NetCraftsmen Engineers Named 2017 Cisco Champions for Demonstrated Expertise and Knowledge Sharing


Baltimore, MD – NetCraftsmen is pleased to announce that four of its engineers have been selected as 2017 Cisco Champions. William Bell, Denise Donohue, Carole Warner Reece, and Peter Welcher join a global group of influential IT experts recognized for their passion, knowledge, and desire to share their perspectives with the Cisco community.

“This is a great honor for our engineers, and an award that showcases an essential part of our approach here at NetCraftsmen,” said Paul H. Mauritz, CEO of NetCraftsmen. “We believe that educating our clients is essential to their success, and we prioritize that knowledge transfer in all of our partnerships. The Cisco Champions recognition demonstrates our engineers’ commitment to that education process.”

The Cisco Champions program recognizes experts who make a difference in their communities and help others learn about Cisco by sharing their experiences on Cisco blogs, providing feedback to Cisco, and supporting their peers through social communities and other networks.

The program includes individuals with a range of interests across Cisco’s technology portfolio, including enterprise networks, collaboration, and security. Cisco Champions are chosen based on their expertise with IT and Cisco technologies, relevant activity on social media, and participation in conversations related to Cisco and the IT industry.

“We’re proud of William, Denise, Carole, and Peter,” said Mauritz, “and we applaud their dedication to enhancing the knowledge and level of technical expertise of our community.”

About NetCraftsmen

Founded in 2001, NetCraftsmen is a consulting company whose engineers are true Master Craftsmen, world renowned for their expertise and experience. NetCraftsmen clients Rest Assured knowing that a team of industry leaders, visionaries, and innovators are dedicated to ensuring that their IT network is built and managed to meet and adapt to today’s enterprise demands.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.