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Our Board

Steve Davis

Founder, Chairman, Chief Visionary Officer

Nichol Case

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Gladden

Chief Engineering and Ergonomics Officer

Dr. Stephen Stockhausen

Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Peggy Berry

Chief Learning Officer

Dr. Greg Pitts

Executive Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Sergio Sgro

Chief Quality Officer

Logan Davis

Board Member

Raymond Onan

Board Member

Zach Gerlach

Board Member

Melissa Claar

Board Member

Ethan Neal

"Best and Brightest" Mentorship Program

Our Executive Advisory Board

Luther Cottrel

Executive Advisory Board Member

Kirby Mask

Executive Advisory Board Member

Joe Hoffert

Executive Advisory Board Member

Earl-Ray Neal

Executive Advisory Board Member

Keith Faulconer

Executive Advisory Board Member

Rey Lira-Gonzalez

Executive Advisory Board Member

About Us

The idea behind our company—ergonomics for everyone—germinated early in the career of our founder Steve Davis.

While working as Organizational Development & Safety Director for a multinational company, Steve saw how poor ergonomics led to bad outcomes for people and for companies. He observed how most companies respond to ergonomic illnesses: they hire consultants to evaluate specific incidents and suggest corrective measures, but they rarely consider the point of origin. In other words, companies tend to focus on symptoms rather than causes—thus poor ergonomics continue to harm people’s wellbeing.

Year after year, poor ergonomics cause nearly one-third of all non-fatal workplace disabilities across all industries in the US*. People continue to suffer—despite ergonomics illnesses being 100% preventable!—and companies continue to pay the high price in lost productivity, lower morale, and higher insurance premiums.

Steve had a better idea.

His background in Quality Systems Management and Lean principles told him that integrating good ergonomics across a company’s systems and culture would not only help prevent ergonomics illnesses—it would increase efficiency across the entire organization. Both people and companies would prosper.

* - Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index

Three Imperatives

In 2000, Steve founded Ergonauts Performance Technology to realize his idea.

More than just seizing a commercial opportunity, he founded Ergonauts to improve the quality of life for millions of people by helping companies solve a costly business problem by putting human wellbeing first. Moreover, Steve wanted to create a company that embodies what he learned growing up working alongside his family on their Kentucky farm—that not only is there dignity in all legitimate work, but that the nature of work is fun.

He built Ergonauts on three imperatives that blend his personal values and his professional passion: Honor their humanity. The nature of work is fun. Always be learning, teaching, and improving.

Defining the Field

A prolific relationship-builder and pioneer in Lean Ergonomics, Steve recruited some of the best minds from an array of ergonomics specialties and related disciplines, and they applied Lean principles to create a systems-based approach to ergonomics that’s defining the field.

Shortly after its inception, Ergonauts began working with the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and Toyota’s True Lean™ Systems Program as an education provider. Steve co-developed the curriculum and leads the Certification in Lean Ergonomics course, helping participants master Lean Ergonomics principles and embed them in their companies across industries and geographies.

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