Maria Shelton

Founder & CEO @ Ardian Group Inc & Ardian Technologies

Ardian Group 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. The company’s proprietary software—including PVITL, its no-code database platform that allows users to manage and share sensitive information—adhere to the highest cybersecurity 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. 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.