Hypnap Co-founder Chloe Hill was on an 18 hour flight to Singapore in the summer of 2012 when she got the idea for the TruRest. Never having the ability to sleep on an airplane or sitting up she resorted to leaning her head against the seat in front of her or resting her head on her folded arms on the tray table but found little comfort and relief. However she recognized benefit in the concept of leaning forward. She wanted something that supported and suspended her upper torso in the forward leaning face down position while seated. It would have to be lightweight and portable so she could take it on flights. When she searched the market for a travel sleep aid of this sort she found nothing. In wanting to solve this problem for herself and others she decided to create it herself.
A former art teacher with a design background, she sketched ideas, assembled and tested prototypes, filed for patents, consulted with physicians, conducted research, and worked with an industrial designer to develop the product. Along the way, she joined forces with her friend and business partner Darryl Yang, a former computer programmer and fellow avid traveler, and together they launched the company Hypnap around the product. The company’s name and logo is inspired by Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.
Chloe Hill grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA. She received her B.A in Communications Design from Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY and a Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She taught high school art for a number of years and worked on a number of her own creative projects before founding Hypnap. She is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively. Some of her favorite destinations include Italy, Namibia, Borneo, Australia and Hawaii. She lives in Waltham, MA.
Darryl Yang grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA. He has over twenty years of experience working as a computer programmer and consultant for large corporations as well as startup companies. He is also an avid traveler and has traveled extensively, scuba diving in various destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Aruba, Bonaire and the Florida Keys. He lives in Newton, MA
We want to give a special thanks to Jerry Johnson, our business advisor, who provides guidance, advice and support and to Dave Smith, the machinist who built our initial prototypes. We also want to thank our design team, family, friends and anyone who offered and offers counsel and support along the way.
Jerald L. Johnson
Jerry spent his early career as a manager in the telecommunications industry. He held positions of increasing responsibility at New England Telephone, AT&T, Bell Communications Research, and NYNEX. He was the Vice President and General Manager of Network Design at NYNEX when he left in 1997 to become President and Chief Operating Officer at Hill Associates, a leading provider of corporate training located in Colchester, Vermont. He left Hill Associates in 1999 to form a private consulting company, and in 2002 co-founded a software consulting and product development company serving as Chairman and CEO. He retired in 2007 after securing private equity financing.
Jerry has volunteered with various organizations throughout his career and has increased that activity since retirement. Prior to relocating back to Massachusetts in January, 2011, he was a volunteer counselor at the Champlain Valley SCORE Chapter in Vermont for 6 years including 2 years as Chairman and 5 years as head of the Workshop Committee. He also served on the Advisory Boards for the Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, Linking Learning to Life, and Vermont 211. Prior volunteer roles include Board positions at Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Telecommunications Advancement Center, MassPEP, and several others.
Jerry is currently a volunteer at the Center for Women and Enterprise in Boston and serves on the Advisory Board of Hypnap and the Celebration of Reiki.
Dave was born in Boston and grew up in Scituate, MA where he still resides. He worked for 47 years in the machining trade at the family business and he was a part owner for 26 of those years. He has two children and two grandchildren. His Interests include volleyball, wallyball, tennis and hot-air ballooning.
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