President & CEO of Protocol
Giles Witherspoon-Boyd is President and CEO of Protocol Enterprises LLC based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Protocol’s PAA (Platform Assisted Assessment) product, NEXUS educates clients on data security best practices and streamlining the validation of compliance standards by storing necessary evidence, facilitating internal and 3rd party collaboration etc.
Giles’ past involvement includes PCI DSS assessments & forensic investigations, network security penetration tests, data security audits. During the process of the aforementioned services, he guided clients in organization and delivery of successful employee training, creation and review of processes, and technology implementation needed to create a culture of strong data security practices.
Giles takes a unique approach to educating people on data security. He believes that motivated individuals, empowered with the right tools, can make a difference in their professional & personal lives as well as their communities. He is dedicated to helping organizations of all sizes, validate and maintain PCI compliance and eliminate unnecessary business risks. Giles accomplishes this by providing innovative and customized data security education.
“PCI DSS, HIPAA, GLBA, NIST are brand names for data security, just like Q-tip is a brand of cotton swabs. Anyone can use a cotton swab, to some degree of effectiveness, with very little direction. Data Security is not as easy to utilize with any degree of effectiveness without extensive, continuous training. We all have a stake in the data security posture of our organizations. The thought process needs to shift from "Data security is IT's job" to "We all need to work together to be secure”. Panic, fear and ignorance are not the foundation for efficient collaboration. Efficient collaboration, constant education are major keys to a mature, innovative data security posture.”
Chief Financial Officer
Arce Witherspoon-Boyd, CFO of Protocol PCI has 5+ years of experience in public and private accounting. She’s experienced in conducting financial audits for Eide Bailey’s client portfolio and for the Department of Defense
Chief Revenue Officer
Semisi brings over 15 years of account management and sales experience to Protocol. Throughout his career he has worked with various technology companies and is experienced in call center and sales process and methodology development.
Chief Technology Officer
Victor Villa brings a wealth of technical experience to Protocol as the CTO. In addition to more than 22 years experience in IT management and Web development, Victor is the founder of the Utah Open Source (UTOS) community and its annual OpenWest Conference.
James Davis has 30 years’ experience in the software industry as a developer, manager, executive and business owner. He has built software and managed processes for large organizations such as the US Department of Defense (DoD), WordPerfect Corp, Novell and Sybase.
With 10+ years of broadcast, promotional, and educational experience in video production and graphic design, Ron brings another dimension to the realm of PCI awareness and education.
VP of Strategic Partnerships
Eric Brown has spent the last 13 years in B2B Enterprise Software at companies including WebEx, Cisco Systems, Adobe Systems and most recently MX Technologies. He brings a passion for helping his clients to understand complex technical solutions which lead to positive business results.
VP of Sales and Marketing
Abe has 15 years of professional experience across a wide range of disciplines and industries, drawing from a robust background in leadership, sales, and marketing. He began his journey with data security in 2008 and has assisted organizations of all sizes with their PCI Compliance needs.
James earned an engineering degree from the University of Maryland and MBA and Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University. James also spent 6 years in the military as a combat medic and level 4 technician. Upon graduating from law school, James began his own practice, becoming an expert litigator.
Greg earned his DMD degree in 2004 from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and has 12+ years experience as a practicing dentist. Greg's experience as a clinician and dental consultant comes from working for Heartland Dental Care and from owning and managing 5 dental practices.
Dr. Jason Mandelaris was born and raised in California. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where he received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. He attended dental school at Case Wester Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
Kase Peery has owned or partnered with over 16 dental practices in Utah, Nevada and California. He has consulted with over 126 dental offices with 122 of them generating over a million dollars in revenue because of his expertise.
Vice-President of Training and Operations
John Turner brings to Protocol 30 years of executive experience in financing, building and operating successful businesses across multiple industries including engineering, marketing, manufacturing and retail. He has lead the way in producing and operating corporate and individualized single day, multi-day and online training events that have served thousands and received interest nationally.