Board of Directors

Rick Varnell


Advisory Board Chairman & Partner

With a diverse career in technology that spans from a senior executive, to business development head, co-founder, and board of director positions, Rick Varnell is a standout with a reputation for delivering results, while infusing energy and passion that empowers big thinking and pursuit of goals with intensity and focus.

Rick has extensive experience in developing businesses and managing companies from start-up to critical growth stages, leveraging his deep technology relationships and talent for creating investment value and revenue-generating business models.

As a co-founder; board member, and Advisory Board Chairman of Building Cyber Security (BCS), the leading nonprofit focused on improving and advancing the physical information and operational technology (OT) systems security, safety, and privacy in facilities and critical infrastructure, Rick is leading a group of industry stakeholders to create a simplified and actionable framework of market-based solutions to address new vulnerabilities arising from smart building technologies that will enhance protection of operational technology, increase system availability, and boost overall preparedness to mitigate physical cybersecurity risks.

In addition to his role at BCS, Rick is also a co-founder and the head of business development for 5g LLC/TekProp, an aggregator of real estate for delivery and implementation of technology solutions beginning with roof top sites, a critical area for provisioning 5G wireless technology. Before BCS & 5g LLC, Rick was the Global EVP of Building Technology Services at CBRE, the world’s largest property management and leasing company, where he introduced new revenue generating models for commercial real estate via technology services partnerships with companies like Intel, AT&T, Apple, Google and others, converting technology into simplified, meaningful tenant and building services, increasing new opportunities for net operating income.

Rick’s ingenuity and business transformation skills were cultivated in a multitude of leadership positions over the past 30 years, where he served as an executive and a member of the board of directors with IndoorVu and Telect, and founded companies, including One Degree North, Purcell Systems, and Northern Technologies. He graduated from Kinman Business University in Spokane, WA, and currently resides in Nashville, TN.