With nearly two decades of sales and network marketing experience, CEO Steve Wallach has successfully guided Youngevity from a domestic seller to a worldwide marketer of products and services that support a healthy and empowered lifestyle. Steve shares the passion of his father, Dr. Joel D. Wallach, for the public’s access to complete and accurate health information. He is a frequent talk radio program guest and speaks eloquently about the company’s mission to place information into the hands of consumers, allowing them to make informed healthcare decisions. His business philosophy reflects his strong belief that passion should be the driving force behind any organization. In addition to passion, Steve believes that flexibility and efficiency are key elements along the road to success. Having assembled a dynamic, talented and experienced management team, as well as solid infrastructure, Steve has positioned the company for steady growth both organically and through mergers and acquisitions.
Michelle Wallach brings nearly 20 years of experience in network marketing sales and management to Youngevity. Her career in network marketing began in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, where she developed a successful nutritional health products distributorship. She later moved to San Diego with the vision of expanding her business by capitalizing on the growing health and nutrition industry. In 1996, in Chula Vista, California, the Wallach family launched Youngevity. As COO Michelle is involved in the day-to-day challenges of running a corporation while ensuring the company remains viable in fulfilling its mission of improving lifestyles through vibrant health and flourishing economics.
As CEO of Javalution Coffee Company, Dave Briskie shepherded the company’s development into a fully-vertical coffee roasting and distribution company. Under his leadership, Javalution became the owner of the direct marketing brand JavaFit and the retail brand Café La Rica, as well as the category creator of functional gourmet coffee. Prior to joining Javalution in 2007, he was CEO of Drew Pearson Marketing, Inc., (DPM) a designer and manufacturer of licensed, private label and fashion headwear whose clients were FORTUNE 500 companies including: Disney, Warner Bros., Anheuser Busch and General Motors as well as the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NHL and various major universities. In 2001, he oversaw the merger of DPM and its key manufacturer as well as the subsequent initial public offering of the merged company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Briskie is a recipient of the coveted Paul DeLorenzo scholar-athlete award and in 1983, he graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University with a double major in marketing and finance.
As the leader of Youngevity’s Customer Service Team, Jonnie has a key role in assuring our distributors have the support they need to grow a successful independent business. She and her staff regularly advise Youngevity’s distributors on goal setting, motivation, downline management, streamlined order processing and implementing incentive programs to ensure productivity. As a former distributor, Jonnie has a deep understanding of the challenges of business-building from a distributor perspective. Her invaluable insight and business-building skills have been central to the effectiveness of Youngevity’s customer relations and development.
As Youngevity’s Corporate Controller, Raffy Lorentzian is responsible for managing the financial reporting and operations of Youngevity’s U.S. and Global Operations. Raffy is committed to maintaining the high level of integrity and transparency for which Youngevity is known. Prior to joining Youngevity, Raffy was the Chief Financial Officer of National Technical Systems; a publicly traded company. He started there as Controller in 1997, and with his strong SEC reporting experience, leadership skills and successful accomplishments in mergers and acquisitions, Raffy was promoted to CFO in 2007. His continued efforts contributed to the Company’s rapid growth and increased shareholder value, which eventually led to the successful sale of the Company to a Private Equity Firm. During his career, Raffy has held various controller and financial management positions with publicly held companies. Raffy has extensive experience in strategic planning, profit-and-loss leadership, ERP conversions and mergers and acquisitions. When Raffy joined Youngevity in March of 2013, he was instrumental in the successful transition of the Company from a privately held company to a publicly traded company providing timely and accurate financial reporting. He is also involved in the Company’s global expansion, acquisitions and IT initiatives. Raffy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bentley University.
Since 1997, Wiley has been involved in nearly every aspect of the growth and development of Youngevity. From designing and managing the construction at corporate headquarters to setting up the technology systems of many Youngevity offices, even globally, to international project management, Wiley is a dynamic asset to the company. He has played an extensive role in setting up Youngevity’s first overseas Distribution Center in New Zealand/Australia and is now working closely with Latin American and Russian offices to support distribution in these regions. As Youngevity continues to experience extraordinary growth, Wiley is now serving as our Vice President of Global Operations. He is committed to the pursuit of spreading Dr. Wallach’s message around the world.
Brad Kenson brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience to Youngevity, building complex systems and international supply chains for both public and private companies. He joins Youngevity from MK Collaborative, where he most recently served as Divisional President, guiding the company from start-up to current day operations. While at MK Collaborative, Brad led the development of the company’s highly acclaimed on-line e-boutique platform, enterprise middleware and proprietary product lifecycle management systems. He has also held various executive-level positions in the apparel sector, most notably, Divisional President of Tarrant Apparel Group, where he was responsible for P&L oversight for more than $100 million in annual sales. Brad is responsible for leading the next generation enterprise, web and mobile IT systems development to meet the demands of Youngevity’s emerging international business and mobile workforce.
