We are a team of creatives who share a vision. We want you to look and feel your best in everyday comfort. Get to know the inspiring, driven, and magical team behind the brand.
Megan Eddings, Founder & CEO
From winning $10,000 in Liftoff Houston Business Competition, in 12 months, self-made and serial entrepreneur, Megan Eddings, turned Accel Lifestyle into a multi-million dollar company. Megan Eddings left her successful medical-equipment sales career because of a common household issue: stinky laundry.
Eddings has completely disrupted the global textile industry, already being featured for her innovativeness and tenacity in international publications. Inspired by the odor trapped in her husband’s workout clothes, she invented Prema® antibacterial fabric, the first smell-repelling fabric without the use of toxic chemicals and 100% sourced and made in the USA. A chemist by trade from the University of Virginia, Eddings turned our universal fear of odors into a global activewear, mask and fabric conglomerate rooted in sustainability and ethical practices.
Eddings is the definition of “pivoting with purpose.” When Eddings learned frontline worker’s lives’ were at risk because of the lack of protection they needed, Eddings jumped into action by redirecting her fitness apparel supply chain into a mask making machine. She was one of the first leaders to pivot to face masks because of an innate need and desire to keep people safe. Her vision, risk-taking and game-changing attitude has successfully named Eddings an industry leader in public health, entrepreneurship and textiles, serving as a necessary resource to the medical community, the U.S. military, universities and beyond.
The entrepreneurial success story of Accel Lifestyle and Megan Eddings has led her to be one of the top mask manufacturers in the USA and sparked the launch of two additional businesses, Blended Huemanity and Accel Unite. Megan’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious (you’ll experience it when you talk to her) as she focuses on always being positive, inspiring confidence and how to authentically stay true to an ethical ethos, focusing on what is best for humanity and the environment.
Here are some amazing career details about Megan: Business Competition Winner: Liftoff Houston (2017), Winner of HCC/ Newspring Business Plan Competition (2018), Top 3 finalist in Inc. Magazine/ UPS Store small Biz Salute (2018), 1 of 40 entrepreneurs selected for Inc. Magazine’s Founders Project
Chris McHan, Chief Strategy Officer
Chris McHan delivers 30 years of experience leading Accel Lifestyle’s strategy for expanding our current product offerings as well as expanding into other products and markets. An entrepreneur at heart, Chris has spent his career driving business growth and market leadership within culturally diverse environments in the healthcare space. Joining Accel was natural because Accel matches the fabric that makes up Chris’s life – giving back to others, developing solutions to meet today and tomorrow’s challenges, working hard with good people and enjoying the journey of life together.
Beginning in medical supplies sales, Chris earned more responsibility moving into to Strategic Account Management then to VP of Sales and most recently joined Accel after being the President of a imaging company breaking into the North American hospital market. Working at startup, capital equipment, imaging company enabled Chris to build a company from the ground up that delivered value to healthcare providers; giving these healthcare providers a reason to leave their comfort zone of buying from the big box diagnostic imaging companies to buying from Chris’ organization so they could maximize the value of the product as well as receive the attention they deserved as a customer.
Chris holds an MBA from Baker College – Center for Graduate Studies; a bachelor’s degree from Harding University; and a Mediation Certification from University of Houston Law Center.
Accel’s strategy is simple – always growing, always giving back and always being better tomorrow than we are today!
Amanda Cotler, Director Of Operations
There is not a doubt in my mind that Accel Lifestyle is not only a fitness apparel company, but also a movement that is destined to hit every continent on this earth.
After graduating with a Business degree from the College of Charleston, I fell in love with fitness while juggling a stressful corporate job, sitting on the board of a business organization, and living the millennial lifestyle. As a lifelong fitness enthusiast, my passions include turning fitness apparel into evening wear in a matter of minutes. I have always focused on supporting brands that have integrity and make a difference.
I met Megan through Houston’s fitness hub, Fitness in the Loop, and our initial lunch date led to goal planning, strategizing and a very strong friendship. Things instantly clicked into place and I knew it was time to leave the corporate world and build something larger than I even knew was possible.
Standing as the Director of Operations for Accel Lifestyle and a contributor of Forbes, I have learned the value of partnerships and working to find creative solutions. At Accel, I work to create ways we can inspire our customers to create their own greatness and live a life in motion.