The Healthcare Technology Report is pleased to announce The Top 25 Healthcare Technology Leaders of Miami for 2023. As the only U.S. city that was founded by a woman (a local businesswoman called Julia Tuttle) Miami’s subtropical roots are steeped in entrepreneurship. Its diverse cultures, tax incentives, and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem combine to give the Magic City a favorable business climate, especially for the booming healthcare and life sciences space. Today, Miami-Dade County houses renowned corporations like Beckman Coulter, BD Biosciences, Cordis (a Johnson & Johnson Company), and Merck, showcasing its capacity to attract industry leaders. Meanwhile, the University of Miami’s Life Science Park serves as a significant recent addition to the region, fostering a collaborative environment that brings together faculty, scientists, students, and entrepreneurs to promote innovation and partnership. The recipients of this year’s awards exemplify excellence in the healthcare and life sciences industry, with many of them guiding some of the most influential companies in the world.
Esteemed professionals such as John Shea, the Senior Director of Clinical Science in Clinical Development at Travere Therapeutics, made the cut this year. Since joining Travere 2021, Shea has notably helped his company gain FDA approval for FILSPARI, the only non-immunosuppressive therapy for IgAN, a rare kidney disease. Likewise, we have Pedro Delgado, who is currently leveraging his 45 years of industry experience as the Director of Global Design Quality Engineering at Cordis. Lastly, there is Stuart Hart, the Chief Medical Officer and Corporate VP of Integra LifeSciences. An extremely well-respected figure in his field, Hart has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, filed 15 patents, and has already won numerous awards for his innovation, research studies, and teaching.
Please join us in celebrating The Top 25 Healthcare Technology Leaders of Miami for 2023.
1. Stuart Hart
Company: Integra LifeSciences
Title: Chief Medical Officer and Corporate Vice President
As the Chief Medical Officer and Corporate VP of Integra LifeSciences, Stuart Hart is responsible for Integra’s worldwide clinical development activities, including clinical research, clinical trial operations and medical affairs. Hart is also responsible for scientific support, medical support, medical safety, and R&D innovation. Notably, Hart is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology – with a subspecialty board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. In addition to his Integra duties, he is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons.
Prior to joining Integra in January 2023, Hart served as VP of Medical Affairs for Urology and Critical Care at Becton Dickinson (BD). Before joining BD, he served as a senior medical director for the Surgical Innovations business at Medtronic. Hart previouly spent much of his career working as an academic physician at Emory University and the University of South Florida (USF). He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He also holds an MBA from MIT and a master’s in entrepreneurship in applied technologies from the USF Muma College of Business. Overall, Hart has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, filed 15 patents, and has won numerous awards for innovation, research studies and teaching.
Stuart Hart Insight
“As the chief medical officer at Integra LifeSciences, I’m proud to be a part of an organization leading the way to advance new standards of treatment and improve patient outcomes in surgical, neurologic, and regenerative care. I share this honor with a passionate, standout medical affairs team at Integra that’s deeply committed to our clinicians and healthcare systems while improving the lives of patients around the world.”
2. Jean-Jacques Borie
Company: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Title: Executive Director and Head of Business Technology & Data Architecture
Jean-Jacques Borie is the Executive Director and Head of Business Technology & Data Architecture at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He first joined the company in 2019 as SVP of innovation, Medimix International. His company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue of approximately $40 billion. Its mission is to enable its customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.
Previously, Borie was a co-founder and CTO at Leade.rs. Before that, he served as a CTO at Carmudi. Earlier in his career, he worked with B2L/BBDO as a technical project manager, DBA, and developer. Borie earned a master of pharmacy from the University of Florida, an EMBA from TRIUM Global Executive MBA, and a master’s in computer science from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.
