

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

Since joining Focal Point, Corey has led complex SAP audit and advisory projects as well as security and GRC consulting engagements. He also leads all business development initiatives for Focal Point's SAP Security and GRC practice.

Corey Sherman

ERP Advisory Practice Leader

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 more than 15 years of experience in internal audit, data analytics, enterprise risk management and regulatory compliance. He is a CIA and CFA.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Corey was the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) of WestJet Airlines, the second largest international airline in Canada.

Over his time with Focal Point, Corey has worked extensively with executive management at large corporations on compliance issues and currently performs CAE responsibilities for many of our clients.

Corey Wells

Data Analytics and Southwest Practice Leader

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.  He has more than 20 years of software deployment and development experience successfully designing and deploying Oracle Identity and Access Management, Oracle eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, SOA / Middleware and Cloud-Based infrastructures. He is responsible for managing all of Focal Point Force’s solution architects to provide enterprise class solutions to clients. Eric works very closely with key vendors such as Oracle, SailPoint, ForgeRock and Okta to maintain readiness on multiple platforms. 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 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers’ risk assurance practice. She is a CISA and a CIPP.

Franchesca Sanabria

Data Privacy Practice Leader

Jannie Wentzel

Jannie is a Principal in Focal Point’s GRC Technology Practice. He has vast experience in leading the implementation of GRC programs and tools (RSA Archer, MetricStream, LockPath, Riskonnect and BWise) at a diverse range of clients. These implementations included Enterprise Risk Management, 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, responsible for management of the regional GRC technology practice in the Midwest and nationally for the methodologies of the practice and alliances with the GRC tool vendors, including pipeline and resource management of the practice. He has written numerous publications on GRC applications and Oracle’s E-business Suite. 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 more than 12 years of experience in internal audit and regulatory compliance, including six years in the Big 4. He has worked with a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and those in the aerospace, engineering, construction and pharmaceutical industries.

At 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.  

He has more than 15 years of audit and accounting experience and is a CPA, CISA and CFE. 

Prior to Focal Point, Kevin was the Director of Internal Audit for KPMG’s Dallas practice and was the Director of Internal Audit for the Belo Corporation.  

With Focal Point, Kevin oversees several fully outsourced internal audit and risk assessment engagements and manages IT audit, forensic audits, and SOX compliance projects for leading Texas companies.  

Kevin Carey

Texas Practice Leader

larry burke

Larry manages Focal Point's South Florida practice, based in Miami.

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.

Today, Larry leads some of Focal Point's largest SOX compliance and internal audit engagements for global clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

Larry Burke

South Florida Practice Leader

Lee Cook

Lee Cook is Vice President of Sales, North America for Focal Point and has over 20 years of business development, marketing, sales, recruitment, and managerial experience. For almost 15 years, he has focused his skills in the business and technology risk management consulting services industry. Before joining Focal Point, Lee was a partner with an international consulting group that provided solution-driven projects in internal audit, compliance, and risk management services. Prior to his sales career, Lee spent over 11 years with the British army, serving in the Royal Artillery on worldwide operations. Lee is also very active in the community from both a business and philanthropic standpoint and has been publicly recognized for his involvement in the creation of the Florida Institute of Chief Financial Officers (fiCFO) and Florida Executive Audit Roundtable (FEAR). Additionally, he has been an active BOD member of Junior Achievement, the Financial Executive Institute (FEI), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG).

Lee Cook

VP of Business Development

Lee Simmons

Lee Simmons is a Director in Focal Point’s Force division, where he is responsible for client and delivery management. He has more than 17 years experience in full life cycle project delivery in Identity and Access Management, Directory Infrastructure, Web Development, Client/Server, Legacy Systems and Business Process Reengineering. Lee has successfully completed projects ranging from departmental to corporate-wide global business solutions in the Higher Education, Financial, Pharmaceutical, Government, Insurance and Computer Chip Manufacturing industries. He has deep experience managing multiple complex projects simultaneously and interfacing with business users at all levels, including the C-suite. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Lee Simmons


Matt Cheek

Matt is the Vice President of Business Development, and he brings years of client relations' experience and marketplace perspective to Focal Point's team. Prior to joining Focal Point, Matt was a Managing Partner at Smart Tek, where he collaborated with C-level executives to coordinate recruiting and consulting initiatives. He helped the company achieve year-over-year growth while leading the recruitment and business development teams for both the Atlanta and Boston offices. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University, and is also fully proficient in Portuguese.

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 SAP GRC solutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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 nine 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 is responsible for the oversight of services provided by the FAS team.

Natalie has over 23 years of accounting experience, including time in the Big Four. Natalie was a co-founder of Advanced Financial Solutions (AFS), which Focal Point acquired in 2010 to expand its financial advisory capabilities.

With Focal Point, Natalie specializes in managing financial projects for companies ranging in size from $10 million to $35 billion in revenues across a wide variety of industries.

Natalie Little

Financial Advisory Services Practice Leader

nick priselac

Nick is responsible for Focal Point's Boston practice and has over 13 years of audit experience.  

He worked within the Big Four for more than a decade and was a Senior Manager at EY prior to 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 leads data analytics engagements and business development initiatives for Focal Point's Data Analytics practice.

Parm has more than 15 years of experience in internal audit and data analytics, and spent a number of years leading the data analytics team at the company that developed ACL Software, a leading data analytics tool.

With Focal Point, Parm specializes in developing continuous controls monitoring programs for clients across all industries. He is a ACDA and a CISA.

Parm Lalli

Data Analytics Director

Philip Casesa

Philip leads the product management function across all the divisions of Focal Point, bringing years of insights from roles in cyber security, software development and consulting.  In his current role, he is responsible for designing and developing new products, market analysis, product strategy, quality assessment and feedback programs for all products, and identifying new partnerships to enhance the company’s product lines.

Prior to joining Focal Point, Philip led the product management program for (ISC)2 in addition to leading their technology operations for many years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in decision and information sciences and a MBA from the University of Florida. He holds the CISSP, CSSLP, PMP, ITIL, and SAFe Agilist certifications.

Philip Casesa

Director of Product Development

raj sawhney

Raj Sawhney is a Director of IT Audit in the Orange County and LA office, 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 at multiple large companies where he developed and executed audit plans and managed company-wide IT and business process controls. Raj holds a Master’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from UC Irvine.

Raj Sawhney


ray paolantonio

Ray leads Focal Point's New York practice and has more than 20 years of experience in internal audit.  

Ray manages internal audit engagements for a number of notable clients in the Tri-State area and specializes in creating sound GRC programs for companies across all industries.  

Ray was a founding member of Ernst & Young’s Business Risk Services practice and managed internal audit, SOX, and process improvement engagements as the Director of the practice.  

Ray is a CPA.

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 2005, managing and performing cyber security, privacy and IT audit engagements for global and national clients. In addition, he has expertise in a number of industry regulations, including PCI, HIPAA and SOX.


Sean Thompson

PCI and IT Risk Services Director

shawn hendry

Shawn leads Focal Point's Canada practice with offices in Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver and has been with Focal Point for more than a decade.  

Shawn was a Senior Manager at KPMG and also held internal audit leadership positions at CanWest, MediaWorks, and UtiliCorp Networks Canada.  

Shawn works with a number of clients, including many Canadian government agencies and oil and gas corporations, on internal and IT audit, enterprise risk management, and regulatory compliance projects.  

Shawn holds CIA, CISA and CRMA certifications. 

Shawn Hendry

Canada Practice Leader

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