September General Membership Meeting
Dr. Joey Rivera founded Rivera Group in 2002 as an IT services company with headquarters in Sellersburg, Indiana. As the President and CEO, Dr. Rivera built Rivera Group into a highly sought Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Small Business serving a multitude of federal customers, with a focus on the DoD. Through his visionary leadership, technical expertise, and keen business acumen, he has grown Rivera Group from a handful of employees to a high performing company comprising approximately 125 employees working across 11 states. In addition to the vast experience his company has gained across the IT services spectrum, Rivera Group now offers a cutting edge architectural modeling and change management application called Eagle6 that was developed entirely in-house.
Accompanying the company’s dramatic growth over the course of the last decade has been the accumulation of several significant awards:
- Indiana Companies to Watch, 2013 Spotlight Award: awarded by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Edward Lowe Foundation)
- 2012 Minority Small Business Person of the Year (awarded by the Small Business Administration)
- 2012 Economic Development Impact Awardee (awarded by One Southern Indiana)
- 2012 Business of the Year Awardee Finalist (awarded by One Southern Indiana)
- 2011 Indiana Companies to Watch Awardee (awarded by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation)
Before launching Rivera Group in 2002, Dr. Rivera served as a Senior Consultant at Humana, Inc. leading technical initiatives to reengineer business processes from paper-based systems to electronic forms and managing relationships with third-party providers of e-business services. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Government Services for Information Technology at VenuSoft, Inc.
In addition to his commercial pursuits, Dr. Rivera is a veteran of over 31 years in the US Marine Corps and the US Army Reserve. He currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel on the US Pacific Command J6 staff in Hawaii. His dedication to his country is further reflected in company work force that comprises approximately 30% veterans.
Dr. Rivera received his Master’s Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University in 2004, and was the only Army Reservist ever to be accepted into the Naval Postgraduate School’s Software Engineering doctoral program, which only accepts 13 applicants per year. In December, 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from that institution.
Dr. Rivera resides in Sellersburg, Indiana with his wife and three children. He enjoys fly fishing, adventure motorcycle riding, and playing his bass guitar.