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Glos dynasty continues at Vigilant

Son of current president to take over in 2015


After searching across the country for its next president, a Tigard company has opted to hire the son of its current president.

Derek Glos will take the reins at Vigilant, a company started by his grandfather 54 years ago, the company announced last week.

Vigilant helps companies — particularly in the wood products and manufacturing industries — deal with complex laws surrounding labor and employment, human resources, safety, workers compensation and benefit plans, and organizational development. Derek Glos

Derek Glos becomes the company’s fourth president. He is the third member of his family to hold the job. His grandfather Karl Glos founded the company in 1960.

Derek Glos’ father, Rodger Glos, has been president at Vigilant for 27 years. Rodger Glos led the company to double its annual revenue, rising from $3.4 million to $8 million each year, earned a reputation as one of the best employer organizations in the country and expanded its staff to 50 employees spread across five states, about half of which work out of its Tigard headquarters.

John Sahlberg, chairman of the company’s board of directors, said that despite the Glos family’s history with the company, the decision came after a nationwide search.

“The board’s executive committee unanimously agreed that Derek exceeded our already high expectations and gave us great confidence that he is the clear choice to lead Vigilant into the future,” Sahlberg said. 

Derek Glos is the company’s vice president of operations, overseeing its Oregon and California teams.

In a statement on the company’s website, Derek Glos said his focus will be to build on the strong foundation his father made.

“Rodger Glos leaves a legacy of financial vitality, strong values, great reputation and an exceptional staff at Vigilant,” Derek Glos said. “We will continue to build on that foundation to promote growth and innovation for our employees and to all the great employers Vigilant serves now and in the future."

Derek Glos will take the helm on Jan. 1, 2015.

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