Rick Gutierrez

President and CEO

Rick Gutierrez has over 25 years of experience in the Intelligence Community. Long before Mystek Systems, Inc., he was spawned from a forward deployed mission environment, whose classified organization had one mission statement:  Information to the Warfighter – Anywhere! Anytime!

He implemented end-to-end turnkey operational satellite communications solutions to disseminate critical intelligence to OCONUS military assets. He is known for employing unorthodox solutions to solve difficult problems and / or enable mission success.

Mr. Gutierrez is now the President / CEO of Mystek Systems, but has carried the mission passion to the Intelligence Community HQs operations.  He is known for high performance in specialized niche areas.  His knowledge and expertise spans a wide breadth of competencies, particularly in Information Technology.

He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993, with an emphasis on systems engineering and robotics.  He subsequently earned his M.S. in Telecommunications, with an emphasis in Architectures and Network Enterprise Optimization.  He also specialized in high-frequency Satellite Communications. Mr. Gutierrez is an ITIL V2 Master and V3 Expert with a focus on IT Enterprise Management, Network Management, ITIL Service Management, Cloud Computing and Cyber Security.

Mr. Gutierrez is also a member of Mensa.

Dave Jacobs

Vice President, Cyber and Information Assurance

Dave Jacobs has over 15 Years of team leadership and solutions engineering subject matter expertise within the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. He is a specialist in analyzing a variety of Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues, developing and implementing solutions.

Mr. Jacobs’ competencies include expertise in Secure and Available Mission Assurance, Computer Network Defense, Vulnerability Management, Comprehensive Network Situational Awareness and Enterprise Information Assurance. He also retains several certifications to include CISSP, CCNA, CCNP, Firewalls Expert and TCP/IP Expert.

Robert Crain

Vice President, Cloud Computing and Application Migration

Bob Crain is a cloud computing and network subject-matter expert. As Lead Architect for an Intelligence Community Agency migrating to Amazon’s Commercial Cloud Services (C2S), he created and implemented NRO’s C2S architecture for development, test, and production environments with the ability to securely extend agency networks into the cloud. He designed and prototyped high-availability, auto-scaling controlled interfaces within C2S to securely proxy web services requests within the cloud environment. He engineered and implemented automated ingest, querying, and reporting of detailed billing data from C2S allowing senior management visibility into cloud utilization and expenditures at all levels. He designed and implemented the Data Integration Delivery Service, a high-availability data warehousing and reporting system able to ingest data from a multitude of sources, fuse information, and output various graphical, textual, and geospatial formats.

Mr. Crain’s expertise and experience also includes ITIL Service Management, Enterprise Service Management, Service Level Management, Service Catalog Design and Deployment and IT Process Engineering.

Brenna Pattajo

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Brenna Pattajo brings over 15 years of experience in Accounting, specializing in accounting for Government Contractors. She is well-versed in the nuance of project-costing, contracts management, and DCAA compliant accounting. Brenna graduated from Shepherd University with her BS in Accounting in 2012, and is currently studying for her MBA with a concentration in Finance/Accounting. Her years working in public accounting have also afforded her significant experience with audit and tax, though her favorite projects involved implementing DCAA compliant accounting software and consulting for clients new to the GovCon world.

In addition to her accounting experience, Brenna also brings years of experience with HR functions, benefits management, strategic planning and budgeting, inventory management, production, and marketing.