amare global mental wellness company
Our Story, Executive Team, Scientific Advisory Board

Mission
We create a holistic mental wellness platform that connects a purpose-driven community of passionate people.

Core Values
1. Love: Love yourself - your body, mind and spirit - and loving others will follow.
2. Integrity: Every aspect of our products and business practices show the integrity the Amare Global community was founded upon.
3. Innovation: We seek the latest advancements in health and technology, knowing innovation drives success.
4. Service: The greatest joy in life comes from serving others.
5. Humility: It feels good to do your best as a small part of the bigger picture.

Vision
Leading the global mental wellness revolution.


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"Amare" means "to love". And love is the universal language.
Yet, in order to truly love others, we believe you must first start by loving yourself.

Our vision here at Amare is to lead the global mental wellness revolution. By inspiring them
to see the world differently, we believe they will have the desire to live an extraordinary life.

The foundation of this vision comes from our Founder & CEO, Hiep Tran.
Throughout his successful business career, Hiep found fulfillment in helping people
believe in themselves and experience their own definition of success.

Amare Global Executive Team - Video

Mental health and mental illness are increasingly considered to be the same thing,
but they are not. Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has physical health.
The real question is, what can we do to optimize our mental health and live a life full of mental wellness?


Executive Team

Hiep Tran

Founder &
Chief Executive Officer

Meet The Trans - Video

Hiep is the founder and visionary of Amare. He finds great meaning in coaching, mentoring, and empowering people to succeed. The most significant moments of his professional career are the stories of members of his team growing and exceeding their own expectations for themselves. This passion for seeing others succeed is one of the primary reasons Hiep launched Amare - to empower others on a much larger scale than he ever could before.

The other main reason Hiep founded Amare was because of his journey with his own health & wellness. Although he had achieved a high level of success in the business world, he did so at the expense of his own physical and mental health. It was out of these hardships that the ideas for Amare began to take shape. Through his own struggles, Hiep developed a passion for health & wellness which he wanted to share with others.

Hiep's commitment to excellence & integrity in all areas of the business is a constant emphasis to the entire Amare team. He believes that great products will make a difference, but an entire holistic platform of tools, education, programs, behavioral therapies, and a community of people supporting each other will change lives.

 

Rich Higbee

President of Sales Founding Executive

Rich is passionate about bringing out the best in people and empowering them to achieve their goals and dreams. Rich leads Amare's sales, recognition, incentives, promotions, events & all Wellness Partner development initiatives. His values, experience, and expertise empower him to develop programs and systems that increase the success & happiness of the field. The culture of the Amare community is especially important to Rich - his belief in the importance of values based on humility & service truly define the Amare experience.

Rich is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He brings over two decades of sales & marketing experience in the direct sales industry. Rich has worked as an executive leader in both large, well-established companies, as well as startup companies. He joined the Amare team because he believes in Hiep Tran’s vision of empowering people to live happier and healthier lives. Rich played a pivotal role in defining the mental wellness direction for Amare, and believes the position and timing of the products & platform are perfectly aligned with what our society needs & wants today.

 

Mike Brown

Chief Marketing Officer Founding Executive

Meet The Browns - Video

Mike is passionate about creating marketing content & materials that emotionally connect with people. As Chief Marketing Officer at Amare, he is responsible for the look & feel of all marketing collateral, educational materials, and branded items. Mike also oversees messaging of the Amare brand through social media & public relations. He is committed to building the company culture by ensuring that Amare's core values, mission, and vision permeate through all marketing materials.

Mike graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphases in marketing & entrepreneurship. He brings 15 years of experience as a thought leader and trendsetter in marketing. Mike first met Amare Founder & CEO Hiep Tran through a mutual mentor & executive leadership development coach, who introduced them to each other in 2011. He made the choice to join Amare after being inspired by Hiep Tran's vision to empower people to live happier & healthier lives and make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world.

 

Mark Nguyen

Chief Technology Officer Founding Executive

Mark has a business mind with an advanced technology skill set. As the Chief Technology Officer at Amare, Mark is responsible for leading the development of all technology systems including back office systems & website programming. His ability to listen to what is most important fuels his servant leadership mentality. His listening abilities then immediately lead to action to implement powerful technological systems that make life easier and more efficient for Amare's customers & wellness partners. Mark is passionate about user experience and creating intuitive user interfaces that clear roadblocks and empower action.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Information Systems from California State University Fullerton. Mark has over 15 years of experience in IT, including over 7 years as Vice President of Information Technology at Meritus Payment Solutions, which was also owned by Amare Founder & CEO, Hiep Tran. Mark is a Founding Executive at Amare and has been involved since day one. His passion for health & wellness lead to him enthusiastically joining Amare and contributing his expertise.