3. Elizabeth Murray
Company: Gilead Sciences
Title: Executive Director of Global Patient Solutions, Distribution, Supply & Voluntary License
Elizabeth Murray is the Executive Director of Global Patient Solutions at Gilead Sciences, a renowned biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing breakthrough medicines for HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. She oversees operations in 127 countries across Africa, Central and South Asia, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean. Murray joined Gilead in 2005, focusing on expanding the company’s support for individuals living with HIV disease. It is worthy to note that Murray’s leadership at Gilead has been instrumental in expanding access to life-saving medications. She has played a pivotal role in launching combination therapy for HIV, establishing the first Medicaid HMO for individuals with HIV in Florida, and expanding access to Gilead’s hepatitis C cure in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Murray brings over 20 years of experience in pharmaceuticals and healthcare delivery. She holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Miami and master’s degrees in business administration and industrial engineering. Based in Miami, Florida, she is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Elizabeth Murray Insight
“I am proud to lead Gilead’s Voluntary License program that revolutionized access to life-saving medicines in developing countries. Through this innovative approach, more than 30 million patient treatments for HIV, HBV, HCV and COVID-19 were made available last year in up to 127 LLMI countries. Gilead won the Patents for Humanity Award from the USPTO for our COVID-19 voluntary license that demonstrated responsible use of patents enabling more than 8.1 million treatments of remdesivir to LLMI countries during the pandemic.”
4. Mariana Watanabe
Company: Merck Group
Title: Director of Head of Business Planning & Implementation
Dr. Mariana Watanabe is the Head of Business Planning & Implementation for the Contract Testing Organization of MilliporeSigma, which is a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. She first joined Merck KGaA in 2015. Prior to this role, Watanabe drove and implemented commercial strategies and go-to-market initiatives for the Process Solutions business unit across multiple global geographies, supporting customers and teams from multiple market segments, and commercial profiles – such as global, regional, emerging biotech. She previously led a global supply network and process optimization of a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing.
Watanabe holds a PhD in science, biotechnology, from the University of Sao Paulo. Her thesis focused on vaccine compounds development and bioprocess optimization at Butantan Institute in Brazil – the largest producer of immunological drugs and antitoxins in Latin America.
5. Paula Hackl
Title: Chief Transformation Officer
Paula Hackl is the Chief Transformation Officer of EVERSANA, a leading independent provider of global services to the life sciences industry. The company’s integrated solutions are rooted in the patient experience and span all stages of the product life cycle to deliver long-term, sustainable value for patients, prescribers, channel partners, and payers. The company serves more than 670 organizations, including innovative start-ups and established pharmaceutical companies, to advance life sciences solutions for a healthier world. Notably, Hackl has 25 years of experience. She began her career in 1998.
Before joining EVERSANA, Hackl was an SVP, MD – transformation officer at EVERSANA INTOUCH. Before that, she served as a VP of business transformation at Intouch Group. Earlier in her career, she worked with Vivo as a senior manager for telco, marketing, retention, global programs, and CRM. Hackl graduated from Australian Catholic University – Brisbane with an MBA. She also graduated from the Universidade Salvador with an undergraduate degree in international business.
6. Radha Goolabsingh
Title: Vice President of Global Head of Regulatory Affairs
Radha Goolabsingh is Vice President, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs at QuidelOrtho. She joined the company in 2021. As a global provider of innovative in vitro diagnostics technologies designed for point-of-care settings, clinical labs and transfusion medicine, QuidelOrtho develops and manufactures intelligent solutions that are transforming data into understanding and action for more people in more places every day. Among its recent accomplishments, QuidelOrtho is the first company to receive de novo classification for three products: Sofia® 2 SARS Antigen+ FIA, the VITROS® Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total Reagent Pack and Calibrator, and VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Reagent Pack and Calibrator.
Goolabsingh has over 25 years of regulatory affairs experience in in-vitro diagnostics and pharmaceutical FDA-regulated industries. She started her career as a medical technologist in a hospital clinical laboratory environment. Since then, she has held various roles of increasing responsibility in quality assurance, technical support and regulatory affairs at Baxter Diagnostics, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, and Beckman Coulter. In her current role at QuidelOrtho, she provides leadership into the development of global regulatory strategies across the product lifecycle to meet the needs of the business.
Radha Goolabsingh Insight
“I’m honored to be recognized as a Top 25 Healthcare Technology Leader of Miami for 2023. At QuidelOrtho, we take pride in providing accurate and confident test results and work toward the highest level of compliance possible.”
7. Adam Logal
Company: OPKO Health, Inc.
