Management Team


Shawn HughesShawn Hughes brings over 32 years of experience in business development and sales, marketing, executive management, and leadership in a broad base of industries, including Energy, Financial Services, Secure Communication, and Technology solutions.

Shawn is Chief Executive Officer of CertiPath LLC.  Shawn is responsible for the strategy and direction of the company.  In addition, he brings all his experience to bear in accelerating CertiPath’s success by leading business development and sales.

Shawn has extensive prior experience in the government and technology markets, most recently as CEO of BlueSky Mast, the industry leader in elevating technology for the security and communications industries.  Prior to BlueSky, Shawn was the President and CEO of Fortress Technologies, an industry leader in secure communications. Fortress Technologies was ultimately acquired by General Dynamics in June 2010.

Hughes has also held executive positions at Tech Data (NYSE: TECD), including Vice President and General Manager positions in sales, marketing, and operations.   Previous to that, Hughes was the Director of the Southeast Area for Compaq Computer Corporation and held sales and marketing positions at IBM and NYNEX.

Shawn is the Managing Partner of SHiRT LLC, an investment partnership with Robert S Trump. In addition to his direct business involvement, Hughes has been actively involved in managing and supervising Trump investments including ThermoEnergy Corp (TMEN), where Shawn served as President/COO and currently serves on the board.  Shawn also donates much of his time to community organizations by serving on several boards and committees including: Operation Helping Hand, Tampa Bay Innovation Center, TBTI Council of Professionals, and TechStart Tampa Bay.

Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Slippery Rock University and a Master in Business Administration from Florida State University.



Jeff Nigriny has built his career around helping government and industry overcome the single biggest issue in computer security: how do I truly know who I am doing business with?  His efforts focus on overcoming the core challenges of identity and access management. His success has earned him recognition as one the industry’s leading visionaries for solutions and services in the areas of enterprise security, risk mitigation and security system design.

Jeff’s vision is for a single, unifying identity solution that addresses both logical and physical access concerns. As the founder and President of CertiPath, the  trusted authority in high assurance identity control and access management, Jeff is committed to helping government agencies and their partners reduce the cost and increase the reliability and scalability of identity assurance solutions. Prior to CertiPath, Jeff spent a decade as the Chief Security Officer at Exostar helping secure supply chain interaction in the Aerospace and Defense Industry.  Jeff’s work has been recognized by Forbes Magazine; CSO Magazine and Computerworld. He is a frequent conference lecturer and writer for government and security journals.

Jeff graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science and American University with a Master of Science. He also holds the CISSP and SSCP certifications.  Jeff is a member of VT Intelligence and Defense Executive Alumni, an advisory board to the President of Virginia Tech.



Tina Davis brings nearly two decades of experience helping public and private technology businesses manage finances and optimize operations. Before joining CertiPath, Davis most recently served the last five years as CEO and President for Accounting & Business Consulting, Inc. where she specialized in providing financial leadership for start-up companies.  Prior to that, Davis served as the Director of Finance for Cox Communications of Northern Virginia for six years.  Davis began her career in 1995 performing auditing and consulting services at Deloitte & Touche in Washington D.C., where she served a variety of high-tech and SEC registered companies.

Davis has a BBA degree in Accounting, Cum Laude, from James Madison University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Virginia. Davis has actively supported her community through various board positions for not-for-profit entities and was recognized for her efforts with the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2007.

As CFO she is responsible for the financial, legal and administrative operations of the company.



Judith Spencer spent the last 36 years working for the federal government, beginning her career in cryptographic equipment repair, before moving to public key technology and identity management twelve years ago.

Most recently, she was instrumental in aligning various agencies and organizations around unified logical and physical credentialing of Federal employees as directed in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors (HSPD12), while also chairing the Federal PKI Policy Authority where she promoted interoperability of high assurance credentials.

Judith will serve as the Chair of the Policy Management Authority for CertiPath.


Steve_HowardSteve Howard brings more than 33 years of experience on the front lines of meeting the challenges of identity management and information assurance to his role as VP of credentials. His charter: create and deploy A&D's first platform where identity and credential assurance are defined for physical and logical access control solutions. He's also helping organizations meet today's critical need for interoperability between commercially and federally issued credentials, specifically defining a successful commercial solution for Personal Identity Verification or PIV-interoperable credentials.

Steve's first-hand experience with cryptographic solutions, smart card systems, PKI and biometric technologies has contributed to several definitive standards, including FIPS 201 which specifies PIV requirements for federal government employees and contractors, and RTCA DO-230B which defines integrated security systems for all U.S. airports.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan.



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