Zehirut International, founded as part of Zehirut Group in 2011 in Florida, is comprised of five companies that operate in Latin America.

Zehirut was founded in 1997 by Fernando Tapias Diaz who was inspired by the work ethics and knowledge of his father General (Ret) Fernando Tapias Stahelin, former Colombian Joint Chief of Staff. Rapidly, Zehirut became one of the most influential security companies in Latin America. Today, we are operating out of six strategically located offices across the region.

Over the years, Zehirut has provided groundbreaking expertise to governments and corporations. We provide security risk management, crisis response, intelligence, training, secure logistics, and cyber security analysis to government entities and private customers. As regional leaders in the field, Zehirut adheres to the highest standards of quality, ethics, and integrity.


To contribute to the strengthening of our clients’ projects in the U.S. and overseas by satisfying their security needs through the provision of high-quality services. We support our costumers’ operations by designing, planning, and implementing reliable, practical, and innovative solutions.

Our initiatives and services help our customers to:

  • Safeguard their people, assets and profitability
  • Provide timely information to support critical decision-making to counter threats and security risks.
  • Develop the required skills of their personnel to adequately fulfill their mission.
  • Provide competent and reliable personnel that meets their expectations


To be well-known in the field of security, recognized for the quality and effectiveness of our services, adaptability, and suitability as well as the reliability of our staff.

Core Values


Success is constantly striving to deliver superior services and results to our clients. To deliver the highest standard solution, we aim to fully understand our customer’s needs, desires, and challenges. We offer measurable security that remains always open to improvement.


We always act honestly and ethically. We demonstrate professionalism in all our actions and conversations. We treat each person with dignity and respect.


We take our responsibility seriously and bring superior standards of security in all we do. Security does not occur by chance: it is the result of the careful design and planning of safety measures and the meticulous implementation of safety procedures.


We are proud of the work and the business that we conduct, that’s why we work hard to meet our goals. Whatever we do, we do it with dedication, passion, and a positive attitude.


We are innovative and creative. Our leadership as a company is founded on the talent and ingenuity of our employees. Seeing change as an opportunity to create alternative security solutions, we constantly seek new solutions and better practices.


We treat one another with respect and take pride in the significant contributions that come from the diversity of individuals and ideas. We cooperate as a team to achieve common goals and openly share knowledge and information while always showing concern and support for each other.


We take pride in the diversity of our team and in the everyday knowledge, experience, and dedication that they bring to the table to provide the very best service to our clients.

Our Team

  • Fernando Tapias Diaz

    Fernando Tapias is the founder and CEO of Zehirut Group. An entrepreneur from an early age...

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    Chief Executive Officer
  • Olga Tapias

    Olga Tapias is the chief financial officer (CFO) of Zehirut. She is responsible for the company’s financial functions including accounting, audit, treasury and …

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    Chief Financial Officer
  • Richard Quiles

    Richard Quiles is Chief Operating Officer of Zehirut International, where he has made business development his top priority and a vigorous focus on …

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    Chief Operating Officer
  • Zvika Haimovich

    Brigadier General Zvika Haimovich, former Israel Air Defense Forces Commander, served for 33 years in the IDF and is now an independent consultant …

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    Air Defense Consultant
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