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Meet Vrge,

your partner in times of opportunity, change and disruption.

Fearless,

Bold,

and fiercely committed.

With decades of experience and a track record of successful strategic campaigns that deliver results to the bottomline in cybersecurity, technology, business, and politics, Vrge is the partner you need.

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Vrge Leadership

Vrge: Scott Gerber

Scott Gerber

Partner & Co-Founder
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Vrge: Josh Zecher

Josh Zecher

FOUNDER AND PARTNER
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Vrge: Adam Benson

Adam Benson

Senior Vice President/Cybersecurity Lead
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Vrge: Dan Palumbo

Dan Palumbo

DIRECTOR
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Vrge: Cassie Chechile

Cassie Chechile

PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER
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Vrge: Trystine Payfer

Trystine Payfer

PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER
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Vrge: Trystine Payfer

Trystine Payfer

PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER

Avid Bitcoin, FinTech and Blockchain meetup goer, Trystine is very interested in the future of technology and transactions.

She has robust experience in a multitude of areas including; corporate communications, public policy, government relations, multimedia, creative content, and strategic planning. Trystine has led corporate communications for Fortune 500 companies to navigate contentious mergers and acquisitions both on the investor and the policy/permits front. In addition, she has worked for federal, state, and local representatives on both the public and private side consistently addressing and refining key stakeholder concerns and goals to keep priorities moving forward. She has consulted as a contractor for many industries including; Healthcare, Transportation, Cybersecurity, Non-profit, Political Campaigns, Technology, and Financial Technology.

Vrge: Cassie Chechile

Cassie Chechile

PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER

Cassie Chechile is a Public Affairs Manager for Vrge Strategies, managing the firm’s public affairs, and strategic communications efforts for clients. Cassie works to translate complicated client issues into digestible information for audiences inside and outside the beltway. She specialized in media relations and digital communications.

Prior to her time at Vrge Strategies, Cassie worked in-house for a global government relations and law firm. While there, she was responsible for executing the firm’s external and internal publicity efforts, while raising awareness specifically for the firm’s data privacy and cybersecurity, international trade policy, government investigations, white-collar, and intellectual property groups.

Prior to her time in-house, Cassie served as Communications Director for a Washington DC public affairs firm where she managed and implemented their press outreach, social media campaigns, grassroots organizing, and events for trade associations and corporations in the music, telecommunications, and defense industries.

During her academic career, she interned for Congressman John L. Mica (R-FL), the Hogan for Governor campaign in 2014, and the Directorate of Human Rights at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

Cassie graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History.

Vrge: Dan Palumbo

Dan Palumbo

DIRECTOR

For over seven years, Dan has developed research and content to help clients achieve a broad spectrum of goals and successes related to corporate positioning, thought leadership, business development, and opposition research. Dan has authored research papers, whitepapers, blogs, and other content for a wide variety of audiences including consumers, business customers, legislators, law enforcement, regulators, and more. His work has been featured in stories from The New York TimesCNBCWiredTIMEABC NewsBloombergThe EconomistMotherboard (VICE), Ars Technica and U.S. News & World Report to name a fewDan has extensive experience on blockchain issues and has built valuable relationships with industry media resulting in coverage in American Banker, Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters and respected trade publications like CoinDesk, CoinTelegraph and The Block.

Vrge: Adam Benson

Adam Benson

Senior Vice President/Cybersecurity Lead

Two decades working in the communications industry, including: work in local and network television, as a Capitol Hill Press Secretary, and with consumer advocacy groups. Adam’s pitches for Vrge’s cybersecurity and technology clients have led to stories on national television like ABC, CNN, and Fox News as well as in leading newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also stepped in front of the camera to provide expertise for CNN, WNBC (New York), KTVU (San Francisco), and WTTG (Washington). Additionally, Adam served as the lead writer on research papers looking at the spread of Remote Access Trojans, the Dark Web, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Vrge: Josh Zecher

Josh Zecher

FOUNDER AND PARTNER

Josh’s New York roots taught him to get to the point quickly and succinctly.

Josh brings more than 20 years of journalism, internal and external communications strategy, and execution to his role at Vrge. Josh led engagements for a wide-range of clients – from venture-backed startups to publicly-traded multinationals – as a partner for 463 Communications.

Josh focuses on providing his clients with ideas that are creative, implementable and impactful. Josh also learned the ropes from the inside, handling internal communications for America Online call center employees across 14 locations and three countries. In a previous life, he was an editor at two leading financial-services publishers. On weekends, you can find Josh hitting the golf course, or watching Notre Dame football with his wife, daughter and attack dog Gelato.

Vrge: Scott Gerber

Scott Gerber

Partner & Co-Founder

Scott is a veteran communications strategist with two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, in Silicon Valley, and in the foreign affairs and regulatory arena. Scott has deep expertise helping disruptive companies tell their stories to investors, consumers and policymakers.  Scott has led dozens of engagements including with clients including Aura, NerdWallet, ChargePoint, Cisco, the National Spectrum Consortium, Lyft, Eventbrite, IDEMIA, TechNet, BlueLabs, C_TEC, Accenture, and Code for America. Prior to Vrge, Scott led public policy communications for Cisco where he worked on telecom, trade, trust, tax, and talent issues. Scott spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, where he served as a senior advisor to Senator Dianne Feinstein, providing strategic communications service on a broad range of domestic and foreign policy issues.  He also led communications for Jerry Brown when he served as Attorney General of California.