Our Team

Brad Garland

Owner | President | CEO

Brad is responsible for defining the vision, strategic execution and managing all business development activities for Vala Secure. He brings 19 years of experience on security and compliance across multiple industries. He graduated from The University of North Texas with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Computer Science. Brad’s married, with three daughters, and loves soccer, golf and anything tech.

Have you been told you look like someone famous?

"Yes, a few times, Ben Affleck. My wife doesn't see it."
Best movie of all time?

"Oceans Eleven"
If you could visit anywhere in the world....?

"Necker Island - knocks off 2 from bucket list. Private island and meeting Richard Branson."

Henry Garland

Chairman | Business Development

Henry founded the company in 1981 and has directed the company through many phases from mainframe development to security and compliance services. His experience is in managing large software installation projects, information systems reviews, new application system design, programming, data center re-organization and restaffing. Currently, he is responsible for consulting with financial organizations on Core software changes and advises on contract negotiations for renewals.

Best movie of all time?

"Forest Gump"
If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to play you?"

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robison"
What makes you laugh?

"Kids....of all ages!"

Heath Stanley

Virtual Compliance Division Director

Heath has been with Vala Secure since 2006 helping clients with Cybersecurity, IT audits, Vendor Management, Business Continuity Planning, End User Training and more. He has a finance degree from Texas Tech University where he graduated Cum Laude and currently holds a CISA, CISSP and C|CISO certifications. He also serves on the Vala Secure leadership team helping develop strategies to deliver to Vala Secure clients and prospects.

What is your favorite room in the house?

"Can't beat backyard in the Summertime! I can relax, grill and spend time with friends and family."
Have you been told you look like someone famous?

"Girard Butler's chunky cousin."
What is your favorite food as a child?"

Corny dogs....only at the Texas State Fair."

Dan Nerada

Enterprise Operations Director

Dan is responsible for managing all Operations for Vala Secure including scheduling, reporting, logistics, accounting and HR. He has a degree in Bank Management and numerous AIB and BAI certifications along with over 25 years of commercial banking experience. He also serves on the Garland Heart leadership team helping develop strategies to deliver to Garland Heart clients and prospects.

What is your favorite room in the house?

"Kitchen...all the gatherings seem to end up there"
What was your favorite childhood food?

"My mom's Chicken Fried Steak!"
What makes you laugh?"

Seeing my family laugh and having a good time."

Laura Varner

Compliance Strategist

Laura is responsible for delighting our clients with her Virtual Compliance Officer services. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University Commerce with a B.A. in Political Science. She has 20+ years of previous experience in Banking Compliance including compliance management, auditing, training, board reporting and working with regulatory examiners. Laura holds CRCM, CRP, and CAMS certifications.

What is your favorite room in the house?

"The Kitchen....lots of good memories are made there!"
If you were a car, what kind would you be?

"Jaguar XJ - it looks so fun to drive!"
Have you been told you look like someone famous?

"When I was younger, Jaclyn Smith from Charlie's Angels. I think it was he 70s big hair and wings!".

Kristen Johnstone

Operations Assistant

Kristin is responsible for handling many of the behind the scene details at Vala Secure. She attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

If you were a car, what would you be?

"Black Ford Mustang. That was my first car and we were perfect for each other."
What is your favorite room in the house?

"The front porch. It's peaceful."
What makes you laugh?

"A lot of different things. I particularly like puns."

Jaime Garza

Security Advisor

Jaime is responsible for delighting our clients with his Compliance & Vendor Management services. He is a graduate of Saint Leo University and maintains 5 Government Certifications. He has previous experience with the United States Navy/Retired, DSS Counter Intelligence and Cyber Investigator for Citi Bank. He is a member of the USA Athlete for the Invictus games with a gold medal win in Discus in 2016.

Best movie of all time? "Kung Pow"
If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you? "Matt Damon in a comedy about my life."
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? "Mount Doom and destroy the One Ring and bring peace back to Middle-Earth."

Austin Bynum

Director of Cybersecurity and Compliance

Austin has been working in the network and security space for 19 years. After 14 years managing Information Technology and Security in banking, Austin left the financial industry and joined Vala Secure. He decided to bring his years of banking and security experience into the audit and testing realm. He now heads the Cybersecurity and Compliance department of Vala Secure where he works daily with clients to help them better position themselves against the ever increasing threats in the cybersecurity landscape as well stay compliant.

What is your favorite room in the house? "The Kitchen..it is where the food is!"
Have you been told you look like someone famous? "Yes, Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption."
What makes you laugh? "Smart people doing stupid things and great stand up!"

Dan Irvin

Chief Operating Officer

Dan joined Vala Secure in 2016 to help grow the Enterprise through establishing the right people, services, and processes. His background is in Business Management and Education. Married with 2 young children, Dan strives to be the best husband and father he can be and loves watching football.

Best movie of all time? "Rudy...a football movie classic!"
Favorite meal as a child? "Growing up in the mid-west, we were a meat and potatoes type of family. Hands down favorite meal is mom's meatloaf!"
Favorite room in the house? "Media room for family movie night or Saturday football games!"

Karl Wood

Security Advisor

Karl is a Security Advisor for Vala Secure delighting our customers and helping them with IT Audit and Security testing. He currently holds the CISA and Sec+.

What is your favorite movie of all time? "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"
Favorite room in the house.... "Kitchen..I enjoy cooking and eating!"
Best part of your job. "The team I work with, meeting new people and always learning."

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