Joel Griffin

FOUNDER & PARTNER
Entrepreneurs are inherent problem solvers. They don’t see challenges as a hurdle. They see them as an opportunity. I like working with people that think that way. ‘How can I fix this?’ versus ‘This is something I don’t want to deal with’ — that’s a mentality I understand.
“Entrepreneurs are inherent problem solvers. They don’t see challenges as a hurdle. They see them as an opportunity. I like working with people that think that way. ‘How can I fix this?’ versus ‘This is something I don’t want to deal with’ — that’s a mentality I understand.”

Entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. As Founder and Partner of Riphean Investments, Joel guides the corporate strategy and growth of its partners.

Joel launched Riphean Investments in 2021 with Partner Brian DeMuth, three years after architecting the highly successful sale of Dependable Global Solutions, a cybersecurity company he co-founded in 2011, to Arlington Capital — becoming Centauri and now KBR. Prior to that, he also previously worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, Unisys and Lockheed Martin, supporting DoD, DHS, Law Enforcement and the Intelligence community.

Joel is also the Founder and CEO of Riphean, the parent company for Riphean Investments. Riphean a growth investor with a diversified portfolio with investments in private companies, venture capital and real estate in both Riphean branded and non-branded companies. Through Riphean Group, Joel seeks to bring new concepts into the region that enhance quality of life, support the growth of entrepreneurs and veteran-owned companies while also backing initiatives in education, workforce and technology.

I see wrongs that need to be righted and feel compelled to get involved. It’s getting involved that makes democracy work. I believe if you don’t like something, fix it. If you don’t want it, change it. Start that business. Lobby for that policy. Run for office. Take the initiative to create positive change.
“I see wrongs that need to be righted and feel compelled to get involved. It’s getting involved that makes democracy work. I believe if you don’t like something, fix it. If you don’t want it, change it. Start that business. Lobby for that policy. Run for office. Take the initiative to create positive change.”

Joel is also the Chairman and co-founder of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and education of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in honor of his oldest daughter, Gwyneth.

Currently, Joel serves on the Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA) as Chairman and on the Board of Directors for The Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, Germanna Educational Foundation, Cyber Security Advisory Board for the Virginia Community College System, GO Virginia, and as part of the FAMPO Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee.

As Chairman of Stafford EDA, Joel led the grant initiatives to provide COVID-19 relief funding to locally owned or operated businesses in 2020 and is currently leading the county’s broadband expansion initiative. In collaboration with Stafford Hospital, Stafford Fire and Rescue and the county school district, Joel’s efforts led to Stafford County being named the first HEARTSafe community in the Commonwealth by the Rappahannock Emergency Medical Services (REMS) Council. It also led to the deployment of the PulsePoint technology within Stafford County, one of the fist adopters in the Commonwealth, which provides CPR trained users with mobile notifications of an emergency in their vicinity. His role on the EDA combined with his support of public schools led to development of the Stafford Workforce Education Program, which helps students forge career paths in the private sector space.

It’s always been about service for me. I joined the Marine Corps to serve and when I got out, had the opportunity to work in the GovCon space – solving problems that involved national security. At the end of the day, it’s about supporting a bigger mission and continuing to serve my country, regardless of the type of work. Riphean is a continuation of that mindset. We invest in companies that are solving the largest challenges facing our country today.
“It’s always been about service for me. I joined the Marine Corps to serve and when I got out, had the opportunity to work in the GovCon space – solving problems that involved national security. At the end of the day, it’s about supporting a bigger mission and continuing to serve my country, regardless of the type of work. Riphean is a continuation of that mindset. We invest in companies that are solving the largest challenges facing our country today.”

In 2011, Joel was awarded the Patriotic Civilian Service Award by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11, and in 2015, he received the Joe Dangler Leadership Award from the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber for his community leadership support. He also received the Entrepreneur of the Year with the Stafford EDA in 2012.

OVERVIEW
  • 25 years in Private Industry Consulting
  • 20 years in GovCon
  • U.S. Marine Veteran
  • Entrepreneur & Investor 
  • Philanthropist
  • Co-author of “Gwyneth’s Law” in Virginia  

  • Co-Founder 501c(3) Non-Profit (Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation)  

  • Restauranteur

  • B.A. International Politics, Pennsylvania State University

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
  • GovCon

  • Defense
  • Intelligence / Counterintelligence

  • Cybersecurity
  • Physical Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Financial Services
  • Policy
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Nonprofit

  • Hospitality