At RPI Group, our employees are more than employees...they're family.
Robert pleban, president
Bob Pleban is an accomplished senior executive with a distinguished record of achievement and experience providing strategic vision and leadership in all aspects of program management and business development. Resourceful and entrepreneurial with demonstrated skill directing operations and building valuable public and private sector alliances in both corporate and start-up environments. Impeccable military career as a Naval Flight Officer; retired in 1995. Proven ability to build, train and motivate highly qualified teams to achieve project and client goals within crucial time and budget constraints. Bob has a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from American University.
LISA PLEBAN, CFO/BUSINESS MANAGER
With 20 years of finance and business management experience, Lisa’s role as a senior financial executive has helped RPI to sustain continued growth since its inception in 2001. Lisa’s procurement background in the defense and commercial industry played an integral part in co-founding RPI. In addition to strategic planning, developing and implementing financial controls / processes, Lisa possesses solid leadership skills, which has led to a strong rapport with all levels of staff and management. She has successfully laid the foundation for functions and departments such as human resources, operations management, accounting, contracts administration, and security. Beyond administrating operating budgets over 5.5 million dollars, Lisa manages the day-to-day operations of a growing small business within the complex government sector. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management.
WILLIAM RYBCZYNSKI, SVP
Bill Rybczynski is the Vice President of the RPI Group Inc. Joining RPI in May 2011 as the VP of the Cybersecurity Division, he brings 15 plus years of cybersecurity technical and training experience supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. He is professionally certified as a CISSP, CISM, NSA IAM and NSA IEM. He also served 20 years as a United States Marine and was selected as one of the Marine Corps first Information Assurance Technicians (MOS 0689) retiring in 2006 after serving as the Information Assurance Chief, Headquarters, C4 where his responsibilities included management of the Marine Corps Information Assurance Program. Prior to joining RPI, he successfully guided his previous company to a 400% sustained increase in support to the Department of the Navy’s Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. He is a founding member of the Federal IT Security Institute.
wayne biemolt, director of business development
Wayne Biemolt is the Director of Business Development for RPI Group Inc. After joining RPI in August 2014 as the Director, Marine Corps Programs Wayne was assigned as the Director, Business Development in March of 2015. Wayne has more than 35 years of proven leadership experience in the United States Marine Corps and the defense industry. He is responsible for defining our long-term organizational goals, building key customer relationships, identifying business opportunities, negotiating and closing business deals and maintaining an extensive knowledge of the current marketplace. Wayne retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years as a 0602 Communications Officer. Final assignments included C2 Integrator at the Warfighting Development Integration Division (WDID), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), Quantico, VA, the Marine Liaison, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Arlington, VA and the Detachment Commander, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, Iwakuni, Japan He is a dedicated results-driven Director with extensive experience providing a full range of Command and Control (C2) and information technology (IT) support and services to Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial customers.
JEFF WATTS, DIRECTOR OF CYBERSECURITY
Jeff Watts is the Director of Cybersecurity for RPI Group Inc. For the last 15+ years, Jeff has worked supporting the DOD in various positions starting at the MCNOSC, administering VPNs, firewalls, routers, and switches in support of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). In 2003, he went to work for the USMC DAA providing support in the areas of IA risk management and vulnerability assessments as well as drafting policies for secure WiFi use, Firewalls, VPNs, and remote access. Jeff has experience in all aspects of the C&A process to include working directly for the CA and DAA, supporting customers going through the validation process as well as conducted many validations as a USMC Validator. Additionally, he conducted IA training for more than 1000 DoD personnel, participated in the development of commercial wireless networking policies for the USMC, DoN, and DoD as well as working with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) on wireless network discovery tools and techniques. Jeff has been selected to present at many conferences including DallasCon, NSA sponsored Joint Wireless Working Group (JWWG), Federal Computing Weekly (FCW) Homeland Security, AFCEA East and West, NSA Red Team/Blue Team Symposium (REBL), USMC IA Conference, and the DOD Cyber Crime Conference. He joined RPI in late 2015.
cRAIG hARTBURG, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & SECURITY
Craig Hartburg joined RPI group in 2015 as the Director of Operations and Security. Craig is a proven executive leader with over 30 years of combined military and government contracting experience. He is well-versed in the NISPOM, Federal Acquisitions, Project Management, Corporate Leasing and Facility Management, Strategic Planning, Staffing, Capture Management, Business Development, and Operational Leadership in support of the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and Transportation. Craig is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Industrial Security Professional (ISP®) with an extensive background in industrial and information systems security. Craig retired from the U.S. Marine Corps where he served over 20 years as a Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Officer. Craig holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Liberty University and is continuing his education at Liberty in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership.
Jeff Covino, PMP, CFCM, Director of Contracts
Jeff Covino, Director of Contracts for RPI Group Inc. (RPI), brings CONUS and OCONUS federal experience in both program management and contract administration best practices. Since his honorable retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, Jeff has continually learned and progressed within the federal industry. He has performed in various program-level and executive management positions tasked with delivering high-value service to multiple federal agencies, including the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, and Health & Human Services. At RPI, he continues to build on this methodology, applying ethical business principles toward establishing the highest-level of contract policies and processes to ensure achievement of RPI’s strategic goals. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and has earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) & Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) distinctions.