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Cherise Esparza Included in Forbes Next 1000 2021

We’re proud to share on September 15th, SecurityGate.io’s chief product officer and co-founder Cherise Esparza, was included in Forbes Next 1000 list.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be included in Forbes 2021 Next 1000 list. Being acknowledged for innovation has been a dream of mine since beginning my startup journey with co-founder Ted Gutierrez in 2017.

Starting my own tech company has been a goal of mine for many years. My passion for STEM began when I was 13 years old. Throughout my teen years, I continued to advance my skills in computer science and engineering. I quickly found a niche in cybersecurity and graduated from the UTSA cyber security program. After college, I spent a decade-and-a-half working in industrial cybersecurity and gaining valuable experience.

It has been three and a half years since launching SecurityGate.io. This has been an amazing journey so far with lots of ups and downs. It has been a pleasure to watch our company grow so far, and I am grateful to have such a strong team.

Forbes Next 1000 highlights inspiring entrepreneurs across the country who are redefining what is means to run a business today. It is truly an honor to be included in this year’s list alongside so many wonderful entrepreneurs and innovators. I’m especially proud to help represent female entrepreneurs and the Hispanic community.”

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Bill is SecurityGate.io’s Chief Information Security Officer. Prior to joining the company he was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Bill had a distinguished career in the Navy where he flew Tomcats and Super Hornets. He has a computer science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy where he later became the Deputy Director of Character Development and Training and taught courses in cybersecurity. Bill has a master’s degree in International Relations from Auburn Montgomery, and a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College.