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2010 Key Player Spotlight

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NIE’s Key Player Spotlight serves as a “Who’s Who” of industry members, representing a sampling of the wealth of talent in the dietary supplement and nutrition industry. Manufacturers supplied the information in this section to facilitate networking among members of this fast-paced and vibrant industry.

ADH Health Products, Inc.

Name: Advani, Ashwin

Title: Director, Business Development

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Leads a cross-functional management team and is responsible for co-development and execution of innovative strategies across the functional areas of marketing/sales and new business development

Most Recent Prior Employment: Senior leadership role at a multinational technology firm

Education/Degree(s): BS, Management and Software Engineering; MS, Management

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, travel

 

Name: Advani, Balu

Title: Founder and President

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Leads continuing development of contract manufacturing operation

Awards/Distinctions: Founder of two charitable foundations and one multicultural organization; holds seats on the boards of directors of the Red Cross (Rockland County Chapter) and of the Rockland Economic Development Council; selected as a member of the 1997 Delegation to China for New York State Business Development; invited to the White House twice for NAFTA briefings

Education/Degree(s): BSc, Pharmacy

Hobbies/Interests: Yoga instructor

 

Aloecorp

Name: Barrie, Jeff

Title: Eastern Regional Sales Manager

E-Mail: jeff@aloecorp.com

Phone: (603) 352-0650

Years at Company: 12

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales

Professional Memberships: Society of Cosmetic Chemists; International Aloe Science Council Board

Education/Degree(s): BS; MS

DOB: 12/3/48

 

Name: Smith, Bob

Title: Western Sales Manager

E-Mail: bsmith@aloecorp.com

Phone: (303) 920-7414

Years at Company: 10

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: All sales in West

Most Recent Prior Employment: Scan Optics

Education/Degree(s): BSBA University of Denver

Hobbies/Interests: Photography

DOB: 11/24/43

 

 

Alpha Packaging

Name: Baily, Jack

Title: Vice President, Sales

Number of Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for sales and marketing of Alpha Packaging products in each of the industry segments it serves; identifies key sales opportunities with existing customers for Alpha’s new decorating capabilities

Most Recent Prior Employment: Seaquist Perfect Dispensing

Professional Memberships: NACD Advisory Council

Education/Degree(s): Iowa State University

 

Name: Creston, Dan

Title: Chief Operating Officer

Number of Years at Company: 23

Areas of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for daily business operations at all five Alpha manufacturing locations; evaluates a variety of growth opportunities, including acquisitions of new plants, machinery and product lines, to complement existing capabilities

Education/Degree(s): Grove City College

 

Name: Spence, Dave

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer

Number of Years at Company: 25

Areas of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Oversees growth opportunities in new markets; evaluates new technologies and complementary services to meet customers’ needs; added container decorating services through the acquisition of Technigraph Corporation, which will help better serve key customers in the personal care industry

Professional Memberships: Young Presidents Organization; Regional Business Council (St. Louis, MO); board member of The Magic House, Legacy Packaging and Reliance Bank

Education/Degree(s): University of Missouri, Columbia

 

American Custom Drying

Name: McFarland, Paul

Title: General Manager

E-Mail: mcfarland@109elbow.com

Phone: (609) 387-3933

Years at Company: 14

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Spray drying

Noteworthy Project With Company: Scale-up of dozens of nutrition industry products

Most Recent Prior Employment: Process Research Products, Trenton, NJ

Professional Memberships: American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Education/Degree(s): BS, Chemical Engineering

Hobbies/Interests: Football, golf

DOB: 1/6/73

 

Name: Thomas, Neil

Title: Operations Manager

E-Mail: thomas@109elbow.com

Phone: (609) 326-6006

Years at Company: 3

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Coordinate with customers (existing and new) to schedule/design processes (both wet blending and spray drying)

Noteworthy Project With Company: Designed a new process and bought equipment to meet a customer’s requirement to change a process from batch to continuous

Most Recent Prior Employment: The Hartz Mountain Corporation

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)

Hobbies/Interests: Reading on current events, spending time with his kids

DOB: 5/30/75

 

 

American International Chemical, Inc.

Name: Murray, Scott D.

Title: Nutritional Ingredients Development Manager

E-Mail: sdm@aicma.com

Phone: (800) 238-0001 x1837

Years at Company: 13

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Customer fortification recommendations of functional foods, beverages, and nutraceuticals; strongest in use of minerals in fortification projects

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Responsible for successful marketing and growth of various vitamin and mineral product lines

Education/Degree(s): BS, Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, College of Food & Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Hobbies/Interests: Science, parenting, scuba diving, motorcycles

DOB: 8/16/68

 

Name: Rodwin, Lisa

Title: Product Manager

E-Mail: lr@aicma.com

Phone: (800) 270-1800

Years at Company: Joined June 2010

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Vitamins and other functional ingredients

Most Recent Prior Employment: Tempo Canada Inc.

 

Name: Warnock, Sean

Title: Nutritional Ingredients Development Manager

E-Mail: sw@aicma.com

Phone: (800) 238-0001

Years at Company: 3

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Functional foods and nutraceuticals

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Managed the introduction of new ingredient lines at AIC resulting in sales increases in excess of $2.3M

Most Recent Prior Employment: Mitsubishi International Food Ingredients

Education/Degree(s): BS and MS, Food Science, Ohio State University

 

AnMar International Ltd.

Name: Griswold, Khrysty

Title: Customer Service Representative

E-Mail: griswold@anmarint.com

Phone: (203) 336-8330

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales support and customer service

Most Recent Prior Employment: Red Bull North America

Awards/Distinctions: Phi Sigma and Tri Beta Biological Honor Societies

Education/Degree(s): BS, Biology, minor, Chemistry, Quinnipiac University

Hobbies/Interests: Cycling, running, volleyball

DOB: 11/1/87

 

Name: Pollard, Alan

Title: Vice President of Sales and Marketing

E-Mail: pollard@anmarint.com

Phone: (201) 924-9113

Years at Company: 5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales and marketing

Education/Degree(s): BA, history

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, swimming, softball

DOB: 10/20/54

 

Name: Vasudevan, Gayathri

Title: Manager, Quality Assurance and Regulatory

E-Mail: vasuderan@anmarint.com

Phone: (203) 336-8330

Years at Company: 2

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Quality assurance, technical

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Standard operating procedures – training and implementation

Education/Degree(s): MS, Applied Physics, Columbia University

Hobbies/Interests: yoga, meditation, reading

DOB: 6/6/63

 

Ayush Herbs Inc.

