At DEFENDERS, we are called to grow and inspire leaders who love and serve people … and at DEFENDERS, everyone is a leader. The Business Improvement Team (BIT) is comprised of servant leaders who have committed their lives to helping others become the best possible version of themselves. The BIT shows up each and every day at DEFENDERS with the calling and responsibility to grow and lead a profitable business by growing people. The individuals on the BIT are totally committed high achievers and humble life-long learners. They are DEFENDERS' drum majors and model the behaviors we expect at DEFENDERS.
Jim Boyce is President and Chief Executive Officer of DEFENDERS.
Before being named President and CEO in January 2015, Jim was DEFENDERS’ President and Chief Operating Officer, and was responsible for the company’s revenue and profit growth, leadership development, and all aspects of the customer experience including sales, customer care, installations, permits and collections. Jim served on DEFENDERS’ Board before joining the company’s management team as COO in 2011.
Prior to joining DEFENDERS, Jim worked at Convergys Corporation, where he held multiple executive positions including President of Global Business Units, and President of Global Sales and Services.
Jim also spent 20 years with Procter & Gamble, where he held executive roles in general management and sales and marketing, including Vice President, Global Customer Business Development eBusiness.
Jim serves on the DEFENDERS Board of Directors and on the United Way of Central Indiana Board of Directors. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College Carroll School of Management, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
He and his wife Cindy live in Indianapolis. They have 3 grown daughters.
Mike Lantz is Chief Learning Officer of DEFENDERS.
Mike leads DEFENDERS’ talent attraction, HR, training, talent development, incentive, charity and event functions. Mike is focused on attracting the best talent in the industry, and growing DEFENDERS’ team members into the best version of themselves humanly possible. The Leadership & Development team has made Training magazine’s Top 125 list for the past consecutive 3 years, most recently placing #27 in the world, under Mike’s leadership.
Mike has more than 20 years in the training, coaching, and leadership & development space. Before his arrival to DEFENDERS in August of 2009, Mike owned and operated his own training business before selling the company. Prior to owning his business, Mike held the position of Vice President of Training & Development at the F.C. Tucker real estate company.
Mike serves as the Vice Chairman of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) San Diego Baja, as well as serves as a board member on the trueU Board of Directors. Mike is also involved with charities such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Make-A-Wish.
Mike is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Robert Freeman is Vice President of Sales of DEFENDERS.
Reporting to DEFENDERS’ President and CEO, Robert is responsible for leading all sales functions to maximize DEFENDERS’ Sales performance and talent development. Robert joined DEFENDERS’ as Controller in 2007. He has led a variety of executive leadership functions in Finance, Accounting, Payroll, Funding, Collections, Project Management, Sourcing, and Facilities.
Most recently, Robert served as DEFENDERS’ Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Controller and Vice President of Finance.
Freeman has over 20 years of Accounting and Finance experience. Before his arrival to DEFENDERS, he worked at Ernst and Young as a Senior Auditor. He has also held CFO positions both at the local and national level. Robert enjoys spending his free time with his wife Allison and his 3 pre-school boys. A native of South Bend, IN he is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in Indianapolis.
In his role for DEFENDERS, Richard is responsible for growing DEFENDERS core and emerging direct marketing channels (Mass, Direct & Digital). He leads a cross-function team responsible for marketing strategy, media planning & buying, agency and supply chain management, reporting and marketing communications.
Prior to joining DEFENDERS in April 2014, Richard served 11yrs as the Managing Director at Tribune Company. In that role, he was responsible creating one of the nation’s fastest-growing direct response agencies serving clients in the telecommunications, retail and insurance industries including Comcast/Xfinity, Time Warner, Charter, Insight, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Pep Boys, Jazzercise, Philadelphia 76ers and People’s Trust Insurance.
Before Tribune, Mr. Hill was Vice President for The Work Group where he was responsible for growing the agency profits and leading key account relationships. Under his leadership, agency billings grew 400% and added marque clients including Shaw Communications of Canada, DIRECTV and MADD. Prior to that, Richard spent five years at CommTek serving as Publisher for the nation's largest publisher of entertainment magazines for the cable and satellite industry. He also spent eight (8) years with Fox Sports leading their in-house marketing and custom publishing group.
Richard is active in the non-profit community serving on boards supporting Gladney Center for Adoption and Boys and Girls Clubs. He, his wife, Cynthia, and their children (Kaden, Olivia) reside in Zionsville, Indiana.
Bart Shroyer is Chief Financial Officer of DEFENDERS.
As CFO, Bart is always thinking about the bottom line. His focus is on managing the company’s accounting, finance, treasury, tax, legal, compliance and IT departments, as well as external and internal reporting of financial results. Bart joined DEFENDERS in 2007 as the Director of Finance and soon became the Vice President of Finance before accepting his current position.
During his tenure at DEFENDERS, he has created leading indicators to anticipate opportunities and threats, allowing the company to formulate and implement a strategy to realign and refocus.
Previously, Bart worked for Intel Corporation, where he held the position of Senior Financial Analyst. In that role, he led financial support across many finance and operational divisions for a major new tool development, procurement and deployment across Intel’s test facilities. Bart also held positions at Sendero Corporation as a Business Analyst and First Indiana Bank as a Financial Analyst and Treasurer.
Bart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from Miami University in Ohio and his Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University. Actively involved in the community, he formed DEFENDERS internal Giving Council, which partners with organizations like United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Shepherd Community Center, Junior Achievement, Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity.
Rob Davis is Vice President of Corporate Partnerships of DEFENDERS.
Rob joined DEFENDERS in November 2014, and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and optimization of DEFENDERS’ strategic relationships with ADT, DSC and the Business Partnerships group. Reporting to DEFENDERS’ President and CEO, Rob creates and identifies opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of these partnerships through increased collaboration at the executive leadership level and by building a robust pipeline of growth opportunities. Through these efforts, Rob helps to create a competitive advantage for DEFENDERS in the security and home automation markets.
Prior to joining DEFENDERS, Rob worked as a business development and account management leader focused on the C-Suite for several multi-billion dollar organizations. He led International SOS’s global financial services organization that included the top five financial institutions in the U.S. He also worked at Convergys, where he was responsible for program management of the company’s financial services footprint in the U.S., India, Philippines and Costa Rica. He also managed Convergys’s fourth largest corporate relationship and secured contracts over $500 million. Rob started his career in banking, with roles in auditing, retail management and commercial lending at Fleet Bank and Fifth Third Bank.
Rob’s passions focus on community involvement and sports. His board experience includes the Hoxworth Blood Center, National Kidney Foundation - Cincinnati, St. Xavier HS, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, the Hamilton County Community Action Agency and Creative Aging Cincinnati. Rob is an avid basketball fan and enjoys the game of golf. A native of Cincinnati, he is a graduate of Boston College and resides in Washington Township.
Dan Abeln is Vice President of Finance of DEFENDERS.
Dan started his career at DEFENDERS in 2005 as a Business Analyst. Over the years he has served in numerous leadership positions in Accounting, Finance, Analytics, Business Development, and Marketing. Dan has played an integral role in developing the systems and processes that have allowed DEFENDERS to grow into one of the largest home security companies in the U.S.
Dan received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Masters of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
He and his wife Megan live in Indianapolis with their daughter Gwendolyn.