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Chief Executive Officer
The culture at Zilis starts at the top with CEO and founder, Steven Thompson. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis, Steven has gone on to build teams of over 250,000 people in more than 40 countries. With over two decades in the wellness and Direct Sales industries, he has the experience to lead Zilis into the future.
Mentoring and leadership development are a cornerstone of Mr. Thompson’s philosophy. He was recently voted as one of the top 40 Mentors in the world in a survey completed by over 100,000 participants. In addition, Steven works directly with state and federal lawmakers on the creation of the next great agricultural economy in America – hemp. Along with his business endeavors, Steven serves on the boards of multiple local and national nonprofits.
Zilis is building a nationwide movement under his leadership. Unlike most CEOs, you will rarely find Steven behind the desk. His passion for people radiates, which is why he spends the lion’s share of his time in the field. Over the coming years, Zilis intends to expand globally in rapid fashion, sharing the Ultra brand with every person our Ambassadors can reach, and paying it forward to millions of children.
Chief Operating Officer
Angie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (graduated with honors) from the University of North Texas. She was first introduced to the Direct Sales industry in the 90’s. Since that time Angie has worked side-by-side with Steven to make a global impact by improving people’s lives with better health and stronger financial security. She possesses over two decades of experience working in both the corporate and field sides of the industry fence. As Chief Operating Officer of Zilis, Angie oversees all in-house processes. Her expertise spans multiple areas of the business such as events, human resources, Ambassador support, and much more.
When not working alongside her Zilis family, you’ll find Angie spending time keeping up with their three lively children.
DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY & LEGAL AFFAIRS
An internationally renowned hemp law and regulation scholar, Joy is an expert witness and seasoned faculty of credit-bearing hemp continuing legal education programs. She has been leading the emerging hemp industries for over a quarter of a century and is the Vice President of Federal Lobbying of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable on behalf of Zilis, as well as a hemp industry Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
After owning the first hemp store in New York in the early 1990’s, Joy commenced an extensive dual career in compliance and complex civil litigation legal support, supporting some of the West Coast’s most distinguished attorneys; and she has worked with award-winning dietary supplement Multi-Level Marketing companies for as long as she has been involved in hemp.
Joy’s vast professional and hemp experience well serves her role as Zilis’ Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs. Leading and navigating the emerging hemp extract industry are two of Joy’s greatest passions.
DIRECTOR OF PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry (Pre-Med) from the University of Georgia, Southwestern. He is an honors graduate of Christian Brothers University with a Master of Science in Engineering Management and author of his thesis in "Development and Deployment of The Japanese Quality System in American Manufacturing".
Wayne has earned numerous awards and certifications during his long career, including Toyota Lean Sensei, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ Certified Quality Manager/Operations Excellence, ASQ, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ Quality Auditor, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and Certified OSHA Trainer.
Wayne is currently the Director of Process Improvement at Zilis and has recently led several strategic projects that have contributed to Zilis’ rapid growth within the last six months. He is considered a subject matter expert in process improvement and is currently working toward certification as Project Management Professional.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He has more than a decade of experience in video and digital content and has a passion for connecting with audiences and making an impact. He’s produced music documentaries and directed music videos for some of today’s top stars. He also produced a feature documentary that was honored at numerous film festivals across the country and has produced and directed commercials. Matt also co-founded a tech startup called VideoBomb, which developed an augmented reality app that allows users to interact with digital content.
As Creative Director for Zilis, Matt uses his considerable experience in visual storytelling and content creation to oversee the video and design teams.
Gabriel Ettenson, MS, PT
SENIOR INNOVATION STRATEGIST
Gabriel Ettenson, MS, PT holds a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. He was a founding member and President of one of the first CBD companies to ever exist in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan and therefore played a key role in the building of the global CBD industry we see today. Throughout Gabriel's professional career, he has been driven by one thing; the desire to bring forth new, innovative, and scientifically supported approaches to health and healing.
As Zilis' Senior Innovation Specialist, Gabriel is responsible for bringing together his extensive understanding of the human body, the hemp industry, and his passion to innovate so that he can assure Zilis's continued status as a global market leader and industry pioneer.
DIRECTOR OF IT
Anil has 39 years of technology experience in software development and IT management. He has served as CIO of a global SW company, CTO of a litigation support company, and an IT Manager for a US-based Fortune 500 Semiconductor Company.
During his career, he has developed several software applications and has held several leadership positions in database management, global monitoring solutions, disaster recovery/business continuity, IT site operations, and global storage systems. He has served on several leadership and technology councils and is currently the Chair of the board for SPAN/Meals on Wheels of Denton County.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute for Technology.
Eileen M. Le Gall, Esq.
Eileen holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Intellectual Property and Food Law and has been practicing law for more than 10 years in Europe and the United States and is a fluent French-speaker. She has created and transformed compliance departments and led corporate compliance teams in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She is an energetic, driven attorney with in-house and private practice experience.