Name: Sodhi, Shailinder

Title: President

E-Mail: shailinder@ayush.com

Phone: (425) 637-1400

Years at Company: 20+

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Herbal supplements

Professional Memberships: AANP, AHPA, NPA

Awards/Distinctions: 2009 Ministry of Commerce Award, India

Education/Degree(s): ND, Bastyr University

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, spending time with family

DOB: 10/25/63 

 

Best Formulations

Name: Koon, Robin C.

Title: Senior Vice President

E-Mail: robin@bestformulations.com

Phone: (626) 912-9998

Years at Company: 8

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales, operations, formulation (R&D), quality

Noteworthy Project With Company: Development of vegetarian softgels; development of the best-absorbed CoQ10 softgel product

Most Recent Prior Employment: Puretek, Fedco Superstores, Merck

Professional Memberships: California Pharmacist Association (CPhA), CA Pharmacy License

Education/Degree(s): BS, MBA

Hobbies/Interests: Travel, music

DOB: 4/22/53

 

Name: Ung, Eugene

Title: CEO

E-Mail: eugene@bestformulations.com

Phone: (626) 912-9998

Years at Company: 13

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Strategic growth, finance, marketing, international opportunities

Education/Degree(s): BS, Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

 

BI Nutraceuticals

Name: Das, Rupa

Title: Vice President, Global Quality & Compliance

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for all aspects of quality and regulatory systems across all BI facilities; more than 18 years of quality and regulatory compliance management experience in the dietary supplement and personal care product industries; is a certified GMP auditor

Education/Degree(s): Master’s degree, Chemistry, New Mexico Highlands University; Bachelor’s degree (with honors), Chemistry, Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta, India

 

Name: Pontiakos, George

Title: President and CEO

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Oversees all aspects of operations for BI’s West and East Coast offices, and the Zuellig Group Nutrition and Ingredients, China; has wide-ranging experience in scaling geographically-dispersed global companies to maximize their ability to successfully compete in the marketplace

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree, Business Management, Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey

 

Name: Postelwait, Walter

Title: Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for the sales and marketing portfolios across all of BI’s business in the nutraceutical, custom blend, food and beverage markets; has extensive sales, marketing and operational management experience in the natural products, food and beverage industries

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree, Business Administration, California State University, Northridge; Specialized Management Training, IMD and INSEAD Universities

 

Chemi Nutra

Name: Hagerman, Scott

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer

Years at Company: 10

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Launching new business opportunities, strategic planning, sales and marketing management, human resource development

Most Recent Prior Employment: Vice President, Lucas Meyer (Decatur, IL)

Professional Memberships: CRN, IFT, AOCS, ISSN, ILPS, NSCA, ACSM, AOAC

Awards/Distinctions: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the     National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Education/Degree(s): BS, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN; MBA, Marketing, Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, IL

Hobbies/Interests: Weight training, personal training, bicycling, art

DOB: 10/28/54

 

Name: Kraemer, Blake

Title: Sales Manager

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales and marketing

Professional Memberships: CRN, IFT, AOCS, ISSN, ILPS, NSCA, ACSM, AOAC

Education/Degree(s): BA, Business Management, St. John’s University, MN

Hobbies/Interests: Athletics, outdoors, traveling, history

DOB: 10/5/83

 

Cyvex Nutrition, Inc.

Name: Gluck, Gilbert

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Years at Company: 26

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Food scientist responsible for business development and R&D

Professional Memberships: Institute of Food Technologists

Education/Degree(s): BS, Food Science, University of Toronto

Hobbies/Interests: Biking, reading, travel

DOB: 5/19/46

 

Name: Phillips, Matthew W.,

Title: President and Chief Operating Officer

Years at Company: 2

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales, marketing and operations

Most Recent Prior Employment: BI Nutraceuticals

Professional Memberships: NPA

Education/Degree(s): BA, International Business

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, snow skiing

DOB: 5/26

 

Deerland Enzymes, Inc.

Name: Burgess, Tod

Title: Vice President of Sales

E-Mail: todburgess@deerland-enzymes.com

Phone: (800) 697-8179

Years at Company: 11

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Build and supervise sales staff; assist in development of new products

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s of Science

Hobbies/Interests: Tennis, golf

DOB: 1/21/68

 

Name: Martin, Chris

Title: Vice President of Operations

Phone: (770) 919-8907

Years at Company: 2.5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Manufacturing, demand planning, purchasing, transportation and logistics

Most Recent Prior Employment: Cytec Industries

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s, Chemistry; Bachelor’s, Biology; MBA

DOB: 11/15/72

 

Name: Ravech, Scott

Title: CEO

E-Mail: sravech@deerland-enzymes.com

Phone: (770) 919-8407

Years at Company: 3

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Global P&L/operations

Professional Memberships: ETA

Education/Degree(s): BS, Biology, University of Massachusetts; MBA, Case Western

 

Embria Health Sciences

Name:Faganel, Paul R.

Title: President

E-Mail: pfaganel@embriahealth.com

Phone: (877) 362-7421

Years at Company: 6

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Spearheads strategic planning and business development efforts and oversees financial, legal, sales and marketing functions

Most Recent Prior Employment: Has dedicated more than a decade to Embria’s parent company, Diamond V Mills, a raw material manufacturing and research company, wherein he contributed to the establishment of Diamond V as a world leader in the agricultural animal nutrition industry; also initiated the research efforts that proved Diamond V’s products have safe and beneficial applications for human health, which led to the development of Embria Health Sciences

Professional Memberships:UNPA, CRN, Iowa Biotech Association, Executive Forums, Coast Guard Auxiliary

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Business Administration, University of Iowa

 

Name: Robinson, Larry E., PhD

Title: Vice President of Scientific Affairs

E-Mail:lrobinson@embriahealth.com

Phone: (877) 362-7421

Years at Company: 5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for the ongoing research and scientific studies of existing products as well as the research and development of potential new products; ensures that all Embria products are backed by solid science, proven efficacious and adhere to the strict quality standards that the company is known for providing

Most Recent Prior Employment: Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Zila Nutraceuticals, Inc., where he led efforts developing Ester-E and conducted all phases of research for Ester products

Professional Memberships:UNPA, CRN (member of Senior Scientific Advisory Council), Iowa Biotech Association, American Society for Nutrition

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree, Biology and Psychology (double majors), Master’s degree, Microbiology with Biochemistry minor, Auburn University; PhD in microbiology, Rutgers University; post-doctoral studies, University of Minnesota

 

Name: Thornton, Greg

Title: Vice President of Sales

E-Mail: gthornton@embriahealth.com

Phone: (877) 362-7421

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Grows both domestic and international sales, as well as maintaining the company’s existing relationships with distributors and customers; actively manages and assists in recruitment of distributors and sales agents; extensive knowledge and understanding of the human supplement and food industry has been key to his successful development of Embria’s relationships with new sales partners

Most Recent Prior Employment: North American Sales Manager at Kemin Health.

