Prevo Health Solutions has assembled a diverse group of industry experts that represent the primary areas of wellness.
Rick has worked in the Private Club Industry since 1997 when he launched a Private Club Loyalty Rewards program. Rick is the founder of Prevo Health Solutions, a wellness company and executive producer of the Private Club Industry America’s Healthiest Club certification program. Rick has written numerous articles for the BoardRoom Magazine, CMAA Regional Chapters and other Private Club trade journals. Rick is a father of four healthy kids, an active volunteer and a sports youth coach.
Rick joined Eat Right America as the VP of Sales and Marketing and was responsible for managing corporate nutrition programs where the focus was on nutrition and behavior change. During his employment with Eat Right America, Rick launched a successful nationwide nutritional challenge in conjunction with Whole Foods Market, participated in Health Immersions with Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. Stoll and was responsible for workplace wellness program development.
Melissa Fox - Vice President Marketing & Communications, Holistic Nutrition & Health Counselor
Melissa Fox is a certified holistic nutrition and health counselor, certified by Columbia University and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is founder of Fox Health Coaching, a company in which she helps clients learn how to upgrade their food from packaged, processed, fatty, fast foods to food that is nourishing, healing, and restorative to the body and mind.
A journalism major, Melissa began her career as a television reporter. Her passion for health and wellness led her to become the marketing and communications manager for Mercy Health Plans in St. Louis. While there she helped create and implement multiple programs based on preventing and reversing health conditions. While at Mercy, Melissa decided to further her passion for holistic health, and began commuting to New York City twice a month to attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
After graduation from IIN, Melissa worked at Eat Right America as the director of health and wellness in addition to her private health coaching practice.
Tom has over 14 years of experience in the golf and club business serving as a key employee for the Metropolitan (NY) Golf Association from 1994 to 2008. Much of his tenure was spent working with clubs on a variety of club related issues including clubs service enhancement, member recruitment and retention and long range and strategic planning.
Since 2008, Tom was in charge of operations at Eat Right America, where he was responsible for managing corporate health retreats for clients. Tom was a key figure at the firm from the start of the company until the time of the sale of the company’s assets to a Fortune 500 firm.
Tom currently is the Owner and President of Total Health Immersions, LLC – a company focused on running corporate health events and retreats As a father of a Type 1 diabetic, Tom is passionate about healthy eating and fitness. He has a BA in Management from St. Leo University and an MBA from the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University. Tom lives with his wife and two children in New Canaan, Connecticut and spends much of his free time coaching youth sports. He is also an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association and the Fairfield County Sports Commission.
Mareya Ibrahim is “The Fit Foody” – a TV chef, writer, educator and award-winning food industry entrepreneur. Her mission is to help show how easy and satisfying it is to ‘make every bite count” with food that feeds your body while saving your sanity, waistline and wallet.
Mareya is a featured chef on “Recipe Rehab,” a new competition style cooking show coming to ABC nationwide in the Fall 2012, helping to overhaul family favorites nutritiously and deliciously, and was also part of the original YouTube cast. Her back page column, “The Fit Foody”, appears in Edible Orange County Magazine and every Friday, she can be seen on San Diego Channel 6 news for Fit Foody Friday segments. Her philosophy on food is ‘feed your body, not your face’ using a plant-forward approach.
Paul Payne – Chief Information Technologist
Paul Payne provides the technical expertise for Prevo Health Solutions. He developed and produced the website and is a key developer of the sophisticated report production system.
Paul brings substantial knowledge and experience to the company. He pioneered numerous Internet projects over the last 18 years and has developed highly advanced data and communication systems for the government during his 40 year professional career.
Andy Richters – Criteria Committee
Andy Richters received his MS in Sports Medicine from Chapman University where he also was the assistant soccer coach in the early 80's and ran the Human Performance Laboratory. He is currently on the Chapman Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
His first job out of college was managing SCAR (Sports Conditioning and Rehabilitation), the original Sports Medicine Clinic in Orange County, California, then spent six years as the Fitness Director of the 21 acre Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club in Fountain Valley, which at the time had roughly 15,000 members.
Purchasing one of the very first Unisen/Star Trac treadmills ever made, he became good friends with the owners and ended up spending a 23 year career with Star Trac Fitness, holding down positions in Sales, Marketing and Product Development. His last seven years were spent servicing Key Accounts as the Vice President.
He has been working for Matrix Fitness/Johnson Health Tech for the past few years as their Vice President of National Accounts.