CEO and President
Michael Garippa is the former CEO and President of TandemHeart. He was recruited by TandemHeart in 2002 as a turnaround expert and stayed on as CEO and President. He took TandemHeart from an R&D firm that had lost an aggregate of $50 million and had no commercial sales to a successful company with over $6 million in net income in the 24 months prior to joining SynCardia.
Prior to joining TandemHeart, Mr. Garippa served as CEO and President of Gateway Home Care. In addition, Mr. Garippa was Founder and CEO of Millennium HomeCare and The Prompt Care Companies. His background also includes being National Sales Manager at Omni Medical and Senior Analyst with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. Mr. Garippa holds a B.A. degree from Rutgers University and a master's degree from New York University.
Chief Development Officer
Douglas Nutter joined SynCardia in March 2012. He has 20+ years of experience in materials, operations and management with GE Plastics. As President of Exatec, LLC, he led the formation, negotiation and start-up of a joint venture between GE and Bayer for lightweight, life-saving polycarbonate automotive windows. Mr. Nutter also has 10 years of experience in optics-based medical devices as Vice President of Business Development at Optical Research Associates, and General Manager of Electro-Optics at Zygo Corporation. He received an S.B. in Physics from MIT and began his career as a materials physicist for Hercules.
Chief Financial Officer
Dan Hudspeth brings to SynCardia Systems, Inc. significant United States and international expertise in driving shareholder value with over 20 years of experience in business, finance and market development for private and public companies. Throughout his career, Dan gained significant experience in financing, accounting, manufacturing and distribution, focusing on high-growth private equity-backed and public companies. He has led three public offerings and over 30 private equity and debt financings totaling more than $600 million of capital formation. He was instrumental in five M&A transactions and exits representing over $400 million in shareholder value.
Dan began his career at Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He served as the chief financial officer at Genomica Corp., Rally Development Corp. and Allos Therapeutics. Prior to joining SynCardia, he provided interim executive and board advisory services to several venture capital and private equity-backed companies as a sole proprietor, Cohesive Strategy, LLC. Dan received a B.S. degree in administration with an emphasis in accounting from Colorado State University. He is a certified public accountant – inactive.
SVP, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Carole E. Marcot, Esq. is Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for SynCardia, responsible for quality engineering, regulatory compliance, domestic and international regulatory affairs, quality systems and clinical affairs. Ms. Marcot joined SynCardia from Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic products, where she served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems. Prior to Ventana, she held similar positions with Impulse Dynamics, Inc., manufacturer of innovative implantable devices for heart failure and CardioGenesis, Inc., manufacturer of unique devices for coronary artery disease. Her previous experience includes positions with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Tokos Medical Corporation and Intermedics, Inc. She has taught Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law as an Adjunct Professor and served as founder and corporate secretary of a privately held company specializing in clinical trials. Ms. Marcot received a B.A. degree in Biology from the College of St. Elizabeth and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and is an active member of the California State Bar.
Mary Pat Sloan
VP, Global Certification and Customer Support
Mary Pat Sloan was with AlphaGraphics Printshops of the Future for 25 years. She started the domestic and international franchise programs including setting up and conducting training classes, as well as developing the curriculum and authoring the operating manuals. She was Managing Director of the AlphaGraphics Master Licensee for the former Soviet Union and lived in Russia for five years and Cyprus for two years.
She has an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, 1977. She also has a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, 1976. Ms. Sloan was most recently with Invacare Corporation, a home medical device company in Elyria, OH, that makes custom wheelchairs and portable oxygen. She has been with SynCardia since December 2005.
Donald G. Isaacs
Donald G. Isaacs started with SynCardia in January 2006. Mr. Isaacs has more than 25 years of hands-on experience directing the marketing for many fast-growth, successful companies including: AlphaGraphics, which grew from seven to more than 300 franchises; Brake Masters, which grew from 41 to more than 83 stores; and Arizona Physicians Network, which grew from 20 to more than 100 OB/GYN physicians. Mr. Isaacs holds a B.A. degree in Marketing/Communications from the University of Arizona and was one of two non-academic instructors for the International Franchise Association's certification program.
A licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Six Sigma Black Belt, Bill has over twenty years’ experience leading engineering, quality and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining SynCardia Systems, he served as Director of Operations at Spectral Instruments a critical supplier of CCD vision systems to Roche, Siemens and Perkin Elmer’s medical imaging and diagnostic divisions. Bill’s history includes service in engineering and operations management roles at Orbital Sciences Corporation and BFGoodrich Aerospace and several years’ experience managing an early stage venture capital fund for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Watson holds a MS degree from the George Washington University, a MBA from George Mason University and a BS degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.
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