Maria Shelton

CEO at Ardian Technologies
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Ardian Group, Inc. founder Maria Shelton is an expert in identity verification, security protocols, logistics, and on-site operations; she is also sought after for her project-and crisis-management skills. Maria first experienced the credentialing world in college, when she helped verify security clearances of attendees to the 1992 presidential inauguration. The post-event adrenalin rush led her to pursue ever-increasingly senior positions safeguarding participants at large-scale political, sports, and entertainment gatherings, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Maria founded Ardian Group in 1999 after recognizing the need for a one-stop-shop that combined the resources and technology necessary to host secure events. In 2016 Maria set out a path to productize ArdianStack, a no-code data management platform that allows users to manage and share sensitive information—adhere to the highest cyber security protocols, including those established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among others. Under Maria’s strategic leadership, Ardian was tapped to implement identity and security measures for the 59th Presidential Inauguration with the use of its SaaS - ArdianStack technology solutions. Ardian has been recognized by Data Magazine and various government entities for its professionalism and proven results. Ardian Group also provides project management assistance and on-site help at public- and private-sector events around the globe.

Maria received her B.S. in Communications from Boston University. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her three kids and supporting causes that educate and empower women, children, and families.

Ardian delivers custom identity & access intelligence, on-site implementation, and connected data engagement services that secure the health and safety of people, places and sensitive data. The digital technology Ardian Group implements boasts rapid IoT integration, real-time data reporting, sharing, and real-world visualization & engagement.

Our Security-First promise is a commitment to use data capture and utilization tools to help solve global, national, and local problems securely. Ardian clients can depend on comfort, peace-of-mind, and confidence as they re-open, gather, and host events.

Ardian’s experience and decades-long reputation for safe and secure outcomes delivered with transparency, integrity, and trust serve as the cornerstone of our engagements with The Presidential Inaugural Committees, Directorates under the Department of Homeland Security, The National Basketball Association, Department of State, JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress and Black Entertainment Television.

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    24 September 2021
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