Healthy Fingers, LLC
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
An accomplished and successful senior executive, entrepreneur, and product designer, John Buck possesses over five decades of professional experience in conceptualizing, engineering, and bringing to market innovative solutions that address distinct business and consumer challenges.
Currently, Buck is the founder, president, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Camarillo, Calif.-based Healthy Fingers™, LLC, a recently-launched company which specializes in the production, sales, and marketing of hands-free, germ-safe pivoting arm bars and pads to open doors in a wide range of consumer, business, and government environments. The result of over three years of intense research and development, the multi-patented design significantly reduces the occurrence of cold and flu symptoms, and other hand-to-face transmitted diseases, by enabling individuals to open doors without using their hands to grab bacteria-ridden door handles. The Healthy Fingers pivoting arm bar is not just a revolutionary door opener; rather, it is a preventative healthcare product which thwarts the transmission of harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses often found in and around public places. Buck expects this revolutionary product, when in wide deployment, to dramatically diminish the spread of influenza, colds, and other hand-transmitted sicknesses, and save countless lives and billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost employee productivity in the process.
Prior to establishing Healthy Fingers, Buck was president and CEO of MicroEngineering, Inc., a Chatsworth, Calif.-based company which manufactured and marketed a full line of new sewer equipment that included leak detectors, pipe locators, sewer locators, and video inspection systems. During his tenure at the company, which he founded in 1990, Buck forged new industry sales and marketing paradigms that dramatically accelerated MicroEngineering’s rapid revenue growth. He agreed to fabricate and supply private-label products for major companies with huge mail order channels, which immediately had a positive impact on sales. Additionally, he placed point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) displays in many stores operated by Familian Pipe Supply, a well-known national retail outlet for plumbers. The Familian relationship proved to be critically important to MicroEngineering’s success. Instead of each store carrying a minimum level of MicroEnginering inventory, Buck agreed to ship customers’ orders overnight so Familian did not have to incur standard stocking costs. Familian also introduced Buck to many of its store managers, who gave him the opportunity to demonstrate MicroEngineering products directly to customers and create another valuable sales channel. Buck sold MicroEngineering in 2001 to St. Paul, Minn.-headquartered MyTana Manufacturing (www.mytana.com), which is still selling many of Buck’s original products to this day.
From 1980 to 1993, Buck was president and
partner of Acoustic Emission Leak Locators (AELL) Corp., a Canoga Park, Calif.
company which produced, marketed, and sold equipment and services to heavy
industries, such as chemical manufacturing plants. While at AELL, Buck and his
team designed, fabricated, and installed a leak monitoring system for Air Force
satellites to be carried into space by the Challenger space shuttle. Also under
his leadership, AELL developed special systems for the location of leaks in
underwater pipelines and above-ground storage tanks.
Previously, Buck spent 17 years as a nuclear engineer in the Atomics International division of North American Aviation, which became part of well-known aerospace and defense contractor Rockwell International in 1967 and is now part of Boeing. He was responsible for the design and fabrication of nuclear radiation experiments which were irradiated in various reactors in the United States, and the calculation of nuclear flux levels in those reactors using special computer code. This work, which took him to many reactor sites across the country to facilitate the experiments, required the highest-level security clearances in various technologies. In addition, he also oversaw the research, development and implementation of a new non-destructive testing product line of acoustic emission systems which were used in nuclear reactors and in various applications for the oil refining and chemical processing industries. During his tenure at Atomics International, Buck also developed and marketed an entirely new technology that involved listening for the expansion of cracks in operating industrial environments, particularly oil refineries and nuclear reactor plants. This technology ended up becoming a robust line of business for the company.
Buck began his career as a nuclear project engineer for Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR), which designs, builds, and maintains many of the world’s most challenging and complex capital projects. While at Fluor, he authored the operating manual and designed the fueling system for the experimental organic cooled reactor (ECOR) reactor, an early nuclear power concept studied in the formative years by the United States Atomic Energy Commission and others around the world, at the National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS). The station was part of the Idaho National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s lead nuclear research and development facility located near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Buck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Iowa State University, with minors in mathematics and nuclear engineering. While enrolled in college, he studied graduate-level nuclear engineering under Dr. Glenn Murphy, one of the initial Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology (ORSORT) students taught by world-renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Edward Teller, often referred to as “The Father of the Hydrogen Bomb.” Buck later had the opportunity to meet and discuss nuclear engineering with Dr. Teller, one of the most notable technical highlights of Buck’s distinguished career. He also holds a California professional license in nuclear engineering (NU 1895), given to a relative few who have demonstrated significant knowledge and technical proficiency in nuclear engineering as outlined by the management of Atomics International and approved by a special board of nuclear engineers appointed by the state of California. He has held this designation since 1977.
Buck currently resides in Camarillo, California.
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