It is not business as usual at the Taurean Corp, a local cyber security firm, founded by Jeff Jaime and cofounder Jeff Hunter in 2008.
Employees participating in a team building activity.
Taurean’s business model is based on the book The Dream Manager written by Matthew Kelly. The Dream Manager is a position within a company who helps employees fulfill their personal dreams.
“The whole idea behind the book is that a company cannot become the best version of itself unless its people are first striving to become the best versions of themselves. And the way you become the best version of you is when you achieve your personal [not business] hopes and dreams in life. When you start achieving them, you become a better version of you. As a result, the company becomes a better version of itself. We are more productive at work when we are happier and more fulfilled in our personal lives,” said Jaime.
With less than 50 employees, Taureans have access to a Dream Manager who meets with them to identify their dreams and develop a plan to achieve them.
Dreams of employees range from taking an Alaskan cruise, learning to play the piano, and visiting a foreign country.
One employee fulfilled his lifelong dream of taking his parents back to their homeland of Vietnam.
He described it as amazing experience and one that would not have been possible without the support of the company and the dream manager.
Another differentiating factor at Taurean is that they work hard to foster a strong company culture and one that is protected at all costs.
“Our culture here at Taurean is two-fold. One part is focused on serving others and participating in community service projects. The other is focused on cyber defense and being the best at what we do,” said cofounder Jeff Hunter.
Taurean specializes in providing Cyber Defense services and general support to defense and intelligence operations, ranging from developing custom software applications to building secure networks.
Taurean primarily works with government contracts, with an extensive focus on delivering tailored cyber defensive capabilities in high capacity networks.
However, taking time away from work to focus on family and community is essential to Taurean’s culture. Employees receive four hours each week with pay to participate in a community service project of their choice.
“Giving back to the community is what we are all about. Our mantra is ‘find work, create jobs, and change lives.’ When we give to those who are less fortunate, we give them a sense of hope in a hopeless situation. This sense of hope can and often changes the course of their lives,” said Jaime.
This holiday season, Taurean participated in the Angel Tree prison ministry, where they bought, wrapped and delivered over 160 gifts to over 40 homes where one or both parents are incarcerated.
“The opportunity for our company to work with the Angel Tree initiative was undoubtedly transformative in many ways. It gave us a powerful example of how we could execute our company core value to ‘Give Back’ and have some amazing stories to share for many years to come,” Jaime explained.
Taurean also frequently supports a local children’s home in Boerne called Meadowland. Meadowland is a haven for children who suffered from physical and emotional abuse at home. Here they receive food and shelter, education, and therapy until the state can place them in foster care or adoption in a permanent home.
“This Christmas, we did something we have never done before with the Meadowland kids. We provided supplies and set up stations so the kids could make items to donate to the community,” said Taurean employee Sonia Escalante.
The kids helped tie the fringe on fleece blankets that they donated to the Boerne fire department, Boerne Police Officer’s Association, and Kendall County Women’s Shelter. They also had a cookie station, bracelet making station, and picture frame making station.
“We wanted to give the children an opportunity to give back to their community. By doing this, they were able to see that there are others who are less fortunate and need help too,” said Escalante.
The children also assembled cookies in packages donated to Taking it to the Streets ministry, a faith-based organization who provide meals, clothing and other services to the homeless in San Antonio and surrounding areas.
In addition to community service, Taurean is also very involved in education.
Several Taurean employees serve on school committees at the Texas Military Institute and Fabra Elementary.
Taurean has hosted several Cyber Patriot events where students interested in the cyber/IT industry get together and practice finding and eliminating security threats in network security systems.
“We want to get kids interested and involved in cyber defense at an early age because they are the future leaders and in years to come we will rely on them to help defend and protect our nation,” said Jaime.
For the past three years, Taurean has ranked as one of the best places to work in San Antonio.
Jaime admits that the company is still evolving and not quite where he wants it to be, but that it continues to make progress and change lives in the process.
“We keep striving to go further and faster with our client work, always being cognizant of the impact we can make on those we come in contact with. Like Maya Angelou says, people will rarely remember what you did for them, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”