October 21, 2020

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AHPA Sports Nutrition Virtual Congress

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is excited to present its inaugural Sports Nutrition Virtual Congress on October 21st. The Sports Nutrition Congress – a first-of-its-kind-event – will deliver critical information that will help companies capitalize on opportunities, address challenges and help ensure the long-term success of the perpetually growing sport and fitness food and supplement industry. The Congress also celebrates the 10th anniversary of AHPA’s Sports Nutrition Committee, which for the past decade has aimed to help promote responsible practices in the sports nutrition market by bringing sports brands, suppliers, and manufacturers together with regulators, legal experts, and more. The committee itself leverages AHPA’s expertise working with regulators, industry veterans and legal experts to identify challenges and collaborate to find solutions.


  • US and International Trends in the Sports Nutrition Market

  • Building the Business Body Through Winning Innovation: People, Pipeline, and Process Strategies

  • Champion of Compliance: Ingredient and Product Testing for Label Validation, Prop 65, and GMOs
  • Staying Out of the Penalty Box: Liability and Risk Reduction

  • Clean and Trusted: Opportunities to Leverage Banned Substance Testing and Quality Marks in Sales and Marketing

  • Proven Performance: Developing a Highly Efficient, Cost-Effective Research Program


David Vobora

David Vobora
Five-year NFL veteran David Vobora met US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, a quadruple amputee in 2014. Vobora opened his personal gym to Staff Sergeant Mills, to provide his training expertise. The pair started working out together, customizing and adapting to the unique challenges posed by Mills’ injuries. Through working with Mills and engaging the veteran community, Vobora developed a passion for helping those with life-altering injuries find life-fulfilling adaptive performance training.

Vobora realized that, while there are many excellent rehabilitation programs as well as adaptive/Paralympic sports organizations, none existed to bridge the gap from basic functional rehabilitation to adapted sport. Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF) was conceived to fill this void.






October 21, 2020


8am-4:30pm (all times listed in PT zone)


Virtual Congress Login and Networking Opportunity


PRESIDENT'S Welcome: Introduction and Agenda

Amber Bennett, Director of Membership, AHPA
Michael McGuffin, President, AHPA


US and INT'L Trends in the Sports Nutrition Market
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An overview of the Playing Field: A broadcast of domestic and international markets – today and tomorrow – with a look at trends that brands, manufacturers and suppliers should have on their radar. IT's ON!

Moderator: Lindsey Ormond, MSc, RNutr, Director of Nutrition & Research, Milk Specialties Global
- Tom Vierhile, VP Strategic Insights, North America, Innova Market Insights
- Mathias Toft Vangsøe, Cand.Scient, Sales Development Manager, Arla Foods Ingredients 
- Jack Gayton, Senior Buyer, Sports Nutrition, The Vitamin Shoppe


Networking Break
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Products that make a difference are themselves the products of strategic innovation pipeline driven by consumer insights, regulatory and legal compliance, food science acumen and high-quality production. Build strength in your innovation pipeline with expert coaching and support featured in this session.

Moderator: Garry Pay, Esq., Senior Vice President Legal Regulatory Affairs, Beachbody, LLC
- Dr. James DiNicolantonio, PharmD, Director of Scientific Affairs, AIDP
- Sara Perez Ojalvo, Director, Research & Development, Nutrition 21, LLC
- Aaron Heidebreicht, VP, FDMC & Specialty North America, Woodbolt Distribution LLC I Nutrabolt


Networking Break
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CHAMPION OF COMPLIANCE: Ingredient and Product Testing for Label Validation, Prop 65, and GMOs
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Consumer trust and brand transparency are critical, making label accuracy and compliance and marketing honesty a must. Develop your checklist and toolbox to be a champion!

Moderator: Mark Jost, Sr. Vice President, Gemini Pharmaceuticals
- Rob Wildman, Ph.D., RD, LD, CISSN, Chief Science Officer, Dymatize
- Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., RD, FACN, FISSN, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Nutrasource
- Darryl Sullivan, Chief Science Officer & Director of Regulatory Affairs, Eurofins Scientific, Inc.


