Captek Softgel International, Inc. is a leading softgel contract manufacturer (CMO) in the vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) industry. Championing wellness worldwide since 1996, our team of 730 employees based in California, are driven to produce high-quality nutraceutical products and bulk stock softgel capsules and supplements. We do this through research & development and innovative delivery systems coupled with rigorous quality assurance and quality control standards.
Captek Softgel International, Inc. is a privately-owned, FDA registered and audited, GMP-certified, full service CMO of custom dietary and bulk stock supplement formulations. Led by an outstanding executive team, we serve our clients, our community and uphold industry certifications.
Our leadership team is focused on creating enduring partnerships by exceeding customer expectations through unwavering quality, excellent service, industry expertise and science-based innovation.
David Wood’s 25 years in the healthcare industry, including soft gel contract manufacturing at the executive level at Catalent/R.P. Scherer, make him a leader in his field. David is adept at building high performing executive teams and leading international manufacturing and service organizations with full P&L responsibility. His pharmaceutical contract manufacturing experience has served him well in pushing Captek to the highest compliance standards in the industry. He is known as a strategic visionary with a clear sense of purpose and urgency during both challenging periods and rapid growth.
David is a highly regarded leader who specializes in helping teams get clarity on their mission and lead them to outperform even their own expectations. He leads with a strategic, pragmatic, results-driven orientation with a clear sense of purpose and urgency, and has helped establish operational excellence within diverse environments in the US and Europe.
A native of Canada, David earned his degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. David started his career in Toronto, then transferred down to New Jersey in 1998 with Becton Dickinson. After enjoying 13 years in New Jersey, he was brave enough to move his wife and teenage daughters to the West Coast. Having survived the move, after 3 years in Southern California, David enjoys racing sailboats in Long Beach as well as punishing himself on the golf course as often as his self-esteem will allow.
“I have a knack for speaking employee lingo.” Theresa has spent nearly 20 years in HR – an accomplished career during which she’s built cohesive teams and provided guidance to senior leadership teams during rapid change and growth transitions. Recognized as a consensus builder among diverse groups, she brings a wealth of professional strengths and industry experience to Captek as our Human Resources Director.
Before joining the Captek team, Theresa has led important HR initiatives, for companies in different industries, while always remaining cost-conscious. She is well known for being an engaged mentor and talent manager within her network.
Theresa is passionate about building careers, and enjoys helping employees and the management team connect on what’s really important to them. She has a burning desire to leave everything better than the way she found it.
Theresa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Southern California and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from University of La Verne.
Outside of work, you can usually find her enjoying her other passion, which is live music. She’s been to over 350 concerts in her lifetime and the list keeps growing. Other interests include The Walking Dead, the Los Angeles Dodgers and USC Trojans football. FIGHT ON!
“Taking it one day at a time, with a fresh cup of coffee. And maybe ice cream. But I take my nutritional supplements every morning!”
Building on over 25 years of experience in Product Development, Tim has a thorough understanding of what is needed to make even challenging softgel concepts into reality.
Prior to joining the Captek team, Tim Chiprich held R&D management positions at Nutrition Express, Leiner Health Products and at R.P. Scherer. He also held Scientist / Formulator positions at General Nutrition Products and Pennex Products. In his roles he led teams responsible for the development of pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements and cosmetic products in softgels, hard shell capsules, tablets, liquids and powdered dosage forms but his passion is softgels. He has also participated in gelatin research and new technology projects and has several pending and granted patents involving specialty gelatin based products and delivery systems.
A native of western Pennsylvania, Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the California University of Pennsylvania. He lived and worked in Pittsburgh, PA, Greenville, SC, St. Petersburgh, FL and Charlotte, NC, before finding his way to California – his home now for the last 7 years. In his spare time, Tim enjoys hiking and is an avid collector of early American and classic coins.
For over the past decade at Captek Softgel International, Paul’s commitment has been to continually drive a robust quality infrastructure and full regulatory compliance. Paul’s experience and expertise spans from quality control laboratory and technical affairs to quality assurance and regulatory matters. Paul has ranged from direct involvement to oversight and management of development, implementation, execution, and optimization of the aforementioned quality and regulatory systems; these systems have been vetted by regulatory bodies, third party industry compliance firms, and customers. Paul believes in persistent, continuous improvement to establish a distinguished quality platform, driving the “c” in cGMP. He’s chaired industry expertise panel boards, gives talks regularly at various industry events, and actively participates in numerous technical committees.