Professional Memberships:UNPA, CRN, Iowa Biotech Association

 

EPAX AS

Name: Hjaltason, Baldur

Title: Business Development and Sales Director

Years at Company: 9

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Working in the omega-3 field for more than 20 years; responsible for B2B sales and business development within the Asian and American markets

Most Recent Prior Employment: MD of Lysihf, Reyjavik, Iceland

Professional Memberships: ISSFAL

Awards/Distinctions: Board member of several active committees including the Global Organization for EPA and DHA omega-3 (GOED); has written several papers related to the omega-3 field

Education/Degree(s): BSC, Honors in Chemistry

 

Name: Refsum, Bjorn

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Market and product development, management

Most Recent Prior Employment: Stokke Group

Education/Degree(s): MS, Chemical Engineering

 

Name: Traberg, Gunilla

Title: Head of Marketing

Years at Company: 6

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Global Marketing

Most Recent Prior Employment: Frionor A/S, Norway

Awards/Distinctions: Member of GOED Communications Committee and Vitafoods International Steering Committee

Education/Degree(s): MS, Business Administration, Université Aix-Marseille; Certificat de langue Francaise

Hobbies/Interests: Horse riding, golf

 

 

ESM Technologies

Name: Haynes, Chris

Title: Director of Sales

E-Mail: chaynes@esmingredients.com

Phone: (417) 823-0883

Years at Company: 5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Management of sales team and customer connections

Noteworthy Project With Company With Company: Developed numerous new contracts and opened additional countries

Most Recent Prior Employment: Garden of Life, West Regional Sales Manager

Education/Degree(s): 20 years of nutritional industry experience

DOB: 1/26/64

 

Name: Osborne, Micha

Title: President

E-Mail: mosborne@esmingredients.com

Phone: (866) 804-8034

Years at Company: 7

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Management, new product development, customer connections

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems with studies in e-Business Marketing

DOB: 8/23/80

 

Name: Ruff, Kevin J., PhD, MBA

Title: Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

E-Mail: kruff@esmingredients.com

Phone: (866) 804-8034

Years at company: 2+

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Pre-clinical and clinical research, quality, regulatory affairs

Noteworthy Project With Company: Obtained cGMP Certification from NSF International

Most Recent Prior Employment: Pharmaceutical industry

Professional Memberships: Society for Clinical Trials, American Chemical Society

Education/Degree(s): PhD, MBA

 

FrieslandCampina Domo

Name: Clark, David

Title: Director, Region Americas

E-Mail: Info.domo@frieslandcampina.com

Phone: (201) 655-7780

Years at Company: 15

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: General management of commercial and production activities in the Americas Region; expert in specialty dairy ingredients including protein hydrolysates, bioactive proteins and oligosaccharides

Noteworthy Project With Company: 2005: Creation of Innovium, the Innovation Center for DMV International, University of Wageningen, Netherlands; 2009: Managed and led the integration of DMV International Nutritionals with Friesland Foods Domo after merger; 2010: Directed the completion and opening of the regional office for FrieslandCampina Domo Americas in Paramus, NJ

Most Recent Prior Employment: Head, Dept. of Food Biophysics, Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK

Professional Memberships: Member, American Chemical Society; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (Chartered Chemist); Editorial Board, Food Hydrocolloids, International Dairy Journal

Awards/Distinctions: FIE 2003: Most Innovative Food Ingredient with Textrion Gel, a gelatin replacer

Education/Degree(s): BSc, Biochemistry; PhD, Biophysics

Hobbies/Interests: Fly fishing, automobilia, malt whisky

DOB: 6/19/57

 

Name: Fox, Frank

Title: Commercial Director, Americas

E-Mail: info.domo@frieslandcampina.com

Phone: (201) 655-7780

Years at Company: 20

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales and marketing

Noteworthy Project With Company: Managed team which developed Vivinal™ GOS, a leading product in the FrieslandCampina Domo portfolio; managed and directed the change transition processes in the US after the merger; currently manages and leads the Americas sales and commercial organization

Education/Degree(s): MS, Food Technology and Management

Hobbies/Interests: Tennis, running, music, travel

DOB: 5/6/65

 

Name: van Schijndel, Joost

Title:Director, Business Development

E-Mail: Info.domo@frieslandcampina.com

Phone: (201) 655-7780

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Strategy, M&A

Noteworthy Project With Company: 2009: Managed the Campina DMV Friesland Foods Domo merger; new strategy development

Most Recent Prior Employment: DSM

Education/Degree(s): MS, Economics

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, books, sports

DOB: 11/5/68

 

 

HerbaKraft, Inc.

Name: Trainor, Tara

Title: Director of Sales and Marketing

E-Mail: ttainor@herbakraftinc.com

Phone: (732) 463-1000

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Directing sales force campaign focused on communicating and nurturing relationships with customers, while maximizing sales volume and profit from all segments of the market; conducting market analysis and devising strategies for generating new business; working with senior staff in marketing strategy, advertising, promotion, pricing, product development and public relations

Most Recent Prior Employment: Industry consultant

 

 

innoVactiv INC.

Name: Bérubé, Jocelyn

Title: Scientific Director, Health and Nutrition

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Product development, regulatory affairs, technical and commercial support

Most Recent Prior Employment: Atrium Innovations Inc.

Education/Degree(s): MS, Experimental Medicine

 

Name: Dionne, Patrice

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Years at Company: 6

Most Recent Prior Employment: Fonds d’investissement bioalimentaire, VC Fund

Education/Degree(s): MS, Agricultural Economics

 

Name: Masella, Robert

Title: Director, Business Development

Years at Company: 5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: In-licensing new products, distribution agreement, commercial development, acquisitions

Most Recent Prior Employment: Venture Capital Biotech Fund

Education/Degree(s): BS, Microbiology; DA, Business Administration

 

 

Jiaherb Inc.

