Meet The Team

Breck Costin

Breck Costin
co-Founder

For over thirty years, Breck Costin has worked with well-known actors and directors, Fortune 500 companies, therapists, individuals, and families as a life coach, personal development trainer, and provocateur. His private practice, BCC Associates, is the premiere couple-counseling practice in Los Angeles. Breck has lectured widely and is known internationally for his focus on emotional freedom, liberation, and creativity.

As a life coach, Breck relies on a body of experience that includes ten years as a pioneering seminar leader who has worked with thousands of people. In addition, he has over twenty years experience in private practice encouraging people to realize their personal, career, and spiritual aspirations. His primary interest lies in helping people to pinpoint where they are stuck and then collaboratively find creative solutions. "These days," he says, "some call it being a coach, which is an ok term, but I have always thought of myself more as an instigator or a provocateur."

Why I got involved with SmartyPants:

It's not that I didn't know that what you put in your body has a direct effect on your health/well-being/mental acuity but it didn't come home to me until I saw that our two little ones were eating sea weed and fishoil and loving it. It became apparent to me that if you started your kids out with healthy choices, that they would develop a a palate and and a demand for that which was good for them. It then became important that I was doing something to further that cause. Thus SmartyPants. Now I have the problem of keeping up with my kids.

Dr. Drew Francis

Dr. Drew Francis
O.M.D., L.Ac. co-Founder

Founder and owner of Golden Cabinet Medical Healing Center, world renowned Dr. Drew Francis has established himself as the premiere integrative doctor (utilizing both Oriental and Western medicine systems to assess and treat patients) of Los Angeles since 1991. Dr. Drew began his career in medicine and natural healing while studying at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and began his Master's study in Oriental Medicine at the California Acupuncture College in 1981. His studies included a special international program for doctors at Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, while simultaneously interning at the largest hospital in Jiangsu province, PRC. After returning to the U.S. in 1985 he developed an extensive following that included many celebrities and athletes. He traveled and supported the tennis player John McEnroe from 1985-89. He is one of the first Diplomats of Acupuncture to be accredited from the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncturist in May 1985 and obtained his California license in June 1986. He has also graduated from the Institute of Functional Medicine Advanced Training for Functional medicine doctors in 2000.

Over the past 20 years Dr. Drew has developed an integrative medical approach to common clinical conditions. His mission is to improve patient outcomes through prevention, early assessment and the comprehensive management of complex and chronic diseases.

Dr. Drew Francis and his beautiful wife Katisa, have been married for 26 years and they came together with their united interest in health, well-being and their love. Dr. Drew resides with his family in Los Angeles and has two sons: Skyeler and Dillon Francis.

Why I got involved with SmartyPants:

My involvement with Smarty Pants began as an extraordinary series of conversations with Breck, Gordon and myself wondering how our unique abilities could be parlayed into our children's future and their well-being. I was honored with the opportunity to contribute my nutritional medical knowledge to formulate a truly unique, never before seen gummy nutraceutical. Our goal was to combine vitamins, minerals, and Omega 3's into a unique, best-of-class gummy multi-vitamin that kids, parents, and doctors all love. I am so excited to see this dream come to fruition!

Gordon Gould

Gordon Gould
co-Founder, co-CEO

Gordon has worked in the digital media and internet industry for over 15 years. Gordon has co-founded several companies in the consumer social media space and was founding CEO of both Upoc.com, the world's first mobile social network, and ThisNext.com, the largest independent social shopping platform. Gordon has worked closely with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technologists, marketers, non-profits, and consumers/users to help create compelling, useful services. As co-founder and co-CEO of SmartyPants, he uses his experience with social media and social commerce to provide parents with valuable content, tools, and products that can help them best care for their children's brains. Gordon's primary professional interest is in empowering people thru technology and in building a company that has a strong social mission, such as SmartyPants' commitment to children's brain health worldwide via partnerships with Vitamin Angels and charity:water. In his personal life, Gordon is the proud father of Kylan, 8, and Oliver, 6, whom he thinks are simply amazing little people. As a divorced dad, he has come to a deeper understanding of what fatherhood means and what a gift it is to help his children grow and explore the world together. Gordon also has the privilege of living with Courtney and building the company together as co-CEO's which has been- and continues to be- an incredible experience. Thank you, Courtney! Gordon is also an avid surfer, rock climber, and yoga practitioner, as well as a voracious reader. He wants to learn how to sail too.

Why I got involved with SmartyPants:

As a co-parent of two young children and as someone interested in health, I was really shocked to experience first-hand how poorly most kids eat. I had heard about the burgeoning childhood obesity crisis in the US but it was not until a few years back that I realized how hard it is to get children, even my own kids, to eat right, especially when they are bombarded daily by ads promoting unhealthy, empty calorie "foods" and snacks. I also learned that poor nutrition and couch-potato indoor lifestyles are not only bad for a child's body, but they also really negatively impact a child's brain development, emotional well-being, and cognitive skills. Knowing how important a healthy brain is to a child's quality of life, I looked for information and discovered there were no easy-to-understand, parent-focused companies out there educating parents on various aspects of children's brain health. Providing useful, science-based brain health information and best-of-class products seemed like an excellent opportunity to build a great company and do some good in the world. Hence, SmartyPants.

Courtney Nichols

Courtney Nichols
co-Founder, co-CEO

Courtney has worked in, around and with startups almost her entire career. Having most recently served as COO of Clear, the fast pass for airport security, from its inception through its successful launch and beyond, she previously served as interim CEO of www.wemix.com, president of Mail.com and still serves as an advisor, investor and board member for various stage start-ups such as Dadlabs.com, Poprule.com, and Re:Char. As co-founder and Co-CEO, Courtney uses her experience in building companies from the ground up to identify the best partners, distributors, advisors and talent to make the company and its products examples of businesses that win with heart and soul intact. She is very committed to SmartyPants improving the lives of its customers as well as children around the world through its partnership with Vitamin Angels and charity:water. In addition to building things, Courtney is a devoted supporter of charity:water and an advocate for the water crisis in general as founder of CampaignWater, a 501c3 dedicated to raising public awareness of the global water crisis through its support of media. She is a lifelong equestrian, a long time new yorker now living in the ever-flowering neighborhood of Venice and is a proud co-parent-in-training to Gordon's two amazing fantastical kids, Kylan and Oliver. She is also incredibly grateful to have such an inspiring co-CEO and fella!

Why I got involved with SmartyPants:

I was looking for the next great idea with three "must haves": Must work with fantastic, brilliant people I liked and respected 2)must be super interesting subject that will engage and excite me 3) must do good while doing well. Enter SmartyPants... Gordon, Drew and Breck, my three co-founders, had all recently had a conversation related to preventative health care for kids when I entered the picture. Gordon and I had known each other from the early internet days and started talking about the gap that existed related to brain health and the conversations they were having about a new product. It became clear to me there was a larger opportunity to fill in the blanks for parents who were hearing more and more about brain health but had no real resource to filter all the information. The more we worked on the idea, the more excited we became and the stronger the feedback from other parents-we want SmartyPants! It seemed clear that there was a need not only for great products but also for content that can make it easy for parents to embrace the three pillars of brain health: exercise, nutrition and lifestyle.. Learning about the brain, learning about how children's brains operate, and learning the very encouraging news that our brains (even mine, my parents, my grandparents) are malleable tools that deserve our care, our respect and our understanding has been a fascinating journey. Getting to build a company with people you love has been profound. Getting to share what I have seen, heard and learned with people I haven't met yet, exciting. Getting to help kids here and around the world, an honor.

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