About

​Vessel carries you through the ideation stage with research, experience and direct product feedback for a better fit with distributors and end customers. We work through the vast challenges around product vetting, sourcing, manufacturing and the full list of logistics and manufacturing challenges in production and negotiating pricing and scaling. Vessel shortens the gap between distribution and sales with a tested approach to your sales and marketing engagement and customer alignment.  

With an established office and representatives in Southeast Asia, Vessel's global market reach and expertise provide value from producers to end customers in the Health Tech industry. We actively vet manufacturers to ensure all of the products we source are compliant with necessary regulations. We work closely with our customers to handle the logistics and supply chain management — from sourcing and vetting all the way to shipping and fulfillment.

Leadership

Experienced leaders and technical partners you can rely on

Brittney Lucero

Operations & supply chain management 

Director of Operations - US

Derik is an experienced leader dedicated to helping companies grow intelligently. Derik has founded tech companies and has over 18 years of leadership experience in successful growth related roles ranging from business development, as well as directing marketing and sales teams. Derik serves on boards and advises entrepreneurs that fit his experience.

Brittney possesses an exceptional ability to organize information and direct a team. She brings efficiency, timeliness, and laser focus to Vessel. Brittney's experience with working with manufacturers and international trade regulations has made her an indispensable resource to help companies navigate the sourcing and procurement process.

Derik is an experienced leader dedicated to helping companies grow intelligently. Derik has founded tech companies and has over 18 years of leadership experience in successful growth related roles ranging from business development, as well as directing marketing and sales teams. Derik serves on boards and advises entrepreneurs that fit his experience.

Derik is an experienced leader dedicated to helping companies grow intelligently. Derik has founded tech companies and has over 18 years of leadership experience in successful growth related roles ranging from business development, as well as directing marketing and sales teams. Derik serves on boards and advises entrepreneurs that fit his experience.

Derik Ellis

Revenue growth strategist and problem solver

CEO/Co-founder

Derik is an experienced leader dedicated to helping companies grow intelligently. Derik has founded tech companies and has over 18 years of leadership experience in successful growth related roles ranging from business development, as well as directing marketing and sales teams. Derik serves on boards and advises entrepreneurs that fit his experience.

Kent Walker

Experienced supply chain management leader 

VP of Operations - Asia/Offshore

Kent is a dedicated international management professional with experience in operations management and product development. Skilled in collaborating with all members of an organization to achieve business and financial objectives, he has been instrumental in streamlining and improving processes, enhancing productivity, and implementing technology solutions.

Mike's professional background and expertise are found in the areas of Technology, Sales & Marketing and the execution of effective Go-To-Market strategies. With over 25 years of GTM experience, Mike partners with his clients to develop growth strategies that support critical organizational initiatives and goals. For Mike, it is about the relationship with his clients and helping them succeed.

Mike Emerich

Marketing professional & digital marketing strategist 

VP of GTM

Nicolas Kawaguchi

Manufacturing sales and distribution expert 

COO/Co-founder

With over a 10 years of experience in the startup technology and manufacturing sectors, Nic understands how to support businesses through integrated sales and marketing strategies that effectively drive growth. Nic ensures that every process in the supply chain works like a well-oiled machine and ensures that you get the product you need, at the right price, at the right time.

Patricia Manahan, MD

Sourcing and international business expert

Product Compliance & Sourcing - Asia

Patricia is an agile professional who has a background in industries as varied as health care and inland petroleum logistics.  A physician in a previous life, she applied the patience, attention to detail, bedside manner and knowledge derived from medical training to her business experience and focused on the health, environment and safety, contract negotiation, procurement and operations management.

Media and creative content strategist 

Cole Dansie

Marketing Director

Cole is a passionate marketer with a specialty in content marketing and community building. Cole started his marketing and public relations career by building and nurturing digital communities across an array of nonprofit organizations, national entertainment and local companies.  With a foundation in public relations, Cole is a master at press releases and crafting disruptive content. 

Quality control and specifications head

Jared Brodd

Product Manager

Jared ensures all products meet quality assurance standards, conducting FAIs on all samples and sending to clients in a timely manner. Jared processes and manages quotes and logistics for international shipment of products, and gathers product requirements and certifications to provide support to Vessel’s sales team. Jared’s entrepreneurial mindset, positive attitude and drive are an integral part to the momentum inside of Vessel.

Communications and coordination developer

Rielly MacNeil

Relationship Manager

Rielly manages key client projects and communications with strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Rielly develops and maintains strong relationships with customers and answers client queries, managing completion and coordination of projects on time and within budget. Her background in psychology presents deep interest and understanding in internal and external company relationships and supports Vessel’s strong and growing partnerships.

Our Mission

We manage your supply chain and go-to-market so you can grow your business.

Our Story

As you start to gain traction with your product, you’ll need to scale your manufacturing and sales for revenue growth. At a time when you need economies of scale the most, there is high risk associated with internalizing the expertise, cost, and relationships necessary to succeed.

 

Vessel was created by combining the supply chain expertise of SMH Health and the go-to-market expertise from SMHeuristics to maximize your operational capacity for revenue growth while your product gains traction. 

Our Quality Guarantee

Navigating ever-changing international relationships, manufacturing, product sourcing, customs, rates & transit times, freight shipping, and direct distribution. Let us partner with you to help manage your supply chain and deliver your supplies with confidence. We work with you in parallel to bridge the gap between your product and customer.

 

We help our partners in the U.S. and abroad to import and distribute their products, market and sell
better, and align with customers through research.