STAYING OUT OF THE PENALTY BOX: Liability and Risk Reduction

Apply best practices to limit ingredient, product and brand risk and liability by understanding the rules and playing your best game with best practice formulation, truthful, substantiated claims, monitoring consumer communications, etc. 

Moderator: Shawn Wells, MPH, RD, LDN, CISSN, FISSN, CEO, Zone Halo Formulations
- Rick Collins, Esq., FISSN, CSCS, Partner, Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC
- Jay Manfre, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, REDCON1, LLC
- John Venardos, Global Regulatory and Government Affairs Consultant, Venardos & Associates

Lunch Break


CLEAN AND TRUSTED: Opportunities to Leverage Banned Substance Testing and Quality Marks in Sales and Marketing

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Whether its professional athletes or inspired beginners and every level in between. Clean, validated and high-quality products are necessary and critical components of trust. Understanding the benefits of banned substance testing, label and protein validation to create sales and product and brand trust. Strengthen your ingredient and product playbook!

Moderator: Kris Gethin, CEO, KAGED MUSCLE Supplements; Co-Founder, Kris Gethin Gyms 
- David Trosin, Managing Director of Health Sciences Certifications, NSF International 
- Paul Klinger, Business Development Director, LGC Science, Inc.
- Oliver Catlin, President & Co-Founder, Banned Substances Control Group


Networking Break
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PROVEN PERFORMANCE: Developing a Highly Efficient, Cost-Effective Research Program

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Terms like "Real Science", and "Research Proven" are meaningful, especially to customers, coaches, nutritionists and media. Suppliers and brands not only become stronger when powered by an understanding of their ingredients and products in enhancing performance, but also build trust, unique communication opportunities and claim substantiation. It's an industry imperative, but it doesn't have to be a budgetary defeat. Learn how to be victorious in your research platform!

Moderator: Vince Kreipke, Ph.D., CSCS, CISSN, Scientific Advisor, Onnit
- Hame Persaud, Executive Vice President, HP Ingredients 
- Richard Kreider, Ph.D., FACSM, FISSN, FACN, FNAK, Professor; Executive Director, Human Clinical Research Facility – Director, Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab – Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
- Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR, FISSN, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, The Center for Applied Health Sciences, LLC; Supplement Safety Solutions, LLC; NovaNutra,/KLZ Holdings/Ortho-Nutra/NPI, LLC
- Chris Lockwood, Ph.D., FACN, CSCS, President, Lockwood LLC; Adjunct Science Editor,; Adjunct Professor, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Networking Break

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KEYNOTE: DAVE VOBORA – The Athlete in All!

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Five-year NFL veteran Dave Vobora will speak about his experiences engaging the veteran community and developing a passion for helping those with life-altering injuries find life-fulfilling adaptive performance training. Vobora realized that, while there are many excellent rehabilitation programs as well as adaptive/Paralympic sports organizations, none existed to bridge the gap from basic functional rehabilitation to adapted sport. Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF) was conceived to fill this void.

Introducer:- Rob Wildman, Ph.D., RD, LD, CISSN, Chief Science Officer, Dymatize
Keynote Speaker:- Dave Vobora, Founder, Adaptive Training Foundation

POST-GAME! Closing Remarks and Overview: Takeaways, Next Meetings and More

Michael McGuffin President, AHPA


Amber Bennett serves as Director of Membership for AHPA. Bennett is responsible for establishing and implementing strategies that maintain and expand AHPA membership, creation and implementation of member recruitment and retention strategies, as well as handling sponsorship and advertising initiatives to expand AHPA’s size and influence and further promote AHPA’s participation in herbal industry activities relevant to membership. Bennett was formerly with VIRGO Publishing (INFORMA) for 12 years, most recently as Associate Publisher of the Natural Products INSIDER and Food Product Design, where she was a top revenue generator and managed many high-level, key accounts resulting in double digit growth.
Oliver Catlin is the President and Co-Founder of Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG), a leading international third-party certification and testing provider. With a background in sports anti-doping analytical testing, he is widely regarded as a thought leader in the field of nutrition and dietary supplements and issues relating to drugs in sport.
Rick Collins, Esq., NSCA-CSCS, is a lawyer dedicated to the health and fitness community and is a Partner in the law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, based on Long Island, New York. He is internationally recognized as a top legal authority in the field of dietary supplements and physical enhancement. His law firm represents numerous companies in the sports nutrition industry. He serves as General Counsel to the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) and is the official legal advisor to the Pro League of the International Federation of BodyBuilders.

