Audēmus Inc. is an accomplished, yet innovative, group of individuals focused on developing and growing superior customized software products, applications, websites, and network platforms. The word “Audēmus” (pronounced ‘au∙day∙mus’) is a Latin word that means "we dare, we venture, we risk" or rather more conventionally "we dare to be bold and are eager for the challenge". Our team is just that; bold, innovative, and eager for the challenges of our clients to deliver the highest quality innovative technology products and services in the marketplace.
Audēmus was formed in the wake of the on-going business successes of MMM Solutions operating in South Florida since 2015 and had serviced countless organizations from entrepreneur enterprises, non-profits to corporations staffing thousands of employees. Originally built from the ground up by millennials, Derek Ruffner and Brian Carter, the company grew quickly and attracted the attention and involvement of Will Rankin, a service-connected disabled-veteran and experienced businessman. The professional involvement and relationship between Derek, Brian and Will cultivated and ultimately presented itself the opportunity to build a more comprehensive and robust technology development and services group - Audēmus Inc. Today, Audēmus brings its collective previous experiences developing technology solutions and combines it with the vast knowledge of business, government, and legal inner-workings, providing services and products that are both bold, secure, and compliant.
As a company with its corporate structure being majority owned by a Service Disabled Veteran thus making it a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), it is the stated policy and thus practice of Audēmus Inc., to employee and/or engage qualified Veterans and their family members as our internal ‘Vets First Program’ in our staffing needs, to include combat and service disabled Veterans specifically. This commitment and declaration is reflected in our corporate HR Operating Policy along with being published on the company website here within. In fact, within our leadership, not only is our CEO a Disabled Veteran but our COO is also a Veteran. With our highly experienced executive and leadership team in place at Audēmus, we believe there are no limitations to the scope of technical development and services that we can provide, notwithstanding costs and time constraints.
Will Rankin is a seasoned leader as an entrepreneur, international businessman, former politician, retired law enforcement and disabled military Veteran. Having nearly two decades of extensive business experience and interests domestically and international on five continents, Will’s the founder of an international luxury lifestyle publication and been involved in commercial property development, technologies and developing trade and investment opportunities in Europe, South America, Africa, South East Asia and the U.A.E.
As a politician, Will gained public notice as a nominee for the 2014 Florida State Chief Financial Officer, garnering over 41% and 2.3 million votes statewide. Former political appointee positions include: Director of Asset Management for the Ohio State Treasury, an appointed fiduciary of the state’s $122 billion (USD) Public Funds Trust and Asset custodial operation, Director of the Florida State Census Committee, National Outreach Director for the US Congressional Census Monitoring Board, Dep. Director for the ’98 Campaign Operations for the Ohio Secretary of State, and V.P. Operations, Dole/Kemp ’96 U.S. Presidential Campaign.
Will is also a service-connected disabled Veteran having an honorable and distinguished 11-year military career. Retired as a Special Agent for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), he specialized in fighting economic crime and government fraud. Will holds a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Economics from St. Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bob Melvin is a proven federal business attorney who has provided practical legal and business advice to the leadership teams of a variety of businesses over the past 20 years. A retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Judge Advocate General (JAG) Attorney, Bob has subsequently and successfully helped build and operate two software companies, a Defense manufacturing and technical services company, an R&D company, and an Internet based logistics/supply company.
With his background in DoD procurement, Bob provides the leadership to establish corporate guidelines, policies and business practices, along with the training and compliance monitoring to implement such policies, for the efficient, effective and ethical operations of businesses new to working with the federal government. His comprehensive background, from both the government and contractor point of view, in all aspects of federal procurement, compliance and commercial contracting, navigates Audēmus towards success in both government and commercial markets.
Derek Ruffner is a digital product expert and data scientist. His passions and strengths include scaling development teams and platforms, deriving business intelligence through data acquisition and analysis, as well as automating and optimizing workflows and logistics.
Derek found his professional start at 12, when he launched a hosting company with an emphasis on computer and network security. He made his way into development and at 15, he co-founded ApprovalZoom, a search engine for construction product certifications, siphoned and analyzed from government agencies and private institutions. Moving into services, he co-founded MMM Solutions with Brian Carter, leading and growing the team as well as fine-tuning the business operations. After analyzing the pain-points MMM and its clients were facing, he conceptualized and developed the initial iterations of Wrinkle and Franchise Manager. Outside of business, his interests include drone photography, go-karting, and virtual reality.
Brian Carter brings over 8 years of technical, marketing and sales leadership experience. He found his passion in tech after stumbling upon WordPress and HTML/CSS while writing for a few online publishers. After teaching himself the main concepts of front-end coding, marketing, and creative design, he began freelancing projects. Two years later he decided to take his passion in technology and combine it with his many years of consumer facing experience to start MMM Solutions with Derek Ruffner. Brian lead MMM Solution's sales and operations, bringing in roughly $400k in revenue by developing key relationships to expand the business into what is now Audēmus Inc.
Brian's split background of project management and marketing, enable him to deliver full-scale, aesthetically pleasing products that are strategically planned to go-to-market. He graduated as Salutatorian in his Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) Degree studies in Internet Marketing, and, holds a Bachelor's of Science in Criminology, Law and Society.
Ray Morales serves as an executive change agent focused on alignment of organizational strategy with client needs. Ray leads enterprise initiatives to implement organizational strategy, tapping into proven collaboration, communication, and change management skills. Ray is adept at formulating enterprise policy, execution frameworks, operational processes, all the while employing lean six sigma techniques to develop data-driven analysis and decision-making. Over the course of his rich 25-year executive leadership career, Ray has excelled at operational excellence, quality management, program management, and software engineering.
At Audemus, Ray ensures that corporate operational policy and practices are at the highest industry standards, and client projects and programs are executed with engineering rigor and operational efficiency. Ray earned a M.S. in Information Systems from George Mason University and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Virginia. He is also a certified PMP and certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
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