FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE RECEPTION

Tuesday, September 26 • 5–7pm
Location: Rx Boiler Room

SupplySide West welcomes attendees visiting the show for the first time! This two-hour reception offers a fun and intimate setting for new participants to meet with industry rockstars, various members of the SupplySide team, show supporters, as well as other first time participants. Prepare for the upcoming expo days while making some new friends in the industry and grabbing a drink and bite to eat in the RX Boiler Room. Separate Registration Required - Registration is limited to first-time SupplySide West attendees only.


MEET THIS YEAR'S ROCK STARS

Carilyn Anderson
Carlson Laboratories Inc.

Carlson’s president Carilyn Anderson, daughter of founders Susan and John Carlson, grew up in the natural products industry—attending trade shows and helping at the company’s headquarters from a young age. She received her bachelor’s degree then returned to Carlson, working alongside Susan and John. Anderson has played an instrumental role in launching groundbreaking new products and growing the company. In 2014, she took the reins at Carlson Labs and has continued to innovate. Anderson is on the board of directors at the Natural Products Foundation (NPF) and a member of the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED).

“I have been attending SupplySide shows for close to 15 years. I look forward to SupplySide because I enjoy meeting people from other companies who share the same interest in using the latest scientific discoveries and technological advancements to develop trendsetting, innovative new products.”

  


Cindy Angerhofer
Aveda

As Executive Director of Botanical Research for Aveda, Cindy Angerhofer and her team explore the chemistry and biology of botanical ingredients in an effort to create high-performance plant-based personal care products. With more than 30 years of experience, she has used her expertise in pharmacognosy and plant-based science to help develop innovative botanically based cosmetics and dietary supplements. Angerhofer has authored more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and currently serves on the executive board of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and the advisory board for the American Botanical Council.

“SupplySide West is a great venue for me to connect with suppliers of innovative ingredients and technologies that help me stay one step ahead in product formulation. Educational opportunities are also informative and worthwhile.”


Aaron Bartz
Ortho Molecular Products Inc.

Aaron Bartz currently serves as president of Ortho Molecular Products Inc., a manufacturer of nutraceutical products sold exclusively to health care professionals. Prior to taking on this role in 2007, Bartz served as the organization’s first account executive, and was instrumental in building the Chicagoland territory. He was promoted to the role of vice  president of sales and marketing in 2000, where he focused on building a national sales team, which now includes 60 account executives in the United States and Canada.

“I have attended SupplySide West for over a decade, and always enjoy the camaraderie and innovation seen at these events. For our company, the words “where science and strategy intersect” are a firsthand experience. As a nutraceutical company exclusively serving health care professionals, Ortho Molecular Products is founded on scientifically researched, high-quality raw materials that will deliver results consistently. SupplySide West has facilitated our partnership with some of the best raw material suppliers in the industry, those that share the high value we place on evidence-based ingredients and help us guarantee efficacy in our products. We have enjoyed the opportunity to connect with colleagues and value the relationships grown each year.”


Mark Blumenthal
American Botanical Council

Mark Blumenthal is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), a leading independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. He is the editor and publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal. For six years, he was an adjunct associate professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, college of pharmacy. Mark is the senior editor of the English translation of The Complete German Commission E Monographs–Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines (1998), Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs (2000), The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs (2003), and co-author of Rational Phytotherapy, 5th edition (2004). He has appeared on more than 400 radio and television shows and has written over 500 articles, reviews and book chapters for many major publications. Mark has been a leader for more rational regulations of herbal and natural product manufacturing, and education on plant-based medicines for over 40 years.

“SupplySide West is the premier gathering in the United States for people who are involved in the supply chain for herbs and other dietary ingredients for the U.S. market and far beyond. The educational events are highly relevant to supply chain and manufacturing sectors of the industry…”


Gene Bruno
NAC Marketing Co. LLC d.b.a. New Vitality

Gene Bruno is the provost for Huntington College of Health Sciences and also the chief innovation officer for New Vitality. Bruno has bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition, as well as a graduate diploma and master's degree in herbal medicine. As a 38-year veteran of the dietary supplement industry, he has formulated natural products for dozens of dietary supplement companies; educated and trained natural product retailers and health care professionals; and written articles on nutrition, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals and integrative health issues for trade, consumer and peer-reviewed publications, as well as authoring books and textbook chapters.

“Of all the natural product industry trade shows, SupplySide West is the most valuable and relevant to me. SSW’s tagline this year, “where science and strategy intersect,” accurately describes my personal strategy for finding the scientifically substantiated nutraceuticals I need to formulate innovative and evidence-based products.”


P. K. Davé
Nature’s Formulary

P. K. Davé is the founder and CEO of Nature’s Formulary. In 1993, he developed the first Ayurvedic line designed specifically for the Western population. Davé has more than 24 years of experience in wide-ranging fields, from raw materials to natural retail channel strategy. He has served on numerous industry associations, written many articles in industry trade publications and is often interviewed by the natural products media. Davé has spoken at industry events such as SupplySide and Natural Products Expo, and also travels extensively throughout the United States to conduct seminars on Ayurveda.

