The Garden of Life Team
Working with Passion & Purpose
The Garden of Life staff is comprised of visionaries, leaders and devoted employees who are honored to serve our customers.
Meet the Executive Team
Working every day to achieve our shared goals, the Garden of Life executive team is fueled by a desire to accomplish the company mission and inspired by the stories of positive impact Garden of Life has made on others' lives.
Brian Ray helped Jordan Rubin start Garden of Life and worked for the company as Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2005. His most recent role before returning to Garden of Life was Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) and VP of Finance for Ameripath, Inc. a $1 billion anatomic pathology lab Company owned by Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe (WCAS). WCAS is the largest and most successful healthcare private equity group in the United States. At Ameripath Brian was in charge of all business planning, accounting, and finance aspects of the company including all mergers and acquisitions. In May 2007 Brian helped lead the sale of Ameripath to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. for $2 billion. Brian decided to rejoin Garden of Life in late 2007 because of Jordan’s unfettered mission and also because it gives Brian an opportunity to improve peoples’ lives. As president, Brian is committed to the vision of Garden of Life and is driving the company toward extraordinary results.
Brian Ray is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Masters degree in Accounting. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Society of CPAs. Brian lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Kristen and lovely daughters Logan and Whitney. Brian is active in the community and currently is the Chairman of the Special Olympics Advisory Board and is Co-Chairman of the Young Friends of The Ryan Licht Sang Bi Polar Foundation.
General Counsel and Vice President of International
Jeff possesses broad legal experience ranging from public relations and marketing to food regulatory issues to litigation management. He has worked on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, and supply and distribution. Jeff's experience also spans the international arena where he has an intricate knowledge of import and export, international law, and intellectual property. He is well versed with the regulatory issues in working with the FTC, FDA, USDA, and oversees Garden of Life's legal, regulatory compliance and international business relationships. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Oral Roberts University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida College of Law. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young sons.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Kent began his career in the natural products industry when he joined Natural Balance in 1987. Kent served as executive vice president and was instrumental in sixteen years of exciting company and industry growth, establishing exciting new product lines industry wide. Before joining Garden of Life Kent served as a Vice President with Nutraceutical Corporation with responsibility for five Nutraceutical brands. He gained rich experience working with some very talented people and developed a capable nation wide sales team. Kent has had primary responsibility for developing and managing an effective direct sales organization with both Natural Balance and Nutraceutical. Kent is excited as he joins Garden of Life and is inspired by opportunity to be a part of a great company with great people and great products.
Vice President of Finance
Erik Schmitt has helped grow Garden of Life in the area of finance since 2002. He has learned this area of Garden of Life in and out as he served as Controller, then Senior Director of Finance and now Vice President. He is committed to Garden of Life in designing, developing and overseeing all financial systems, policies and practices to the highest standards, yet his serious role is balanced by his positive and enthusiastic personality. Since he earned his BS in Accounting from Florida State University, Erik has worked in finance in the banking, fuel and property development industries. He enjoys the Empowering Extraordinary Health message of Garden of Life because it involves impacting other people and compliments his active lifestyle, which includes biking, softball, raquetball, hiking, and exercising.
Teresa M. Miller
Senior Director, Human Resources & Quality
Teresa Miller has been a member of the Garden of Life Team since 2005. She leads and oversees the Human Resources and Quality Teams. In the HR arena, she ensures that GoL maintains its high performance culture by developing and implementing innovative programs that attract and retain the best employees. On the Quality side, she and her team are charged with complying with FDA Dietary Supplement current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and ensuring the highest quality for GoL products
Teresa earned her Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a national and local member of the Society for Human Resources Management and has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. She enjoys being a part of the GoL mission where she has the opportunity to empower extraordinary health, products and people.
Jordan Rubin founded Garden of Life after his recovery from Crohn’s disease. The story of his recovery, chronicled in many of his 19 books, including the New York Times bestselling, The Maker’s Diet has resonated with many around the world. Jordan now lives on his farm in Missouri, with his wife, Nicki, and their three children.