The following key individuals make up Signal 88 Security's executive teams. Each has been selected specifically for their talent, vision, and experience. Together, they work to re-engineer the security industry and, most importantly, ensure our clients an exceptional experience.
Reed Nyffeler, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Reed Nyffeler oversees the overall direction and vision of Signal 88 as well as all branding, organizational and international initiatives. Reed and Shea Degan met in 2007 and developed the idea of the transformation of Shea’s local Omaha security company into a successful franchise concept. In 2007, Signal 88 Franchise Group, Inc. was born and Reed was charged with developing strategies to exponentially expand the Signal 88 Security footprint nationally in all aspects of the business. Reed received a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Communications. He then went on to be the Regional Sales Manager at Black & Decker in the Midwest. Taking his experiences, he became the National Sales Executive for a prominent holiday lighting distributor and developed the distributorship program, before moving on to Signal 88.
Hank Pfeiffer, Chief Operating Officer
Hank Pfeiffer joined the Signal 88 Security team in 2014. Hank oversees all company operations, including leadership and management of the entire team in order to implement all company initiatives. Prior to joining Signal 88, Hank spent 16 years as the Chief Operating Officer of a building products manufacturer and distributor. Prior to that Hank spent 10 years as a corporate finance and business law attorney representing a wide variety of private and publicly traded companies. Hank brings a passion for serving customers, building strong corporate teams and improving corporate operations for the benefit of all involved.
Laura Vodvarka, Vice President of Administration
Laura Vodvarka joined Signal 88 in 2007 and oversee’s the technology, corporate training, human resources, and administrative departments. Laura graduated from Creighton University with a B.S.B.A. in both Marketing and Spanish. Throughout her career, she worked for a marketing research firm and then moved onto marketing and auditing at a prominent holiday lighting distributor. Laura joined Signal 88 in its early stages to help administer the Signal 88 Omaha location in order to learn the concept and in turn to help develop the Franchise Group model & supporting documents. Laura brings a wide array of experience within almost every function of the Signal 88 model and franchisor entity as well as a passion for improving our communities through organization and training.
Kevin Jones, Vice President of Business Operations
Kevin Jones joined Signal 88 Security in 2014. He is responsible for both the Business Development and Business Performance teams. Kevin has over 28 years of diverse business experience spanning several industries starting from his days at Price Waterhouse Coopers to his most recent experience as the Finance Director for a large hospital system in Nebraska. His other business experiences include managing all retail locations for Verizon Wireless in Kansas and Missouri. He also served as General Manager for the Nebraska markets of Cricket Wireless, including all launch and operational activities for both company-owned stores and dealer locations. At both Verizon and Cricket, his markets, stores, and dealers were among the top performers in the country.
Mary Groff, Vice President of Finance and Accounting Mary Groff joined the Signal 88 team in the spring of 2014 and oversees the Accounting, Billing and Payroll Departments. Mary is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and has been a CPA for over 25 years. She worked 5 years at a public accounting firm, where she gained experience in the audit and tax departments. She went on to be Controller and General Manager for a company in the health care industry. Prior to joining Signal 88, Mary spent 15 years as the Controller, then Chief Financial Officer of a company that manufactured and distributed building products in the US and Canada.
Nathan Haffke, Vice President of Franchise Development
joined Signal 88 in 2014 and oversees the expansion of the Signal 88 brand by
employing a mutual evaluation process that matches quality prospective business
owners with the Signal 88 Vision, Mission and business systems . Nathan
graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a BBA in
Management and Statistics. He later graduated from the M.J. Neeley School
of Business at Texas Christian University with an MBA focusing on the
franchising industry. Since February of 2008, Nathan holds the Certified
Franchise Executive Designation (CFE) from the International Franchise
Association (IFA). Over the past 20 years, Nathan has worked in both Franchise
Operations and Franchise Development for multiple home service brands.
Ryan Loneman, Vice President and General Counsel Ryan Loneman serves as our Vice President and General Counsel. Ryan oversees our legal department and is responsible for developing and driving our strategic and tactical legal initiatives. Ryan is passionate about partnering with our franchisees and customers, creating entrepreneurial success stories, and doing things the right way. Prior to joining Signal 88 in 2015, Ryan was a corporate attorney with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, where he represented a number of private and publicly traded companies in corporate governance matters and complex corporate transactions, including securities offerings, proxy contests, acquisitions, and sales. A proud Nebraska native, Ryan is a graduate of Stanford Law School (J.D., with distinction) and Creighton University (B.S.B.A. Finance and Philosophy, summa cum laude).
Shea & Janet Degan
In 2003, Shea Degan and his wife, Janet, founded a local security company, Signal 88 Security, in Omaha, NE. Shea worked as deputy sheriff for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in the Road Patrol Division and K9 Interdiction Unit for nearly 10-years. The company name, Signal 88 Security, was selected because "Signal 88" is Nebraska police code for, "situation secure".
Combining Shea's criminal justice education, 10-years of security, and nearly 12-years of law enforcement experience with three agencies, the company was created in response to the increasing security needs of Omaha businesses. Through Shea's leadership and vision, Signal 88 Security evolved into a cutting-edge security business. His vision for Signal 88 Security is to become the world leader and the industry standard for private security.