“I attend Supply Side Show each year for several reasons:

• It is THE ingredient show to meet the widest choice of suppliers. I need to have this access to support and improve my brand. From raw materials to packaging, it’s all there.

• Experts educate on the latest science so I can formulate new product strategies based on solid data.

• Attending gives me a “leg up” on up-and-coming raw material trends.

Throughout my 24 years in the natural product industry, the SupplySide Show has been an event I have never missed.”


Bethany Davis
FoodState

Bethany Davis is the director of regulatory and industry affairs for FoodState and MegaFood products. A member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) board of trustees, she also serves as president of the Coalition for Supplement Sustainability, a group of supplement and ingredient companies that united to support a non-GMO (genetically modified organism) and sustainable supply chain. With a background in pharmaceuticals, Davis was drawn to the natural products industry and is deeply engaged with non-GMO issues, sustainability and transparency. She holds a master’s degree in regulatory affairs and health policy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston.

“SupplySide has become the premier industry meeting and networking conference. SupplySide gives me a chance to connect with colleagues, get ahead on issues and be exposed to thought leadership that pushes our industry forward.”

  


Heather Neves Duncan-Fairman
SIDS DOCK Island Women Open Network (IWON)

Heather Neves Duncan-Fairman is the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK Island Women Open Network (IWON) technical advisor. Comprised of 32 countries, the intergovernmental collaboration has all the rights and privileges of a United Nations organization. Duncan-Fairman is responsible for developing the herbal and botanical raw material and supplement Industry across small islands in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa and Indian Ocean regions. She has nearly 30 years of combined quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) and regulatory experience gained from various FDA-regulated industries, and applies her unique perspective relative to compliance requirements, cGMPs (current good manufacturing practices) and contract partnership development.

“Attending SupplySide West each year has provided nothing less than fresh opportunities each time to explore cutting-edge innovative product and ingredient ideas and gain real-time industry information and science that puts our company in the forefront as one of the most-recognized strategic industry leaders.”


Vasilios "Bill" Frankos
Herbalife Nutrition

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Jeff Hilton
BrandHive

Jeff Hilton is partner and co-founder of BrandHive, a prominent healthy-lifestyle branding agency celebrating 20 years working with dietary supplement, functional food and beverage, and health and beauty brands. Hilton brings 35 years of advanced business and marketing insight to his clients, and has been recognized by Advertising Age magazine as one of the nation's Top 100 Marketers. He is also a recipient of Nutrition Business Journal’s Personal Service Award.

“SupplySide West has evolved into the must-attend global supply channel event of the year. There is so much business opportunity there. Everyone is talking. Everyone is energized. Everyone is partnering.”

  


Jim Lassiter
Ingredient Identity

Jim Lassiter oversees all consulting operations at Ingredient Identity, tapping into more than 40 years of experience in quality control (QC), government affairs and regulatory affairs throughout the pharmaceutical, food, dietary supplement and personal care industries. He served on numerous industry and trade boards, and is a frequent contributing author and event speaker. Lassiter’s work has received notable recognition in trade publications and journals, including the Food and Drug Law Institute Update, Natural Products INSIDER, The Tan Sheet and FDA Weekly. A respected voice of the industry, he holds a master’s in biochemistry from Berkeley and an MBA from Pepperdine.

“One’s long term success in this industry can only be achieved with solid understanding and implementation of specific fundamentals. SupplySide is where you can find them."

 


Michael Lelah
Dr. Mercola Premium Products

Michael Lelah, Ph.D., is chief research scientist at Dr. Mercola Premium Products. He is responsible for product development, scientific research, quality and regulatory activities. Lelah continues to drive the development of hundreds of new products and thoroughly enjoys the product development process and the challenges and expectations of consumers, suppliers, the brand identity, regulations, quality and scientific accuracy. He regularly shares his expertise by writing and speaking on natural products and relishes the friendships he has made throughout the natural products industry. Like most consumers attuned to natural products, Lelah does his best to follow natural health and wellness practices.

“I’ve been continuously attending SupplySide for about 15 years. SupplySide is where I can best integrate my business-strategic objectives with supplier-partners who can help me meet them.”


Maryellen Molyneaux
Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)

Maryellen Molyneaux has more than 35 years of health, wellness and sustainability marketing experience. As president of NMI, she leads the strategic consulting teams, new product development, communication and brand strategy, trade and consumer research, and market research for mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Molyneaux has counseled organizations across the value chain including ingredient firms, brands, retailers, government agencies, media and Fortune 500 firms. Her knowledge spans over 100 product categories and her work is published in a variety of reports and articles. A sought-after thought-leader, Molyneaux is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and professional strategy sessions.

“For many years now, SupplySide has provided NMI the opportunity to be updated on recent scientific developments as well as strategy insights. We continue to be excited about this show, and participate as both an exhibitor and presenters. The networking opportunities and meetings with both new and existing clients are some of the strongest throughout our business year.”


