About Defendry

Our Motivation

We’re on a mission to help protect places of worship, schools, and businesses.

If we only save one life, it’ll all be worth it.

Our Company

Defendry LLC was founded with a singular mission: STOP active shooters and save lives through the use of advanced technologies. Defendry was launched in January 2019 by serial-tech entrepreneur, Pat Sullivan, utilizing cutting edge, AI threat detection software developed by Dr. Sean Huver, a former Bell Labs research scientist and veteran of numerous United States Department of Defense DARPADefense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the U.S. military. projects.

Defendry’s team is comprised of proven innovators, engineers, and scientists who are passionately driven to provide affordable, sophisticated products that can help solve the current, tragic active shooter epidemic.

Our Team

Key Leadership

Pat Sullivan

Pat Sullivan

FOUNDER & CEO

Pat Sullivan’s name has been widely recognized in the software business for decades as the co-creator of ACT! (the first and best-selling contact manager in the world, selling over 10 million copies) and founder of SalesLogix (the leading mid-market CRM solution as the company grew from $0 to $108M over five years). Pat is a two-time winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He currently resides with his wife in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sean Huver, Ph.D

Sean Huver, Ph.D.

CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER

Sean Huver is a research scientist and veteran of numerous United States Department of Defense DARPA projects. Upon discovering the gaping need for faster response to retail crimes, he created a company named Deep Science to develop the proprietary AI detection software that is now owned exclusively by Defendry. In his spare time, he enjoys doing research and traveling.

Clayton Straub

Clayton Straub

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Clayton Straub has worked in the Information Technology business since 1994. He co-founded TeleSys Communications in 1995 (one of the largest NSP companies in the Southwest United States, which was acquired by Gemma Companies in 2001) and served as President and CEO of Provision Networks (a leading provider of WLAN and Information Technology services). Clayton attended Arizona State University. When not spending time with his wife Shelley and two daughters, he enjoys fishing and golfing.

Board of Directors

Defendry - Chairman Roy Vallee

Roy Vallee

Roy is the retired Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and retired Chairman and CEO of Avnet.

Ray Croghan

Ray Croghan

Ray is Managing Partner of Croghan Investments, LLC, an investment and consulting firm. He is also a Director of Crocs, Inc.

Tom Curzon

Tom Curzon

As an Attorney at Osborn Maledon, Tom’s practice focuses on serving as outside general counsel to emerging, growth-oriented companies.

Chris Drake

Chris Drake

Chris is the Founder and Head of Strategy and Technology for Armor, a leading cloud security solution provider.

Ron Pruitt

Ron Pruitt

Ron co-founded Placemark Investments in 1999, which was sold to Envestnet in 2014. He is currently an Independent Management Consultant.

Sunny Trinh

Sunny Trinh

Sunny is Vice President of Demand Creation for Avnet and has worked more than 25 years in the electronics and semiconductor industry.

Team Members

Skyler Stewart

Skyler Stewart

Senior Vice President, Channel Sales

Skyler has successfully grown global channel partner sales in the wireline, wireless, voice, and cloud industries since 2002. He has served in executive leadership roles for companies including Eschelon Telecom, Integra Telecom, and Telesphere. When away from the office, Skyler enjoys spending time with his family and riding motorcycles.

Jeff Hershauer

Jeff Hershauer

Vice President, Development

Jeff has been successfully delivering enterprise and cloud-based applications since 1999 and was a part of Pat Sullivan’s original Sales Logix team. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, collecting vinyl records, and riding his motorcycle. 

Mimi Dolan

Mimi Dolan

Vice President, Operations

Mimi has managed development, QA, and customer support teams in the software industry since 1981 for companies including Adobe Systems, NetPro, and Sage Software. She is passionate about advocating for the needs of both technical staff and end customers.