Collins is a nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and former personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder. He is the co-author of the popular Alpha Male Challenge, a men’s nutrition and fitness book published by Rodale. He has contributed chapters to several textbooks on sports nutrition. A frequent contributor to various health and fitness publications, Collins is a monthly columnist for the nationally circulated Muscular Development magazine and has served for a decade as a member of their Advisory Board. 

Collins’ practice and accomplished career have been profiled in periodicals as diverse as the prestigious New York Law Journal and the popular MuscleMag International. He has been interviewed as a legal authority in the film “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” (2008) and on national television talk and news shows, in talk radio interviews and by countless online and print publications, including USA Today,, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the Salt Lake Tribune, Newsday and Reason magazine. 

A former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney, Collins has been awarded the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell “AV-rating” for his keen legal abilities and ethical standards (AV-rating), and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has been annually named to the list of “Super Lawyers.” Collins is admitted to practice in the State courts of New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas, in the courts of the District of Columbia, and in various federal courts. He was honored with the 2001 President's Award of the Nassau County Bar Association. He works on the Executive Committee of a section of the New York State Bar Association, and has testified before the Council of the City of New York on behalf of the 60,000 members of the association. He is a Past President of the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County and the Immediate Past President of the Nassau County Bar Association. Collins was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate at Hofstra University. After attending law school on a full academic scholarship and being named to the Law Review, he was admitted to the New York Bar. Collins is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Nassau Lawyer, the journal of the Nassau County Bar.
Dr. James DiNicolantonio is Doctor of Pharmacy and an expert in health, nutrition and nutraceuticals. He is currently the Director of Scientific Affairs at AIDP. Over the past 10 years, Dr. DiNicolantonio was a key member in building and implementing integrative health, health and wellness, and medication therapy management programs in the retail setting. Dr. DiNicolantonio has a research background in the field of cardiovascular health. He has published over 250 academic papers in the medical literature primarily focusing on nutrition and nutraceuticals. Dr. DiNicolantonio serves as the Associate Editor of BMJ Open Heart, a cardiology journal published in partnership with the British Cardiovascular Society, a scientific advisor to the Organic and Natural Health Association and serves on the Editorial Board of several other medical journals.
Jack Gayton currently serves as the Senior Buyer, Sports Nutrition, of The Vitamin Shoppe. In this role, he leads merchandising strategy and buying for the sports nutrition division, with responsibility for the protein, sports supplements, weight management, and on-the-go categories. 

Gayton joined The Vitamin Shoppe in May 2019 and since that time has conceived and executed the assortment optimization of the protein category, driving sales and margin growth in this crucial business. He also led best-in-class launches of key new brands at The Vitamin Shoppe, including Women’s Best, Ambrosia Collective, and Jocko Fuel. 

The Vitamin Shoppe, a subsidiary of Franchise Group Inc., is an omni-channel specialty retailer and wellness lifestyle company with 730 directly operated stores and an e-commerce business. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, the company offers a comprehensive assortment of nutritional solutions, including vitamins, minerals, specialty supplements, herbs, sports nutrition, homeopathic remedies, green living products, and natural beauty aids. 

Gayton’s previous merchandising experience includes senior buying roles at Toys ‘R’ Us where he led the LEGO and Video Game categories, and Bed Bath & Beyond, where he was responsible for e-commerce and DTC for the Housewares division.  
Kris Gethin has been voted the worlds #1 trainer on various platforms such as PT Academy and He is the Co-Founder of the Kris Gethin Gyms franchise and KAGED MUSCLE Supplements, and has certified over 800 personal trainers in his training principles including DTP (Dramatic Training Principle). An author of several books, Gethin has competed as a Natural Pro Bodybuilder (gaining 2nd in the Natural World Bodybuilding Championships) while also competing in IRONMAN Triathlon and Ultramarathon. 
Aaron Heidebreicht is VP, FDMC & Specialty North America, at Woodbotl Distribution LLC I Nutrabolt. 

