Meet the Weight Loss Makers.
Charles E. Sekeres
President and CEO of Diet Center Worldwide, Inc.
Chuck Sekeres has spent over 40 years as a leading franchisor in the weight management industry and is dedicated to teaching, training and motivating entrepreneurs with a passion for success. In total, his 15 year experience in the health and fitness industry along with his 40 years in the weight management and franchising industry gives us 55 years of knowledge and expertise to draw from in leading our company. He acquired Diet Center in the late 90s and has been its president ever since, providing inspiration for the many new programs and products Diet Center clients and franchisees enjoy today. Chuck is tirelessly committed to the continued innovation and development of the Diet Center brand and has recruited a terrific management team to support its edge as a leader in the field of weight management.
Director of Brand Management, Website Development and Special Projects
Pam joined Diet Center in 2007 and primarily supports brand management, product packaging and website development. She also works closely with Operations and Training to help manage franchise marketing and training materials. Pam has over 25 years of graphic design, marketing and web development experience.
National Marketing Director
Catherine became the national marketing director for Diet Center in 2014. She is a marketing specialist and consultant with over twenty years of marketing experience. She leads the marketing and adverting of the Diet Center brand and helps each franchisee meet their business goals for growth. Her one-on-one consultant approach with each franchisee combined with her vast experience lends itself to the individualized support and service she provides.
Catherine joined the Diet Center team with over 20 years of marketing experience and a resume full of marketing awards. She is a professional writer, graphic design specialist, and motivational speaker.
Kristyn Austriaco, RD, LD
Director of Nutritional Services
Kristyn Austriaco, our Registered Dietitian and Director of Nutritional Services, holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University School of Allied Medical Professions. Kristyn provides important nutritional support and counseling to all Diet Centers members nationwide. Kristyn plays a key role in the development of new products, programs and services. She ensures every Diet Center program meets dietary needs within nutritional guidelines. She continually stays on top of health-related standards made by organizations like the American Diabetes Association®, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Heart Association and more.
Paul Newton joined the company as its Director of Finance/Controller in March of 2021. He holds the same position with HMG and all its subsidiaries. Newton previously served as a Controller for Western Reserve Water Systems in Cleveland, OH from September of 2009 to December of 2020.
Senior Franchise Area Director
Scott joined Diet Center in 2008 and is integral to the ongoing education, training and development of new and existing franchisees. He has supported over 70 corporate training events, including corporate certification classes, regional and national meetings, as well as sales and advertising seminars. Scott also successfully managed the grand opening of over 30 Diet Center locations. He joined the Diet Center team with nearly two decades of sales and management experience in the health and fitness industry. The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association recognized Scott for his achievements in health club membership sales. Scott is a graduate of Hiram College and an A.C.E Certified Personal Trainer.
Internet Sales Manager
Linda Maksim oversees all Diet Center online operations. She helps ensure all credit card, phone and e-mail orders are processed smoothly and accurately. Her experience, knowledge and attention to detail make her a valuable resource to our team of highly skilled professionals. Maksim graduated from Stark State College in Ohio.