Greg H. Guettler, President & CEO
Greg Guettler, MBA, has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of sales, marketing, business development, operations and startup leadership. Greg has started and led three companies, two of which went public and were later sold, and he has been involved in raising nearly $150 million in investment capital. Prior to joining MetaLogics, Mr. Guettler was President and CEO of the Guettler Group, a firm that specializes in providing strategic business consulting and go-to-market product support to inventors, entrepreneurs and start-ups within the life sciences industry. Prior to that, he led a medical device startup, Hypertension Diagnostics, Inc., which successfully developed and commercialized the world’s first non-invasive product for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. As President of HDI, Greg led the company through its Initial Public Offering, raised over $21 million, and led the creation of a worldwide distribution network that supported physicians and research scientists in 40 countries. Mr. Guettler also created the Alternate Care division at Universal Hospital Services, Inc. (UHS), where he led the commercialization of six products that generated $35 million in revenue within four years. He holds a BA and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
John C. Dykstra, Co-founder and Chairman
John Dykstra is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of MetaLogics Corporation. Mr. Dykstra has 35 years of broad business experience including significant experience in the field of diet and weight management products. Mr. Dykstra currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors for Humanetics Corporation, a specialty pharmaceuticals and nutritional products company. In his position with Humanetics, Mr. Dykstra had responsibility for the development of Humanetics’ flagship product, which is a clinically-validated, active ingredient in diet supplements and was responsible for growing this business to over $300 million in retail revenues. In this role he gained significant experience selling science-based products to the diet and weight management markets. Before joining Humanetics in May 1998, Mr. Dykstra served for seven years as Senior Vice President of MVE, Inc., a privately-held manufacturing company located in Burnsville, Minnesota. In this capacity, he was responsible for corporate marketing, new business development, international sales and general management of several business divisions. During his tenure sales rose by nearly 100% to over $200 million in annual revenue. From 1987 to 1991 Mr. Dykstra was Vice President of Marketing and Business development for DataServ, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation. His responsibilities at DataServ included strategic corporate planning, product development and marketing. He also has five years’ experience as a management consultant with KPMG LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Dykstra holds a BS degree in Finance from Indiana University.
James O. Hill, Co-founder and Director
Dr. Jim Hill, PhD, is a co-founder of MetaLogics Corporation and Chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in weight management and has 30 years of experience researching the causes, treatment and prevention of weight gain and obesity. He is Past President of the America Society for Nutrition (ASN) and Past President of The Obesity Society (TOS). He served as Chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity and was a member of the Expert Panel on Obesity of the National Institutes of Health that developed first U.S. guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity. Dr. Hill has published more than 550 scientific articles and book chapters in the area of obesity. Many of these focus specifically on the importance of diet and physical activity in weight management. He is the recipient of the 2007 TOPS award from The Obesity Society. He has received the Centrum Center and McCollum awards from the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Hill is a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks people who have succeeded at long-term weight loss and is a co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes in diet and physical activity. He is the author of the Step Diet Book and co-author of State of Slim.
John Noble, Director
John Noble, MBA, is a senior-level business leader and financial executive with a diverse set of international experiences in China, Canada, Europe, Turkey, Mexico and the U.S. across the retail, consumer packaged-goods, and pharmaceutical industries. Mr. Noble currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Micro Electronics, Inc., a privately owned operator of Micro Center consumer electronics retail stores, where he is responsible for all financial functions, Treasury, M&A, legal and Micro Center Services. Prior to Micro Electronics, Mr. Noble was Senior Vice President and CFO for Best Buy International where he helped to drive revenue growth of this business unit from $4 billion to $12 billion in three years through organic growth, acquisition and joint ventures. During his career at Best Buy he also served as Vice President and CFO of Best Buy Canada, and Vice President of Finance. Mr. Noble has also served as Vice President of Finance at The Pillsbury Company and the Director of Finance at Bristol-Myers Squibb Drackett Canada, a startup subsidiary of Drackett USA serving the consumer household products market until divestiture to S.C. Johnson. Mr. Noble received his M.B. A. from McMaster University and his B.S. from Western University.
