Why choose us?
At Concept Labs, we have the expertise and real-world experience you need to get your new products off the ground or help solve your existing product requirements. Our team is deep and diverse, with a successful track record of launching products worldwide with the highest volume specialty retailers, direct response, TV/Print/Online, Amazon and mail order channels. We understand the market place and the demands you face. Our growing team of experts have worked in R&D, Operations, and Quality Control for national retailers and CPG manufacturers, from fast-growing startups to Fortune 100 companies.
We bring this knowledge, experience, and service to every one of our customers’ businesses. We are passionate about our commitment to your success. Simply, call us now @ 773-395-7300. Why look any further? See why we have been successfully servicing the private label skin care needs and a leading contract manufacture for over 20 years!
Meet our manufacturing experts
Joel Heifitz, CEO
Before co-founding Concept Labs in 1995, Joel was CEO of Joy International, a representative of specialty goods for mail order, TV, print and retail channels. In the early days of his career Joel worked with Vern Brunner, Senior V.P of the Walgreen Drug Company, to implement the One Hour Photo program. At Concept Joel guides a corporate culture of openness, innovation and commitment to our customers. His life experiences have emboldened him to embrace opportunity and help people bring their dreams to reality by providing the best team of experts to make them successful.
(Download a Fortune magazine article about Joel and his vision.)
Adam Lustbader, President
Since appearing in his first direct response commercial in 1972, Adam has helped establish numerous successful national retail brands and direct response rollouts with over $500 million in retail sales. In addition to his ability to identify new trends, Adam excels at finding alternate successful avenues, cross-channels and white space opportunities for his customers. Always with an eye on innovation, he thrives at taking an ordinary item and developing the right “twist” to make it a one-of-a-kind success. Adam's favorite motto "What the mind can conceive Concept can achieve".
Josh Foreman, National Sales Manager
Josh oversees all the new business development at Concept Labs. All direct sales, private label skin care or turnkey contract manufacturing opportunities are initiated and managed with him. If you are looking to expand your current successful business or need help creating, batching or fixing a formula, Josh is your guy!
Corree Hamilton, Director of Sales Operation
Corree has great expertise in sourcing of packaging locally for the fastest turn around and worldwide for the most unique and perfect touch. Years of meeting demanding timelines and custom development from the ground up have given her a wide variety experience that enables her to recognize potential issues before they occur. If you are trying to create a fresh new look, a new delivery system, or source the perfect package to meet your target costs... Corree can help!
Cinda Carlson, Manager of Quality Systems and Regulatory
Cinda joined Concept Laboratories, Inc. in October of 2009 as Manager of Quality Systems and Regulatory. She received her MS in Chemistry from the Illinois State University and has over 20 years of experience in personal care working for Helene Curtis, Unilever and Technical Concepts, a division of Rubbermaid Commercial Products. As Quality and Regulatory Manager, Cinda works closely with our customers to quickly resolve any quality issues and assures that products, processes, facilities and systems conform to quality standards and governmental regulations. Cinda is a member of the following organizations: American Chemical Society (ACS), Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Jose Torres, Research & Development Director
With a deep and diverse repertoire of over 2,000 formulations, there is no challenge Jose can’t master. Drawing on his 25 years experience in compounding allows Jose to take the formulation process beyond the bench. He expertly anticipates and prevents obstacles when taking a product from the laboratory to production scale, and has a talent for cutting down lead times and optimizing productivity. His extensive history with Direct Response has given him the invaluable skill to turn a commodity into a luxury, and he has successfully distilled the ever-desirable “wow” effect into a simple science.
Zoe Weisman, Director of Product Development
Zoe is responsible for the overall strategy for new products and acts as a liaison between R&D and Marketing. She develops new insights and solutions for existing product lines including line extensions, formula enhancements and updated delivery systems. Zoe specializes in raw material sourcing and surveys new trends, ingredients, technologies and packaging components to find the most innovative new angles for our clients. Previously she worked as a copywriter and has an adept understanding of claim substantiation.