Executive Team Our Executive Team is made up of passionate and experienced individuals, committed to our mission of making the world a healthier and happier place. They are proud to serve our valued customers and business partners around the world. Luis Kasuga President & CEO Luis Kasuga is a seasoned professional in the direct selling industry. He began his career as an independent distributor in 1990, then joined Nikken in 1994 as a multilingual translation assistant. He served in various roles until 2004 when he was appointed Managing Director of Latin America. In 2021, he assumed the role of President and CEO of Nikken International. Passionate about the direct selling model and human development, Luis believes they provide the ideal platform for acquiring business management skills. He is committed to preserving the Nikken legacy and dedicated to the support and service of individuals seeking a better future in every aspect of the 5 Pillars of Wellness. Luis envisions the future of Nikken as a leader in the Wellness Industry. This vision is built on co-creation, collaborative growth, empowering individuals and teams, continuous learning, adaptation, and thriving as a united global community in an ever-evolving world. Franck Leroy Chief Operating Officer - COO As COO, Franck is committed to serving the Nikken Global Wellness Community by ensuring that every operational decision is aligned with the Nikken vision of service and the 5 Pillars of Wellness. Bilingual and bicultural, Franck began his Nikken journey in 1999. From being the primary source of support for the French market to leading the Customer Service department and training staff on operational procedures, Franck has diversified and collaborated with IT on system development, incentive designs and implementation. He has proven to be an essential leader and team member in facilitating the evolution of Nikken as an eco-sensitive company. Franck holds a Master’s degree in Languages and Civilization and has done doctoral studies in Economics. Alejandra Tsutsumi Business Development Manager—Global Marketing Project Born in Canada, Alejandra ('Ale') was brought up in Mexico with Japanese grandparents. Her life was diverse since day one. She is a marketing passionista with more than 20 years of experience in international business, sales strategies, and working with some of the most well-known brands in North America. Ale is also a Six Sigma certified Black Belt in Sales & Marketing processes to improve ROI and budget efficiency. With her proven track record of implementing innovative marketing strategies, driving revenue growth, and extensive experience in the business domain, Ale is the ideal person to lead the Global Marketing Project. She will help ensure that the Nikken brand's image is established and recognizable worldwide. Jeff Isom Director of Sales and Training Before joining the executive staff, Jeff Isom was already a significant contributor to the success of the Nikken legacy. As a sought-after personal development trainer, he has successfully helped thousands of entrepreneurs and Nikken business builders to discover their potential since 1999. An internationally renowned motivational speaker, trainer and leadership coach for more than 30 years, Jeff has met three U.S. presidents, worked as a professional film producer and director, traveled to 151 countries, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University where he also served as part-time faculty. He is working on a Masters of Science in Management and Leadership to update his knowledge and skills for his current role. Combining his talents, passion and unique experiences, Jeff’s dynamic brand of leadership is an asset to his role as Nikken Director of Sales and Training. Gustavo Gomez Managing Director of Nikken Latin America Gustavo Gomez joined Nikken as Country Manager of Colombia in 2003. He was promoted to Commercial Director of Latin America in 2006. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in the direct sales and network marketing industries and held positions in operations, logistics, commerce and executive management. With his vast knowledge, Gustavo has helped develop commercial strategies and strong brand positioning to generate profits. His previous career as an Industrial Engineer is reflected in his work to optimize Nikken Latin American processes and systems. Gustavo has worked in diverse marketplaces, including Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru and the United States. He has successfully opened new markets, designed field strategies to increase business expansion and helped to create incentives, training programs, compensation plans and advanced recruitment. Carlos Cedillo Chief Technology Officer – CTO Carlos is committed to helping Nikken develop its technology to focus on the Global Wellness Community. Prior to joining Nikken in 2001, Carlos worked in the data analysis department of one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. In charge of IT operations for Nikken Mexico and Central America, he participated in the market openings of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Carlos led one of the first implementations of the ERP SAP Business One for a Direct Selling company in 2005. In 2018, he collaborated with every department as the team leader on the major undertaking of consolidating Nikken systems worldwide. Carlos holds a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Project Planning & Direction, with a focus on ExO methodology. �sa Scheele European Director of Sales & Training �sa has been with Nikken since 1999, and worked in various positions within the Company. She started her Nikken career as a Customer Services Advisor for Sweden and progressed to Team Leader, Company Trainer, and Project Manager. When she joined the Sales Team, it was due to her passion for supporting and training our Consultants around Europe. With a wealth of experience in all different aspects of the business, and a strong commitment, she is a valuable source of knowledge. Her background, with a degree from Stockholm University where she amongst other subjects studied communication and rhetoric, and her education in Management from Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations, serves her well in her current role. Pat Elkins Millionaires’ Club Advisor Before joining Nikken Pat Elkins followed a career in finance, managing the credit card authorization department at First Tennessee Bank in Memphis. On moving to California, Pat joined Nikken in 1991 at the entry level. Her interpersonal and problem-solving abilities were immediately apparent and after only one week Pat transferred to a position where she greeted Consultants and resolved their business issues. Pat then worked in several different capacities at Nikken, leading to her post overseeing the operations of what was named the President�s Club. Currently the administrator for Team Kaizen and the Millionaires’ Club, Pat is the first employee to whom Independent Nikken Consultants presented the Facilitator of the Year award, in recognition of her excellent customer service skills. Jane Shima Customer Service Manager, North America Jane joined Nikken in 2003 as a representative in the Customer Service Department and was promoted to Team Leader in 2007. Jane learned early on to focus on listening, problem-solving and organization when she worked in customer service at Disneyland while attending college. She continued to use those skills after graduation when she worked for a tech company and assisted outside sales representatives with timely information to close sales. With her many years of experience and her invaluable understanding of Nikken, the Consultants and the customer base, Jane is the consummate Customer Services Manager. Jane holds a BA in International Business from CA State Fullerton and lives with her husband and two daughters. Andy Yamvinij Information Technology Manager Andy has worked in virtually every aspect of IT at Nikken, including logistics and application analyses, web and software development, system integration testing, and network and UNIX administration. In the last two decades, Andy has migrated the ERP system and helped design and execute the company’s global technology advancements, as well as playing an integral part in the Nikken infrastructure upgrades. Andy holds a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and holds multiple certifications. David Balzer Nikken Technical Advisor Dave combines his knowledge of science, technology and marketing to be a dynamic speaker, educator and product guru. He has a BASc in Chemistry but is articulate in all things related to science, while his MBA in Marketing equips him with business acumen. His association with Nikken began decades ago when he met the founder and felt a profound connection. As a product consultant, Dave has been instrumental in the research and development of many cutting-edge Nikken products. His knowledge on the benefits that Nikken products bring to the pursuit of Active Wellness is unparalleled. Dr. Ata Sharif Chief Science Officer After completing his doctorate in medicine, and starting his medical training in emergency medicine, Dr. Ata Sharif realized his first passion was clinical research. He has served as the lead project scientist for the Department of Surgery at the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California, Irvine for the last seven years. During that time, he completed his MBA at UCI with the goal of utilizing his business acumen to improve the healthcare industry. Dr. Sharif has a strong belief in evidence-based research to support alternative and complementary medicine.