executive DirectoR, NOHBA
Founder, GM, Sunstate Natural Products Consultants
Curt Valva has over 30 years of experience in the personal and home care CPG industry. He currently consults in the Natural and Organic personal care, home care, and pet care sectors of the industry. Prior to founding Sunstate, Mr. Valva was with Aubrey Organics for 15years holding various executive positions including President, COO, and GM. He previously held similar roles at Estee Lauder, the world leader in prestige cosmetics in both the US and Canada. He is an active member of the NSF task force chartered with writing ‘Organic’ standards for personal care products in the USA. He served as a board member of the Natural Products Foundation and an active member in the Natural Products Association.
As the founder of Sunstate NPC, Mr. Valva consults with small to mid-sized Natural Products companies. Focus is on certification, standards, strategy, structure, branding, operations, sales and marketing.
Curt has been a guest educational speaker at NP Expo East, NP Expo West, the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, NPA, BioFach/Vivanesse, and Beyond Beauty in Paris. He holds an MBA (Finance) from Hofstra University in NY, a BBA in Marketing
Gay Timmons owns and operates Oh, Oh Organic, Inc., an organic and specialty ingredient distribution company founded in 2000. Oh, Oh is committed to the development and delivery of sustainable agricultural ingredients for the cosmetic and personal care industries.
VICE PRESIDENT, NOHBA
Ashley Prange is founder and CEO of Au Naturale Cosmetics, and organic color cosmetics company based out of Green Bay, WI.
After 7 years of working as an Analyst for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ashley began to lobby for Personal Care Product Safety in Washington, D.C. Ashley continues to lobby for policy change in the Personal Care Products space.
Worth Turner is President of Colorado Quality Products (CQP) is an industry leader in personal care research, development and manufacturing. Our remarkable success and growth is attributed to our dedication to the personal care industry, the hard work and professionalism of our staff and the loyalty of our customers.
Due to our commitment to industry research, CQP is able to offer our customers the most effective and innovative raw materials and ingredients. CQP is responsible for manufacturing some of the finest skin care and personal care products on the market today. Products produced by CQP are sold world wide and can be found in a number of top retailers, specialty bath stores and boutiques.
David is a senior executive with outstanding track record creating and growing branded businesses in start-up through Fortune 250 environments.
Specialties: Strategy | New Product Development/ Innovation | P&L Management | Organization Leadership | Branding | Portfolio Management | Product Management | Advertising & Promotion Development | Financial Management
Board Member, NOHBA
Founder & CEO of Follain
Shocked by the unsafe ingredients in U.S. beauty products, Tara launched Follain in July 2013, as the healthy skincare retail alternative, and as a catalyst to change the U.S. beauty industry. Before launching Follain, Tara researched safe and sustainable skincare, apprenticing on an organic lavender farm in France, and with a private label skincare company in Maine. She has documented this research and journey on her blog, The Naturalchemyst, since 2009. Tara received her MBA from Babson College, where she won a national retail business plan competition for the Follain concept, and her BA in Public Policy and Law, from Trinity College. Tara’s vision and passion fuel Follain’s growth.
Co-Owner/ VP of Research and Development at W.S. Badger
Rebecca Hamilton is an owner and the Vice President of Research and Development/Quality Assurance at the W.S. Badger Company, where she oversees technical research, new product innovation and development, companywide quality assurance and regulatory affairs as well as Badger’s product related sustainability initiatives. Rebecca has over a decade of experience in the natural products industry and has served as an industry expert and public presenter at over 30 conferences and events. Her background in ethnobotany and supply chain management coupled with her passions for organic living, safe products, and ethical commerce have led her to wider industry involvement and public service outreach. She is currently involved in safe cosmetics legislation and toxic chemical reform, has served as the chair of the Natural Products Association Natural Personal Care Steering Committee, and is an active committee member on both the Personal Care Products Council’s Sunscreen Taskforce and on the American Sustainable Business Council’s Safer Chemicals Coalition.
Executive, EO Products
Responsible for EO Product's Product Development, Research and Development, Innovation, Industry Regulations and Developments.