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.

Rinaldo Spinella

Chief Authentication Products Architect

Rinaldo oversees the development and implementation of Apriva’s wireless hardware technology and focuses on embedded microprocessor systems and cryptographic functions for both hardware and software products. Rinaldo has more than 40 years of experience in the development of hardware and software products and services in the technology industry, and to date has been awarded 11 patents. Rinaldo was also a co-founder of Smart Technologies, Inc. which later merged with Apriva. Rinaldo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Master of Science Degree in Management from MIT’s Sloan School.

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.

Richard Spinella

Vice President of Government Solutions

Richard has more than 25 years of business development experience in the technology industry. He leads the development of Apriva’s hardware products, reseller channels and new business opportunities within the government sector. Prior to joining Apriva, Richard served as Vice President of Business Development at iTOOL and Vice President of Government Sales at Smith & Wesson Advanced Technologies, a subsidiary of Smith & Wesson Corporation. Additionally, Richard worked for 10 years at IBM as an account manager focusing on the state, local and federal government. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University.