Title: SVP and CFO
Adam Logal has been with OPKO as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2014. Prior to that, he held the positions at the company, including Vice President of Finance, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer and Director of Finance, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer. His company, OPKO, is a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics provider that aims to establish leading positions in rapidly growing markets through its expertise in discovery, development, and commercialization, as well as its proprietary technologies.
Before joining OPKO, Logal held senior management roles at Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. He also worked his way up through various positions at Nabi, ultimately serving as Senior Director of Accounting and Reporting. In addition to his current duties at OPKO, Logal also serves as the Chairman for Xenetics Biosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on next-generation biologic drugs and novel orphan oncology therapeutics. Furthermore, he previously served on the board of directors for VBI Vaccines.
8. Carolyn Berg
Company: Catalent Pharma Solutions
Title: Vice President of Business Development
Carolyn Berg serves as the Vice President of Business Development at Catalent Pharma Solutions, a global leader in enabling pharmaceutical, biotech, and consumer health partners to optimize product development and supply for patients worldwide. With over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, and business development, Berg has successfully executed commercial plans, launched products, and managed alliances to drive revenue growth. An industry veteran, she possesses extensive expertise in commercial operations and cross-functional collaboration with market access, clinical/R&D, medical affairs, regulatory, and trade teams.
Prior to her role at Catalent, Berg held positions at Cipla, Jeffrey Group, Teva, and Merck, where she contributed to the success of various healthcare and pharmaceutical initiatives. She holds an International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) from the Darla Moore School of Business and an undergraduate degree in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin.
9. Renata Mantovani
Company: Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.
Title: Senior Director of International Human Resources
Renata Mantovani is the Senior Director of Human Resources for Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, a commercial stage biotechnology company headquartered in Novato, California. Ultragenyx’s vision is to lead the future of rare disease medicine. In her current role, Mantovani’s leadership scope spans a broad international focus. Notably at Ultragenyx she has been successful in creating a great place to work for employees in the Latin America region, Canada, and Japan.
In Mantovani’s 17-year career as a global human resources leader, she has earned the reputation for being an HR professional who provides strategic thought partnership to leaders — while also showing an unwaverign commitment to guiding employees toward their full potential. Her vast career experience spans the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, microscopy, metrology, and optical industries. She has worked at numerous premier organizations, including Novartis, Carl Zeiss, and Alexion. In terms of education, Mantovani holds a bachelor’s in linguistics/translation interpretation by Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She also holds an MBA with emphasis in Human Resources from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo Brazil. On top of that, she is currently pursuing a Human Resources Management Certification from Miami University.
Renata Mantovani Insight
Renata believes that only if you have a meaningful work, you can impact, make a difference in the world and in patient lives. Enhance culture is essential. That said, she gives her best to support the business, her client groups across the world, colleagues and teams to achieve the maximum of employees and company performance.
10. Aaron Goodstein
Company: Johnson & Johnson
Title: Senior Director Medical Safety Operations, Medical Devices & Global External Innovation
Aaron Goodstein is the Senior Director of Medical Safety Operations, Medical Devices & Global External Innovation at Johnson & Johnson, the largest and most diversified healthcare products company in the world. With 19 years of professional experience, Goodstein joined the company in 2011 as a Director of Quality Systems & Compliance in MD&D Medical Safety. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing Johnson & Johnson’s medical safety operations – while also driving the company’s global external innovation initiatives in the medical devices sector.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Goodstein served as the Director of Quality Assurance, Complaint Handling & Product Safety at Cordis. In his role, he was responsible for worldwide complaint handling, post-market safety surveillance processes, and product risk management processes during product development and commercial release. Goodstein holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Barry University.
11. Shawn Davis
Title: Executive Director of Oncology Market Access Strategy
Shawn Davis is the Executive Director of Oncology Market Access Strategy at Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of healthcare and agriculture. Davis joined the pharma giant in 2022, bringing a wealth of experience in the biopharmaceutical healthcare industry. With his expertise in formulary positioning, clinical management, and creating differentiated clinical and financial value propositions for various market channels, Davis plays a critical role in developing market access strategies for oncology products.
