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Paul H. Mauritz named Chesapeake NetCraftsmen CEO

Chesapeake NetCraftsmen is pleased to announce that on May 19th, 2014 Paul H. Mauritz was named chief executive officer. NetCraftsmen chose Paul because of his successful track record of strategically growing high-value technology companies and his insights into the future of network engineering.

Paul has more than thirty years of experience managing operations, corporate strategy, business development, sales, and marketing. He has led companies through all phases of the business lifecycle – startup, growth, M&A, and restructuring. Prior to joining NetCraftsmen, Paul was a Vice President in the Cyber and Information Technology business at BAE Systems. He also served in leadership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, RPM Consulting, and Netcordia.

Paul has helped advance the Maryland technology community as immediate past Chair of The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, former board member and Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and former Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. He has an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pride of Baltimore. Paul began his career and leadership training in the United States Army.

About Chesapeake NetCraftsmen:

NetCraftsmen is a 13-year-old network engineering company whose engineers are world renowned for their expertise and experience. With 10 Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineers (CCIE) and 1 Cisco Certified Design Expert on staff, Chesapeake NetCraftsmen is a Gold Certified Partner with Cisco Systems. The company delivers high-impact Infrastructure and Unified Communications & Collaboration products and services to organizations including the Government, Healthcare, Finance, and Energy industries.

NetCraftsmen’s comprehensive solution portfolio is centered around networking, collaboration, security, and data center technologies. For more information about Chesapeake NetCraftsmen, contact us at or find us on the web at

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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.