Hi, I’m Breanna. A few years ago, I was sitting in my living room one night watching the local news with my family when a story aired that broke my heart. It was about a woman who was assaulted while running on a trail right by my house—one I had run alone many times before. This was not the first time I had heard such a story. And, I began to wonder if I was safe running in my own neighborhood.
In the news report, law enforcement advised runners to not wear headphones and always go out with a partner. Although the advice was sound, these measures didn’t seem like an acceptable solution. After all, I enjoy my music—it allows me to clear my head, and provides a sense of escape. In a split second, I begin to wonder…Does a device exist that alerts me of someone approaching from behind so that I can still listen to music and run solo? I searched far and wide, but didn’t find a thing. Unwilling to sacrifice, I determined I’d better create a solution. And DefendSix was born.
Breanna, President and Co-Founder
As a wife and mother to three boys, running is a great way for me to clear my head and keep my health a priority.
As I run, I do so while looking over my shoulder, with the fear I may not know when someone is approaching me from behind. Defend Six will give me a sense of security and allow me to continue to enjoy my music while wearing my headphones. Keeping women safe is paramount for me. As I continue through this journey, I would like to use my resources in protecting women around the world. I am hoping, Defend Six will also give me the platform I need to protect and rescue women and young girls who have fallen victim to sex trafficking. My vision for Defend Six goes much further than a running device. I hope to have longevity as an entrepreneur and truly live to make a difference.
Derek, Chief Engineer and Co-Founder
Having earned multiple Mechanical and Electrical engineering degrees up through my Ph.D., I’ve spent over a decade innovating technologies that improve situational awareness through embedded sensing systems and applied electromagnetics. I came to the team through my friendship with Breanna, and helped prove out her vision by developing our flagship product, DefendSix. My passion to improve lives motivates me to innovate groundbreaking technologies that deliver a wide range of new capabilities. Not much of a runner, I love that DefendSix can be used as a warning system in so many ways—like monitoring through a closed office door for when the boss is approaching and one might be napping!
Pat, Business Development
In 1985, at age 21, I founded NebArk Courier, Inc. Over the course of 15 years, the company grew to be the largest independent freight company in New Mexico before being sold in 2000. Having ownership and interest in various ventures from retail to financial services, investing, advising and growing startups is a passion. It is important that the Defend Six device makes it to market and I am honored to be involved.