It is worthy to note that Davis has a diverse therapeutic background that includes respiratory, endocrinology, immunology, cardiovascular, virology, and oncology. Prior to joining Bayer, he held positions such as VP of Pharmaceutical Trade Relations at Flipt and Principal of Market Access at Skysis. He also gained valuable experience at Boehringer Ingelheim as a Manager of Respiratory Field Medicine. Davis holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University, an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Eastern Illinois University.
12. Alfredo Castañeda
Title: Director of Extremities Recon Product Development
Alfredo Castañeda is the Director of Extremities Recon Product Development at Smith+Nephew, a global medical technology company. Their products and solutions support healthcare professionals in restoring their patients’ health and mobility, enabling them to achieve their full potential. Beginning his career in 1997, Castañeda has accumulated 26 years of experience in mechanical and systems engineering. During his long career, he has directly overseen the successful introduction of over a dozen new products into global markets. He’s also demonstrated proficiency in collaborating with multiple functional groups across matrix organizations.
Prior to joining Smith+Nephew, Castañeda served as a principal at ToPK Consulting. Additionally, he held a director of development role at Zimmer Biomet. He also gained valuable experience as a senior process development engineer at Johnson & Johnson – Cordis Corporation. Castañeda holds an MBA from the University of Miami Herbert Business School and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami.
13. Kristi Gerstenkorn
Company: Elevance Health
Title: Director of Pharmacy Operations
Kristi Gerstenkorn began her professional career 20 years ago. Today she is the Director of Pharmacy Operations at Elevance Health, the largest for-profit managed healthcare company in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Previously named Anthem, Inc. until June 2022, Elevance Health’s services include: medical, pharmaceutical, dental, behavioral health, long-term care, and disability plans through affiliated companies such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Empire BlueCross BlueShield in New York State, among many others. As of 2022, the company had 46.8 million members within its affiliated companies’ health plans.
Gerstenkorn first got her start in 2003 as a pharmacy manager at Publix Pharmacy. From there, she went on to Pasteur Pharmacy, before eventually rising as a pharmacy manager at EasyScripts, her most recent position prior to joining Elevance Health. Gerstenkorn graduated from Nova Southeastern University- College of Pharmacy with a doctorate in pharmacy; and from Florida International University with an undergraduate degree in dietetics and nutrition.
14. Lenny Marrero
Company: Apotex Corp.
Title: Vice President of Finance
Lenny Marrero is the Vice President of Finance at Apotex Corp, a global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality, affordable medicines for patients around the world. Based in Canada, Apotex employs nearly 8,000 people worldwide in manufacturing, R&D, and commercial operations. Notably, the company exports to more than 100 countries and territories and operates in more than 45 countries – with a significant presence in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and India. Marrero first joined the company in 2019 as senior director of finance.
Previously, Marrero was a managing partner, founder, and VP of finance operations at WOW Global Retail. Before that, he served as a senior director of business growth and strategy at CVS Health. Earlier in his career, he worked with Procter & Gamble as a finance planning and operation analyst. Marrero holds an MBA in accounting and business management from American Metropolitan Jobs, and an undergraduate degree in corporate finance from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
15. Pedro Delgado
Title: Director of Global Design Quality Engineering
Pedro Delgado is the Director of Global Design Quality Engineering at Cordis, a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of interventional cardiovascular technology.
With more than 60-year history of pioneering products to treat millions of patients, Cordis has built a robust global footprint with operations in more than 60 countries around the world. Having started his professional journey in 1978, Delgado has 45 years of experience.
Before joining Cordis, Delgado was a director of cardio care franchise, supplier, and external QA for J&J MD&D at Johnson & Johnson. Before that, he served as a director of supplier quality at Biosense Webster. Earlier in his career, he worked with Coulter Corporation in quality assurance. Delgado graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering technology. He also graduated from Miami Dade College with an undergraduate degree in electronics technology.
16. C-Maria Manning
Title: Senior Director and Head of Global Regulatory Intelligence
C-Maria Manning has built a successful professional career spanning 20 years, with her current role as the Senior Director and Head of Global Regulatory Intelligence at Regeneron. Founded in 1988, Regeneron is a renowned biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of products targeting eye disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammation. The company boasts a portfolio of successful products, such as Eylea for eye diseases; Praluent for LDL cholesterol lowering; Dupixent in immunology; Libtayo in oncology; and Kevzara for rheumatoid arthritis.
