Biomedical Engineer who earned his degree from The Johns Hopkins University & Columbia University. Named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 in 2013. Co-Founded America’s first Pure Play healthy vending company in 2003.
Social entrepreneur and former Naval Officer who led a Special Forces fast-boat team in the Iraq War, Andy is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow businesses that help make the world a better place. Andy earned a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Stanford University. He lives in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife Carrie, son Brady, and dog Lucky.
Edward Kushell, Board of Advisors
Kushell is a former franchisor of over 400 very successful franchises, a franchisee of multiple units in the fast food business, a Past President of the International Franchise Association, a member of the Board of Directors of several known franchise companies and consultant to nearly 1,000 companies either engaged in or contemplating franchising. He has been retained as an Expert Witness in nearly 100 franchise or franchise related cases.
Mark Siegel, Board of Advisors
Mark Siegel is a dynamic business leader with twenty years of global experience and hands-on operational management across growth businesses, turnarounds, restructurings, and business model transitions. Mark has served in Executive and Management roles for Fortune 500 companies including Mattel, Petsmart, and Equity Marketing along with private equity and family-owned businesses such as Stravina Operating Company and Teleflora. Mark’s strength is his ability to marry strategic thinking, financial discipline, and personnel management with enthusiasm, energy, and innovation. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to HUMAN.
Brett Johnson, Board of Advisors
Brett Johnson is an accomplished business leader and connector. Brett has served as President of Targus, the leading global provider of mobile computing solutions with sales of $545 million. He has also served as CEO and President of Forward Industries (NASDAQ: FORD), which designs, sources, markets, and distributes consumer electronic products including smartphones and tablets. Currently, Brett is the CEO of Benevolent Capital Partners and Advisors, a private equity and consulting company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Blyth Inc. (NYSE: BTH), a $1 billion direct to consumer sales company in the health & wellness space, and is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).
Two People… One Bright Idea!
Sean and Andy met over lunch in August of 2007 at the PF Chang’s in El Segundo, CA thanks to a mutual friend’s introduction (don’t worry, they only ate the few healthier, “HUMAN-approved” menu items). At the time, Sean was preparing to leave his previous company to start a new and improved healthy vending venture while Andy was neck-deep in the creation of an innovative, hot food vending concept after graduating from business school.
After masterminding together for a few months, it became clear to Andy and Sean that they worked well together, had the same core values, and had a congruent vision for what they wanted to achieve by way of social entrepreneurship. Thus, Sean and Andy officially became business partners not out of design but rather serendipity, and with that, the wild and ambitious idea to “make healthy food more convenient than junk food” was born. HUMAN launched in the summer of 2008, and the rest, as they say, is history…
Andy Mackensen (left) and Sean Kelly (right) launched HUMAN in 2008 to help make healthy food more convenient than junk food.
What we’re made of
The HUMAN concept launched in 2008 and as rewarding as our history has been, it’s the future we’re most excited about. Each member of our team is here not only because they’re ridiculously talented, but because they love what they do.
“Leading a healthy lifestyle results in living a long and happy life — which everyone deserves! Working at HUMAN allows me to assist entrepreneurs around the world in making healthy decisions easy for everyone.”
“I am passionate about helping social entrepreneurs share their stories with the world. There are so many people changing the world for the better–all of our franchisees included–and I want them in the headlines!”
“Extremely passionate about helping as many people as I can reach and accomplish their goals. Both in business and in health.”
Reilly NelsonFranchise Consultant
“Having grown up skiing in an active mountain town, I was blessed to be surrounded by healthy lifestyles. Everyone, no matter what their location or station in life, should have access to healthy choices.”