Ty Smith

Ty Smith

Ty Smith is the Founder and CEO of VRS. He is a retired United States Navy Special Operations Senior Chief. Prior to retiring from the Navy, Ty completed a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University, and a Master of Business for Veterans from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business….

Michael Bottenberg

Michael Bottenberg

Michael Bottenberg is the co-founder of Vigilance Risk Solutions and leads the company’s emergency planning practice and curriculum development team. He is motivated by a desire to make people, organizations, and communities more safe and secure. Prior to joining the VRS team, Michael served as a United States Marine Corps Logistics Officer. His military career included…

Jon Russ

Jon Russ

Jon Russ is a security expert with an extensive background in U.S. Army Special Operations and Corporate Security. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science in Cyber Security from National University. He has in-depth knowledge of global security trends and uses…

John Keegan

John Keegan

John Keegan is the Director of Security for Vigilance Risk Solutions and has 25 years of experience in Operations, Security and Business Continuity for Critical Facilities. John holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Catholic University and has spent the majority of his career in the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Petrochemical and Biotech…

Tony Mauriello

Tony Mauriello

Tony Mauriello serves as General Counsel, representing Vigilance Risk Solutions since its inception. Mr. Mauriello is responsible for legal, corporate governance, long-term incentive and equity compensation strategies, risk management, corporate audit services and government affairs. Prior to joining VRS, Mr. Mauriello spent 14 years as a corporate transactional attorney at large international law firms in…

Victor Villalobos

Victor Villalobos

Victor is the Director of Intelligence for Vigilance Risk Solutions. He is passionate about creating safer communities through the advancement of intelligence-led security programs. Victor’s experience includes Intelligence and Security for one of the largest financial institutions in the world, leading the Physical Security Risk Analysis Program.  He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps, the…

Derek Dahlin

Derek Dahlin

Derek Dahlin is the Director of Business Development, managing the company’s rapid growth in the corporate space. Derek specializes in building strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations and finding the best possible business solutions for clients of any size. Before joining VRS, Derek worked in both legal and operational roles with startups in a variety…

Kate Russ

Kate Russ

Kate is the Director of Operations and joined Vigilance Risk Solutions to manage the company’s daily operations. Prior to joining the VRS team, Kate co-founded Delta V Group, a local project management and strategic security consultancy where she executed all operational aspects of the company. She specializes in streamlining processes and procedures for efficient functionality. Kate…

Elizabeth Nation

Elizabeth Nation

Elizabeth Nation manages all aspects of the company’s finances including financial reporting, management of financial risks and budget forecasting. Elizabeth moved to San Diego in 2013, but hails from Detroit, Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 2002 and Master of Business Administration from Walsh College in 2005….

Ignacio Zamora

Ignacio Zamora

Ignacio retired after serving nearly 26 years with the U.S. Secret Service. During his career, Ignacio held various senior-level protective positions, including serving on the Presidential Protective Division (PPD) where he helped develop, implement, and manage all physical security plans and risk mitigation strategies for protection of multiple U.S. Presidents and First Families. Ignacio has…