Jeff Ford


Jeff is responsible for the strategic and operational management for Apriva’s Information Security Systems (ISS) division. Jeff is a recognized industry leader and speaker in the business communications industry with more than 30 years of experience in voice, video and data communications systems and applications. Prior to joining Apriva, Jeff served as president of Inter-Tel’s global wholesale division where he played a pivotal role in the company’s early entry into VoIP in the late 1990s and obtained an early VoIP technology patent. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University and a Stanford Executive certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Randy Best

Chief Technology Officer

Randy has more than 34 years of experience managing successful software development projects in both large corporate environments and startup companies. He provides advanced technology guidance to Apriva, specializing on secure wireless communications, PKI and cryptography. Prior to joining Apriva, Randy worked for Motorola Government Electronics (now General Dynamics), Sorrento Investment LLC. and Object Technology International, Inc., where he was instrumental in growing successful U.S. operations leading up to their acquisition by IBM. Randy has assisted Apriva in securing three U.S. patents and has published papers on digital typesetting and object technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Arizona State University.

Tom Grandy

Senior Vice President of Program Engineering and Operations

Tom has over 33 years of experience in hardware and software design and development as well as management experience in engineering and operations for multi-national corporations. Tom leads the Program Engineering and Operations departments at Apriva and oversees all product development, delivery and daily operations. Prior to joining Apriva, he served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Mitel and Inter-Tel, Inc., where he was responsible for all product development activities. Tom studied Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Robert Nowak

Vice President of Business Development

Robert leverages almost 25 years of experience in the intelligence and Department of Defense communities, bringing Apriva’s ISS division a unique perspective on supporting the federal government’s security needs. Prior to joining Apriva, Robert served as a wireless communications consultant for the National Security Agency, where he worked on a wide variety of Type 1 and Non-Type 1 product developments from requirements analysis through certification and deployment in the Secure Wired/Wireless Products Division.