Dan Markel

Founder | CEO

Dan Markel is the visionary founder of Pure Blue Group, an intuitive platform of companies founded by Markel and connecting his group of investors with the most innovative entrepreneurs/products in digital health, wellness, fitness, and healthy cuisine. He is known as a pioneer across various industries, earning a reputation for creatively resolving some of the most complex market challenges, particularly in the areas of COVID-19 prevention, alcoholism/addiction recovery, and now with sexual wellness. Across a well-established career that includes high-value entrepreneurial ventures in finance, real estate, healthcare, and dining, Markel has raised in excess of $100 million for over 40 private placement offerings, passionately supporting the next generation of industry leaders.

read more

Kathleen Markel


A native of Omaha, NE, Kathleen Welch Markel met her future husband and Rise co-founder, Dan Markel, when they were cast together in a high school play. They attended Loyola Marymount University, where she received her BFA. After receiving her MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Markel pursued her career as a playwright, actor and director, working in major cities across the US.
Their decision to have four children changed the trajectory of Welch Markel’s career. While freelancing as a magazine writer and interior designer, her primary focus was raising their children the past 20 years. Once the kids were in high school and college, she refocused her time and efforts on her writing career. She is currently in production as the writer/director of an independent feature film.
As a person who has been “ruled by her hormones most of her life,” Welch Markel has always had a keen interest in wellness and women’s health. She jumped at the opportunity to be involved with such a groundbreaking company.

Dr. Laura Purdy, MD

Dr. Laura Purdy graduated from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and served full time in the U.S. Army, during which she became the Practice Medical Director at MDLive. Dr. Purdy has worked extensively throughout the telehealth industry and is passionate about the de-stigmatization of intimate wellness as well as growing the access to quality care for all men and women.

She is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with years of experience as a full-time Med/Peds Hospitalist as well as Chief of Hospitalist Service for an Army Community Hospital.

Because Dr. Purdy is process-improvement driven; she brings tremendous added value to Rise Medical.

“She has unrestricted licenses in all 50 states.

Dana Hughes

Chief Operations Officer

With over 25 years of leadership roles in various corporate development areas, she has a diverse background in corporate operations and oversight. Hughes emerged into the business space via the insurance industry which led her to become a distinguished expert and consultant in new startup operations

Over the last decade and a half, her combined corporate experience and expansion into technology and product development have blended nicely to provide a high level of expertise in acquisitions, quality assurance, compliance, sourcing, and logistics.

With her 35 years of experience, she has a highly unique blend of well-rounded expertise that is amplified in all aspects of business.

Jonathan Saul

Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Saul earned his Business and Economics degree from UC Santa Barbara and oversees the product technologies and brand development aspects of Rise Medical.

He is a seasoned lifestyle and medical device executive with a strong background in brand management, product development, strategic marketing, and sales excellence in high-growth companies such as Gucci, Compex, Revelar, and Cefaly.

Several of his products have achieved well over $100M in sales and he is the proud recipient of the European Consumer Choice award for a crossover medical-to-consumer device.

Saul has a deep and personal interest in medical technologies and an unwavering commitment to health and wellness.