Vernon Brown

Senior Engineer I

Vernon is an 18-year DoD contractor with prior Air Force experience running long haul communications and traditional WAN/LAN networks during his time in service.  As a contractor, he transitioned from traditional network operations roles to engineering and then consulting.  His consulting work focuses on routing and switching, security and data-center technologies.


  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Routing & Switching
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner+ (CASP+)


NetCraftsmen is known throughout the industry as having deep expertise in a wide variety of classic technologies, and for begin on the leading edge of design and deployment of new technologies.  Vernon always wanted to work with the best and brightest in the sector, so when the opportunity and the challenge to join the NetCraftsment team presented itself, had to take it.


The variety of customers, different technologies and problems to solve is what Vernon appreciates most about the work.  Nothing will keep you sharp like having to adapt to new engineering challenges.


Golf. Lots and lots of golf, some media/video production and editing. Really into craft coffee—not a “coffee snob”, but a “coffee enthusiast”.


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.