HOUSTON, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — alliantgroup is proud to announce the addition of John Higginbotham, Chairman and CEO of Blue Ridge Networks, to the firm’s Strategic Advisory Board. Higginbotham brings over 30 years of experience as an executive for multiple technology companies and remains well-versed in the latest technology and cybersecurity trends.

In his new consultative role with the firm, Higginbotham will leverage his deep knowledge of cyber-based threats and vulnerabilities for the benefit of small and large businesses as well as offer his insight on how companies can best ensure their confidential data remains secure. Additionally, Higginbotham will provide strategic guidance to the firm as it expands its outreach to the cybersecurity and technology industries on the various tax credits and incentives available for their benefit. Along with the recent addition of former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge as alliantgroup’s Chairman of Cybersecurity and Technology, the addition of Higginbotham represents another important step in the firm’s expansion into this vital sector of the economy.

“It is an honor to be joining a firm that is doing such vital work for U.S. businesses,” said Higginbotham. “I look forward to advising companies on how to pursue the best cybersecurity practices and helping alliantgroup in its future outreach initiatives to the cybersecurity and technology sectors.”

Since 2010, Higginbotham has served as the Chairman and CEO of Blue Ridge Networks, a recognized pioneer and leader in proven network cybersecurity solutions for some of the largest government, financial, critical infrastructure and healthcare clients. He has also been a Managing Member for SpaceVest since 2006, an investment and management consulting organization serving small to mid-size high technology enterprises. In 1991, he founded SpaceVest Capital, an institutional venture capital organization that actively managed approximately $270 million of investments in more than 30 high technology companies. He was a Managing Partner for this organization from 1991 to 2006.

Prior to founding SpaceVest Capital, from 1981 to 1991, Higginbotham co-founded and later served as the Senior Vice President for International Technology Underwriters, a company that was a global leader for insurance and financial risk underwriting for aerospace companies, satellite communications operators and national space programs. Higginbotham originally began his career with Hewlett Packard in 1979, when he helped successfully initiate the company’s global entry into the microcomputer marketplace as a Product Manager.

“It gives me great pride to officially welcome John to our Strategic Advisory Board,” said alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav. “John brings to the table his decades of experience as a technology executive and his vast knowledge on the latest cybersecurity trends. I have no doubt that he will prove to be a vital resource for our clients and further enhance alliantgroup’s services to cybersecurity and tech firms.”

alliantgroup‘s mission is one of education and awareness — we exist to help industry organizations, businesses and the accounting firms that advise them take full advantage of all federal and state tax credits, incentives and deductions available. These powerful incentive programs are legislated by government to help businesses grow and remain competitive locally as well as abroad. We are proud to have helped over 12,000 businesses claim more than $6 billion in tax incentives. alliantgroup’s international headquarters is in Houston, Texas, with offices across the country and internationally including New York, Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Sacramento, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C and London and Bristol in the U.K. For more information on alliantgroup, please follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.