Bill Yoder - Chief Executive Officer

As the company’s CEO Bill has been responsible for leading Watch House from a concept in 2007 to the successful and profitable small business it is today.  Bill’s background and experience prior to Watch House had been a successful operations and marketing executive with more than 35 years of sales, marketing and financial services experience.

 

Chuck Freyermuth – Chief Operations Officer

Chuck joined Watch House full-time in early 2008 and has been responsible for all service delivery operations including client relationships, employee recruiting, partner teaming arrangements, quality and project management. Chuck has played a key role in all business development.

Chuck played a significant role in US law enforcement for some 30 years with a slight interruption for time spent as a U.S. Army pilot, active duty. He began his career as a police officer in Lincoln, Nebraska, and expanded his experiences as mid-level manager and Federal Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  He ended his “official” Government service as a senior-level Federal Agent with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Law Enforcement. Worth noting, is his understanding of law enforcement and emergency management projects as he has development, implemented and then administered numerous nation-wide projects/programs during his Federal tenure. On the private side, Chuck has held positions of project management for national and international programs under the direction of the Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security.

 

Chris Van Vleet – SVP, Origin and Cause

In 1988, Chris Van Vleet began working for the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, spending the next 25 years as an ATF agent.  During that time he developed an interest in fire and explosives investigations.  He joined ATF’s elite National Response Team (NRT) in 1992, became an ATF Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) in 1994 and a Certified Explosives Specialist (CES) in 2002. 

Also in 2002, Chris became one of the first seven full time appointees to the NRT.  Being an appointee to the NRT also placed Chris on ATF’s International Response Team (IRT) which travels to developing nations and third world countries to help their governments investigate major fires or explosions.  Chris has taught fire and explosives topics as an ATF representative in many different venues to include numerous state and local public officials, the ATF National Academy, the National Fire Academy and the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungry.

In 2012, Chris was promoted to a Supervisory ATF Special Agent over the Kansas City Field Division’s Intelligence Group.  He retired from ATF in 2014 to take a position with Watch House International as the Senior Vice President of Origin and Cause.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).

 

Lee Loftis - SVP, Sales and Strategy

Lee joined Watch House in October 2013 to direct and oversee the launch of The S.A.F.E. Approach, a workplace violence prevention training program built specifically for hospitals. Currently his primary focus for The S.A.F.E. Approach is the Texas healthcare market.

Prior to joining Watch House Lee was a commercial real estate broker for 13 years in Dallas Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a BA in Economics.

 

Donald Fuhr - Operations and Marketing

Major Fuhr (ret.) has 25 years of distinguished police experience. He has extensive experience in operating in crisis environments and has provided police instruction in a variety of police related topics to law enforcement officers across the United States and other countries including: Haiti, Egypt, Tanzania, Yemen, Bosnia–Herzegovina and Indonesia. His training background includes but is not limited to SWAT tactical operations, supervision and management; use of force; less lethal devices and tactics; firearms and civil disorder management.

 

Mike Owen – Training Director

Sergeant Owen (ret.) served nearly 27 years on a municipal law enforcement agency. Within the organization, he served in a variety of supervisory positions including the Inspections and Internal Affairs Unit, the Violent Crimes Unit and the Special Response Team.

A significant portion of Mike’s career has been committed to police training. He has extensive experience in training and security operations both nationally and internationally. Additionally, he speaks to citizen groups about safety and security within their homes, schools, churches and businesses.

Mike’s focus at Watch House is as program manager of our successful workplace violence mitigation training program; The S.A.F.E. Approach™, lead trainer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Personal Safety Course and other law enforcement and emergency management endeavors.

 

Charles Baisey – Training Development Director

As the company’s Director of Business Development, Mr. Baisey brings over 23 years of Naval service, electrical engineering expertise, and functional knowledge of deep-sea diving and submersible operations. His role as Vice President of Operations and Business development for a telecommunications firm has established his ability to perform at the highest standards. His recent tenure at the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) established his expertise in the development and delivery of training to the adult learner.

 

Peggy Yoder – Administration/Accounts Receivable

Ms. Yoder was the Director of Volunteers for a Cancer Radiation Center that included 4 sites Statewide. As well as a Director of Volunteers of a larger regional hospital that included over 1,000 volunteers, 2 gift shops and 2 Statewide annual fund raising events. Prior to those positions, Mrs. Yoder was a junior high school English teacher with 15 years of experience in the classroom.