Stephen Baird Chief Operating Officer & Partner
Stephen has over 20 years of industry and law enforcement expertise in complex technology and risk mitigation leadership. He has delivered integrated functions to organizations encompassing the broad discipline of governance, risk and compliance, with deep expertise in information technology, information security, e-discovery, cyber investigations, computer forensics, business continuity, disaster recovery, incident response, IT audit, records management, and privacy.
Most recently, Stephen was the Director of Information Risk Management accountable for information risk management and technology support to the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP) serving the White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President and other EOP entities. Previously, Stephen held the position of Vice President and Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer to United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), the largest equipment rental company in the world. Prior to his involvement in the commercial market, Stephen gained extensive experience in local, state and federal law enforcement, most recently as a Supervisory Special Agent and Division Chief of Computer Crimes for the Department of Defense.
Stephen received his M.S. in Information Architecture from Capital College and his B.S. in Economics and Finance from the University of Hartford. Stephen has numerous industry certifications and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven in New Haven, CT in the areas of computer crimes and modern legal issues.
David Proctor Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer at The Nexus Group, David owns responsibility for all business development and revenue opportunities, including sales strategy, marketing, social media and revenue growth. David oversees the company’s Finance & Banking, Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing and Technology Industry Practice teams and both direct and indirect sales channels. David has extensive expertise in cloud computing, cybersecurity, network management, virtualization, and business continuity. With over 20 years of strategic B2B leadership experience in global, enterprise, mid-range and SMB markets, he has developed high performing teams in dynamic environments.
Andy Bass, PhD. Chief Technologist
As someone who thrives in environments that value technical ingenuity, Andy’s extensive experience in secure, high performance enterprise systems and technologies makes him an exceptional asset to The Nexus Group. Not only is Andy skilled in design, implementation, and management of data and voice network infrastructure, he has vast knowledge of physical and virtual server infrastructure. With Andy’s industry background including time spent at Enron and Vanderbilt University, his proven track record of improving operational efficiency and maintaining confidentiality, integrity, and availability of services affords him the ability to architect solutions others may find to daunting. Andy holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Ryan Harris Director of Network Operations
Ryan is a results driven technology leader whose wide-ranging industry experience gives The Nexus Group the ability to provide proven innovative technological solutions. After spending time working for the Department of Defense as a technical lead, he understands the level of performance required to drive successful business and technical operations. Ryan’s expansive knowledge of both the technology and customer interaction techniques allows him to build efficient and forward thinking processes. Most recently at Carlex Glass, a multi-million dollar manufacturing organization headquartered in Nashville, Ryan oversaw both Network and Help Desk Operations. While at Carlex Glass, he managed a team of technical specialists who implemented multiple systems improvements which resulted in drastically increased manufacturing capabilities.
In addition to numerous industry certifications, Ryan is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He has been a part of the Nashville community for over 30 years, building strong business relationships along the way. Ryan understands Nashville, its surrounding communities, and the technological needs of its businesses.