 

Cesar Rosas

Director of Finance

Cesar is an ideal fit as Director of Finance for an entrepreneurial company with a big vision. He is passionate about using his skill sets in a way that make a difference in the world. Cesar is Amare's leader in all facets of finance, accounting, and corporate finance strategy. He is accountable for the company's fiscal control, profitability, and adherance to regulatory compliance. As the department leader he provides leadership, training, supervision, and ensures compliance with company policies and procedures.

Cesar brings 20 years of public, private, and start-up company corporate finance experience. He also brings a wealth of practice in the area of banking, contract negotiations and raising capital that serve him well as head of finance. He is a graduate of California State University San Bernardino, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics. He earned his Master of Business Administration at the Graziadio School of Business Management at Pepperdine University in 2003.

 

Shawn Talbott

Chief Science Officer Founding Executive

Meet The Talbotts - Video

Nutritional Biochemistry, Exercise Physiology, Psychological Vigor

Dr. Shawn Talbott is responsible for Amare's research, development, and product strategy. Shawn's unique ability to explain complex terminology in simple terms helps people understand the science behind new and existing products. Dr. Shawn leads all aspects of the development of new product formulations and specifications, as well as clinical and experimental research, product claims substantiation, and technical support. His 20+ years of experience developing nutritional products that have generated over $1 Billion in sales has all lead to him finding his true passion at Amare - using his skills & experience to help people feel better through improved mental wellness and psychological vigor (mental acuity, physical energy, and emotional well-being).

Dr. Shawn Talbott received dual Bachelor's degrees in Sports Medicine (B.S.) and Fitness Management (B.A.) from Marietta College, his Master's degree (M.S.) in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers University. He is also a Diplomate of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Sports Nutrition program, and has completed a wide range of entrepreneurship studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including the Entrepreneurial Master's Program (EMP), the Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP), and the Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE) in Management, Innovation, and Technology.

He has served as a nutrition educator for elite-level athletes in a variety of sports. As an athlete himself, Dr. Shawn has competed at the national and international level in rowing, cycling, and triathlons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Institute of Stress (AIS). Dr. Talbott's recent educational projects include two academic textbooks, an award-winning documentary film, and several best-selling books that have been translated into multiple languages. His work to educate people about nutrition and health has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, the TED stage, and the White House.

 

Kristie Samudio

Director of
Human Resources

As the Director of Human Resources at Amare Global, Kristie is the champion of our company culture - always seeking to build around our core values, mission, and vision. She also leads talent acquisition, where her approach is to ensure candidates have the skills required for the role, while also being passionate advocates of our vision to empower people to live happier and healthier lives.

Kristie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. A good portion of her 20+ year career has been spent alongside Hiep Tran, Amare’s Founder & CEO, at a prior venture.

Kristie enthusiastically joined the Amare team after hearing Hiep's vision & knowing from prior experience of his proven results & passion for developing employees.


Our Scientific Advisory Board

Shawn Talbott

Chief Science Officer Founding Executive

Nutritional Biochemistry, Exercise Physiology, Psychological Vigor

Dr. Shawn Talbott is responsible for Amare's research, development, and product strategy. Shawn's unique ability to explain complex terminology in simple terms helps people understand the science behind new and existing products. Dr. Shawn leads all aspects of the development of new product formulations and specifications, as well as clinical and experimental research, product claims substantiation, and technical support. His 20+ years of experience developing nutritional products that have generated over $1 Billion in sales has all lead to him finding his true passion at Amare - using his skills & experience to help people feel better through improved mental wellness and psychological vigor (mental acuity, physical energy, and emotional well-being).

Dr. Shawn Talbott received dual Bachelor's degrees in Sports Medicine (B.S.) and Fitness Management (B.A.) from Marietta College, his Master's degree (M.S.) in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers University. He is also a Diplomate of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Sports Nutrition program, and has completed a wide range of entrepreneurship studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including the Entrepreneurial Master's Program (EMP), the Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP), and the Advanced Certificate for Executives (ACE) in Management, Innovation, and Technology.

He has served as a nutrition educator for elite-level athletes in a variety of sports. As an athlete himself, Dr. Shawn has competed at the national and international level in rowing, cycling, and triathlons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Institute of Stress (AIS). Dr. Talbott's recent educational projects include two academic textbooks, an award-winning documentary film, and several best-selling books that have been translated into multiple languages. His work to educate people about nutrition and health has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, the TED stage, and the White House.

