Executive Team – 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.
Kurt H. Fulle
Chairman, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
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.
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.
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.
Manager of Distributor Services
Bilingual and bicultural, Franck served as a French translator in Scotland and as a freelancer for many years. Franck received a Master's degree in Languages and Civilization and has done doctoral studies in Economics. He has taught both French and English to students at a military academy. He later was a member of the management team in customer relations for the Chamber of Commerce of Le Havre, France. As Manager of Distributor Services, Franck holds a wellspring of knowledge about Nikken and the company's evolution. Joining Nikken in 1999, Franck started in the French department and was promoted to Team Leader within a year. Over the years, he was promoted to Operations Team Leader and played a key role in the implementation of new software in the Call Center. As Supervisor of Foreign Languages and Internet Support, Franck became the primary source of support for the French market. His current role will be manifold, as he continues to train corporate staff on all operational procedures and the Compensation Plan, while managing distributor relations and role-modeling exemplary customer service.
Michele Van Hal
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Michele Van Hal received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, with continued medical training in general surgery and dermatology. Her passion lies in medical research and she is the current clinical research fellow in the Department of Dermatology, University of California, Irvine. She has a strong personal and professional interest in alternative and complementary medicine with evidence-based research to support its use.