Mark Jost is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Gemini Pharmaceuticals, a 38-year old contract manufacturer of dietary supplements and OTCs. He is responsible for nutraceutical marketing and sales initiatives including the strategic positioning of Gemini as a premier CMO for dietary supplements. Jost serves on the NSF International joint committees for NSF/ANSI Standard 173 Dietary Supplements and for NSF/GRMA Dietary Supplement Audit Procedures 455 standard. 

Prior to Gemini, Jost was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at ChromaDex Inc. During his time at ChromaDex, he was responsible for the management of the dietary supplements analytical laboratory in Boulder, CO, the ComplyID program, and the operational side of the BluScience dietary supplement product line as well as performing various business development and sales roles. 

Before joining ChromaDex, Jost held executive positions at SION Power, NSF International, and Eagle Picher Industries. While at NSF International, he was one of the founders of the NSF dietary supplement program.  
Douglas Kalman Ph.D., RD, FACN, FISSN, is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Nutrasource, a nutrition-centric Contract Research & Service Organization. Historically, Dr. Kalman has been involved in over 200 clinical trials and projects within the pharmaceutical, medical and exercise – nutrition fields. He has published over 80 abstracts and more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is also a Co-Editor of one journal (JISSN) and on the editorial board of three scientific journals. 

Dr. Kalman received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, masters degree from Hunter College – City University of New York and doctorate in exercise and nutritional biochemistry (health research) from Touro University International. He is an active member and or spokesperson with many organizations (ISSN, NSCA, APS, ACSM, etc.) and a co-founder of The International Society of Sports Nutrition ( He has worked with Olympic Athlete’s (Nagano, Japan, Salt Lake City, UT, Torino, Italy, England, and the most recent Brazil Olympics) for Winter and Summer sports, professional athletes (i.e., MLB, NFL, NBA), musicians and music groups, combat sports (UFC/Bellator, etc.), collegiate athletes and teams as well as Nike’s Elite Distance Racing Team (Oregon Project) and the general population. Dr. Kalman has edited four academic textbooks, contributed to more than five academic textbooks as well as two “popular press” books. He has been interviewed on various media outlets such as NBC, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, CNN, Discovery Channel plus others along with a host of radio shows. 

Dr. Kalman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He also teaches in the Exercise Sciences Department at NSU. He has been the Nutrition Program Consultant for IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida and the Team Nutritionist for Coral Springs Aquatic Center while being a nutrition consultant to the United States Tennis Association – Player Development Program (USTA). He has taught at New York University, C.W. Post-Long Island University and Florida Atlantic University. In addition to the aforementioned, Dr. Kalman has been the Sports Nutritionist for the Florida International University (FIU) Athletic Department, a Division I competitor with 18 fielded teams.
Paul Klinger is the Business Development Director for LGC Science, Inc.

