Leadership

TraceSecurity leaders bring diverse industry and management experience to the company, from IT security and software development to financial planning, legal and law enforcement. The common thread: an innovative spirit and service-driven attitude that puts our customers’ needs first. Meet our team and learn more.

Executive Team

Jason Wells

Chief Executive Officer

Jason Wells is an experienced corporate executive with over a decade of experience in the technology market. As the CEO for TraceSecurity, Jason is responsible for day-to-day operations and the company’s overall business performance.

Prior to his current role, Jason served in the positions of Vice President of Customer Success, Director of Customer Success, Director of Finance, and Corporate Legal Counsel at TraceSecurity. Before joining the company, Jason was an attorney with a corporate defense litigation law firm in Mobile, Alabama. Jason received his JD from Tulane University and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama in Commerce and Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics.

Ryan Castle

Chief Operations Officer

With a background in software development and law enforcement, Ryan’s focus is on the technical side of the business. Ryan currently oversees customer success, development, IT, support, and product management. Prior to his current role, Ryan was the Director of Product Management and Vice President of Technology at TraceSecurity. Previously, Ryan worked at Palantir Technologies and as a Special Agent in the FBI. He has a master’s and bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Robert Hebert

Vice President of Business Development

Robert Hebert is an experienced VP of Business Development with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry for over the last decade. As the VP of Business Development for TraceSecurity, Robert is responsible for day-to-day operations and performance of the marketing, direct sales, renewal sales and partner channel teams. Robert brings his experience as a technology consultant for clients to his teams in order to establish TraceSecurity as a well-versed, trusted and capable partner when it comes to developing a practical cybersecurity road-map that works within the needs of any particular business.

Before joining the company, Robert served as the VP of Business Development for an established 20 plus year managed service provider in which he was responsible for the roles of design and marketing director, project manager, technology consultant, client liaison and partner/vendor liaison. Robert has held the positions of VP of Business Development, General Manager and Director of Design and Marketing among others. Robert is active and involved in the Baton Rouge community. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge since 2013 and has been an active member since 2011.

Randy Messina

Vice President of Customer Success

Randy Messina is the VP of Customer Success at TraceSecurity, supporting day-to-day business operations focused on delighting every Trace customer. Randy brings his unique technical perspective to every challenge to truly understand the Trace customer.

Before joining TraceSecurity, Randy held many technical and management positions including: Security Analyst, Network Engineer, Infrastructure and Systems Manager and Director of IT. Today he oversees all IT at Tracesecurity, our project management team, as well as our security services organization. Randy holds a bachelor's degree in Network Management.

Managing Members

Peter Stewart

Chairman & Managing Member

Pete Stewart co-founded TraceSecurity in 2004. Pete is a seasoned, visionary software veteran with over 25 years of entrepreneurial and senior leadership experience in technology organizations ranging from startups, to high-growth companies, to large publicly traded corporations.

This record of accomplishment makes him a prized speaker on a variety of issues facing cloud service providers, notably compliance and security controls. He is also a frequent featured speaker at high-visibility security, management, and venture capital events around the globe. He has served on the boards of many nonprofits and technology startups, as well as on the Ethics Task Force for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the Entrepreneur Commission for Governor Kathleen Blanco. He is currently a trustee of the Andreeff Charitable Foundation as well as an active member of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). In past years, Pete served with the Louisiana National Guard’s 239th Military Police Unit. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

Paul McCown

Executive Chairman & Managing Member

Paul McCown is an accomplished senior executive with proven performance in the roles of CFO, COO, and CEO. For nearly two decades, he has guided a variety of high-technology companies with strategic financial planning and management, investor relations, corporate operations, mergers and acquisitions, and public company credentials.

Paul’s broad executive experience gives him deep insight into how people, processes, and money must be harmonized in complex and fast-moving technology industries. His understanding of these dynamics has made him an effective leader in companies of varying sizes and stages of maturation.

As TraceSecurity has expanded its range of target industries and extended its sales model to incorporate expert partners, his leadership has been instrumental in maintaining strong financial health and stability, as well as its impressive operational efficiency.