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Dr. Milton Mattox

Chief Technology Officer

Castle Shield Holdings, LLC

Location: Phoenix

Founded: 2019

Industry: Cybersecurity

Dr. Milton Mattox is a globally renowned technologist, corporate leader and subject matter expert in the field of cybersecurity. He has more than 38 years of experience in the technology industry and made significant contributions to the development of efficient and effective software and hardware solutions.

As the chief technology officer at Castle Shield Holdings, LLC, he leads a global product development organization. Mattox’s focus at Castle Shield, founded in 2019 and based in Phoenix, is producing cutting-edge technology solutions that address the security concerns associated with the emergence of quantum computing.

Mattox also serves as the CEO for the United States artificial intelligence, data science and cybersecurity institutes, where he contributes to the growth and development of these fields.

“Taking risks has been essential to reaching my position,” Mattox said. “I have found that making bold decisions that go against conventional wisdom or pursuing new opportunities can be scary but also rewarding. It takes confidence, strategic thinking and the willingness to learn from failure to take such risks. Taking calculated risks has allowed me to grow and succeed as a leader.”

Prior to joining Castle Shield, Mattox served as the chief operating officer for Cipherloc Corporation, where he played a vital role in delivering high-value data security solutions. With his track record of leading software engineering teams, Mattox has become a sought-after advisor and consultant for business leaders and executives worldwide.

Mattox said, in his experience, these are the top five attributes of successful leaders:

“Empathy: To triumph as a leader, one must recognize and sympathize with their team’s wants and outlooks — the critical component of success.

“Vision: Successful leaders can map their journey with clarity and enthusiasm, motivating others to join them toward success.

“Communication: Effective leadership is contingent upon solid communication; a leader must be able to paint their vision with clarity and actively listen to succeed.

“Integrity: A leader’s key to success lies in cultivating an atmosphere of honesty, ethics and trustworthiness — essential ingredients for earning the admiration of their team.

“Decisiveness: A successful leader can confidently navigate challenging times and make the best decisions, no matter the obstacles.”

Mattox holds a doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in organizational leadership, business administration, and electronic engineering technology. In addition, he served as an online adjunct doctoral professor for over four years at Colorado Technical University, where he taught classes in leadership, management and technology.

Mattox has published numerous articles on a range of topics from technical content and motivation. He’s also authored four books, with more in the works.

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Milton has been a vegetarian/vegan for over 35 years. He ate vegan and low-carb meals before they were in vogue. Additionally, he played drums and other percussions in high school, and in preparation for his high school 40th class reunion, he made a YouTube video to also have a reunion with his high school drum team. Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/SirfT-Q7LHE


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