Name: Chen, Scott

Title: Sales and Purchasing Manager

E-Mail: sc@jiaherbinc.com

Phone: (973) 439-6869

Years at Company: 2

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Dietary supplements and cosmetics

Noteworthy Project With Company:Assist in company development

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts

Hobbies: Photography, traveling, sports

DOB: 9/9/79

 

Name: Oesterheld, Chris

Title: Sales and Marketing

E-Mail: co@jiaherbinc.com

Phone: (973) 439-6869

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for nationwide business development and marketing in the dietary supplement, food/beverage and pharmaceutical industries

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree, Business Administration and Finance, Springfield College

Hobbies: Fitness, traveling, sports, golf, photography

 

Name: Silverman, Saul Skipp

Title: Sales Manager

E-Mail: sss@jiaherbinc.com

Phone: (973) 439-6869

Years at Company: 1.5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sports, beverage, antioxidants

Noteworthy Project With Company:Expanding company growth

Education/Degree(s): BFA Visual Communications

Hobbies: Photography, surfing, golfing

DOB: 3/15/56

 

Jost Chemical Co.

Name: Jost, Jerry

Title: President

Years at Company: 25

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Leadership and development of manufacturing processes and the raw material supply

Most Recent Prior Employment: Mallinekrodt Chemical

Education/Degree(s): BS, Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia

Hobbies/Interests: Cycling

 

Name: Lenger, Jeff

Title: Sales and Marketing Director

Years at Company: 14

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Global sales/marketing responsibilities

Most Recent Prior Employment: 13 years with Monsanto Chemical Co.

Education/Degree(s): BS, Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia

 

Kyowa Hakko USA

Name: Cullen, Leo

Title: Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Bio-Chemicals Group

Phone: (212) 792-9445

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Focused on expansion of Kyowa Hakko USA business, including organizing sales and marketing activities and focusing on specialty business areas in the dietary supplement, food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical marketplaces

 

Name: Kamiya, Toshikazu

Title: President and CEO

Phone: (212) 319-5353

Years at Company: 13

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Head of the Nutraceuticals Research Group, devoting himself to healthcare research to clarify how amino acids and other nutritional molecules relate to aging, disease, skin disorders, obesity and other health issues

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Worked on pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research for more than 20 years at Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd.

Most Recent Prior Employment: Director of Kyowa Hakko Bio, Healthcare Products Development Center (Tsukuba, Japan)

Education/Degree(s): PhD, Agricultural Chemistry, University of Tokyo

 

 

Kelatron Corporation

Name: Davis, Ryan

Title: Vice President, Technical Services

E-Mail: rdavis@kelatroncorp.com

Phone: (801) 394-4558

Years at Company: 3

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: R&D, quality, lab, technical product support

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Implementation of GMP’s and NSF Certification; overhaul of upgraded equipment in lab; implementation of a spray dryer

Most Recent Prior Employment: Nutraceutical International Corporation

Education/Degree(s): MS, Biochemistry

Hobbies/Interests: Sports, travel, skiing, racquetball

DOB: 12/21/75

 

 

Macromark, Inc.

Name: Keats, Steven

Title: Executive Vice President

Years at Company: 12

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Business opportunity, financial, health seminars; list sales and marketing list acquisitions, new business development, strategic marketing, broker presentations

Most Recent Prior Employment: Venture Direct Worldwide (8 years)

Professional Memberships: DMA member

Awards/Distinctions: Who’s Who, Manhattan Achievement Brokerage Award, Broker of the Month

Education/Degree(s): Marketing, St. John’s College; Art History, Pratt Institute

Hobbies/Interests: Bowling, baseball, chess, interactive video, family outings

DOB: 12/14/56

 

Name: Klein, David

Title: Chief Executive Officer and President

Years at Company: 6

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Oversees management and brokerage of large supplement direct marketing programs

Professional Memberships: DMA, NY Marketing Club, NPA, ERA

Education/Degree(s): BA, Marketing; MA, Marketing Communications

Hobbies/Interests: Boating, golfing, spending time with family

DOB: 4/11/66

 

Mushroom Wisdom, Inc.

Name: Kaylor, Mark

Title: Vice President of Education and Research

E-Mail: mjk@mushroomwisdom.com

Phone: (973) 470-0010

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Holistic healing, nutrition, herbs, diet, medicinal mushrooms

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Study on benefits of Maitake SX on type 1 diabetes; company re-branding; product reformulating

Most Recent Prior Employment: Consultant and private practice

Education/Degree(s): BA, MA, PhD, CN, MH

Hobbies/Interests: health, healing, fitness, longevity

 

Name: Noda, Masahiro

Title: Sales Coordinator

E-Mail: m.noda@mushroomwisdom.com

Phone: (973) 470-0010

Years at Company: 5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Raw materials and private label sales for Asia, Oceania, Africa

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Mushroom powders; mushroom extract powders (D-fraction for immune boosting; SX-fraction for metabolic syndrome)

Most Recent Prior Employment: Sun Medica, Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree

Hobbies/Interests: Rock climbing

DOB: 3/18/75

 

Name: Zwingil, Randy

Title: Assistant Sales Manager

E-Mail: randy.z@mushroomwisdom.com

Phone: (973) 470-0010

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Raw material and private label sales for North America, South America and Europe

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Recently promoted to Raw Material Sales Manager from Customer Service

Most Recent Prior Employment: Prior sales experience with Solgar Vitamins

Professional Memberships: NPA, ABC, AHPA

Education/Degree(s): BA, Health Science

Hobbies/Interests: Running, mountain biking, reading, the outdoors

DOB: 3/22/76

 

 

National Enzyme Company

Name: Bledsoe, Demetrius

Title: Director of Marketing

E-Mail: dbledsoe@nationalenzyme.com

Phone: (417) 546-8060

Years at Company: Started June 1, 2010

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Marketing, strategic planning

Most Recent Prior Employment: Purac America

Education/Degree(s): BS, Agricultural Business (emphasis in marketing and economics), Iowa State University; MS, Quality Management, Webster University; MBA, Webster University