Richard Kreider, Ph.D., FACSM, FISSN, FACN, FNAK, serves as Professor, Executive Director of the Human Clinical Research Facility (HCRF), and Director of the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab at Texas A&M University. He served as Head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology and Thomas A. and Joan Read Endowed Chair for Disadvantaged Youth (2008 to 2017). Dr. Kreider has conducted numerous studies on nutrition and exercise and has published six books, 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, over 450 research abstracts, and 150 health and fitness related articles. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited over 14,600 times in the literature (h-index 63, i10-index 145). Dr. Kreider and his students have presented 675 presentations at regional, national, and international professional conferences. Dr. Kreider is a Fellow of the American College of Sport Medicine (FACSM); an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a co-founder, board member, and Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN); founding Editor-In-Chief of the BioMed Central – Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (IF 5.068); Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN); former Board Member of the American Kinesiology Association (2015 - 2018); elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (FNAK, #568); member of the American Public Health Association (APHA); and, member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Kreider has received over 24 million dollars as a PI, Co-PI and/or consultant in internal and/or external funding to support research related to the role of exercise and nutrition on health, disease, rehabilitation, performance, and/or health disparities/equity. Dr. Kreider has received the NSCA Nutrition Achievement Award (2010), Global Health & Pharma Sport & Nutrition Award (2017), and the ISSN Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) among others. Dr. Kreider has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences internationally and serves as a scientific expert consultant for industry and national professional organizations.  
Vince Kreipke, Ph.D., CSCS, CISSN, received his doctorate in Exercise Physiology with a focus in Sports Nutrition in 2016 from Florida State University. During this time, his research focused on the efficacy of dietary interventions, such as nutritional supplementation and protein intake, and exercise on body composition, metabolism, and human performance. More recently, Dr. Kreipke has expanded his research to include the role of various dietary ingredients to enhance other aspects of daily living, such as cognitive performance and general health. Additionally, Dr. Kreipke oversees all scientific communication and formulation at Onnit Labs, Austin TX, USA. He is an active member of many academic associations including, but not limited to, the NSCA and ISSN, from which he holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and CISSN, respectively. Dr. Kreipke continues to hold speaking engagements across the United States while maintaining relevance in the current academic literature. Human optimization has always been a deep-seeded passion for Dr. Kreipke. He continually works to report the most cutting edge research to his academic lectures while finding practical application in helping individuals realize their physical goals.
Chris Lockwood, Ph.D., FACN, CSCS, is President, Lockwood LLC; Adjunct Science Editor,; and Adjunct Professor, at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR, FISSN, is recognized for applying his diverse background in sports medicine, exercise science, nutritional biochemistry and clinical research; he has transitioned away from clinical medicine to focus on nutra-biosciences, dietary supplements and functional foods as a research scientist, IP-protected formulation development, safety and regulatory key opinion leader. Dr. Lopez is the CMO/Co-Founder of Center for Applied Health Sciences, a leading clinical research organization and he is the Co-Founder of Supplement Safety Solutions, a comprehensive Pre-market through Post-market safety, Nutravigilance®, a regulatory compliance consulting company. He holds multiple patents within the nutraceutical space and is co-founder of an IP discovery, incubation, development company to bring novel, bioactive compounds for licensing to the dietary supplement, natural products, functional foods/beverage space within broad categories, including, but not limited to: longevity/healthy aging, brain health/neurocognitive function, blood flow and vascular health, joint/muscle/orthopedic health, and exercise performance and sports nutrition.
Jonathan “Jay” Manfre, Esq., is the Chief Legal Officer of REDCON1, LLC, the fastest growing sports nutrition company in history. As Chief Legal Officer of Redcon1, LLC, Manfre brings his expertise in current Good Manufacturing Practices, standard operating procedures, labeling and marketing regulations, and FDA and FTC compliance to help ensure long-term success. He has had his articles published in popular print and online health and fitness publications and has lectured on the topic of regulatory law to other attorneys and industry professionals, and is recognized as a legal authority in the subject matter.

In addition, Manfre has co-authored two chapters in a textbook entitled “Handbook of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods.” In addition to his role as Chief Legal Officer of REDCON1, LLC, Manfre is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the REDCON1 FOUNDATION, Incorporated. As Secretary of the Board, he is responsible for maintaining the corporate records, documenting the meeting minutes, and ensuring that the corporation maintains transparency. He brings his knowledge of corporate governance and policy to the Redcon1 Foundation and serves as a non-paid Director.

Manfre graduated Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies in Business and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School. At New York Law School, he was a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council and the New York Law School Law Review. Manfre is a member of the New York Bar and is Authorized House Counsel in Florida.
Michael McGuffin was honored in 2010 for over 20 years of dedicated service, having served as the President of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) since 1999 and a member of the Board of Trustee's for 10 years prior. He has been active in the herbal industry since 1974, having owned both retail and manufacturing businesses in this field.

A leading expert on dietary supplement regulation, McGuffin has been published in scholarly and scientific journals, including the Food and Drug Law Journal and Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and also wrote the highly-lauded publication AHPA’s Annotated Final Rule on Dietary Supplement cGMP (2007). Additionally, McGuffin served as Managing Editor of AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook (1997) and Herbs of Commerce, 2nd edition (2000). He speaks frequently on dietary supplement regulation in the U.S. and abroad.

