Flashback to 2009.  After a good lift at his college gym, Krik is sitting on his couch eating one of your typical protein bars that we all know so well. Frustrated with the lack of options outside of protein bars and protein shakes, Krik wonders aloud, “Why don’t protein snacks exist”?

And just like that, the spark is lit for what is soon to be the Protes revolution.

 Graduating to the business grind

Fast forward two years to 2011 and that dreaded date has finally hit: college graduation. Krik moves to New York City with his roommate of two years, Ryan. Once situated in the Big Apple, Krik and Ryan start their jobs in the world of finance with high hopes and big dreams.

Both friends are very active in their everyday lives and enjoy going to the gym on a regular basis.  After many years of staying active and working out, supplemented by countless protein bars and protein shakes, the two young men begin discussing the overabundance of protein bars and protein shakes. Most notably, they recognize the utter lack of protein-based snacks.

After living in New York City for a year and devoting themselves to the business world, they begin to reflect upon their lives and their careers.  Both friends realize that they seek more than the status quo and feel that there is a higher calling than the cubicle finance life.

Right then and there, sitting on a couch just like in 2009, the idea of a protein chip is brought to light and Protes is born!


Without any formal food industry experience, Krik and Ryan begin cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, attempting to come up with a tasty yet healthy protein chip.

After over six months of work and countless unfortunate batches, they reach and exceed their goals, to their immense satisfaction. The result? A tasty, vegan, gluten-free, 120 calorie chip jam-packed with 15 grams of protein!

Creating a business

Krik and Ryan recognize that not only is this a great idea that they can get behind, they’ve also transformed this once pipe dream into a great, tangible product.

They decide to move forward as business partners and establish ProFormance Foods LLC, bringing their first product line, Protes, to fruition.

They both continue to work long hours at their corporate finance jobs and commit themselves to working extra hours late at night after arriving home to get the company off the ground.

The two buddies, now business partners, decide that it’s time to take the next step and in the summer of 2013 ProTings is officially launched!

We hope you will continue to follow our story as we carry on in our quest to make snacking healthy, tasty, and beneficial to everyone’s life as a whole. We hope you enjoy our products as much as we do and hope that you one day, and every day thereafter, GO PRO!

-Krik and Ryan, The Founders