We are an innovative entrepreneurial team who loves what we do.
Whistic simplifies how businesses assess, publish, and share security documentation with customers and vendors. The Whistic Vendor Security Network accelerates the vendor assessment process by enabling buyers to access and evaluate a vendor’s Whistic Profile and create trusted connections that last well beyond the initial point-in-time assessment. Additionally, Whistic facilitates zero-touch assessments via the Whistic Trust Catalog which contains security information for more than 35,000 businesses.
Make security your competitive advantage and join businesses like Airbnb, Okta, Betterment, Vonage, and Qualtrics who are leveraging Whistic to modernize their vendor security programs.
2021 Fastest Growing Company #236
2021 Emerging Elite
Fastest Growing Startup #5
2019 CrowdConfidence™ Scoring Algorithm
2019 Finalist for “Best Emerging Technology”
2019 Competition Winner
2019 Startup Competition Winner
2017 Technology Grant Winner
2017 Awards Winner
2016 “Best Enterprise Startup”
Nick is a repeat entrepreneur and he loves solving important customer problems, particularly when they have global reach and significant industry tailwinds.
Prior to Whistic Nick co-founded a SaaS Platform at the intersection of the healthcare and financial services markets, which served thousands of customers, automating archaic workflows for providers and helping patients obtain access to treatment. After five years of growth, the company had a successful exit to a leading fintech marketplace.
Nick’s first startup adventure began during his senior year at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, when he served as a member of the founding management team at a startup responsible for pioneering a new category within the outdoor gear and apparel industry. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, it’s likely that you’ve used one of these products on your latest expedition.
Nick lives in Utah with his wife and 4 young children. On a typical weekend, you can find them enjoying time together in the beautiful mountains, lakes and trails near their home.
After graduating from college, Juan joined numerous startups in the Los Angeles area, specifically focusing on the early stages of what we now know as SEO. During that time, Juan established himself as a seasoned engineer and learned the ins-and-outs of running a company.
In 2011, a large eCommerce company approached Juan, and he and his family relocated to Salt Lake City. Juan quickly began managing multiple teams and spearheading important projects, such as the company’s first ever public API and their Bitcoin integration. Ultimately, Juan was promoted to Manager and Architect of Internal Infrastructure teams before his departure to begin his entrepreneurial journey.
Juan went on to co-found a peer-to-peer recreational vehicles rental platform. The venture proved to be exactly what Juan had been looking for; an opportunity to grow a business from the ground up. The experience permitted him to personally dive into sales, marketing, customer service and most importantly analyzing the technology he had developed. After having dedicated a year to this work, he felt that the enterprise space was a better fit for his talents, so he moved on to start Whistic.
Juan lives in Sandy, Utah with his wife and kids. He doesn't believe in "down time," so if he isn't coaching his son's robotics team or children's soccer teams, he is mastering the art of grilling.
Director, People and Culture
Emily is a teacher by nature, an attorney by training, and an HR professional by design. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Emily taught high school Spanish for two years in the heart of Dallas, TX, where she learned just how passionate she was about working with people as well as how to incorporate "y'all" into her vocabulary. Following her teaching experience, she pursued law school at Brigham Young University, subsequently practicing labor and employment law at a firm in Minneapolis, MN. It was during this time of working closely with HR leadership that she recognized how her legal background and love of working with people could intersect. She soon transitioned into working in-house at multiple large companies in an HR capacity, supporting management and employees alike.
In the colder months, Emily enjoys watching college and professional football (Go Packers!), and when it's warm, you'll find her walking the golf course with her husband. Emily also enjoys party games with friends, cooking and baking, and reading historical fiction.
VP Finance & Operations
Deeply passionate about helping people and companies succeed. Excited about technology, mentorship, building feedback-oriented cultures, and challenging the status quo. Thrive on creating and contributing to inclusive communities. Energized by strategizing growth opportunities.
Marine Veteran. Husband. Father.
Tom has many years of experience working with SaaS software, and has worked with global companies in several industries. He’s been responsible for business results across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. He believes that metrics are essential to making complex decisions for any company, but equally important is the ability to motivate those around you and to multiply their talents.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from the University of Utah.
He’s been married for more than half of his life and has 5 children. Tom enjoys many hobbies, including motorcycles, fountain pens and playing guitar in a working band.
Ben Stokes is the global vice president of sales for Whistic. He brings more than 23 years of sales and executive management experience, growing and scaling both emerging and Fortune 500 technology companies.
Ben has an extensive information security sales background from his time leading Proofpoint’s #1 selling division in Canada, N. America, and LATAM, to his time expanding Proofpoint’s relationship with large VAR’s such as CDW, Fishnet/Accuvant, and SHI.
Ben began his career as an entrepreneur where he successfully founded and led two large organizations through successful exits, and brings a myriad of mixed industry experience to the Whistic leadership team.
Duane loves building great software products and has held product leadership roles at both startup and large software companies. At Ivanti, he led product strategy, supporting a rapid company expansion through both organic growth and acquisition. Throughout his career, he has launched products in many different markets, including asset, endpoint, identity, security, service and workflow.
Whether on calls, in person or speaking at events around the globe, he is passionate about creating products that make customers wildly successful.
Duane loves spending time with his family, which has translated to supporting many high school activities and coaching youth sports. While he has traveled all over the world, he still believes that nothing is better than a week at Lake Powell with his family, skiing a glassy water ski course!
VP Business Development and Partnerships
Sunil D'Souza is the Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at Whistic. He has been building enterprise partnerships since 2008. He has worked with global companies like Medallia and Poly (previously Plantronics) as well as smaller organizations like LLamasoft (acquired by Coupa) and Viscom. Sunil has experience building and scaling Tech, ISV, Management Consulting, Developer, and GSI partnerships and focuses on revenue growth.
Sunil has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University (Go Tigers!). He loves to play his guitar, hike, coach youth sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer), and spend time on the beach. He has a loving wife and two athletic daughters.
Karl Ford has worked in high tech his entire career and has watched Utah become the high-tech incubator and showcase of software success it is today. He has held engineering leadership roles in everything from startups to global category leaders with products ranging from business applications to content security and fintech. After beginning his career as a software developer, he found his true passion leading teams, developing technical talent, and helping organizations engineer products that will establish them as leaders in their markets.
He is an avid golfer, the guy who can fix anything, and a doting dad and “papa” who loves making dinner for his family every Sunday. After many years playing and coaching sports (not to mention a couple of ACL replacements), he is now content to spectate from the comfort of his living room with his wife.
VP Security & Compliance
Jake is a technology leader with significant experience in funding rounds, delivering security transformation and building best in class security functions.
Passionate, innovative & pragmatic with an understanding of what makes businesses tick and how to take them from start up or growth phase to enterprise level security capabilities, opening doors to new customers and opportunities along the way.
Director of Analytics
Over 20 years of experience in information security management, architecture, incident handling, and reverse engineering advanced persistent threats.
Eight years experience in business consulting in large enterprise and startup environments with a focus in cloud computing, operations research, strategic marketing and sales optimization.
Background in applied statistics and artificial intelligence with an emphasis in unsupervised learning, classification modeling, and deep learning.
MBA from Colorado State University with specialization in quantitative analysis. Currently completing graduate work at Northwestern University.
Director of Technical Programs
Whistic is backed by some of the world's leading investors who share our vision for the impact we can make on the world of proactive vendor security.