Gary’s experience and career in the Natural Products Industry has spanned over 40 years. It began for him as a young boy sweeping floors in his great uncle’s vitamin factory, to running the manufacturing at age 19, to eventually starting his own company, one that has dramatically influenced and inspired the supplement industry to greater excellence for the past 25 years. Gary is passionate about quality and not only oversees his own manufacturing, but he also owns a 300 acre certified organic farm that raised grass-fed beef, chicken, and produce. Gary’s greatest accomplishment is 30 years of marriage to his wife Patti and their raising of 10 children. Gary is also involved in his local church and sits on the board of several Christian ministries.
After completing his business degree from Liberty University, Daniel jumped into the wonderful world of start-up business with Utzy Naturals. His passion for health carries over into his love of all thing fitness. Daniel is a Crossfit athlete and competitor who trains 5+ times per week at his local box. He eats a lot of organic chicken and rice and can be found adding more weight to the barbell.
Abbe always says that she “grew up in the natural products industry”. Literally. From a very young age, her parents (Gary & Patti) would let her play in the packing peanuts while they shipped orders for their vitamin company. She was the resident taste-tester for all of the children’s multivitamins! In her early 20s and with the guidance of her dad, she and her sister owned and operated a natural foods store for 2.5 years. With her newest project, Utzy Naturals, Abbe has been involved with each step of the launch process and is excited to have the opportunity to bring super-premium vitamins to the mass market. Abbe’s passion is to create beautiful things; she loves spending time in the kitchen, planning and hosting parties, sewing, and writing.
Miriam (or “Mim” as we like to call her) is a voracious reader, talented writer, and adventurous soul. We saw a great opportunity for her to join the family business and use her skills to write for our blog and website. Thankfully she agreed to join the team! Mim enjoys spending time with her family, singing, riding her horse, Kipling (she’s quite the literary fan!) and her favorite thing is to find a quiet spot on our family’s beautiful, picturesque farm and to read for hours.
Dr. Johnson received his PharmD and PhD at the University of Wisconsin where he also completed a clinical research fellowship evaluating phytochemicals and botanical extracts. As an assistant professor and licensed pharmacist he offers a unique perspective on the most current scientific literature related to health and nutrition. His research program is very active and has led to more than 40 publications and published abstracts on the health promoting properties of natural products, phytochemicals, and plant extracts. He has presented some of his research findings at international scientific meetings in the US, France, and Turkey. Jeremy is an honored member of our team and is behind our breakthrough formulas and products. He is also the founder of the plant based skincare company Naturli.