Heart Tech Plus founder, Doug’s interest in measuring fitness by monitoring heart rate started in 2001. As he trained for multiple endurance rides on both upright and recumbent bicycles, he became convinced of the importance of getting more people, especially school age children, to understand the purpose of heart rate for measuring physical fitness. Working with physical education teachers nationally and locally, he has gathered information to refine the HTP system, such as including metrics for moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) so that objective measures of user’s fitness can be measured.
Rich has spent his entire teaching career in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, where he taught Physical Education at both the elementary and middle school levels. He coached baseball and basketball at the high school level where he had the pleasure of coaching both sons. His daughter’s early and enduring love of animals led her to a career as a veterinarian. She currently works as a small animal vet in northern New England. His wife of 50 years, Ann is the rock of the family. Rich gives all the credit to Ann for the families happiness and success. After earning a Masters of Education in Technology degree in 1982 his passion for implementing technology into physical education came to fruition. While teaching in Hamilton. Rich received numerous grants to implement technology into his PE program. Since leaving teaching he has worked to implement heart rate technology into many school districts throughout the country. Rich never turns down the chance to work with teachers and kids demonstrating the HTP platform. He loves to get back into the gym and feel the excitement and enthusiasm of teachers and kids as the use this great technology.
Charita manages the office, assists the staff with finalizing orders, receives payments, and ships out HTP products to our customers. She has worked in office administration for over ten years. She is an avid runner and has been since the age of five. She credits her dad for her passion for running. Charita enjoys spending time with her family and she has two daughters.
Brad officially joined Heart Tech Plus in July 2020. He taught physical education for ten years at the middle school level. He was named the 2018 SHAPE Colorado Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and the 2020 SHAPE America Central District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. In 2017-2018, Brad helped his school become one of three schools in Colorado to receive a $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center sponsored by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils. In the same year, he helped his school receive the Riding for Focus grant sponsored by The Specialized Foundation that consisted of a fleet of mountain bikes and helmets that totaled approximately $30,000. He has received numerous grants from Fuel Up to Play 60. In this time as a teacher, he served as a Mentor Teacher in his district to support new physical educators and served as the Denver Broncos NFL Play 60 FitnessGram Champion. He implemented the Heart Tech Plus system into this lessons daily to help students become independent learners, to help them track moderate to vigorous physical activity, and to help them learn the importance of exercising in multiple heart rate zones. Brad is a firm believer that heart rate technology is a game changer for physical education.