Leadership has nothing to do with titles but everything to do with the ability to inspire and empower people. IMRI’s leadership team has this ability in abundance, and a track record of driving sustained business growth over more years than they would care to mention.
Martha Daniel is the founder, president and CEO of Cytellix and its parent company, Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI), responsible for successfully deploying network security and asset management solutions to local, national and international organizations of every size in a wide range of industries including financial services, healthcare, biotech, education, logistics and manufacturing. A fearless entrepreneur with 35 years of technology expertise and unsurpassed knowledge of program management and enterprise IT solutions, she is driven by a vision to translate business needs into leading edge technology solutions that help protect customers in both the private and public sectors throughout the world.
In addition to launching Cytellix, Daniel has led IMRI in becoming an industry frontrunner in cybersecurity, program management and engineering services for federal and commercial entities, employing more than 155 professionals worldwide and managing over $300 million in data center operations located in 19 U.S. states. Clients include the U.S. Department of the Navy, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, as well as small and mid-size businesses and Fortune 500 companies such as Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin and IBM. Prior to IMRI, Daniel had a successful corporate career, serving as chief information officer at FDIC/Resolution Trust Corporation and senior systems engineer at IBM. She also proudly served as a cryptologist in the United States Navy. As the unsurpassed authority on the subject of cybersecurity, Daniel‘s views are regularly profiled across digital, print and television mediums. She is co-author of The Other Side of Midnight, 2000, has written for The White House Blog and was recently selected as a study group member for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (NIAC) Water Sector Resilience Final Report and Recommendations.
Daniel’s diligence in inspiring and supporting success in the community has led to keynote speaking engagements at the 6th annual Women as Veteran Entrepreneurs, Irvine Valley College 9/11 Commemoration and Biola University’s Crowell School of Business MBA Distinguished Speaker Series. The United States Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office, selected Daniel as the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year. She was also a recipient of the 2015 Patriot Award given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), established by the Department of Defense. Alongside Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy and others, Daniels was honored by the Passkeys Foundation as a 2014 Leader of Integrity for American Life Technology. Additionally, she was honored as one of the top women veteran leaders for the 2014 White House Champion of Change.
A true advocate for change, Daniel contributes her time and resources to various community organizations including the Rothenbuehler Foundation for Veterans, New Directions for Women, the Child Guidance Center and the Vicksburg Soccer Organization. In addition to being a contributor and guest speaker at the 39th Annual Economic Forecast at Chapman University hosted by James L. Doti, Ph.D., Daniel is also an ordained minister with the African Methodist Episcopal 5th District, a member of the Trusteeship-International Women’s Forum, a Vice Chair of the Orange County Business Council Cybersecurity Task Force and a member of the Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Council. She holds certifications in IBM Project Management and Contract Quality Assurance. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a degree in computer information systems, Daniel also holds an MBA degree.
Brenda Taylor is the CTO and executive vice president of business development for Cytellix, with cross-functional responsibilities that include sales, marketing and operations support, and directing and managing the delivery and effectiveness of the company’s cybersecurity solutions. Spearheading business development initiatives, Taylor provides federal agents oversight for the Cytellix cybersecurity division. An industry professional with more than 30 years of development experience in enterprise computing and telecommunications systems management, she has also served as a key executive for IMRI since 1994, utilizing her strong ties with the federal sector to deliver over $135 million in new business to the company. Prior to IMRI, Taylor was chief intelligence officer for the U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground and served as a program management consultant for the Department of Defense, where her analytics evaluations provided the Defense Information Systems Agency with guidance to consolidate computing services from 16 sites into four Systems Management Centers (SMC).
Taylor is a member of The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the director for the Restoration Christian Ministries and executive director of Operation Nehemiah, a community development corporation. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in chemical engineering. Taylor is the recipient of the Women in Government and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award for Managerial Excellence and was recently a study group member for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (NIAC) Water Sector Resilience Final Report and Recommendations.
Maronya Scharf is the chief operating officer of Cytellix, responsible for company finance, risk management and customer satisfaction, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations and managing project delivery and human resources. A highly experienced corporate attorney who possesses extensive knowledge of employment law, Scharf also provides legal counsel for contractual and employment-related matters.
Prior to assuming her role as COO, Scharf served as senior vice president and general counsel of IMRI. Instrumental in expanding federal and private sector relationships while increasing revenues, her contributions led to an increase in company returns by more than 150 percent. Prior to Cytellix and IMRI, Scharf was an associate with PacifiCare, one of California’s largest healthcare providers. She was also an associate with the New York- based global law firm, Morgan Lewis and Bockius, where she practiced labor and employment law.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Scharf received her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.
Brian Berger is the executive vice president of commercial cybersecurity for Cytellix, responsible for 24/7 system management and business operations, as well as marketing, development, sales and engineering support of the cyber team and its solutions. He possesses over 28 years of experience in device security, IT, data analytics and corporate leadership and has led the successful development of strategic engagement agreements with multibillion-dollar cloud service providers, securing significant contracts in data encryption, authentication, network security, cloud, analytics and embedded hardware security. His vast industry expertise spans life sciences, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, as well as government and distribution channels. With the ability to evaluate emerging trends and enhance operational performance and data analytics, he has helped position Cytellix as a frontrunner in recognizing and eliminating cyber threats.
Prior to his role at Cytellix, Berger was co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Co., an IoT and cloud security company renowned for developing owner-based information containers managed from the cloud. Extending device security to applications and enabling information owner protection in any application or platform, the innovative solution was vetted by the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. Berger’s esteemed career also includes serving as chief marketing officer of Wave Systems Corp and general manager of Ethentica, the first company to develop authentication solutions based upon fingerprint sensors on flat-panel displays and the use of public key encryption. He also worked with IBM, providing cloud, analytics and security strategies to multibillion-dollar solution providers and early stage companies.
Berger, who holds seven patents in cryptographic technology, earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and furthered his executive education in strategic business marketing at Harvard Business School, University of Michigan and the IBM Global Sales School. He has served as the chairman and board director for Trusted Computing Group and is the recipient of numerous sales performance awards.
Ms. Craig-Parker, based in IMRI’s Vicksburg, Mississippi office, serves as IMRI’s Regional Program Director. In her role, Ms. Craig-Parker is responsible for IMRI’s strategic customer and partner expansion within the Southeast Region. Ms. Craig-Parker also manages all aspects of IMRI’s Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology (ACE-IT), U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) Supercomputing Research Center (SRC), and Environmental Laboratory contracts.
Prior to joining IMRI, Ms. Craig-Parker was the Director of Operations for the Systems Engineering and Integration Division for QinteiQ North America. In this role, she managed all aspects of the division’s contracts, including: staff management, budget planning and execution, and subcontract management for 22 contracts totaling more than $25M annually.
Ms. Craig-Parker spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy, specializing in Naval Communications. Highlights of her tenure included assignments in New Zealand, Hawaii, and San Diego. In Hawaii, she served as the Contract Technical Liaison for Lualualei Transmitter Site. In San Diego, Ms. Craig-Parker was recognized as the Automated Technical Control Subject Matter Expert and was instrumental in the successful installation of the Automated Technical Control Center on NAS North Island.