 

Tamara Tifft
Product Education

Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine

Tamara's interest in health and wellness began when, at five years old, she started a sixteen-year career as an Olympic hopeful gymnast. This rigorous and health centered lifestyle led to the exploration of alternative dietary and herbal therapies to optimize performance and maintain a healthy and harmonious balance. Tamara began her studies on a full athletic scholarship at the University of IL-Chicago, majoring in pre-med/dietetics. There, she was introduced to traditional Chinese medicine. Personal study led to the discovery of the healing powers that it has offered humanity across millennia. After experiencing first hand its healing gifts, Tamara switched her focus to the study of Traditional Chinese medicine.

Tamara holds a Master's degree from the Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and is a California board-certified Chinese medical herbalist and acupuncturist. She is a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), a program that focuses on behavioral health, including: addictions, mental health, disaster and emotional trauma. Her commitment to providing the highest level of care has earned her respect from both patients and peers.

In 2016 she was recognized as one of the top acupuncturists in Santa Monica by Expertise and is the sole founder of Wren Acupuncture in Santa Monica, CA. While maintaining her private practice for the last thirteen years, she has also dedicated several years to patients in recovery at various drug rehabilitation centers throughout Los Angeles and Malibu, CA.

Tamara specializes in pain management, gastrointestinal health, and mental wellness (anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress management). She uses acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, nutritional therapy, aromatherapy, and functional medicine testing to help patients recover from a variety of health conditions. In addition to using these healing modalities, she educates her patients in understanding the important health benefits of mindful meditation.

Tamara joined Amare Global's team with the intention of educating as many people as possible on how to live their most healthy and joyful life.

 

Kerry Hughes

Scientific Advisory
Board Member

Ethnobotany, Herbal Medicine

Kerry Hughes, M.Sc., is an Ethnobotanist and Herbalist with over 20 years of experience in natural product development. Kerry works with natural products from the farm to formulation, and is fascinated with the role plants play in human health.

Kerry's love of natural products has compelled her to write and speak frequently on a variety of subjects. Her writing includes these in-depth text books: The Incense Bible, Taylor & Francis (2007), one of the first scientific reviews of incense, The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2006), a peer-reviewed guide to herbs and nutritional supplements, and Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Haworth Press (2002) an in-depth text-book on the medical aspects of many of our top supplements. Additionally, she has authored of over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on various natural product topics.

Kerry is a member of Amare's Scientific Advisory Board. She also directs EthnoPharm; a consulting business focused on Natural Products. Previously, Kerry has acted as a consultant to the United Nations through the International Trade Centre (ITC) for international development projects involving botanicals, and authored essential oil and organic reports for the Market News Service (MNS). As the Director of the US office of The Institute for Market Ecology (IMO), an eco-product certifier, she helped to co-develop and establish the Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification in the US market.

Kerry has a background in Ethnobotany and Biochemistry, with a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees in Agriculture with an emphasis on Ethnobotany from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Kerry is dedicated to using her experience and passion for natural products to promote health for people and sustainability for the planet.

 

Trish Henrie-Barrus

Scientific Advisory
Board Member

Positive Psychology

Trish Henrie-Barrus is the President and Founder of InteraSolutions, a psychological assessment company. She has extensive experience in assessment administration and development, especially in the areas of opioid and chemical addiction, pain management, depression, anxiety, and wellness. In addition, she is a practicing clinician with specialty areas of integrative medicine, wellness, addiction, anxiety and depression.

Dr. Barrie is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah where she helped create the nationally recognized Positive Psychology Certificate Program. In addition to her business accomplishments, Dr. Barrie serves as the co-chair of the Provider Training and Patient Education working committee under the Utah Department of Health's Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention committee. As a published author and researcher, Dr. Barrie presents at conferences and seminars across the country.

 

Emeran Mayer

Scientific Advisory
Board Member

Gastroenterology, Neuroscience

Emeran A Mayer is a Gastroenterologist, Neuroscientist and Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the Executive Director of the G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience, co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA, and member of the steering committee of the UCLA Microbiome Center. As one of the pioneers and leading researchers in the role of mind-brain-gut interactions in health and chronic disease, he has made major scientific contributions to the area of basic and translational enteric neurobiology with wide-ranging applications in clinical GI diseases and disorders. He has published more than 300 scientific papers (h-factor 101), and co-edited 3 books. He is the recipient of the 2016 Paul D McLean award from the American Psychosomatic Society and the Distinguished Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterological Association. In addition to his ongoing research in chronic visceral pain and irritable bowel syndrome, his work has expanded into other areas of brain gut microbiome interactions, including their role in inflammatory bowel disorders, food addiction in obesity and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Mayer has been interviewed on National Public Radio, PBS and by many national and international media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic magazine, Time and Newsweek Magazine and National Geographic Explorer. He has spoken at UCLA TEDx on the Mysterious Origins of Gut Feelings in 2015, and his book The Mind Gut Connection has been published by Harper&Collins in July of 2016 and has been translated into 14 languages.


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