Management Team

Jirka Rysavy

Founder and Chairman

Jirka Rysavy, founder, Chairman and CEO of Gaia, has been Chairman since inception and has served as Chief Executive Officer (except from March 2009 to July 2016). Mr. Rysavy is the beneficial owner of approximately 38% of Gaia outstanding shares. In 1986, Mr. Rysavy founded Corporate Express, Inc., which, under his leadership as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, grew to become a Fortune 500 company with $4.7 billion of revenue. Mr. Rysavy also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Market, a health foods concept, which was sold in 1987 to become the concept and first Wild Oats Markets store. Mr. Rysavy was also Chairman of Real Goods Solar, Inc., founded within Gaiam in 1999 and brought public in 2009. Mr. Rysavy resigned from the board of Real Goods Solar in June 2013 after Gaiam sold its investment.

Kiersten Medvedich

Office of President and EVP Content

Ms. Medvedich became Gaia's Executive Vice President of Content in June 2020 and joined the Office of President in November 2020. Prior to this, Ms. Medvedich was Senior Vice President of Content since November 2016 when she joined Gaia. Ms. Medvedich's experience has been firmly rooted in all facets of production and brings a level of national broadcast experience to Gaia by way of her long-standing tenure with Sony Pictures Television. From 1995  to 2009, Ms. Medvedich worked in daily syndication out of New York City, where she led nationally syndicated production efforts for some of the most widely viewed programming at the time.

Yon Nuta

Office of President and EVP Member Retention

Mr. Nuta became Gaia's Executive Vice President of Member Retention in October 2016 and joined Office of President in November 2020. Prior to Gaia, Mr. Nuta was the founder and CEO of TalkIQ, an AI Sales Performance company, acquired by DialPad. Previously he has held senior roles at comScore and Xbox (Microsoft).

Paul Tarell

Office of President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Tarell became Gaia's Chief Financial Officer in July 2016 and joined the Office of President in November 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Tarell, was Chief Financial Officer of Gaia's subscription segment since May 2014 and Vice President of Finance since September 2013. Prior to Gaia, Mr. Tarell held senior finance and operations roles at SET Media, Inc. (acquired by Conversant, Inc.), an online video technology company and Velti, Inc., a publicly traded mobile advertising technology company. Mr. Tarell started his career as a licensed CPA working in public practice at KPMG and Armanino LLP.

Brad Warkins

Head of International and Business Development

Mr. Warkins became Gaia’s President in July 2016 and transitioned to Head of International and Business Development in November 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Warkins has held various positions within Gaia’s subscription segment, including serving as President since February 2015 and Chief Operating Officer since December 2013. Mr. Warkins previously held the position of Vice President from 2007 to November 2013, responsible for operating and building Gaia's subscription business. From 1999 until 2007 Mr. Warkins served as President of Conscious Media, Inc., a company majority owned by Gaia, and purchased by Gaia in 2007.