ABOUT
VIGILANT

At Vigilant, our integrated team magnifies our collective skills and proprietary technologies to defend our clients, while delivering on an industry-best security protection record.

OUR
MISSION

TO BE VIGILANT

OUR MISSION

TO BE VIGILANT

We defend and protect with a vengeance – people, businesses and society – and against those who exploit weakness: We innovate to solve challenges. We deliver the best possible solution. We use business as a force for good. We build a secure and stable future for all.

Our mission is active in three critical areas: 1) defending the Vigilant Family so we all will have a bright and thriving future, 2) protecting Our Clients’ people, production and profits, 3) fighting for Vulnerable Children around the world, so they may enjoy their freedom.

Our Core Values are: Faith and Family First. Never Quit. Fight to Defend Others. Give Generously. Take Responsibility. Act with Integrity and Respect.


“Our organization is great! They treat us with respect and integrity. They take our opinions and considerations seriously and are always asking for ways to improve. They are family first and if anything is needed by your home life, they are there to support you.”

- VIGILANT TEAM MEMBER

VIGILANT
GIVES BACK

DEFENDING AT HOME AND ABROAD

Vigilant exists “to defend and protect our clients with a vengeance.” But it doesn’t end there. Our heart is so committed to this part of our mission that we give 25% or our net income to global efforts to support orphans and to rescue trafficked children.

There are 153 million orphans around the world and there are an estimated 10 million trafficked children today working in sweatshops, mines, as street workers and conflict soldiers.

By directing 25% of Vigilant’s profit toward international orphan, foster care and anti-child-slavery organizations, Vigilant is able to protect and serve both its customers and highly vulnerable populations around the world.

We call it the “Vigilante Mindset.” And when working with Vigilant, you join us in defending and protecting those both at home and around the world.


“What I see in Vigilant is a meaningful purpose: what the company does, who the company is and their mission to support the causes they believe in… it says so much about a community of human beings that are all there for the same reason… and somebody who had the wherewithal to create that… I wish it was more common.”

- VIGILANT TEAM MEMBER

VIGILANT
GIVES BACK

DEFENDING AT HOME
AND ABROAD

VIGILANT

VALUES

WORDS TO WORK BY

True values are not just words stored in a 3-ring binder filed in a cabinet
somewhere. Vigilant truly makes these words a part of the DNA
in our work, relationships, service and culture.

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    • NEVER QUIT
    • Our goal is to win, period. We don’t quit on each other. Quitting isn’t in our vocabulary; we will do what it takes.
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    • FIGHT TO
      DEFEND OTHERS
    • We fight with a vengeance to keep companies in business, defend our families and take care of our teammates.
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    • FAITH AND
      FAMILY FIRST
    • Our faith and our families always some first. This is the foundation of who we are and keeps us rooted in our mission.
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    • GIVE GENEROUSLY
    • We live by the principle of security for all and donate our time and 25% of our profits so we can break the cycle of orphan care and human trafficking.
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    • TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
    • In everything we do, we consider how our actions will impact our clients and teammates. We take responsibility for those actions.
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    • ACT WITH INTEGRITY
      AND RESPECT
    • We operate according to what is right, not what is the easiest. We make decisions with transparency and courage.

“The flexibility and understanding that family comes first is an amazing thing. If there is an issue or you need to get something done in your personal life there is no hesitation in doing whatever they can to help.”


- VIGILANT TEAM MEMBER

LEADERSHIP

ACTING WITH INTEGRITY AND RESPECT

  • Chris Nyhuis

    Co-Founder and CEO

    Adventurer. Innovator. Socialpreneur. Over the years Chris has put these passions to work developing groundbreaking security methods to help defend companies. Before founding Vigilant in 2009, Chris honed his skills as a leading Information Security Officer in the automotive, food supply and telecommunication industries. Chris is inspired by his faith, family and philanthropy and pledges his time, talents and a portion of Vigilant profits to orphan and foster care, fighting human trafficking and tech mentoring. To him, Vigilant is more than Katie’s and his company, it is their mission.

  • KATIE NYHUIS

    CO-FOUNDER

    Katie was originally responsible for spearheading accounting when co-founding Vigilant and while her focus remains within the finance department, she also puts her naturally detail-oriented skill sets to work in support of each department as needed. She has enjoyed watching Vigilant fill with amazing people with purpose and enjoys being a part of something greater than herself. Outside of work, she’s mom to three amazing kids who share her passion for sports and teach her more than books ever could.

  • MIGUEL LOPEZ

    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    Miguel is responsible for crafting winning business strategies and delivering superior financial results. As a recognized change agent, Miguel’s broad experience in Finance Administration was achieved in leadership positions at Procter and Gamble. Miguel appreciates how much Vigilant gives to those in need and loves seeing company values reflected in their finances. Miguel came to the US from Mexico over 20 years ago and stays deeply connected to his extended family there. Outside of Vigilant, he and his wife Kate are the proud parents of their “soccer superstar son,” Alex.

  • PAUL SCHAEFER

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    A self-proclaimed “Process Geek,” Paul leverages his passion for existing and new product growth, transformation and the loop of operations to help move Vigilant forward. He brings 20+ years of experience working with some of the most talented people across multiple Industries. Paul also helps drive our co-mission of working with our local and international partners helping vulnerable children. When not driving innovation & improvements at work, he enjoys focusing on family and supporting his five kids with his wife – helping them learn, build and appreciate how things work.

  • JEFF WEHRMAN

    CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER

    Jeff has been solving problems and enabling businesses for 20+ years through his various roles in IT And InfoSec at companies such as United Defense, Grant Thornton and Target. At Vigilant, Jeff enjoys serving as CISO and leading both client-facing and internal security teams. He appreciates how Vigilant cares for their team members, their families, clients and vulnerable children around the world. During his time outside the office, Jeff spends quality time with his wife and two kids playing everything from sports, family games and LEGO.

  • ARIEL ACUNA

    CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    Ariel leads the HR strategy and development efforts at Vigilant. He developed and implemented a strategic people plan that aligns with the mission and drives the overall culture. He continually works to help each employee at Vigilant succeed in their career path. He experienced a “coming home” feeling when he joined the company and is passionate about helping others feel the same. When not leveraging his skills in talent management, coaching and employee engagement, he is a busy father of four – often touring the country with his family in their RV – seeking adventure.

  • BRIAN GITTINGER

    VP, SALES

    As a sales and revenue growth leader, Brian enjoys sharing his passion for storytelling and practicing his tradecraft. His passion for delivering value through trust and transparency leads to lasting relationships. As an outcome driven individual, Brian loves the fact that Vigilant services make a difference in the lives of clients, as well as vulnerable children all over the world. When not educating clients about Vigilant’s mission to protect and defend them, Brian and his wife are active parents to four children. He is also dedicated to health and wellness and enjoys running marathons and triathlons.

  • JACOB KOFRON

    VP, ENGINEERING

    Jacob began his web application consulting career while still in high school – helping medical research, design and telecom clients before joining Vigilant more than 7 years ago – where he now plans, builds and manages the development of customer-facing and internal apps from the ground floor. When not busy planning his upcoming wedding with his fiancé, Jacob enjoys collecting rare science fiction and tinkering with vintage electronics.