Judges Biographies - USC Marshall Current Students


Judges Biographies - USC Marshall Current Students
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DAVID AJEMIAN Managing Director,
Citi Private Bank
David Ajemian is currently a Managing
Director with Citi Private Bank
where he heads the Beverly Hills Private Bank
office. He and his team tailor comprehensive
wealth management strategies and solutions for
ultra-high net worth individuals and families.
Prior to his appointment at Citi, Mr. Ajemian
worked at Bank of America’s Private Bank as a
Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager
and was a Principal Consultant with the Investment
Management and Securities Consulting practice
of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Mr. Ajemian
received his B.S. in Accounting from California
State University, Los Angeles, his M.B.A. in
Finance and investments from USC and his J.D.
from Southwestern University School of Law. He is
FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licensed, and also served
as a mentor in the USC Marshall School’s Career
Advantage Program. David currently serves on the
USC Marshall School of Business Undergraduate
Advisory Board.
Financial Advisor,
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Darya Allen-Attar focuses on
Strategic Wealth Management for
high-net worth families, nonprofits, foundations
and endowments. Her investment process draws
upon her knowledge of asset allocation, investment
management, and income and estate tax issues
and structures. As a Financial Advisor to family
wealth and/or foundation and endowment clients,
Ms. Allen-Attar brings a wealth of knowledge of the
investment markets, 22 years of experience in financial
services, and draws on the significant institutional
and consulting resources of Morgan Stanley Smith
Barney (MSSB). She has been a Financial Advisor at
MSSB for 15 years. After earning her CPA at KPMG
Peat Marwick’s – Nonprofit practice group, she joined
Morgan Stanley in New York and later worked for
MSSB in Chicago and Los Angeles. Ms. AllenAttar earned her B.A. from Kalamazoo College,
a Certificate in Accounting from Northwestern
University, and her M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham
Consultant, Berdoulay Consultants
Roger Berdoulay is currently
an advisor to enterprises focused
on strategic approaches to Supply
Chain and Procurement Management. This includes
strategy development, organizational structure/talent
assessment, risk management, market/economic
analyses, negotiation, value analysis, and performance
tracking. He previously worked at Nestlé USA, Inc.
as the Head of Purchasing, Vice President, and Chief
Procurement Officer. He has also worked at Pepsi
Cola Bottling Group (PepsiCo) as the Vice President
of Purchasing, Director of Financial Services and the
Director of Venture Planning. His expertise includes
advising commercial organizations on sourcing
materials and services to improve quality, competitiveness, and profitability. He is active in volunteering
his consulting services to nonprofits focused on
individual development and maintaining networks
of industry professionals. He received his B.S. from
Rider University and his M.B.A from Fairleigh
Dickinson University.
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Vice President, Industry Relations,
Coram, LLC
Vice President, Citi Private Bank
Gaston Bernstein is a 25-year pharmaceutical industry veteran. Over the last
10 years he has specialized in Specialty Pharmacy
and Infusion Therapies. He has worked with payors
since 1989 and joined the Academy of Managed Care
Pharmacy in 1990. Mr. Bernstein joined Coram
Healthcare in July 2006, as Vice President of Managed
Care. He was promoted to Vice President and General
Manager of CoramRx Specialty Pharmacy, a leading
national specialty pharmacy organization and to
Corporate Vice President, Industry Relations representing both Coram Specialty Infusion and CoramRx
Specialty Pharmacy with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Prior to Coram, Mr. Bernstein joined ivpcare,
inc., as National Director of Managed Care, to develop
and lead the Managed Care division. He was also the
Western Regional Director for Priority Healthcare,
Inc. Before Priority Healthcare, Mr. Bernstein held
various Account Management and Sales Management
positions with Pharmaceutical Manufacturers,
including Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough. He
holds a B.S. in molecular biology and biochemistry
from the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A.
from USC Marshall.
