EXTENSIVE INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE
For over a combined 90 years, the MeriCal leadership team has provided custom manufacturing and packaging solutions to the dietary supplement industry.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Before being named CEO in 2017, Brian Smith held leadership roles at one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world. He was the Chief Executive Officer at First Engineering Ltd., and previously led the Sunningdale Tech Group – a 10,000-person strong global device manufacturer. Prior to those roles, he was an operating partner at Linden Capital Partners.
Brian holds a master’s degree from the TRIUM Program at the London School of Economics.
CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES & COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Nicole Arvizu is MeriCal’s Chief Human Resources and Compliance Officer.
Nicole and her team are responsible for creating and maintaining MeriCal’s culture which empowers employees to lead a healthy work/life balance. She also directs all HR functions including talent acquisition, benefits, and business support.
Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Chapman University.
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Andrea Dimond is MeriCal’s Chief Commercial Officer.
She leads business strategy and development for the organization. Andrea plays a key role in analyzing market data to align customer objectives with cross-functional business decisions.
Before joining MeriCal in 2018, Andrea spent 20 years at Nestle, where she served in various key roles in sales and distribution.
Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and earned a Food Industry Management Program Certificate from USC.
PRESIDENT, RETAIL SALES
Tom Bovich is MeriCal’s President of Retail Sales.
Tom is responsible for strategy and development of some of the largest retail accounts in the country.
Since joining MeriCal in 2007, Tom has been at the forefront of bringing innovative probiotic platforms to market, partnering with key food, drug, and mass retailers.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics from the University of Maryland and completed graduate work at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.
Jeff Stallings serves as president of MeriCal.
Since 1998, Jeff has been an integral part of the MeriCal organization and has helped shape the company into the industry leader it is today. He oversees MeriCal’s entire supply chain, customer support center, and contract manufacturing and packaging services.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Southern California and a master’s in Finance and Operations from the University of California, Los Angeles.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER
Richard is MeriCal’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and General Manager.
Richard oversees MeriCal’s Utah operations as well as focusing on strategic projects with an emphasis on post-merger and acquisition integration.
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.
JEREMY BARTOS, PH.D.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Jeremy Bartos is MeriCal’s Senior Vice President of Research & Development.
Jeremy leads the Innovation and Technical Operation aspects of MeriCal’s R&D department. His teams are responsible for delivering unique and innovative dietary supplements to market.
Before joining MeriCal in 2016, Jeremy held leadership positions at Glanbia Nutritionals and ChromaDex.
Jeremy holds a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
IDEAL SUPERPOWER: THE ABILITY TO FLY TO ANY GOLF COURSE IN THE
With 32 years of experience in the dietary supplement industry, and a background inACS-certified chemistry, mathematics and statistics, Shawn Hogge has always had a desire to help people. Initially wanting to be a doctor, he quickly realized that needles were not his forté so he took a different approach to health- one that prevents. He believes that the employees are what make MeriCal the best in the biz. “Their commitment and determination to produce a superior quality product sets us apart from our competitors.” When he's not working, Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 boys. He believes that giving back to the community and enjoying the outdoors is the key to happiness.
CHIEF QUALITY OFFICER
IDEAL SUPERPOWER: THE POWER OF THOUGHT
With 32 years of experience in the dietary supplement industry, and a background in ACS-certified chemistry, mathematics and statistics, Shawn Hogge has always had a desire to help people. Initially wanting to be a doctor, he quickly realized that needles were not his forté so he took a different approach to health- one that prevents. He believes that the employees are what make MeriCal the best in the biz. “Their commitment and determination to produce a superior quality product sets us apart from our competitors.” When he’s not working, Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 boys. He believes that giving back to the community and enjoying the outdoors is the key to happiness.