Neil Szuminsky, Vice President of Product Development
Neil Szuminsky, MS, is a founder of LifeChek, LLC and is the chief inventor of the MetaLogics technology (while employed at LifeChek). Trained as a clinical laboratory scientist, he has extensive knowledge and skills in a number of areas including; human physiology, electronics, programming, and data acquisition that he has applied to a number of diverse research projects which have included development of biosensors, investigation of antimicrobial effects of an electrical treatment of decubitus ulcers, development of a heat flow gauge for calorie monitoring, and development of computerized tests for apraxia of speech research. He also mentored a number of masters level research projects while at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Szuminsky has led two significant commercial research and development efforts. He is an inventor on ten U.S. patents which, in addition to those covering the personal calorie measurement technology, include several related to an amperometric sensor for glucose measurements that was successfully commercialized as the AccuChek Advantage. It was discussions of monitoring needs with diabetic patients and diabetologists that lead to the research and development of the technology used in the MetaLogics’ personal calorie monitor. Mr. Szuminsky has been instrumental in the conduct of all previous technical and clinical research on the personal calorie monitor including multiple feasibility and validation studies. Mr. Szuminsky has a BS in Medical Technology and an MS degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dale Henn, Consumer Marketing Advisor
Dale Henn is an expert in consumer marketing, infomercials and retail sales, an inventor, and entrepreneur with a passion for new technologies that solve real health problems. He is Founder, President and CEO of BODYOLOGIC WEARABLES, a developer and distributor of innovative wearable products that improve health, wellness and fitness. He has held leadership positions at Prizim Medical, Risdall-Henn Consumer Direct, Contour Technology, Compex Technologies, TurboFit, Fitness Quest, and NordicTrack. He has worked with professional and elite level athletes in football, baseball, basketball, track & field, hockey and a variety of other sports. He has developed and led new product development and was an executive producer for TV products at Fitness Quest. He has written, appeared in and produced numerous direct response mediums including infomercials, spots, print ads, web advertising, video news releases and public relations efforts for a variety of health, fitness, medical and wellness products. His focus is on wearable technologies that have real health benefits to end users.
Stephen Hustead, Cardiologist, Medical Weight Loss Advisor
Dr. Stephen Hustead, DO, completed his cardiology fellowship in 1986 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and practiced cardiology at the Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute from 1990 to 2015. Prior to that he was in academic practice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Hustead specializes in treating patients with heart rhythm disorders, and also performs implants of cardiac rhythm devices such as pacemakers and internal cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and catheter ablation to treat arrhythmias. He has a special interest in helping patients prevent cardiology problems and rehabilitating patients who suffer from cardiovascular disease complications.
Jon Moon, Energy Management Advisor
Jon Moon, PhD, Fellow of The Obesity Society (FTOS), is the President and Founder of MEI Research, Ltd., a firm that supports research in energy balance, nutrition, weight management behavior, and ecological momentary assessment. He is an expert in energy balance assessment, metabolic instrumentation, mobile technologies, and research support with data management systems. MEI Research configures custom hardware and support services, algorithm development and analysis for studies of energy balance and behavioral context. As an engineer with more than fifteen years of academic research and eighteen years in industry, developing and commercializing medical technologies, he is a leader in physiologic measurement systems using mobile health (mHealth) technology. In addition, he has extensive experience in applying engineering approaches to translate research concepts into commercial products. As a Fellow and volunteer of the Obesity Society, he served as a founding Councilor (2012-2015) of the eHealth/mHealth Section. Dr. Moon also served on the Repository for Algorithm Development for Ambulatory Research (RADAR) Concept Development Committee for the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Moon received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, followed by Masters and Doctorate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Biomedical Engineering.
Mary Pigatti, Weight Loss & Chronic Disease Industry Advisor
Mary Pigatti has more than 25 years of experience in successfully leading organizational growth, innovation and investments for digital health and performance solution companies. Currently, Ms. Pigatti is CEO of eMindful, a leading provider of evidence-based mindfulness programs that improve health outcomes, lower healthcare costs and builds sustainable cultures. Prior to eMindful, Ms. Pigatti was CEO of Retrofit, Inc., a leading provider of personalized weight-management and disease-prevention programs. In 2018, she led the company through a successful acquisition by Livongo, Inc. During her time at Retrofit, her people-first mindset helped lead the company to win several workplace awards including being named a Great Place to Work® and an Elite Award Winner for Work-Life Balance. Ms. Pigatti has also held leadership roles at United Health Group’s Optum division, Johnson & Johnson’s Wellness & Prevention business, Ceridian, and Limeade. Throughout her career her top priority has been employee health and client happiness. Ms. Pigatti holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago.
John Shade, Mobile Software Development & User Engagement Advisor
John Shade is the Chief Information Officer at MEI Research Ltd., where he is responsible for finance, IT, and operations functions, and directs the company’s activities focused on applying social networks and game mechanics to problems where behavioral change is the key to getting sustained, successful outcomes. Prior to MEI Research, Mr. Shade was the Chief Operating Officer at OneHealth, a social network helping people with chronic conditions manage their health, where he was responsible for health challenge programs that recruited members to participate in group challenges, leaderboards with daily team rankings, with results captured in real-time and analyzed using proprietary algorithms. His career includes project and senior management positions at technology and health care organizations that include General Manager and Senior Vice President at Ceridian, Chief Operating Officer at Definity Health, Chief Operating Officer at Definity/United Healthcare, and Systems Engineering at IBM. Mr. Shade received his BS in Psychology from Duke University.