Jessica Copenhaver is a Vice President at
Citi Private Bank. She acts as a trusted
advisor to ultra-high net worth clients
in developing and coordinating customized wealth
management strategies ranging from investment
management, banking and cash management to estate
planning and customized credit. Ms. Copenhaver holds
Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses. She joined the Private
Bank from Citi’s Investment Banking Division in New
York where she was most recently a Vice President
covering North American Power companies and private
equity owners of infrastructure assets. As an investment
banker, she advised financial sponsors on numerous
M&A transactions including the sale of minority
stakes in portfolio companies and the sale of portfolios
of contracted generation and transmission assets. She
also advised clients on a full range of capital markets
transactions including equity (IPOs, private placements,
continuous offering programs and follow-on offerings)
and debt offerings (high grade, leveraged finance and
liability management). Prior to investment banking,
Ms. Copenhaver worked as a paralegal in securities
litigation at LeClair Ryan and at the White House as a
staff assistant to the Social Secretary. She has a M.B.A.
with a concentration in finance from The McDonough
School of Business at Georgetown University and
a B.B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from The
George Washington University.
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Certified Financial Planner,
Shuster Financial Group at
AXA Advisors, LLC
Desmond Daly is a Certified Financial
Planner professional with Shuster Financial Group
at AXA Advisors, part of the Global AXA Group.
Prior to joining AXA in 2001, he worked in consumer
goods sales for eight years as an independent
contractor managing more than $5 million in sales
for 15 manufacturers. In 1993, he was the Western
Regional Sales Manager for a frozen food manufacturer where he was responsible for $17 million in
sales to club retailers. From 1988 to 1992, he was a
buyer and category manager at Ralphs Grocery Co.
He started at Ralphs supermarket chain in store staff
positions in 1980 after emigrating from Ireland. Mr.
Daly received his B.S. in marketing from USC and his
M.B.A. in finance from California State University,
Fullerton. He completed the required courses for
the CFP designation at the University of California,
MICHAEL DeSTEFANO Management Consultant, Wolfhagen, LLC
Michael DeStefano is currently the president of
Wolfhagen, LLC, a management consulting company.
He has over 20 years of professional experience
working with Fortune 500/Global 100 companies,
primarily in the entertainment and media industry.
Mr. DeStefano specializes in large-scale program
and project management, corporate and operations
strategy, organizational design, change management
and communications, Six Sigma/LEAN process
improvement, performance management, data
warehousing and business intelligence analytics, and
IT systems integration. Prior to founding Wolfhagen
LLC, he was a consultant with IBM Business
Consulting Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Consulting, and Price Waterhouse LLP. Mr.
DeStefano holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine
University and a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering
from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Finance Director,
C-17 Globemaster III Integrated
Sustainment Program,
The Boeing Company
Mary Ek is currently the Finance Director for the
C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment
Program (GISP). Primarily located in Huntington
Beach, the staff includes all finance disciplines responsible for managing the program that is executed in
9 States and 11 International locations. The GISP
program is responsible to the US Air Force and
International customers for all maintenance, modifications and upgrades for the 247 C-17 Globemasters
in operation. Ms. Ek has held a variety of Finance
positions at The Boeing Company in both California
and Texas. She received her B.S. from California
State University, Long Beach and an M.B.A. from the
University of California, Irvine.
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Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Suneel Garg is a Financial Advisor with
Northwestern Mutual. He works in the
small business and personal planning
markets and has an expertise in tax planning strategies
for both. He develops lifelong relationships with his
clients focused on investments, both retirement and
non-retirement, as well as insurance and tax strategies based on goal planning and strategy. Prior to
this role, Mr. Garg was the Vice President/COO at
ChemTrans, a hazardous materials transportation
company, where he was responsible for the daily
operations as well as the growth and strategic plan
for the company. He also worked at Ernst & Young.
He received his B.S. in accounting from USC and his
M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of
Executive Vice President,
Mortgage Management Consultants, Inc.
