Mr. Kempe has two-and-a-half decades of operating and investment management experience in the healthcare industry, primarily with GE Healthcare (GEHC) in a number of strategic, operational and financial leadership positions in the U.S. and Europe.
He is the former Director of Strategic Alliances & Vice President of Home Health at GEHC. Prior roles include: General Manager of GEHC Americas and Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman of GEHC EMEA and GEHC Kretztechnik (NM: KTA). He later founded an investment firm, 37celsius Capital Partners, focused on global digital health companies.
He currently serves in a number of board roles, including as a member of the advisory board at Genia, Sensipass, and VasoGnosis. He served as Chairman of the Board at the World Trade Center Wisconsin (WTCW) and was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) advisory board.
Mr. Kempe is a native of Sweden, and he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Uppsala University in business administration and economics. He spent four years in the military, including ROTC, serving as a Lieutenant of the Lapland Ranger Regiment in Kiruna, Sweden.
Vice President, Business and Program Development
Peter Klug, as Managing Director of FRKL Insights LLC, is an advisor to startups, investor groups and trade associations focused on innovating in healthcare.
He spent nearly a decade at Direct Supply and most recently led the commercial development of Direct Supply’s DS smart™ platform from patented idea to commercialization. This system serves to connect a product portfolio directly to residents’ electronic medical records allowing caregivers to be 40% more efficient and eliminating transcription error. Previously, he was a Category Director for Direct Supply’s Clinical and Rehabilitation businesses, focused on providing a portfolio of senior-focused solutions to therapists and nurses in long-term care.
Prior to joining Direct Supply, Peter spent time in management consulting with A.T. Kearney in its healthcare practice, and he worked for a Silicon Valley telemedicine startup, MDvista, developing software to transform pacemakers into real-time monitoring devices. He has lived in Nijmegen, the Netherlands; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China, serving in a variety of leadership roles in operations, supply chain and product management.
Peter has always been interested in serving others in the healthcare field and making a difference, working with providers and clinicians to help patients stay healthier for longer at a lower cost, with higher patient satisfaction. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration with a distinction in leadership from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Mike Everson is an experienced financial and commercial leader, spending nearly two decades with Fortune 500 companies GE Healthcare and Newell Rubbermaid.
At GE Healthcare, Mike held chief financial officer responsibilities for various product lines and geographies, including Global Magnetic Resonance, Global Respiratory and Sleep, Global Diagnostic Cardiology, and Central Zone USA. Most recently, he served as vice president — strategic accounts for GEHC. Prior to his 15 years at GEHC, Mike served as senior operations financial analyst at Newell Rubbermaid.
Throughout his career, Mike is known for building exceptional partnerships with operating leaders and senior leadership teams. He also has acquisition, integration, and divestiture experience globally, and has a strong business development and commercial background in healthcare.
Mike’s passion is to provide a more effective and efficient healthcare landscape for patients and providers, improving disease detection while continuing to find more efficient ways of treating patients. He holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and information technology (double major) from Marquette University, and is currently pursuing his Marquette University Executive MBA.
Dirk Steinert, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Steinert has over 25 years of clinical practice. He is an active clinician, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and has held various clinical leadership positions, primarily with the Ascension system in Wisconsin.
He is the Medical Director, Quality Specialty Care, for Ascension Medical Group. Previously, he was President of Medical Staff at Community Hospital of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ill., and Chief Resident for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics while at Tulane University. Dr. Steinert also served as Medical Director of Population Health and Chair of the Clinical Practice Council of Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital, prior to the merger into Ascension Wisconsin. He has also developed knowledge in population health through his involvement as Medical Director for two skilled nursing facilities and as medical advisor for two school districts.
Dr. Steinert supports research in medical devices, medications and clinical work, including advanced care planning for patient-centered outcomes.
Dr. Steinert founded Steinert Consulting LLC, supporting clients in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as home health and nursing, with clinical advice. He serves on the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and serves on an advisory panel for the Wisconsin Research Education Network. He also is a co-lead for the Ascension Medical Group of Wisconsin Quality Safety and Regulatory Committee, and sits on the Ovation Health Ethics Board.
Dr. Steinert received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago, did his residency at Tulane University in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is certified in Management of Healthcare Delivery from the Harvard Business School. He is currently enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business.
Nadder Sahar, PhD
Director of Product Management, Research & Development
Dr. Sahar has more than 20 years of experience in biomedical research, medical device product development and commercialization of products for healthcare markets.
Most recently, he served as director of innovation for MPE-INC, Novir’s test manufacturing partner, and general manager of CAREDirect, a MPE-INC subsidiary and OEM of novel digital medication storage cabinets.
Prior to that, Dr. Sahar was chief operating officer at VibeTech Inc., a Wisconsin-based startup that developed an innovative rehabilitation/therapeutic device to deliver vibration therapy and improve outcomes for mobility-impaired and elderly patients.
