Dan Cohen, MD
Chairman and CEODr. Daniel Cohen is a Neurologist and a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded Round River Research Corp. to study the healing effects of synchronized sounds, vibrations and electro-magnetic fields. He is the inventor of the SolTec Lounge, designed to rapidly induce profound states of meditation, which was introduced in 2013.
Previously, Dr. Cohen co-founded and managed CNS Inc. until it was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2006 for $566M. CNS, a developer and marketer of hi-tech medical products (brainwave monitors and sleep disorders diagnostic equipment) was best known for its consumer products, the Breathe Right® nasal strip and the FiberChoice™ chewable fiber supplement.
He holds numerous patents related to EEG signal processing, physiologic analysis algorithms and additional utility patents related to synchronized sound, vibration and electro-magnetic fields and their effect on the body and mind. He also has authored the books, “Addicted To My Ego” and co-authored “Claim Your Basic Rights, Create a Practical Partnership with Your Soul” and “Claim Your Basic Rights, Embody Your Soul” with Jennifer Palmquist.
Dr. Cohen has a BS from Penn State University and received his MD from Temple Medical School with high distinction. His training is in Neurology at the University of Minnesota and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Vice President, MarketingWith more than 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, Peter Weissman has a proven track record in launching innovative products on a global scale for Fortune 500 and start-up companies. As a senior marketing executive at Smith & Nephew, he led a global team of marketing, sales and R&D professionals for the company’s $200 million knee arthroscopy business. During his tenure, Peter spearheaded the introduction of new products and management of surgeon relationships, resulting in 20% growth for the franchise. Recently, Peter managed K2 Marketing LLC, a consulting firm serving corporate and physician clients with branding, website development, market research, digital marketing, and product launch planning and execution.
Peter possesses a unique blend of traditional leadership strengths in strategic planning, business development, and product marketing combined with brand strategy, social media management, and consumer marketing. Peter has a BA degree in History from Harvard College and an MBA in Marketing from Santa Clara University. Away from work, Peter enjoys playing squash and golf with his three teenage boys and spending time as a sous-chef in the kitchen with his wife.
Director, Operations and Product Development
Since 2006, David has directed Round River Research’s manufacturing and product development activities. His primary responsibilities include overseeing all phases of product design and development from product definition through production and release. Working closely with other departments, David ensures that products shipped effectively meet specifications, customer needs, quality goals and regulatory requirements.
David formulates and executes long-term plans for cost/profit control, material efficiency and inventory management. He is a co-author on several patents and has been instrumental in transitioning the Company’s technology into manufacturable products.
David earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and enjoys camping and canoeing in the great outdoors with his wife, daughter and dog.
Vice President, SalesAfter experiencing the benefits of the SolTec Lounge through his own personal transformation, Greg Pavett is dedicating his time and talents to identify and develop channels for the company’s product portfolio.
Greg is the founder of It’s Fresh!, a company focused on naturally extending the quality of fresh fruit and vegetables. He is a seasoned business strategist with over 25 years experience in consumer packaged goods marketing, sales and product development. Prior to launching It’s Fresh!, Greg spent several years consulting for start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies looking to capitalize on unmet consumer needs Greg started his career in Sales at the E. J. Brach Corporation and went on to various management roles in category development and customer business planning at Unilever, Jergens/KAO USA and CNS, where he consistently contributed to brand growth and exceeded corporate revenue objectives.
When not working at SolTec Health, Greg can be found looking for productive ways to channel all his new-found energy including: walking, bike riding, hiking, cooking, enjoying time with his wife Heidi, and their three children and mentoring at Minnesota Adult/Teen Challenge, or dreaming about taking another glass blowing class.
Director, Customer Service
Jason is passionate about providing the highest quality experience and education for every customer journey. Collaborating with Sales and other departments, Jason manages all customer related inquiries, training activities, and technical service levels. As the Company continues to grow, Jason is developing and executing a vision to scale the customer service team through increased process efficiencies, automation, and customer relationship systems.
Prior to his role at Round River Research, Jason owned a computer networking company, a cyber-cafe, and worked with precious metals and counseled small business startups. Jason opened his first company at 18 and is an enthusiastic practitioner of meditation, qigong and kung fu.