As a pioneer in Direct Selling Analytics, Scott Bell has contributed to the development of many of today’s current analytics models. Over the last 20 years, he’s helped top Direct Selling companies craft and manage successful worldwide marketing and promotional campaigns. He has led global teams in the development of corporate & distributor analytics, business intelligence and distributor compensation models. Scott is passionate about identifying opportunities and creating data-driven, actionable strategies that allow distributors to become healthier and more financially secure. Scott now brings his expertise to Youngevity; working closely with the Executive Team to create world-class sales programs and strategies.
Scott McElroy brings 30 years of experience in Information Systems and Technology to advance the strategic architecture, applications development, data center operations, infrastructure, security and core technologies that support the business on a global scale. Prior to joining Youngevity, Scott McElroy led the design, development and implementation of strategic technology initiatives for Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Intel Corporation, Northern Trust of Chicago, The VONS Companies and numerous Fortune 500 companies while serving as President and CEO of two Southern California-based technology consultancies. Scott also managed the Office of Strategic Initiatives for First American Title’s Professional Real Estate Services where he directed a portfolio of large-scale application development projects valued in excess of $15M. In addition to numerous professional certifications, Scott McElroy has a B.S. in Business Administration and Information Systems from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has been involved in numerous professional, community and technology organizations and formally recognized for his efforts by both the California State Assembly and California State Senate.
With a background in dancing, martial arts, Pilates and other areas of fitness, Sandy started her career at Youngevity with the aim of offering a professional fitness center as a part of the Youngevity opportunity. She was able to travel, set up and train distributors on how to run a successful fitness center during the inception of Youngevity. However, soon after, the opportunity to run the distribution center and logistics became available and Sandy, with over 15 prior years of management experience, became the Distribution Manager for Youngevity. 12 years later, she now oversees 6 teams of over 70 employees that handle all distribution and logistics for Youngevity; both domestically and internationally. Sandy and her team are a major driving force for Youngevity, handling every order received small and large, incoming and outgoing; ensuring that Youngevity continues to grow and serve individuals around the globe.
Sanjeev has multiple roles at Youngevity stemming from product development and formulation to working to building out the marketing strategy in their international markets. He has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bio Psychology degree from the University of Michigan. Formulating nutrition products for over 15 years, he's developed entire lines of supplement products from sports performance to various disease management states. His specialty and research emphasis focuses on nutrition and exercise interventions in diabetes/obesity, auto-immune diseases, neurological issues, and post chemotherapy recovery. His client list includes some of the top professional athletes in the world, SuperBowl MVP's, Stanley Cup Champions, World Series Hall of Famers, and Olympic Medalist. Sanjeev is the founder/CEO of Javia Wellness Group and is a board member or partner in various health related organizations such as SpeedFlex Training Systems, Like A Pro Inc, SuperFlex Fitness, DermSpectra Imaging, and Splash Beverage Group. His focus at Youngevity is to further reinforce the incredible health philosophy of 90 For Life and support the overall mission of solving today's health concerns through high quality supplementation.
Carl put his leadership, strategic planning and tactical execution skills to work in the corporate world, first as a non-profit fundraiser and subsequently as a wealth management consultant at a large national bank. His experience helping people build, preserve and transfer wealth and his focus on making a difference in others’ lives serve him well as he promotes Youngevity International. A native of Washington D.C., Carl earned an A.A. in Journalism from Southeast Nebraska Community College and a B.A. in Communications and Sociology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. His community service includes serving on the San Diego Probation Board, San Diego Padres Community Advisory Board, Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Board, Community Solutions Board, San Diego Food Bank Board and Midway Task Force Board. As Youngevity continues to grow and expand internationally, Carl’s experience in the public relations sector will be vital in promoting the products, business opportunity and all other aspects that make Youngevity a leader in the industry.
Alex Theis comes to Youngevity with extensive experience having worked in almost every area of the industry. His experience includes directing large customer service teams, developing sales initiatives, international management, commissions, IT/web, compliance, events, and distributor relations. He has worked extensively with million-dollar earners, becoming an advocate for tools, communication, and training. Additionally, Alex has become a passionate spokesperson for the Distributor Force. He’s spent an extensive amount of time speaking and training in North America, Asia, and Australia, and working with distributors in those areas, as well as, Europe and Central America. He has played a pivotal role in helping companies develop growth, improve communication, and increase employee and customer retention. Alex now brings his passion for relationship building and development to Youngevity, where he will work hand-in-hand with distributors and continue to develop the already solid network.