Guru Ramanathan
General Nutrition Corp. (GNC)

Guru Ramanathan, Ph.D., MBA, is chief innovation officer and senior vice president for Pittsburgh-based General Nutrition Corp. (GNC). His responsibilities include scientific affairs, regulatory compliance, quality assurance (QA) and control, clinical trials management, technology acquisition, alliance management, product development and manufacturing operations for GNC’s global markets. Ramanathan holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, majoring in global business practices, and a doctorate from Tufts University. He has managed and conducted over 100 clinical studies; and delivered more than 40 international scientific presentations, industry-sponsored seminars and workshops, leading to several publications in peer-reviewed journals and consumer magazines.

“SupplySide West fuels the industry's innovation engine at the intersection of science and strategy.”


Kantha Shelke
Corvus Blue LLC

Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., CFS, is a principal at Corvus Blue LLC, a science and research firm retained by food and allied industries for competitive intelligence, expert witness services, new product/technology development and rapid market realization of honestly healthful foods and food ingredients. She previously held senior positions at ACNielsen, Ben & Jerry's, Continental Baking and Grand Metropolitan, and is currently an adjunct professor teaching food safety regulation at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), and food law and bioresource technology at MCI (Innsbruck, Austria).  She has appeared on television, radio and in print publications as a food history and food science expert.

“As one who specializes in ingredient science, technology and commercialization, I cannot understate the importance of SupplySide West as a key connector at the intersection of science and strategy.  It is the ONLY one-stop-shop for meeting all aspects of the ingredient supply chain in a single swoop.”

  


Suzanne Shelton
The Shelton Group

Suzanne Shelton, managing partner, The Shelton Group, founded the industry’s oldest marketing and public relations firm in 1990, working exclusively with natural products and dietary supplement manufacturers and suppliers. Shelton Group clients, many of whom have retained the firm for more than a decade, benefit from its understanding of regulatory  concerns, market sensibilities and industry issues, as well as its extensive network of contacts. In 2017, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) recognized Shelton as an Herbal Hero for her industry contributions.

“SupplySide West is the most important show of the year for us and our clients. Everyone we need to interact with is there; relationships are solidified, deals are made and new contacts are guaranteed. From the show floor to the educational programs, the latest science is presented along with strategy tips from industry’s top experts, all accentuating the innovation that  drives industry growth. We always come away from this show feeling that it was absolutely time well spent.”

  


Jim Tonkin
Healthy Brand Builders

For more than 43 years, Jim Tonkin has served the private-sector as a brand and marketing development professional. He directs the building and design of national infrastructures for food and beverage industry clients. Jim has successfully created and implemented business and financial strategies for domestic and international players focusing from production to branding, marketing through sales implementation and distribution, to include exit strategy. He has focused branding initiatives in soft drink, bottled water, functional foods and beverages, and non-carbonated “new age” beverage verticals. His extensive hands-on expertise has stretched across many sectors including domestic cheeses to natural potato chips; bottled waters for people and pets; and nutraceutical-functional-cosmeceutical enhanced beverages. Jim serves as a popular keynote speaker covering new beverage trends and successful branding insight.

“I have been coming to SupplySide West for over 16 years, first as a beverage expert to learn more about available science-based ingredients for my clients, and second to improve relationships both within the science and ingredient community and Healthy Brand Builders and my personal ‘rolodex’ for self enhancement! I love how these missions are met at SupplySide West … I will never miss a show!!”

  


Marc Ullman
Rivkin Radler LLP

Marc S. Ullman, Esq., is of counsel at Rivkin Radler LLP. His practice focuses on FDA compliance, including labels, labeling, claims and GMPs. He has represented clients in complex adversarial proceedings with FDA relating to the scope of the agency’s powers under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), and its ability to seek remedies  such as consumer restitution. He’s also counseled clients on general litigation related issues. Ullman successfully guided the first self-GRAS review for stevia that allowed his client to legally import this herb as a sweetener and has assisted numerous other clients through the NDI process for dietary supplements.

“SupplySide West continues to be the preeminent event in the natural products space where executives and thought leaders come together. I’m incredibly proud to have been asked to speak at every one of these important events where current industry trends and future paths are discussed at the highest levels.”

  


Naomi Whittel
Twinlab Consolidated Holdings

Naomi Whittel is CEO of Twinlab Consolidated Holdings (TCH)—the parent holding company of Twinlab Consolidation Corp. (TCC)—and founder of Reserveage Nutrition, a flagship natural supplements line she created with the goal of providing best-in-class nutritional supplements. Whittel oversees the strategic direction and vision of TCH, which, through  TCC and its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells brands including namesake Twinlab, Reserveage Nutrition, the Metabolife line of diet and energy products, Alvita teas and NutraScience Labs, a nutritional supplement contract manufacturing business.

“SupplySide provides the opportunity to network, gain a first look at the hottest trends in the industry, and access the very best in education and training workshops. The experience for our organization has been invaluable.”