Hobbies/Interests: Outdoors, sports, reading

DOB: 12/20/73

 

Name: Cleary, Michael

Title: Vice President of Innovation & Development

E-Mail: mfcleary@nationalenzyme.com

Phone: (417) 546-8013

Years at Company: New in 2010

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Product development

Most Recent Prior Employment: Nutrition Now, Inc. (Vancouver, WA)

Professional Memberships: American Chemical Society, American Bar Association

Awards/Distinctions: USPTO Registered Patent Agent, Oregon Bar

Education/Degree(s): BS, UCLA; PhD, Oregon State; JD, Lewis & Clark Law School

DOB: 9/3

 

Name: Fox, Harold

Title: Director of Sales

E-Mail: mail@nationalenzyme.com

Phone: (417) 546-4796

Years at Company: 5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Direct domestic and international sales departments to achieve or exceed forecasted sales

Most Recent Prior Employment: Branch Manager, Hiland Dairy

Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, camping, spending time with my family, very involved in church

DOB: 11/26/66

 

 

NP Nutra Corp.

Name: Carter, Andrew

Title: Quality Control Manager

E-Mail: acarter@npnutra.com

Phone: (310) 844-7377

Years at Company: 10

 

Name: Linsley, Marina

Title: Marketing Director

E-Mail: marketing@npnutra.com

Phone: (310) 844-7377

Years at Company: 2 mos.

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Marketing, advertising, internet marketing, social media

Noteworthy Project With Company: Developing a fresh, innovative marketing approach; currently overseeing the redevelopment of NP Nutra’s website, making it modern and user friendly (look out for the launch in July this year)

Hobbies/Interests: Well-being, nutrition, health, fitness, IT

 

Name: Walton, Thomas

Title: Managing Director

E-Mail: twalton@npnutra.com

Phone: (310) 844-7377

Years at Company: 7

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Growing company’s organic product line

Noteworthy Project With Company: Launched superfruits product line; established production sites in Brazil and Thailand; environmental stewardship

Professional Memberships: LinkedIn

Hobbies/Interests: Outdoor sports, community service, meditation

DOB: 12/25/66

 

 

NSF International

Name: Wyszumiala, Edward

Title: General Manager, Dietary Supplements, Functional Foods and Athletic Banned Substance Program

E-Mail: wyszumiala@nsf.org

Phone: (734) 769-8010 x5706

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Regulatory guidance, GMP regulations, product and ingredient certifications, global supply chain management and athletic banned substance contamination

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Helped lead NSF’s participation in the developing of global GMP guidance with IADSA and working with US associations in the SIDI working group

Most Recent Prior Employment: Chief Operating Officer, Graminex

Professional Memberships: AHPA, CRN, IADSA, UNPA

Education/Degree(s): BA, Ohio State University

Hobbies/Interests: Fly fishing, golf, skiing

 

 

Nulab Inc.

Name: Antoshechkin, Anatoly

Title: Scientific Director

E-Mail: antoshechkin@earthlink.net

Phone: (727) 446-1126

Years at Company: 10

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Clinical research and product development

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Has conducted two clinical studies with adaptogen product, Admax

Most Recent Prior Employment: Russian Olympic Committee

Professional Memberships: NY Academy of Sciences

Education/Degree(s): Medical Doctor and PhD in Molecular Biology

Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, gardening

 

Name: Miranda, Sergio

Title: Quality Control Director

E-Mail: qcdirector@nulabinc.com

Phone: (727) 446-1126

Years at Company: 7

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Supervises a team of QC inspectors who monitor all aspects of in-house production from raw material to final product SU

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: With team of inspectors, has assured that the quality of the Nulab products adhere to all GMPs and FDA regulations and are of a high quality

Awards/Distinctions: Co-authored an article for International Scientific Magazine on “Pillared Clays with Minerals for Cracking of Oil”

Education/Degree(s): BA. Chemical Engineer

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, swimming

DOB: 2/13/70

 

Name: Ordonez, Catalina

Title: Quality Assurance Director

E-Mail: qu@nulabinc.com

Phone: (727) 446-1126

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Quality assurance and implementation of FDA regulations

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Wrote and implemented the program and SOPs needed to ensure Nulab’s compliance with all FDA regulations; set up and established Nulab’s in-house laboratory to handle all analysis and finished products

Professional Memberships: Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society

Education/Degree(s): MS, Biology

Hobbies/Interests: Interacting with friends/family, going to the beach.

DOB: 12/7/79

 

 

Nutraceuticals International LLC

Name: De Block, Nichole

Title: Marketing

Years at Company: 3+

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Marketing and product development

Professional Memberships: AHPA, CHFA, NPA

Hobbies/Interests: Painting, wine tasting, cooking, salsa dancing, traveling, singing, art galleries

DOB: 7/1/85

 

 

Nutraceutix, Inc.

Name: Gamble, Tim

Title: Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Years at Company: 7

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Marketing, sales and information technology

Most Recent Prior Employment: Consultant/Director of Sales

Education/Degree(s): Business Administration, Administrative Theory and Organizational Behavior

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, family activities

 

Name: Moger, Steve

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer

Years at Company: 26

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Owner, finance, senior leadership

Most Recent Prior Employment: Entire professional career with Nutraceutix

Education/Degree(s): Accounting, CPA

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, sports memorabilia, family activities

 

Name: Schoenfeldt, Randy

Title: Vice President of Business Development

Years at Company: 10

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Strategic business development

Education/Degree(s): Business administration

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, sports memorabilia, travel

 

 

Nutricap Labs

Name: Provenzano, Jason

Title: Executive Vice President, Sales and Operations

E-Mail: jay@nutricaplabs.com

Phone: (800) 494-6154

Years at Company: 7

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Oversees all company operations including sales, marketing, graphic design and order fulfillment

Noteworthy Project With Company:Despite a global economic recession, Nutricap Labs was able to achieve 2,900 percent growth in a four-year period of time; as a result of this growth, Nutricap was named the 42nd fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine in August of 2009

Most Recent Prior Employment: COO of NAC Marketing

Professional Memberships: Member of Vistage Executive Leadership Program, NPA, Vitamin Angels

Awards/Distinctions: Named the 42nd fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine in August of 2009; finalist for 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award; American Business Awards Finalist – Executive of the Year; American Business Awards Finalist – Company of the Year; Nutrition Industry Executive Supplier of the Month – October 2009; Print Excellence and Knowledge (PEAK) awards winner – 2007 – 2009

