Award Winning Experience
2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year
For three decades, this prestigious awards program has recognized entrepreneurs excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. We’re honored to have our founder and CEO, Joey Rivera, named Entrepreneur of the Year in the East Central Region by Ernst & Young (EY).
2017 Indiana Small Business Person of the Year Award
The Indiana Small Business Person of the Year Award is recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for companies representing our nation’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and rich diversity. The SBA is dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses.
2016 EnterpriseCorp Hot & Fast Innovation Award
“HOT” and “FAST” companies are recognized by Greater Louisville Inc.’s EnterpriseCorp for exemplifying high-potential, innovative work that positions them to have a positive impact on the local economy for years to come. EnterpriseCorp is the Louisville Regional Office for the Kentucky Innovation Network, with a mission to build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture for early stage (HOT) and fast growth (FAST) companies.
Small Business Administration (SBA) 2016 8(a) Graduate of the Year
“One way the SBA serves entrepreneurs is by consulting them on opportunities to build their businesses, and our 8(a) program provides a foundation for small business owners to participate in federal contracts and open new doors for growth,” said SBA’s Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz. “With a mission to be a leading IT service provider, 8(a) graduate and veteran Joey Rivera, and his company Rivera Group, have nearly doubled company sales and grown employment by more than 50 percent in the last two years, all while keeping a focus on serving socially-disadvantaged communities.”
2016 Indiana University Southeast Distinguished Alumni Award, presented to Dr. Joey Rivera
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors outstanding IU Southeast alumni who have made significant contributions to the community and are leaders in their professions. Each year, this award is presented to the recipient at Commencement. The following criteria are considered when selecting a recipient:
- Personal and professional accomplishments
- Community service
- Post-graduation university involvement
Teradata Marketing Festival’s 2015 Apex Award for Vision & Leadership
The Vision & Leadership Award recognizes game changers who have shown excellence in integrating people, processes and technologies across the entire marketing organization to increase the effectiveness of marketing efforts, improve internal efficiency, and drive marketing return on investment.
Rivera Group, contracting for the United States Army Marketing and Research Group, developed a centralized platform to support recruiting of in-service individuals qualified for specialized and elite military occupational specialties and streamlined operations, saving the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion thousands of man-hours each year and achieving desired levels of efficiency. The organization’s leadership now has the capability to track ROI real time.
About Rivera Group
Rivera Group is a certified SDVOSB software development firm and IT services provider with deep roots in the U.S. military, serving CECOM, CENTCOM, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, USAID and the U.S. Army Marketing & Research Group, to name a few.
Rivera Federal IT Services is the services division of Rivera Group. Since 2002, we’ve developed a deep bench of talent in solving IT challenges for DoD and Civilian agencies within the Federal government. Currently, our 150+ employees serve clients spread across 15 states.
EAGLE6 is a cybersecurity tool that is designed to secure large enterprises by detecting unknown vulnerabilities before they expose systems to risk.
We exist to build great things
To do this, we rely on our CORE4 values to guide our work.
Our Leadership Team
Dr. Joey Rivera | CEO
Joey has more than 25 years of experience providing dynamic leadership within the software engineering domain. As well as founding Rivera Group, he has spent over 32 years in the military, where his service spans his enlistment as a Private in the U.S. Marine Corps to Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, where Joey is currently assigned to the U.S. Cyber Command, providing expertise in cyber warfare. He serves on the Board of Directors for One Southern Indiana and the IN/KY Paralyzed Veterans of America. Joey’s passion for improving life in Southern Indiana extends to his support of the Greater Clark County School’s alternative approach to education via the Ford Next Generation Learning Framework. He holds a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. In addition to serving as President and CEO, Joey also leads Rivera Group’s R&D team.
