Learn More About The Talented And Passionate People Behind Backtastic!

Stuart Backtastic


STUART TURNER, Founder & Inventor, Sales
Stuart brings over 27 years of experience introducing new technologies to market.  He has spent half his career in the healthcare industry, being an early participant in a disruptive technology that revolutionized healthcare.  Stuart is a graduate of the University of Maryland.  But most importantly, Stuart WAS our certified back sufferer (key word being "was").

Stuart's doctor informed him that he would need back surgery, and he would no longer be able to pursue his passion for running, because his back had degenerated badly from extended periods of sitting, due to working, driving, and flying. This stark new reality was Stuart's driving force to find a solution!

Today Stuart uses his patented LumbarAir™ Wearables everyday and has regained control of his life!  Stuart no longer suffers from back pain, and he is running every day!


KEVIN HORIO, Technology & Operations
Kevin oversees our operations with a focus on technology efficiencies to keep our costs low, which contributes to keeping our product pricing as low as possible.  Kevin brings over 25 years of experience bringing pre-capitalized, pre-revenue, hyper-startups from conception to viability.  Kevin holds a B.S. in Information & Computer Science from the University of Hawaii.

As an avid cyclist (when he has spare time), Kevin has chaired the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure in Philadelphia, and organized the Mad Scot Trail Ride, benefiting the Nephcure Foundation.

Kevin also struggles with intermittent back pain, going back 30 years when he ruptured a disc while cycling.  Kevin now also uses Stuart's patented LumbarAir™ Wearables and no longer has back pain.  Kevin now cycles with a happy back!

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Phil Backtastic


PHILIP MILLER, Product Design & Manufacturing

Phil heads up our Product Engineering and Manufacturing initiatives.  He has over 30 years of engineering experience with fortune 100 companies, and has constructed manufacturing processes to ensure the highest product standards and usability.  Phil's outstanding hands-on technical skills include 3D modeling, 2D drawing and detailed checking of 3D design assemblies to ensure mechanical integrity and function.  These skills were critical as Phil led the transformation of Stuart's conceptual designs into the creation of an initial CAD-produced 3D prototype, and creation of our formal manufacturing specifications. 

Phil has won numerous product design awards, and is named on no less than ten patents. Phil is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.


John has over 23 years of experience in Federal law enforcement and operations oversight.  John is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and University of Maryland, University College, with bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and Accounting.

John's career spans police work in Arlington County, VA, to Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service where he was assigned to protection duties which included the President, Treasury Secretary and foreign dignitaries. John was also Senior Special Agent with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and is currently a member of the Senior Executive Service employed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, which ensures that the Department’s bureaus are in compliance with Federal regulations and policies.

John is an avid golfer and a gym “rat”, who plays a lot of basketball and enjoys the beach, whenever he can get there.

John is invaluable in his role as Compliance Advisor for Backtastic! LLC.  His affiliation with Backtastic® is unrelated to his official government duties. 

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Maria Backtastic


MARIA JULIANO, Digital Marketing & Operations
Maria is an operationally focused utility player, working with new ventures to build the foundation for scalable growth. She specializes in leveraging technology to drive business operations and marketing, shortening the sales cycle and creating measurable, tracked results. Most recently she has been a business analyst for MunichRe and product manager at Tenzy. Prior to that she was a business analyst for DECAserve and applications manager at BenefitVault.