Multipure Executive Team
H. Allen Rice
Founder • 1935-2015The founder of Multipure, H. Allen Rice, built the company from the ground up in 1970, starting from a concept and a brilliant idea, and developing it with his brother, Alvin. H. Allen and Alvin developed Multipure's signature solid carbon block filter in 1975, and over the years guided the company from a 2-person operation to a worldwide manufacturer of high-quality drinking water systems and the provider of a life-changing Business Opportunity. H. Allen's work experiences demonstrate his innovative nature - after serving as an Air Force Airman, he recognized a need for better family swim training, and developed a swim school for soldiers' children, working as both an athletic director and swim instructor. Later on, he conceptualized a newer, more consumer-oriented photography business. Eventually, recognizing a need for better quality drinking water, he founded Multipure, developed his revolutionary solid carbon block filter, and created the Business Opportunity as a way to reach more customers while offering people the chance to improve their lives.
H. Allen sums up Multipure in one word: "Opportunity." Multipure represents the opportunity for better water, the opportunity for a healthier life, and the opportunity for financial success. Multipure is a business dedicated to helping others improve their lives and succeed; his goal is for Multipure to continue growing and evolving, to reach more people, improve more lives, and attain new levels of success for the company and for its entire family of Builders.
H. Allen credits his success and his accomplishments with his desire to help others. He learned his work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit as a child of very humble means growing up in North Carolina, always searching for opportunities to earn money, and working hard for every dollar earned. As an Airman at Brooks Air Force Base, he helped build a swim school for children, and in the process learned the power of duplication - of training others to duplicate your skill and effort as a means to increase your business. H. Allen believes that everyone encounters certain turning points - "magic moments" - that can shape and define the course of one's life; the key to success is in recognizing these moments and seizing the opportunities they present.
H. Allen describes his philosophy for life with the words of Ronald Reagan - "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
CEO & Co-FounderFor over 40 years, Alvin Rice has been leading and operating Multipure with his brother, H. Allen Rice. In 1970, at the age of 22, Alvin co-founded Multipure, and in 1975, Alvin and H. Allen developed Multipure's revolutionary solid carbon block filter - an industry leading technology that has yet to be surpassed. Alvin has spent his entire career dedicated to the operation and growth of Multipure, overseeing everything from Manufacturing, to Marketing, to Business Operations. He is incredibly proud to work with family, and has educated his son and daughter-in-law with all the knowledge and experience that he has learned in his years building and developing Multipure. Alvin is confident that this next generation is ready to lead Multipure into a future of strong, continuing growth, innovation, and success.
For Alvin, Multipure is the world's premier manufacturer of carbon block filters, providing superior performance that is supported by NSF certification. It is a company dedicated to helping people, by providing the best quality water available, and by providing the opportunity for success. Alvin sees incredible growth in Multipure's future, and expects that the development of Multipure over the next 5 years will exceed that of the previous 40 years. He envisions Multipure's continued expansion of factories and markets in regions across the world.
Born in the small town of Sylva, North Carolina, Alvin migrated west to join his brother, where he attained an Associate of Arts Degree from Los Angeles Valley College. He appreciates the words of sales motivator Red Motley, "Nothing happens until someone sells something." He admires self-made successes and innovators such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and takes pride in the way Multipure helps people live longer, healthier, more successful lives. He is grateful for everyone involved with Multipure - employees, Builders, and customers - and treasures the fact that many Multipure employees and Builders have been with the company for decades.
PresidentThe innovative leader of Multipure, Zachary Rice oversees all of the operational aspects of the company, drawing on over a dozen years of experience in International Business, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Engineering, and Sales. Zachary is directly responsible for advancements in Multipure's operational capabilities, improving manufacturing quality, control, and efficiency through the development and implementation of new manufacturing systems. Committed to the growth and development of Multipure, Zachary spearheaded the launch of global manufacturing and further developed sales channels. He is also responsible for the development of Multipure's newest products, including the Aquamini compact travel system and Aquasource whole house system.
For Zachary, Multipure is a company that improves and protects the health of its customers through innovative, high-quality water filtration products. He believes that anyone in the world who cares about clean drinking water can use a great Multipure product, and he envisions a future where Multipure is globally recognized and synonymous with quality, professionalism, and integrity.
Born and raised in Southern California, Zachary attained both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He greatly admires those who work and risk for the betterment of others, and identifies with Robert F. Kennedy's statement, "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." Zachary is also a modern Renaissance man - in addition to guiding Multipure, he is a licensed SCUBA diver, a talented pianist, and a proficient skier.