Hobbies/Interests: Family, horse racing, sports

DOB: 12/7/69

 

Nutri-Force Nutrition

Name: Alfonso, Anthony

Title: CEO

E-Mail: aa@nutriforce.com

Phone: (305) 468-1600

Years at Company: 10

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: President and CEO

Education/Degree(s): MBA; Registered Pharmacist

Hobbies/Interests: Deep sea fishing

 

Name: Alhadeff, Dan

Title: Senior Vice President

E-Mail: da@nutriforce.com

Phone: (305) 468-1600

Years at Company: 3

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Business development, sales, marketing

Most Recent Prior Employment: President, Sourced Nutrition

Education/Degree(s): MBA

 

Name: Diaz, Gilberto

Title: Vice President Operations

E-Mail: gd@nutriforce.com

Phone: (305) 468-1600

Years at Company: 8

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Operations

Education/Degree(s): Chemical Engineer

 

 

Nutrition Formulators Inc.

Name: Davidson, John G.

Title: Product Dev./Technical Sales

E-Mail: jdavidson@nutritionformulators.com

Phone: (305) 592-2111

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: New product development/formulation

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Fast melt digestive chewables

Most Recent Prior Employment: Manager, Product Development with National Enzyme Company

Professional Memberships: IFT

Education/Degree(s): BS, Bio/Chem

Hobbies/Interests: Private pilot, scuba, fishing

DOB: 2/1/55

 

Name: O’Neill, Brian M.

Title: Business Development Manager

E-Mail: boneill@nutritionformulators.com

Phone: (417) 251-2728

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Digestive health and wellness

Most Recent Prior Employment: National Enzyme Company

Awards/Distinctions: (2) Consecutive Ad Q award winner

DOB: 8/13/72

 

Name: Palumbo, Rhus

Title: Product Development Manager/Technical Sales

E-Mail: rfpalumbo@nutritionformulators.com

Phone: (305) 592-2111

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Nutritional science

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: New account development

Most Recent Prior Employment: Amet Pharmaceutical

Professional Memberships: NPI

Awards/Distinctions: Best dressed (December)

Education/Degree(s): BA/MA

Hobbies/Interests: Current events, science news, golf

DOB: 10/13/50

 

 

OmniActive Health Technologies

Name:Bhattacharya, Abhijit

Title:Chief Operating Officer

E-Mail: a.bhattacharya@omniactives.com

Phone: (866) 588-3629

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Manages OmniActive’s India-based operations; has more than 20 years of product management and development experience within the health, nutrition, flavor and personal care industries

Most Recent Prior Employment: Spent 15 years with OmniActive’s parent company, Kancor Ingredients, and has played a key role in the formation of OmniActive, defining its business strategy and establishing its international presence

Professional Memberships:Member of industry forums such as Confederation of Indian Industry, Protein Foods & Nutrition Development Association of India (PFNDAI).

Education/Degree(s):Bachelor’s degree, Chemistry, India’s Fergusson College; Master’s degree, Business Administration, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)

 

Name: Doshi, Hiren Mahesh

Title: Vice President

E-Mail:h.doshi@omniactives.com

Phone: (866) 588-3629

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Played an essential role in cementing the company’s presence in the North American nutritional ingredients market; has experience in creating successful business ventures between the US and India

Most Recent Prior Employment: VP at Boston-based Focus Infomatics, Inc., a medical transcription management company with divisions throughout the US, as well as Bangalore, India.

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree, Finance, University of Texas, Austin

 

Name: Mariwala, Sanjaya

Title: Managing Director

E-Mail: s.mariwala@omniactives.com

Phone: (866) 588-3629

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Has nearly 30 years of executive experience in the natural ingredients industry

Most Recent Prior Employment: Held management and executive positions with OmniActive’s parent company, Kancor Ingredients, and prior to that was chief executive of botanicals for Bombay Oil Industries, Ltd.

Professional Memberships:Involved in professional organizations and industry bodies including the India Pepper & Spice Trade Association and the All India Spices Exporters Forum; currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Kerala.

Education/Degree(s): Holds a degree in tax management, The Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS); completed executive education programs at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and Stanford University Business School

 

 

OptiPure Brand/Kenko Intenational Inc.

Name: Udell, Ron

Title: President and CEO

E-Mail: ronu@kenko-intl.com

Phone: (323) 721-8300; (800) 934-3040

Years at Company: 16

Education/Degree(s): University of Southern California

Hobbies/Interests: Photography, family

 

 

Pacific Nutritional, Inc.

Name: Galloway, Mary, ND

Title: Product Development Manager

E-Mail: MaryG@pacnut.com

Phone: (360) 253-3197

 

Name: Rosentangle, Rich

Title: National Sales Manager

E-Mail: Richard@pacnut.com

Phone: (360) 253-3197

 

Name: Schaeffer, Michael

Title: President

E-Mail: Michael@pacnut.com

Phone: (360) 253-3197

Years at Company: 9

Noteworthy Project With Company at Company: 25 years in dietary supplement industry

Professional Memberships: ACS (American Chemical Society); ADAC

 

 

PINES International, Inc.

Name: Allmon, Kevin

Title: Director of Quality Control

E-Mail: kallmon@wheatgrass.com

Phone: (785) 841-6016 x212

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: QC/QA

Professional Memberships: Green Belt Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s degree, Business Administration, University of Kansas

DOB: 3/22/64

 

Proliant Health and Biologicals

Name: Lauridsen, Aage

Title: Sales Manager

E-Mail: aage.lauridsen@proliantinc.com

Phone: (515) 289-7669

Years at Company: 1

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Sales and marketing

Noteworthy Project With Company: Managed the design and launch or Proliant’s new website, www.ImmunoLin.com

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s, Business Law

DOB: 9/17/85

 

Name: Torvik, Jim

Title: Director of Sales and Marketing

E-Mail: james.torvik@proliantinc.com

Phone: (515) 289-5142

Years at Company: 6 months

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Manage sales function and develop new market opportunities

Noteworthy Project With Company: Helped to manage the transition with a new distributor partner for company’s flagship product

Most Recent Prior Employment: 14 years in pharmaceutical sales and management

Professional Memberships: American Marketing Association, American Management Association

Awards/Distinctions: Presidents Club Winner, National Sales Leader and Salesperson of the Year

Education/Degree(s): BA, Public Relations-Communications

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, wrestling, USSSA softball and baseball

DOB: 5/31/65

 

Name: Weaver, Eric, PhD

Title: Chief Science Officer

E-Mail: eric.weaver@proliantinc.com

Phone: (515) 289-7665

Years at Company: 15

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Research, product development, new business opportunities

Noteworthy Project With Company: Launch of ImmunoLin

Most Recent Prior Employment: APC, Inc.

