THE DATA INITIATIVE welcomes James McJunkin



PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 16, 2019 – THE DATA INITIATIVE is excited to announce the addition of Mr. James  McJunkin as a new member of the advisory board. Mr. McJunkin brings 30+ years of experience from the public and private sectors. Mr. McJunkin spent 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation reaching the Senior Executive Service and retiring as the Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office, the second largest in the Bureau. Most recently in private industry, Mr. McJunkin has been the Chief Security Officer and CISO at Discover Financial Services.  

The addition of Mr. McJunkin brings the advisory board to six talented successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, and industry vertical experts. A great benefit to the early stage growth of THE DATA INITIATIVE.

“Jim’s experience and credentials speak volumes and we are delighted to have him on the team.” “We anticipate his experience as a recognized leader on the fraud, cyber, and terrorism fronts will have a positive influence on our product imagination efforts,” said Vic Maculaitis, founder and chief executive of THE DATA INITIATIVE.

“I am thrilled to be part of THE DATA INITIATIVE and look forward to working with the entire team, as well as advisory board members.  Company leadership and the product offering are extremely impressive, and should prove to be very useful tool for a variety of industries.” said Mr. McJunkin.   

THE DATA INITIATIVE is an early stage data and technology start up. With a current beta offering being tested in the market – a commercial grade release of the ignitionX application and the 100 Series Money Laundering Data Pack is on track for June 2019. This offering serves anti-money laundering (AML) risk and compliance professionals across financial services, government, and academia.


THE DATA INITIATIVE was founded in late 2017, and began product development in the spring of 2018. The data and technology company has quickly grown to a team of 20+ experts, data scientists, and engineers. The early stage startup is headquartered in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

For more information about THE DATA INITIATIVE visit


Ty Smith

VP, BizDev, THE DATA INITIATIVE | 330-242-8889

Vic Maculaitis

Founder, THE DATA INITIATIVE | 480-909-8191

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