Chief Strategy Officer for both Amplion Clinical Communications and Orchid International
I’ve been a venture capitalist, served on fifteen corporate boards, started a company with a co-founder and been a sales leader for technology companies. I’m comfortable in early-stage companies with strategy, finance, sales and marketing and as an investor and board member.
My goal for Amplion is to help the company reach its true potential. The company has developed Amplion Alert, which allows nurses and other caregivers to know the needs of their patients in a timely way that helps them prioritize and organize their work. Just as importantly, Amplion Alert timestamps and captures each care task to deliver reporting that allows hospitals to track their clinical performance and optimize staffing.
In September 2015, Amplion has added UL1069 approval as a nurse call platform for U.S. hospitals, the first system to receive such approval in several years. This allows hospitals to identify budget allocations for the purchase of the product.
The concept of Amplion Alert is needed in every hospital in the world. We have a wonderful group of product developers and clinical support personnel who help our customers get the most value from our system.
Specialties: Finding ways for our customers to win as they employ Amplion Alert, developing tools to communicate the power of Amplion Alert, building teamwork throughout our organization.
Orchid International is a much more mature company than Amplion, although it still has tremendous upside. My goal as Chief Strategy Officer for Orchid is to help the company align its financial strategy and structure to support its growth in the electric motor markets. I am also involved in helping the CEO optimize his financial and estate planning.
Q. What excites you most about the Wond’ry?
A. Working with talented students
Q. What do you feel are the most important skills you have to offer in your role as a mentor?
A. Not so much skills, but the experience of being in many entrepreneurial environments from both a sales and a financial perspective.
Q. What has been your proudest moment in your career?
A. There have been many great moments and a few really disappointing ones, but the thing I’m proudest of is that I’ve stayed at it for the last 41 years.
Q. What has surprised you most about your job?
A. I’ve seen a lot of unusual things…not much surprises me at this point.
Q. If you could do everything over again, would you make the same career choices?
A. A couple of things could have been better, but I like where I am now, so I’m glad it’s happened the way it has.
Q. In your opinion, what is the most important quality for success?
A. Persistence. There is not even a close second.
Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. After it became clear I wouldn’t be a professional basketball player, I just wanted to be successful. The first time I had a clear focus on a particular job was when I finished business school and focused on becoming a venture capitalist.
Office Hours: By appointment only
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Fundraising, Healthcare, Technology