Professional Memberships: ASPEN, ASN

Education/Degree(s): PhD

Hobbies/Interests: Outdoor recreation, farming, reading, sports

 

 

Sabinsa Corporation

Name: Fox, Darrin

Title: Plant Manager

E-Mail: darrin@sabinsa.com

Phone: (801) 465-8400

Years at Company: 8 months

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Overseeing all manufacturing, packaging and warehouse processes

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Overall efficiency improvement

Most Recent Prior Employment: Was a Production Manager with Innovative Flexpack for two years and has worked for Wing Enterprises for five years as a Vice President of Manufacturing

Awards/Distinctions: Works well with all people and likes to spend as much time as possible out on the floor looking for ways to improve processes

Education/Degree(s): Business Management, Snow College, Utah

Hobbies/Interests: Hunting, fishing, outdoor activities

DOB: 5/3/69

 

Name: Philippe-Auguste, Deborah

Title: Manager, Cosmeceutical Sales

E-Mail: Deborah@sabinsa.com

Phone: (732) 777-1111

Years at Company: 5 (member of Sabinsa Cosmetic team)

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Overseeing details of cosmetic-related activities worldwide

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Gaining tenure as Manager of Cosmeceutical Sales

Most Recent Prior Employment: Numerous years of previous sales experience working for an HPLC Manufacturing Company

Awards/Distinctions: Strives to provide the best customer service to all her cosmetic accounts and is constantly researching the cosmetic market worldwide

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Concordia University; speaks fluent French and Haitian Creole

Hobbies/Interests: Loves music and plays a few instruments including guitar, piano and clarinet

DOB: 8/1/78

 

Name: Shetty, Vinay

Title: Manager, Quality Assurance

E-Mail: vinayshetty@sabinsa.com

Phone: (801) 465-8400

Years at Company: 3

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Oversees production, formulation and quality assurance

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Successfully establishing production area

Most Recent Prior Employment: Over 20 years experience in the Pharmaceutical area

Awards/Distinctions: Having good manufacturing skills (Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical; studying various regulating bodies like MHRA, TGA and MCC related to the Pharmaceutical industry and being able to implement them successfully

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor degree, Pharmacy

Hobbies/Interests: Music, sightseeing, cricket, badminton

DOB: 9/4/67

 

 

SEPPIC, Inc.

Name: Guillaume, Lamy

Title: Manager Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Divisions

E-Mail: guillaume.lamy@airliquide.com

Phone: (973) 882-5597

Years at Company: 8

 

 

Soft Gel Technologies, Inc.

Name: Holtby, Steve

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer

E-Mail: sales@soft-gel.com

Phone: (323) 726-0700; (800) 360-7484

Years at Company: 12

Most Recent Prior Employment: Nature’s Way

 

Name: Kishimoto, Hiroshi

Title: Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

E-Mail: sales@soft-gel.com

Phone: (323) 726-0700; (800) 360-7484

Years at Company: 18

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Accounting and planning

Most Recent Prior Employment: Kenko Group

Hobbies/Interests: Baseball, family

 

 

Specialty Enzymes & Biotechnologies

Name: Rathi, Vic

Title: President

Phone: (909) 613-1660

Years at Company: 25

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Enzymologist

 

 

TSI Health Sciences, Inc.

Name: Kolb, Larry

Title: President, US Operations

E-Mail: lkolb@tsiinc.com

Phone: (406) 549-6078

Years at Company: 14

Professional Memberships: NBJ Advisory Board, UNPA Member

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Arizona State University

DOB: 6/13/65

 

Name: Tiffney, David

Title: Director, International Sales and Marketing

E-Mail: davidtiffney@tsichina.com

Phone: (406) 549-9123

Years at Company: 6

DOB: 12/20/76

 

Name: Zhou, Joe

Title: CEO

E-Mail: joezhou@tsichina.com

Phone: (406) 549-9123

Years at Company: 14

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Corporate business development

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor of Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology; Master of Sciences

DOB: 11/10/62

 

 

UAS Laboratories, Inc.

Name: Dash, Dr. S.K.

Title: President and Director of Research

E-Mail: Dash@uaslabs.com

Phone: (952) 935-1707

Years at Company: 30+

Areas of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Chief technical on probiotic product development; company top management; strategic partnerships; Chairman APN Laboratories

Noteworthy Project With Company: Maintained company leadership in probiotics, launched new ingredients products, private label business; launched new products: Probiotic blends, Cran-Gyn DDS; helped establish International Probiotics Association; supported research and clinical trials in probiotics

Most Recent Prior Employment: Food and Drug Administration of South Dakota State

Professional Memberships: VP and Scientific Advisor, International Probiotics Assoc.; Adjunct Professor, South Dakota State University; Sigma Xi, Scientific Res. Society, IFT, Amer Dairy Sci.

Awards/Distinctions: Honored by Minnesota State Senate in 2007, 2009 Achievement Award Minnesota Indo-Amer Assoc., Probiotic Prophet by Healthy Living Magazine in 2009

Education/Degree(s): PhD, nutrition and biochemistry, South Dakota State; MS, nutrition, South Dakota State; DVM (Veterinary Science), Orissa Veterinary College

Hobbies/Interests: Chairman of Kalinga Hospital Foundation, Orissa India; Founder of Hindu Temple in Minneapolis; Regional Blood Bank in Orissa India; speaking and writing on probiotics; helped establish Kalinga Hospital, Orissa India; helped establish four Orissa-America Resource centers in India to assist students for higher studies in USA and Canada; provides scholarship at South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines.

