Youngevity® is guided by a proven, experienced team of health and wellness experts and direct marketing industry leaders.
Joel D. Wallach, DVM, ND, Founder of Youngevity®
A biomedical research pioneer, Dr. Joel D. Wallach, DVM, ND spent more than 40 years in the field of Veterinary Medicine, observing and researching the effects of individual nutrients on animal health, before becoming a Naturopathic Physician in 1982. Today, Dr. Wallach is renowned for his groundbreaking research on the health benefits of selenium and other minerals. He currently dedicates his time to lecturing throughout the world on the therapeutic benefits of vitamins and minerals, and on lobbying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the dietary supplement industry.
Early Work. Dr. Wallach has held key positions with leading zoos and universities in the United States and Africa, including Director of the Jacksonville Zoological Park in Jacksonville, Florida; Research Veterinarian for the South Africa National Parks Department (where he was a member of the famous "Operation Rhino" team); and Director of Research at the St. Louis Zoological Park in St. Louis, Missouri. At the request of Africa's National Parks and Wildlife Management Department, Dr. Wallach led an expedition to capture and mark elephants in the Wankie Game Preserve in Rhodesia as part of a migration study. He is one of the founders and a former editor of the Journal of Zoo Animal Medicine. A prolific author, he has published more than 70 scientific papers and six books including the famous textbook, Diseases of Exotic Animals, still used today by leading veterinary schools, and on the Smithsonian Institute's recommended reading list for Zoological Garden and Aquarium libraries.
Groundbreaking Research on Trace Minerals. As a researcher at the Emory University Yerkes National Primate Center in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977, Dr. Wallach discovered the world's first known case of non-human cystic fibrosis in a selenium-deficient Rhesus monkey. At the time, cystic fibrosis was believed to the result of a human genetic disorder. Dr. Wallach's monumental discovery set him on a 20-year path of research on the health benefits of selenium and other minerals. As a result of this work, he became known as The Mineral Doctor and the Father of Liquid Mineral Supplementation.
The Founding of Youngevity®. In 1997, Dr. Wallach and Dr. Ma Lan, MD, MS, founded American Longevity, the network marketing company known today as Youngevity®. Within five years the company had an international network of distributors and preferred customers plus offices in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Japan. Today, Youngevity® is a global nutritional and coffee direct marketing company dedicated to improving lifestyles through vibrant health and flourishing economics.
First Amendment Advocate. Dr. Wallach currently dedicates his time to lecturing throughout the world on the therapeutic benefits of vitamins and minerals, and on lobbying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the dietary supplement industry. His tireless efforts and dedication to the public's First Amendment rights to complete information on the therapeutic benefits of nutrition prompted the FDA to establish Qualified Health Claims for Selenium (“may reduce the risk of certain cancers”) and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (“may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease”). Only a few Qualified Health Claims exist, placing Youngevity® in a unique position among Dietary Supplement and Direct Marketing companies.
Ma Lan, MD, MS, Co-founder of Youngevity®
Dr. Lan received her medical degree from Beijing Medical University and her Master's degree in Transplant Immunology from Zhon-Shan Medical University. She also has extensive training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Lan has served as an exchange scholar at Harvard School of Medicine, a research Fellow in Laser Microsurgery at St. Joseph's Hospital (Houston), and as a practicing staff member at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Department of Orthopedic Microsurgery. Her research on transplant immunology and microsurgery resulted in ten papers published in peer-reviewed journals. She is the co-author, along with Dr. Joel Wallach, of Hell's Kitchen: Cause, Prevention & Cure of Obesity, Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome and Black Gene Lies: Slave Quarter Cures.
Steve Wallach, CEO
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 healthy lifestyle products. Steve shares his father's passion for public 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, with flexibility and efficiency being key elements along the road to success in the business world. 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, Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Wallach brings to Youngevity® nearly 20 years of experience in network marketing sales and management. Her career in network marketing began in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, where she developed a successful nutritional health product distributorship. She later moved to San Diego with the vision to expand her business and capitalize on the growing the health and nutrition industry. In 1996 she and the Wallach family together launched Youngevity® in Chula Vista, California. As COO, Michelle is involved in the day to day challenges of running a corporation, while ensuring the company remains to fulfilling its mission of improving lifestyles through vibrant health and flourishing economics.
Chris Nelson, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Chris Nelson is a CPA in good standing with the state of California. He has more than 15 years of financial leadership experience, which he developed at KPMG LLP, Intuit Inc., and City of San Diego. Mr. Nelson received his MBA and Master's Degree in Accounting from San Diego State University. Prior to joining Youngevity®, Chris served as the CFO of VOCEL, Inc. where he was honored as one of the finalists for CFO of the Year (2009) in the greater San Diego area. Chris led the legal FDA approval of a mobile technology at VOCEL called The Pill Phone™, a mobile medical application that helps individuals manage their medication schedules.
