Peter Stewart: Chairman & Managing Member

Pete Stewart is a seasoned, visionary software veteran with over 25 years of entrepreneurial and senior leadership experience in technology organizations ranging from start-ups, to high-growth companies, to large publicly traded corporations. A well-rounded CEO, he has hands-on experience in every major executive function, including strategic planning, sales, and marketing operations and capital sourcing – and has consistently leveraged that experience to maximize shareholder value. Most important, Pete has demonstrated he can recognize the potential of disruptive technologies years ahead of the market – a vital talent in an industry where entire technology segments can rise from new ideas very rapidly. Cases in point are his pioneering work in security software and the security-as-a-service (SaaS) solution model.

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. 

Pete co-founded TraceSecurity in 2004 and, under his leadership, the company launched TraceCSO, the first and only cloud-based IT governance, risk and compliance (IT-GRC) platform. This ground-breaking solution approach has made the complex and ever-evolving processes and practices of IT-GRC highly automated and much more manageable and affordable for corporations ranging from SMBs to large enterprises. Today, TraceSecurity supports security and risk management for more than 2,000 corporations across the spectrum of industries.  


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 – and all of whom have faced unique competitive challenges.

Paul joined TraceSecurity as CFO and COO just as the economy began slipping into recession. He helped guide the company through the economic downturn and through the full gamut of technology and regulatory changes that have impacted the security and compliance arena since then. As the company has expanded its range of target industries and extended its sales model to incorporate expert partners, his leadership has been instrumental in maintaining TraceSecurity’s strong financial health and stability, as well as its impressive operational efficiency.


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.

For over ten years, he has been instrumental in driving TraceSecurity’s most important strategic initiatives, including the creation and design of TraceCSO, the re-organization of both the sales and customer success departments, and managing a diverse array of projects designed to increase productivity, operational efficiency, and customer satisfaction. His achievements include streamlining the company’s project management process, significantly accelerating product deployment and customer training, as well as increasing both customer retention rates and contract value.

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 as an attorney with a corporate defense litigation law firm in Mobile, Alabama. Jason received his JD from Tulane University and holds a B.S. 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 

Ryan Castle’s career has been a combination of software development, system administration, and law enforcement. In addition to working with innovative security-focused technology companies, he served as an agent in the FBI, where he specialized in investigating complex computer crimes, including cyber-attacks and internet fraud. He possesses deep knowledge and skills in an array of computer languages, development platforms, and operating system environments. He is seasoned in team building and project management across multiple disciplines, including software development, training, investigations and forensic examinations. This rich mixture of expertise and experience makes Ryan well-suited to play a strategic role in creating solutions that are effective in the ever-changing world of IT security and compliance.

As COO, Ryan is responsible for charting technological innovations for this leading IT security and compliance company. This involves the mapping of technology investments and product development initiatives to the organization’s long-term strategic vision, which is to maintain the market-leading position in automated IT GRC management solutions. Ryan works across the entire company and customer base to anticipate and address technological solutions for the next wave of security and compliance needs.