Ron Boustedt, the President & CEO of Watershed Security, has over 25 years of experience with large IT Programs and Projects.
In 1992 Ron started his career with the US Navy as an Electronics Technician, specializing in communications systems. His first duty station was with Military Sealift Command (MSC) operating out of Guam/Saipan. During his time serving with MSC he lead many efforts to bring responsive IT solutions to the MSC fleet where he installed and engineered ruggedized network infrastructure to support the needs of the fleet. He was rewarded for his service by being the honored recipient of multiple decorations over his six years of Naval service including the Navy Achievement medal, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and the National Defense Service medal.
Over the last 22 years Ron has provided engineering, program management and industry proven IT solutions to multiple Federal and DoD customers, including Military Sealift Command, FinCEN, NCIS, NOAA and other DoD components on a world-wide basis.
In 2009 Ron joined Chris Winter as co-owner of Watershed Security. Ron, and his team, have grown Watershed Security into a leading provider of Cyber Security Solutions & Services to our Federal and Civilian customers. Under Ron’s leadership Watershed has experienced an average of over 100% growth for each of the last five years. We fully expect his leadership to provide continued growth and corporate expansion in our future.
As the Chief Technical Officer and Founder of Watershed Security Chris provides leading edge solutions to Watershed and our customers.
Chris spent the early part of his career in providing commercial IT architecture, engineering and integration support. He was able to identify the critical nature of Information and Data Security and the impacts it would have on the lives of ordinary citizens and the federal government sector as technologies advanced and data would be readily accessible by the public.
As his career transitioned from commercial interests to the Department of Defense markets in the early 2000’s data and systems management activities thrived and Cyber Defense mechanisms were an afterthought in the industry as a whole. In 2003 he founded Watershed Security to help protect the systems and the data of our Nation’s Warfighters, and has been providing Cybersecurity services to our customers since.
The founding principles that Chris infused into Watershed are still the moral compass of the company
- Treat your employees and customers with respect. Never take them for granted.
- Integrity in all we do.
- Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Chris maintains CISSP and CSSLP certifications, and is designated DoD 8140.01 Cyber Security Workforce IAT I-III, IAM I-III and IASAE I-III.
As the Chief Quality Officer of Watershed Security, Laura strives to bring out the best in Watershed by ensuring Watershed’s employees, products, services and processes meet and exceed the needs of our customers.
Laura has over 25 years’ experience with the Federal Government, Higher Education, and Government Contracting, She has a B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland and is a member of the Southern Maryland PMI Chapter. Her passion for Quality Assurance, Program Management and Strategic Planning has helped Watershed obtain and maintain its ISO 9001:2015 certification since 2017. Laura is analytical and creative, always coming up with new ways to improve Watershed.
As the Chief Operations Officer of Watershed Security, Hez oversees the daily operations of Watershed and all the personnel and activities associated with delivering seamless cost-efficient Cyber, Engineering, and Program Management services to our Federal, Commercial, and Civil Agency customers.
Hez started his 32-year Naval career in 1986 as a Sonar Technician Submarines raising to rank of Chief. In 1998 he was commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer serving as the Electronics Materials Officer and Chief Information Systems Officer on several surface combatants. Hez served as the Director of the International Zone Communications Support Office in Baghdad, Iraq responsible for the installation, integration, and coordination of communications systems within the International Zone area of operations. Additionally, he served as the Department Head of the Electronics Technicians training school in Norfolk, VA spearheading the Navy’s revolution in training, N6 at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, Program Manager of the Cyber Security Train and Assist teams at Navy Cyber Forces, Little Creek, VA and as the Executive Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain.
Hez has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University, a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Management from Troy University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Naval Post Graduate School. Additionally, he maintains the Project Management Professional certification.
He is the recipient of various personal, and campaign awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Leadership Award in a Joint Operational Combat Zone.