Born and raised in Los Angeles, 56-year-old Steven Munatones graduated from Harvard University and has worked as an entrepreneur after an initial 8-year career as an engineer in Japan. Fluent in Japanese, he has lived in Huntington Beach since 1996 with his wife and four children.Munatones self-funded his college tuition by starting The Holy Grille, a hamburger delivery service at Harvard University. In 1984, Munatones received the John B. Imrie Memorial Award during his senior year at Harvard University. The award recipient is “an individual whose interests are not bounded by academic or institutional structures. A joyous, deeply-rooted affirmation of life, disdain for the purely conventional; a love of adventure and desire to learn by experiencing, the ability to respond creatively to difficult situations” which is an appropriate description of his life.
After graduation, he worked for the City & County of Honolulu and then moved to Japan for 8 years to work for Hitachi Koki as an engineer and sole foreigner among 6,500 Japanese employees.
Over the last 23 years, he served as CEO of TOTO Frontier USA, ibidlive, RealLiveSports, Aruze Gaming, World Open Water Swimming Association, and currently KAATSU Global.
In 2001, he met Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, the inventor of KAATSU, and studied under him for 13 years before they co-founded KAATSU Global. KAATSU remains his focus and life’s mission.