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Award Winning Experience

Hot and Fast Award

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 Award

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.”

Indiana University Southeast IUS Award

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
One Teradata Marketing Festival Award

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.

Spotlight Award

2013 Spotlight Award, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

This award, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes past Companies to Watch honorees that have demonstrated continued growth, success and commitment to Indiana since receiving their Companies to Watch award.

Rivera Group, a 2011 Companies to Watch recipient, has released a new software architecture and cyber defense product to offer as part of its service offerings, helping the company land contracts with the U.S. Army. The company has hired 45 new employees and has seen a revenue increase of more than 42 percent since 2012.

One Southern Indiana Award

2012 Economic Impact Project Award, presented by One Southern Indiana

Presented by One Southern Indiana, this award is presented to a company demonstrating exceptional strength in business resources, economic development and public policy. Rivera Group was chosen from an independent panel of judges, based on criteria of business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly created opportunities and innovation in products and services.

One Southern Indiana is the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development serves Clark and Floyd counties, just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. (72)

One Southern Indiana Award

2012 Business of the Year Finalist, presented by One Southern Indiana

Presented by One Southern Indiana to a company demonstrating tremendous accomplishments in business leadership, professionalism and community leadership.

One Southern Indiana is the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development serves Clark and Floyd counties, just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky.

Indiana Companies to Watch Award

2011 Indiana Company to Watch, recognized by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates Indiana’s privately held second-stage companies, typically those businesses that are past the startup phase, are considered to be established, and face issues of growth, not survival. Companies to Watch firms must employ between six and 150 full-time equivalent employees, have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place, and demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

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 Group Information Technology

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.

Rivera Federal IT Services

EAGLE6 is a cybersecurity tool that is designed to secure large enterprises by detecting unknown vulnerabilities before they expose systems to risk.

EAGLE6 Software Development

We exist to build great things

To do this, we rely on our CORE4 values to guide our work.

  • CORE 4 values accountability


    The promise to take full ownership of our commitments.

  • CORE4 Values Creativity


    The process of continuously challenging the way we solve problems.

  • Core 4 values initiative


    The habit of recognizing what needs to be done and taking charge to make it happen.

  • CORE4 Values Excellence


    The relentless drive to demand the best from ourselves and each other.

Our Leadership Team

Joey Rivera

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.

Don Pollard

Don Pollard | Chief Financial Officer

Don has more than 25 years of experience leading Finance organizations and setting financial strategy for companies of various sizes, including large corporate organizations. Throughout his career, Don has held CFO and other senior finance roles with firms from diverse industries including retail, manufacturing and technology. Most recently, Don served as SVP of Finance / CFO for Ceridian Stored Value Solutions. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Western Kentucky University and manages all aspects of Rivera Group’s Finance organization.

Dr. Rod O'Neil

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.

Jason Ballard

Jason Ballard | VP of Information Technology

Jason has more than 23 years of leadership and technology experience across various levels of government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. He has served as a Chief Information Officer (CIO) in three separate agencies, provided direct support to senior military and National-level leaders, and oversaw multibillion-dollar portfolios providing critical services in the defense of the Nation.

Prior to his current role, he was the CIO for the City of Louisville, where he served as a senior advisor to the Mayor, city government executive staff, and civic leaders on all technology matters, strategy, and capital investments. He is also retired from the United States Air Force after spending 20 years leading numerous IT organizations and delivering the full spectrum of air, space, cyber, nuclear, and intelligence capabilities around the globe.

Jason received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Troy State University. He also holds numerous internationally recognized professional certifications in IT, space, cyber, and program/project management.

Monica Kidwell

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.

Mike Bass Director of Logistics

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.

Robert Murin Director of Operations

Robert Murin | Director of Operations

Robert has over 19 years’ experience in Operations, Business and Program Management. Most recently, Robert served as a Senior Management Consultant for Chenega, and has held Senior Management and Director Roles throughout his career, focusing on both Federal and Commercial customers.

Robert earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Lebanon Valley College, and he also earned an Associate’s Degree in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business. Additionally, Robert is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Rivera Group - Lou Ann Waldrop

Lou Ann Waldrop | Talent Acquisition Director

Lou Ann has more than 10 years of recruiting and talent acquisition consulting experience within diverse industries, including Fortune 500 companies, across many disciplines such as IT, eCommerce and Consulting Services.  She’s a proven business partner providing service-oriented solutions for talent acquisition initiatives and holds a Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC).  She earned her degree from the University of Kentucky and leads all aspects of Rivera Group’s recruiting and talent acquisition functions.



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  • 541511-Customer Computer Programming Services
  • 541512-Computer Systems & Design Services
  • 541513-Computer Facilities Management Services
  • 541514-Custom Computer Programming Services
  • 541519-Other Computer Related Services

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Socio-Economic Status

  • Certified Small Business – SBA
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

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