Board of Directors
Don Ronchi, Ph.D, Chairman of the Board
Don Ronchi is a senior advisor at White Wolf Capital, LLC, a private equity firm focused on management buyouts, recapitalizations and control investments in leading middle market companies. From 2007 to 2012 Don was Chief Human Resource Officer and Senior Operating Executive at Cerberus Capital Management. Prior to Cerberus, Don was an elected officer of Raytheon Company where he led the defense giant’s supply chain and six sigma organizations. Don was also President of Raytheon Professional Services, LLC, a global supplier of blended learning solutions to commercial and government customers. Prior to Raytheon, Don was a member of the core team for GE’s WorkOutTM, the company’s groundbreaking change initiative. Don has held academic appointments in the business schools of The Ohio State University, the University of Chicago, and La Universidad De Carabobo (Venezuela). Don earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University and the University of Chicago, respectively.
Jeremy Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy Wiggins has over 20 years of experience in product management, business development and marketing for medical device and medical imaging companies. Jeremy has also been responsible for R&D, Marketing, Operations, Regulatory, and IT at Carrot Medical prior to taking over the CEO position. Jeremy has held senior positions at leading medical device companies such as ATL Ultrasound, Philips Medical, SonoSite and Physio-Control. He has also provided consulting services for many other medical device companies. He attended the University of Washington & Washington State University and holds a degree in diagnostic medical ultrasound as well as several patents in that field.
Steven Einhorn, FAIA
Steve Einhorn is a proven leader in developing highly profitable, rapidly growing professional service business enterprises. He founded, developed and successfully sold two internationally recognized professional service firms: one to TA Associates, a global private equity investment company and the other to HP, a worldwide technology leader. Steve retired from HP in December 2009. Throughout his career he has been a leader at the intersection of design and business. With his new company, Stardog Consulting, Steve continues to pursue his passion – developing client’s ideas into sustainable businesses.
Richard Missner, MBA
Richard Missner is President of R.H. Missner & Company, Inc., a private investment firm. The firm invests in private equities and publically traded securities. During the course of his career, Mr. Missner has served in leadership and director roles in multiple entrepreneurial companies. He has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bob Saunders began his career at the Boston Consulting Group in 1978. Mitt Romney recruited Bob to Bain and Company in 1982 and he eventually became the Acting Director of Competitive Strategy Analysis for the firm. He has been a private equity investor since 1988, when Saunders Capital Group was founded. He moved to Louisville in 1993 to become Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Accumulation and Investment Group of Capital Holding Corp. (subsequently renamed Providian Capital Management), a NYSE financial services holding company, where he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Capital Management group, which managed approximately $25 billion in assets. In 1997 Bob was actively involved in the sale of Providian Corp. to Aegon NV, a large Dutch insurance company.
Subsequent to the sale to Aegon, Bob joined Chrysalis Ventures as one of two managing partners of the firm. Bob retired from active day-to-day involvement with Chrysalis in 2009. The firm is one of the leading venture capital firms in the Midwest with approximately $500 million under management. During his investment career, Bob has brought various companies public on the NSADAQ and has successfully lead the sale of several portfolio companies to various large strategic investors in his role as either lead investor, Board Chair, or Board Vice Chair. Although Chrysalis is an active investor in health care services, it is not typically a life science or medical device investor. Bob has invested actively in life science and device companies over the last decade through Saunders Capital Group and Saunders Murdock, LLC.
Bob was a founding Board Member of Metacyte, the life science incubator at the University of Louisville. He was an original investor in Aptamera LLC, a cancer drug development company that was sold to Antisoma PLC at a 10X cash-on-cash gain. He was an early investor in Med Ventures, a device development company which was recently sold to Ampersand at a substantial gain. He is also an investor in several other life science and device companies including: US WorldMeds, BioScale Inc, AppoImmune, Advanced Cancer Therapeutics (ACT), Vivorte LLC, NxPharmagen, and DeviceWerks LLC.
In addition to Carrot LLC, Bob sits on or chairs the boards of five other early stage companies.
Christopher Rand, MBA
Mr. Rand co-founded TriStar Technology Ventures in 2009. Through his role at TriStar, he serves on the Board of Directors for Pathfinder Therapeutics, MedCenterDisplay, Molecular Sensing, Evermind, AngelEye, Carrot Medical and Cobra Introducer. Prior to co-founding TriStar, Mr. Rand was the Manager of New Venture Development in Vanderbilt’s Office of Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development. That responsibility included licensing Vanderbilt intellectual property, assisting in the formation of new start-up companies and working with existing start-ups. Since beginning as the Chancellor’s Fund in 2000, Vanderbilt has invested a significant amount of capital into 30 different Vanderbilt-related companies. Mr. Rand was responsible for managing this portfolio and represented Vanderbilt on the boards of five of these companies.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Mr. Rand worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ valuation group, providing consulting and transaction support services. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Vanderbilt.
Rick Einhorn, MBA
Rick Einhorn has over 20 years experience holding senior level positions in both the Information Technology, and the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industries – in addition to spending a number of years working in the federal government on technology issues. He currently serves as a WW Vice President in the Hewlett Packard Company managing their global Data Center Consulting business. He joined HP in 2007 with the acquisition of EYP Mission Critical, a datacenter consulting market leading firm, where he served as President. He is also a partner in Serpentine Ventures, a private investment firm.
His career growth can be attributed to innovative GTM planning, sales strategy, and strong operational and P&L management skills.
Rick earned his B.A. from Syracuse University in 1992 and his MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in 1997. He resides in Westchester County, NY. with his wife and 3 children.. Rick also serves as an board member for the ACE Mentor Program in NYC, City Polytech High School in New York, and the Syracuse University Business School Advisory Board.