Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Electronics and technology have fascinated Robert Vanman since his youth. While his friends were collecting baseball cards, Robert was collecting electric motors, solenoids, speakers, and electro-magnets, always looking for ways to combine parts into something interesting.
By the age of 20, he started his first business in electronics. Five years later he started his second company which developed radar products used by NASA and nearly every manufacturer of vehicles. That business grew to become an Inc. 500 company. In the late 1990’s, he acquired an ownership position in Applied Concepts (d.b.a. Stalker Radar), and helped grow that company into the world’s largest police radar manufacturer. In 2002, Robert sold his interest in Stalker Radar and founded WatchGuard Video where he still maintains a majority interest.
Robert studied Business and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and he also attended 2 years of Seminary at North Central University. Through 20 years of innovating the technology used in law enforcement, Robert has been awarded 15 U.S. patents with 15 additional patents pending.
Steve Coffman loves building companies and winning; and he has tremendous experience doing both. This native Texan and son of a Baptist minister grew up in Odessa, Texas – home of Friday Night Lights and the Oil Boom. It was during the big oil days of the 1970s, while still a child, where he was introduced to a business philosophy that sustains his leadership today – work hard, take risks, lean into it and you will win.
Steve graduated from Texas A & M University with a degree in Accounting. He joined the Business Consulting Group at Deloitte where he met and eventually went to work for his mentor, Norman Brinker. Under Mr. Brinker’s signature leadership style of ‘winners attract winners’, Steve spent many years deeply involved in Brinker family interests honing his skill for building businesses and leadership teams.
After leading several key initiatives for the Brinker family, Steve was named President of Wasp Barcode Technologies and from there, Chief Operating Officer at First Cash Financial Services (Nasdaq: FCFS). He joined WatchGuard as President in 2013.
Vice President of Service and Support
When a company determines its bedrock will be world-class customer service, it needs a professionally accomplished leader with a cadre of talent, the ability to inspire a servant’s heart in others and the gift of Empathy. Mark McHenry is sitting in the right seat. As Vice President of Service and Support, he has ultimate responsibility for the satisfaction and continued confidence of WatchGuard customers.
The inherent nature of law enforcement dictates that customer support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Despite leading a ‘round-the-clock’ department, Mark makes his family and church a priority and still finds time to restore an old Corvette or two.
Prior to WatchGuard, Mark held client-facing leadership roles at Wasp Barcode and Informatics. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington.
DAVID “RUSSELL” WALKER
Chief Financial Officer
Russell Walker was the thirteenth employee hired by WatchGuard and his stewardship has been instrumental in leading the company’s growth to today, where WatchGuard employs over 230 people. He joined the company in 2005 shortly after the first DV1 In-Car Video System shipped. Since that time, he has been entrusted with managing the company’s financial affairs, banking relationships and human resource activities.
Russell has spent his entire career in finance exclusively in the manufacturing sector where he has found tremendous satisfaction in contributing to the creation of tangible, life-changing products. Before coming to WatchGuard he spent twelve years in a variety of roles with other manufacturers.
Russell is a Certified Public Account and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Vice President of Operations
Ted Hajec grew up in Woodstock, New York but states matter-of-factly – he didn’t attend the concert. Ted says and does most things as a matter-of-fact. He loves organization and discipline which, combined with 30 years of experience, makes him well-suited to lead manufacturing, logistics and quality control for the WatchGuard portfolio of products.
Ted’s career in Engineering and Manufacturing has taken him throughout the world with leadership roles at Alliance Systems, Celion Networks and AT&T/Lucent Technologies. Before joining WatchGuard in 2007, he was the General Manager of Celestica Corp., a Tier 1 contract manufacturer.
Ted holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Global Operations Management from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Widener University.