Thomas Hamilton is Executive Vice
President at Mortgage Management
Consultants, Inc., a full-service mortgage banking
company. Prior to this role, he was President and
Co-founder of Flagship Mortgage Company, a
residential mortgage brokerage firm, for more than
15 years. Earlier in his career Mr. Hamilton spent
18 years at GMAC Mortgage in various positions
including Vice President and Corporate Broker for
California. Mr. Hamilton has helped thousands of
homeowners with the financing of their residential
properties and trained hundreds of mortgage loan
originators to treat their customers as they would be
treated if they were the customer. He has a California
real estate broker license and Nationwide Mortgage
Licensing System endorsements for CA, AZ, and TX
as well as California fire, casualty and life insurance
licenses. Mr. Hamilton has been a longtime supporter
of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
County. For the last 12 years, he has mentored
undergraduate students in the USC Marshall School
of Business Career Advantage Program. 2013 will
be the seventh year Mr. Hamilton has been a judge
in the Marshall International Case Competition. He
graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business
in 1975.
Operating Vice President, Marketing,
Owens & Minor, Inc.
Paul Higday serves Owens & Minor,
as Operating Vice President, Marketing
– a role he assumed in 2012, where he is responsible
for the development and implementation of Owens
& Minor’s industry leading supply chain programs.
Prior to taking on this new role, Mr. Higday served as
Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development
for five years. During his time at Owens & Minor he
also served as Vice President, Information Technology
and Chief Architect & Director, External Systems.
Mr. Higday, who joined Owens & Minor in 1997,
was responsible for systems architecture, technology
integration and implementation of provider and
supplier-facing systems. He was also instrumental in
developing Owens & Minor’s e-commerce systems,
including the company’s extranet and intranet
sites, and the company’s EDI systems. Before
joining Owens & Minor, he was an information
technology consultant, including working for Ernst
& Young, LLP. Mr. Higday earned both a B.S.E.
in Management from the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania and a B.S.E. in Computer
Science from the Moore School of Engineering at the
University of Pennsylvania.
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President, Raiseline Ventures
Senior Manager, Specialized Services,
Hitachi Consulting
Ernie Hoffman is currently the President of Raiseline
Ventures, LLC. Raiseline is a private investor
incubator and consultancy focusing on the media
and entertainment industry. He has over 15 years
of finance, business development and management
consulting experience for entertainment and consumer
product companies. His areas of expertise include
process improvement, organizational design, change
management, and business intelligence analytics. Prior
to founding Raiseline, Mr. Hoffman worked as a Sr.
Director of Finance and Business Development at
EMI Music Marketing and as a Principal Consultant
at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting/IBM Business
Consulting Services. He was also a Senior Accountant
at Price Waterhouse, LLP and is a CPA licensed in
California. He received his B.S. with an emphasis in
entrepreneurship and a M.Acc. with an emphasis in
public accounting from USC.
Michael Louie is currently a Senior
Manager at Hitachi Consulting where
he is the primary Aerospace and Defense Industry
Subject Matter Expert in the Pacific Southwest Region.
He also provides support to Hitachi Consulting’s
Workforce Transformation solutions at the national
level. He and his teams tailor functional and
technology solutions to meet Aerospace and Defense
industry needs across corporate strategy, business intelligence/performance management, program capture,
and workforce transformation. Prior to joining Hitachi
Consulting, Mr. Louie was a manager at The Boeing
Company supporting Missile Defense and a Senior
Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin supporting
the Atlas/Centaur launch vehicle. He received his
B.S. in aerospace engineering from UCLA, his M.S.
in mechanical engineering from the University of
Colorado at Denver, and his M.B.A. from USC.
District Manager, Altria
Lindsey Levine is currently a District
Manager at Altria Group Distribution
Company where he is responsible
for the sales of Philip Morris products in the Los
Angeles market. He and his team of 30 are responsible for the execution of both promotional and
merchandising programs in over 3,000 retail stores
in Los Angeles. Mr. Levine has been with Altria for
20 years, where he has held numerous positions in
the sales department. Prior to Altria, Mr. Levine was
the Sales Manager at Empress Foods, a small health
food manufacturer in the Los Angeles area. He is a
frequent guest speaker at the USC Marshall School
of Business. He received his B.A. at the University of
Rhode Island.
