Vance Brown

CEO, National Cybersecurity Center


Vance Brown is serving as Interim CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center. He also is Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Cherwell Software.

Previously, Vance was CEO of Cherwell from its inception until 2016. In 2014 Cherwell was recognized as one of the 101 fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte’s Fast 500 (tied with LinkedIn with 1172% growth). In 2015 Cherwell was recognized as the top software company in all of Colorado.

Formerly, Vance was President and CEO of GoldMine® Software, which was rated as one of the top 100 software companies in the United States. Vance also is Co-Founder of The Classical Academy, the largest K-12th grade public charter school in Colorado.

Through the years, Vance gained much experience in all types of venture funding and has raised hundreds of millions of dollars from organizations such as Insight Venture Partners and KKR.

In 2009 Vance was given the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award by Wake Forest University. Additionally, Vance was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award Winner in technology and then served as a national judge in technology for the EY 2016 and 2017 competitions. Vance recently was named one of the “100 most intriguing entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs.

Vance graduated summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University, with degrees in Economics and Computer Science, and then from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Finishing on Law Review and Order of the Coif, Vance then mostly practiced law in the area of intellectual property. Currently, he is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

Vance serves on the board for charitable organizations such as Parents Challenge, Care and Share, Band of Brothers Ministry, and Touchstone Leadership Academy. He also is founder and board member of a Colorado Springs non-profit technology accelerator called Exponential Impact.

Married to Betsy for 30 years, they have three children.