Eileen acquired the proven skills to confidently advise on compliance and regulatory matters, intellectual property and general corporate matters while working in corporate America and multiple Multi-Level Marketing corporations before joining Zilis.
At Zilis, Eileen is exceptionally suited to lead Zilis through its future growth and expansion. She is responsible for handling all legal matters, including contracts, licensing, and employment. Eileen also oversees policy and procedure enforcement for Ambassadors and ensures that Zilis complies with all government regulations and requirements.
Jason Leach, CFA
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. He also earned Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute in 2003. He has directed numerous efforts in both entrepreneurship and markets and is widely published on markets, including his book on the 2008 Credit Crisis and aftermath entitled Sleepwalking Toward a Precipice in 2013.
Over the last 20 years, Jason has worked for such prestigious firms as Novington Capital, JBL Wealth Advisory, Southwest Securities, Roth Capital, Dabney Flanagan, and Gruntal & Company.
As the Director of Finance at Zilis, Jason is responsible for the overall financial direction for the company. His duties include financial analysis and company forecasting, managing company analytics, and helping to implement new, innovative strategies and managing Zilis’ current and future investments.
DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE
Michelle comes to Zilis with a wealth of knowledge relating to network marketing and compliance. With over sixteen years of industry experience she has developed and built successful compliance departments in both the dietary supplement and medical device markets.
Michelle is a strong advocate of training and education and understands these are two key components in building a successful business. She has the proven skills to oversee successful policy and procedure enforcement and balances that with a strong understanding of proper marketing and advertising practices.
When not working, you’ll find Michelle hiking the trails with her husband, enjoying photography, and spoiling her French Bulldogs Angus and Bella.
Jonathan Miller, Esq.
EXCLUSIVE HEMP COUNSEL
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. Jonathan is the Member-in-Charge of Frost Brown Todd’s Lexington office and leads the firm’s Kentucky government relations practice. Mr. Miller is the former Kentucky State Treasurer, Senior Aide to Vice President Al Gore, and Kentucky gubernatorial candidate. He has won numerous awards and recognition over the years as a champion of everything from higher education tuition, retirement fund protections, and most recently, the hemp industry.
Mr. Miller worked directly with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on drafting the original 2014 Farm Bill that created the entire American hemp industry. Today, Jonathan is widely regarded as the nation’s leading legal authority on hemp and exclusively represents Zilis in the direct sales industry. Mr. Miller’s support solidifies Zilis as a leader in the CBD industry.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND EVENTS
Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Kellogg School of Business at Indiana University where he took his position as Vice President and Social Chairman of his fraternity and turned it into a successful business in the event marketing arena. Don has proudly produced social and corporate events for a lengthy list of noteworthy of clients, businesses, and celebrities for more than 30 years. Steven and Angie have worked with Don over the past 20 years, leaning on him as a trustworthy and reliable resource. They have invited him to join our corporate team and lend his expertise to experiential managing and marketing of our brand and products through promotional and special events.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University. Shannon’s skills in management and attention to detail make her uniquely suited to fill the role of Zilis’ Director of Operations. She is responsible for the overall office management of the company, presiding over Ambassador support, coordinating events, and managing inventory. Shannon also currently serves as Human Resources liaison. Before joining Zilis, she spent 10 years in the dental insurance field managing sales and service teams; developing and teaching training and workflow programs; and authoring procedural manuals. Shannon earned Team Member of the Year Award in her previous position in 2016. She lists her greatest sources of pride as her family and the honor of belonging to an organization like Zilis, which continues to change lives every day.
Marielle Weintraub, PhD
DIRECTOR OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Marielle holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Texas Christian University. Dr. Weintraub is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in hemp and cannabinoid science. Prior to joining Zilis, Marielle was the Strategic Business Development Director of the Hemp Initiative at Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation (formerly Covance Food Solutions). In this role, she introduced the hemp industry and their needs for valid and reliable testing to Covance (2016) and continued to drive development of hemp-specific testing and standards.
Marielle is very active in many dietary supplement and hemp industry trade associations, including her role as the current President of the US Hemp Authority, a member of the US Hemp Round table, American Herbal Products Association, and the United Natural Products Alliance. Marielle works closely with executives, key management and other members of the Science and Research, Compliance, Product Development and Technology teams to fulfill the mission and vision of the Zilis brand.
EUROPEAN EXT. COUNSEL
Andreas Wolf has more than 20 years of experience in the direct sales and wellness industries. He also has extensive international and domestic financial expertise, having studied law in Germany and the United States. Andreas specializes in advising Zilis on strategic initiatives and investments. His expansive expertise includes international launch and expansion planning as well as optimizing key operational aspects.
His oversight of European expansion will position the company for global influence in the marketplace.
Andreas will oversee Zilis’ international product approvals and permits along with product importation requirements. His proven experience in international business will catapult Zilis onto the global stage.
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