Prior to his tenure at Captek Softgel International, Paul was in academic research at University of California, Berkeley, where he’s participated in first ever discovery of immunophilins in plants in association with their respective genetics/genomics. Paul, his wife, and his two daughters reside here in Southern California. His lifelong endeavor is to enjoy life in all its facets through invaluable relationships, the outdoors, and good food, music, entertainment, and great company!
Terry brings over 20 years of experience to the Dietary Supplement Industry. During this time he has held senior management positions within the operations, sales and marketing departments. This invaluable and unique industry knowledge and experience has allowed Terry to successfully manage new and repeat product demands through the complete manufacturing process while maintaining a high degree of designed quality and service to our valued clients. Terry’s success at each stage of his career is evident by the operational stability and sales success being realized at Captek.
As a Wisconsinite and graduate of the University of Wisconsin (On Wisconsin!), Terry hitched his wagon on a one-way journey to Southern California over 20 years ago and embarked on his continuing adventures into the dietary supplement world where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters.
Danielle Conner is a senior manufacturing and operations executive with over 25 years of high-volume, large-scale, manufacturing experience directing both union and non-union employees from the floor to senior management. She adeptly oversees end- to-end supply chain management throughout planning, procurement, order fulfillment, shipping, inventory management, safety and quality. Danielle is a poised leader with acknowledged business acumen and is a trusted collaborator who diplomatically navigates highly-matrixed organizations and manages external partners for optimum results. She has a deep understanding of quality management system procedures and world class manufacturing processes which allows her to be a nimble executive who works well in fast-paced environments subject to market changes and continuous improvement. Danielle is effective at evaluating, implementing and forecasting operating budgets and capital needs in support of short- term and long-term business plans. Danielle is passionate about increasing efficiency and process improvement.
Danielle earned Master degrees in both engineering and management from Drexel University and spent over 16 years in East & Midwestern USA before making California home for the past 5 years. She is married, has two sons, and enjoys motocross and skiing.
Terry Keller joined Captek as VP Sales and Marketing after nearly 30 years in the consumer packaged goods and dietary supplements industries. His experience building private label manufacturing and branded businesses has earned him the reputation amongst customers and co-workers of being “extremely dedicated, strategic and resourceful , and one who places a premium on integrity, accountability and communication.”
Terry has served in senior leadership sales and marketing roles across a range of companies – from large organizations to smaller, more entrepreneurial businesses; from privately-held to publicly-traded to private equity-owned. He has cultivated top-to-top relationships with customers, retailers and suppliers as a result of his commitment to building highly adaptable organizations and customer-driven cultures. Terry’s complete product life-cycle expertise – from R&D to sourcing to manufacturing and operations to sell through – is a valuable resource not only to his customers, but to internal teams and direct reports.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, Terry and his wife have loved calling Utah home since 2000, where they enjoy upland bird hunting (with their five dogs!) and golf. Terry is also an avid fly fisherman and skier.
Fon Wong is a well-rounded business finance and accounting leader with a strategic business orientation, hands-on approach and demonstrated expertise in Finance and Accounting. He has over 20 years’ experience in the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.
Prior to joining Captek, Fon spent over 10 years in the CPG industry at both Ajinomoto Windsor Foods and Nestle USA. In addition, he spent a number of years at NBTY/Leiner Health Products in the Dietary Supplements and OTC Drugs businesses. As VP/CFO at Ajinomoto Windsor, Fon led teams in Corporate Finance, Accounting and Information Technology functions.
At Captek Softgel International, Fon is an integral part of the leadership team and works closely with executives on the strategic, business, and financial initiatives of the company, including post-merger functional integration and mid-term growth plan.
Fon migrated from China at an early age. He attended the University of Southern California and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude) and a Master in Business Administration. Fon and his family have been long-time residents of Southern California. Fon is an avid long-distance runner, and a passionate college football fan.
In addition to partnering with clientele to foster healthy lifestyles, we also serve the community in a variety of ways that promote well-being, sustainability and growth. We invest in the livelihood and longevity of our neighborhoods, cities and counties by giving time, treasure and talent to nonprofit organizations and programs that fill our heart and nourish our soul.
Committed to the environment, our Vista, California facility has a clean energy UTC 400kw hydrogen fuel cell. The roof supports the largest privately-owned photovoltaic (solar energy) system. It conserves enough energy to power 191 homes and offsets 1,139 tons of carbon annually. Our production facility is also LEED certified for core and shell.
To maintain superior-level products, we fully comply with FDA, GMP’s and have been certified by NSF International.