Rich Fennessy, Chief Executive Officer
Rich Fennessy is a successful Fortune 500 CEO with 26 years of international management experience. Most recently, Fennessy served as president and CEO of eInstruction Corporation, an established, private equity-owned technology company operating in 80 countries. Through international acquisitions and expanded channels and industry alliances, Fennessy primed the company for sale for Leeds Equity in 2013.
Fennessy is an engineer by training, but fell in love with sales and marketing through his many career experiences. He leveraged this combination of skills during his 17-year tenure at IBM, where he had progressively increasing responsibilities, including General Manager of IBM.com, IBM’s worldwide web and telephony business, a $12B business with a presence in 83 countries.
A respected visionary and leader, Fennessy has expertise in acquisitions and divestitures, deal structuring and business integration, geographic expansion, growth management, product R&D, marketing and brand management and investor, analyst and board relations.
Originally from Michigan, Fennessy is an active leader in local philanthropies and holds a B.S. in engineering from Michigan State University.
Mark Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Williams is integral to the management of our business. His leadership has guided FishNet Security towards achieving growth, efficiency and revenue targets. He also holds a position on the board of directors, contributing to the company's continued success in the information security industry with his wide range of business experience and expertise.
Williams brings to FishNet Security over 17 years of experience in working with both publicly traded and privately held software and technology companies. Prior to joining FishNet Security, he spent six years with Mediware Information Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: MEDW), where he served as chief financial officer. He also brings more than 10 years of experience with public accounting firms, where he gained significant experience with mergers, acquisitions and capital markets.
Williams earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Wichita State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Brandy Peterson, Chief Technology Officer
Brandy Peterson has established an impressive career building and managing customer support offerings and providing security and IT leadership for FishNet Security. With more than 12 years at the country’s largest information security solutions provider, Peterson serves as chief technology officer (CTO), ensuring the company is well-positioned to offer industry-leading service and support to its customers through cutting-edge systems and technology. In his role, Peterson and his staff provide IT support to the employees and 5,000 customers across the United States. Previously, Peterson served as systems engineer and then director of technology for FishNet Security. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.
Mike Bossert, Executive Vice President of Sales
Mike Bossert is executive vice president of Sales at FishNet Security. He previously served as the company’s vice president of Central Sales, where his team was the No. 1 business and revenue-generating region. For more than a decade, Bossert has developed revenue growth opportunities, defined sales direction and forged strong long-term relationships with clients, vendors and partners. He has played a key role in the company's growth and expansion, helping to transform FishNet Security into a leading information security solutions provider. Prior to joining FishNet Security, Bossert worked for United Parcel Service, where he developed strategic logistic solutions for large enterprises. Throughout his career, he has been a successful leader in corporate sales, business development and new customer acquisition. He often participates in partner advisory and industry panels in which he discusses industry trends, information security issues and customer requirements. Bossert earned a bachelor's degree in financial management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Aaron Shilts, Executive Vice President of Services
As executive vice president of Services, Aaron Shilts brings over 15 years of industry experience in leading FishNet Security's nationwide team of trainers, security engineers, consultants and professional services leaders. His strategic direction and innovative approach ensures that FishNet Security services are well-aligned with customers' needs and industry trends. Under his leadership, FishNet Security has consistently grown its services business as an industry leader. Before joining FishNet Security, Shilts served as a senior consultant for VeriSign, delivering security solutions to its customers worldwide. Before VeriSign, he founded eSecurity Consulting Inc., a security consulting firm servicing customers throughout the United States. Earlier in his career, Shilts served as a senior security engineer in telecommunications, leading teams of technical engineers who performed network security and systems administration functions. He earned a bachelor's degree in business computer information systems from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, served proudly in the U.S. Army National Guard and holds a variety of technical certifications.
Gary Fish, Founder and Chairman of the Board
Gary Fish founded FishNet Security in 1996 as a technology consulting firm. Since then, Fish has set the company’s strategic direction and led it to become the largest independently owned information security solutions provider in the United States. Fish stepped down as President and CEO in 2013 and now serves as chairman of the board.
Fish is a serial entrepreneur, involved in many business endeavors. He holds advisory board positions with a number of global technology companies and is an active angel investor. In addition to founding FishNet Security, he also is co-founder and CEO of FireMon, a successful security management company. In addition to being a recognized leader in the industry, Fish is also very active in many charities and community associations.
Fish earned a degree in electronics technology from DeVry University and holds numerous technology and business certifications. He served in the US Army National Guard.