FOUNDER / CEO
Listen to Paul Francis on the Space Foundation’s Space4U Podcast discussing his journey as an inventor and how he came to work with NASA on the technology that would be used by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Paul Francis invented SpiraFlex resistance technology for NASA‘s Mission Critical program to counteract astronaut bone and muscle loss caused by zero gravity. A NASA 16 week study proved SpiraFlex provided the same muscle growth as free-weights on earth.
Next, he licensed SpiraFlex technology to Nautilus Inc. and helped developed the Bowflex Revolution home gym, which has achieved sales of over $260 million.
Francis has founded OYO Fitness to incorporate SpiraFlex technology into fitness equipment that can used where you are right now – providing the same benefits as weights, without the weight.
OYO is one of the fastest growing brands in the fitness industry, now expanding international distribution in Europe, Asia and South America.
Joseph Kessinger, CPA
Joe is a business advisor/financer with more than 30 years of experience in business development, corporate value enhancement, family business transitions, corporate finance and merger/acquisition advisory services. He has been employed by two Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG and Ernst & Young), managed venture capital/private equity portfolios, consulted with family offices and has started, owned, operated and sold several different businesses, including an electronics manufacturing company and a medical device manufacturer. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of 6 privately-held businesses and acts as CFO for 4 businesses.
“I am a personal trainer in Overland Park, body builder and former firefighter. I developed the workout and nutrition programs for the OYO Personal Gym and work with OYO Fitness as a virtual personal trainer for our workout videos. I also developed and ran the 10 Week Challenge program where participants lost an average of 17lbs and 19 inches.”
Brand & Web Director
Sonya has 18 years of experience as a graphic designer and illustrator and 12 years of experience in front end web development and eCommerce. At OYO Fitness, she helps implement CEO Paul Francis’ creative vision across all points of customer contact — websites, email marketing, packaging, and print collateral.
Director, Taiwan Office
“My extensive background in manufacturing and project management ensures that we are delivering products of the highest quality to our customers and distributors.”
Venus Van Horn
Customer Experience Director
Venus Van Horn is a Customer Service veteran with 25 years experience from managing teams on a global scale to running her own successful businesses. “When you build a loyal customer base through great products and excellent support, you are not only ensuring that the customer comes back but that they recommend you to their friends and family. This is always my number one goal in the work that I do. Working in customer experience management, I get the opportunity to interact with people all over the world, hearing their positive experiences, answering their questions, and solving problems for them quickly and efficiently. Best job in the world!”
Lawrence (Larry) Guerra, B.S.M.E.
Director of Product Engineering
Larry has 30 years of experience in product development in industries that include fitness equipment, medical, consumer, and robotic systems. He draws on the previous eleven years’ experience in tool and die and factory maintenance to optimize designs and facilitate manufacturing. Larry is an inventor on over 85 patents, issued and pending.
Leroy Chiao, Ph.D.
OYO Fitness Advisor, Former NASA Astronaut
Leroy Chiao has vast experience in both the public and private sector. In addition to his human spaceflight experience at NASA, he has also worked extensively in academia, government laboratories and in commercial ventures and technology startups. Leroy exercised with SpiraFlex technology for 6 months on the International Space Station and returned stronger than when he left.