Board of Advisors

Criterion Systems’ Board of Advisors is comprised of some of the most influential leaders from the government, Intelligence Community and the military. The company’s Advisory Board members are closely aligned with the corporate strategy and the management team leverages their keen understanding of agency challenges to help expand Criterion’s market presence.

Vernon Bettencourt

Before founding Bettencourt Consultancy Inc, Mr. Bettencourt served as Army Deputy CIO/G-6. CIO/G-6 provides architecture, governance, portfolio management, strategy, C4IT acquisition oversight and operational capabilities to enable joint expeditionary net-centric information dominance for the Army. Mr. Bettencourt retired from his 20-year career with the U.S. Army and joined the MITRE Defense C3I Federally Funded Research and Development Center, where he founded the Synthetic Environments Applications Department. In 1995 he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and subsequently served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Combat Developments, TRADOC; Special Assistant for Forces and Program Evaluation, DUSA (Operations Research); Director, U.S. Army Modeling and Simulation Office; and Director of Analysis/CIO for G3. He earned his commission from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Finance from C. W. Post University.

Bob Flores

Mr. Flores is the Founder, President, and CEO of Applicology Incorporated, an independent consulting firm specializing in information technology and cybersecurity issues. Prior to starting Applicology, Mr. Flores spent 31 years at the Central Intelligence Agency. While at CIA, he held various positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Support, and the National Clandestine Service. Toward the end of his career at CIA, Mr. Flores spent three years as the CIO’s Chief Technology Officer where he was responsible for ensuring that the Agency’s technology investments matched the needs of its mission. During this time Mr. Flores was also the Agency’s representative on several government-wide information sharing committees. In addition to his senior level leadership and management positions, his career included assignments in applications programming, training and education, contract and project management, and both line and staff management roles at various levels of the Agency. Mr. Flores earned several Exceptional Performance Awards throughout his career at CIA. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Statistics from Virginia Tech.

Joseph Leo

During his 34-year public service career, Mr. Leo established himself as a thought leader in federal civilian agency IT programs, portfolio management, and administrative systems; and state human services systems (FMIS). In 2001 he retired from his position as CIO of the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Before holding a variety of positions at USDA, Mr. Leo worked at the Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Leo also held several industry leadership roles with the Federal CIO Council and the National Computer Systems Security and Privacy Advisory Board. Following retirement from the government, Mr. Leo worked as a vice president at SAIC and helped the company expand its presence in both USDA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In 2005 he was appointed to the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, a 20 member advisory body selected by the DHS Secretary under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Greg Rothwell

Greg Rothwell is the Founder and President of the Evermay Consulting Group, a company that provides strategic consulting to achieve private-public sector partnering. Through his significant leadership experience in federal acquisition processes, Mr. Rothwell recognized the important role of the private sector in supporting government missions. During his 34 year career in the federal acquisition community he served in 10 different agencies and was responsible for standing up and growing some of the Government’s largest procurement programs and contract vehicles. Mr. Rothwell retired as Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He joined DHS after a 13-year tenure at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He served as the IRS’s first Assistant Commissioner for Procurement and subsequently as the senior career executive responsible for Agency Wide Shared Services providing acquisition, customer service, personnel, facilities, and EEO support to the IRS.

Alan Wade

Mr. Wade retired from federal service in 2005 after a thirty-five-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired as the Chief Information Officer, a position he held since 2001. The last fifteen years of his career involved a series of executive positions, including the Director of Communications, Director of Security, and Chief Information Officer. During his career, Mr. Wade’s contributions were recognized several times. He received the Meritorious and Distinguished Officer designations, and is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Director of Central Intelligence’s Director’s Medal.