The Prospective CEOs for the 2017 Health Program have come from across the country to confront wicked problems. Read more about them below.
Driven by passion to engage possibility in business for the wellbeing of humans and the planet, Bec Chapin works with leaders in green building, start-ups, and students of entrepreneurship to shift micro and macro systems toward efficiency and integrity. With a background in net zero construction, expertise in strategic systems management, and a gift for seeing the good in people, Bec guides and inspires executive leaders and teams to generate and operationalize creative solutions to move away from fossil fuels, scarcity paradigms, and unconscious interpersonal habits towards sustainability, abundance and love.
A serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience as a CEO, founder, or early participant in a number of startups. Recent ventures range from product lifecycle management software and services for major medical device manufacturers, distributed ice batteries where he was a co-inventor on 4 patents, large data center campuses with onsite power plants, and several software companies. He successfully merged the operations of his last company, Integware, with Kalypso. He’s been responsible for business planning and strategy, raising money, product development, culture and team development, and operations. Early in his career, he worked for many years at Hewlett Packard as a chief architect, CIO, and other roles in software R&D. He realizes that the key to any successful company is attracting and keeping great people. He’s spent a lot of time defining and building character-centered cultures and teams. He is the subject of chs. 1 and 4 of the book, “Courage: the backbone of leadership,” by Gus Lee. Chris received a bachelor’s in business from the University of Texas at Arlington and is the father of two adult children and has been married to his sweetheart for over 31 years.
Operating from a belief that the best ideas aren’t born behind desks, Jenna has a love for building lives and businesses grounded always in authenticity. Getting their start from a basement in 2012, Jenna served as Co-Founder and CEO of Artifact Uprising through June of 2016. Artifact Uprising is an ecommerce branding force that sells custom photo books and goods and has been featured on the Today Show, New York Times, InStyle Magazine, Forbes, Oprah’s Favorite Things, among others. At the end of 2014 – just 2.5 years later and no outside funding – the company was acquired by bay area technology company Visual Supply Co, where Jenna also served as an executive to support VSCO’s community of more than 30 million active users. Along with her husband Matty, they are the proud parents of their two girls Story (8) and Hattie (5) - with whom they share 2 dogs, 20 chickens and 4 cats.
Keith has founded and led the rapid growth of two companies in the fitness/sports-tech space: FitLinxx (computerized personal training), which reached #20 on the Deloitte Fast 500, and Great Play (interactive gyms for kids), which landed on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500. He has raised over $50 million in venture funding, holds several patents for fitness and sports technology, and advises tech startups and growth companies on innovation, go-to-market strategy, fundraising, and leadership. Prior to starting his own businesses, Keith worked on innovative technology in the AI lab of Digital Equipment Corp, in the medical imaging group at Polaroid, and helped scale terminal production during the explosive growth of Bloomberg. He received a BS in Computer Science from Cornell, and was an LGO Fellow at MIT, where he received an MBA and an MS in EECS.
Nina believes that problems can be solved for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. She has worked in both non- and for-profit organizations nearly twenty years, bridging between the needs of sustainable businesses and the public good. With 10 years of work in the tech sector under her belt, Nina has focused on user experience design, digital strategy, and business development. As a recent finalist for Go Code Colorado, Nina wants to see more women and people of color in leadership positions around the country. She hopes to build a foundation for a stronger and more diverse tech community.
Patrick has 20 years of C-suite experience as CIO, CTO, COO and CEO in industries as varied as manufacturing, online media and healthcare technology. HIs focus and passion for delivering technology that customer love coupled with a keen eye for developing world-class teams has consistently delivered exceptional results. Most recently, Patrick was CEO of Denver-based Aventura HQ, Inc, a venture-backed healthcare technology firm focused on security and clinical workflows. Previously, he was part of the team that led the industry's premier population health company, Phytel, Inc, to a successful acquisition by IBM/Watson Health. In his spare time, Patrick loves to be outdoors running and fly fishing. He's twice completed the Pikes Peak Ascent along with more than 20 Half Marathons and Marathons. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the proud parents of three children, who are all successfully off the family payroll.
Tina has worked primarily in the health care space since her first job at 18 in the medical records department of a hospital. She has run clinics, bought and sold clinic networks, and consulted to physician groups throughout her early career. Tina's first venture backed start up was an integrated web platform called MedfoNet which was designed to reduce the return-to-work challenges in California's workers' compensation system. The platform was bought by an early investor and still delivers value today. Tina has a passion for innovation and led Kaiser Permanente's Innovation Learning Strategy for several years in her role consulting to the C Suite of KP's national leadership team. Tina has a passion for the emerging possibilities in the health care equity and social impact space. She continues to consult and provide interim executive leadership for health care and health care bio tech firms as she explores what is next.
Scott started as a serial entrepreneur at seven years old, selling carpet samples as doormats before moving into candy arbitrage as a sixth grader. Technology soon took over and Scott began a 20+ year career in software and the startup world, including living on three different continents. Scott founded an e-commerce business and quickly grew it to be the largest online resale marketplace in Colorado before a successful exit. In 2006, Scott joined ZOLL Medical and helped it grow to a $2.2B market cap before its acquisition by global chemical and healthcare company Asahi Kasei. Since leaving ZOLL in 2015, Scott spends his time with startups: he helped Rapt Media raise its Series B funding round and serves as a mentor for Techstars and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network programs.
Bryon is an executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the medical device marketplace. He possesses a unique combination of technical expertise, leadership, and business acumen. Bryon holds two degrees in physics and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. He has led multiple product development teams, successfully creating diagnostic, therapeutic, and drug-device combination products. Bryon has served as an executive for multiple start-up companies, helping raise more than $20M in capital, set product & regulatory strategy, and determine corporate mission & vision. Currently, Bryon provides commercialization consulting services to the medical device and IVD industry.
A University of Colorado, Boulder graduate and former immunology research scientist, Jennifer’s path followed a very interesting course: pastry chef, research chef, movie producer, non-profit manager, computer repair shop owner, and even general manager of her family’s payphone business. An entrepreneur at heart, she loves the highs and lows that come from taking chances, and is grateful everyday to be able to create her own future. Always active in her community, Jennifer serves on the Parker Authority for Reinvestment Advisory Committee, the Biz Girls CEO Development Team, and the TechrIoT Outburst Advisory Board. Some of her proudest moments include meeting Governor Hickenlooper as a Woman Entrepreneur Innovation Award nominee, winning the 2015 University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business e-Challenge, and being selected as part of the TechrIoT XLR8 first accelerator cohort. Together with her partner Molly, Jennifer is the founder of two Apple technology businesses: Global Tek Labs, an engineering consulting company, and QBLabs, creators of wearable tech for fall prediction, physical therapy, and sports performance evaluation. The few hours not spent working together are filled with stand-up paddleboarding, competitive ballroom dancing, and endless Labrador Retriever playtime.