Natural Partners Appoints New President; Fran Towey
Scottsdale, AZ – Natural Partners, Inc., a leading U.S. distributor of professional nutraceuticals to licensed healthcare practitioners has named Fran Towey its new President, effective September 2014. Mr. Towey’s expansive credentials and proven industry expertise make him a perfect complement to the existing team at Natural Partners.
Tye Smith, CEO & Founder at Natural Partners, says, “I’m thrilled to welcome long-time friend and one time competitor Fran Towey as the new President of Natural Partners. Fran brings an unrivaled skill set to our team. I look forward to him taking our business and culture to the next level. We believe he’s a perfect match from every angle.”
Towey was formerly the President and Director of Allergy Research Group, part of the global nutrition segment of Kikkoman Group . Prior to joining Allergy Research Group, Towey spent 15 years with a private equity group holding a variety of roles in operations across the health care and life sciences industries, most recently serving as President and CEO of their nutritional supplements distribution company, Emerson Ecologics.
Towey commented, “Natural Partners has become synonymous with exceptional service. They bring a level of passion and energy like no other organization in our industry, I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this group. Building on a solid foundation, I welcome the opportunity to work with the Natural Partners team to expand their capacity to serve this very important healthcare practitioner segment.”
An active volunteer, husband, and father, Towey also serves on the Board of Trustees for the PKD Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. PKD is committed to discovering treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease. Towey earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MBA from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.
Since 1995, Natural Partners, Inc. has provided a convenient way for medical practitioners to dispense professional-grade vitamins, supplements and other products to their patients. This helps strengthen the roots of the practitioner/patient relationship by ensuring patients enjoy the care and superior products they deserve from professionals they trust. Natural Partners carries more than 14,000 natural products from more than 150 top quality brands including NeuroScience, Thorne Research, Integrative Therapeutics, Allergy Research Group, Pure Encapsulations, Designs for Health, Vital Nutrients and more.