Keeping the World Activ
At Activbody, we believe everyone has the potential to improve their physical health and overall well-being.
Finding it difficult to make time for the gym, our founder, Dr. Kosta Yanev, invented the Activ5 to keep himself fit and healthy despite the demands of his busy life. Dr. Yanev needed a portable, flexible solution. He needed a way to get a full body workout anytime, anywhere, and he wanted to be able to track his progress. The Activ5 was designed with these goals in mind. To date, the Activ5 is the most effective, connected, pocket-sized strength training device on the market.
Kosta Yanev is the inventor of Activbody’s exercise system and the company’s founder. Prior to building this company, he wanted a device that would help him integrate daily exercises into his busy schedule. Kosta is a nuclear physicist and holds a Ph.D. in computer science. He has worked at CERN in Switzerland and has founded and launched numerous successful businesses including FTSAM (airport development), Great Bear (GTBR), Company for Energy Saving (JV with RWE – Germany), DONTNOD Entertainment (Paris), Shibuya Productions (Monaco) and now Activbody.
Chief Executive Officer
Dan brings more than 25 years of technology and eCommerce expertise to his role as CEO of Activbody. Armed with a vision to expand Activbody’s mission to make the world a healthier place through fitness and rehabilitation technology, Stevenson is driving the company’s trajectory of rapid growth into new channels globally. Prior to joining Activbody, Dan held leadership roles at companies spanning from start-ups to Fortune 500 brands, including Apple, Sony, Gateway and VSP Global. Stevenson earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Purdue University. A former competitive long distance runner, Stevenson unites his passions for fitness and technology under one roof here at Activbody.
Chief Product Officer
For over 8 years, Angel has been ActivBody’s co-inventor and product leader,
contributing through vision, ideology, product conception, design and implementation management. On this course, he has lead our R&D team to a Best of CES nomination and our recently launched program with the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team, introducing ActivBody into the world of high-performance athletics and sports. Before starting with ActivBody, Angel spent 17 years at the intersection of humanities and technology, over products as diverse as video games and airport designs. One such product is espresso, that he introduced to the company in the self-proclaimed capacity of Chief Espresso Officer, and co-founder of the ActivBody Espresso Club. This product is still subject to rigorous tasting and perfecting.
VP, Global Sales & Marketing
Mike leads Activbody’s global sales and marketing team. Mike brings more than 20 years of experience developing and executing sales strategies for large international corporations in various industries, including medical devices, healthcare, software, finance and telecommunications. Prior to joining Activbody, Mike built and led high-performance sales teams and managed business divisions in companies, such as Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, QualiTest Group, Excedo Ventures, Improve Comikaza and Taldor. Mike earned a B.A. in Management and Communication from The College of Management Academic Studies in Tel Aviv, and an M.B.A. from The Coleman University in San Diego. When he’s not moving product, he’s on the move chasing his two kids around.
Sr Director of Product
Alison is a Product Leader with a passion for exceptional user experiences. She is known to be a highly analytical thinker with the ability to adapt product strategy to business vision. She has been the Product lead for more than 10 connected devices as well as a video-on-demand service available on over 20 million connected devices, set-top boxes, tablets, and phones. She recently returned to San Diego after spending several years in New York as a VP of Product at XO Group (NYSE XOXO). A retired triathlete, she clocks most of her miles these days running after her 4-year-old son.
Sr Director of North America Sales
Dan blew into San Diego by way of the Windy City. With almost 20 years of sales experience behind him, Dan brings significant sales and prospecting experience to our team. Having a heavy background in medical sales has set Dan up as an expert at expanding territory base business and identifying new growth opportunities here at Activbody. Dan joined us highly decorated with honors and awards such as Americas Sales Person of the Year, Global Sales Person of the Year and Highest Territory Revenue Increase Americas, just to name a few. His latest superlative; most organized desk. Dan earned an MSC from Northwestern University and a BA from Xavier University. When he’s not selling Activ5’s, he’s selling his 5-year-old son on the idea of eating vegetables.