As Manager of Market Insights and
Strategy at Advanced Bionics, Michael
Lumunsad is tasked with providing the
actionable market intelligence and strategic insights
for his company’s brand, product, and marketing
communications strategies. He interfaces with product
management to determine the direction for next
generation new core products and accessories. Prior to
his role at Advanced Bionics, Mr. Lumunsad worked
in the advanced product development and planning
groups at Honda Research and Development and
Nissan North America. He graduated magna cum
laude from the USC Marshall School of Business with
his B.S. degree in 2002.
Manager, Advanced Bionics
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Vice President, Investor Relations,
Demand Media, Inc.
Julie MacMedan is a senior executive
with more than 20 years of experience
in strategic financial and communications roles. Ms.
MacMedan joined leading digital media company
Demand Media in May 2011 after nearly nine years
at interactive entertainment company, THQ Inc.,
where she was Vice President of investor relations and
corporate communications. Prior to joining THQ,
she was a Vice President with PondelWilkinson
Inc., a Los Angeles based corporate and investor
relations consulting firm. Ms. MacMedan joined
PondelWilkinson after a multi-year career with
NASDAQ OMX, where she served as a director
of market services, counseling public companies
regarding the strategy and practice of investor
relations. She is currently President of the Los
Angeles Chapter of the National Investor Relations
Institute and was nominated for “Best Investor
Relations Officer – Small Cap” by the 2011 IR
Magazine Awards. Ms. MacMedan earned an M.B.A.
from George Mason University and a B.S. in Business
Administration from the University of Richmond,
where she graduated magna cum laude.
Worldwide Director of Health Economics,
Outcomes Research and Policy, Biosense Webster, Inc.
Jamie March serves as Worldwide Director of
Health Economics, Outcomes Research and Policy
for Biosense Webster, a Johnson & Johnson medical
device company that is the industry leader in the
technology used to diagnosis and treatment cardiac
arrhythmias. She has over 25 years of experience in
the medical device industry serving as director of U.S.
marketing for Biosense Webster prior to her current
assignment with the company and in market development and product management positions at St.
Jude Medical and Karl Storz Endoscopy. Ms. March
began her career in the device industry in research and
development at Baxter Healthcare and is the inventor
of one U.S. patent. She has also co-authored several
publications on the economic burden of atrial fibrillation. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of
LaVerne and a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the
State University of New York at Geneseo.
Consultant, Myers Enterprises International
Mark Myers is currently a consultant and tutor
advising students and professionals on issues of
corporate strategy, intellectual property monetization
and process optimization in the areas of accounting,
finance and IT for domestic and international operations. Mr. Myers has worked in a variety of industries,
including aerospace manufacturing, construction
and engineering, entertainment, film distribution,
theme park construction, food manufacturing,
hospitality, elder and hospice care, Internet marketing
and metrics, museum-related products and services,
operations and maintenance, petroleum engineering,
retail construction, royalties, participations, licensing,
storyboard/concept art and timeshares. He received
his B.S. in International Finance from USC and his
M.B.A. in International Business from California
State University, Northridge.
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Senior Financial Analyst, Walt Disney Imagineering
Richie Olson is a senior financial analyst for Walt
Disney Imagineering (WDI), the branch of The
Walt Disney Company that dreams up, designs
and builds all theme parks, attractions, cruise ships
and other immersive entertainment experiences at
Disney destinations around the globe. He is responsible for financial advisory to various divisions and
projects within WDI, including developing annual
operating plans, forecasts and project cash flows, with
particular support to the Creative Entertainment,
Project Management, Construction Management
and Pre-Development teams. Mr. Olson began his
Disney career in 2007 as a financial analyst in the
Food, Health & Beauty division of Disney Consumer
Products. Since moving to WDI in 2008, he has
supported the financial aspects of the expansion of
Disney California Adventure Park, the expansion
of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, Shanghai
Disney Resort and several other large-scale capital
projects. He holds a B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the USC
Marshall School.
Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
Ramon Reynoso is a Senior Manager
with the Climate Change and
Sustainability Services practice at Ernst
& Young. Mr. Reynoso specializes in identifying and
capturing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy
incentives for his clients. In addition, his practice also
focuses on green strategies such as the certification
of real estate under sustainable standards, as well as
offering a turn-key solution for renewable energy
projects. Prior to his current position, Mr. Reynoso
worked at KPMG, LLP where he focused on green
and energy incentives under the Global Location
and Expansion Services practice. After obtaining
his B.A. at USC, Mr. Reynoso spent 15 years in the
insurance industry with Prudential Financial where
he rose through the ranks to become managing
director of one of the top sales offices in his company. Subsequent to obtaining his M.B.A., also at USC, he
worked at Gartner, Inc. as an IT strategy consultant
in the state and local government practice. EDWARD RHODES
Manager, Deloitte Consulting
Edward Rhodes is a third year Manager
in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy
practice focused on Customer, Digital,
and Competitive Strategy. Mr. Rhodes rejoined
Deloitte as a Senior Consultant within Deloitte’s
Strategy and Operations group in September 2008
after completing his M.B.A. While in school,
Mr. Rhodes worked in the Internet and Media/
Entertainment industries. Previously, he spent three
and a half years working in Deloitte’s Technology
Integration practice on IT Strategy and Analysis
projects. He graduated with an M.B.A. from UCLA
Anderson in 2008 and with a B.S. in Business
Administration (Information Systems Concentration)
from USC in 2002. Judges
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General Partner, Centinela Associates
Glenn Rosten currently owns and
manages a portfolio of small office/
commercial and industrial buildings.
During his professional career, Mr. Rosten worked in
a number of different industries, including publishing,
consumer goods manufacturing and distribution. He
also owned a small chain of photography studios.
Currently, he serves on the boards of various charitable and government organizations and does
volunteer work teaching underprivileged children
about careers and business. He received his B.S. in
Business Administration from USC and his M.B.A.
from the University of Arizona.
Founder and CEO (retired),
Aspen Education Group
A leader in the behavioral and
education fields for over 30 years, Elliot
Sainer, as the CEO and Founder of Aspen Education
Group, grew the company from its inception into
the nation’s leading and largest therapeutic education
company. He was recognized in 2007 as the
Entrepreneur of the Year for the Los Angeles area
for consumer services, and was one of four finalists
for the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award in
2007. Prior to starting Aspen, Mr. Sainer was a health
care executive for the country’s largest psychiatric
hospital company. Since selling the private equitybacked (Warburg Pincus and Frazier Healthcare)
company and semi-retiring in 2007, he currently
serves on the Board of Directors of five other private
companies in the health care and education fields, and
he continues to make investments in growth-oriented
private companies. He is also a board member of
the National Association of Psychiatric Health
Systems, Chairman of the Board of the Alzheimer’s
Association of Greater Los Angeles and founding
Board member of the new USC Hybrid HS, a charter
high school sponsored by USC. Mr. Sainer also
continues to mentor students at the USC Marshall
School of Business. He received his M.B.A. from
George Washington University and his B.A. from the
University of Pittsburgh.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Owens & Minor, Inc.
Craig Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) for Owens & Minor. Mr. Smith was named
CEO in July 2005, after serving as President and
Chief Operating Officer since 1999. He was also
named to the Owens & Minor board of directors in
2005. He joined Owens & Minor in 1989 as the Los
Angeles Division Vice President, and later served in
a variety of roles including: Group Vice President,
Western Region; Senior Vice President, Distribution
and Information Systems; Executive Vice President,
Distribution and Information Systems. He was
promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer in 1995. Prior to joining Owens &
Minor, Mr. Smith was the Operations Manager for
National Healthcare’s Los Angeles division. Before
that, he served in a variety of sales and operations
positions with Bergen Medical Supply. Mr. Smith is
active in his industry and community as a volunteer.
