David W. Landers – Managing Partner, TotalCare of North America, LLC
David W. Landers is a seasoned business executive who enjoyed a 25 year career at Unilever before participating in the creation of TotalCare in 2006. As President & Chief Operating Officer for North American Food Service, he managed a one billion dollar business, winning numerous awards along the way including Global Advertising Awards and Ethics Recognition for Best Business Practices. As part of his North American responsibilities, Dave was a core member of the Pepsi-Unilever Tea Beverage Joint Venture Board of Directors. In addition, Dave held several key posts internationally for the company including President, Unilever Household Products company in Mexico, Co-Chair, World Skin Care Strategy Board and Managing Director of Unilever, Singapore.
Dave is an active member of the community, spearheading numerous community service projects. He and his wife, Barbara have been married for over 40 years and have three children. Having traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the globe during his tenure at Unilever, Dave is happy to be living and working in his home communities of Connecticut and Vermont.
Dave is the managing partner of TotalCare of North America, LLC, TotalCare’s franchise holding company, which he designed and incorporated in 2007. He is responsible for franchise market opportunity identification and implementation in multiple states and markets throughout the United States.
Ken Brooks – President, River Design Inc.
Fortune 500 companies might be able to afford Madison Avenue, but most smaller businesses can’t. Based in Danbury, CT, Ken Brooks started River Design with an aim to bring Madison Avenue to Main Street. Ken began working with the TotalCare team by taking over the web site development and maintenance. He continues to assist with the launch for each new market, and extends branding consistency to e-mail marketing and social media initiatives. Ken’s sister business, Lumecri Studio, also stepped in with video production and photography, providing professional visuals to support River Design’s production of printed collateral, website maintenance, e-mail marketing & SEO, and other projects to help maintain a high bar of professionalism for the TotalCare brand.
Ken also serves as Marketing Chair for Connecticut’s Honorine St. Jude Golf Classic, an annual fundraiser event supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang. He is an active member of the Danbury community where he lives with his wife, daughter, and golden retriever.
Jonathan Gibney – CEO, Southridge Technology
With more than 25 years of experience in technology and 8 more in finance, Jonathan Gibney is the co-owner and CEO of Southridge Technology, a leading IT firm and multi-year winner of the Marcum Tech Top 40 Award. He holds a certificate in Cybersecurity from MIT and, as an expert in HIPAA security, Cloud Computing and the use of technology in small and mid-sized businesses, Jonathan has been published in several regional and state dental association professional journals and is a regular conference presenter.
Mr. Gibney has also served on the board of the Brookfield Education Foundation, as President of Danbury Referral Pros Networking Group, and as both a Scout Master and Venture Post advisor in the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, having trained at the Yellowstone Institute, Jonathan volunteered on the education staff and on the animal care team at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. Jonathan and his family provided holiday gifts and parties to residents of Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY for 18 years and hosted Fresh Air Fund children in their home for many summers. He currently serves on the Philanthropy Committee of YMCA of Western Connecticut.
Jonathan’s strong sense of community developed during his childhood in Sandy Hook where his family was active in the local library, and where Jonathan served on Newtown’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Now a Brookfield resident since 2000, Mr. Gibney is happily married for 15 years, and is the proud stepfather of two sons ages 23 and 27. Jonathan collects wine and indigenous art, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, movies, and contemporary discourse.