September 15, 2021
In part one of our two-part series, we’re sharing a bit of personal history with our readers.
Meet Ben Gerenstein, CEO
Ben Gerenstein is the CEO and Founder of Rimstorm. As CEO, Ben is responsible for managing Rimstorm’s teams and operations, as well as setting the overall vision and strategic direction for the company. Ben develops Rimstorm’s business strategies and plans to ensure long-term sustainable growth by leading and motivating teams and operations.
As of September 2020, Ben has been named a CMMC Provisional Assessor by the CMMC-AB. As one of the very first CMMC assessors in the country, Ben will be participating in the first ever assessments under the CMMC-AB. He was also an active member in the CMMC-AB Exam Objectives Working Group.
Ben is a serial entrepreneur who has grown, cultivated and sold a number of successful IT companies — including, most recently, an MSP located in the D.C. metro region. He has received numerous awards over the years, including multiple wins of the Fantastic 50 Award presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to the fastest growing companies in the state.
Ben’s passion for technology began while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Colgate University. Throughout his career, Ben has had extensive experience as a senior network engineer and security analyst. He was Director of Network Systems at Dow Jones and his technical experience includes heading a cybersecurity audit team for the U.S. Naval Institute. In addition, Ben has an MBA and is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
When not working, Ben is an avid Maker at Nova Labs and enjoys building steampunk gadgets that mix old and new technologies.
Meet Erik Briceño, Chief Operating Officer
Erik Briceño is Rimstorm’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Erik oversees the daily operations and supports the creation and implementation of strategic visions for Rimstorm, in collaboration with the CEO, to achieve sustainable long-term growth.
Aside from Rimstorm, Erik is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty.
Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm.
From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from George Mason University.
When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building LEGOs, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling and fixing up old Mopars.
Now that you’ve gotten to know a bit about us, let us know about you and how Rimstorm can support your company’s needs.