Sr Director of Global Marketing
Sarah is the head of our marketing department at Activbody and is super passionate about advocating health and wellness on a regular basis. She’s made successful contributions in a number of physical therapy, athletic training, and wellness roles. With advanced degrees in exercise, nutrition, and dietetics, she has had the opportunity to merge her background with her business skills to become a highly accomplished marketing and product management professional. Sarah is a SoCal native with an excellent carbon footprint as she likes to commute to the office by bike.
Sr Director of Engineering & QA
Ludmil has a PhD in Computing and BEng degree in Automatic Control with over 26 years of engineering experience and has been working for Activbody in the area of portable fitness devices in the last 7 years. He is responsible for Technical and QA supervision of the full product life cycle for the Activ5 Strength Training Devices: from requirements to production, all engineering, quality, process, and test activities, including manufacturing stage, and management of device Certification. Ludmil is also responsible for managing end-to-end Quality Assurance for all Company products. When he’s not behind a screen or two, his hobbies include weight training and swimming.
Director of Operations
Jon is a talented multitasker as he leads both logistics and customer care at Activbody. Previously, Jon took a family business from a garage to national retail distribution, where he ran operations and sales. He also served as chief of staff for a private investor. Jon is a South Dakotan who earned a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics and Finance. When he’s not fulfilling Amazon POs, Jon enjoys boxing, hiking, camping, and stock trading. He also appreciates cooking delicious meals for his loved ones and aims to travel to as many destinations on his bucket list as he can.
Takashi is an experienced and dedicated Product Manager leading the development of both software and hardware products. Takashi’s trifecta of competencies includes leadership, product development life cycle, and customer focus development. Originally from Japan, Takashi earned his Master of Science degree at the University of Southern California and now holds 25 patents! After almost 17 years at Sony, this certified scrum master has joined Activbody. Outside of the office, you can find Takashi running, biking and building Star Wars Lego models.
UX/ UI Designer
Kristal is our ambidextrous UX/UI designer. Kristal’s background in cognitive science gives her unique insights into human perception and interaction which helped her become an analytical and empathetic designer. She is passionate about using design to solve problems and create user-centered products to improve lives. She was born and raised in the Golden State, where she earned her degree from the University of California, San Diego followed by a quick stint in Chicago. She likes to keep herself busy with things that excel her in life. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new opportunities and destinations.
Brittany supports our marketing efforts at Activbody and is the President of our office espresso club. She is the pillar for our promotions and campaigns yet finds time for coffee bean quality control. Additionally, her love for travel coincides with her trade show support and global marketing groundwork. With a little under a decade of experience working for several different agencies and brands, Brittany is both creative and adaptable to all industries. She earned her degree in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. As an East Coast transplant, Brittany is happy to pay the sunshine tax and enjoys working from the office patio.
Allie straight up runs the office here at Activbody. She knows her way around a Trello board and has a keen eye for K-Cup selection. As a SoCal native, she evidently enjoys being outside year-round and partakes in activities such as hiking & traveling. Allie graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Communications. She’s been working with beauty & wellness brands since 2015, gaining experience in a variety of fields such as marketing, PR & event coordination. Her passion for fitness, nutrition, and wellness coincide with who we are; making her the ideal head of our quarters.
GM, Activbody U.K.
Michael is our GM across the pond. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, international sales and marketing in the electronics, consumer electronics, wireless technology and IT markets. For the past 16 years, he has been a partner in P&P Business Development that provides business development consultancy services to clients that range from large global technology companies to SME’s and start-ups. Michael has held board level positions with four companies. He has been mentoring CEO’s of Edinburgh based companies as part of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce mentoring program for the past 4 years. He holds Masters and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Economics. In his free time, he enjoys going for a run or attending a classical musical concert.