Our Executive Team
Nikken senior management is a group of individuals with decades of experience in a diverse range of fields. Their acquired expertise in direct marketing and wellness disciplines makes them uniquely qualified in maintaining the company's success.
Chairman & CEO
Kurt joined Nikken in 2003 as Controller and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer within 18 months. In 2006, he was also named Chief Operating Officer and assumed overall responsibility for business operations. Before joining Nikken, Kurt served in the same capacity in the durable consumer products industries. His 21 years of manufacturing and 7 years of public accounting experience enable him to help guide Nikken in the pursuit of best practices. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, he received his MBA and his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ben joined Nikken as Director of Sales for the European market in 2011, and was named the market’s Managing Director soon after. By January 2015, Ben relocated to the States to assume the role of President of Nikken International. A council member of the UK and European DSAs, he brings a wealth of experience spanning the areas of marketing, training, and sales management, honed on the front lines of businesses from startups all the way to multibillion-dollar organizations. As President, Ben’s dynamic brand of leadership continues to inspire and motivate a global audience toward a balanced lifestyle and entrepreneurial success.
Vice President of Sales & Training
Before joining the executive staff, Jeff Isom was already a significant contributor to the success of the Nikken legacy. As a sought-after facilitator of Humans Being More® training, he has successfully helped thousands of Nikken business builders to discover their potential since 1999. An internationally renowned motivational speaker, trainer and leadership coach for more than twenty years, Jeff has met three U.S. presidents, worked as a professional film producer and director, and holds a bachelor degree from Brigham Young University where he also served as part-time faculty. Combining this talent, passion and unique experience, Jeff's dynamic brand of leadership is an asset to his role as Nikken VP of sales & training.
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, Team Taishi 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.
Director of Distributor Services
Brenda Ogden has been a member of the Nikken customer service department since 1997. Before coming to Nikken Brenda was employed in the merchandising section of one of the world’s largest consumer goods corporations, where she was involved in introducing new products to the marketplace. Brenda has more than 25 years of experience in retail and operations supervision, having served as customer service manager and store director for big-box merchants. In these positions she received several awards, including being named as manager of the year. In her nearly two decades at Nikken Brenda has demonstrated her strong commitment to promoting and delivering excellent customer service.