David Rutz brings more than 25 years of direct sales, network marketing and executive operations experience to Youngevity. An inspirational leader with extensive experience in both direct sales and operations, David has led and trained a national sales organization; and as a corporate officer, David launched his own direct sales company, Escape International. David was also the Founder and President of a long-distance telephone and Internet company (The Free Network) where he led the growth and operations from startup to over 300,000 customers in under three years – using direct selling as the sole method of distribution. He is known for keeping service offerings simple to understand and promote, allowing rapid growth and replication amongst distributors. David’s early business career included working as a Business Consultant with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and as Financial Analyst with General Motors. A graduate of The University of Michigan Ross School of Business, he received his degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.
Scott Salik brings more than 30 years of technological and programming experience to Youngevity. He is a member of Producer's Guild of America and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Scott’s career includes feature films, work for all the major television networks, producing niche cable programming and creating marketing content for many of the great American brands. He served as VP of Programming and Network Development for Beachbody as part of the "Team Beachbody" launch team and most recently as VP of Video with ViSalus. His track record for integrating state-of-the art technical and creative innovations to maximize content value, enhance user engagement and grow brands is unmatched in the direct selling industry. Scott is committed to accelerating the trailblazing vision Youngevity has set forth for the coming years.
As the Co-Founder of Mialisia™ Jewelry, Sean Brown possesses the progressive qualities needed to create and manage Youngevity’s special programs. Having previously worked as a Bank Executive for HSBC and Bank of America, two of the country’s leading financial institutions, Sean also brings over 15 years of business strategies and sales experience. He has extensive experience leading large sales organizations and developing special programs and incentives for leading industries. Sean designed, built and is currently heading the Social Selling Program for Youngevity and as the company continues to grow, he will continue to develop necessary programs and help support new acquisitions and developments.
As a San Diego native, Brian brings over 20 years of graphic design background to Youngevity, with his experience spanning such fields as printing, publishing, advertising and marketing. Brian joined Youngevity in 2008 and has been responsible for a majority of creative direction, print and packaging since. Brian works on special projects, trade/convention prep, branding and product conceptualization, corresponds closely with vendors, furnishes distributor requests and helps manage day-to-day operations with his team in the marketing department.
Ricardo Spilman brings over 30 years of global, direct-selling executive experience to Youngevity, with a successful track record in sales, marketing and expansion. Ricardo has held the CEO position for Just Ltd (Argentina) and Soda Stream Ltd (Argentina), leading both companies to global expansion through negotiations, operations and development. He was also part owner of Swiss Nahrin Ltd (Eastern Europe and Israel), an international cosmetics alternative and food supplements brand with 40 franchise companies in Europe and South America. Most recently, he was the advisor for PM-International’s Board of Directors, one of Europe’s largest direct marketing companies in the health, wellness and beauty industry. While at PM-International, he formulated strategies for penetrating new markets, built training programs and helped lead the company to global growth. Ricardo is a skilled negotiator with global connections, necessary as he leads Youngevity to international expansion starting in Eastern Europe and Israel.
Ben started his career in the Direct-Selling Industry as a distributor over 15 years ago. Now a seasoned veteran in the Asian Direct-Selling industry, Ben believes that paying it forward is vital to success, rationalizing that an increase in the quality of health and wealth his team receives will have a positive net effect on their families and friends. Ben is certain that the Direct-Selling Industry holds the key to success in today’s ever-changing world, in terms of constitution (both physical and fiscal). Ben also has extensive experience in new start-ups, market expansion, strategic planning, operations, sales & marketing, budget administration, project management, customer satisfaction, and resource optimisation. With sustainability and prosperity for all in mind, he strives to help spread the organization’s branches over Asia, so that its people can enjoy the benefits of the products that Dr Joel Wallach and Youngevity have promoted for years.
Susana Azócar is a multicultural executive having more than 15 years of professional experience in business management in various industries with a keen focus on the markets of Latin America. Ms. Azócar has extensive experience in developing and opening new markets from the ground floor up, building and running business strategic plans, creating distribution channels, marketing campaigns and sales teams, both domestically and internationally. She has successfully opened and launched several regions throughout Latin America and led the expansion efforts of three different U.S. direct selling companies opening offices and building distribution networks in Guadalajara, Mexico; Caracas, Venezuela; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Santiago, Chile. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and has worked hand in hand with leaders in order to help grow their business. She strongly believes in the power of teamwork, and motivates others to get the best out of them.
Rob left school and studied Law at Auckland University for 2 years. Eventually Youngevity showed up on Rob’s radar after his wife heard Dr. Wallach speak to a heavily over packed meeting in Auckland in 2002. His wife came home that night, so excited about what she had heard that night, that Rob could not get to sleep. Having had a long time interest in health and wellness, Robs passion and excitement for Dr. Wallach and his products, the growth of Youngevity globally and the amazing compensation plan available for associates continues to grow daily.