Perrish Dailey | President & COO
Troy Thompson | CFO
Troy has over 23 years of accounting, finance and business administration experience supporting a variety of small to large-sized businesses. He has spent the last 13 years working for companies that directly support the DOD, DHS, HHS and other various federal government agencies and programs. His vast knowledge of federal contract accounting, administration and operations support Rivera Group by maintaining strict controls and compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations. Troy’s background also includes 7 years audit experience with the ‘Big 4’ accounting firm of KPMG in Louisville, KY, where he served a variety of businesses in manufacturing and other service sectors. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and is a practicing CPA in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Troy is a proud veteran of the US Army Infantry. He manages all aspects of Rivera Group’s Finance organization.
Mike Lun | Sr. VP Business Development
Mike has more than 30 years of experience in Business Development and Professional Services Sales and Delivery. Prior to joining Rivera Group, Mike served as Senior Vice President at Merlin International, where he managed business development, capture, proposal development, and pricing, as well as Merlin’s Professional Services Division. He earned a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from American University in Washington, D.C., as well as certifications from the Wharton School of Finance. Mike manages the identification and capture of new business for Rivera Group.
Dr. Rod O'Neil | VP Business Development
Rod has over 30 years’ experience supporting commercial, U.S. defense, and intelligence community (IC) efforts. Early in his career, he was a communications engineer, software engineer, and program manager on various IC contracts. He spent over 10 years providing consulting support to help win more than $7B of new business for large and small defense companies in the fields of information technology, battlefield weaponry, ships, aeronautics, and space. Rod leads all aspects of Rivera Group’s business development efforts.
Monica Kidwell | Human Resources Director
Monica has over 20 years of human capital management experience supporting operational, functional and corporate employees. She is recognized for aligning HR strategies to business vision and bringing collaboration mentality to achieve results. Her certifications include PHR and SHRM-CP and she earned her Business Management degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She leads all aspects of Rivera Group’s human resources function.
Don Richardson | Director, Strategic Programs and Cyber Awareness
Don has over 31 years of experience in IT systems while serving in the Air Force and later as a civilian contractor. Since retirement in 1996, he has 24 years of project/program management experience supervising large, complex system design, system installation, system testing, system security and security assessment programs for the Veteran Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services and the Military Health Systems. Don earned a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Mike Bass | Director of Logistics/PM HSIB
Mike has over 35 years’ experience as an Army logistician, ranging from the Company through Theater levels. Since retirement in 2001, he has served as a defense contractor with the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), supporting the logistics Concepts and Development process. He’s also served in area/program management and program management and acquisition management support while supporting the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information System (PEO EIS) and Army Enterprise System Integration Program (AESIP). Mike earned a BS in Accounting from St. Augustine’s University and a Masters in General Administration from Central Michigan University. He also earned a graduate certificate from the Army Logistics Management College’s Logistics Executive Development Course (LEDC). Mike is a certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute.
Pat Daniel | Director, National Labs and Cyber Services
Pat has over 20 years’ experience as a Cyberspace Operations Officer in the United States Air Force serving in a variety of positions, including commanding a Communications Squadron overseas and combat service in Iraq. Since retirement in 2016, he has gained experience in the private sector managing a variety of technical and cyber support contracts for the Department of Defense. He currently leads Rivera Group’s support of National Labs and research and development organizations, as well as the company’s other cyber-focused contracts. Pat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Touro University, and a Master of Science in Military Operational Art and Science from the USAF Air Command and Staff College, Air University.
Georgette Jacobs | Director of Client Engagement
Georgette has over 15 years’ product management experience across many industries. She has proven success in driving products from inception through customer implementation. She is often the voice in EAGLE6 product demonstrations and excels at solving complex customer problems through software feature development. Georgette leads all aspects of Rivera Group’s customer success processes, and she is a member of our leadership team to our business analysts and product designers. She studied business administration and holds a Certified Scrum Product Owner certification through Scrum.org.
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- 518210-Data Processing, Hosting & Related Services
- 541511-Customer Computer Programming Services
- 541512-Computer Systems & Design Services
- 541513-Computer Facilities Management Services
- 541519-Other Computer Related Services
- 541720-Reserach and Development
- 561210-Facilities Support Services
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