 

Name: Falkenstein, Connie

Title: Director of Marketing & Education

E-Mail: marketing@uaslabs.com

Phone: (952) 935-1707

Years at Company: 1.5

Areas of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Marketing, public relations, clinical trials, technical articles, key customer management, education for industry and consumers

Noteworthy Project With Company: Developed and presented Probiotics for Women’s Health; established new customers; consumer article on selecting probiotics; established new professional distributor; developed public relations program; researched and wrote Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Conditions; numerous education projects in natural products industry

Most Recent Prior Employment: F&A Nutrition Strategies

Professional Memberships: American Dietetic Association, International Probiotics Association

Awards/Distinctions: Registered Dietitian and licensed nutritionist

Education/Degree(s): BS, Nutrition; MS, Microbiology; Master of Public Health

Hobbies/Interests: Writing and speaking on probiotics, nutrition for consumers, culinary nutrition

 

Uckele Health & Nutrition

Name: Grogan, Jack

Title: CSO

E-Mail: jack@uckele.com

Phone: (800) 248-0330

Years at Company: 25

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Development of unique nutritional formulations and programs to address every nutritional need

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Developing personal, custom nutritional programs for professional athletes, such as players in the NFL, NHL, NBA and professional boxing

Professional Memberships: Institute for Functional Medicine, American Oil Chemist Society, American College for Advancement in Medicine, International Society of Sports Nutrition

Awards/Distinctions: 2009 Inc 500/5000 List; 2009 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics; NOW; 2008 winner of the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s in Public Health; Certified Nutritionist

DOB: 2/70

 

Name: Isley, Kevin

Title: Vice President of Sales and Marketing

E-Mail: kevin@uckele.com

Phone: (800) 248-0330 x117

Years at Company: 10

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Oversees sales and marketing teams

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Worked with key accounts in Contract Manufacturing, which has seen growth of 21 percent annually

Awards/Distinctions: 2009 Inc. 500/5000 List; 2009 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics NOW; 2008 Winner of the Business Excellence Award

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s of Science, Michigan State University

 

Name: Uckele, Mike

Title: President and CEO

E-Mail: mike@uckele.com

Phone: (800) 248-0330

Years at Company: 25

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Development of hundreds of unique nutritional formulations and programs to address every nutritional need

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Developing personal, custom nutritional programs for professional athletes, such as players in the NFL, NHL, NBA and professional boxing

Professional Memberships: American College of Sports Medicine, American Oil Chemist Society, International Society of Sports Nutrition, American College for Advancement in Medicine, American Naturopathic Medical Association, Institute for Functional Med.

Awards/Distinctions: 2009 Inc. 500/5000 List; 2009 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics; NOW; 2008 winner of the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Education/Degree(s): Bachelor’s, Business Administration, Michigan State University

 

 

Valensa International

Name: Cielensky, Michael

Title: Vice President, Director of Sales

E-Mail: m.cielensky@valensa.com

Phone: (954) 895-4505

Years at Company: 2

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Management of sales team, large account management

Most Recent Prior Employment: Pal Labs

Professional Memberships: LinkedIn

Education/Degree(s): BA, Criminology, University of Maryland

Hobbies/Interests: Golf

DOB: 5/30/54

 

Name: Minatelli, John A., PhD

Title: Senior Vice President, Business Development

E-Mail: j.minatelli@valensa.com

Phone: (352) 357-2004 x715

Years at Company: 3

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Strategic focus and implementation of commercial development plan

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Development of company strategy, tactics, new product development programs, in-licensing and out-licensing activities

Most Recent Prior Employment: Catalytica Pharmaceuticals, Ferro Pfanstiehl Labs

Education/Degree(s): PhD, organic chemistry, Lehigh University; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ohio State University of Pharmacy & Medicinal Chemistry

Hobbies/Interests: Flying

 

Name: Moerck, Rudi E., PhD

Title: President & CEO

E-Mail: rmoerck@aol.com

Phone: (352) 357-2004 x701

Years at Company: 5

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Day-to-day operations, strategic planning, marketing

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Transformation of Valensa into a science-based developer of botanically sourced products for human health and well-being

Most Recent Prior Employment: Altair Nanotechnologies

Professional Memberships: American Chemical Society

Awards/Distinctions: Valensa Frost & Sullivan North American Eye Health Market Award (2009)

Education/Degree(s): BS, Biology, Florida Southern College; PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Florida

Hobbies/Interests: Bicycling, photography, botany

DOB: 9/22/46

 

 

Vita-Tech International, Inc.

Name: Tierney, Thomas T.

Title: President and CEO

E-Mail: triplet@vitatech.com

Phone: (714) 832-9700

Years at Company: 39

Areas of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Strategic relationships, marketing, product formulation

Professional Memberships: NPA, DCAT, AFA, SOLE

Awards/Distinctions: Trustee, University of California – Irvine Foundation; Co-Chair UCI Medical Center Campaign, Regent, Bastyr University, Seattle; Leadership Councils – Regenerative medicine, Clinical Transactional Sciences and Stem Cell Research; Philanthropist, Arts and Civic Leader in Orange County, CA with numerous awards.

Education/Degree(s): Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH; Master of Science, Logistics Management, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Bachelor of Science, Business Management; Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), MacKenzie Honor Society, Arnold Air Society. Graduate Credentials: Industrial College of the Armed Forces; Air War College; Air Command and Staff College; Squadron Officers School.

Hobbies/Interests: Life sciences, arts, hiking, travel, dogs, grandkids

 

Name: Williford, Greg

Title: Vice President of Sales and Client Services

E-Mail: gregw@vitatech.com

Phone: (714) 832-9700

Years at Company: 34

Areas of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Business developments, product design/marketing assistance, packaging options, product innovation

Professional Memberships: NPA, DCAT

Awards/Distinctions: Pharmaceutical Exemption, State of California

Education/Degree(s): BS, Tarleton State University, Stephensville, TX

Hobbies/Interests: Outdoors, hiking, fishing

 

ZMC-USA

Name: Steinford, Scott

Title: President

E-Mail: ssteinford@zmc-usa.com

Phone: (281) 419-6050

Years at Company: 4

Area of Expertise/Primary Responsibilities: Organizational management

Noteworthy Accomplishment With Company: Acting as a liaison between two culturally different markets to provide a more trustworthy and efficient business model of distribution.

Professional Memberships: NBJ Editorial Advisory Board; UNPA

Awards/Distinctions: 2008 Frost & Sullivan Emerging Company Award; 2007 NBJ Emerging Company Award

Education/Degree(s): BA, Pre-Law, UT Arlington; MS, Law, Champlain College

Hobbies/Interests: Landscaping yard and golf courses

DOB: 3/25