People

Our people make the difference

The backbone of NOW and the reason for our ongoing success is, without question, our people. Everyone at NOW is continuously working to support our corporate mission – to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

Here are just a few of the people who work to support our mission every day.

Jim Emme
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

A Message from Jim Emme

Jim has been a member of the NOW management team since 1995. Jim possesses a unique combination of an education in Food Science and decades of experience in the design and management of food manufacturing and distribution operations, a rare confluence of skills and experience that fits perfectly with NOW’s mission and long-term goals. As a farm boy from Indiana, Jim was raised on, and knows the importance of hard work, and his dedication to the strong values system that the NOW brand represents has been a big part of NOW’s success.

 

Elwood Richard
Founder and Industry Legend

More About Elwood

There are industry luminaries, and then there’s Elwood Richard. As the founder of NOW Foods and its president for 30+ years, it’s hard to find another individual who’s had a more profound impact on the natural products industry. Elwood grew NOW from a small supply house for his retail stores into an industry leader with more than 1,400 products and millions of loyal and satisfied customers.

 

Dan Richard
Global Sales Manager

More About Dan

Practically born into the natural products industry, Dan Richard, son of founder Elwood Richard, has helped grow NOW from a small soy products manufacturer into one of the largest natural products manufacturers in the United States today. Dan is still heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of NOW as the company's domestic sales manager, including oversight of International Sales and Marketing.

 

NOW’s Senior Management Team
 

  Jim Emme Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  Ernest Shepard Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  Andy Kotlarz Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  Michelle Canada Director of Human Resources
  Dan Richard Global Sales Manager
  Mike Richard Supply Chain Director
  Aaron Secrist Director of Quality Assurance, Quality Control
and Research & Development
  Rick Sharpee Director of Science & Nutrition
  Matt Hancher Director of IT
  Beverly Reid General Counsel