On Monday, SynDaver Labs hired Patrick Mazzocco as their director of health and wellness.
Mazzocco, a 32-year-old Air Force veteran, is an International Sports Sciences Association certified master trainer and also a certified Level 1 CrossFit trainer.
“We decided to bring Patrick on because we truly want the best for our employees,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “By allowing people the opportunity to take care of their physical fitness needs at work, we figure we can improve their work and personal life balance.”
SynDaver employees can sign up to participate in one, 30 minute class during each paid work day. Currently, employees can choose from classes in yoga and therapeutic form, nutrition, cross-training cardio and fitness, and a running club. In the future, SynDaver plans to build an octagon and offer classes in self-defense and mixed-martial arts.
As an ISSA master trainer, Mazzocco holds certifications in exercise therapy, fitness nutrition, personal training, senior fitness, strength and conditioning, and youth fitness.
Mazzocco came to Tampa from his hometown of Chicago when he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in 2007. While he was with the Air Force, Mazzocco deployed eight times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as a Phoenix Raven team member. According to the Air Force, Phoenix Ravens are responsible for maintaining the security of aircraft transiting airfields where security is unknown or additional security is needed to counter local threats.
Mazzocco was honorably discharged in 2013. He is married and is expecting a baby girl with his wife Kristina in September.
About SynDaver Labs
SynDaver Labs manufactures synthetic humans for training in schools, hospitals and military installations. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts, and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes, and related products. SynDaver Labs is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and employs more than 100 people. The company also has an advanced research facility located in Phoenix, Arizona and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and Latin America.