Podcast Episode 11: Special Guest from RVATech, Nick Serfass, CEO

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Get ready for a very special Unmasked. Joining us in this episode is Nick Serfass, CEO of RVATech. For those not in the Richmond area, RVATech is on a mission to ignite the growth of the technology sector, the success of technology companies, and the vibrancy of the technology community within the greater Richmond region. Listen in as we dive into Nick’s intriguing journey, discuss initiatives RVATech is leading to foster Richmond’s thriving tech community, and more.

Episode Notes: 

More about Nick:

Nick has been at the helm of the Richmond Technology Council (rvatech/) since early 2019. Nick has worked to shepherd the growth of programs across the board for the Council, including several new cyber-related initiatives including CyberConVA and a formal partnership with the Virginia Cybersecurity Partnership (VCSP). Most recently he worked to position Richmond as a potential Tech Hub in artificial intelligence and machine learning through a US federal grant program. Prior to rvatech/, Nick served as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students, where he put his architecture background to use serving college students across the country. He is a Virginia Wahoo, Miami Hurricane and Auburn Tiger. His preferred programming language is Pascal.

CyberConVA 2024

  • Theme: The Rise of Cyber AI and Transformation
  • When: February 1, 2024 – 9am-5pm
  • Where: Dominion Energy Center  600 E Grace St Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Details:
    • Join us in Richmond, Virginia, for a day of innovative sessions focused on connecting with the Richmond cyber community and growing your career. CyberConVA promises a full day of skill development, new ideas, and connections to supercharge your cyber career.
    • Keynote 1: Keegan Hines, Principal Applied Scientist @ Microsoft
    • Keynote 2:
    • Dana Kaplan, Frmr CISO @ Mission Lane
    • Courtney Totten, CISO @ Shutterstock
    • Sara Demeria, Deputy CISO @ Federal Reserve Bank
    • This 2nd Year
    • Student discount available 
    • Out of town guest packages available
  • Virginia Cybersecurity Partnership (VCSP)


  • Website: https://rvatech.com/
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rvatech/
  • Focus for 2024 – “Richmond VA Tech’s Most Creative City”
    • In Richmond, creativity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s ingrained in our community of problem-solvers, thinkers, and doers. Here at rvatech/, we’ve cultivated a collaborative spirit that sets us apart from other tech cities. Our community is the heartbeat of Richmond’s vibrant atmosphere of ideas, connections, and aspirations. “Tech’s Most Creative City” – A bold proclamation, isn’t it? I believe it’s not just a statement; it’s our next chapter waiting to be written.
    • The concept of “Tech’s Most Creative City” is set to make a significant impact on how we present ourselves to the world through:
      • A revitalized brand that reflects the vibrancy, innovation, and creativity that define Richmond’s tech landscape
      • Creative elements in our conferences that make each experience memorable and inspiring
      • Outreach efforts to echo the creativity that defines us, drawing in technology’s best, brightest, and most creative minds
      • Thank you for being a driving force in our creative community. Together, let’s make 2024 a year of possibilities, where the world recognizes Richmond not only as a tech hub but as Tech’s Most Creative City.