Manning joined Regeneron in 2009, initially serving as an Associate Director of Clinical Trial Management. Over the years, she progressed through various positions, including Associate Director of Clinical Compliance & Training and Associate Director of Global Regulatory Intelligence. Prior to her current role, Manning held the position of Director of Head Global Regulatory Intelligence. Notably, she began her professional journey in 2003 as a Lead Study Manager at GlaxoSmithKline. She graduated from Duke University.
17. Maria Fico
Company: CSL Behring
Title: Director of Human Resources Business Partner
Maria Fico is the Director of Human Resources Business Partner of CSL Behring, a leading global biotechnology company with a dynamic portfolio of lifesaving medicines, including those that treat hemophilia and immune deficiencies, vaccines to prevent influenza, and therapies in iron deficiency, dialysis and nephrology. Since its launch in 1916, CSL has been driven by its promise to save lives using the latest technologies. Today, CSL – including its businesses, CSL Behring, CSL Seqirus, CSL Plasma and CSL Vifor – provides lifesaving products to patients in more than 100 countries and employs 32,000 people.
Fico first joined the company in 2022. Previously, she was a director of human resources – North America at Fresh Del Monte. Before that, she served as a senior manager of human resources and business partner – Latin America at Molson Coors. Fico earned an MA in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota. She also holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the Universidad Tecnologica del Centro, Venezuela.
18. John Shea
Company: Travere Therapeutics
Title: Senior Director of Clinical Science
John Shea is the Senior Director of Clinical Science in Clinical Development at Travere Therapeutics. Based in San Diego, California, Travere is on a mission to identify, develop, and deliver life changing therapies to people living with rare diseases. Since joining the company in 2021, Shea has notably helped Travere gain FDA approval for FILSPARI, the only non-immunosuppressive therapy for IgAN, a rare kidney disease. He also works on his company’s program for homocystinuria, an inborn metabolic error disease wherein too much protein is toxic to development and functioning.
Prior to Travere, Shea led Clinical Research Operations for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, he contributed to the center becoming NCI designated. Overall, he’s been in the industry for 23 years and held prior positions at Delcath Systems, Novartis, Forest (now AbbVie), CoAxia, Kensey Nash, and Wyeth. Among his career milestones, Shea has four FDA approved products. He is a former medical device specialist and BIMO investigator with the US FDA. He worked in benchtop research prior to joining the industry. He holds an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University and a BS in Biology from West Chester University.
19. Hugo Erroch
Company: Immucor, Inc.
Title: Director of Export International
In 1983 Hugo Otiniano-Erroch started his career at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Chicago. From there, he went to start a company in Miami: Sistemas de Diagnostico Universal – and later Diagnostico UAL in Peru, where he worked from 1998-2004. Since then, Otiniano-Erroch has been with Immucor, a global leader in Transfusion and Transplant diagnostics, facilitating patient-donor compatibility. Founded in 1982, the company strives to create a world where anyone, anywhere in need of a transfusion or a transplant, receives the right blood or transplant that is safe, accessible, and affordable.
Otiniano-Erroch graduated from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. He also holds a master’s in clinical pathology from Saint Mary’s of Nazareth in Chicago.
20. Mariola Vazquez
Company: Dermavant Sciences
Title: Health Outcomes Director
Mariola Vazquez is a Health Outcomes Director at Dermavant Sciences, a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing innovative prescription therapies for dermatologic diseases. Dermavant has acquired promising compounds that address unmet therapeutic needs and has rapidly established a robust dermatology R&D pipeline.
Prior to joining Dermavant Sciences, Vazquez held medical science/outcomes liaison roles with Leo Pharma, Sanofi, and GSK. Additionally, she served as Director of Pharmacy/Clinical Pharmacy Manager with Integrated Delivery Networks, owned by Humana and Centene. Vazquez graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida. She is also certified as a diabetes educator.