He serves on many boards including the University
of Richmond’s Robins School of Business Executive
Advisory Council, the USC Marshall School Board of
Leaders, the CrossOver Ministry of Richmond, VA,
and he served as the Chairman of the successful 2009
Central Virginia United Way Campaign. A native
of California, he received his B.S. in History from
USC. He also completed the executive program at
the Darden School of Business Administration at the
University of Virginia.
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Principal, Unger & Associates:
A Healthcare Advisory Group
Chief of Appeals, Internal Revenue Service
Walter Unger is a veteran consultant
to healthcare providers, manufacturers, law firms, and others in the areas of finance,
insurance, reimbursement, marketing, strategic
planning, litigation support and expert witness
services. He specializes in cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and oncology services as well as clinical
laboratory services, integrated delivery systems,
managed-care organizations, Medicare prepaid
health plans, and Medicare payment policies. Prior to
launching his consulting practice in 1985, he spent
more than a decade in Washington, D.C. serving the
National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine
(IOM) and the Healthcare Financial Management
Association (HFMA). He graduated from USC in
1969 with an M.B.A. and in 1967 with a Bachelor’s
Degree cum laude in finance. He has devoted his
entire professional career to the healthcare field.
West Area Controller, Aggreko
Greg Vecellio is currently West
Area Controller for Aggreko where
he oversees accounting, budgeting,
forecasting and management reporting for the
western United States. Prior to joining Aggreko,
Mr. Vecellio was Director of Financial Planning and
Analysis for a division of SunGard. He received his
B.S. from California State University and his M.B.A.
from USC Marshall.
Christopher Wagner serves as Chief of Appeals for
the Internal Revenue Service. In this position, he
is responsible for overseeing the operations of the
administrative forum for taxpayers contesting an
IRS compliance action. Mr. Wagner began his IRS
career as a revenue agent in 1977 while he was a
co-op student at the Loyola Marymount University
in Los Angeles. Prior to entry into the Executive
Development Program, he served in numerous
managerial positions with responsibility for both
collection and examination programs. Mr. Wagner
has had a diverse executive career in the Internal
Revenue Service. His first executive assignment was
as Director, Centralized Workload Section, where he
was responsible for selection and delivery of examination and collection cases to IRS campuses and field
offices. Mr. Wagner also served as Deputy National
Taxpayer Advocate for the Taxpayer Advocate Service,
where he managed operations and directed employees
who advocated for taxpayers by helping them resolve
problems and recommending changes to prevent
problems. Following this assignment, he served as
the Deputy Commissioner for the Tax Exempt and
Government Entities Division. Next, Mr. Wagner
worked as the Deputy Commissioner for Small
Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE). In August 2008,
he was selected as the Commissioner of SB/SE where
he was responsible for the service and enforcement
programs for taxpayers who file personal, corporate,
employment, excises and estate and gift tax returns as
well as other service wide programs. Judges
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President and General Manager,
Molnlycke Health Care
James Wetrich has been involved in
health care for the past thirty years.
While at USC he was one of the University’s first
Health Advocates, highly trained peer counselors
who provided unique health counseling services
to students. USC awarded Mr. Wetrich with an
Outstanding Senior Recognition award upon his
graduation. After serving at a variety hospitals and
health care service providers, Mr. Wetrich formed
The Wetrich Group to offer comprehensive sales and
marketing advisory services to clients. The Wetrich
Group has worked with both suppliers and providers
on a number of projects including marketing, sales,
and operational improvements. He joined Molnlycke
Health Care in June of 2006 as President of the
U.S. and Latin America wound care businesses and
General Manager of the US operations. In June of
2011, he became President and General Manager
of the Americas responsible for all operations, both
wound care and surgical products, in the U.S. and
Latin America. He earned his B.S. in Biological
Sciences at USC, then went onto Tulane University
where he earned a Master of Health Administration.
He also holds his M.B.A. from the Goizueta School
of Business at Emory University.

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