Our Leadership Team
Rob Hegedus, CEO Rob S. Hegedus is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sera-Brynn. In 2012, Mr. Hegedus oversaw the certification of Sera-Brynn as one of the Payment Card Industry’s Qualified Security Assessor firms. He currently leads the company’s strategic growth initiatives supporting critical security and compliance operations for multiple business markets, to include Fortune 1000, HealthCare, Financial Services, Retail and Government.
Prior to starting Sera-Brynn, Mr. Hegedus was the Managing Partner of Entrepreneur Outfitters Venture Partners, and early-stage venture capital firm focused on providing investment capital and executive leadership assistance in information technology, renewable energy and government contracting markets. In 2003, he was also the founder and President of the Broadspere Group, a Department of Defense contractor that provided specialized intelligence support to the Global War on Terrorism. Mr. Hegedus served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force and supported multiple mission areas worldwide.
John Kipp, COO John Kipp is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sera-Brynn. In 2012, Mr. Kipp oversaw the development of Sera-Brynn’s cyber security services, compliance capabilities, and associated staffing. He currently manages the firm’s operational capabilities supporting critical security and compliance operations for multiple business markets, to include Fortune 1000, Healthcare, Maritime Logistics, and Government. Prior to starting Sera-Brynn, Mr. Kipp managed several multi-million dollar contracts while working for Booz Allen Hamilton in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Kipp served in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician, Collecting (CTR) primarily in locations throughout the Pacific.
Darek Dabbs, CTO Darek Dabbs, CISSP/PCI-QSA, is Sera-Brynn’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Dabbs has over 15 years of experience supporting multi-tiered and highly-classified information security efforts in both the Federal and Private Sector. He oversees all information security engagements for Sera-Brynn’s Fortune 500, large Healthcare, and Enterprise-level clients. As Sera-Brynn’s lead PCI Qualified Security Assessor, Mr. Dabbs further manages the company’s PCI and HIPAA assessment efforts.
Heather Engel, CSO As Chief Strategy Officer at Sera-Brynn, Ms. Engel provides risk management and business intelligence to clients across a wide variety of industries. She has over 17 years of experience in risk management, information assurance, system integration, incident response, disaster recovery, security policy, business continuity planning, crisis communications, and security testing and evaluation. Prior to Sera-Brynn, Ms. Engel assisted government agencies and the Department of Defense in and securing advanced information systems and coordinating cyber warfare exercises. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor, and a Fully Qualified Navy Validator. Ms. Engel holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a 2015 Inside Business Women in Business Honoree. In the past year, she has been a featured or keynote speaker at numerous conferences across the country, authored several journal articles, and served on cybersecurity panels with Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Terry McAuliffe.