Dr. Sahar has bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and master’s and doctoral degrees in the same field from the University of Michigan. He enjoys playing ice hockey and spending time with his wife and two young boys.
Director of Clinical Operations
Ms. Wutt, a registered nurse, has more than 30 years of long-term care experience in nursing and senior living, specializing in multiple care platforms and operations, informatics and reimbursement programs.
She has held a variety of leadership positions at health care companies throughout the East Coast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Florida, and California, including oversight of operations of numerous independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing across multiple states.
Most recently, Kim was a strategic account executive at Omnicare, CVS Health, a Cincinnati-based national provider of long-term care pharmacy services. Previously, she served as a corporate clinical informatics specialist for Sava Senior Care in Atlanta and as a team leader, clinical services, for Kisco Senior Living in Carlsbad, Calif. She also was the regional director of quality and care management for Chicago-based Enlivant, directing 11 communities in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Kim has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Chicago, an associate degree from Valencia (Fla.) Community College, and practical nursing program diploma from Waukesha County (Wis.) Technical College, as well as facility administration advanced study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In her free time, she gardening, travelling, boarding and spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Mr. Brooks is a community and communications leader and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications, platform and content development, public and media relations, marketing, and journalism.
He is the founder of Brooks Communications, a “strategic storytelling” firm that serves a variety of clients in need of communication planning; writing and editing; digital and social; video; and media, government and public relations. Prior to that, he spent more than 12 years at Miller Brewing Co. and MillerCoors, supporting employee and sales communications, and oversaw the company archives and customer call center. Mr. Brooks spent the first 10 years of his career as a sports, news and business journalist and editor for newspapers in Milwaukee; Kenosha and Waukeha, Wis., and Ames, Iowa.
Mr. Brooks has served in local politics since 2009 and is in his third term as the part-time mayor of the City of South Milwaukee. He is a graduate of Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism. In his free time, he enjoys playing and coaching basketball — including his teenage son and daughter — fishing, and cheering on the Brewers, Bucks, Packers and Badgers.
Program Sales Director-Camps
Mr. Kubly is a career sales professional and entrepreneur, recognized for building strong, solutions-based business relationships focused on customer satisfaction.
He has experience in food manufacturing, most recently in the Wisconsin dairy industry as the owner of Jim’s Cheese, a cheese processing and distribution company with national reach. Prior to that, Mr. Kubly ran Environmental Partnerships, an industrial waste recycling company, working with manufacturers of all types and sizes to provide waste recycling and disposal solutions.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of St. Thomas.
Director of Sales and New Business
Mr. Meccariello has more than 30 years of experience in diagnostic imaging product development, global operations management, and Six Sigma quality leadership in the healthcare industry, the majority with GE Healthcare (GEHC).
Recent positions include Director of Global Operations for GEHC’s diagnostic imaging pre-owned business. Here, Mr. Meccariello managed a large global portfolio of DI equipment including MR, CT, PET, XRAY, Vascular, Ultrasound, Nuclear, Mobile and RF products. His responsibilities included pricing, buying, selling and managing global product inventories.
Tom holds several patents. He has managed R&D digital imaging research teams and led strategic quality initiatives for GEHC’s global services parts business, training over 300 people in the Six Sigma quality process. This resulted in saving the service business over $10 million in process efficiencies.
He has lived and worked in Paris, France; Budapest, Hungary; and Haifa, Israel.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed all required course work towards his Masters of Science in electrical engineering from Marquette University. He is Master Black Belt-Certified in Six Sigma and Lean quality processes.
Program Sales Director-Education
Mr. Klein has built his sales career opening new territories, relationship selling and managing projects in the medical software, device and equipment industries.
His most recent experience came as a Vice President with Syft/Management Health Solutions, an inventory and supply chain management software solutions company. Prior to that, Mr. Klein was a sales leader for Extension Healthcare, Intermetro Health and Baxter Healthcare.
Mr. Klein has a Certificate in Management from Marquette University and a Sales Productivity Certificate from Cardinal Stritch University.
When he is not working, Mr. Klein enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters and five grandchildren. He also enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, golf and boat rides, and he and his wife also volunteer and support various nonprofits.
Senior Program Sales Director-Travel & Leisure
Mr. Webster has been a proven sales leader in the travel and leisure industries for more than 25 years, driving profitable partnerships in travel technology and hotels.
Most recently, he served as senior vice president, SaaS sales and partnerships, for Laasie.ai, a customer loyalty company, and vice president of hotel strategy and solutions for ADARA, a leader in customer intelligence.
From 2005 to 2016, Mr. Webster served in leadership roles for Orbitz Worldwide, leading three sales teams responsible for $350 million in gross revenue and owning relationships with seven of the top-selling hotels in the world. He also worked in sales for EMC, AE Business Solutions and The Mark Travel Corporation.
