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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.  

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

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

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

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

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 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 Talent at Focal Point and brings years of business development and recruitment experience to the position.  In this role, he oversees all human capital initiatives including recruiting, talent management, career management and training. 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 recruiting 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 Talent

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

nathan swaim

Nathan leads the Focal Point's cyber security training practice, Focal Point Academy.

Nathan has more than 15 years of experience in the field of cyber security. He specializes in intrusion analysis, malware analysis and vulnerability and exploitation analysis. Prior to joining Focal Point, he held key positions within the Department of Defense.

Nathan founded ANRC, a cyber security training company, in 2007, which was acquired by Focal Point in 2015.

Nathan Swaim

President, Focal Point Academy

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

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

shuaib shakoor

Shuaib heads up Focal Point's Chicago practice, leading internal and IT audit engagements as well as many SOX compliance projects.  

He has over 12 years of experience in internal audit and has worked extensively with ERP systems. He holds CISA, CSNA and CRISC certifications. 

Shuaib also manages ERP pre- and post-implementation reviews for clients using Oracle and serves as an Oracle subject matter expert on engagements across the firm.  

Prior to Focal Point, Shuaib spent many years in the Risk Assurance practice of PwC, both as a Manager and then a Director.

Shuaib Shakoor

Chicago and ERP Advisory Practices Leader

Yong-Gon Chon

Yong-Gon is the CEO of Focal Point Data Risk.

Yong-Gon has more than 20 years of experience building and leading global security and risk management teams. Prior to Focal Point, he led the cyber security division of Kratos Defense and Security Solutions after the successful acquisition of SecureInfo Corporation, where he served as Chief Technology Officer. He also held senior leadership positions across numerous cyber security organizations, executing professional services for Fortune 1000 and government clients.

As Focal Point's CEO and board member, Yong-Gon is responsible for all aspects of business growth and execution for one of the largest pure-play cyber services companies. In 2015, he was presented the Business Ambassador Medal by Governor Rick Scott for fueling job creation and economic growth in the State of Florida, the headquarters of Focal Point. 

Yong-Gon has served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington and Georgetown universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from The George Washington University. In addition, he is a published author and frequent speaker at industry events, TV and radio, including ABC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN and Federal News Radio.

Yong-Gon Chon


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