Who We Are

Hal King

CEO and Partner

Dr. Hal King is the President and CEO of Public Health Innovations LLC, an ideation technology and consulting business.  Dr. King is a public health professional who has worked in the investigation of foodborne and other disease outbreaks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U. S. Public Health Service), performed funded research on causation of diseases  (Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases), worked in the prevention of intentional adulteration of foods (U.S. Army Reserves Consequence Management Unit), and worked in the design and implementation of preventative controls for food safety hazards in the food industry (Chick-fil-A).  He is formally the Director of Food and Product Safety at Chick-fil-A Inc. (a national restaurant chain with 2,000 restaurants and over $8 billion in annual sales) where he designed and led Chick-fil-A’s food safety management program. 

Dr. King is the recipient of the 2018 NSF International Food Safety Leadership and Innovation Award.

Paul Hineman


As a recognized leader in the Hospitality Industry for over 20 years, Paul has held senior financial and operational positions in leading restaurant brands.

He was the Executive Director of the National Restaurant Association where he led the ServSafe Food Safety business and developed several related programs for the Industry.

Paul is an active Industry board participant for various associations and conferences. He also spends time helping emerging brands and leads a small capital fund for values based Investments.

Michele Sarkisian


Michele Sarkisian is an expert in aligning stakeholder (employees, channels and customers) objectives with corporate priorities. As senior executive with $100M P+L responsibility at Maritz, a privately held Sales and Marketing Services company, Michele worked with leaders in diverse industries. Growth results ranged from double digit market share improvement for a CPG client to expanding consumer loyalty membership from domestic US to 100M+ members in over 200 countries with a hospitality client.

Josh King


Josh is a Product Designer, Product Developer, and Project Manager with 6 years experience in the food safety industry. Putting user experience first, he designs and implements the best possible products to improve the state of the industry.