A former banker, Atkinson's passion is driving growth and innovation. He spent his earlier career in financial and operational leadership roles across various industries. Later, as managing partner of a strategic management consulting firm, he advised commercial sector companies on numerous growth and operational issues, including physical and cyber security, risk assessment and crisis management. An expert in strategic repositioning, Atkinson has also led the successful turnaround of numerous distressed companies. Atkinson was a finalist for Virginia Business CFO of the Year in 2007. He holds an MBA from Virginia Tech is a CPA. Atkinson writes and speaks regularly about cloud hosting and cybersecurity issues. Atkinson resides in Richmond with his wife and sons.