Adam Jones


Adam is responsible for overall growth and strategy of Cedar. Previously, he served as a Vice President at Evergreen, CEO at Xpert Technologies, and an Investor at Alpine.

Fun Fact: Adam hiked the Camino de Santiago, a 550 mile hike across Spain

Gurband Mann

Vice President, Finance

Gurband is responsible for the finance and accounting function across the Cedar portfolio. Previously, he held finance and corporate development roles at EY, Cognizant, and Uplight.

Fun Fact: Gurband has better than perfect vision

Matthew Wagner

M&A Professional
Matthew is responsible for driving Cedar’s inorganic growth across our State and Local and Defense and Intelligence verticals. Prior to Evergreen, Matthew was an Associate on the strategy consulting team at AlphaSights.

Fun Fact: Grandfather was a beltway bandit, working at Lockheed Martin supporting intel for 45 years

Daniel van Niekerk

M&A Accounting Manager
With a strong foundation in consolidation and reporting, Daniel brings extensive experience in implementing technical accounting standards and enhancing operational efficiencies. His background spans public accounting and industry roles, where he’s excelled in managing complex audit engagements and driving process improvements.

Operating Company Leadership

Todd Frager

Todd is the CEO of Library Systems & Services. He has spent the majority of his career as a CFO and COO of venture/private equity backed businesses. Todd served as the VP of Finance and Operations for Blackboard’s software division, following the successful acquisition of Moodleroom’s where he served as the CFO. Prior to that position, Todd was the CFO and COO at Spectrumk12, which was acquired by Scantron. Todd enjoys building and growing innovative and disruptive businesses. Companies with a positive social impact.

Casey Fullman

Executive Vice President
Casey serves as the Executive Vice President of LAC Federal, a federal contractor providing library and data management services to numerous federal agencies. Previously, Casey was an Investor and Advisor of All Risk Shield, a wildfire home defense company based in California, and an Investment Banker at Duff & Phelps (nka Kroll). Casey received his Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he graduated with honors.

Joe Frankiewicz

M1 Technology
Joe is the Founder and President of M1 Technology. He has spent over 18 years providing technology consulting services to federal and commercial clients. Previously, he worked at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dylan Lee

M1 Technology

Dylan is the COO at M1. Prior to M1, Dylan worked as an Associate at Evergreen on their operations team. Additionally, he has worked at Raymond James Financial in their technology investment banking group in San Francisco and in business analytics at a digital media startup in Hong Kong.

Katie Appenrodt

 Katie Appenrodt is the CEO of Silicon Mountain Technologies (SMT). Prior to joining SMT, Katie was a Senior Director in the Office of the CEO and the Product Organization at Maxar Technologies. Katie also worked at the Department of Homeland Security for almost 10 years, holding both policy and operational roles.
Katie received a Master’s degree from UC Irvine and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara, where she was a captain of the Track and Field and Cross Country teams and a proud Gaucho.

Manny Mulero

M2 Technology
Manuel Mulero serves as the Founder and President of M2 Solutions, Inc., a company specializing in technology solutions tailored for federal clients within the Intelligence Community. With a background encompassing service in the United States Navy, Manuel transitioned into collaborating with various defense technology partners before establishing M2 Solutions. Presently, M2 Solutions counts organizations such as BAE Systems, Booz Allen, Raytheon, and SAIC among its clientele.

Austin French

VP of Operations
M2 Technology
Austin serves as the VP of Operations at M2 Solutions, a federal contractor providing IT services to the IC. Prior to M2, Austin spent time in an M&A and board advisory capacity at ASG, a technology-focused PE firm.

Fun Fact: Best Mario Kart player he’s ever seen (self-proclaimed)

Tim Gorski


Tim is the founder of Omnyon, a large software engineering and IT business. Tim enjoys to solve problems tactically with a focus on customer mission success with a strategic vision. Anyone who knows him long enough knows his character, drive, and ability to differentiate himself by having a thorough understanding of his customer’s problems and solutions. Tim is a software engineer by trade and an entrepreneur by heart with a passion for solving problems.


Brad Wittwer

Board Chairman

Brad is the Co-Founder and COO of Evergreen and is responsible for Evergreen’s organic growth, cultivating world-class talent, and ensuring Evergreen is the best home for businesses. Prior to Evergreen, Brad was a two-time CEO and a founding associate with Xenon Ventures.

Fun Fact: Brad climbed the East Buttress of El Capitan (an easy route for real climbers!) after an unplanned bivy, a big off-route fall, and other shenanigans.

Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins served a distinguished 30-year career for the Central Intelligence Agency, where he most recently served as Chief of Staff to CIA Director William J. Burns. He assisted the Director with executing the Agency’s global intelligence mission and confronting our nation’s most intractable national security challenges and emerging threats.

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Don Whitfield


Don is an innovative & versatile senior executive with 20+ yrs. of experience in strategies across the Intelligence Community (IC), the Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Civilian Agencies, & various commercial technology markets. He has a history of assembling high-impact & cohesive, cross functional teams by attracting & empowering leaders & technical experts to generate business growth, profitability, & increase shareholder value.

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