As we here at Sunlighten reflect on 2013, there are many highlights we readily recall. We were lucky enough to visit at length with our friend Randy Alvarez. We partnered with the National Autism Association. We introduced an all-new Solo System – better than ever! Our full spectrum mPulse infrared saunas were included in a clinical study on flexibility and sauna use. And we celebrated our 14th birthday!
But possibly the most FUN memory of 2013 is the face of Sunlighten co-owner Connie Zack featured on a very large billboard here in the Kansas City area, in celebration of women in business!
Connie was honored to be featured as one of Kansas City’s most prominent female entrepreneurs in the OneKC billboard campaign. OneKC for Women celebrates the power and influence of women throughout the Kansas City Metro area. The campaign was designed to build awareness of the importance of women in business — for the entrepreneurs, their employees and our community — and to bring attention to the resources OneKC for Women offers to women at all stages of their professional life. (OneKC for Women is the alliance of the Women’s Employment Network, Women’s Business Center and Women’s Capital Connection.)
Connie, currently the Chief Sales Officer of Sunlighten, started the business in a basement in 1999. Her husband and co-founder Aaron Zack is the company’s CEO. Over the past 14 years, the Zacks have led Sunlighten to tremendous growth and international recognition.
Prior to starting Sunlighten, Connie worked for Procter & Gamble for 11 years. During that time, she made her way into the P&G Leadership Group, a collection of elite staff groomed for future executive positions and onto the P&G Women’s Board, a mentoring program for junior-level female staff.
By the late 1990s, though, Connie started thinking about making a big change, one that eventually became Sunlighten. At the time, Connie’s brother was battling chronic fatigue syndrome and being successfully treated with infrared sauna technology. A business plan was born.
Fourteen years later, Sunlighten continues to devote substantial resources to research and development, remaining on the cutting edge of far infrared and near infrared technology.
A commitment to people and community separates Sunlighten from other companies – clearly a differentiator recognized by the OneKC organization. Connie and Aaron make sure their company headquarters is as environmentally responsible as possible and offer their employees a host of benefits including an on-site gym, daycare and day spa (also open to the public).