Michael A. Bishop

February 20, 2012 in Key Staff

Through Bishop’s leadership, ActiTech has become one of the largest global suppliers of naturally derived cosmetic specialty ingredients in the cosmetic industry.

A respected scientist and leading innovator, Bishop has several patents to his credit and has published a number of scientific articles. In addition, he has served as a lecturer in Cosmetic Science at several leading universities, including five years at UCLA.

In 1981, Bishop founded ActiTech. For thirty years he has lead the research and development—backed by rigorous clinical studies—of cosmetic and cosmeceutical ingredients that incorporate specialty raw materials made from botanical extracts. ActiTech now includes a 121,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lewisville, Texas and a 640,000 square foot fulfillment operation in Sherman, Texas.

Education and Experience
Michael Bishop has degrees in both biology and chemistry from the University of California at Irvine. After completing his studies, Bishop spent over a decade working for some of the most recognized names in the cosmetics industry, including Max Factor, Redken Laboratories, and Life Laboratories. He gained increasing responsibilities in the area of product formulation and development. While at Life Laboratories, Bishop also supervised the maintenance of rigid pharmaceutical quality standards and served as an FDA liaison.

Industry Affiliations
Bishop has chaired the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and is a longstanding member of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA), the American Chemical Society(ACS), the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) and the International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS). He is also a member of the American Botanical Council, the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID), and International Food Technology (IFT). Bishop has also served as a technical and scientific consultant to Actifirm, a company founded by his wife, Elysiann in 1998.

Away from the office, Bishop and his family—wife Elysiann, their daughter and three sons—are a blur of activity. They juggle family camping trips and water sports with the children’s football, soccer, lacrosse, and dance schedules. When it’s homework time, he’s ready with support, guidance and a scientist’s love of discovery.

John Labonte

February 20, 2012 in Key Staff

John and his team assure tight coordination of daily manufacturing needs to assure timely delivery of customer orders. This includes careful management of staff needs to ensure the ActiTech staff are not only available for the flow of daily production, but also are kept consistently trained in quality control and safety standards.

John enjoys collaboration opportunities with customers, as well as with representatives of client Purchasing, Planning, and Marketing departments, to aid in new product development and mutually intriguing business opportunities.

It’s said the ActiTech facility in Sherman, TX was actually built around John! John worked at the original tenants of the ActiTech building, Johnson & Johnson Wound Management. John served with J&J for 20+ years in Manufacturing, Quality, and as Technical Services Manager until the facility was decommissioned. John joined ActiTech a few years later in 2005.

John‘s education and professional highlights include:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (1984)
  • Green Belt – Process Excellence (Six Sigma) Training
  • Graduate of Quality Compliance Services Validation Workshop
  • Member – American Society for Quality
  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer

John expresses that it’s not everyday a person is given the chance to facilitate and manage the start up of a new company. He adds there is a sense of gratification being part of the physical and financial growth of a pilot business and seeing your management ideology at work.

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