Executive Vice PresidentA Certified Public Accountant, Jennifer Rice is responsible for all of the administrative aspects of Multipure, utilizing over ten years of experience in the fields of Banking, Accounting, Auditing, Legal, and Administration. In the past, she served as a lead client service manager for a Fortune 500 company while working as an auditor for a Big Four accounting firm, where she prepared earnings releases, debt deals, and SEC filings. At Multipure, she developed intercompany business systems to facilitate faster administrative turnaround times and spearheaded the recertification program for all Multipure product lines. Jennifer oversees all functions ranging from accounting, legal, certifications, and corporate policy, to human resources, regulatory, safety, and customer service. She is the driving force behind the Pure Foundation, a charitable organization that leverages Multipure's knowledge and expertise to provide education, assistance, and health improvement to the public.
As a modern professional balancing work and family life, Jennifer feels that Multipure serves an important role in improving quality of life, both physically and financially. Multipure enables families to protect themselves against water contaminants and gives them the opportunity to achieve the American Dream and attain financial freedom. For Jennifer, the research available on drinking water issues should convince everyone of the necessity of a Multipure drinking water system in the home. She foresees stable, long-term growth for Multipure, and a continuation of its unwavering dedication to its customers and its high-quality products.
Originally from Canyon Country, California, Jennifer attended the University of Southern California, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She lists as a favorite quote Thomas Jefferson's statement, "The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or his arm." Much like her husband, Zachary, Jennifer is proficient in a wide array of activities - she is a licensed SCUBA diver, a skilled sand rail and all-terrain vehicle driver, a committed couponer, and an accomplished mother.
Multipure Corporate Team
Vice President of Marketing & Certified Water SpecialistAs Multipure's Vice President of Marketing, Kenton leverages his ample knowledge of the drinking water treatment industry with over a decade of experience at Multipure to lead and develop Multipure's Marketing Department. His knowledge and experience in this industry serve him well in his job overseeing marketing, business development, product development, and Builder support.
Kenton is certified through the Water Quality Association's (WQA) comprehensive examination program, demonstrating superior knowledge on the subjects of water quality, water treatment, equipment installation, ethical business practices, and training standards related to the water treatment industry. As Multipure's first WQA Certified Water Specialist (CWS), Kenton serves as an exceptional Multipure representative and liaison to consumers, Builders, and the industry in general; because Multipure's success is tied so closely to its consumers and Builders, he views them as his highest priority.
To Kenton, Multipure empowers people to improve their lives and the lives of those around them; Multipure's water filtration products enable people to control and improve the quality of their water, and Multipure's Business Opportunity enables Builders to improve the quality of their lives, both financially and personally. At its heart, Multipure is the American Dream, manifest - its success is the culmination of the hard work, tenacity, and vision of its founding brothers, and its success is directly impacted by the ability of Multipure to offer others the opportunity for their success. Kenton envisions the continued growth and industry leadership of Multipure, and believes that its Marketing program will continue to lead others to better water, better health, and better lives.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Kenton studied Broadcast Journalism at Northern Arizona University. He believes in the power of a winning attitude, and in the importance of integrity and personal character - traits best described in Abraham Lincoln's statement, "Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." Kenton has a passion for outdoor activities, and is particularly fond of physically challenging running events and telemark skiing.
Assistant Vice President of MarketingWith over 16 years' professional design experience, Rick Mendoza has produced marketing materials for print, video, and websites, both as a graphic designer and as a creative director. Rick values quality, clear communication, and innovation - values he has successfully leveraged in his works for the marketing, advertising, real estate, and automotive fields. As Multipure's Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Rick handles the company's artistic endeavors, including Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography, Video Production, and Podcast Production.
Rick views Multipure as the producer of the best, most dependable Drinking Water Systems in the industry, and as a company synonymous with passion, integrity, and loyalty. He believes that what sets Multipure apart from other companies is the care given to its products and to its Customers - the care that drives the company to always be the best and to never compromise its ideals. Rick sees Multipure eventually becoming a household name and a world renowned leader in water filtration.
Originally from East Moline, Illinois, Rick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from St. Ambrose University, Iowa. While in college, he was the first recipient of the John W. Schmidt Award, acknowledging art students that go above-and-beyond in their work. He is particularly proud of his work for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization in Illinois, and in his overall growth as a graphic designer. He strives to live up to Mahatma Gandhi's maxim, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world," and credits his parents as his inspiration to work hard and never give up on his dreams.
Director of MarketingA Multipure recruit right out of college, Michele has worked in almost every department at Multipure over her 30 years of experience with the company. As Multipure's Director of Marketing, Michele sets up corporate events and meetings, plans advertising and contests, and works with Builders of all levels around the country.
