We assess your status,
coach your progress.

The Performance pH team has roots in healthcare trends and research, specifically tracking the correlations between emotional, social, and physical health and the role of organizational and cultural support on health and performance outcomes.

Through our process, Performance pH helps our clients rebalance corporate metrics to place equal importance on both people and operational factors, as a means of optimizing organizational performance and strategic growth.

John Harris


John graduated from Grand Valley State University with a double major in health sciences and physical education and then went on to earn his master’s degree in health education from the University of Toledo. After his first “real job” as a college assistant wrestling coach, he became a successful entrepreneur, growing Harris HealthTrends, Inc. to a sizable company before merging it with four others to become Axia Health Management and later selling to Healthways. John recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame.

As a college wrestler, John was a two-time Collegiate All-American and a U.S. Olympics Trials qualifier. He was also inducted into the Grand Valley State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Today, he mountain bike races in the summer and cross-country ski races in the winter. He also enjoys road bicycling, downhill skiing, and kayaking.

Born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, John is a devout Michigander with a home in northern Michigan where he loves to play. He also serves on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards and is a lover of animals—his Vizsla in particular. Married for over 40 years, he and his wife have two adult children, both of whom he delivered with the supervision of a doctor.

Marc LeBaron


After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1974, Marc joined Lincoln Industries. In 2001, he was named chairman and CEO. During his tenure, he initiated the company’s nationally recognized wellness program. He has also been the recipient of numerous industry awards. And in 2011, he formed the partnership that began Performance pH.

An exercise enthusiast, Marc is an avid runner and experienced mountain climber. He’s a licensed pilot and patron of the arts who also enjoys racing sports cars.

Marc gives much of his time to help local businesses thrive, sitting on numerous private and public company boards. In addition, he’s the past president of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce.

Hank Orme


Hank graduated from Indiana University and then worked for 33 years for Whirlpool Corporation, where he led business units—including one in Shanghai, China. He joined Lincoln Industries in 1999 and recently retired from his role as president in 2012. In 2011, he began a new venture, Performance pH, with his colleagues.

Having played competitive basketball until age 51 and competitive softball until age 65, Hank has never been one to sit on the sidelines. Today, he continues to compete in tennis and golf. But his new passion is climbing mountains; having ascended 29 14,000-foot summits already, he plans to achieve 50 before he turns 80. And when he does turn 80, he plans on topping this achievement with one final climb.

Hank married his high school sweetheart 51 years ago. Together, they have two sons and five grandchildren, who he describes as the finest people he knows. In his spare time, he loves watching college sports, particularly basketball and football, and spending time with his friends from all over the world.

Nikki Hudsmith


Nikki has focused most of her career on developing measurable strategies that guide clients toward high performance, strategic growth and overall well-being. She also led the research efforts for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which were primarily focused on the correlations between emotional, social, and physical health and the role of organizational and cultural support on health outcomes.

After graduating from Tulane University with a double major in finance and marketing, Nikki went on to earn an MBA. She worked in the healthcare sector for the majority of her career, and in 2011 helped form Performance pH. While she has an extensive background in research and surveys, Nikki’s favorite hobby is diving, particularly in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nikki has always been active. She played competitive tennis in school, where she became state champion in doubles, and is still an avid tennis player. Nikki currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, three sons and three dogs.