Meet the team

Nick Unger


Nick Unger is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Netshield, Inc. Nick is an experienced technology sector CEO and business consultant. He is the previous Founder and CEO of three technology startups, all in the Arlington, VA. area. Nick earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the American University and his MBA from George Mason University.

Tom Abert


Tom Abert is Netshield’s Chief Financial Officer. As a senior financial and operational executive, he has a special expertise in Intellectual Property-driven industries in start-up, growth, and turn-around environments. Tom understands how to bring a vision to life, making a business from a technology; offering a rich background in life sciences and technology management to help scientists and engineers move innovative technologies into commercial markets. Past highlights include the launch and growth of, a start-up venture for Cambridge SoundWorks (owned by Creative), and the launch, growth, and management of PC Connection’s online business and online service center. Early technology development and management experience was at AT&T, including Bell Labs, where Tom helped develop global multimedia networks and applications, and worked with a global network of partners to establish a constructive pricing and payments regime. His career began in finance, in both corporate finance and trading. Tom holds an AS in computer science, a BA in music theory with minors in management and finance from Keene State College, and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Chris Gauthier

Vice President of Engineering and Development

Chris Gauthier is our Vice President of Engineering and Development. A hands-on coder, he works closely with the development team to maintain product quality and develop the features our customers require. Chris brings over 20 years of engineering skills to the table, having worked primarily in federal contracting, medical software and teleconferencing systems. He has a degree in Physics from Gettysburg College.

Brian Church

Vice President Operations and Support

Brian is a senior member of Netshield’s leadership team with oversight and responsibility for day to day operations, sales, support, training, customer experience and ensuring the success of the global partner network. He has over 20 years of experience as a senior management professional with a strong technical background and extensive expertise leading multi-national teams. Brian’s experience spans multiple market segments including cyber security, enterprise networking, medical instrumentation and cloud hosted applications (SaaS).

Brian holds a BSEET from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an MBA with a focus on international business from Southern New Hampshire University.

He believes the success of an organization is built upon the success of employees, partners and customers.

Scott Flegal

Inside Counsel, Flegal Law Office P.A.

Scott is the outside Corporate Counsel for Netshield. He grew up in Clifton Park, New York, a small town just south of Saratoga Springs, New York. He earned a B.A. from Amherst College in Amherst, MA in 1982, and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL in 1985. Scott has been practicing law in Nashua, NH since 1985. He spent the first 9 years of his career at Sullivan & Gregg, P.A., and left to open his own firm in 1994. He married Sheelu, who is the residential director at Nashua Children’s Home. Scott has a daughter Jane, who will be a senior at Mt. Holyoke College, a son Calvin who will be a sophomore at the Berklee College of Music, and his youngest daughter Mia. Scott served by appointment of the New Hampshire Supreme Court on the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners from 1991-2001, writing and grading the bar exam. He was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to serve as a member of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Dispute Resolution Committee in 2007. He is also currently the clerk for the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the New Hampshire Bar Association. He is a member of the board of directors of the New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (“NEACR”), and served as President of that chapter in 2007-08.

Thomas J. McGinnis

Patent Counsel, Finch & Maloney PLLC

Tom has extensive experience in law and technology. Prior to joining Finch & Maloney, Tom worked as an associate and senior associate for Lando & Anastasi in Cambridge, MA. Prior to law school, Tom worked in software development, systems analysis, and implementation for companies including Radiant Systems (acquired by NCR) and Ashland Petroleum. He has personally developed and managed the development of software written for a variety of computing platforms including web servers, cell phones, and specialized computing devices. Tom has experience implementing and integrating enterprise-level applications with existing architectures. He uses the insight gained from nearly a decade of business and technical experience in the software and petroleum industries to maximize his clients’ return on their intellectual property investments.

Tom’s academic achievements include a J.D., magna cum laude, from Franklin Pierce Law Center, an M.B.A. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Computer Science with High Distinction and Departmental Honors from the University of Kentucky. Tom is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.

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