Multipure, to Michele, stands for quality and excellence; it is a family-owned and operated company that makes products people can believe in, and helps people become healthier and more successful. Michele feels that everyone should have Multipure's amazing, affordable products, and that Multipure's integrity and commitment to excellence deserves nothing less than continued growth and success.
A Southern California native, Michele received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. She considers one of her favorite quotations to be Abraham Lincoln's statement, "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."
Shannara Nimmer Henderson
Financial ControllerA Certified Public Accountant, Shannara Nimmer Henderson earned her professional skills and experience working for Deloitte, one of the Big Four firms that stand as the largest international accounting and professional service firms in the world. She joined Multipure in 2009 and rose to the position of Financial Controller in 2012, where she oversees Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Taxes. She also serves as the liaison between Multipure, the bank, external accountants, and manages Multipure's banking activities.
For Shannara, Multipure is a company that sells the world's leading water filtration systems, providing people with cleaner, more healthful water. She appreciates that Multipure cares for its employees and Builders as valued family members, working to help them achieve success. An accountant at heart, Shannara views the future of Multipure as continual sales growth and continual growth in Builder commissions.
Originally from Sacramento, California, Shannara lived in Florida, Ecuador, and Utah - where she earned her Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree from Southern Utah University - before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada. Shannara's work ethic can be attributed to her admiration from her mother, a Cuban immigrant who worked hard to overcome life’s obstacles and balance home and work life, earning her nursing degree while maintaining a healthy family life with her husband and their three children. Shannara’s interests outside of work include traveling with her husband and their three boys. She particularly enjoys watching their boys grow and develop their own interests and personalities; as a family, they love attending hockey games and supporting the Vegas Golden Knights. A fan of outdoor activities such as hiking and scuba diving, Shannara understands the value of new experiences and perseverance, knowing that in difficult times, "It's the storm, not you, that's bound to blow away."
Director of OperationsWith over 30 years at Multipure, Nita Estes has the skills and knowledge to ensure that office operations run as smoothly, precisely, and efficiently as possible. Having steadily advanced her career through the years at Multipure, Nita has operational experience in everything from Reception, to Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Commissions; she uses this experience as the Director of Operations to ensure that work is performed to the highest standards, and that all payments and commissions are correct.
To Nita, Multipure means superior quality products produced by caring people, and an Opportunity to earn money with the best. She looks forward to the continued growth and prosperity of the company and everyone involved - the owners, the employees, and the entire family of Builders. Nita feels strongly that Multipure deserves world-wide recognition as the leader in water filtration and as an amazing company that helps people improve their lives.
Originally from Salinas, California, Nita studied Fine Arts at San Diego State University. Because she was a shy child of humble means in her youth, she considers her personal and professional growth, and the confidence she had to develop over the years, as some of her greatest achievements. She takes pride in knowing that she has the strength and ability to adapt and grow with life's challenges, and believes that the Multipure Business Opportunity can help others similarly reach new levels of personal development.
Customer Care ManagerLorinda Long brings over 25 years of Customer Service experience to her role as Multipure's Customer Care Manager, having worked at Weinstock's department store, Southwest Airlines, and US Airways. At Multipure, she is responsible for the Order Department, Technical Support, Returns, and Customer Assistance.
Lorinda feels that Multipure stands for high quality drinking water systems and a constant care for its customers and the quality of their water. She believes that people will be amazed by the quality of Multipure water once they try it, and that this quality will allow Multipure continued growth for decades to come.
A fourth-generation Nevadan, Lorinda was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, and most admires Herb Kelleher, co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, for the fairness and respect he demonstrated in his dealings with employees.knowing that she has the strength and ability to adapt and grow with life's challenges, and believes that the Multipure Business Opportunity can help others similarly reach new levels of personal development.
Warehouse ManagerHenry Martinez has been part of the Multipure family for over ten years, where his strong work ethic and positive attitude has allowed him to advance to his current role as the Multipure Warehouse Manager. As the Warehouse Manager, he oversees all warehouse operations as the team leader, ensuring smooth operations for assembly, shipping and receiving, inventory management, and adherence to company policies and procedures.
For Henry, Multipure is in the essential business of helping people, because people will always need clean drinking water. He appreciates hard work and self-improvement, and he identifies with the quote, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” He feels strongly about his responsibility to the people he works with and his family at home.
A native of Sylmar, California, Henry has lived in Las Vegas since 2006. Aside from his pride as a father of two children - one daughter and one son - he is proud to have been recognized as Multipure’s 2018 Employee of the Year.