Carolina Cyber Center hires first executive director

After a competitive nationwide search, Adam Bricker, an entrepreneurial technology specialist and leader, was selected as the first executive director for the Carolina Cyber Center. Bricker, who began his new role on January 6, has a wealth of experience leading technology-centric teams, holding vice president and chief information officer roles at Westmoreland Mining, Steak ’N Shake Enterprises, World Vision International, and YUM! Brands.

As executive director for the Carolina Cyber Center, Bricker will provide strategic leadership to create and execute effective cyber training programs; build relationships with industry and government; and establish the Carolina Cyber Center as the premier provider of cyber defense training for business, government, and educational entities in North Carolina and in the region. Bricker will also oversee the successful planning, execution, and growth of the annual RETR3AT cybersecurity conference, one of the leading cyber retreats in the region.

“Adam’s expertise providing strategic leadership at both established organizations and startups makes him uniquely qualified for this role,” said Montreat College President Paul Maurer. “When we launched this search, I was hoping we could find someone with the depth of Adam’s giftedness and experience, and we succeeded. I am truly excited about this development for the Carolina Cyber Center.”

In addition to his technology background, Bricker has founded and provided leadership to technology startups, having raised capital, developed new products successful in the marketplace, and driven revenue growth.

“As a designated Center of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, Montreat College has an incredible reputation for providing quality education with a focus on developing cyber professionals who are technically proficient, possess strong critical thinking skills, and understand and operate within an ethical framework,” said Bricker. “I look forward to continuing this momentum as we build the separate Carolina Cyber Center and help harden the cyber defenses of the State of North Carolina and the region.”

Bricker earned his B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M and a master’s in Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California San Diego. Bricker and his wife Cindy have four adult children. He has lived and worked in more than 60 countries and enjoys mountaineering, cycling, travel, and sailing.

The Carolina Cyber Center was established by Montreat College to provide cybersecurity training and resources for the state of North Carolina and the region. A first of its kind, the Carolina Cyber Center (C3) seeks to be a national demonstration project in state-wide cybersecurity preparation and threat mitigation. Alongside training for government and industry, covering every layer from the C-suite to the tech-suite and all administrative and non-technical staff, C3 also incorporates the production of cyber leaders with a focus on ethics and character-based learning. C3 will create a clearinghouse of new tactics, techniques, and procedures for cybersecurity by bringing industry, academia and government under one roof.