Mr. Webster has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in marketing, management, and psychology. In his spare time, he skis (downhill and water), and enjoys SCUBA, golf, windsurfing, sailing and mountain biking. He is married with two kids soon to be entering grade school.
Program Sales Director-Entertainment & Leisure
Mr. Moloney has spent his entire career in innovation, working with, advising and investing in startup companies across a broad spectrum of industries.
He is an expert at sourcing cutting-edge, cost-effective healthcare technologies and has been involved in the launch of many visionary devices, aiding in and expediting mainstream adoption.
Mr. Moloney has 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry running his own independent distribution spinal implant company, VAM Spinal Distribution LLC. There, he represented and sold various surgical implants and instruments used in the surgical repair of spine diseases in hospitals.
Mr. Moloney grew up in Ireland, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the Waterford Institute of Technology. He received an executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2016. He has lived in Paris, Boston and L.A. before moving to Milwaukee in 2005, where he is married with two young children. Vinny loves to travel the globe with his family, play and coach hurling and soccer, play the oboe at friends’ weddings and attend live music festivals. He is an avid fan of the Packers, Brewers and Liverpool FC, as well as many Irish native sports.
Regulatory & Quality
Mr. Blanchard has been creating elegant solutions for complex problems in the healthcare and manufacturing industries for the past 20 years, with experience across operations, technology, business intelligence, quality, and global supply chain.
The majority of Andy’s career was at Direct Supply. While there, he created their first order management portal, established integrations with key supplier partners and drafted and executed technology roadmaps. He encouraged collaboration with supply chain, customer service, marketing, and sales to reduce exceptions, lower net loss, and drive cost out of healthcare.
Andy’s passion lies in working on a business, strategically leveraging technology, process improvement, and analytics to enhance the experience of workers, allowing them to do their jobs faster and better-informed. He holds a Bachelor of Science in information technology from Marquette University.
Program Operations Manager
Mr. Wagner has more than 25 years of management experience in logistics, leading all aspects of business operations including shipping, inventory, sales, customer service, and personnel.
His most recent experience came with DigiCOPY Inc., where he spent 13 years supervising all aspects of inbound and outbound product shipments, with a focus on maintaining the highest standard of health and safety practices and procedures for staff and customers. Prior to that, Mr. Wagner was a production manager at Kinko’s, where he oversaw production schedules and organized job deadlines.
Mr. Wagner attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, and enjoys playing disc golf and reading in his spare time.
Robert Di Tullio
Robert Di Tullio is an experienced industry expert providing custom quality and regulatory solutions to the medical devices industry, specializing in diagnostics, as President of Di Tullio Consulting Inc., since 2013.
He has 46 years of experience in the in vitro diagnostics industry, the last 35 in regulatory, clinical, and quality management. Previously, he was Vice President, Global Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, for Alere Inc. from 2010 until 2013, and held similar positions at ProteoGenix, Sequenom, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics, and Diagnostic Products Corporation. Robert was the Co-Chairman of the AdvaMed Diagnostics Task Force from 2007 until 2013, was the Diagnostics Industry Liaison to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee from 2011 until 2014, and is a long-time member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society. He was an advisory board member for the medical device graduate degree curriculum at the University of Southern California from 2004 until 2006. Robert received a Bachelor of Sciene in biology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Michael Yu is a licensed clinical laboratory scientist and registered health information administrator with more than 20 years of laboratory experience.
He worked more than 15 years in laboratory management with Kaiser Permanente, as well as with integrated health care systems, standalone acute care hospitals, blood donor centers, and physician office laboratories. Mr. Yu has taught at the UCLA School of Medicine, the Center for Prehospital Care, and the Oregon Health and Science University graduate biomedical informatics program.
He is the founder and owner of CLIA Lab Consultant, where he provides consultation to laboratories and companies worldwide around startup, regulations (CMS, CLIA, FDA, HIPAA, and state), reimbursement, and testing strategies. He is also certified as a Six Sigma Greenbelt and a Quality Improvement Associate from the American Society for Quality.
Mr. Yu holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science in clinical laboratory science from George Washington University and a MBA in healthcare administration from Loma Linda University.
Mr. Loomis has 27 years of global product development and marketing experience in the healthcare industry, the majority with GE Healthcare (GEHC) in several product management and marketing management roles stretching across three continents.
He is the former General Manager of Diagnostic Cardiology Core Solutions at GEHC. Prior GEHC roles include Senior Global Product Manager of POC (Point of Care) Ultrasound and Global Segment Marketing Manager of X-ray. Craig holds several patents and has developed and launched over 30 successful products across various markets and geographies in his career by partnering closely with internal and external teams to deliver sustainable customer value.
He has Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in computer engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration in marketing and organizational behavior from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.