McGuffin has represented the herbal industry at state and federal hearings on herbal regulatory issues. He has served as a member of FDA's Food Advisory Committee Working Group on Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements (1998-1999), FDA's Food Advisory Committee's Dietary Supplements Subcommittee (2003-2005), California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Analysis Food Warning Workgroup (2008-2010), and the Advisory Board of the USC School of Pharmacy Regulatory Science Master's Degree Program. He also serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and United Plant Savers.

McGuffin was awarded the Cliff Adler “Heart in Business” award in 1994 and the Nutrition Business Journal Award for Efforts on Behalf of Industry in 2004 and 2012. McGuffin has been quoted in a variety of news publications such as the New York Times, the Washington PostU.S. News & World Report and Newsweek and has made appearances on ABC's Nightline, National Public Radio, and ABC Radio.
Lindsey Ormond is a registered nutritionist with vast experience across the protein, performance and lifestyle nutrition markets. Her 15 years in industry across both R&D and commercial settings have brought together nutrition science, consumer insight and customer needs, with the aim of producing solutions to enable people to live healthier and perform better. Ormond’s role at Milk Specialties centers around interpreting and managing research on dairy ingredients and proteins for human health and performance.
Garry Pay, Esq., is Senior Vice President Legal Regulatory Affairs, at Beachbody, LLC.
Sara Perez Ojalvo is the Director of Research and Development for Nutrition 21 LLC, a nutraceutical company that provides novel and innovative ingredients for sports nutrition, beauty from within, and general health. She manages all pre-clinical and clinical studies that support the safety and efficacy of the company’s ingredients and finished products. Her role includes researching, designing, monitoring, analyzing the studies and developing substantiated claims as well as presenting results. Perez Ojalvo is uniquely qualified for this position, as she has multiple abstracts, publications and patents in her name.

Perez Ojalvo is adept at translating study results into marketing materials, presentations, abstracts, posters and publications. She is frequently called upon to present scientific data to potential customers and at conferences.

Perez Ojalvo is also a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and was previously a research scientist at Avedro. Prior to that, she was a lab researcher at Wesleyan University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology.
Skillfully blending his lifelong passion for living a holistic life with a keen business acumen has made Hame Persaud a supplyside force of nature. Since becoming Executive Vice President of HP Ingredients, a boutique herbal supplier in 2015, Persaud has helped cultivate the company to a global powerhouse of science-backed, sustainable ingredients for human health.

Persaud has held executive management positions at B2B and B2C companies in the nutraceutical (dietary and nutritional supplements) and cosmetic, health and natural food sectors. For the past 25 years he has led the development of successful innovation solutions, targeted marketing strategies and high-level dynamic business development to early-stage and multinational companies.

Persaud brings a deep understanding of the interplay of product formulation and development, clinical studies, intellectual property protection, regulatory, branding, technical and scientific, marketing, sales, international expansion, distribution and customer service – a lively blend that has led to his overseeing the successful launch of over 20 companies in the natural products space. Additionally, he has held prestigious executive management positions in “blue-chip” international companies: Lloyd’s of London, AVEDA, Sabinsa, and Piramal PhytoMedicines, a division of Piramal Enterprises.

Career highlights so far include the introduction of “Beauty from Within” product category in the late 1990s, launched the HBA market’s first Multi-Level-Marketing company, which earned $1 million in its first month of operations, and more than $6 million in the first year, and an average 89% gross profit margin; co-created and implemented the successful “Concept Salon” program for Aveda Corporation which was a key enticement for Estée Lauder’s cash purchase of AVEDA in 1997 for $300 million. In the last decade he also helped substantially to make curcumin a household word, and one of the world’s top three biggest selling herbal ingredients.

Persaud has quite the scholarly track record: university undergraduate studies at Mansfield College, Oxford University, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Modern Greats) and received an LL.B (Hons) Law Degree (Equivalent to a J.D.) from the London School of Economics & Political Science specializing in International Law; he also trained as a barrister (not espresso drinks, that’s a Barista) in England and Wales to conduct commercial trials.
Darryl Sullivan is the Chief Scientific Officer for Eurofins Scientific. Sullivan acts as the primary liaison with food, nutritional and dietary supplement companies as well as providing expertise on designing comprehensive testing programs to meet scientific and regulatory requirements. In this role he is often called upon as an expert witness for litigation and dispute resolution. He is considered an international expert in the analysis of infant formula and dietary supplements.