Sam Tkach

Sam Tkach

Director of AI Technology

Sam has spent her career as an engineer specializing in building Machine Learning systems. In 2017, she co-founded a company called Deep Science, where she served as Chief Technology Officer for two years until the AI company was acquired by Defendry. Sam is a graduate of Columbia University and is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Renée Rainey Sullivan

Renée Rainey

Director, Strategic Alliances

Renée has extensive experience in sales and entrepreneurship, spending six years growing strategic channel partner relationships at ADP, followed by launching a successful concierge service which aided seniors in safely living at home for longer. She is active on the National Board of Directors for Kids at Hope; she enjoys figuring out what makes people tick, and is currently learning to golf without swearing.

Kyle Malkin

Kyle Malkin

Director of Marketing

Kyle loves to tell stories that change the world. His films have won awards including 3 Telly Awards in 2019 and 2 American Movie Awards in 2013. He is also an award-winning musician and enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and serving his church community.

Michael Morton

Michael Morton

Chief Architect

Michael has vast experience in IT as a full-stack architect and developer, and has worked as Defendry’s Chief Architect since its inception. A self-proclaimed technology geek, he is an avid gamer and has been programming since the age of ten.

Nathan Baulch

Nathan Baulch

System Engineer

Nathan has worked as a back-end software engineer since 1999, developing applications for a wide variety of industries including event management, sales, and telecommunications. Nathan is based in Melbourne, Australia and earned his Bachelor of Engineering from RMIT.

Luke Baulch

Luke Baulch

System Engineer

Luke has been building software solutions since 2005 with a primary focus on back-end architecture, micro-services, software security and authorization, and performance-driven web applications. He lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Jeff Shifano

Jeff Shifano

Front-End Developer

Jeff has been working in the web development realm since 2008, with a specialization in front-end and mobile development for the majority of that time. When he is not programming, Jeff enjoys Crossfit and trail running.

Evaggelia Kritikos

Evaggelia Kritikos

Software Developer

Evaggelia has spent her professional career working primarily on front-end development and architecture, delivering premier end-user experiences. She is a graduate of Fordham University in NY, and spends her free time writing code, reading, slaying dragons, and attempting to engage her cat with string.

Steven Otlewski

Steven Otlewski

Account Executive

Steven earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Mississippi, and brings a strong background in customer service to the team. He is an avid golfer and ardent fan of Mississippi football.

Kristi Sullivan

Kristi Sullivan

Public Relations Manager

Kristi earned her Bachelor’s in English from Westmont College and was a 3-time National Champion in soccer and 2002 National Player of the Year while there. Her professional experience includes editing, copywriting, marketing, web design, and customer service. She enjoys spending time with her two elementary-aged girls, playing soccer, and doing yoga.

Nathan Fischbach

Nathan Fischbach

Social Media Manager

Nathan is Defendry’s Social Media Manager and a soon-to-be graduate of Grand Canyon University, earning his degree in graphic design and advertising. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and playing recreational football.

David Holt

David Holt

Graphic Designer

David has been neatly arranging pixels for well over a decade, and his skillful design work has been featured in Communication Arts and won multiple Addy Advertising Awards and international design competitions. He enjoys skiing, kitesurfing, and attending concerts; but his favorite hobby is spending time with his beautiful wife Dana and two daughters Nora and Lucy.

Michael Obar

Michael Obar

Marketing Consultant

Michael has an extensive background in sales and marketing dating back to the late 80’s and spanning a wide range of industries. Michael brings his strong natural ability to creatively connect with people through his graphic design work, copywriting, and event planning expertise to the team. He has a love of music and enjoys playing, singing, and writing in his spare time.

Ryan Zacher

Ryan Zacher

Controller

Ryan has worked as an outsourced CFO/Controller since 2007, garnishing his experience from nearly a decade in the public sector with top-ten accounting firm, RSM McGladrey, and a tenure as Sr. Financial Analyst with Fortune 500 Company, Pulte Homes. A Vetran of the United States Navy, Ryan enjoys traveling, hiking, snowboarding, cheering on the AZ Cardinals, and spending time with his wife and their six-year-old son.

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