William Andreoli, President
Mr. Andreoli has been an entrepreneur more than half his lifetime. At the age of 18, he started his first restaurant across the street from a popular New England Amusement and Water Park. As "the Clam Box" grew in popularity and profitability, Bill started a trend of larger and even more successful projects - parlaying a roadside stand with two walk up windows into one of New England's most popular breakfast and lunch venues with over 250 seats. "Mary Ann's Diner" has become a part of New Hampshire lore, being the launching point for Senator John Kerry's bid for the presidency in 2004, and is still a "must stop" on nearly every local and national campaign trail.
Early in Mr. Andreoli's career as a restaurateur though, he realized that while his restaurants could bring him some local notoriety and a decent living, they could not bring him the time freedom to spend time with his young family. To wit, his business interests expanded into Residential and Commercial Real Estate, as well as the Stock Market. Not satisfied with the stability, simplicity, or longevity of those endeavors, Bill set out to create a company that would not only grow well past the boundaries of New England, but would ultimately provide him, as well as thousands of others, time and financial freedom. In July of 2003, FDI was born. For nearly 8 years now, FDI has been leveling the playing field, and putting the odds in people's favor to win, and win big. With a restaurateur's focus of always taking care of the customer first, FDI has grown to service 100's of thousands of customers over the years and is continuing to gather 100's of new customers every day.
What does tomorrow hold for Mr. Andreoli? As Bill's successes have grown, so have his dreams and aspirations, so it's a good bet that this is just the beginning.
Vanessa Hunter, Vice President of Marketing
Vanessa brings more than seventeen years of Sales and Marketing expertise in the Direct Marketing industry. As Youngevity's® Vice President of Marketing, she oversees all aspects of Product Development and Labeling, Sales and Marketing Collateral Development, Promotions, and Web content. In 2007, Vanessa and Youngevity® COO Michelle Wallach co-founded the company's now thriving Mineral Makeup and Botanical Spa Divisions. Prior to joining Youngevity®, Vanessa was Director of Product Development and Public Relations at a consumer health direct marketing company, where she oversaw the development and marketing of a successful line of natural personal care products.
Mike Kolinski, Vice President of Operations
With Financial Destination since its creation in 2003, Mr. Kolinski has managed design and technical teams in the areas of web development, product delivery and compensation systems. He currently oversees all aspects of operation including customer service, vendor relations, commissions and product development.
Mr. Kolinski brings over 20 years of combined direct sales experience both in the field and in management. This experience creates a unique perspective into the industry that has benefited Financial Destination and its Independent Marketing Directors.
Steve Schulz, Vice President of Training
Steve Schulz and his wife Colleen have been working in the networking industry for 21 years. When they were first introduced to the concept, they were both full time school teachers. School teachers not making enough money to do the things they wanted to do financially. After working their business part-time (3-5 hours per week) for about a year, Colleen left her teaching position and about a year and a half later, Steve left his. Over the past 21 years, they have built an organization of more than a 160,000 Independent Representatives and have earned more than 15 million dollars. They reside in Oconomowoc Wisconsin.
Today they live their lives totally free! Everyday is a Saturday. They worked very hard to get to this point, but it was worth the effort.
Mike Randolph, Vice President of Leadership Development
In 1992, Mike fired himself from his last position within "Corporate America" and joined the network marketing industry. In his subsequent 19 year career, he's been mentored by some of the industry's legendary leaders and built an organization of over 3,500 Independent Representatives in the highly regulated financial services industry. He has also shared ownership in several companies including a national Insurance Agency, Broker Dealer, and several other network marketing companies. In 2005, Mike began working with FDI as a service provider for the EquityTRAX System, and by mid 2006, embraced FDI exclusively. As FDI continued to grow, he joined FDI's corporate staff as VP of leadership development and relocated his family from Atlanta, Georgia to Salem, New Hampshire. Mike now divides his time between working with FDI's CEO and executive management team, mentoring field leaders, and overseeing FDI's telecom divisions. FDIVoice and FDIMobile.
Brent Jensen, Vice President of Business Development
Brent brings to Youngevity® more than sixteen years of experience in Network Marketing Sales and Management. He has been responsible for the management and development of a number of brands and organizations, ranging in size from $20 million to over $200 million. Prior to joining the Youngevity®, Brent was instrumental in co-founding and growing Agel Enterprises from $0 to $180 million in sales in just four years.
Jonnie Taylor, Office Manager
As the leader of Youngevity's® Customer Relations 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.
Andrew Rinehart, Founder
Andrew Rinehart is the founder of Adaptogenix. One of the most successful young entrepreneurs in America, his previous 2 ventures have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and generated scores of young multi millionaires. Andrew is an entrepreneur extraordinaire (becoming a Millionaire by age 19) and has a gift for identifying powerful and growing market trends.
The success of Adaptogenix can in part be attributed to a culture Andrew created of hard work, honesty, transparency, innovation and putting the distributor first. With a company wide goal for one million distributors and one billion dollars a year in revenue, Adaptogenix stands as Andrew's sole focus and next huge success.