Sullivan has more than 40 years of experience in laboratory testing of food and dietary supplements. He is considered to be an expert in the field of validation of analytical methods, having served for three years as Chair of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Official Methods Board. Sullivan was a member of the Task Force that redesigned the AOAC Standards Development Process. He is currently the Past President and Secretary of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Board of Directors, and the Chair of the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals. He was also the Chair of the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Dietary Supplements. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the AOAC Research Institute. Sullivan was the Chair of the IFT Nutraceutical and Functional Foods Division. He is the Chair of the Analytical Laboratories Committee of the American Herbal Product Association, a member of the USP Expert Committee for Dietary Supplements, and is a member of the Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements of NSF. He is a member of the CRN Regulatory Affairs Committee and the NPA ComPLI Committee. Sullivan has developed and validated hundreds of analytical methods in the areas of nutrient and residue testing, and is the author of more than 75 publications and 100’s of scientific presentations. In addition, he is the Past Chair of the AOAC Presidential Task Force on Dietary Supplements and co-editor of the book Methods of Analysis for Nutrition Labeling. He is also the co-editor of the book Improving Import Food Safety.
David Trosin is the Managing Director of NSF International’s health sciences certification program, which includes Certified for Sport®. He has nearly 15 years of industry experience, including over an expertise in dietary and sports supplements. David leads a team whose focus is providing companies the most current and credible auditing, testing, certification and, separately, training services available to the dietary supplement, functional food, beverage, cosmetics and OTC drug industries. Through his work at NSF Trosin has helped hundreds of companies globally achieve their safety and quality goals, gain access to retailers and professional sports organizations, and cultivate trust among consumers.
Mathias Toft Vangsøe works with sales development in the Health and Performance department of Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark. Arla Foods Ingredients is a global leader in whey protein ingredients delivering and developing specialized whey ingredients within health and performance products, child nutrition and clinical nutrition. He is responsible for driving customer projects in North and South America working closely together with the local sales teams in the regions supporting sports and health brands launch new innovative products with high quality protein to meet consumer demands. With a master in sports science from Aarhus University, Vangsøe has been involved in a number of clinical studies with three recent publications on alternative protein nutrition and exercise performance.
John Venardos is a Global Regulatory and Government Affairs Consultant at Venardos & Associates. Since his time as a graduate intern to the Speaker of the House, Venardos has played a role in shaping government and regulatory policies affecting the food and natural products industries. He has worked with officials around the globe since 1985, first on behalf of NutraSweet Company, then Pfizer, later Herbalife,, and now as a consultant.

During his 17 years with Herbalife, Venardos helped that company grow from 12 to 91 markets, while recruiting, mentoring and leading a global government relations and regulatory affairs team of 24 professionals based in Washington, Brussels, Beijing, Seoul, New Delhi, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles. He also created the industry’s largest Political Action Committee.

At Pfizer and NutraSweet, Venardo helped secure domestic and international regulatory approvals for novel food ingredients while representing the companies with Congress, the FDA and the FTC.

Over his career, Venardos successfully lobbied the U.S. government to pass legislation (now law) mandating the reporting to FDA of all serious dietary supplement and OTC adverse events. He helped obtain Herbalife’s direct selling licenses in China. Under appointment by the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce, within the Office of the President during the Obama Administration, Venardos addressed distribution service issues around the globe. Most recently, in June 2019 Venardos lobbied the House to include report language in an appropriations measure mandating that FDA conduct a health hazard assessment based on available data to set a safe per-serving and daily exposure limit for CBD.

Venardos recently served as Vice Chair of the Natural Products Association, and was active with the American Herbal Products Association (Board), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (Board), the Direct Selling Association, the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance, the Institute of Food Technologists, the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (Company Council), the Nutrition Industry Association (Founding member and Board) and the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.
Tom Vierhile is VP of Strategic Insights North America for Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights and has 20+ years of experience in packaged goods reporting and analysis. Based in Fairport, New York, he is a new product marketing expert and has been quoted by Bloomberg, Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Vierhile has given presentations on new product trends at conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. A regular contributor to Prepared Foods magazine, Vierhile has a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Shawn Wells, MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN, is a product formulator and expert in the fields of performance nutrition, longevity, fitness and supplementation. He earned his master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied nutritional biochemistry with a minor in exercise science. Wells is a Registered Dietitian with a decade of experience as a Chief Clinical Dietitian in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. He is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist and has worked with celebrity clients and professional athletes.

