CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Grano was named non-executive Chairman on January 1, 2013 and was named CEO and Chairman in May 2014.
He was previously the Chairman and CEO of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly UBS PaineWebber). Mr. Grano was instrumental in helping to bring about the merger of PaineWebber with UBS in 2000. Prior to joining PaineWebber he was with Merrill Lynch for 16 years, holding various senior management positions including Director of National Sales. In 1987 he was named the industry’s best retail marketing executive in a survey conducted by Investment Dealers’ Digest. Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of NASD and a member of the NASD’s Executive Committee. Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He served in this capacity until August 2005. Mr. Grano holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Pepperdine University and Babson College as well as an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from Queens College. He also oversees Centurion Holdings LLC, a company that advises private and public companies. Mr. Grano also served in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets).
President and COO of root9B Holdings; CEO of IPSA International Services, Regulatory Risk
Mr. Wachtler is a 20-year industry veteran that has served in both sales and operational management roles at IPSA and its former parent company.
Mr. Wachtler was named President and CEO in April 2005 and subsequently led and facilitated two capital restructuring initiatives within IPSA, including the management buy-out in 2005. Mr. Wachtler’s vision transitioned IPSA from being an armed protection and investigations service provider to an international investigative and risk advisory firm. His strategic aptitude has also successfully led to IPSA’s global expansion, adding offices in London, Dubai and Hong Kong in recent years. Mr. Wachtler serves on the Board of Directors of the company and also serves on the board of the BritishAmerican British organization. Mr. Wachtler received a B.A. from the University of Arizona.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hoke, 55, brings more than 30 years of private and public company finance, operations, and management experience to his new role. For the last 8 years, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Road Machinery, Inc., a Phoenix-based, multi-state heavy equipment dealer. Prior to this, he served as Vice President, Finance and Interim Chief Financial Officer for Mesa Air Group, a $1.3 billion regional airline which was a Nasdaq-listed company at the time; North American Vice President at Insight Enterprises (Nasdaq: Listed), a $3.5 billion global IT products and services provider; and Vice President, Finance and Interim CFO at Telespectrum Worldwide, a $300+ million provider of CRM solutions to Fortune 1000 companies in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Hoke began his career at Deloitte & Touche. He holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from The University of Northern Iowa and is a Certified Public Accountant.
CEO of root9B, Cybersecurity Solutions
Eric Hipkins is an accomplished cyber and intelligence professional with over 25 years of specialty experience in advanced cyber and technical intelligence operations.
A military veteran with extensive experience across the Department of Defense and commercial community, he is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of root9B. Mr. Hipkins has earned more than 12 nationally recognized certifications, including professionalization by the National Security Agency as an Intelligence Analyst and Adjunct Faculty. Mr. Hipkins holds a Master’s Degree and is a graduate of the prestigious Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program (MECCAP). His professional background spans numerous positions across the commercial, cyber and cryptology community including senior positions within the U.S. Intelligence Community, Special Programs and Special Operations Community.