Mariola Vazquez Insight
“It is a pleasure to work with the amazing team at Dermavant, developing innovative therapies for patients with chronic skin conditions. At Dermavant, we are committed to making healthier skin a reality for people around the world and that passion comes through in everything we do.”
21. Ruben Ceballos
Company: Signant Health
Title: Vice President of Global Project Management
Ruben Ceballos is the Vice President of Global Project Management at Signant Health, a company that unites eCOA, eConsent, Patient Engagement, IRT, Clinical Supplies, and Endpoint Quality into the industry’s most comprehensive patient-centric suite. Built on more than 20 years of proven clinical research technology, Signant enables hundreds of sponsors and CROs (including all Top 20 pharma) to extend the reach of drug development, expand patient opportunities, and improve data quality.
Having started his professional career in 1987, Ceballos has 36 years of experience. Before joining Signant, he was a managing owner at Provincetown Aquasports. Before that, he served as a senior director of project leadership at Parexel. Earlier in his career, he worked with Brandom Manufacturing as a junior programmer. Ceballos graduated from the University of Miami Herbert Business School with an MBA, and from Southwestern University with an undergraduate degree in computer information systems.
22. Evelyn Rodriguez
Title: Director of Pharmacy
Evelyn Rodriguez began her professional career 20 years ago. Today she is the Director of Pharmacy at Keralty, a multinational business group offering integrated health solutions across the health sector—providing both healthcare financing and healthcare delivery itself. Its approach to integrating practice, education and research has made it leader in patient experience, clinical outcomes and innovation. It strives to deliver the best care to every member and patient, helping them get healthier and providing comprehensive care for the sick.
Rodriguez first got her start in 2003 as a staff pharmacist at Kindred Healthcare. Later she eventually rose to become a pharmacy manager at CVS Health, her most recent position prior to joining Keralty. Rodriguez graduated from Nova Southeastern University- College of Pharmacy with a doctor of pharmacy; and from Florida International University with an undergraduate degree in biology.
23. Andy Hector
Title: Director of Sales Operations
As Director of Sales Operations at Papa, Andy Hector empowers his company’s enterprise sales and client success teams through various sales initiatives. Additionally, he assists with the onboarding and training of new hires – as it relates to Papa organization, health plan industry, sales enablement tools, outreach methods, territory analysis, and other areas. In his current role, Hector also serves as the lead administrator for the Papa CRM (HubSpot and Salesforce) through building and maintaining a multitude of pipeline organization techniques, calculation properties, workflows and market categorizations.
Hector first joined the company in 2019 as account manager, where he acted as client advocate with a focus on ensuring their needs are understood and satisfied, among many other duties. Prior to Papa, Hector was customer service specialist at Baxter International Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked with AdvaCare Systems as customer service representative. Hector earned an undergraduate degree in organizational leadership and management from Illinois State University.
24. Eric Mendez
Company: Gastro Health
Title: Vice President of Pathology
Eric Mendez is the Vice President of Pathology at Gastro Health, Florida’s largest medical group of board certified physicians specializing in digestive and colon health. It employs some of the nation’s premier gastroenterologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, and allied health professionals – as well as its own accredited and licensed ambulatory surgical centers. Currently, Gastro Health employs over 500 individuals, including 100 providers.
Mendez, who began his career in 2004, has 19 years of experience. Before joining Gastro Health, he was a lead technologist at Aurora Diagnostics. Before that, he served as a research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mendez graduated from Florida International University – College of Business with an MBA, and from Barry University with an undergraduate degree in biotechnology.
25. Kate Bixby
Title: Director of Sales
Kate Bixby, who began her professional career 10 years ago, is now the Director of Sales for AdaptHealth, a full-service home medical equipment and respiratory company with operations in 46 states. The company offers a breadth of clinically-focused products and services to help patients with daily activities of life, including: sleep and respiratory therapy, mobility products, wound care, non-invasive ventilation and nutrition.
Bixby got her start as an operations supervisor at Dr. Minkes and Associates. From there, she went on to AeroCare Home Medical Inc, before eventually rising to senior product specialist at Tactile Medical, her most recent position prior to joining AdaptHealth. Bixby graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with an MPH, and from Spring Hill College with an undergraduate degree in biology.