On the road to being dubbed The World’s Greatest Formulator”, Biohacktivist, and Keto Authority, Wells faced and overcame significant obstacles with his own health—weight issues, depression, autoimmune conditions (Epstein-Barr, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), two cervical disc replacements, and a pituitary adenoma, which is a type of brain tumor. They say everything happens for a reason, and in Wells’ case, his health problems led him down a winding path that required him to find science-based solutions, and they sparked his personal passion for biohacking.

In the supplement industry, Wells has held the titles of Director of Research and Development for Dymatize Nutrition® and Chief Scientific Officer for BioTrust Nutrition®. In addition to these appointments, Wells is a Co-Founder of the popular patented ingredients TeaCrine® and Dynamine®, which are featured or used in over 300 products worldwide. He also has worked on patents on exogenous ketones, glucose tolerance agents, and more as the Founding Partner of the World’s Greatest Ingredients, LLC, alongside a team of Ph.D.’s and scientists.

Wells also is the CEO of Zone Halo Research, a consulting group for supplement formulations, sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, and regulatory/compliance work. He proudly serves on the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN) editorial board, and has co-written a chapter on creatine in the most recent ISSN textbook Sports Nutrition and Performance Enhancing Supplements. He was named to the prestigious ISSN advisory board, as well as having received the honor of being named Fellow of the ISSN.
Rob Wildman, Ph.D., RD, LD, CISSN, received his doctorate from The Ohio State University and earned his masters degree from Florida State University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wildman is a registered and licensed dietitian. He is the author of four books including Sports & Fitness Nutrition, Advanced Human Nutrition and The Nutritionist: Food, Nutrition & Optimal Health. He has contributed over 40 chapters and 100 research papers and abstracts, and is the creator of and is the founder of the International Protein Board (iPB)

Dr. Wildman serves as Chief Science Officer for Dymatize as well as teaching and research faculty at Texas Women's University in Denton, TX. He is a globally renown expert and speaks around the world on exercise and sports nutrition, and continues to work with professional and elite athletes as well as hundreds of people to achieve their performance, health and fitness goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific physical location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
This is an online event on October 21, 2020 from 8am-4:30pm PT.
Yes, you’ll need to register for this online event. Simply follow the link at the top of the page and submit your information. Then you’ll receive an email confirming your registration for the event.
Yes. The cost is $449 for AHPA members and $575 for non-members.
After you have completed registration, you will receive an email confirming your registration for the event.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
No, it is not required to participate in the Congress.
We recommend Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
Good internet connectivity will ensure high quality video streaming.
Login details and a site navigation manual will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event and to become familiar with the virtual platform.
Yes, the Sports Nutrition Congress environment will be accessible on-demand for 90 days. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time. However, we encourage you to attend live so you can interact with speakers, sponsors, and other attendees. If you are unable to do so and would like to access the content on-demand, you will still need to register in order to gain access beyond the event date.
Yes, you can log in and out at any time throughout the event.
  • Watch online presentations from top industry speakers
  • Downloadable resources
  • Connect with sponsors at their booth in the Hall of Fame (i.e., Exhibit Hall)
  • Online chat capabilities with speakers, sponsors, and other attendees
  • Complete the interactive gamification activities
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a “Briefcase” for you! Similar to a “cart,” you can add all of the documents available to the online Briefcase in your account, and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues by simply entering their email address.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others! Help us spread the word. You can simply share the link to this page and they can register at their convenience.
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Contact Us

Amber Bennett – Director of Membership
Sponsorship and Membership Opportunities


301.588.1171 x105

Stanley Cowan – Director of Administration


301.588.1171 x102

Natasha Weaver, J.D. – Director of Education
Agenda & AHPA Sports Nutrition Committee Staff Liaison


301.588.1171 x109

8630 Fenton Street, Suite 918, Silver Spring, MD 20910