Vice President, Creative
For over thirty years, Barry has specialized in crafting creative solutions for a wide range of businesses and industries. His expertise spans web design, graphic arts, branding, software app development and video production.
Years of design work for Prince produced some of the best loved moments of the artist’s career. Barry’s scenic film credits include A Simple Plan, Grumpy Old Men and Little Big League. Scenic work for the Rainforest Café in Disneyworld and Famous Dave’s in Calhoun Square paved the way to his role as Creative Director for Famous Investments Inc., where he developed the Bilimbi Bay brand.
As Senior Designer and Creative Services Manager for Video Update, a 300 store video rental/retail chain, Barry exploited the power of industry related software applications to create remarkably engaging graphics, animation and multi-media presentations helping the chain grow to 750 stores.
Barry oversees SolTec Health’s branding, digital, and graphic design functions and is developing an app that will run the Eclipse (Relax to Sleep) technology, set for release in 2019. He earned his BFA degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and now calls South Minneapolis home, where he lives with his wife and the youngest of five children.
Our Board of Directors
John D. Buck
Board MemberJohn D. Buck has served as Chief Executive Officer of Whitefish Ventures, LLC, which provides financial services and strategic business expertise to small companies, since 2000.
Mr. Buck serves as the Chairman of the Board of Medica, one of the largest health plans in Minnesota, and the Medica Foundation Board, having joined the Medica Boards in 2001. He has served on the Board of Patterson Companies, Inc. since 2006, and was named Lead Director (non-executive Chairman of the Board) in 2014. From 1996 to 2000, he worked for Fingerhut Companies, Inc. with his last assignment as President and Chief Operating Officer, and played an integral role in developing the business services area of the company. Prior to Fingerhut, Mr. Buck was Vice President of Administration at Alliant Techsystems, a leading supplier of aerospace and defense technologies. Prior to that, Mr. Buck spent 21 years at Honeywell, Inc., including a four-year international posting, and most recently served as Vice President of Administration. Previously, Mr. Buck was a member of the Shop NBC/Evine Live, Inc. Board of Directors from 2004 through 2015, served as executive Chairman of the Board, and served as the interim CEO from October 2007 through January 2009. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Mr. Buck supports several charities in the Minneapolis and Naples areas, including the United Way Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He served as a member of the Halo Innovations Board of Directors, which developed products to prevent SIDS. Mr. Buck is also a member of the Naples Education Foundation.
Ellen co-founded Round River Research, Corp. and is a member of its Board of Directors. For more than 20 years she has played a key role in product research, development and testing and has co-produced product educational videos for practitioners and product users.
Ellen has also conducted active clinical research within the Company to develop testing protocols, work with end users and evaluate clinical results.
In addition to her Board role, Ellen continues to provide financial oversight of daily operations and to evaluate clinical test sites and protocols.
Rajiv Tandon, Ph.D.
Board MemberDr. Rajiv Tandon is Founder and Executive Director of The Institute for Innovators and Entrepreneurs. Rajiv is the author of “Planting Seeds” opinion column in Twin City Business magazine. He is a serial entrepreneur and an educator now combining his passion for entrepreneurship and education to develop more robust entrepreneurial enterprises in Minnesota. He was listed by Twin City Business Magazine as one of the “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” for his focus on “EduTech”.
As a Bush Leadership Fellow, his doctoral dissertation in entrepreneurship examined critical success factors in emerging companies that became the basis of the earliest and very successful program in Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas where he was a tenured Professor. He was awarded the Edwin M. Appel Prize by the Price-Babson Program, Boston “for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academia”.
Dr. Tandon holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, with honors, from the Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a M.S. in Operations Research, M.B.A. and Ph. D. in Entrepreneurship; all from the University of Minnesota.
Bill Manahan, MD
Bill Manahan, MD, is Assistant Professor Emeritus with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in Minneapolis. He is Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association and author of the book, Eat for Health.
Dr. Manahan co-founded The Wellness Center of Minnesota (1982-1992), one of America’s first, physician-led, integrative medicine centers. He was also the Founder and Program Director of Minnesota’s first Rural Family Medicine Residency Program.
Presently, he consults with physicians and clinics wishing to expand into a more integrative and holistic practice, and he is working to help make the primary healthcare system more holistic and more joyful for patients and practitioners.