Chief Executive Officer
and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Charlton is the founder of the company, with extensive experience in textile composite engineering and ergonomics. Charlton has spent over 40 years in the textile industry serving in various roles, including marketing manager, vice president of sales and marketing, corporate development, and product development for various companies before becoming a successful realtor in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Charlton is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Textile Engineering and Marketing. Charlton studied asset management at Darden Business school UVA and completed Strategic Planning management courses at Harvard Business School. Charlton is the holder of several patents for ergonomic exercise and bracing devices.
Lou is the Founder and President of Hennies Group Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran owned Small Business established in 1991 in Ozark, AL specializing in defense and private sector leadership, management and safety consulting services. His company has a 14 year record of providing quality leadership, management and safety consulting services to a wide variety of private and defense clients. He is also a founding member of DemerX, a Pharmaceutical Research and Development company with offices in Destin and Miami, Florida. Lou is a 41 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and Army National Guard where he rose in ranks from enlisted status to Major General. He has a degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, an MA in Journalism (with Thesis) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MS in Public Administration from Shippensburg University-Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, The Army War College and Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.
Andrew is a Managing Director of Catarata Ventures, and is the Chair of Harrison Sale McCloy’s Business and Commercial Law Group. Andrew brings significant practical commercial experience and serves as legal counsel for a number of businesses that operate within the Florida Panhandle and nationwide. Andrew has extensive experience working with and as a key member of companies in executing their business strategies. Andrew’s legal experience covers mergers and acquisitions, private placements, intellectual property licensing and other corporate transactions. The Catarata Group is an affiliate of Dietrich Levy & Company, LLC, which is a growth-capital firm based in Chicago, focused on entrepreneurial and growth-stage investment opportunities across the country. Andrew received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, his law degree from Cornell Law School, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC
Chuck Thigpen is a Clinical Research Scientist with Proaxis Therapy and Consulting Assistant Professor with the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division at Duke University. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Physical Therapy Program. He completed his PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2006. He has presented at the national and international conferences, and teaches in both the academic and continuing education arenas. He is currently leading several funded studies including: “A Randomized Control Trial for Treatment of Shoulder Impingement”, “Prospective Evaluation of Risk Factors in Adolescent Baseball Players”, and “Adaptations to Pitching Over Time in Professional Baseball Pitchers”. His primary research interest is shoulder injury, rehabilitation and prevention. Chuck completed an M.S. in Human Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Physical Therapy from UNC in May of 2003. He earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University in 1997. Chuck is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Special Sections. He is a member of the research committee for the APTA Sport’s Section. He is currently serving as President for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.
Tom is currently the Senior Director, Medical Operations & Special Projects for the Colorado Rockies. Tom was in fact named by the Rockies as baseball’s very first Director of Medical Operations in 2004. Tom oversees all medical personnel at both the major and minor league levels. He has served on the Executive Board of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). Tom has a degree in physical education from Mankato State University (1981) and a B.S. in physical therapy from Florida International University (1988).